Events

Tuesday September 23, 2014
Start: Sep 23 2014 6:00 pm


Under the Wide and Starry Sky

The bestselling author of Loving Frank talks about her second novel, an improbable love story of Scottish writer Robert Louis
Stevenson and his tempestuous American wife, Fanny.

Wednesday September 24, 2014
Start: Sep 24 2014 12:00 pm


Before the First Shots Are Fired: How America Can Win or Lose Off the Battlefield
Retired four-star Marine Corps general Zinni talks about his new book at two appearances. In it, he draws on his five decades of military experience and lessons from past wars to set out vital preconditions for successful military intervention anytime—and anywhere—in the future.

Venues:

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 24
12 noon, Luncheon
The Union League Club


THURSDAY, SEPT. 25
12 noon, Luncheon
University Club of Chicago

Start: Sep 24 2014 4:30 pm

Gibbs, author of last year’s zoo mystery Belly Up presents his new mystery, Space Case. Alexander, winner of the National Book Award for Goblin Secrets, presents his new sci-fi adventure Ambassador. Your 8-12 year-olds will love these gents!

Thursday September 25, 2014
Start: Sep 25 2014 12:00 pm


Before the First Shots Are Fired: How America Can Win or Lose Off the Battlefield


Retired four-star Marine Corps general Zinni talks about his new book at
two appearances. In it, he draws on his five decades of military
experience and lessons from past wars to set out vital preconditions for
successful military intervention anytime—and anywhere—in the future.

Venues:

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 24
12 noon, Luncheon
The Union League Club


THURSDAY, SEPT. 25
12 noon, Luncheon
University Club of Chicago

Start: Sep 25 2014 4:30 pm

The author of the middle grade novel The Fellowship of Alien Detection and the YA dystopian series The Atlanteans talks about his latest, Exile, the realistic story of a young woman who manages a high school rock band.

Recommended for fans of John Green and Antony John.

Start: Sep 25 2014 7:00 pm


The Hopkins Touch: Harry Hopkins and the Forging of the Alliance to Defeat Hitler


In his highly acclaimed book, Roll tells the story of how Hopkins, an Iowa-born social worker who had been an integral part of the New Deal’s implementation, became the linchpin in FDR’s—and America’s—relationships with Churchill and Stalin and spoke with an authority second only to the president’s. The author is a partner at the Washington firm of Steptoe & Johnson and founder of Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation.

Friday September 26, 2014
Start: Sep 26 2014 12:00 pm


The AIA Guide to Chicago

Ms. Petersen, editor of the new third edition of the AIA Guide to Chicago, and Esposito, the executive vice president of the American Institute of Architects Chicago, speak about what is considered to be the premier guide to the city’s architectural
treasures.  Luncheon.

Start: Sep 26 2014 7:00 pm


Black, co-author of The Spiderwick Chronicles and author of Doll Bones and The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, teams with Clare to introduce an entirely new series they have written together, The Magisterium. The first volume is The Iron Trial.

Our September children's events conclude on a high note, with authors Holly Black (right) and Cassandra Clare telling us all about The Iron Trial, the first volume in the new series they have written together,  called The Magisterium. Her fans will recall that Black is a co-author of The Spiderwick Chronicles and author of the Newbery Honor book Doll Bones, the Curseworker series, and The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. Clare is the author of the acclaimed Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices series.


Fans of a certain Mr. Potter will love The Iron Trial, the story of a boy who becomes a wizard against his will and his father's wishes.


No registration is required, but space is limited so attendees are encouraged to come to the Niles Public Library early. Free tickets will be distributed starting at 6:30 p.m.

 

Saturday September 27, 2014
Start: Sep 27 2014 11:00 am
End: Sep 27 2014 12:30 pm

Paint Me a Monster

Meet & Greet at the store. The author’s debut novel is the story of an artistic girl growing up in a wealthy but dysfunctional home and what she learns over a 13-year period about self-respect and the human condition.

Start: Sep 27 2014 1:00 pm
End: Sep 27 2014 3:00 pm

 

Meet & Greet at the store.

The Pitcher

The author signs his book, the story of a World Series pitcher at the end of his dream and a boy whose dream is to make his high school baseball team.

Monday September 29, 2014
Start: Sep 29 2014 12:00 pm

 

Bigger, Brighter, Louder


The Chicago Tribune drama critic talks about his book, an instant classic covering 150 years of theater in Chicago as seen through the eyes of Tribune critics.

Tuesday September 30, 2014
Start: Sep 30 2014 7:00 pm

A FAN Event

The Essential Conversation: What Parents and Teachers Can Learn from Each Other

Sociologist and Harvard professor Lawrence-Lightfoot speaks about her new book focusing on the text and subtext, substance
and symbolism of parent-teacher conferences and offers lessons about how to make them more productive for both parties.

Start: Sep 30 2014 7:00 pm


East of Mecca


This debut novel by Ms. Flaherty, a local author and clinical psychologist, is set in the expatriate community of Saudi Arabia and is based on the author’s personal experience and the experiences of other expats in the Kingdom.

Wednesday October 01, 2014
Start: Oct 1 2014 12:00 pm

 

Bigger,
Brighter, Louder

The Chicago Tribune drama critic talks about his book, an instant classic covering 150 years of theater in Chicago as seen through the eyes of Tribune critics.

Start: Oct 1 2014 5:30 pm


A Chicago Council on Global Affairs program

Treasury’s War: The Unleashing of a New Era of Financial Warfare


Zarate, previously the first-ever Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for terrorist financing and financial crimes, is part of the CCGA program, “Dirty Money: A New Era of Laundering and Enforcement.” For more information, other program participants, and to register, go to www.thechicagocouncil.org (see “Events.”).

Thursday October 02, 2014
Start: Oct 2 2014 7:00 pm

You Might Remember Me: The Life and Times of Phil Hartman


Chicago Sun-Times arts and entertainment writer Thomas talks about his biography of the beloved comedic actor (“Saturday Night Live” and “NewsRadio”) whose seemingly charmed life was cut short when he was murdered by his wife in 1998.

Friday October 03, 2014
Start: Oct 3 2014 12:00 pm


The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan


Perlstein’s widely acclaimed book is a dazzling portrait of America during the tumultuous political and economic times of the 1970s.

Sunday October 05, 2014
Start: Oct 5 2014 1:00 pm


Looking for Jack Kerouac

Award-winning author Shoup talks about her young adult novel of historical fiction, set in the 1960s, about a boy who feels understood for the first time after reading On the Road.

Start: Oct 5 2014 3:00 pm

A Sudden Light, a new novel from the author of the bestseller The Art of Racing in the Rain

Start: Oct 5 2014 3:00 pm


A Sudden Light

The author of the international bestseller The Art of Racing in the Rain talks about his new novel, set in the Pacific Northwest, about a family confronting long-buried secrets surrounding a legendary mansion built on Puget Sound from the spoils of a massive timber fortune.

Start: Oct 5 2014 4:30 pm
End: Oct 5 2014 7:00 pm


Winnetka Historical Society Fall Reception and Program


Ms. Peterson speaks on the subject “Well-Connected: Chicago and North Shore Architects” in the setting of Grace Presbyterian Church, designed by notable architect S.S. Berman. Ms. Petersen will explore a century of connections between architects working in the city and on the North Shore. For reservations, go to www.winnetkahistory.org.

(See also event of Friday, Sept. 26 and Ms. Peterson’s talk on the new third edition of The AIA Guide to Chicago.)

Wednesday October 08, 2014
Start: Oct 8 2014 7:00 pm

Of All the Gin Joints

Author and screenwriter Bailey and illustrator Hemingway return to The Book Stall for a toast to their latest endeavor, aptly subtitled “Stumbling Through Hollywood History.” Bailey tells the true—and often surprising—stories of 75 of our most beloved actors, directors, and screenwriters with ribald anecdotes and memorable quotes—and recipes for their favorite cocktails.  The two last visited the store several years ago with their book Hemingway and Bailey’s Bartending Guide to Great American Writers.

Thursday October 09, 2014
Start: Oct 9 2014 7:30 am


A Chicago Council on Global Affairs Program

The Death of Money: The Coming Collapse of the International Monetary System

Rickards, chief global strategist at West Shore Group and a lecturer at Johns Hopkins University, explains his book’s theory that the biggest threat may come from within the American system. Breakfast.

Start: Oct 9 2014 6:00 pm


Love Sex Again: A Gynecologist Finally Fixes the Issues That Are Sabotaging Your Sex Life

Dr. Streicher, an Associate Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine and a renowned women’s sexual health expert, speaks about her new book offering real solutions for women to reclaim their “SexAbility.”

Start: Oct 9 2014 7:00 pm


The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century

This new book by Harvard psychology professor Pinker—also a bestselling writer, cognitive scientist and linguist—shows how the art of writing can be a form of pleasurable mastery and a fascinating intellectual topic in its own right. It’s an excellent resource for writers of all kinds and for readers curious about the ways in which the sciences of mind can illuminate how language works at its best.

Friday October 10, 2014
Start: Oct 10 2014 7:00 pm


“Fierce Reads”

The library prematurely kicks off Teen Read Week with four YA authors discussing their new and upcoming books:

GENNIFER ALBIN, author of Crewel World,

JESSICA BRODY, author of the Unremembered trilogy,

NIKKI KELLY, author of The Styclar Saga, and

MARISSA MEYER, author of The Lunar Chronicles.

Monday October 13, 2014
Start: Oct 13 2014 12:00 pm


Not My Father’s Son: A Memoir

The beloved Scotish star of stage, television, and screen shares the emotional story of his complicated relationship with his father and the deeply buried family secrets that shaped his life and career.

Tuesday October 14, 2014
Start: Oct 14 2014 6:00 pm
End: Oct 14 2014 9:00 pm

 

Mountain to Mountain: A Journey of Adventure and Activism for the Women of Afghanistan


Humanitarian, activist, and writer Galpin, founder of the non-profit Mountain2Mountain and the organization Combat Apathy to fight for women’s rights globally, discusses her new book. It is the story of her work on a variety of projects in Afghanistan, where in 2009 she became the first person to mountain bike in a country where the culture does not allow women to ride bikes.  For more information, see greenbaycycles.com or call 847 446-7433.

Start: Oct 14 2014 7:00 pm

 

Epilogue: A Memoir

Award-winning English-born author Boast talks about his memoir describing the revelation that his father, who died after the loss of his mother and his only brother when Will was only 24 years old, had had another family before Will’s. Writes Publishers Weekly in a starred review: “Family tragedy leads to almost unbearable darkness but also renewal and hope for a young man in this excellent memoir.”

Wednesday October 15, 2014
Start: Oct 15 2014 7:30 am

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 15
Two Appearances
• 7:30 am, Breakfast, The Union League Club
• 5:30 pm, Venue to be announced

A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity

Two-time
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Kristof speaks about the book he has
written with his wife Sheryl WuDunn, offering practical results-driven
advice about how each person can give and make a difference and the
benefits gained in return. Breakfast.

Note: Mr. Kristof’s 5:30 pm talk is a Chicago
Council on Global Affairs program. See www.thechicagocouncil.org for
more information. 

Start: Oct 15 2014 5:30 pm

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 15
Two Appearances
• 7:30 am, Breakfast, The Union League Club
• 5:30 pm , Venue to be announced

A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity
Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Kristof speaks about the book he has written with his wife Sheryl WuDunn, offering practical results-driven advice about how each person can give and make a difference and the benefits gained in return. Note: Mr. Kristof’s 5:30 pm talk is a Chicago Council on Global Affairs program. See www.thechicagocouncil.org for more information.

Start: Oct 15 2014 6:30 pm

The Book Stall closes at 6:30 pm today for a staff meeting.

Thursday October 16, 2014
Start: Oct 16 2014 4:30 pm


Sam and Dave Dig a Hole

The multi-award-winning bestselling team of Barnett and Klassen dig down for a deadpan tale full of humor in their new book. Together they collaborated on the Caldecott Honor book Extra Yarn. Klassen is the author-illustrator of the Caldecott winner This Is Not My Hat. A not-to-be-missed event!

Friday October 17, 2014
Start: Oct 17 2014 6:30 pm


Thunder & Lightning: A Story for a Stormy Night


Local author Sheridan will be here in person to read his new picture book that takes the scare out of a thunderstorm with the tale of a timeless friendship. Great for ages 3-6. Free; no registration required.

As always, jammies and stuffed animals are recommended.

Monday October 20, 2014
Start: Oct 20 2014 1:01 am


Plenty More—from the author of the acclaimed more-than-cookbooks Plenty and Jerusalem.

 

Please note: Event time to be determined.

Start: Oct 20 2014 7:00 pm

7 pm, Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington

Neri is the author of Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty, as well as Ghetto Cowboy and Chess Rumble (both illustrated by Watson). The two will discuss their books and their writing process and answer questions. This is a free event, but please register at www.epl.org or call 847 448-8625.

Tuesday October 21, 2014
Start: Oct 21 2014 11:30 am

TUESDAY, OCT. 21
11:30 am,

999: A History of Chicago in Ten Stories
Fizdale details the wealth, greed, power, corruption and even murder that accompanied the rise of arguably the most beautiful and historic residence ever built along the city’s storied lakefront.

Start: Oct 21 2014 12:00 pm


Bones Never Lie

Forensic scientist, archaeologist, and bestselling author Reichs talks about her latest “Bones” suspense novel. It features forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance Brennen at the top of her game in a battle of wits against the most monstrous adversary she has ever encountered. Reichs is also the producer of “Bones,” the hit TV series based on her Brennen novels.

Start: Oct 21 2014 5:00 pm
End: Oct 21 2014 7:00 pm


How to Eat When Life Gets in the Way

Chicago writer and personal diet coach Weitzman shares her experience with losing and maintaining weight.

Start: Oct 21 2014 5:30 pm


A Chicago Council on Global Affairs Program

Markets Over Mao: The Rise of Private Business in China


Lardy, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington D.C. and expert on the Chinese economy, speaks about his new book that asks—and answers—the question of whether the economic revolution in China will be further privatized.

Wednesday October 22, 2014
Start: Oct 22 2014 12:00 pm

Our Once and Future Planet

Irish journalist Woodworth spent 10 years traveling the globe in search of an answer to the question of what wilderness looks like and whether there is a way to bring it back once it is lost. His book is the account of that journey to places, including Chicagoland, where committed citizens, nonprofits, governments, and corporations are restoring blighted landscapes. Luncheon.

Start: Oct 22 2014 12:00 pm


Culture Worrier: Reflections on Race, Politics and Social Change

Pulitzer Prize-winning Chicago Tribune columnist Page talks about his new book, commemorating the 30th anniversary of his column’s first appearance in the Tribune. It is the first such collection of his columns and an archive of his best work.

Start: Oct 22 2014 7:00 pm
End: Oct 22 2014 9:00 pm


Join us and the Midwest sales representatives for some of the country’s most prominent publishers for an evening of book talk and inside perspectives on some of the season’s hottest, most interesting new books. There will be favors!

Please call us at 847 446-8880 to let us know you are coming. Free and open to all!

Thursday October 23, 2014
Start: Oct 23 2014 7:00 pm


The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression

Andrew Solomon, whose FAN lecture last year about his book Far from the Tree drew a standing ovation, returns to FANdom to speak on the subject of his 2001 National Book Award-winning The Noonday Demon.  FAN has given this lecture the title “Depression, Too, Is a Thing with Feathers.”

Friday October 24, 2014
Start: Oct 24 2014 4:30 pm


The Princess in Black

The award-winning writing team read from their latest tale, the story of one Princess Magnolia, who ditches her flouncy dresses and becomes the Princess in Black when trouble raises its head.

Saturday October 25, 2014
Start: Oct 25 2014 2:00 pm
End: Oct 25 2014 4:00 pm


A King Salmon Journey and Grizzly Bears of Alaska

The popular Alaskan author of nature books for children and adults and a frequent visitor to The Book Stall returns to talk about her books, including two new in 2014:

Grizzly Bears of Alaska, a picture book for children about bears, cubs, habitat, hibernation, diet, and how far they will roam, as well as

A King Salmon Journey, the story of a female king salmon taking a dramatic trip from the Bering Sea through the waters of Alaska and Canada to safely deliver her eggs.

Start: Oct 25 2014 3:30 pm

SATURDAY, OCT. 25
3:30 pm, Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington
and

SUNDAY, OCT. 26
2 pm, Wilmette Historical Museum, 609 Ridge Road

Friends Disappear: The Battle for Racial Equality in Evanston

For
her new book, Evanston native and Clemson University lecturer Barr went
back to her old neighborhood to track down her old classmates and piece
together a history of Evanston based on a group of childhood friends
growing up at the height of local civil rights activism. Note:
Saturday’s event at the Evanston Public Library is free and open to the
pubic. Sunday’s talk in Wilmette, co-hosted with the Winnetka Historical
Society, is free to members/$5 for non-members.

Sunday October 26, 2014
Start: Oct 26 2014 2:00 pm

 

Friends Disappear: The Battle for Racial Equality in Evanston

For her new book, Evanston native and Clemson University lecturer Barr went back to her old neighborhood to track down her old classmates and piece together a history of Evanston based on a group of childhood friends growing up at the height of local civil rights activism. Note: Saturday’s event at the Evanston Public Library is free and open to the pubic. Sunday’s talk in Wilmette, co-hosted with the Winnetka Historical Society, is free to members/$5 for non-members.

Monday October 27, 2014
Start: Oct 27 2014 12:00 pm

MONDAY, OCT. 27
12 noon, Luncheon, The Standard Club

Heritage

Brock, the chef at the hugely successful Charleston restaurants Husk and McCrady’s, talks about his first cookbook, complete with his inspired recipes that seek to preserve the heritage foods of the South.

Tuesday October 28, 2014
Start: Oct 28 2014 12:00 pm


Leaving Time

Bestselling author Picoult speaks about her highly anticipated new novel. It’s the story of a woman who enlists the help of a psychic and jaded private detective to help her investigate the mysterious disappearance of her mother, a scientist studying grief among elephants, more than a decade ago. Luncheon.

Start: Oct 28 2014 4:00 pm


What’s So Yummy: All About Eating Well and Feeling Good

Robie reads from her new book, the fourth in her “Let’s Talk About You and Me” children’s series written with Nadine Bernard Westcott.

Start: Oct 28 2014 5:00 pm

A Chicago Council on Global Affairs Program

Political Order and Political Decay

Chicago-born Stanford University professor Fukuyama speaks about his new book, a sequel to his influential Origins of Political Order. This new work takes up the essential question of how societies develop strong, impersonal, and accountable political institutions, following the story from the French Revolution to the so-called Arab Spring and the deep dysfunctions of contemporary American politics.
 

Wednesday October 29, 2014
Start: Oct 29 2014 12:00 pm


Chicagoscapes

Award-winning photographic artist Kanfer presents his beautiful new book illuminating the subtleties of mood, architecture, street corners, lakefront, and forces of nature that make Chicago a city unlike any other. Luncheon.

Start: Oct 29 2014 4:00 pm


4 pm, Storytime at the store

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

We’ll be celebrating the 25th anniversary of this classic, just out in a special anniversary edition.

Start: Oct 29 2014 5:30 pm

A Chicago Council on Global Affairs Program

This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate

Award-winning journalist Klein, author of the 2007 #1 bestseller The Shock Doctrine, speaks about her latest book, an explanation of why the climate crisis challenges us to abandon the core “free market” ideology of our time, restructure the global economy, and remake our political systems.

Start: Oct 29 2014 7:00 pm


Troika

You’ll want to pay attention to his debut novel about a Cuban dancer in a seedy Floirda strip club, a wealthy Russian immigrant in New York, and his wife who is struggling to maintain her dignity after a life-changing accident. Writes Kirkus Reviews: “Riveting drama and sensuous prose make for an unforgettable love story.”

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