Kevin O'Brien

Thursday, August 6
6:30 pm at The Book Stall


We welcome bestselling author Kevin O'Brien back to the store with his new thriller No One Needs to Know. It's the story of the murder of an actress and her family in a rented Seattle mansion in 1970 and the cursed on-location shooting of a film about the slaying decades later.

Here's what Kevin, a North Shore native, has to say about his event on his website: Returning to my Chicago-area roots, I'm lucky to land a signing gig at one of the best bookstores in the country, The Book Stall. Come and mingle with my family and my friends from grade school and high school. There will be a lot of laughs in store.

Click here to read more!

Erica O'Rourke

Book Launch
Sunday, August 2
3 pm at The Book Stall
We're delighted to welcome local bestselling writer  Erica O'Rourke for the launch of her new young adult novel Resonance.  The sequel to her YA hit Dissonance, it continues the story of Del, a girl with the ability to walk between alternate realities who falls for different versions of the same boy in every world she visits.

Click here for Erica's website. And please join us to meet her. We'll have her books (obviously), swag, and snacks!

Renèe Rosen

Tuesday, July 28
12 noon, Luncheon, University Club of Chicago
Chicago author Renèe Rosen talks about her bestselling novel What the Lady Wants: A Novel of Marshall Field and the Gilded Age. It's a story about the visionary Chicago retail tycoon and a love affair that stood through an age of devastation and opportunity.  Those attending the luncheon might also just hear a sneak preview of Renèe's new novel, White Collar Girl, the story of a female journalist in Chicago in the 1950s. It's due out in November.  Click here for Renèe's website.

Tom Watson and Stick Dog drawing event

 Learn to Draw Stick Dog
Saturday, July 25
11 am - 12 noon, Heritage Littles
2868 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago

Here's a trip into the city worth making. Kids can meet Chicago children's author/illustrator Tom Watson, creator of the beloved Stick Dog, and also learn to draw their own Stick Dogs! Says our children's department chief Robert McDonald: "We love events with Tom. He's a blast, and your kids just venturing into chapter books are going to love him and his Stick Dog books, too."  Click here to RSVP to this event. It's free! 

And click here to read more about Tom and his books on his action-packed website.

Let's Write: See dates below...

The "Write" Stuff 

We were delighted with the turnout last week for the free preview session of our upcoming Let's Write workshop for writers. Enrollment was brisk, and one of the 12-week classes has already filled up.

Let's Write will be led by writing instructor and friend of the store Alice Moody, beginning in September. The workshop will consist of separate 12-week sessions, offered on three different days of the week:
  • Wednesdays, September 16 - December 9, from 6-8 pm, and
  • Thursdays September 17-December 10, from 10 am-noon
  • Please note that the Tuesday morning class has reached capacity.
Click here for more information.

Alice taught high school English in Redding, Connecticut, and San Francisco and has always had a special passion for teaching writing. For the past three years, she has been a writing instructor for New Trier Extension.

A native of St. Louis, Alice holds a BA in English from Johns Hopkins University and an MA from the University of Chicago. She has also led book group discussions at The Book Stall.

Madeleine Plonsker

Tuesday, July 21
12 noon, Luncheon, University Club of Chicago

Art collector and philanthropist Madeleine Plonsker presents The Light in Cuban Eyes, her bilingual book of images by Cuban photographers that she has collected over the years. Published by the Lake Forest College Press, the book is the first North American publication with support from the Cuban Ministry of Culture and Fototeca de Cuba, Cuba's repository of photography comparable in function to the Smithsonian Photography Department in Washington, D.C.

Click here to see much more about the book on the Lake Forest College Press website. 

For reservations or to order an autographed book, please call The Book Stall at 847 446-8880.

B.T. Gottfred Book Release Party

Book Release Party
Wednesday, July 22
7 pm at The Book Stall
We welcome B.T. Gottfred with his new young adult novel, Forever for a Year, capturing the experience of first love, heartbreak, and everything in-between. A native of Glenview, Gottfred is also a prize-winning playwright and director of feature films and plays that have run Off-Broadway and in Chicago.

Click here to see Brad's Facebook page.