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SALLY KALMBACH - Winnetka Historical Society Luncheon

Wednesday, March 4th

12:00 pm at the Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave.

In Mrs. Thorne’s World of Miniatures, Chicago historian Sally Kalmbach tells the story of Narcissa Niblack Thorne who began collecting miniatures as a young girl. Her fascination grew and as an adult, she gained world-wide recognition for hundreds of miniature rooms created with such exacting detail that they became educational tools for students of architecture and interior design. She left 68 of her rooms to the Art Institute of Chicago, where they remain on permanent exhibit in a Gallery devoted solely to Mrs. Thorne's masterpieces. Thorne Rooms are also in the permanent collections of the Phoenix Art Museum and the Knoxville Museum of Art.

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THE BEST OF THE BOOK STALL! - A Screen Break Activity

Wednesday, March 4th

4:30 pm at The Book Stall


Miss Amy reads her favorite new picture books! Celebrate the continuing power of the picture book, with this after-school storytime featuring our beloved Miss Amy.


Recommended for ages 3 and up. No registration required and we will provide a treat!



Thursday, March 5th

4:00 pm at The Book Stall


The Toad brothers are wreaking havoc in Drywater Gulch. Then Ryan rides into town - on his tortoise - and declares himself a sheriff. Ryan's only seven years old with no experience but he has immense knowledge of dinosaurs which comes in handy! Listen to the story, participate in book-related games, and test your dino-knowledge to win dino prizes.


Recommended for ages 4-8. Space is limited so please call The Book Stall at 847.446.8880 to reserve your spot.


SLEEPY STORY TIME! - A Screen Break Activity

Friday, March 6th

6:30 pm at The Book Stall


Calling all kids! Calling all beloved stuffed animals! Calling all worn-out parents! Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!


Join us for a special Friday night story time designed to relax and entertain you at the end of a busy week. Curl up and listen to great tales to send you off to the Land of Nod.


Recommended for ages 3 and up. No registration required and we will provide a treat!


BARNEY SALTZBERG - A Screen Break Activity

Saturday, March 7th

3:00 pm at The Book Stall


His books, Good Egg, Beautiful Oops!, Arlo Needs Glasses, and A Little Bit of Oomph!, combine distinctive art, a lively spirit, and paper engineering to bring great joy to kids (and grown-ups too). Now Barney is launching a new series about a character named Redbird. His presentation will include music, drawing, and reading. It's fun, interactive, and free!


Recommended for ages 4-8. This event is free and open to the public.


MARC GOODMAN - A Chicago Council Event

Monday, March 9th

5:30 pm at The Union League Club


Marc Goodman, a global security advisor and Chair for Policy, Law, and Ethics at Silicon Valley's Singularity University, speaks on the subject of "Cybercrime and the Digital Dystopia." His new book, Future Crimes, takes readers into the dark side of technological innovation and the unintended consequences of our connected world.


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VICKY WARD - A Chicago Council Event

Wednesday, March 11th

5:30 pm at the Peninsula Hotel, Chicago


Bestselling author and former Vanity Fair contributing editor Vicky Ward joins Chicago's own Sam Zell in a program titled "Tall Stories: Myth and Reality in Commercial Real Estate."


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Monday, March 16th

4:00 pm at The Book Stall


How many times have you read The Very Hungry Caterpillar and wished you could meet such an interesting creature? Well, now's your chance!!!


Join us here at the store for a very special appearance by the Caterpillar himself. We will read special stories, have Very Hungry Caterpillar themed activities, and everyone gets a chance to have their picture taken with the Caterpillar. The publisher will also be offering prizes for the best photos!


This event is free and open to the public.


CARRIE JAMES - A FAN Presentation

Monday, March 16th

7:00 pm at Central School, Glencoe,

Carrie James, a sociologist and principal investigator at Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, discusses the subject of her new book, Disconnected, which examines how young people and the adults in their lives think about online privacy, property, and participation dilemmas.


This event is free and open to the public.



Wednesday, March 18th

11:30 pm at The Standard Club, and


Thursday, March 19th

7:00 pm at The Book Stall

In her new book, Not Fade Away, Rebecca Alexander, a psychotherapist and extreme athlete who is almost completely blind and deaf, tells the extraordinary story of the rare genetic mutation called Usher Syndrome she was born with and a shattering accident at age 18 - and meditates on what she has lost and what she has found in return.


For reservations to the luncheon, please call The Book Stall: 847.446.8880. The event in the store is free and open to the public.



Wednesday, March 18th

7:00 pm at Sacred Heart Church Parish Center, 1060 Gage Street

In Change of Heart, the sister of Nancy Langert, who in 1990 was murdered in Winnetka along with her husband Richard Langert and their unborn child, tells the story of her journey to confronting and reconciling with their killer. Jeanne Bishop is an Assistant Public Defender in Cook County and an adjunct professor of law at Northwestern.

This event is co-sponsored by Sacred Heart Church and the Women’s Exchange and is free and open to the public.


LEON PANETTA - A Chicago Council Event

Thusday, March 19th

5:30 pm at The Fairmont, Chicago

Leon Panetta has had two of the most consequential careers of any American public servant in the past 50 years. His first, beginning as an army intelligence officer and including a run as one of Congress's most powerful and respected members, lasted 35 years and culminated in his role as Clinton's budget czar and White House Chief of Staff. He then 'retired' to establish the Panetta Institute, to serve on the Iraq Study Group; and to protect the California coast. In 2009 he accepted what many said was a thankless task: returning to public office as the director of the CIA. Worthy Fights is his eventful political memoir.

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Monday, March 23rd

12:00 pm at The Union League Club


In Resilience, Eric Greitens, a Navy SEAL and former Rhodes Scholar, tells how he drew from his own experience and wisdom from ancient and modern thinkers to help a former SEAL comrade deal with
posttraumatic stress disorder.


For reservations, please call The Book Stall: 847.446.8880.



Monday, March 23rd

7:00 pm at Evanston Township High School, 1600 Dodge Avenue


Named one of the best books of 2014 by many publications, Just Mercy is an account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer’s coming of age, a window into the lives of those he has defended, and an argument
for compassion in the pursuit of true justice.


This event is free and open to the public.


BARNEY FRANK - Two Events!!!

Wednesday, March 25th

11:30 am at The Union League Club, and


Wednesday, March 25th

7:00 pm at The Center on Halsted, Hoover-Leppen Theater

How did a disheveled, intellectually combative gay Jew with a thick accent become one of the most effective (and funniest) politicians of our time?

In Frank, a feisty and moving memoir, Barney Frank candidly discusses the satisfactions, fears, and grudges that come with elected office. He recalls the emotional toll of living in the closet and how his public crusade against homophobia conflicted with his private accommodation of it. He discusses his painful quarrels with allies; his friendships with public figures, from Tip O'Neill to Sonny Bono; and how he found love with his husband, Jim Ready, becoming the first sitting member of Congress to enter a same-sex marriage.

Frank is the story of an extraordinary political life, an original argument for how to rebuild trust in government, and a guide to how political change really happens - composed by a master of the art.

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Wednesday, March 25th

2:00 pm at Deerfield Public Library, 920 Waukegan Road


Join the Deerfield Public Library, Sisters in Crime, and the Adult Reading Roundtable as they host three amazing authors in a panel discussion. You will get to meet Susanna Calkins (From the Charred Remains, and A Murder at Rosamund's Gate), Clare O'Donohue (Missing Persons, Life Without Parole, and The Double Wedding Ring), and Lori Rader-Day (The Black Hour).


This event is free and open to the public.





Thursday, March 26th

7:00 pm at The Book Stall

The surprising and true life story of a Chicago newspaperman whose disability and seven years in the Franciscan Order of monks ultimately led him to create new waves in journalism, He Writes About Us is the autobiography of journalist Kenan Heise. Using the power of kindness and the press, Heise countered the depersonalization of the news by telling the stories of ordinary people from all walks of life, especially consumers, women, the poor, and minorities, and in doing so broke through long-established barriers of reporting. He writes about how his monastic life and his epilepsy influenced his journalism and relates his encounters with the extraordinary writers and individuals who supported him in adopting his highly original style. In an age of instant, international communication, competition for readership is much stronger than ever before, and Heise's life story shows aspiring journalists and reporters that a more personal approach to writing can attract readers and hold their interest while delivering meaningful information.

This event is free and open to the public.



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