James and Sue Patterson: Things I Wish I Told My Mother (A University Club Event!)

We are pleased to be able to share this program with Book Stall customers!    Use the code BookStall at checkout to get $15.00 off your ticket! 

Click here to purchase tickets

The University Club of Chicago is proud to present a luncheon program with James & Sue Patterson discussing Things I Wish I Told My Mother in conversation with columnist Heidi Stevens .

Dubbed “The Man Who Can’t Miss” by Time Magazine, James Patterson is one of the best-known and best-selling writers of all time, having sold an estimated 260 million copies worldwide. Since 2006, one out of every 17 hardcover fiction books sold has been a Patterson title.

The world’s most successful storyteller, James is joined by wife Susan Patterson, a best-selling children’s book co-author, for a conversation on Things I Wish I Told My Mother, her debut novel about a mother and daughter unpacking a lifetime of secrets while on vacation in Paris—with a giant Pattersonian twist at the end. Susan and co-author Susan DiLallo were inspired by the loss of beloved mothers who lived into their nineties and died the same year.

Nationally syndicated columnist Heidi Stevens (Balancing Act) joins the writers on-stage for a not-to-be missed conversation on mothers, daughters, storytelling, and the craft of literary collaboration.

A copy of Things I Wish I Told My Mother is included with your ticket!

Attire: Business Casual

Parking: The nearest parking garage to the University Club is the Grant Park North Garage.

About the University Club of Chicago: The University Club of Chicago is a private club with a 100+ year history of serving generations of Chicago’s civic, arts, philanthropic, and business leaders. The Club has welcomed luminaries from the world of art, architecture, literature, music, theater, science, sports, and government and recognized icons in Chicago’s cultural history from most recently Ai Weiwei, Theaster Gates, Robert Costa, Mary Roach, Lorna Simpson, Chris Wallace, Dawn Turner and other visionaries.

James Patterson is the world’s bestselling author. Among his creations are Alex Cross, the Women’s Murder Club, Michael Bennett, and Maximum Ride. His #1 bestselling nonfiction includes Walk in My Combat Boots, Filthy Rich, and his autobiography, James Patterson by James Patterson. He has collaborated on novels with Bill Clinton and Dolly Parton and has won an Edgar Award, nine Emmy Awards, and the National Humanities Medal.

Susan Solie Patterson has a Bachelor of Science/Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was an All-American swimmer. She is co-author, with her husband James Patterson, of Big Words for Little Geniuses, a New York Times bestseller. Sue spent many years in advertising as an art director and senior VP at J Walter Thompson, and is also an accomplished photographer.

Susan DiLallo is a lyricist, librettist, and humor columnist. A former advertising creative director, she lives in New York City.

Heidi Stevens is the Director of External Affairs at the TMW Center for Early Learning + Public Health, a translational research institute at the University of Chicago focused on optimizing foundational brain development for all children. Prior to joining the TMW Center, Heidi worked as a writer and editor at the Chicago Tribune for 23 years. For the past decade, she wrote a daily column called Balancing Act. Heidi was awarded the Anne Keegan Award for Distinguished Journalism in 2018. She maintains a nationally syndicated column once a week and lives in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood with her husband and two children.

Event date: 

Thursday, April 13, 2023 - 11:30am to 1:00pm

Event address: 

The University Club of Chicago
76 E Monroe St
Chicago, IL 60603