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                   UPCOMING EVENTS



Saturday, April 19th

4:30 pm at The Book Stall

It's that magical time again for our famous flashlight Easter egg hunt with Robert McDonald. We'll read a few bunny stories and then it's: LIGHTS OUT in the kid's section!

Please bring your own flashlight and Easter basket and we will supply the stories, treats and special prizes!

This event is recommended for kids ages 3-6. Space is limited to please call the store to reserve your spot: 847.446.8880.







Monday, April 21st

7:00 pm at The Winnetka Community House

A “Field” Day in Winnetka 

The Book Stall is pleased and honored to host three of the country’s leading scientists, all with current and former leadership roles at The Field Museum in Chicago, for a joint presentation centered around their new books.

We welcome former Field Museum provost Dr. Robert Martin, currently the museum’s Curator of Biological Anthropology; Dr. Lance Grande, the museum’s Distinguished Service Curator responsible for its academic departments of anthropology, botany, geology, and zoology; and Dr. Peter Crane, currently Dean of the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and former director of the Field Museum from 1992-99 (before becoming director of the UK’s Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew from 1999-2006). 

Each will present a brief book talk, followed by a question-and-answer session. 

       Dr. Martin’s How We Do It: The Evolution and Future of Human Reproduction draws on 40 years of research in his examination of the procreative history of humans, as well as that of our primate kin, to reveal what is truly natural when it comes to making and raising babies.

       Dr. Crane’s Ginkgo: The Tree That Time Forgot traces the beautiful tree’s lineage from the time of dinosaurs to the 21st century, a book described as both scholarly and highly accessible and praised by one reviewer as “an important biography of the ultimate survivor.”

       Dr. Grande’s The Lost World of Fossil Lake: Snapshots from Deep Timecovers the history, discovery, and exploration of the remarkable fossils uncovered in southwestern Wyoming around the ghost town of Fossil. With incredible color photographs of the fossils and an explanation of their evolutionary significance, the book is a breathtaking window into our planet’s long-lost past.

This event is free and open to the public. Please join us to celebrate this unique outpouring of science for the general public by three of The Field Museum’s most distinguished curatorial leaders over the past 20 years.

If you plan on attending, please email Jon to let him know how many of you will be there:


Tuesday, April 22nd

4:30 pm at The Book Stall

In our eyes, the Lorax is the perfect mascot to educate kids about Earth Day and inspire them to be friendlier to our planet, encouraging them to adopt Earth-conscious habits.

A story told in typical Seuss-style, The Lorax has a very clear message: Unless we make a change and take care, we will destroy the very world we need to live.

Join us for storytime to hear the story of The Lorax and to do some fun activities and have some treats all while learning about things we can do to be kind to our Earth.

Recommended for ages 3-6. Please call The Book Stall to reserve your spot: 847.446.8880.



Wednesday, April 23rd

7:00 pm at Attea Middle School, 2500 Chestnut Ave., Glenview

Playing to Win: Raising Children in a Competitive Culture follows the path of elementary school-age children involved in competitive dance, youth travel soccer and scholastic chess. Why do American children participate in so many adult-run activities outside of the home, especially when family time is so scarce? By analyzing the roots of these competitive afterschool activities and their contemporary effects, Playing to Win contextualizes elementary school-age children's activities, and suggests they have become proving grounds for success in the tournament of life - especially when it comes to coveted admission to elite universities and beyond. In offering a behind-the-scenes look at how "Tiger Moms" evolve, Playing to Win introduces concepts like competitive kid capital, the carving up of honor, and pink warrior girls. Perfect for those interested in childhood and family, education, gender, and inequality, Playing to Win details the structures shaping American children's lives as they learn how to play to win.

This event is free and open to the public.



Wesnesday, April 23rd

7:30 pm at The Glencoe Public Library

Bad Haircut Kale Chips. Post-ER Roast Chicken. New Baby Risotto. Frantic Dinner-Party Calming Soup. These are some of the dishes that food writer Leah Eskin has turned out during her years of raising two children, enduring one dog and tending her marriage. She's also nurtured her ten-year-old food column, "Home on the Range," providing a recipe and accompanying vignette in The Chicago Tribune every week. Slices of Life transforms those columns into a memoir that readers can savor in small or large bites. It's a compilation of more than 200 recipes, with a generous helping of the life stories that happened along the way: moving-day potatoes, summer-vacation apricot pie, dead-microwave ratatouille, sullen-child oatmeal squares. Whether preparing recipes for disaster or delight, Leah Eskin has made it all delicious!

This event is free and open to the public.



Thursday, April 24th

12:00 pm at The Standard Club

Stretching south from 47th Street to the Midway Plaisance and east from Washington Park to the lake's shore, the historic neighborhood of Hyde Park - Kenwood covers nearly two square miles of Chicago's south side. At one time a wealthy township outside of the city, this neighborhood has been home to Chicago's elite for more than one hundred and fifty years, counting among its residents presidents and politicians, scholars, athletes, and fiery religious leaders. Known today for the grand mansions, stately row houses, and elegant apartments that these notables called home, Hyde Park - Kenwood is still one of Chicago's most prominent locales.
Physically shaped by the Columbian Exposition of 1893 and by the efforts of some of the greatest architects of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries - including Daniel Burnham, Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies van der Rohe - this area hosts some of the city's most spectacular architecture amid lush green space. Tree-lined streets give way to the impressive neo-gothic buildings that mark the campus of the University of Chicago, and some of the Jazz Age's swankiest high-rises offer spectacular views of the water and distant downtown skyline. In Chicago's Historic Hyde Park, Susan O'Connor Davis offers readers a biography of this distinguished neighborhood, from house to home, and from architect to resident. Along the way, she weaves a fascinating tapestry, describing Hyde Park - Kenwood's most celebrated structures from the time of Lincoln through the racial upheaval and destructive urban renewal of the 1940s, 50s, and 60s into the preservationist movement of the last thirty-five years. Coupled with hundreds of historical photographs, drawings, and current views, Davis recounts the life stories of these gorgeous buildings - and of the astounding talents that built them. This is architectural history at its best.

For reservations, please call The Book Stall: 847.446.8880.



Thursday, April 24th

4:30 pm at The Book Stall

In Poached by Stuart Gibbs, Teddy Fitzroy's back for another zoo mystery - this time it's a koala caper - in this action-packed follow-up to Belly Up, which Kirkus Reviews called "great fun." School troublemaker Vance Jessup thinks Teddy Fitzroy's home at FunJungle, a state-of-the-art zoo and theme park, is the perfect place for a cruel prank. Vance bullies Teddy into his scheme, but the plan goes terribly awry. Teddy sneaks into the koala exhibit to hide out until the chaos dies down. But when the koala goes missing, Teddy is the only person caught on camera entering and exiting the exhibit. Teddy didn't commit the crime, but if he can't find the real culprit, he'll be sent to juvie as a convicted koala-napper.

This event is free and open to the public.



Thursday, April 24th

7:00 pm at The Book Stall

It's 1666 and the Great Fire has just decimated an already plague-ridden London. Lady's maid Lucy Campion, along with pretty much everyone else left standing, is doing her part to help the city clean up and recover. But their efforts come to a standstill when a couple of local boys stumble across a dead body that should have been burned up in the fire but miraculously remained intact - the body of a man who died not from the plague or the fire, but from the knife plunged into his chest. Searching for a purpose now that there's no lady in the magistrate's household for her to wait on, Lucy has apprenticed herself to a printmaker. But she can't help but use her free time to help the local constable, and she quickly finds herself embroiled in the murder investigation. It will take all of her wits and charm, not to mention a strong stomach and a will of steel, if Lucy hopes to make it through alive herself, in From the Charred Remains by Susanna Calkins.

We are also excited that Elizabeth Blackwell, one of our favorite local writers (and author of While Beauty Slept) will be here to be "in conversation" with Susanna.

This event is free and open to the public.



Friday, April 25th

6:30 pm at The Book Stall

To truly understand the dynamics and magic of the Kennedy family, one must understand their passion for sailing and the sea. Many families sail together, but the Kennedy's relationship with Victura, the 25-foot sloop purchased in 1932, stands apart. Throughout their brief lives, Joe Jr., Jack, and Bobby spent many hours racing Victura. Lack of effort in a race by one of his sons could infuriate Joseph P. Kennedy, and Joe Jr. and Jack ranked among the best collegiate sailors in New England. Likewise, Eunice emerged as a gifted sailor and fierce competitor, the equal of any of her brothers. The Kennedy's believed that Jack's experience sailing Victura helped him survive the sinking of his PT boat during World War II. In the 1950s, glossy Life magazine photos of Jack and Jackie on Victura's bow helped define the winning Kennedy brand. Jack doodled sketches of Victura during Oval Office meetings, and it's probable that his love of seafaring played a role in his 1961 decision to put a man on the moon, an enterprise he referred to as "space faring."
Ted loved Victura as much as any of his siblings did and, with his own children and the children of his lost brothers as crew, he sailed into his old age: past the shoals of an ebbing career, and into his eventual role as the "Lion of the Senate." In Victura, James W. Graham charts the progress of America's signature twentieth-century family dynasty in a narrative both stunningly original and deeply gripping. This true tale of one small sailboat is an invaluable contribution to our understanding of the great story of the Kennedy's.

This event is free and open to the public.



Saturday, April 26th

2:00 pm at The Book Stall

Chicago's River At Work and At Play by Neal Samors and Steven Dahlman is a special look at the Chicago River, yesterday, today and tomorrow. It includes interviews with key individuals who are intimately aware of the history of the river as well as the several contemporary and future issues of this unique body of water that has had a tremendous influence of the growth of the Chicago metropolitan area. In 192 pages with 140 spectacular color and black and white photographs, the reader will be able to understand the Chicago River throughout its history and what particular challenges it faces in the coming years.

The key elements of the book include a Preface by former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley, a Foreword by Lynn Osmond, President, Chicago Architecture Foundation, and an Introduction by Gary Johnson, President, Chicago History Museum. In addition to these essays and a photographic history of the Chicago River Waterway System, the reader has the unique opportunity to learn about the key buildings described during the Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise. Those chapters include numerous photos of some of that architecture. Then, one will learn, in detail, many of the issues challenging the future of the river, including the invasion of the Asian carp, and the plans for expanding the current beautiful Riverwalk.

This event is free and open to the public.



Tuesday, April 29th

4:30 pm at The Book Stall

Laureth Peak's father has taught her to look for recurring events, patterns, and numbers - a skill at which she's remarkably talented. Her secret: She is blind. But when her father goes missing, Laureth and her 7-year-old brother Benjamin are thrust into a mystery that takes them to New York City where surviving will take all her skill at spotting the amazing, shocking and sometimes dangerous connections in a world full of darkness. She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick is an intricate puzzle of a novel that sheds a light on the delicate ties that bind people to each other.

This event is free and open to the public.



Tuesday, April 29th

7:00 pm at The Highland Park Library, 494 Laurel Avenue

In the spirit of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin is an enchanting novel and is a love letter to the world of books - and booksellers - that changes our lives by giving us the stories that open our hearts and enlighten our minds. On the faded Island Books sign hanging over the porch of the Victorian cottage is the motto "No Man Is an Island; Every Book Is a World." A. J. Fikry, the irascible owner, is about to discover just what that truly means. A. J. Fikry's life is not at all what he expected it to be. His wife has died, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. Slowly but surely, he is isolating himself from all the people of Alice Island - from Lambiase, the well-intentioned police officer who has always felt kindly toward Fikry; from Ismay, his sister-in-law who is hell-bent on saving him from his dreary self; from Amelia, the lovely and idealistic (if eccentric) Knightley Press sales rep who keeps on taking the ferry over to Alice Island, refusing to be deterred by A.J.'s bad attitude. Even the books in his store have stopped holding pleasure for him. These days, A.J. can only see them as a sign of a world that is changing too rapidly. And then a mysterious package appears at the bookstore. It's a small package, but large in weight. It's that unexpected arrival that gives A. J. Fikry the opportunity to make his life over, the ability to see everything anew. It doesn't take long for the locals to notice the change overcoming A.J.; or for that determined sales rep, Amelia, to see her curmudgeonly client in a new light; or for the wisdom of all those books to become again the lifeblood of A.J. s world; or for everything to twist again into a version of his life that he didn't see coming. As surprising as it is moving, The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry is an unforgettable tale of transformation and second chances, an irresistible affirmation of why we read, and why we love.

This event is free and open to the public.



Saturday, May 3rd

11:00 am at The Book Stall

Stop by The Book Stall to meet Robert Goldsborough, a local mystery author, as he discusses his latest book, Murder In The Ball Park. It is the story of Archie Goodwin and Saul Panzer who have ventured into the wilds of northern Manhattan to watch the Giants take on the Dodgers at the Polo Grounds. The national anthem is just winding down when Panzer spies a notable in the box seats: state senator Orson Milbank, a silver-haired scoundrel with enemies in every corner of upstate New York. In the fourth inning, a monstrous line drive brings every fan in the grandstand to his feet - every fan save for one silver-haired senator, who has been shot dead by a sniper in the upper deck.

Archie’s employer - the rotund genius Nero Wolfe - has no interest in investigating the stadium slaying, but Archie is swayed by the senator’s suspiciously lovely widow. Her husband was mired hip-deep in corruption, and sorting out who killed him will be a task far less pleasant than an afternoon at the ball park.



Saturday, May 3rd

3:00 pm at The Book Stall

Just in time for the start of baseball season, come in and meet Barb Rosenstock who will be here to read from and sign her book, The Streak: How Joe DiMaggio became America's Hero.

In the summer of 1941, Yankee center fielder Joe DiMaggio and his favorite bat, Betsy Ann, begin the longest hitting streak in baseball history. But when Betsy Ann goes missing, will DiMaggio keep hitting? Set on the brink of World War II, this is a spellbinding account of a sports story that united the country and made DiMaggio a hero, at a time when one was profoundly needed. Barb Rosenstock's action-packed text and Terry Widener's powerful illustrations capture DiMaggio's drive as well as his frustration. The book also includes headlines, quotes, stats, and a detailed bibliography.

This event is free and open to the public



Saturday, May 3rd

4:00 pm at Venue Six10 at The Spertus Institute, Chicago

An unlikely political star tells the inspiring story of the two-decade journey that taught her how Washington really works - and how it really doesn't.

As a child in small-town Oklahoma, Elizabeth Warren yearned to go to college and then become an elementary school teacher - an ambitious goal, given her family's modest means. Early marriage and motherhood seemed to put even that dream out of reach, but fifteen years later she was a distinguished law professor with a deep understanding of why people go bankrupt. Then came the phone call that changed her life: could she come to Washington DC to help advise Congress on rewriting the bankruptcy laws?

Thus began an impolite education into the bare-knuckled, often dysfunctional ways of Washington. She fought for better bankruptcy laws for ten years and lost. She tried to hold the federal government accountable during the financial crisis but became a target of the big banks. She came up with the idea for a new agency designed to protect consumers from predatory bankers and was denied the opportunity to run it. Finally, at age 62, she decided to run for elective office and won the most competitive -and watched - Senate race in the country.

In Fighting Chance, a passionate, funny, rabble-rousing book, Senator Warren shows why she has chosen to fight tooth and nail for the middle class - and why she has become a hero to all those who believe that America's government can and must do better for working families.

This event is sold out but you can reserve a signed copy of Fighting Chance by calling The Book Stall at 847.446.8880. If you mention seeing this on our website and get a 20% discount on this book.



Sunday, May 4th

12:00 pm at The Book Stall

Join us at the Book Stall to Celebrate Star Wars on Sunday, May 4th at 12 noon for "May the 4th Be With You!" 

We are delighted to celebrate May the 4th Be With You, a Book Stall event for ages 4-11, with special guest star Jason Fry, author of LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary. 

Show up dressed as your fave Star Wars character! 

Build something amazing at our "Master Jedi" Lego station! 

Enter a Stars Wars Trivia contest with galatically fun prizes! 

Do your best "Luke, I am your father" imitation! 

Meet Jason Fry, author of LEGO Star Wars: The Visual Dictionary and get a book signed. 

This event is free and open to the public.




Sunday, May 4th

2:00 pm at Wilmette Junior High School, 620 Locust Road

As the highlight of the Wilmette Public Library’s 2014 One Book, Everybody Reads program, two-time National Book Award finalist Edwidge Danticat will visit Wilmette on May 4 to discuss her latest novel, Claire of the Sea Light. The event will take place at 2:00 p.m. at the Wilmette Junior High School, 620 Locust Road, Wilmette.

Wilmette and Kenilworth residents who wish to attend the event may pick up a maximum of 2 free tickets at the Library’s Recent Arrivals Desk beginning Saturday, April 26.  Any remaining tickets will be available to non-residents beginning Thursday, May 1. No phone reservations will be taken. Ticketed seats will be held until 5 minutes before the event, and, at that time, all unfilled seats will be open to the public.

Books will be available for purchase at the event and Ms Danticat will be signing books after the program.

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