Join us for Rep Night at the store

"Rep" Night at The Book Stall for our customers takes place this year on Wednesday, Oct. 22, from 7 - 9 pm. You're invited to join us and the Midwest sales representatives from some of the country's most prominent publishers for an evening of book talk about the seasons hottest new titles. There will be favors!

Banned Book Week

Celebrating the Freadom to Read
 September 21 - 27
The Book Stall is joining bookstores, libraries, and schools across the country to observe Banned Books Week, the national book community's annual celebration of the freedom to read. Along with hundreds of libraries and bookstores around the country, we're drawing attention to the problem of censorship with a window display highlighting some of the books that have been censored through the years--and lived on to become timeless classics. (Think, for example, of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and To Kill a Mockingbird.)

Please drop by the store and stop for a moment at our front window to view many more titles banned once upon a time. To see an interesting list of books that have been challenged through the years, click here for the American Booksellers for Free Expression (ABFFE) website. The site also has other great resources. Also worth a look: the official Banned Books Week website here to see the 10 most challenged titles of 2013, and more. 

Holly Black & Cassandra Clare: Niles Public Library

Friday, September 26
7 pm at the Niles Public Library, 6960 Oakton St.
Our September children's events conclude on a high note, with authors Holly Black (right) and Cassandra Clare telling us all about The Iron Trial, the first volume in the new series they have written together,  called The Magisterium. Her fans will recall that Black is a co-author of The Spiderwick Chronicles and author of the Newbery Honor book Doll Bones, the Curseworker series, and The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. Clare is the author of the acclaimed Mortal Instruments and Infernal Devices series.

New Joyce Carol Oates collection!

Fans of Joyce Carol Oates have rejoiced at the recent release of her latest book, Lovely, Dark, Deep: Stories, a collection of 13 spellbinding stories. Click here for a rave review of the book by NPR's Alan Cheuse and here for a reflection Oates recently wrote for The Wall Street Journal about how growing up on a farm influenced her as a writer.

FAN Program: Jennifer Senior

The Season-Opening FAN Program
Friday, September 19
Cornog Auditorium, New Trier High School Northfield
7 Happ Rd., Northfield
The Family Action Network (FAN) launches its new school year of programs with New York-based journalist Jennifer Senior talking about All Joy and No Fun: The Paradox of Modern Parenthood, her book which debuted at #6 on the New York Times bestseller list when it first appeared earlier this year. In it, she reconsiders some of our culture's most basic beliefs about parenthood and illuminates the profound ways children deepen and add purpose to their parents' lives.
This event is free and open to the public. And remember: The Book Stall offers an in-store discount of 5% off of books featured at upcoming FAN lectures.

Sleepy Storytime with Curious George

Sleepy Storytime
With Curious George on
National Curiosity Day
Friday, September 19
6:30 pm at the store
It's National Curiosity Day, and what better way to celebrate--as a kid in your jammies--that at a Sleepy Storytime at The Book Stall. We'll read stories about the little monkey who possesses such irresistible qualities of ingenuity, opportunity, determination, and curiosity in learning and exploring.  

So bring your 3- to 6-year-olds in their PJs, along with their favorite stuffed animal. Free and open to the public. No registration necessary.

And moms and dads, if you're curious about Curious George history, have a look at this Houghton Mifflin page about him and his creators, H.A. and Margret Rey.

Jeffrey Brown Star Wars Extravaganza

A Star Wars Extravaganza with
Saturday, September 13
2 pm at the Skokie Public Library, 5215 Oakton
Awesome author and illustrator  Jeffrey Brown introduces the second of his "Jedi Academy" titles, Return of the Padawan. This is a perfect series for Star Wars and Wimpy Kids fans--and talented artist Brown draws a picture in every book he signs!

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. To do so, click here.