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UPCOMING EVENTS

                      

NEIL STEINBERG & RICK KOGAN

Sunday, November 2nd

3:00 pm at North Shore Congregation Israel

Lawrence J. Gutter Literary Series of North Shore Congregation Israel presents:

The Newspaper Writer’s Life - A Conversation with Chicago Newspaper Columnists Neil Steinberg and Rick Kogan
        
Neil Steinberg
began writing for the Chicago Sun-Times in 1984, and joined the staff in 1987 as a feature writer. He became a columnist in 1996, and his column runs three days a week in the news section. Steinberg has written for a wide variety of publications, including The Washington Post, The New York Daily News, Forbes, Esquire, Rolling Stone, Sports Illustrated, Details and Men’s Journal. He is the author of seven books – his most recent; You Were Never in Chicago published by the University of Chicago Press.

Born and raised and still living in Chicago, Rick Kogan has worked for the Chicago Daily News, Chicago Sun-Times and Chicago Tribune, where he is a senior writer and columnist, and is Host of “After Hours with Rick Kogan” on WGN radio. Named Chicago’s Best Reporter in 1999 and inducted into the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame in 2003, he was the creator/host of WGN radio’s Sunday Papers with Rick Kogan and has been host of The Afternoon Shift on WBEZ. Kogan is the author of a dozen books.  

This event is free and open to the community, reservations are requested.

Check nsci.org for more information

Contact Flo London flol@nsci.org, 847-835-0724 ext. 632 with any questions and to register.

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ANNUAL TEEN-REVIEWER PIZZA PARTY

Sunday, November 2nd

2:30 pm at The Book Stall

 

Join Robert McDonald and Kari Patch for this annual teen treat. Now is your chance to apply for our newly re-vamped Teen-Reviewer Program!

 

In addition to pizza, free books and fun, Todd Hasak-Lowy, author of 33 Minutes, will be there to talk about his upcoming book, Me Being Me is Exactly as Insane as You Being You.

 

Space is limited so please call The Book Stall to reserve your spot: 847.446.8880.

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LAURENCE STEINBERG - A FAN Presentation

Two Events:

Monday, November 3rd

7:00 pm at Evanston Township High School and

 

Tuesday, November 4th

9:30 am at New Trier West - Cornog Auditorium

 

The Evanston Township High School event is free and open to the public and the New Trier West event is for educators and clinicians.

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RENEE ROSEN - Book Launch!

Tuesday, November 4th

7:00 pm at The Book Stall

Renee Rosen will be here at The Book Stall to discuss and sign her latest book, What the Lady Wants: A Novel of Marshall Field and the Gilded Age. Rosen tells about how in late-nineteenth-century Chicago, visionary retail tycoon Marshall Field made his fortune wooing women customers with his famous motto: ""Give the lady what she wants." His legendary charm also won the heart of socialite Delia Spencer and led to an infamous love affair. The night of the Great Fire, as seventeen-year-old Delia watches the flames rise and consume what was the pioneer town of Chicago, she can't imagine how much her life, her city, and her whole world are about to change. Nor can she guess that the agent of that change will not simply be the fire, but more so the man she meets that night.... Leading the way in rebuilding after the fire, Marshall Field reopens his well-known dry goods store and transforms it into something the world has never seen before: a glamorous palace of a department store. He and his powerhouse coterie - including Potter Palmer and George Pullman - usher in the age of robber barons, the American royalty of their generation. But behind the opulence, their private lives are riddled with scandal and heartbreak. Delia and Marshall first turn to each other out of loneliness, but as their love deepens, they will stand together despite disgrace and ostracism, through an age of devastation and opportunity, when an adolescent Chicago is transformed into the gleaming White City of the Chicago's World's Fair of 1893.

This event is free and open to the public.

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GALE GAND

Wednesday, November 5th

12:00 pm at the Woman's Athletic 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). In Gale Gand’s Lunch!, 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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BARBARA MAHANY

Wednesday, November 5th

7:00 pm at The Book Stall

Barbara Mahany believes the sacred is all around, within fingers reach here to be gathered, culled, and collected, through the simple yet complex art of paying attention, of savoring the moment, of cultivating stillness. In her latest book, Slowing Time: Seeing the Sacred Outside Your Kitchen Door, she describes the need to make room for the God and illuminating the Godly specks in the everyday. Noticing the seen, revealing the unseen, and pinpointing the divine in both. The book sifts through the terrain of three particular landscapes where the author most often encounters the stirrings of the Divine: under heaven s dome; on the front lines of the home front; and in the unspooling of the seasons. The most essential prayer, often, is the life closely examined, held up to the light. By probing deeply the nooks and crannies of the home-front, the author points out that the reader need not venture far to find what matters most. And the questions stirred will linger, long after the page is turned.

This event is free and open to the public.

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ELLEN SUSSMAN

Thursday, November 6th

12:00 pm at the Woman's Athletic Club

Ellen Sussman, nationally bestselling author of French Lessons, delivers a feast for the senses in A Wedding in Provence - a moving novel of love, forgiveness, and trust, set among the beaches and vineyards of southern France. When Olivia and Brody drive up to their friend's idyllic inn - nestled in a valley in the Mediterranean town of Cassis - they know they've chosen the perfect spot for their wedding. The ceremony will be held in the lush garden, and the reception will be a small party of only their closest family and friends. But when Olivia and Brody's guests check in, their peaceful wedding weekend is quickly thrown off balance. The first to arrive is Nell, Olivia's oldest daughter from her first marriage. Impulsive and reckless, she invites a complete stranger -an enigmatic man who is both alluring and a bit dangerous - to be her guest at the wedding. The next is Carly, Olivia's youngest daughter, the responsible and pragmatic one. Away from her demanding job and a strained relationship, she feels an urgent need to cut loose--and for once do something brash and unpredictable. Then there is Jake, Brody's playboy best man, and Fanny, Brody's mother, who is coping with the fallout of her own marriage. And in the middle of it all is Olivia, navigating the dramas, joys, and pitfalls of planning a wedding and starting a new life.

For reservations, please call The Book Stall: 847.446.8880.

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ELANA MARYLES SZTOKMAN

Friday, November 7th

11:30 pm at The Standard Club

This eye-opening look at the rising oppression of Israeli women offers a rallying cry for how women everywhere can fight back.

Across Israel - one of the world's most democratic countries - women are being threatened and abused as ultra-Orthodox Jewish factions seek to suppress them. In this stunning expose, award-winning author and leading Jewish women's activist Elana Sztokman reveals the struggles of Israeli women against this increasing oppression, from segregation on public buses-in a move Hillary Clinton called "reminiscent of Rosa Parks"- to being silenced in schools and erased from newspapers and ads. This alarming patriarchal backlash isn't limited to Israel either: its repercussions endanger the rights and freedoms of women from Afghanistan to America.

But there's hope as well: courageous feminist activists within the Orthodox world are starting to demand systemic change on these fronts, and, with some support from non-Orthodox advocates, they're creating positive reforms that could help women everywhere.

Blending interviews with original investigative research and historical context, Sztokman traces the evolution of this struggle against oppression and proposes solutions for creating a different, more egalitarian vision of religious culture and opportunity in Israeli society and around the world.

Fearless and inspiring, The War on Women in Israel brings to light a major social and international issue and offers a rousing call to action to stop the repression of women in Israel and worldwide.

For reservations, please call The Book Stall: 847.446.8880.

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AMI POLONSKY - Release Party!

Saturday, November 8th

11:00 am at The Book Stall

 

We are so excited that Ami Polonsky is having her release party for the incredible Gracefully Grayson here at The Book Stall!!!

Grayson Sender has been holding onto a secret for what seems like forever: 'he' is a girl on the inside, stuck in the wrong gender's body. The weight of this secret is crushing, but sharing it would mean facing ridicule, scorn, rejection or worse. Despite the risks, Grayson's true self itches to break free. Will new strength from an unexpected friendship and a caring teacher's wisdom be enough to help Grayson step into the spotlight she was born to inhabit?

This event is free and open to the public.

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LINDA PETRIE-BUNCH

Saturday, November 8th

2:00 pm at The Book Stall

 

We are so excited to welcome back one of our favorite authors to read for a special story time. Linda Petrie-Bunch, author of A Snow Day for Hannah and A Beach Day for Hannah.

 

 

This event is free and open to the public.

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MICHAEL PITRE

Saturday, November 8th

4:00 pm at The Book Stall

It's the rule - always watch your fives and twenty-fives. When a convoy halts to investigate a possible roadside bomb, stay in the vehicle and scan five meters in every direction. A bomb inside five meters cuts through the armor, killing everyone in the truck. Once clear, get out and sweep twenty-five meters. A bomb inside twenty-five meters kills the dismounted scouts investigating the road ahead. Fives and twenty-fives mark the measure of a marine's life in the road repair platoon. Dispatched to fill potholes on the highways of Iraq, the platoon works to assure safe passage for citizens and military personnel. Their mission lacks the glory of the infantry, but in a war where every pothole contains a hidden bomb, road repair brings its own danger. Lieutenant Donavan leads the platoon, painfully aware of his shortcomings and isolated by his rank. Doc Pleasant, the medic, joined for opportunity, but finds his pride undone as he watches friends die. And there's Kateb, known to the Americans as Dodge, an Iraqi interpreter whose love of American culture - from hip-hop to the dog-eared copy of Huck Finn he carries - is matched only by his disdain for what Americans are doing to his country. Returning home, they exchange one set of decisions and repercussions for another, struggling to find a place in a world that no longer knows them. A debut both transcendent and rooted in the flesh, Fives and Twenty-Fives is a deeply necessary novel and Michael Pitre is an amazing new voice!

This event is free and open to the public.

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MAUREEN KANEFIELD - Meet & Greet

Tuesday, November 11th

2:00 - 3:30 pm at The Book Stall

 

 

 

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FABIO VIVIANI - Two Events

Saturday, November 8th

11:30 pm at The Standard Club and

 

7:00 pm at The Book Stall

 

 

For reservations to the luncheon at The Standard Club, please

call The Book Stall: 847.446.8880.

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LINDSAY CURRIE

Wednesday, November 12th

4:30 pm at The Book Stall

When their car breaks down, Dee, her boyfriend Luke, and his brother Mike walk through a winter storm to take refuge in a nearby town called Purity Springs. When they arrive, the emergency sirens are blaring and the small farming town seems abandoned. With no other shelter, they spend the night in an empty house.

But they soon discover that not everything in Purity Springs is as it seems. When the town's inhabitants suddenly appear the next morning, Dee, Luke, and Mike find themselves at the mercy of the charismatic leader, Elijah Hawkins, who plans to make Dee his new wife. Elijah's son, Joseph, offers to help them escape . . . but the price of his help may be more than Dee and her friends can bear.

 

This event is free and open to the public.

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SENATOR JOHN McCAIN

Thursday, November 13th

5:30 pm at The Standard Club

 

For reservations, please call The Book Stall: 847.446.8880.

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DR. RICHARD CARMONA

Thursday, November 13th

6:00 pm at the Chicago Public Library

 

This event is free and open to the public.

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DAVID ROTHKOPF - A Chicago Council Event

Thursday, November 13th

6:00 pm at The Chicago Club

 

 

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

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FARROW & BALL "Colour in the Home" Presentation

Thursday, November 13th

7:00 pm at The Book Stall

 

 

 

This event is free and open to the public but reservations are required. Please call The Book Stall to reserve your spot: 847.446.8880.

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DOLPH GRUNDMAN

Friday, November 14th

11:30 am at The Book Stall

 

 

 

For reservations, please call The Book Stall: 847.446.8880.

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WILLIAM DERESIEWICZ - A FAN Presentation

Friday, November 14th

7:00 pm at The Book Stall

 

This event is free and open to the public.

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JEFF LESHAY - Meet & Greet

Saturday, November 15th

11:00 am - 12:30 pm at The Book Stall

 

 

 

 

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ANJELICA HUSTON

Saturday, November 15th

12:00 pm at The Union League Club

 

 

For reservations, please call The Book Stall: 847.446.8880.

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JESSIE ANN FOLEY - Writing Workshop for Teens

Saturday, November 15th

3:00 pm at The Book Stall

 

 

This event is free and open to the public but reservations are requested by calling The Book Stall: 847.446.8880.

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ELIZABETH GREEN

Monday, November 17th

12:00 pm at the University Club

 

 

 

For reservations, please call The Book Stall: 847.446.8880.

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TIM SHRIVER

Monday, November 17th

12:00 pm at The Union League Club

 

For reservations, please call The Book Stall: 847.446.8880.

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MARK TERCEK - A Chicago Council on Global Affairs Event

Monday, November 17th

5:30 pm at The Renaissance Blackstone Hotel

 

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

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WOODY WHEELER

Monday, November 17th

7:00 pm at The Book Stall

 

This event is free and open to the public.

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ABRAHAM LOWENTHAL - A Chicago Council Event

Wednesday, November 19th

7:30 am at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs

 

 

This event is free and open to the public.

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BROOKE SHEILDS

Wednesday, November 19th

6:00 pm at The Standard Club

 

 

For reservations, please call The Book Stall: 847.446.8880.

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CHARLES FINCH

Wednesday, November 19th

7:00 pm at The Book Stall

 

This event is free and open to the public.

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RON SUSKIND - A Wilmette Public Library Event

Wednesday, November 19th

7:00 pm at Community Recreation Center, 3000 Glenview Rd.

 

This event is free and open to the public.

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MARJA MILLS

Thursday, November 20th

12:00 pm at the University Club

 

 

For reservations, please call The Book Stall: 847.446.8880.

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JIM AYLESWORTH - After School Storytime

Thursday, November 20fth

4:30 pm at The Book Stall

 

 

This event is free and open to the public.

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DR. WAYNE JOHNSON

Thursday, November 20th

7:00 pm at The Book Stall

 

This event is free and open to the public.

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MICHELLE HOUTS

Sunday, November 22nd

1:00 pm at The Book Stall

 

This event is free and open to the public.

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RICH CAHAN - Meet & Greet

Saturday, November 29th

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm at The Book Stall

 

 

This event is free and open to the public.

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