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Ruta Sepetys
Salt to the Sea
Monday, February 8th
7:00 PM at The Book Stall

Learn about the single greatest maritime disaster in history. Salt to the Sea, by award-winning author delves into the real-life tragedy of the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff (far more deadly than the sinkings of the Titanic and the Lusitania combined). The ship carried over 10,000 refugees (5,000 of them children) from Prussia, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia and Germany, all trying to escape Stalin’s army in the winter of 1945. On January 30th, 9,343 people perished when the ship was torpedoed by a Russian submarine one hour into its journey.

Ruta Sepetys  is the critically-acclaimed, New York Times bestselling, award-winning author of Between Shades of Gray and Out of the Easy.

This event is free and open to the public, but the purchase of one of Ms. Sepetys’s titles from the Book Stall is required to enter the book-signing queue.


Masterminds: Criminal Destiny
Tuesday, February 9th
4:30 PM at The Book Stall

Get ready for the next installment of Gordon Korman’s newest series. MASTERMINDS: CRIMINAL DESTINY, follows Eli, Tori, Malik, and Amber as they try to discover the truth of their origins and carve a life for themselves in an outside world that is unfamiliar, baffling, and dangerous. GORDON KORMAN has written over 80 middle-grade and teen novels, including the New York Times bestseller The Medusa Plot (The 39 Clues: Cahills vs. Vespers, book one) and the Swindle series.


I Got Hit By A Taxi...But You Look Run Over
Thursday, February 11th
7:00 PM at The Book Stall

 When Lisa Dietlin got hit by a taxi she not only survived ….she found her life transformed in the most unexpected and surprising way. This book is a guide to living a life of joy and happiness.  Lisa Dietlin is internationally recognized expert on philanthropy, charitable giving, and transformational change. The author of six books, she is President and CEO of The Institute of Transformational Philanthropy.


Dan Van Haften
Abraham Lincoln and the Structure of Reason
Friday, February 12th
12:00 PM at The University Club of Chicago, 76 E. Monroe St.

$25 cost of luncheon. To reserve tickets, sign up at the store or call The Book Stall at (847) 446-8880.

For more than 150 years, historians have speculated about what made Abraham Lincoln great.  For the first time, authors Hirsch and Van Haften persuasively argue that it was actually Lincoln’s in-depth study of geometry that gave our 16th president his verbal structure.

lives in Batavia, Illinois.

Please note: Dress code is business casual. No denim or athletic gear.


Silly Wonderful You
Saturday, February 13th
1:30 PM at The Book Stall

From the bestselling author of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site, Sherri Duskey Rinker, and the award-winning creator of Me . . . Jane and The Skunk, Patrick McDonnell, comes this funny and tender love letter from a parent to her child. SHERRI DUSKEY RINKER is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of three books. She lives in the Chicago area.


DAVID AXELROD in conversation with STEVE EDWARDS
Monday, February 15th
7:00 PM at the Highland Park Library

David Axelrod, political consultant, senior strategist to President Obama's historic 2008 presidential campaign and re-election campaign, former senior advisor to the president, and  Director of the Institute of Politics at The University of Chicago, discusses his book, Believer: My Forty Years in Politics, with Steve Edwards, Executive Director of the Institute of Politics and former acclaimed host at WBEZ.  In his bestselling book, Axelrod opens up about his years as a journalist, political consultant, and ultimately, senior advisor to the president.


Michelle Obama: A Life
Wednesday, February 17th
10:30 AM at the Highland Park Library    

Meet the author! Peter Slevin, author, associate professor at Northwestern University, and former national correspondent for The Washington Post, discusses his book, Michelle Obama: A Life. The book follows Michelle to the White House from her childhood on Chicago’s largely segregated South Side and illuminates the dilemmas she faced in Chicago while building a high-powered career, raising a family, and helping a young community organizer named Barack Obama become president of the United States.  


SARI WILSON in conversation with ZOE ZOLBROD
Girl Through Glass
Wednesday, February 17th
7:00 PM at The Book Stall

In the roiling summer of 1977, eleven-year-old Mira is an aspiring ballerina in the romantic, highly competitive world of New York City ballet. Enduring the mess of her parent s divorce, she finds escape in dance and the rigorous hours of practice. An enchanting literary debut told in interweaving narratives that move between past and present.

SARI WILSON trained as a dancer with the Harkness Ballet in New York. She lives in Brooklyn, NY. Chicago-area ZOE ZOLBROD  is the author of  Currency and The Telling.


To Have and Have Another-A Hemingway Cocktail Companion
Friday, February 19th
5:30 PM at The University Club of Chicago, 76 E. Monroe 

$45 for a cocktail seminar (includes three cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.) To reserve tickets, sign up at the store or call The Book Stall  at (847) 446-8880

Philip Greene, Hemingway scholar and co-founder of the Museum of the American Cocktail, will discuss his book, To Have and Have Another – A Hemingway Cocktail Companion. From Hemingway’s iconic Hot Rum Punch (“the rum enters into you like the Holy Spirit”) to his legendary daiquiri (aka the Papa Doble from Havana), and the perfect Montgomery Martini (“the coldest martini in the world”), to other delicious and authentic libations, Greene will guide cocktail lovers through an evening of Ernest Hemingway’s preferred foods, drinks and watering holes ... essentially, Papa as seen through the lens of the bottom of a glass.

Please note: Dress code is business casual. No denim or athletic gear.


Saturday, February 20th
2:00-4:00 PM at The Book Stall                                                    $50 to reserve space

Self-published a book? Here is your chance to showcase your work. Authors can share their books with customers with the option of scheduling a reading. Questions or to register, please contact Abigail Pickus, events coordinator at or (847) 446-8880.


Why The Right Went Wrong
Thursday, February 25th at 11:30 AM
The The Union League Club, 76 E. Monroe

From one of our most engaging political reporters,
Why the Right Went Wrong offers a historical view of the right since the 1960s. Its core contention is that American conservatism and the Republican Party took a wrong turn when they adopted Barry Goldwater’s worldview during and after the 1964 campaign.

Please note: The dress code for this event is business casual. Denim is not permitted.

$42 luncheon. To order tickets, please call or visit The Book Stall or order directly from Eventbrite:


Thursday, February 25th
6:30 PM at Arlington Heights Memorial Library                        

Join Liesl Shurtliff, author of Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin and Jack: The True story of Jack and the Beanstalk, for an engaging and interactive presentation about myths, fairytales, and legends, where they come from, how they change, and what they mean to us today. Doors open with refreshments at 6:30 p.m. Liesl's presentation starts at 6:45 p.m. followed by a book signing at 7:30 p.m.



CORY BOOKER                                                                       United
Friday, February 26th
11:30 AM at Union League Club of Chicago, 65 W. Jackson 

A passionate new voice in American politics, United States Senator Cory Booker makes the case that the virtues of empathy, responsibility, and action must guide our nation toward a brighter future.

$47 luncheon. To order tickets: Please contact The Book Stall or order via Eventbrite:

Please note: The dress code for this event is business casual. Denim is not permitted at Union League Club.


CORY BOOKER                                                                       United
Friday, February 26th
7 PM at Evanston Township High School

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Hope For a Cool Pillow
Wednesday, March 2nd
7 PM at The Book Stall

A passionate argument for planning end-of-life care written by a physician, daughter and student of American health care. MARGARET OVERTON taps her experiences as a doctor and with her own aging parents, as well her studies at Harvard, to make a universal case that will help others make informed choices about end-of-life care. Overton is also the author of, Good in a Crisis.


The Portable Veblen
Thursday, March 3rd
7 PM at The Book Stall

A young couple on the brink of marriage—the charming Veblen and her fiancé Paul, a brilliant neurologist—find their engagement in danger of collapse. Along the way they weather everything from each other’s dysfunctional families, to the attentions of a seductive pharmaceutical heiress, to an intimate tête-à-tête with a very charismatic squirrel. ELIZABETH MCKENZIE is the author of a collection, Stop That Girl, short-listed for The Story Prize, and the novel, MacGregor Tells the World.


The Point Is: Making Sense of Birth, Death and Everything In Between
Thursday, March 3rd
5:30 PM at The Carlton Club, 160 E. Pearson

In this engaging and provocative new book, Lee Eisenberg, bestselling author of The Number, dares to tackle nothing less than what it takes to find enduring meaning and purpose in life. LEE EISENBERG is a former editor in chief of Esquire. He divides his time between Chicago and New York City.  

$35/ $40 at the door. Wine and cheese reception. To order tickets, please call The Book Stall (847) 446-8880 or sign up at the store.


Jump Cut: An Ellie Forman Mystery
Sunday, March 6th
2 PM at The Book Stall

Best selling crime author Libby Fischer Hellmann is back with Chicago video producer Ellie Foreman who finds herself entangled in a web of espionage, murder, and suspicion that threatens to destroy what she holds most dear. Award-winning Chicago-area author LIBBY HELLMANN has written over 13 novels and 20 short stories.


Canary in a Coal Chute
Wednesday, March 16th
7 PM at The Book Stall

A fiction and factual novel set in the 21st century and in the 19th century, this book details the trial of Lizzie Borden for the murders of her father and step-mother -- and has a novel woven in and around the factual chapters of the trial. KATHLEEN FLEMING is a Chicago-area author of books include The Jazz Age Murders.


The Waters of Eternal Youth
Tuesday, March 29th
7 PM at The Skokie Public Library

Bestselling author Donna Leon is back with the 25th novel of the Commissario Guido Brunetti series - this time with Venetian inspector finding himself drawn into a case that may not be a case at all. DONNA LEON is the winner of the CWA Macallan Silver Dagger for Fiction, among other awards. She has lived in Venice for thirty years and now divides her time between Venice and Switzerland.




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