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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Jennifer Close book signing 8/25 @ The Book Stall Winnetka

Thursday, August 25th - 7:00 pm
at The Book Stall
North Shore native Jennifer Close unveils her debut novel Girls in White Dresses, a hilarious and recognizable story of three women grappling with heartbreak and career change, family pressure and new love—all while suffering through an endless round of weddings and bridal showers.With a wry sense of humor, Jennifer Close brings us through those thrilling, bewildering, what-on-earth-am-I-going-to-do-with-my-life years of early adulthood, perfectly capturing the wild frustrations and soaring joys of modern life.

Marisel Vera book signing @ 8/20 The Book Stall Winnetka

Saturday, August 20th - 2:00 pm
at The Book Stall
Chicago author Marisel Vera will present her debut novel, If I Bring You Roses.  AnĂ­bal Acevedo is not in need of a wife, but when he meets Felicidad Hidalgo in a small town in Puerto Rico while visiting family, he is stunned by the power of his attraction. Almost before he realizes what's happening, he has taken the girl back to his home - in Chicago. Yet soon the young lovers discover that married life is anything but idyllic. Can they overcome the obstacles and temptations of their new world and rediscover the passion they once shared? Or will each find love and redemption in the arms of another?

Myla Goldberg book signing 8/25 @ Anderson's Naperville

The bestselling author of Bee Season is here with a new novel to share! Myla Goldberg introduces The False Friend, an emotionally-fraught story of childhood friendship and its repercussions in adulthood. As girls, one friend disappears. Twenty years later, will the truth finally be revealed?

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Jerry Peterson & Larry Sweazy book signing 8/14 @ Centuries & Sleuths Forest Park

Start: 2:00 pm
End: 4:00 pm
Double Header Signing with Jerry Peterson & Larry Sweazy with their latest books Early’s Winter and Devil’s Bones with Texas Ranger Josiah Wolfe

7419 W. Madison St.
Forest Park, IL 60130

Alex Shakar book signing launch 8/23 @ Lush University Village Chicago

08/23/2011 6:00 pm
We are pleased to host the launch party for Alex Shakar's new book Luminarium. The party will be held at Lush University Village, 1257 S. Halsted, at 6pm on Tuesday, August 23rd. This is a ticketed event, with the cost of entry at $30. Included in the cost is a copy of the book as well as snacks and wine selected by the knowledgeable folks at Lush. For more information or if you would like to attend please contact our Events Coordinator, Tom Flynn, at
About Luminarium:
Fred Brounian and his twin brother, George, were once co-CEOs of a burgeoning New York City software company devoted to the creation of utopian virtual worlds. Now, in the summer of 2006, as two wars rage and the fifth anniversary of 9/11 approaches, George has fallen into a coma, control of the company has been wrenched away by a military contracting conglomerate, and Fred has moved back in with his parents. Broke and alone, he’s led by an attractive woman, Mira, into a neurological study promising to give him "peak" experiences and a newfound spiritual outlook on life. As the study progresses, lines between the subject and the experimenter blur, and reality becomes increasingly porous. Meanwhile, Fred finds himself caught up in what seems at first a cruel prank: a series of bizarre emails and texts that purport to be from his comatose brother.

Lush - University Village
1257 S. Halsted

E-Book Review: Speaking of Lust by Lawrence Block Grade A

Speaking of Lust by Lawrence Block
Grade: A

"Speaking of Lust" is Block's contribution to the anthology of the same name that he edited, available now for the first time individually.  It was the first of what Block planned to be seven books, each themed around each of the deadly sins. The series, at least for now, seems to have been abandoned after the second, "Speaking of Greed."

Lust is the story of five men telling their tales of lust collected over their careers as a priest, policeman, doctor, soldier and "old man," each offering their own insights into the subject. It's a quick read, not only because of it's length but also because of Block's typical breezy writing style. A great way to pass an hour or so.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Brad Thor/Andrew Grant book signing 8/12 @ Stevenson High School West Auditorium in Lincolnshire

 New York Times bestselling author Brad Thor will appear at two free public events in August to speak and sign copies of his forthcoming novel, "Full Black": 
  • Tuesday, August 9, at 6:30 p.m., at the Warren Township Senior Center in Gurnee, Ill. This event is sponsored by the Warren-Newport Public Library.
  • Friday, August 12, at 7 p.m., at the Stevenson High School West Auditorium in Lincolnshire, Ill. This event is jointly sponsored by the Vernon Area Public Library and the Fremont Public Library.
Thor is known for weaving real-life issues into his thrillers. His innovative plots and extensive knowledge of intelligence, special ops, and terrorist communities has been tapped for appearances on FOX News, CNN, The Glenn Beck Show, and even by the Department of Homeland Security as part of their analytic "Red Cell" unit. Thor’s newest title, "Full Black," will be released July 26. It is his 10th novel focused on Navy SEAL turned covert counterterrorism operative, Scot Harvath. 

Thor recently toured Afghanistan to collect research for his writing. He says of his hosts there, "Technically, these people don't exist. It was dangerous—very dangerous—but very exciting at the same time." Thor’s 2008 #1 New York Times bestseller “The Last Patriot” was banned in Saudi Arabia for fictionalizing a lost Islamic text.

A door prize of all 10 of Thor’s titles, signed, will be awarded to one lucky attendee at each event, courtesy of publisher Atria Books.

The double-bill event also includes British-born author Andrew Grant, younger brother of bestselling thriller writer Lee Child. Grant’s two novels, "Even" and "Die Twice," feature David Trevellyan, a royal Naval intelligence officer. His debut novel, "Even," received stars from both Library Journal and Publishers Weekly. Grant splits his time between Sheffield and Chicago.

Each evening's presentation will be followed by a book signing. Books will be available for purchase at the event, courtesy of Lake Forest Book Store. The events are free and open to all, but registration is required. 

To register for the August 9 event in Gurnee, call 847-244-5150 or register online at To register for the August 12 event in Lincolnshire, call 847-634-3650 or register online at