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Listening For What Matters
Monday, June 27th
12:00 PM at The University Club, 76 E. Monroe, Chicago


This fascinating book summarizes decades of research by its authors, Dr. Saul J. Weiner and Dr. Alan Schwartz, into the importance of the 'patient's context' in prescribing care. Physicians who apply guidelines based on biomedical criteria without modification to fit the situational, demographic, cultural, and social dimensions of the individual patient are at risk of a serious medical error: prescribing 'the right treatment' to the 'wrong patient.' Listening to What Matters is an important contribution to understanding of the requirements for patient-centered care.


Cost for this event is $25.00   Call The Book Stall for reservations.          Please note: Dress code is business casual. Denim is not permitted.


Words That Work
What Americans Really Want
Monday, June 27th
5:30 PM at The University Club,
76 E. Monroe St, Chicago


No one in America has done more observing of more people than Dr. Frank I. Luntz. From Bill O'Reilly to Bill Maher, America's leading pundits, prognosticators, and CEOs turn to Luntz to explain the present and to predict the future. From restaurant booths to voting booths, Luntz has watched and assessed our private habits, our public interests, and our hopes and fears. Luntz disassembles the preconceived notions we have about one another and lays all the pieces of the American condition out in front of us, openly and honestly, then puts the pieces back together in a way that reflects the society in which we live.

Luncheon Tickets cost: $25.00 Call The Book Stall to make a reservation.           Please note: Dress code is business casual. Denim is not permitted.


Harry Potter Party!

Tuesday, June 28th
3:30 to 4:30 PM at The Book Stall

Celebrate all things Harry Potter.  We’ll tell you all we know about the NEW book, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I & II, coming from Scholastic on July 31.  You’ll also have a chance to build your own House crest and make a wizard’s wand.  A handful of lucky raffle winners will take home some cool prizes, but no one will go home empty handed! 

Recommended for ages 8-10. There is a five dollar charge per child to participate.


The Tolling of Mercedes Bell
Wednesday, June 29th
6:30 PM at The Book Stall

Recently widowed and adapting to the challenges of single motherhood, Mercedes Bell is a paralegal at Crenshaw, Slayne & McDonough when she meets Jack Soutane, a dashing San Francisco lawyer who has recently begun leasing office space from the firm. It’s the 1980s. The crack epidemic, homelessness, and AIDS explode on the scene, Jack’s law practice booms―and the Crenshaw firm eagerly shares his bounty. Meanwhile, despite all the warning signs, Mercedes falls under Jack’s spell. 


An Evening of Poetry and Prose
Thursday, June 30th
6:30 PM at The Book Stall


Join managing editor Gary Houston along with recent contributors to the Evanston-based Chicago Quarterly Review for an evening of poetry and prose. Refreshments will be served.


Tuesday, July 12th
3:30 PM at The Book Stall


Learn a forest full of fun facts about the natural world, as we take you on a short walk. You can discover all osrts of cool "wilderness" things in a Winnetka park or right in your own backyard.  We will also have a craft time using natural materials.


Recommended for ages 7 - 9. There is a five dollar charge per child to participate.


Look At You Now: My Journey from Shame to Strength
Thursday, July 14th
6:30 PM at The Book Stall


"I promised my mother when I was seventeen that I would never tell anyone I had this experience, and I kept my promise to her until now." Advice guru and TV personality Liz Pryor, a native of Winnetka, will discuss and sign copies of her new book , Look at You Now: My Journey from Shame to Strength. Pryor's earlier book on female friendship, What Did I Do Wrong? was a finalist for a Books for a Better Life Award. This event is free and open to the public. We ask that you purchase this book from the book stall if you are entering the book-signing queue.


Author Darin Straus says, "Liz Pryor's story is shocking, moving, riveting, and, ultimately, inspiring. She writes like a natural, can balance humor and sorrow perfectly, and in Look at You Now has written a pitch-perfect memoir."



Friday, July 15th and Saturday, July 16th

Always one of the best parts of summer.  We'll have special deals on cards, books and other items on our tables outside, and an air-conditioned refuge inside! Come out and check out the sales, and visit our neighboring vendors up and down the street..



Tuesday, July 19th
3:30 PM at The Book Stall


If robots are your thing, you are not going to want to miss this event! We are going to listen to some new robot stories and then learn how to build our own robots out of cardboard.


Recommended for ages 7 - 9. There is a five dollar charge per child to participate.



Wednesday, July 20th
9:30 AM - 8:00 PM at The Book Stall

We’re promoting our ever-popular 10% Club, which for an annual fee of $15 allows members 10% off all purchases at the store. (Members also get our print newsletter mailed to them at home.) On this special day only, new and current will receive 20% off all purchases! Not a member?  No problem, we can sign you up right then and there so you can save!


Danya: A Woman of Ancient Galilee
Thursday, July 21st
12:00 PM at The University Club,
76 E. Monroe St, Chicago


Danya, a literate, independent-minded young woman, grows up in the village of Nazareth. Personal betrayals, social restrictions, and family tragedies crush Danya's dream of fighting to free her people from Roman domination. Instead she is married off and lives as an outsider in the sophisticated city of Sepphoris, the Roman capital of Galilee. Danya struggles to write her own life, a story woven into the political, religious, and cultural conflicts of the tumultuous world of ancient Palestine early in the first century.

Luncheon Tickets cost: $25.00 Call The Book Stall to make a reservation.           Please note: Dress code is business casual. Denim is not permitted.


The Hopefuls
Thursday, July 28th
5:30 PM at The Book Stall


A brilliantly funny novel about ambition and marriage from the best-selling author of Girls in White Dresses, The Hopefuls tells the story of a young wife who follows her husband and his political dreams to Washington, DC, a city of idealism, gossip, and complicated friendships among the young aspiring elite. Elle Magazine says, "Inspired by Close's own experiences moving to Washington for her husband's work on the Obama campaign, The Hopefuls is blisteringly honest about the circus of American politics and Washington's exhausting culture of competition, one that renders people outisde of political circles virtually invisible."



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