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Friday June 26, 2015
Start: Jun 26 2015 6:30 pm

Killing Monica

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.

Saturday June 27, 2015
Start: Jun 27 2015 3:00 pm


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.

Sunday June 28, 2015
Start: Jun 28 2015 2:00 pm

Joe Black: More Than a Dodger

He was told that the color of his skin would keep him out of the big leagues, but Joe Black worked his way up through the Negro Leagues and the Cuban Winter League. He burst into the Majors in 1952 when he signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers. In the face of segregation, verbal harassment, and even death threats, Joe Black rose to the top of his game; he earned National League Rookie of the Year and became the first African American pitcher to win a World Series game. With the same tenacity he showed in his baseball career, Black became the first African American vice president of a transportation corporation when he went to work for Greyhound.

In Joe Black: More Than a Dodger, the first-ever biography of Joe Black, his daughter Martha Jo Black tells the story not only of a baseball great who broke through the color line, but also of the father she knew and loved.

This event is free and open to the public.

Tuesday June 30, 2015
Start: Jun 30 2015 12:00 pm

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.

Start: Jun 30 2015 6:30 pm

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

Saturday July 11, 2015
Start: Jul 11 2015 2:00 pm

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.

Sunday July 12, 2015
Start: Jul 12 2015 4:00 pm

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.

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