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Silly Wonderful You
Saturday, February 13th
1:30 PM at The Book Stall

From the bestselling author of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site, Sherri Duskey Rinker, and the award-winning creator of Me . . . Jane and The Skunk, Patrick McDonnell, comes this funny and tender love letter from a parent to her child. SHERRI DUSKEY RINKER is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of three books. She lives in the Chicago area.


DAVID AXELROD in conversation with STEVE EDWARDS
Monday, February 15th
7:00 PM at the Highland Park Library

David Axelrod, political consultant, senior strategist to President Obama's historic 2008 presidential campaign and re-election campaign, former senior advisor to the president, and  Director of the Institute of Politics at The University of Chicago, discusses his book, Believer: My Forty Years in Politics, with Steve Edwards, Executive Director of the Institute of Politics and former acclaimed host at WBEZ.  In his bestselling book, Axelrod opens up about his years as a journalist, political consultant, and ultimately, senior advisor to the president.


Michelle Obama: A Life
Wednesday, February 17th
10:30 AM at the Highland Park Library    

Meet the author! Peter Slevin, author, associate professor at Northwestern University, and former national correspondent for The Washington Post, discusses his book, Michelle Obama: A Life. The book follows Michelle to the White House from her childhood on Chicago’s largely segregated South Side and illuminates the dilemmas she faced in Chicago while building a high-powered career, raising a family, and helping a young community organizer named Barack Obama become president of the United States.  


SARI WILSON in conversation with ZOE ZOLBROD
Girl Through Glass
Wednesday, February 17th
7:00 PM at The Book Stall

In the roiling summer of 1977, eleven-year-old Mira is an aspiring ballerina in the romantic, highly competitive world of New York City ballet. Enduring the mess of her parent s divorce, she finds escape in dance and the rigorous hours of practice. An enchanting literary debut told in interweaving narratives that move between past and present.

SARI WILSON trained as a dancer with the Harkness Ballet in New York. She lives in Brooklyn, NY. Chicago-area ZOE ZOLBROD  is the author of  Currency and The Telling.


To Have and Have Another-A Hemingway Cocktail Companion
Friday, February 19th
5:30 PM at The University Club of Chicago, 76 E. Monroe 

$45 for a cocktail seminar (includes three cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.) To reserve tickets, sign up at the store or call The Book Stall  at (847) 446-8880

Philip Greene, Hemingway scholar and co-founder of the Museum of the American Cocktail, will discuss his book, To Have and Have Another – A Hemingway Cocktail Companion. From Hemingway’s iconic Hot Rum Punch (“the rum enters into you like the Holy Spirit”) to his legendary daiquiri (aka the Papa Doble from Havana), and the perfect Montgomery Martini (“the coldest martini in the world”), to other delicious and authentic libations, Greene will guide cocktail lovers through an evening of Ernest Hemingway’s preferred foods, drinks and watering holes ... essentially, Papa as seen through the lens of the bottom of a glass.

Please note: Dress code is business casual. No denim or athletic gear.


Saturday, February 20th
2:00-4:00 PM at The Book Stall                                                    $50 to reserve space

Self-published a book? Here is your chance to showcase your work. Authors can share their books with customers with the option of scheduling a reading. Questions or to register, please contact Abigail Pickus, events coordinator at or (847) 446-8880.

Stay tuned for our next self-published expo in August. If you are interested, please contact Abigail Pickus to sign up. 847.446.8880 or


Why The Right Went Wrong
Thursday, February 25th at 11:30 AM
The The Union League Club, 76 E. Monroe

From one of our most engaging political reporters,
Why the Right Went Wrong offers a historical view of the right since the 1960s. Its core contention is that American conservatism and the Republican Party took a wrong turn when they adopted Barry Goldwater’s worldview during and after the 1964 campaign.

Please note: The dress code for this event is business casual. Denim is not permitted.

$42 luncheon. To order tickets, please call or visit The Book Stall or order directly from Eventbrite:


Thursday, February 25th
6:30 PM at Arlington Heights Memorial Library                        

Join Liesl Shurtliff, author of Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin and Jack: The True story of Jack and the Beanstalk, for an engaging and interactive presentation about myths, fairytales, and legends, where they come from, how they change, and what they mean to us today. Doors open with refreshments at 6:30 p.m. Liesl's presentation starts at 6:45 p.m. followed by a book signing at 7:30 p.m.



CORY BOOKER                                                                       United
Friday, February 26th
11:30 AM at Union League Club of Chicago, 65 W. Jackson 

A passionate new voice in American politics, United States Senator Cory Booker makes the case that the virtues of empathy, responsibility, and action must guide our nation toward a brighter future.

$47 luncheon. To order tickets: Please contact The Book Stall or order via Eventbrite:

Please note: The dress code for this event is business casual. Denim is not permitted at Union League Club.


CORY BOOKER                                                                       United
Friday, February 26th
7:30 PM at Evanston Township High School

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Hope For a Cool Pillow
Wednesday, March 2nd
7 PM at The Book Stall

A passionate argument for planning end-of-life care written by a physician, daughter and student of American health care. MARGARET OVERTON taps her experiences as a doctor and with her own aging parents, as well her studies at Harvard, to make a universal case that will help others make informed choices about end-of-life care. Overton is also the author of, Good in a Crisis.


The Portable Veblen
Thursday, March 3rd
7 PM at The Book Stall

A young couple on the brink of marriage—the charming Veblen and her fiancé Paul, a brilliant neurologist—find their engagement in danger of collapse. Along the way they weather everything from each other’s dysfunctional families, to the attentions of a seductive pharmaceutical heiress, to an intimate tête-à-tête with a very charismatic squirrel. ELIZABETH MCKENZIE is the author of a collection, Stop That Girl, short-listed for The Story Prize, and the novel, MacGregor Tells the World.


The Point Is: Making Sense of Birth, Death and Everything In Between
Thursday, March 3rd
5:30 PM at The Carlton Club, 160 E. Pearson

In this engaging and provocative new book, Lee Eisenberg, bestselling author of The Number, dares to tackle nothing less than what it takes to find enduring meaning and purpose in life. LEE EISENBERG is a former editor in chief of Esquire. He divides his time between Chicago and New York City. Lee will be introduced by Chicago Magazine Editor-in-Chief ELIZABETH FENNER.

$35/ $40 at the door. Wine and cheese reception. To order tickets, please call The Book Stall (847) 446-8880 or sign up at the store.


Dirty Words and Filthy Pictures: Film and the First Amendment
Saturday, March 5th
1:00 PM at The Book Stall

From the earliest days of cinema, scandalous films such as "The Kiss" (1896) attracted audiences eager to see provocative images on screen. With controversial content, motion pictures challenged social norms and prevailing laws at the intersection of art and entertainment. Today, the First Amendment protects a wide range of free speech, but this wasn’t always the case. "Dirty Words & Filthy Pictures" explores movies that changed the law and resulted in greater creative freedom for all. JEREMY GELTZER is an author and entertainment and intellectual property attorney who has worked for major movie studios. 


Jump Cut: An Ellie Forman Mystery
Sunday, March 6th
2 PM at The Book Stall

Best selling crime author Libby Fischer Hellmann is back with Chicago video producer Ellie Foreman who finds herself entangled in a web of espionage, murder, and suspicion that threatens to destroy what she holds most dear. Award-winning Chicago-area author LIBBY HELLMANN has written over 13 novels and 20 short stories.


Mating in Captivity
Monday, March 7th
7 PM at New Trier High School, Cornog Auditorium, Northfield

Why does great sex so often fade for couples who claim to love each other as much as ever? In this explosively original book, ESTHER PEREL explains that our culture penchant for equality, togetherness, and absolute candor is antithetical to erotic desire for both men and women.  For details, go to:


Tuesday, March 8th
4 PM at The Book Stall

 Avengers Assemble at The Book Stall. Join us for a celebration of the greatest super-powered heroes. We'll watch a film clip or two, read a bit about some  the most powerful beings in the universe, and then work on a create-your-own superhero (or super villain) writing and drawing project. Free, but space is limited. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. Call 847-446-8880 to reserve your spot. For ages 8-11.


Women of the 1916 Easter Rising: Songs and Stories             Wednesday, March 9th
1 PM at The Book Stall

The women who stood on the front lines of the Irish Revolution have too often been forgotten by history.  Best-selling author and Chicago native Mary Pat Kelly (Galway Bay, Of Irish Blood), and beloved singer and Winnetka resident Catherine O’Connell, dubbed the ‘Celtic Nightingale’ by The Sun-Times, shine new light on these amazing women  -  many with Chicago connections  -  with a program of songs and stories as Mother Ireland’s children, 70 million-strong, celebrate the 100th anniversary of the events that led to Irish liberation.


Wednesday, March 9th
4:30 PM at The Book Stall

Shhh. Don't tell the grown-ups. At 4:45, at a special signal, stop wherever you are in the store, sit down, and read. Not everyone will be in on it, so keep the secret. Special prizes for participants. This event is free and open to the public. All ages. 


Friday, March 11th
6:30 PM at The Book Stall

Calling all kids! Calling all beloved stuffed animals! Calling worn-out parents! Shhhhh. 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. No registration required. Ages 3 and over.


Saturday, March 12th
3:00 PM at The Book Stall

Listen to some cookie-themed stories and then decorate (and eat) a cookie of your own at The Book Stall! This event is free, but registration is required, as space is limited. For ages 3-5. Children must be accompanied by a caregiver. Call 847-446-8880 to reserve your spot. 


Creating the Opportunity to Learn: Moving From Research to Practice to Close the Achievement Gap
Monday, March 14th
6:30 PM at Evanston Township High School

Pedro Noguera is the Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education at New York University. Dr. Noguera is a sociologist whose scholarship and research focuses on the ways in which schools are influenced by social and economic conditions, as well as by demographic trends in local, regional, and global contexts. For details, go to:


Canary in a Coal Chute
Wednesday, March 16th
7 PM at The Book Stall

A fiction and factual novel set in the 21st century and in the 19th century, this book details the trial of Lizzie Borden for the murders of her father and step-mother -- and has a novel woven in and around the factual chapters of the trial. KATHLEEN FLEMING is a Chicago-area author of books include The Jazz Age Murders.


The Defender
Wednesday, March 23rd
1:30 PM at The Skokie Theatre, 7924 N. Lincoln Ave.

This is the first of a new series: 'CONVERSATIONS with Ed Tracy,' in which the former Executive Director of the Pritzker Military Library discusses books with local authors. First up is veteran reporter Ethan Michaeli about his new book that tells the story of Chicago’s iconic black newspaper.


The Waters of Eternal Youth
Tuesday, March 29th
7 PM at The Skokie Public Library

Bestselling author Donna Leon is back with the 25th novel of the Commissario Guido Brunetti series - this time with Venetian inspector finding himself drawn into a case that may not be a case at all. DONNA LEON is the winner of the CWA Macallan Silver Dagger for Fiction, among other awards. She has lived in Venice for thirty years and now divides her time between Venice and Switzerland.




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