Daniel J. Levitin, PhD

Wedesday, August 27
12 noon, Luncheon at The Union League Club
Neuroscientist, musician, and author Daniel J. Levitin talks about his new book, The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload.  In it he reveals how new research into the cognitive neuroscience of attention and memory can be applied to the challenges of managing information flow in our daily lives. 

Dr. Levitin was the author of the #1 international bestseller This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession. Read more about him and his amazing career on his website here.

Julia Keller

Book Tour Launch
Tuesday, August 26
6:30 pm at The Book Stall
We're so pleased to welcome back special friend of the store Julia Keller for the first stop on her tour for her new Bell Elkins mystery, Summer of the Dead. The Pulitzer Prize-winning Chicago writer made multitudes of new fans with the first two mysteries in the series, A Killing in the Hills and Bitter River, set in Appalachia. In her latest, county prosecutor Elkins and Sheriff Nick Fogelsong are stymied by a murderer who seems to come and go like smoke in the rugged natural landscape of Acker's Gap, West Virginia.

Like the others, this new book is bound to be popular with book clubs. Check Julia's website here for questions to ponder as you read Summer of the Dead.

Anna Blessing and Beer Tasting

Thursday, August 21
5:30 pm, Beer Tasting at The Standard Club
Chicago author and Northwestern grad Anna Blessing, author of Locally Brewed: Portraits of Craft Breweries from America's Heartland, will be joined by a panel of Midwest brewers to talk about the exponential growth of the craft brewing movement in the Midwest. Her book profiles 20 of the area's breweries and brewmasters, and she'll be joined at this event for a panel discussion with Jim Ebel of Two Brothers Brewing, Doug Hurst from Metropolitan BrewingJonathan Cutler from Piece Brewery, and Andre Araya from 5 Rabbit.   

For reservations, please call The Book Stall at 847 446-8880.

Jim Graham about Victura, the Kennedy's sailboat

Tuesday, August 12
12 noon, Luncheon at The Standard Club
Local author and sailor Jim Graham speaks about his book Victura: The Kennedys, a Sailboat, and the Sea. It's the great story of the 25-foot sloop purchased by the Kennedys in 1932 and what that one small sailboat taught the family about life, family, leadership, and winning. 

For reservations, please call The Book Stall at 847 446-8880.


Thursday, July 31
6:30 pm at The Book Stall
We confidently predict that this will not be the last time you read about Chicago writer Lori Rader-Day and her debut novel, The Black Hour.  It's the story of a Chicago sociology professor for whom the subject of violence was strictly a research topic--until she was shot by a student she'd never met before. Excerpts from some of the book's advance raves: "An irresistible combination of menace, betrayal, and self-discovery" (Publishers Weekly starred review); "an unputdownable read" (Booklist, also starred review); and "this reviewer was bowled over by the novel's alternating points of view, superb storytelling, and pitch-perfect take on academia (Library Journal)."
The winner of Good Housekeeping's first short story contest, Lori is the vice president of the Midwest Chapter of the Mystery Writers of America and a member of Sisters in Crime Chicagoland.
Click here to read more about her on her website.

Free Summer Fun Event for Kids

Free Summer Fun for Kids
 Write a Story the Rocket Way
Thursday, July 31
3 - 4 pm at The Book Stall

We love the picture book How Rocket Learned to Read, in which a little dog discovers how to read stories. In the sequel, Rocket Writes a Story, our hero learns how to write his own. We'll read the book and then use some of Rocket's ideas to write and illustrate our own story! Recommended for ages 6 to 8.
Limit 15 kids--register in the store or call us at 847 446-8880.

Man Booker Longlist Just Announced

The always highly-anticipated Longlist (see it here) for the 2014 Man Booker Prize was revealed today in London, and four American authors made the cut. They include:
* Joshua Ferris for To Rise Again at a Decent Hour
* Siri Hustvedt for The Blazing World
* Richard Powers for Orfeo.

The announcement was made even more suspenseful this year because this is the first time the prize is open to novels from across the globe ("whether from Chicago, Sheffield, or Shanghai," as the Man Booker announcement put it) as long as they are written in English and published in the UK. Previously it was restricted to authors from Great Britain, Ireland, and the Commonwealth.