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Wednesday, October 22nd

7:00 pm at The Book Stall


One of our favorite nights of the year, featuring our favorite industry insiders from Penguin Random House, Harper Collins and Simon & Schuster who will talk about some of the amazing books coming out this season.


This is an incredible opportunity to discover great books for your book group or for the perfect gift. Free advance reader copies of books will be raffled off!


This event is free and open to the public but we ask that you call The Book Stall to reserve a spot.


For reservations, please call The Book Stall: 847.446.8880.



Thursday, October 23rd

7:00 pm at New Trier East - Gaffney Auditorium

Last year Andrew Solomon gave one of the most astonishing FAN presentations in their history. We are thrilled to announce the he is coming back - this time for a talk on his book The Noonday Demon: an Atlas of Depression. It is an event that you shouldn’t miss!

This event is free and open to the public. CPDUs available to educators. Suitable for ages 13 and up.



Friday, October 24th

4:30 pm at The Book Stall

Who says princesses don't wear black? When trouble raises its blue monster head, Princess Magnolia ditches her flouncy dresses and becomes the Princess in Black!

From award-winning writing team of Shannon and Dean Hale and illustrator LeUyen Pham, The Princess in Black is the first in a humorous and action-packed chapter book series for young readers who like their princesses not only prim and perfect, but also dressed in black.

This event is free and open to the public.



Saturday, October 25th

2:00 pm at The Book Stall

Debbie S. Miller is the author of several picture books including A Woolly Mammoth Journey, A Caribou Journey, and A Polar Bear Journey.

Chinook, a female king salmon takes a dramatic trip of two thousand miles to safely deliver her eggs. From the Bering Sea, up the Yukon River, and on to the Nisutlin River, A King Salmon Journey takes young readers on a ride through the waters of Alaska and Canada, bringing to life the biology of this incredible fish.

Grizzly Bears of Alaska is an amazing picture book about Alaska's grizzly bears that describes bears, cubs, habitat, hibernation, diet, and how far they will roam.

This event is free and open to the public.


MARY BARR - Two Events:


Saturday, October 25th

3:30 pm at the Evanston Public Library and,


Sunday, October 26th

2:00 at Wilmette Historical Museum, 609 Ridge Rd., Wilmette

In Friends Disappear, Mary Barr goes back to her old neighborhood and pieces together a history of Evanston with a particular emphasis on its neighborhoods, its schools, and its work life. She finds that there is a detrimental myth of integration surrounding Evanston despite bountiful evidence of actual segregation, both in the archives and from the life stories of her subjects. Curiously, the city’s own desegregation plan is partly to blame. The initiative called for the redistribution of students from an all-black elementary school to institutions situated in white neighborhoods.  That, however, required busing, and between the tensions it generated and obvious markers of class difference, the racial divide, far from being closed, was widened.  Friends Disappear highlights how racial divides limited the life chances of blacks while providing opportunities for whites, and offers an insider’s perspective on the social practices that doled out benefits and penalties based on race - despite attempts to integrate.



Monday, October 27th

11:30 pm at The Standard Club

Sean Brock is the chef behind the game-changing restaurants Husk and McCrady s, and Heritage, his first book, offers all of his inspired recipes. With a drive to preserve the heritage foods of the South, Brock cooks dishes that are ingredient-driven and reinterpret the flavors of his youth in Appalachia and his adopted hometown of Charleston. The recipes include all the comfort food (think food to eat at home) and high-end restaurant food (fancier dishes when there s more time to cook) for which he has become so well-known. Brock s interpretation of Southern favorites like Pickled Shrimp, Hoppin’ John, and Chocolate Alabama Stack Cake sit alongside recipes for Crispy Pig Ear Lettuce Wraps, Slow-Cooked Pork Shoulder with Tomato Gravy, and Baked Sea Island Red Peas. This is a very personal book, with head notes that explain Brock s background and give context to his food and essays in which he shares his admiration for the purveyors and ingredients he cherishes.

For reservations, please call The Book Stall: 847.446.8880.



Monday, October 27th

7:00 pm at The Book Stall

A dramatic, intimate narrative of how Ford Motor Company went from making automobiles to producing the airplanes that would mean the difference between winning and losing World War II. In 1941, as Hitler's threat loomed ever larger, President Roosevelt realized he needed weaponry to fight the Nazis -most important, airplanes - and he needed them fast. So he turned to Detroit and the auto industry for help. In The Arsenal of Democracy, A. J. Baime tells the incredible story of how Detroit answered the call, centering on Henry Ford and his tortured son Edsel, who, when asked if they could deliver 50,000 airplanes, made an outrageous claim: Ford Motor Company would erect a plant that could yield a "bomber an hour." Critics scoffed: Ford didn't make planes; they made simple, affordable cars. But bucking his father's resistance, Edsel charged ahead. Ford would apply assembly-line production to the American military's largest, fastest, most destructive bomber; they would build a plant vast in size and ambition on a plot of farmland and call it Willow Run; they would bring in tens of thousands of workers from across the country, transforming Detroit, almost overnight, from Motor City to the "great arsenal of democracy." And eventually they would help the Allies win the war. Drawing on exhaustive research from the Ford Archives, the National Archives, and the FDR Library, A. J. Baime has crafted an enthralling, character-driven narrative of American innovation that has never been fully told, leaving readers with a vivid new portrait of America - and Detroit - during the war.

This event is free and open to the public.



Tuesday, October 28th

12:00 pm at The Union League Club

Throughout her blockbuster career, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult has seamlessly blended nuanced characters, riveting plots, and rich prose, brilliantly creating stories that "not only provoke the mind but touch the flawed souls in all of us" (The Boston Globe). Now, in Leaving Time, her highly anticipated new novel, she has delivered her most affecting work yet - a book unlike anything she's written before.

For reservations, please call The Book Stall: 847.446.8880.



Tuesday, October 28th

4:00 pm at The Book Stall

Gus, Nellie, and baby Jake can't wait to go on a picnic! Funny, accessible illustrations and matter-of-fact text combine to show young children how food fuels their bodies and help them see how healthy eating and drinking, and being active, can make them feel their best for a day full of fun.

This event is free and open to the public. Yummy snacks will be served!!!


FRANCIS FUKUYAMA - A Chicago Council Event

Tuesday, October 28th

5:30 pm at Venue TBD

In Political Order and Political Decay, Francis Fukuyama takes up the essential question of how societies develop strong, impersonal, and accountable political institutions and follows the story from the French Revolution to the so-called Arab Spring and the deep dysfunctions of contemporary American politics. He examines the effects of corruption on governance, and why some societies have been successful at rooting it out. He explores the different legacies of colonialism in Latin America, Africa, and Asia, and offers a clear-eyed account of why some regions have thrived and developed more quickly than others. And he boldly reckons with the future of democracy in the face of a rising global middle class and entrenched political paralysis in the West. Political Order and Political Decay is a sweeping, masterful account of the struggle to create a well-functioning modern state and is destined to be a classic.

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Wednesday, October 29th

12:00 pm at the University Club of Chicago


Opening Chicagoscapes places the reader amid the breathtaking grandeur and warm humanity of one of the world's great cities, a metropolis both lavish with its pleasures and as hard as weathered steel, a prairie-bound Oz that demands commitment from those seeking its truths. Larry Kanfer and native Chicagoan Alaina Kanfer have captured authentic moments that invite the viewer into pocket universes achieved in collaboration between an acclaimed photographic artist and the living world. From the deep blues of Lake Michigan to imposing winter cityscapes, from awe-inspiring skyscrapers to corner hot dog joints, and from the lakefront chess obsessives to Maxwell Street's indefatigable vendors, Larry Kanfer brings the mesmerizing sensibility acclaimed in his collections Prairiescapes and On Firm Ground to illuminate the subtleties of mood and forces of nature that make Chicago a city unlike any other.

For reservations, please call The Book Stall: 847.446.8880.



Wednesday, October 29th

4:00 pm at The Book Stall

Celebrate 25 years of marvelous monkey business with this special edition of a children's classic and best of all... you'll get to do it with the author herself!!! Eileen Christelow is joining us to read from and sign her incredible books. Plus, you'll get to check out the other Halloween themed Five Little Monkeys books.

Join us here at The Book Stall for this incredibly special event!


This event is free and open to the public.


NAOMI KLEIN - A Chicago Council on Global Affairs Event

Wednesday, October 29th

5:30 pm at The Drake Hotel

This Changes Everything is the most important book yet from Naomi Klein, the author of the international bestseller The Shock Doctrine. It’s a brilliant explanation of why the climate crisis challenges us to abandon the core "free market" ideology of our time, restructure the global economy, and remake our political systems. In short, either we embrace radical change ourselves or radical changes will be visited upon our physical world. The status quo is no longer an option.
Ms. Klein argues that climate change isn't just another issue to be neatly filed between taxes and health care. It's an alarm that calls us to fix an economic system that is already failing us in many ways.

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Nick Kristof

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Steven Pinker

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Nicky Hilton

Tavis Smiley

Paul Ryan

Joan Rivers

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Jacqueline Winspear

Lisa See

Yoani Sanchez

Lily King

Daniel James Brown

Joseph Boyden

David Ignatius

Allison Pataki

Justin Go


Elizabeth Warren

Leah Eskin

George Will


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