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UPCOMING EVENTS

                      

CLOSED FOR INVENTORY!!!

Monday, February 2nd

 

The Book Stall will be closed all day today for inventory.

We will reopen tomorrow, February 3rd at 9:30 am.

 

Thank you for your patience.

 

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GEORGE FRIEDMAN - A Chicago Council Event

Tuesday, February 3rd

5:30 pm at The Chicago Club, 81 East Van Buren

Is Europe doomed to repeat the violent geopolitical struggles of its past? Some argue that the formation of the European Union has minimized the possibility of future conflict. According to George Friedman, however, Europe has inherent flashpoints smoldering beneath the surface which are destined to erupt again, including half a dozen locations, borderlands, and cultural dynamics that have the potential to upend Europe as we know it. What are these flashpoints, and how can we prepare? Join The Chicago Council on Global Affairs and Stratfor founder and CEO George Friedman for a discussion on the emerging crisis in Europe.

For reservations, please go to: http://www.thechicagocouncil.org/

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RON LIEBER

Saturday, February 7th

1:00 pm at The Book Stall

We may not realize it, but children are hyperaware of money. They have scores of questions about its nuances that parents often don't answer, or know how to answer well. But for Ron Lieber, a personal finance columnist and father, good parenting means talking about money with our kids much more often. When parents avoid these conversations, they lose a tremendous opportunity--not just to model important financial behaviors, but also to imprint lessons about what their family cares about most.

Written in a warm, accessible voice, grounded in real-world stories from families with a range of incomes, The Opposite of Spoiled is a practical guidebook for parents that is rooted in timeless values. Lieber covers all the basics: the best ways to handle the tooth fairy, allowance, chores, charity, savings, birthdays, holidays, cell phones, splurging, clothing, cars, part-time jobs, and college tuition. But he also identifies a set of traits and virtues - like modesty, patience, generosity, and perspective - that parents hope their young adults will carry with them out into the world.

In The Opposite of Spoiled, Ron Lieber delivers a taboo-shattering manifesto that will help every parent embrace the connection between money and values to help them raise young adults who are grounded, unmaterialistic, and financially wise beyond their years.

This event is free and open to the public.

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BARBARA MAHANY - A Samaritan Counseling Center Event

Tuesday, February 10th

9:30 am at Michigan Shores Club, 911 Michigan Ave., Wilmette

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NICKOLAS BUTLER

Wednesday, February 11th

7:00 pm at the Glencoe Public Library, 320 Park Ave., Glencoe

 

Nickolas Butler is back for the paperback release of one of our all-time favorite books by one of our all-time favorite authors...

It's a place like hundreds of others, nothing special, really. But for four friends--all born and raised in this small Wisconsin town--it is home. And now they are men, coming into their own or struggling to do so. One of them never left, still working the family farm that has been tilled for generations. But others felt the need to move on, with varying degrees of success. One trades commodities, another took to the rodeo circuit, and one of them even hit it big as a rock star. And then there's Beth, a woman who has meant something special in each of their lives. Now all four are brought together for a wedding. Little Wing seems even smaller than before. While lifelong bonds are still strong, there are stresses--among the friends, between husbands and wives. There will be heartbreak, but there will also be hope, healing, even heroism as these memorable people learn the true meaning of adult friendship and love.

This event is free and open to the public.

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ROSS RITCHELL

Thursday, February 12th

7:00 pm at The Book Stall

It's hot and getting hotter this summer in Afghanipakiraqistan--the preferred name for the ambiguous stretch of the world where the U.S. Special Forces operate with little outside attention. Team Leader Dutch Shaw is missing his late grandmother. She was the last link he had to civilian life, to any kind of world of innocence. But there's no time to mourn. After two helicopters in a sister squadron are shot down, Shaw and his team know that they're going to be spun up and sent back in, deep into insurgent territory, where a mysterious new organization called Al Ayeelaa has been attracting high-value targets from across the region. As Shaw and his men fight their way closer to the source, mission by mission, they begin to realize that their way may have been prepared for them in advance, and not by a welcoming host. The Knife is a debut novel of intense authenticity by a former soldier in a United States Special Operations Command direct-action team. As scenes of horseshoes and horseplay cut to dim Ambien-soaked trips in helicopters and beyond, Ross Ritchell's story takes us deep beneath the testosterone-laced patter into the lonelier, more ambivalent world of military life in the Middle East. The result is a fast-paced journey into darkness; a quintessential novel of the American wars of the twenty-first century.

This event is free and open to the public.

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DEBORAH VOIGT

Friday, February 13th

12:00 pm at the University Club

Internationally beloved opera star Deborah Voigt recounts her harrowing and ultimately successful private battles to overcome the addictions and self-destructive tendencies that nearly destroyed her life. Call Me Debbie is one of the most electrifying performances of Deborah Voigt's life. The brilliantly gifted opera soprano takes us behind the velvet curtains to tell her compelling story - a tale of success, addiction, music, and faith as dramatic as any role she has performed. For the first time, she talks about the events that led to her dangerous gastric bypass surgery in 2004 and its shocking aftermath: her substantial weight loss coupled with the "cross addiction" that led to severe alcoholism, frightening all-night blackouts, and suicide attempts. Ultimately, Voigt emerged from the darkness to achieve complete sobriety, thanks to a twelve-step program and a recommitment to her Christian faith. Colored by hilarious anecdotes and juicy gossip that illuminate what really goes on backstage, Voigt paints diverting portraits of the artists with whom she's worked, her most memorable moments onstage, and her secrets to great singing. She also offers fascinating insight into the roles she's played and the characters she loves, including Strauss's Ariadne and Salome, Puccini's Minnie, and Wagner's Sieglinde, Isolde, and Brunnhilde, sharing her intense preparation for playing them. Filled with eight pages of color photos, Call Me Debbie is an inspirational story that offers a unique look into the life of a modern artist and a remarkable woman.

For reservations, please call The Book Stall: 847.446.8880.

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DAVID AXELROD

Monday, February 16th

12:00 pm at The Union League Club

David Axelrod has always been a believer. Whether as a young journalist investigating city corruption, a campaign consultant guiding underdog candidates against entrenched orthodoxy, or as senior adviser to the president during one of the worst crises in American history, Axelrod held fast to his faith in the power of stories to unite diverse communities and ignite transformative political change. Now this legendary strategist, the mastermind behind Barack Obama's historic election campaigns, shares a wealth of stories from his forty-year journey through the inner workings of American democracy. Believer is the tale of a political life well lived, of a man who never gave up on the deepest promises our country has to offer.

For reservations, please call The Book Stall: 847.446.8880.

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ELLA LEYA

Tuesday, February 17th

7:00 pm at The Book Stall

Set at the crossroads of Turkish, Persian and Russian cultures under the red flag of Communism in the late 1970s, The Orphan Sky reveals one woman's struggle to reconcile her ideals with the corrupt world around her, and to decide whether to betray her country or her heart.

Leila is a young classical pianist who dreams of winning international competitions and bringing awards to her beloved country Azerbaijan. She is also a proud daughter of the Communist Party. When she receives an assignment from her communist mentor to spy on a music shop suspected of traitorous Western influences, she does it eagerly, determined to prove her worth to the Party.

But Leila didn't anticipate the complications of meeting Tahir, the rebellious painter who owns the music shop. His jazz recordings, abstract art, and subversive political opinions crack open the veneer of the world she's been living in. Just when she begins to fall in love with both the West and Tahir, her comrades force her to make an impossible choice.

This event is free and open to the public.

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RENEE ROSEN

Wednesday, February 18th

10:30 am at The Highland Park Library, 494 Laurel Ave

The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 left the city in a state of dismal disarray, destruction and depression. In an effort to rebuild and restore the society, culture, and economy, powerhouse moguls bred from the impenetrable classes of American Royalty took to the streets building major department stores which would eventually give way to hosting the famous World’s Fair of 1893. Quickly becoming the epicenter of national progression, Chicago blossomed into the “Gleaming White City”, a world that author Renée Rosen explores in What the Lady Wants 

This event is free and open to the public.

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JAMES CARVILLE & MARY MATALIN

Friday, February 20th

12:00 pm at The Union League Club

“Twenty years after the publication of the bestselling All’s Fair, James Carville and Mary Matalin look at how they - and America - have changed in the last two decades.

James Carville and Mary Matalin have long held the mantle of the nation’s most ideologically mismatched and intensely opinionated political couple. In this follow-up to All’s Fair, Carville and Matalin pick up the story they began in that groundbreaking bestseller and talk family, faith, love, and politics in their two winning voices. If nothing else, this new collaboration proves that after twenty years of marriage they can still manage to agree on a few things.

A fascinating look at the last two decades in American politics and an intimate, quick-witted primer on grown-up relationships and values, Love & War provides unprecedented insight into one of our nation’s most intriguing and powerful couples. With their natural charm and sharp intelligence, Carville and Matalin have written undoubtedly the most spirited memoir of the year.

James Carville is an American political consultant, commentator, educator, attorney, and prominent liberal pundit. Mary Matalin is an American political consultant well-known for her work with the Republican Party. Matalin and Carville live in New Orleans with their two daughters.

Note: Dress code for the event is business casual. Denim is not permitted.

For reservations, please call The Book Stall: 847.446.8880.

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YA EDUCATOR DAY - with special guest, Ilsa J. Bick

Saturday, February 21st

10:00 am - 12:00 pm at The Book Stall

In the tradition of "Memento" and "Inception" comes White Space, a thrilling and scary young adult novel from Ilsa Bick about blurred reality where characters in a story find that a deadly and horrifying world exists in the space between the written lines.

This event is free and open to the public.

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JOEL KLEIN

Monday, February 23rd

12:00 pm at The Union League Club

In this revealing and provocative memoir, Joel Klein, the former chancellor of the New York City schools offers the behind-the-scenes story of the city’s dramatic campaign to improve public education and an inspiring blueprint for national reform.

In 2002 New York City’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg made a historic announcement: his administration had won control of the city’s school system in a first step toward reversing its precipitous decline. In a controversial move, he appointed Joel Klein to lead this ambitious campaign.  Lessons of Hope is Klein’s inside account of his eight-year mission of improvement: demanding accountability, eliminating political favoritism, and battling a powerful teachers union that seemed determined to protect a status quo that didn’t work for kids. Klein’s initiatives resulted in more school choice, higher graduation rates, and improved test scores. The New York City model is now seen as a national standard for meaningful school reform. But the journey was not easy. Klein faced resistance and conflict at every turn.

Lessons of Hope lays bare the problems plaguing public education and shows how they can be solved. At its core lies Klein’s personal story: his humble upbringing in Brooklyn and Queens, and the key role that outstanding public school teachers played in nurturing his success. Engaging and illuminating, Lessons of Hope is essential reading for anyone concerned about the future of American public education.

Joel Klein served as chancellor of the New York City Department of Education from 2002 to 2011. He has also served as U.S. assistant attorney general, deputy White House counsel during the Clinton administration, and CEO of the U.S. headquarters of Bertelsmann. He is currently executive vice president at News Corporation and CEO of its education division, Amplify. Klein lives in New York City.

Note: Dress code for the event is business casual. Denim is not permitted.

For reservations, please call The Book Stall: 847.446.8880.

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STEVE LEVINE - A Chicago Council Event

Wednesday, February 25th

5:30 pm at Coalition Energy, 18 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago

A worldwide race is on to perfect the next engine of economic growth, the advanced lithium-ion battery. It will power the electric car, relieve global warming, and catapult the winner into a new era of economic and political mastery. Can the United States win? Steve LeVine was granted unprecedented access to a secret federal laboratory outside Chicago, where a group of geniuses is trying to solve this next monumental task of physics. But these scientists - almost all foreign born - are not alone. With so much at stake, researchers in Japan, South Korea, and China are in the same pursuit. The drama intensifies when a Silicon Valley start-up licenses the federal laboratory's signature invention with the aim of a blockbuster sale to the world's biggest carmakers. The Powerhouse is a real-time, two year thrilling account of big invention, big commercialization, and big deception. It exposes the layers of competition and ambition, aspiration and disappointment behind this great turning point in the history of technology.

For reservations, please go to: http://www.thechicagocouncil.org/

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GALE GAND

Thursday, February 26th

12:00 pm at the University Club

It’s time for a lunch revolution. Lunchtime doesn’t need to be about hurrying through an assortment of processed products. The midday meal is a fabulous opportunity to enjoy delicious ingredients and flavor-packed dishes and to slow down while you eat (even if just for a few moments). Acclaimed chef Gale Gand shows you how to make it happen - simply and easily, and for a fraction of the price of prepared salads and sandwiches. Gand offers 150 recipes - including plenty of kid-friendly fare (tested and approved by Gand’s own children) - along with tons of tips for packing foods to go or turning lunch into a celebration with friends and family. As Gand says, when it comes to entertaining, “lunch is the new dinner.” Chapters on soups, pastas, salads, grains, fruits, and more, as well as desserts, drinks, dips, and snacks, provide countless combinations for memorable meals at home or on the go.

For reservations, please call The Book Stall: 847.446.8880.

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LAURIE R. KING

Friday, February 27th

12:00 pm at the University Club

It is a normal afternoon in Sussex when Russell and Holmes return home to find a peculiar addition to their garden: a beautiful stone that once occupied the Imperial gardens in Kyoto. The stone immediately recalls the spring of 1924, when, on their way back from India (The Game), Russell and Holmes agreed to perform a small but exceedingly dangerous job for the emperor of Japan. At the time, Russell encountered a young Japanese woman on board their ship who tutored the two foreigners about her country and guided them into a secret meeting with the Prince Regent himself. Now, when Russell heads for Oxford to resume her long-delayed studies, she comes face-to-face with that very same young Japanese woman - and quickly realizes Miss Sato Haruki is not all that she seems.

For reservations, please call The Book Stall: 847.446.8880.

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SALLY KALMBACH

Saturday, February 28th

12:00 pm at the University Club

In Mrs. Thorne’s World of Miniatures, 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.

For reservations, please call The Book Stall: 847.446.8880.

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Walter Isaacson

Chris Chelios

Brooke Shields

Anjelica Huston

Fabio Viviani

Michael Pitre

Ellen Sussman

Barbara Mahany

Renee Rosen and Rebecca Makkai

Gale Gand

Bryan Stevenson

Jodi Picoult

Maziar Bahari, Jon Stewart, & Clarence Page

Clarence Page

Yotam Ottolenghi

Nick Kristof

Alan Cumming

Steven Pinker

Kevin Emerson

Ken Burns

Nicky Hilton

Tavis Smiley

Paul Ryan

Joan Rivers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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