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UPCOMING EVENTS

                      

LIESL SHURTLIFF

Saturday, March 28th

3:00 pm at The Book Stall

Join us as Chicago-based author Liesl Shurtliff talks about her work and autograph books. Attendees can enter a raffle to win an advance copy of her forthcoming book Jack: The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk, which will be published on April 14, 2015.

Kirkus Reviews calls Liesl Shurtliff’s debut novel Rump, "A startlingly original book." Booklist says,” Weaving details from Rumpelstiltskin into an accessible novel, Shurtliff makes the old villain into a young hero and creates an inventive story that extends and embroiders on the original fairy tale. In an era when fantasy often takes the form of high-octane adventure, this story offers a measured pace and the reassuring notion that a hero need not always rely on magic if he has his wits about him.”

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LUIS MARTINEZ-FERNANDEZ - A Chicago Council Event

Monday, March 30th

5:30 pm at The Standard Club

Revolutionary Cuba is the first book in more than three decades to offer a complete and chronological history of revolutionary Cuba, including the years of rebellion that led to the revolution. Beginning with Batista's coup in 1952, which catalyzed the rebels, and bringing the reader to the present-day transformations initiated by Raul Castro, Luis Martinez-Fernandez provides a balanced interpretive synthesis of the major topics of contemporary Cuban history.

For reservations, please go to: http://www.thechicagocouncil.org/events

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BARRY EICHENGREEN

Wednesday, April 1st

5:30 pm at The Standard Club

 

Barry Eichengreen, a University of California at Berkeley Economics and Political Science Professor, speaks about his book, Hall of Mirrors, that asks whether policymakers learned the correct lessons from the Great Depression. And in light of globalization and the integration of markets since the 1930's, how relevant is that era to our understanding of today's global economy?

 

For reservations, please go to: http://www.thechicagocouncil.org/events

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TIM GUNN

Thursday, April 2nd

11:30 am at The Union League Club

 

The Natty Professor, the new book by Tim Gunn, the host of Project Runway and Under the Gunn features Tim as "teacher." Divided into sections on common themes - leadership, curiosity, diversity, understanding, empathy - it uses the author's own personal experiences to illustrate larger concepts.

 

For reservations, please call The Book Stall: 847.446.8880. Or go to: https://eventbrite.com/event/15899170848/

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KIM ZETTER

Thursday, April 2nd

6:00 pm at The Standard Club

 

Kim Zetter, a senior staff reporter at Wired, speaks about Countdown to Zero Day her latest book and the US use of - and defense against - digital weapons and asks if our reliance on computer networks represents our greatest vulnerability.

 

For reservations, please go to: http://www.thechicagocouncil.org/events

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CUPCAKE STORYTIME

Saturday, April 4th

3:30 pm at The Book Stall

 

Join us for stories featuring cupcakes!

Then you get a cupcake of your own to decorate and eat. Wet wipes provided, as well as all materials. The eating part is up to you.

This event is recommended for ages 3-6. Space is limited so please call The Book Stall to reserve your spot: 847.446.8880.

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HAPPY EASTER - STORE CLOSED!

Sunday, April 5th

All Day at The Book Stall

 

We will be closed today for Easter. We will resume regular business hours tomorrow, Monday, April 6th  from 9:30 am - 8:00 pm.

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ERIK LARSON

Tuesday, April 7th

11:30 am at The Union League Club

 

Erik Larson, the bestselling author of Devil in the White City, In the Garden of Beasts, Thunderstruck, and Isaac's Storm, speaks about Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania. It is a dramatic and emotionally powerful story of the sinking of the Lusitania in the Atlantic Ocean in May 1915.

For reservations, please call The Book Stall: 847.446.8880. Or go to: https://eventbrite.com/event/15650757838/ *******************************************************

THOMAS GEOGHEGAN

Wednesday, April 8th

7:00 pm at Evanston Public Library

 

Thomas Geoghegan, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist and labor lawyer, argues that even as organized labor seems to be crumbling, a revived - but different - labor movement is more relevant that ever in out increasingly unequal society. His new book offers insight into the real dynamics and human experience of working in America today.

 

This event is free and open to the public, but the Library asks that you register by going to: http://www.epl.org or by calling 847.448.8620.

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SCOTT SIMON

Wednesday, April 8th

7:00 pm at The Book Stall

 

We're delighted to welcome back Scott Simon, the host of NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday and a Chicago native for a talk about his inspiring tribute to his mother, Patricia Lyons Simon Newman. Unforgettable: A Son, A Mother, and the Lessons of a Lifetime had its origin in tweets Simon sent in 2013 from the Northwestern Hospital ICU in Chicago as he chronicled his mother's graceful death and colorful life.

 

This event is free and open to the public.

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1st ANNUAL POETRY NIGHT!!!

Thursday, April 9th

7:00 pm at The Book Stall

 

Join us as 8 local poets present and read their poetry as we all celebrate National Poetry Month. All are welcome - poets and listeners alike! The Poets who will be reading their work will be: Lisa Marie Brodsky, Jim Davis, John O'Connor, Alison O'Connor, Gail Goepfert, Susan Moss, Alexandra Ranieri, and Deborah Rosen.

 

This event is free and open to the public.

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FRANK BRUNI - A FAN Presentation

Thursday, April 9th

7:00 pm at New Trier West - Cornog Auditorium

 

The New York Times columnist speaks about his new book, Where You Go is Not Who You'll Be, that gives students and their parents a new perspective on the college admissions process and a path out of the anxiety it can provoke. Students and parents are encouraged to attend.

 

This event is free and open to the public.

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COURTNEY MAUM - French themed party!!!

Friday, April 10th

7:00 pm at The Book Stall

Join us for a French-themed evening with Courtney Maum, whose novel, I'm Having So Much Fun Here Without You, set in Paris and London is new in paperback. The author will be interviewed by Alice Moody, one of our book club leaders. We will have wine and nibbles.

This event is free and open to the public.

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EZRA VOGEL - A Chicago Council Event

Tuesday, April 14th

7:30 am at The Chicago Club

 

Ezra Vogel, a Harvard professor of social sciences emeritus, speaks about his book, Deng Xioping and the Transformation of China, which focuses on the Chinese leader whose economic reforms and historic opening of China to the world had a monumental impact on world history.

 

For reservations, please go to: http://www.thechicagocouncil.org/events

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MAXIMILLIAN ANGERHOLZER - A Chicago Council Event

Tuesday, April 14th

11:30 am at The Chicago Club

Mr. Angerholzer, President and CEO of the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress, will discuss the subject "Beyond Gridlock: The Hill, the White House, and the National Interest." Fellow speakers include the book's co-authors: James Kitfield, senior national security and foreign affairs correspondent of the National Journal; Christopher P. Lu, Deputy Secretary, US Department of Labor; Norman Ornstein, contribution editor and columnist for both the National Journal and The Atlantic.

For reservations, please go to: http://www.thechicagocouncil.org/events

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PHILIP KERR and JAMIE FREVELETTI

Tuesday, April 14th

11:30 am at The Union League Club

 

Local author Jamie Freveletti talks about her new book, a thriller involving the kidnapping of several high-ranking members of the US government. She'll be joined by bestselling UK author, Philip Kerr, whose own new thriller is set in Nazi Germany and features the return of his hero, the cynical ex-homicide detective Bernie Gunther.

 

For reservations, please call The Book Stall: 847.446.8880.

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GEOFF RODKEY

Tuesday, April 14th

7:00 pm at The Niles Public Library

This brand-new series by Geoff Rodkey, a popular screenwriter is a pitch-perfect, contemporary comedy featuring twelve-year-old fraternal twins, Claudia and Reese, who couldn't be more different...except in their determination to come out on top in a vicious prank war! But when the competition escalates into an all-out battle that's fought from the cafeteria of their New York City private school all the way to the fictional universe of an online video game, the twins have to decide if their efforts to destroy each other are worth the price. Told as a colorful "oral history" by the twins and their friends, and including photos, screenshots, chat logs, online gaming digital art, and text messages between their clueless parents, The Tapper Twins is a hilariously authentic showcase of what it's like to be in middle school in our digitally-saturated world.

This event is free and open to the public

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TOM BURGIS

Tuesday, April 14th

5:30 pm at The Chicago Club

Despite Africa’s vast wealth, clandestine networks of companies, conduits, and shadow governments are compromising the continent’s growth and development for personal and private gain. While global demand for resources from nations like Nigeria, Angola, South Africa, and the Congo continues to rise, widespread looting has kept the African continent tethered to the bottom of the industrial supply chain. Moreover, according to Tom Burgis, control over the commodity cash flow is the real cause of conflict on the continent—not religious or ethnic divides. Given the insatiable lust for oil, gems, uranium, and metals in China and other major economies, can the corrosive effects of the resource trade be mitigated? Join The Chicago Council on Global Affairs and investigative reporter Tom Burgis to explore how warlords, oligarchs, corporations, and smugglers are systematically looting Africa’s wealth.

For reservations, please go to: http://www.thechicagocouncil.org/events

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JOHNNY DWYER

Tuesday, April 14th

7:00 pm at The Book Stall

 

Journalist Johnny Dwyer tells the story of Chucky Taylor, the American son of the infamous dictator Charles Taylor. Raised by his mother in Florida, at age 17 he followed his father to Liberia, where he ended up leading a murderous militia. Chucky is now in a federal penitentiary, the only American ever convicted of torture.

 

This event is free and open to the public

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JARRETT KROSOCZKA

Thursday, April 16th

4:30 pm at The Book Stall

From Jarrett Krosoczka comes Last Panda Standing, the third installment in the hilarious, high-action illustrated middle grade series featuring two platypus detectives, perfect for fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Big Nate, and Jarrett's own Lunch Lady Series.

The Kalamazoo City mayoral race is heating up, and Frank Pandini Jr. has been threatened by a mysterious assailant. He requests a special Platypus Police Squad protection detail: Detective Rick Zengo. This leaves O'Malley to be partnered up with Jo Cooper, the newest detective on the force. Can Zengo get to the bottom of the attacks--without O'Malley backing him up?

This event is free and open to the public.

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B.A. SHAPIRO - in Partnership with Ragdale

Thursday, April 16th

7:00 pm at The Book Stall

 

New York Times bestselling author of the award-winning The Art Forger discusses the story behind its success, her writing methods, and previews her upcoming novel, The Muralist.

 

This event is free and open to the public.

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SLEEPY STORYTIME with LINDA BOOTH SWEENEY

Friday, April 17th

6:30 pm at The Book Stall

Put on your pajamas, grab your favorite stuffed friend and come over to The Book Stall for one of our magical Sleepy Storytimes with special guest author, Linda Booth Sweeney!

When wind chimes start singing and clouds race across the sky, one little guy knows just what to do - grab his kite! But as it soars, the wind picks up even more, and soon he and his grandma are chasing the runaway kite into town. As they pass swirling leaves, bobbing boats, and flapping scarves, breezes become gusts and the sky darkens. Rain is on the way! Can they squeeze in one more adventure before the downpour?

This event is free and open to the public.

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ROBERT GOLDSBOROUGH - Meet & Greet

Saturday, April 18th

11:00 am at The Book Stall

 

Stop by The Book Stall to meet former Chicago Tribune journalist Robert Goldsborough. He will be discussing his latest Nero Wolf mystery, Archie in the Crosshairs.

When Archie Goodwin's life is threatened, Wolfe must find the gunman or lose his right-hand man Archie Goodwin is chipper as he strolls home from his weekly poker game, money in his pocket and a smile on his lips. He has just reached Nero Wolfe's stately brownstone on West Thirty-Fifth Street when a sedan whips around the corner and two gunshots ring out, nearly hitting Goodwin. It is a warning, and the message is clear: The next bullet will not miss. Rotund investigator Nero Wolfe has made more than his fair share of enemies over the years, and it seems one of them has decided to strike, targeting Wolfe's indefatigable assistant. Some might run for cover, but Archie Goodwin is not the type. With the help of Wolfe's brainpower, Goodwin will find the man who wants him dead--unless the killer gets to Goodwin first.

 

This event is free and open to the public.

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TODD HASAK-LOWY - Book Release Party!

Sunday, April 19th

3:00 pm at The Book Stall

A heartfelt, humorous story of a teen boy's impulsive road trip after the shock of his lifetime--told entirely in lists!

Darren hasn't had an easy year.
There was his parents' divorce, which just so happened to come at the same time his older brother Nate left for college and his longtime best friend moved away. And of course there's the whole not having a girlfriend thing. Then one Thursday morning Darren's dad shows up at his house at 6 a.m. with a glazed chocolate doughnut and a revelation that turns Darren's world inside out. In full freak-out mode, Darren, in a totally un-Darren move, ditches school to go visit Nate. Barely twenty-four hours at Nate's school makes everything much better or much worse - Darren has no idea. It might somehow be both. All he knows for sure is that in addition to trying to figure out why none of his family members are who they used to be, he's now obsessed with a strangely amazing girl who showed up out of nowhere but then totally disappeared. Told entirely in lists, Todd Hasak-Lowy's debut YA novel perfectly captures why having anything to do with anyone, including yourself, is:

1. painful
2. unavoidable
3. ridiculously complicated
4. possibly, hopefully the right thing after all.

This event is free and open to the public.

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Photos From Recent Events

Walter Isaacson

Chris Chelios

Brooke Shields

Anjelica Huston

Fabio Viviani

Michael Pitre

Ellen Sussman

Barbara Mahany

Renee Rosen and Rebecca Makkai

Gale Gand

Bryan Stevenson

Jodi Picoult

Maziar Bahari, Jon Stewart, & Clarence Page

Clarence Page

Yotam Ottolenghi

Nick Kristof

Alan Cumming

Steven Pinker

Kevin Emerson

Ken Burns

Nicky Hilton

Tavis Smiley

Paul Ryan

Joan Rivers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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