MAY 4 THROUGH MAY 10 IS CHILDREN’S BOOK WEEK.
See our children’s pages for our exciting line-up of events.
And the Good News Is...: Lessons and Advice from the Bright Side
From her years as a presidential press secretary to her debates with colleagues on Fox News' The Five, Dana Perino reveals the lessons she's learned that have guided her through life, including stories from behind the scenes at the White House with President George W. Bush that the cameras never captured.
Dana Perino is a Fox News Contributor and co-host of one of the most popular shows on cable television, The Five. Perino was the first Republican woman to serve as the White House Press Secretary, and served for over seven years in the administration of George W. Bush, including at the Department of Justice after the terrorist attacks on 9/11. Luncheon $47.
Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World
General McChrystal, former commander of all U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan and before that commander of the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), speaks about his new book. In it, he shows how any organization can make the same transition to act like a team of teams—where small groups combine the freedom to experiment with a relentless drive to share their experience. Luncheon.
The Jazz Palace
Chicago native Morris tells us how she returned (again and again) to her roots to research and write her new novel that captures the atmosphere and dazzling music of the Jazz Age in Chicago. Fellow author and Chicago native Peter Orner calls the book “An exquisite love letter to her hometown and yet a book that transcends time and place.” Ms. Morris will also be in town for the Printers Row Lit Fest, where she will be interviewed by Chicago Tribune jazz critic Howard Reich on June 6. Meet her here first!
Event co-sponsored by the Glencoe Public Library.
Alibaba’s World: How a Remarkable Chinese Company Is Changing the Face of Global Business
Erisman, one of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba’s first western employees and head of international marketing from 2000 to 2008, discusses his new book. It’s an instructive story analyzing Alibaba's role as a harbinger of the new global business landscape. Luncheon.
A Chicago Council on Global Affairs Program
Posner and Wills speak on the topic “Pope Francis and the Vatican: Legacy and Limits of Reform.”
Join us as Mimi Sheraton entices us with 1,000 Foods to Eat Before You
Here’s an opportunity to attend the official kick-off to the Printers Row Lit Fest with some of the area’s leading writers. Authors and book lovers can mingle over cocktails and coffee to discuss their latest works and to sign books. Authors will join attendees at their tables for the luncheon service, followed by a program hosted by Chicago Tribune writer Rick Kogan. Additional time will then be available for more discussions with authors and for them to sign books. Reception and Luncheon.
Call The Book Stall at 847 446-8880 for reservations.
Registration opens at 10:30 a.m.
We Are Not Ourselves
We are delighted to host the author of one of last year’s most acclaimed novels, the multigenerational story of an Irish-American family. It’s brand new in paperback.
Join Dr. Carla Knorowski, CEO of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation, and Chicago alderman Ed Burke, Finance Committee, for a lively talk about Lincoln, Dr. Knorowski’s new book, and the power of words. The book is a collection of 100 essays commemorating the 150th anniversary of Gettysburg Address. Each essay is 272 words long, the exact length of Lincoln’s famous address. Luncheon.
Chicago authors SCOTT TUROW and EUGENE KENNEDY will speak about Saul Bellow's legacy and Vitalist Theatre will perform selections from Joanne Koch's adaptation of Bellow’s "The Silver Dish" and some of his other work. Open to the public.
The Cake Therapist
Award-winning cookbook author Fertig talks about her debut novel, the story of a pastry chef who can “taste” feelings and customize her creations to help a person celebrate love, overcome fear, and even mourn a loss. Joining her will be Peggy Wolff, author of Fried Walleye & Cherry Pie: Midwestern Writers on Food. To register ($10 in advance; $15 within five days of the event), go to www.womens-exchange.org/author-visits or call 847 441-3406.
In a special event co-sponsored by SCBWI, sit in on a conversation between YA writers Laura Ruby, (Bone Gap, Good Girls) and Martha Brockenbrough (The Game of Love and Death) as they talk about the ins, outs, joys, aggravations and work of being a published author.
Recommended for ages 12 and up, especially for educators, and those with an interest in writing. This event is free and open to the public.
A Wilmette Public Library Event
Bestselling thriller writer Child will discuss his creative process and experiences as a writer in a program sponsored by the Wilmette Public Library. Books in his Jack Reacher series about a former American military policeman who wanders the U.S. have been international hits, including the latest, Personal, which was a #1 bestseller in all English language countries. His new Reacher novel, Make Me, is due in September.
Captive Society: The Basij Militia and Social Control in Iran
Iranian native Dr. Golkar, a senior fellow at CCGA and a visiting professor at Northwestern University, speaks about the Basij paramilitary organization in Iran and the role of morality police in the country and the region.
A Cuban-themed evening with mojitos
The Light in Cuban Eyes
Art collector and philanthropist Madeleine Plonsker presents her bilingual book of images by Cuban photographers that she has collected over the years. Published by the Lake Forest Press, the book is the first North American publication with support from the Cuban Ministry of Culture and Fototeca de Cuba, Cuba’s repository of photography comparable in function to the Smithsonian Photography Department in Washington, D.C.
North Shore Jewish Author Literary Series
Brooklyn author Attenberg discusses her brand-new novel, the story of a high-spirited New York City proprietress of a movie theater whose diary, discovered 90 years after she began it, fills in mysterious blanks in her adventurous life.
Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search
for a Legendary Pirate Ship
Chicago writer Kurzon, author of the bestseller Shadow Divers, tells us about his new book, an historical thriller and true story of two men who were willing to risk everything to find the Golden Fleece, the lost ship of the infamous pirate Jospeh Bannister. Says Lee Child (see June 17) of the book: “A great thriller full of tough guys and long odds . . . and: It’s all true.” Luncheon.
A Chicago Council on Global Affairs program
Superpower: Three Choices for America’s Role in the World
Bremmer, president and founder of Eurasia Group and Foreign Affairs Columnist at Time, discusses three choices for America’s role in tomorrow’s world—that of an “independent America” renouncing its responsibility as the global problem-solver, a “moneyball America” defending only its strategic interests, or an “indispensable” America deepening its existing international commitments.
Pirate Hunters: Treasure, Obsession, and the Search
for a Legendary Pirate Ship
writer Kurzon, author of the bestseller Shadow Divers, tells us about
his new book, an historical thriller and true story of two men who were
willing to risk everything to find the Golden Fleece, the lost ship of
the infamous pirate Jospeh Bannister. Says Lee Child (see June 17) of
the book: “A great thriller full of tough guys and long odds . . . and:
It’s all true.”
Dealing with China: An Insider Unmasks the New Economic Superpower
Former U.S. Treasury Secretary Paulson describes his unprecedented access to modern China’s political and business elite and how he has witnessed the creation, evolution, and future of China’s state-controlled capitalism.
The Summer’s End
We welcome back Mary Alice—and her family—for a talk and signing celebrating the release of her new book, the powerful and heartwarming conclusion to her bestselling Lowcountry Summer trilogy, set in the sultry beauty of Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina. Wine and appetizers will be served.
Palace of Treason
Retired CIA agent and bestselling author Matthlews speaks about his new U.S.-Russia spy novel, a deeply informed tale about the high-stakes spy game being waged between the U.S. and Russia today.
Find Momo Coast to Coast
Here’s your one-and-only Chicago-area opportunity to meet the Instagram superstar Momo, the black-and-white, brown-eyed border collie who plays hide-and-seek in his buddy Andrew Knapp’s booksFind Momo and the brand-new Find Momo, Coast to Coast. In it, readers will look for Momo hiding in Grand Central Station, in front of the White House, in New Orleans’ French Quarter and elsewhere. Say hello at gofindmomo.com.
The internationally bestselling author of Sex and the City, Lipstick Jungle, and The Carrie Diaries discusses her highly anticipated new novel. In it, she spoofs and skewers her way through pop culture, celebrity worship, fame, and the meaning of identity. With her trademark humor and style, it’s being called Bushnell's sharpest, funniest book to date.
The Rainy Season: Three Lives in the New South Africa
Immersion journalist Messitt, who focuses on complex issues through the lens of everyday life, discusses her new book. A work of engaging literary journalism, it introduces readers to the remote bushveld community of Rooiboklaagte and opens a window into the beautifully complicated reality of daily life in South Africa.
The Dream Lover
Bestselling author Berg talks about her latest book, a historical novel based on the 19th century writer George Sand, a story set in 19th century France, about the loves, passions, and fierce struggles of a woman who defied the confines of society. Luncheon.
Join YA authors T.M. Goeglein (The Cold Fury trilogy) and Joy Preble (Finding Paris) as they talk about their work—how they write, why they write, and what went into the making of their latest books. Recommended for ages 12 to adult. This event is free and open to the public.
Do writers read like everyone else? Or do they notice things the rest of us miss? Join writer Todd Hasak-Lowy (author of the new YA novel, Me Being Me is Exactly as Insane as You Being You) in an interactive discussion about the relationship between active reading and creative writing. Todd will also talk about his books, answer questions, and sign books at the end of the event.
This event is free, but space may be limited. Call (847) 448-8625 to reserve your space. Recommended for ages 12 and up.