Saturday May 23, 2015


See our children’s pages for our exciting line-up of events.

Monday June 01, 2015
Start: Jun 1 2015 11:30 am


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.



Wednesday June 03, 2015
Start: Jun 3 2015 11:30 am

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.

Start: Jun 3 2015 6:30 pm

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.

Thursday June 04, 2015
Start: Jun 4 2015 12:00 pm

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.

Start: Jun 4 2015 5:30 pm

A Chicago Council on Global Affairs Program

Posner and Wills speak on the topic “Pope Francis and the Vatican: Legacy and Limits of Reform.”

Start: Jun 4 2015 6:30 pm

Join us as Mimi Sheraton entices us with 1,000 Foods to Eat Before You

Friday June 05, 2015
Start: Jun 5 2015 11:00 am
End: Jun 5 2015 2:00 pm

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.

Tuesday June 09, 2015
Start: Jun 9 2015 6:30 pm

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.

Wednesday June 10, 2015
Start: Jun 10 2015 12:00 pm

Gettsburg Replies

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.

Start: Jun 10 2015 6:00 pm
End: Jun 10 2015 7:30 pm

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.

Thursday June 11, 2015
Start: Jun 11 2015 6:30 pm

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 or call 847 441-3406.

Wednesday June 17, 2015
Start: Jun 17 2015 7:00 pm

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.

Start: Jun 17 2015 7:00 pm


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.

Friday June 19, 2015
Start: Jun 19 2015 7:30 am

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.

Start: Jun 19 2015 6:30 pm

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.

Monday June 22, 2015
Start: Jun 22 2015 7:00 pm

North Shore Jewish Author Literary Series

Saint Mazie

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.

Tuesday June 23, 2015
Start: Jun 23 2015 12:00 pm


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.

Start: Jun 23 2015 5:30 pm

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.

Start: Jun 23 2015 6:30 pm

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.”

Wednesday June 24, 2015
Start: Jun 24 2015 5:30 pm

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.

Start: Jun 24 2015 6:30 pm

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.

Thursday June 25, 2015
Start: Jun 25 2015 12:00 pm

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.

Start: Jun 25 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

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.

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.

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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