Wednesday April 01, 2015
Start: Apr 1 2015 5:30 pm

A Chicago Council on Global Affairs (CCGA) Program

Hall of Mirrors: The Great Depression, The Great Recession, and the Uses—and Misuses—of History

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

Thursday April 02, 2015
Start: Apr 2 2015 11:30 am

11:30 am, Luncheon, The Union League Club

The Natty Professor: A Master Class on Mentoring, Motivating, and Making It Work!

This new book by 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.

Start: Apr 2 2015 6:00 pm

A Chicago Council on Global Affairs Program

Countdown to Zero Day: Stuxnet and the Launch of the World's First Digital Weapon

Zetter, senior staff reporter at Wired, speaks about her latest book and the U.S. use of—and defense against—digital weapons and asks if our reliance on computer networks is our greatest vulnerability.

Tuesday April 07, 2015
Start: Apr 7 2015 11:00 am

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania

The bestselling author of The Devil in the White City and In the Garden of Beasts speaks about his latest and instant bestseller, the dramatic and emotionally powerful story of the sinking of the Lusitania in the Atlantic Ocean in May 1915. Luncheon.

Wednesday April 08, 2015
Start: Apr 8 2015 7:00 pm

Only One Thing Can Save Us

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 than ever in our increasingly unequal society. His new book offers insight into the real dynamics and human experience of working in America today.

Everyone is welcome, but registration is requested online at (see the Events Calendar) or by calling 847 448-8620.

Start: Apr 8 2015 7:00 pm

Unforgettable: A Son, a Mother, and the Lessons of a Lifetime

We’re delighted to welcome back 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. The book 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.

Thursday April 09, 2015
Start: Apr 9 2015 7:00 pm

The Book Stall’s First-Ever Poetry Month Jam

Join us as local poets present and read their poetry and we celebrate National Poetry Month. All are welcome—poets and listeners alike! The poets: Lisa Marie Brodsky, Jim Davis, Gail Goepfert, Susan Moss, Alison O’Connor, John O’Connor, Alexandra Ranieri, and Deborah Rosen. 

Friday April 10, 2015
Start: Apr 10 2015 7:00 pm


I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You

Join us for a French-themed evening with Courtney Maum, whose novel set in Paris and London is new in paperback. The author will be interviewed by our book group leader Alice Moody.  We’ll have wine and nibbles.

Monday April 13, 2015
Start: Apr 13 2015 5:30 pm

A Chicago Council on Global Affairs Program

Conflict in Ukraine: The Unwinding of the Post-Cold War Order

City College of New York Political Science professor Menon is joined by Rumer of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace to speak about their book and the topic “Arming Ukraine: Promise or Peril.”  They, along with Jeremy Shapiro of the Brookings Instituion, will discuss the question of whether arming Ukraine is in America’s national interest or a burden best left to our European allies.

Tuesday April 14, 2015
Start: Apr 14 2015 7:30 am

A Chicago Council on Global Affairs Program

Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China

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

Start: Apr 14 2015 11:30 am

The Lady from Zagreb
The Geneva Strategy

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

Start: Apr 14 2015 11:30 am


A Chicago Council on Global Affairs Program

Triumphs and Tragedies of the Modern Congress

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 above book’s co-authors James Kitfield, senior national security and foreign affairs correspondent of the National Journal; Christopher P. Lu, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Labor; Norman Ornstein, contributing editor and columnist for both the National Journal and The Atlantic.

Thursday April 16, 2015
Start: Apr 16 2015 7:00 pm

The Art Forger

Join us at this Ragdale Foundation co-sponsored event featuring Barbara Shapiro, whose latest novel is about an artist who makes a Faustian bargain with a powerful gallery owner to forge a Degas painting in exchange for a show at his renowned gallery.

Saturday April 18, 2015
Start: Apr 18 2015 11:00 am

Meet & Greet

Archie in the Crosshairs
Archie Goodwin, the indefatigable assistant to investigator Nero Wolfe, finds himself the target of one of Wolfe’s enemies.

Monday April 20, 2015
Start: Apr 20 2015 11:30 am

Dealing with China: An Insider Unmasks the New Economic Superpower

Former Treasury Secretary Hank Paulson talks about his new book that draws on his unprecedented access to modern China’s political and business elite. He takes readers behind closed doors to witness the creation, evolution, and future of China’s state-controlled capitalism.  Mr. Paulson will be interviewed by Tom Brokaw at this event. Luncheon.

Start: Apr 20 2015 5:30 pm

A Chicago Council on Global Affairs Program

Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice

The founder and CEO of Hermitage Capital Management speaks on the subject  “Putin’s Number One Enemy?” Browder argues that as the relationship between Russia and the West continues to deteriorate, economic problems appear of little concern to Vladimir Putin—a fact Browder attributes to the endemic corruption among top Russian officials.

Start: Apr 20 2015 7:00 pm

Max and Benny’s Jewish Author Literary Series

Fugitive Colors

International journalist and Chicago author Barr about her historical-fiction thriller about stolen art, love, lust, and revenge on the eve of World War II.

Wednesday April 22, 2015
Start: Apr 22 2015 11:30 am


Pinney, an award-winning photographer based in Evanston, has assembled a collection of thought-provoking photographs that contemplate the essence of duality in our relationships and in the world surrounding us. Bestselling author and Pinney friend Ann Patchett has written the introduction and edited contributions from some of the country’s leading authors. Join us to hear Pinney and Patchett tell the book’s story.

Thursday April 23, 2015
Start: Apr 23 2015 7:00 pm

7 pm, New Trier HS Northfield, Cornog Auditorium
A FAN Program

Mindfulness in Relationship: The Power of the Shared Human Experience
Kramer, the founder and guiding teacher of Metta Programs, speaks on the subject of mindfulness. This program, which is free and open to the public, will be followed by a day-long retreat on Friday, April 24, and a non-residential retreat on Saturday and Sunday, April 25-26. For more details, see

Start: Apr 23 2015 7:00 pm

The Masque of a Murderer

Local writer Calkins speaks about her latest novel, a tightly plotted mystery set in 17th century England and full of rich historical details. She will be interviewed by Renee Rosen, author of What the Lady Wants: A Novel of Marshall Field and the Gilded Age.

Start: Apr 23 2015 7:30 pm

The Family: A Journey into the Heart of the Twentieth Century

Laskin tells the story of one extraordinary Jewish family—that of his ancestors—that originated in a yeshiva town at the western fringe of the Russian empire and eventually travelled three very different roads: one branch immigrated to American and founded the Maidenform Bra Company, another went to Palestine as pioneers, and a third remained in Europe and suffered the onslaught of Nazi occupation.

Sunday April 26, 2015
Start: Apr 26 2015 2:00 pm


Some Luck and Early Warning

The Wilmette Public Library hosts bestselling author Smiley for a discussion of her novel Some Luck, the library’s 2015 “One Book Everybody Reads” choice and the first book in a trilogy. We’ll sell copies of the next book, Early Warning, two days ahead of its national release on Tuesday, April 28. For a complete list of the many related “One Book” activities, see

Monday April 27, 2015
Start: Apr 27 2015 7:00 pm

My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me: A Black Woman Discovers Her Family's Nazi Past

Teege tells her story—that of a German-Nigerian woman who learns that her biological grandfather was the brutal Nazi commandant depicted in “Schindler’s List.”

Tuesday April 28, 2015
Start: Apr 28 2015 11:30 am

The Real-Life MBA: Your No-BS Guide to Winning the Game, 
Building a Team, and Growing Your Career

The bestselling authors of Winning talk about their latest book—a guide for everyone in business today—and tomorrow—that explores challenges related to creating winning strategies, leading and managing others, and building a thriving career. Luncheon.

Start: Apr 28 2015 12:00 pm

Native American Trail Marker Trees: Marking Paths  Through the Wilderness

Painter and sculptor Downes tells the story of his book, based on a 30-year study of the trees that were shaped into a specific form by man to be easily recognized and used to aid in land and/or water navigation and to mark significant Native American sites.

Wednesday April 29, 2015
Start: Apr 29 2015 11:30 am

Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868

This companion to Ms. Robert’s bestsellers Founding Mothers and Ladies of Liberty marks the sesquicentennial of the Civil War by offering a look at Washington, D.C. and the experiences, influence, and contributions of its women during that momentous period of American history. Luncheon

Thursday April 30, 2015
Start: Apr 30 2015 7:00 pm

Secrets from the Eating Lab: The Science of Weight Loss, the Myth of Willpower, and Why You Should Never Diet Again

Dr. Mann, a professor of psychology at the University of Minnesota and one of the nation's leading researchers in self-control and the psychology of weight loss, offers proven strategies for sustainable weight loss.

Friday May 01, 2015
Start: May 1 2015 11:30 am

Two Days in June: John F. Kennedy and the Two Days That Made History

Cohen delves behind two speeches made by JFK in June 1963, when the President spoke boldly of the two greatest issues of his time: nuclear arms and civil rights. Luncheon.

Saturday May 02, 2015
Start: May 2 2015 9:30 am
End: May 2 2015 5:00 pm


Start: May 2 2015 10:00 am


Two Days in June: John F. Kennedy and the Two Days That Made History

delves behind two speeches made by JFK in June 1963, when the President
spoke boldly of the two greatest issues of his time: nuclear arms and
civil rights.

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