Wednesday September 02, 2015
Start: Sep 2 2015 4:30 pm

Leo: A Ghost Story

Children’s picture book author Barnett and illustrator Robinson engage with young fans ages 6-10 for a sidewalk chalk-drawing extravaganza celebrating their new book. It’s the story of Leo, a ghost who leaves the home he occupies when the family who moves in rejects his friendly gestures. Come participate!

Start: Sep 2 2015 7:00 pm


Escape Points: A Memoir

We’re pleased to welcome Ms. Weldon, a professor at Northwestern’s Medill School, for a celebration of the launch of her memoir about raising three growing sons alone following a divorce and in the face of cancer and an ambitious career.

Thursday September 03, 2015
Start: Sep 3 2015 7:00 pm

A Family Action Network (FAN) Program [currently sold out]

Rising Strong: The Reckoning. The Rumble. The Revolution

For the legions of fans of the #1 New York Times bestsellers Daring Greatly and The Gifts of Imperfection, comes the next step in the groundbreaking research of thought leader Brené Brown, Ph.D.  A research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, Brown’s TED talks on shame and vulnerability have garnered over 23 million views and have changed our cultural conversation. Brown has worked with organizations including Facebook, Microsoft, Pixar, AT&T, Costco, West Point, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and many others. Her new book, RISING STRONG, tells us what it takes to get back up after failure and teaches us how owning our stories of disappointment and heartbreak give us the power to write a daring new ending. Struggle, Brown writes, can be our greatest call to courage, and rising strong our clearest path to a wholehearted life.

This event requires an RSVP, and is currently sold out. See for more information.

Saturday September 05, 2015
Start: Sep 5 2015 11:30 am
End: Sep 5 2015 1:00 pm

Meet & Greet at the store

Mob Cop: My Life of Crime in the Chicago Police Department

Local author Reaves signs the book he co-wrote with and about Fred Pascente, a Chicago police officer for 26 years who had close ties to the Mafia. Pascente’s story details the decline of traditional organized crime in the United States and reveals information about the inner workings of the Chicago Outfit that has never been publicly released.

Thursday September 10, 2015
Start: Sep 10 2015 7:00 pm

Dewey Bob

The author of the popular Skippyjon Jones picture book series introduces her new book about a cute raccoon named Dewey Bob Crockett.

Saturday September 12, 2015
Start: Sep 12 2015 11:30 am
End: Sep 12 2015 1:00 pm

Meet & Greet at the store

Farfel the Magic Bunny

Meet first-time author Friedman whose children’s book is a story of comfort for those who have lost a loved one. The little bunny Farfel brings healing, hope and the realization that the spirit of those we love remain with us always.

Monday September 14, 2015
Start: Sep 14 2015 11:30 am

Exceptional: Why the World Needs a Powerful America

Former Vice President Dick Cheney and his daughter Liz, a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, speak about their new book giving their view of the unique nature of American power, how they feel the principle of American power has been abandoned, and how they believe the country can and must lead again. Luncheon.

Start: Sep 14 2015 4:30 pm

The Day the Crayons Came Home

The author of the children’s favorite The Day the Crayon Quit signs copies of his new collaboration with Oliver Jeffers. Please note the purchase of a Crayon book from The Book Stall is required to enter the signing line.

Tuesday September 15, 2015
Start: Sep 15 2015 12:00 pm

Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War

Bestselling author Abbott tells the story of four women who fought the Civil War in the shadows, uslng all means at their disposal to obtain information about the enemy, Confederate or Union. Writes author Erik Larson, author of Dead Wake and other bestsellers: “With this book, Karen Abbott declares herself the John le Carré of Civil War espionage, with the added benefit that the saga she tells is all true and beautifully researched.” Luncheon.

Thursday September 17, 2015
Start: Sep 17 2015 7:00 pm

The Year of Fear: Machine Gun Kelly and the Manhunt That Changed the Nation

Urschel, the executive director of the National Law Enforcement Museum in Washington D.C., tells the story of the 20,000-mile, 16-state chase of George “Machine Gun” Kelly, one of the most celebrated gangsters of the 1930s. It’s the story, too, of a desperate Justice Department bureaucrat – J. Edgar Hoover – who used the case to launch the FBI.

Friday September 18, 2015
Start: Sep 18 2015 6:30 pm

Sleepy Storytime at the store

Local author McBriarty, who has a focus and fascination with Chicago’s bridges, shows us his children’s books Drawbridges Open and Close and Airplanes Take off and Land designed to introduce kids, in a fun way, to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) topics by answering the "why" questions they often have about how the machines all around us work.

Monday September 21, 2015
Start: Sep 21 2015 11:30 am
End: Sep 21 2015 1:00 pm

Meet & Greet

Big Bully Holly Howler

Dr. Ashley, who is an author, artist, storyteller, and ventriloquist, will present her new children’s book featuring eight puppet characters.

Start: Sep 21 2015 7:00 pm

Paris, He Said

Ms. Sneed discusses her new novel about a woman given the opportunity to move to Paris with her wealthy lover and begin a career as a painter. She’ll be reading together with novelist Paulette Livers, author of the book Cementville.

Tuesday September 22, 2015
Start: Sep 22 2015 7:00 pm

Did You Ever Have a Family

Clegg, a New York literary agent and bestselling author of two memoirs, speaks about his debut novel, which has been longlisted for 2015 Man Booker Prize. It the story of a woman who in the wake of a shocking loss finds a beautiful and surprising web of connections through shared heartbreak.

Thursday September 24, 2015
Start: Sep 24 2015 12:00 pm

Job Quest: How to Become the Insider Who Gets Hired

Chicago career counselor Nielsen, a lawyer with more than 25 years of experience coaching professionals, talks about her book. In it she uses a game approach and an analogy to a medieval quest to help readers understand what to look for and how to how to develop an insider advantage for their job searches through a process of rapid relationship and trust building. Luncheon.

Start: Sep 24 2015 4:00 pm

Penguin’s Big Adventure

Award-winning children’s picture book author Yoon introduces her latest Penguin book, in which the haracter becomes the first penguin to explore the North Pole.

Start: Sep 24 2015 5:30 pm

Southern Routes: Secret Recipes from the Best Down-Home Joints in the South

Food Network host Vaughn’s book is a collection of 100 recipes and stories behind the best and most interesting and entertaining family-owned restaurants from North Carolina to Texas. Cocktail Reception.

Start: Sep 24 2015 6:30 pm

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania



6:30 pm, Cocktails and Book Lecture
Winnetka Community House

11:30 am, Luncheon and Book Discussion
Happ Inn Bar and Grill, Northfield

The Winnetka-Northfield Public Library hosts two events with the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller about the sinking of the Lusitania in May 1915.

Reservations required at

Start: Sep 24 2015 7:00 pm

Lost Boy

Popular children’s author Green, a former All American football star at Syracuse University and defensive player for the Atlanta Falcons, speaks about his writing and his books, including his latest middle grade novel, Lost Boy.

Friday September 25, 2015
Start: Sep 24 2015 6:30 pm
End: Sep 25 2015 11:30 pm

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania



6:30 pm, Cocktails and Book Lecture
Winnetka Community House

11:30 am, Luncheon and Book Discussion
Happ Inn Bar and Grill, Northfield

The Winnetka-Northfield Public Library hosts two events with the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller about the sinking of the Lusitania in May 1915.

Reservations required at

Start: Sep 25 2015 7:00 pm

Everybody Rise

New York Times reporter Clifford discusses her novel about a young woman who plunges headlong into  glittering world of wealth and social prestige in Manhattan in 2006.

Saturday September 26, 2015
Start: Sep 26 2015 10:00 am


Teacher In-service at the store

Children’s author Linda Urban is a special guest at our annual Teacher Day.

Monday September 28, 2015
Start: Sep 28 2015 7:00 pm

This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance

Bestselling author Evison speaks about his new novel, the story of 78-year-old Harriet Chance, who embarks on an Alaskan cruise planned by her recently deceased husband and must suddenly confront the truth about pivotal events that changed her life. It’s described as a bighearted novel with an endearing heroine, a tale of acceptance, reexamination, and forgiveness.

Wednesday September 30, 2015
Start: Sep 30 2015 12:00 pm

Believer: My Forty Years in Politics

President Obama’s former adviser and chief-of-staff discusses his bestselling memoir that takes readers behind the closed doors of politics. Luncheon.

Friday October 02, 2015
Start: Oct 2 2015 4:30 pm


Tom Gates series

Prize-winning British author/illustrator Pichon tells us all about her beloved graphic storybook character Tom Gates, a middle-school comedian, homework dodger, rock-star wannabe, and master doodler.

Saturday October 03, 2015
Start: Oct 3 2015 3:00 pm


Cook County ICU: 30 Years of Unforgettable Patients and Odd Cases

Dr. Franklin, who headed Cook County Hospitals intensive care unit from the 1970s through the 1990s, tells the story of strange medical cases and unforgettable patients from his career.

Tuesday October 06, 2015
Start: Oct 6 2015 11:30 am

Saving Capitalism: For the Many Not the Few

Political economist and former U.S. Treasury Secretary Riech’s new book (out September 29) will talk about how power and influence have created a new American oligarchy, a shrinking middle class, and the greatest income inequality and wealth disparity in 80 years – and what it will take to fix the American economic system. Luncheon.

Wednesday October 07, 2015
Start: Oct 7 2015 12:15 pm


International supermodel Crawford will introduce her richly illustrated memoir chronicling her life and career and sharing stories and lessons learned. Luncheon.

Beauty® celebrates Cindy Crawford and her new book Becoming.

Wednesday October 14, 2015
Start: Oct 14 2015 7:00 pm

Let Me Be Frank With You

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ford returned to the world of Frank Bascombe with his latest book, a series of four novellas set in suburban New Jersey in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The book will be out in paperback the day before our event.

Thursday October 15, 2015
Start: Oct 15 2015 7:00 pm

Desert Diplomat

Jordan, the former U.S. Ambassador to Saudi Arabia from shortly after 9/11 through 2003, speaks about his experiences in the Middle East and offers insights into the political, economic, and social changes occurring in this critical region.

Mr. Jordan will appear at the store with the book’s co-author, Evanston writer Steve Fiffer.

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