Small Business Saturday, Nov. 29th

          All Day at The Book Stall
Please join us to celebrate Small Business Saturday on Saturday, November 29. It's a day devoted to supporting local merchants, and these local authors will be here to greet customers:  

Richard Cahan (left) from
1-2:30 pm, with his book Eye to Eye: Photographs by Vivian Maier, and Winnetka native and photographer Charly Ray and his writer wife Julie Buckles, with their book  Paddling to Winter; A Couple's Wilderness Journey from Lake Superior to the Canadian North  at 2 pm.

Tonight's the Night

It's Oscar time in the world of American publishing tonight when the National Book Awards are presented in New York City. You can watch a live webcast of the awards ceremony here on the National Book Foundation website. (The ceremony begins at 6:40 pm CST, and the actual awards are scheduled to be announced starting at 7:50 pm CST.) 

Finalists for the fiction award are Rabih Alameddine for An Unnecessary WomanAnthony Doerr for All the Light We Cannot SeePhil Klay for RedeploymentEmily St. John Mandel for Station Eleven; and Marilynne Robinson for Lila -- each and every one of which, we must say, we have loved here at The Book Stall!

Click here to read interviews with each of the authors.

Jim Aylesworth story time

Thursday, November 20
4:30 pm at The Book Stall
Chicago teacher, author, and lecturer Jim Aylesworth joins us for an After School Storytime to read his delightful My Grandfather's Coat, a rollicking, rhyming rendition of a favorite folksong about a many-times recycled coat. This great picture book is illustrated by Barbara McClintock.

We'll also be celebrating the fact that My Grandfather's Coat has been named one of Publishers Weekly's Best Picture Books of 2014. Read more about the book here on Mr. Aylesworth's website.

Brooke Shields: Reception and Dinner

       Wednesday, November 19
        6 pm,  Reception and Dinner, The Standard Club

Actress and bestselling author Brooke Shields speaks about  There Was a Little Girl: The Real Story of My Mother and Me, her new memoir (it comes out next Tuesday) about her remarkable and complicated relationship with her mother Teri. 

Says Kirkus Reviews of the book: "Shields writes with considerable reflection; she's done the hard work of making sense of the contradictions in her mother, and now we get the benefit of her sharing what she's learned. Read the full review here

Charles Finch

        Wednesday, November 19
        7 pm at The Book Stall

Chicago author and Yale and Oxford grad Charles Finch tells us about his new mystery, The Laws of Murder. It's the latest in his series featuring Charles Lenox, once London's leading private investigator who has now, in 1876, given up his seat in Parliament and is primed to return to his first love, being a detective.

Click here to read this very favorable book review in last Sunday's Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Wayne Johnson

      Thursday, November 20
    7 pm at The Book Stall

Dr. Wayne Johnson, a member of the Chicago PD for 25 years and former Chief Investigator of the legendary Chicago Crime Commission, speaks about his new book, A History of Violence: An Encyclopedia of 1400 Chicago Mob Murders.  Dr. Johnson is currently an associate professor and coordinator of Law Enforcement Programs at Harper College in Palatine. 

Ron Suskind

      Wednesday, November 19
    7 pm, Community Recreation Center
3000 Glenview Road, Wilmette

We join the Wilmette Public Library to welcome Pultizer-Prize winning journalist Ron Suskind for a talk about Life Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism. Ron and his wife Cornelia will discuss their family's 20-year struggle with the autism of their youngest son Owen, who memorized dozens of Disney movies and turned them into a language to express himself.  

Click here to reach Ron Suskind's website and read more about Owen's story. This event is free and open to the public. 
No tickets required.