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The Hopefuls
Thursday, July 28th
6:30 PM at The Book Stall


A brilliantly funny novel about ambition and marriage from the best-selling author of Girls in White Dresses, The Hopefuls tells the story of a young wife who follows her husband and his political dreams to Washington, DC, a city of idealism, gossip, and complicated friendships among the young aspiring elite. Elle Magazine says, "Inspired by Close's own experiences moving to Washington for her husband's work on the Obama campaign, The Hopefuls is blisteringly honest about the circus of American politics and Washington's exhausting culture of competition, one that renders people outisde of political circles virtually invisible."


You'll Miss Me When I Am Gone
Wednesday, August 10th
6:30 PM at The Book Stall

North Shore native, New Trier grad, and good friend of The Book Stall O’Brien is back with his latest thriller, the story of a grisly murder back in 1970, a “cursed” movie production, a relentless stalker, and two women who work in a food truck. The story is set in Seattle, where the author now lives. Mr. O’Brien is the brother-in-law of Winnetka writer Mike Leonard.


Self-Care Solution
Thursday, August 11th
6:30 PM at The Book Stall

Minnesota writer and Northwestern Medill grad Burton combines her own experience as a mother of four with those of hundreds of other moms she’s surveyed to answer questions about how mothers take care of themselves, their relationships, and their jobs while raising their children.


Monday, August 15th
2:00 PM at The Evanston Public Library                                                              1703 Orrington Ave, Evanston

Enjoy a rare chance to meet this acclaimed fantasy novelist visiting from Norway. She will talk about her new book Thornghost, the sequel to The Twistrose Key. Thornghost is a middle grade novel brimming with mystery, action, and a cast of unforgettable human and animal characters.  No registration required.


Hamilton: The Revolution
Wednesday, August 24th
11:30 PM luncheon at The Union League Club,
65 W. Jackson, Chicago


Meet Mr. McCarter—journalist, director of The Public Theater's "Public Forum" series, and co-author with Lin-Manuel Miranda of this big bestseller. Their book traces the revolution that is depicted in the hit musical and the revolution of the show itself. The book follows the same arc as the musical, with its historical, narrative chapters lining up alongside the songs in the show.

Luncheon Tickets cost: $42.00 Call The Book Stall to make a reservation.           Please note: Dress code is business casual. Denim is not permitted.


Sorrow Road..............Jade Dragon Mountain

Thursday, August 25th
6:30 PM at The Book Stall

Pultizer Prize-winning former Chicago Tribune journalist Keller, a longtime friend of The Book Stall, discusses the fifth novel in her Bell Elkins mystery series. Sorrow Road is two stories, one set in the turbulent era of World War II and one in the present day, woven together to create a tale of memory and family and of love and murder.


In Ms. Hart's debut, an exiled librarian traveling through the 18th-century Chinese/Tibetan borderlands must learn the truth about a Jesuit priest's death before the Emperor arrives to witness an eclipse of the sun he himself has commanded. Our staff is excited about this title; see Melanie’s review on page 2. And note: The White Mirror, a follow-up novel to Jade Dragon Mountain will be released in early September.


Fin a Way: The Inspiring Story of One Woman's Pursuit of a Lifelong Dream
Wednesday, September 7th
11:30 PM luncheon at The Union League Club,
65 W. Jackson, Chicago


Long-distance swimmer, motivational speaker, and author Nyad discusses her memoir and the world record she set at age 64 by becoming the first person to swim the shark-infested waters between Cuba and Florida with no cage for protection.

Luncheon Tickets cost: $42.00 Call The Book Stall to make a reservation.           Please note: Dress code is business casual. Denim is not permitted.


A Field Guide to Lies
Thursday, September 8th
7:00 PM a FAN Event place to be determined


Dr. Levitan, a Professor of Psychology, Behavioral Neuroscience, and Music at McGill University, talks about his new book, very topical during election season. In it, he shows how to recognize misleading announcements, statistics, graphs, and written reports and how to distinguish misinformation, pseudo-facts, distortions, and outright lies from reliable information.

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      Hey Liberal!                                  Swarm Theory
Saturday, September 10th
3:00 PM at The Book Stall


Set in the racial tinderbox of Chicago in 1969, Mr. Shiflett’s novel is the story of a 13-year-old Simon Fleming, the white son of a Civil Rights activist minister. Simon is sent to a predominately African American high school feeling charged by his parents to carry out the family’s commitment to the “community” and school integration. Ms. Rice’s Swarm Theory is set in the fictional small town of New Canaan, Michigan during the 1970s and ‘80s, when developers were gobbling up farmland and turning it in to suburbs-- a time of hippies, heroin, and “All in the Family.


Winnetka-Northfield Public Library: One Book Two Villages

ROZ CHAST                                                                                                            Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?
Thursday, September 15th
6:00 PM Cocktail Party; 7:30 PM Lecture                                                            at Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Av

Friday, September 16th
11:30 AM Luncheon and Book Discussion;                                                            at Happ Inn, 305 Happ Rd Northfield

Fans of New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast will want to act fast to make plans and reservations for these two events celebrating the Winnetka-Northfield Public Library’s 2016 One Book Two Villages program. Her book, a 2014 National Book Award finalist, which will be new in paperback the week she comes to Winnetka.                      Reservations to the two events can be made at


KELLY BARNHILL...................&....................BRIAN FARREY
The Girl Who Drank the Moon            The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse
Thursday, September 15th
4:30 PM at The Book Stall

Meet the authors of two exciting middle grade novels. Kelly Barnhill’s The Girl Who Drank the Moon is described by Kirkus Reviews ”a nontraditional fairy tale (that) boasts sinister and endearing characters, magical elements, strong storytelling, and unleashed forces.”  Brian Farrey’s The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse weaves together classic fairy-tale elements—a princess, a peasant girl, a forbidden land, and a dangerous quest—in a fast-paced adventure that explores the importance of asking questions and the power of friendship.




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