Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week: September 27 - October 3
Our front window draws attention to Banned Books Week, the national book community's annual celebration of the freedom to
read. Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982, according to the American Library Association. Click here for the official website.

Ragdale's Novel Affair 2015

A reminder that Ragdale's Novel Affair 2015 is coming up this Friday and Saturday, October 2 and 3. The weekend features eight outstanding authors and artists who will appear at a VIP champagne reception at Crab Tree Farm on Friday, October 2, at 5:30 pm and at intimate dinners at private homes of distinction on Saturday, October 3, at 6:30 pm.  They include Elizabeth Berg, Brett Lott, Alex Kotlowitz, Gioia Diliberto, Christine Sneed, Regina Taylor, Krista Tippett, and Jim Duignan.

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Nicholas Sparks: save the date

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  • We will host the internationally bestselling author Nicholas Sparks on Friday, October 16, at Skokie School at 7 pm. His new novel is See Me. See the homepage of our website for event details.See Me
  • Stephanie Clifford

    Friday, September 25
    7 pm at The Book Stall
    Stephanie Clifford talks about and signs Everybody Rise, her instant bestseller and highly acclaimed debut novel. It's the story of a young woman who plunges headlong into a glittering world of wealth and social prestige in Manhattan in 2006, just before the financial crisis. Said Vanity Fair of the novel: "Finally, a novel that admits 'making it' in New York isn't just a makeover away...Realistic examination of being young in New York -- albeit one that's as warm and witty as an Anne Hathaway fairy tale."  Ms. Clifford is an award-winning New York Times reporter who has covered business, media, and New York City. 

    Click here for her website and the opportunity to both read and hear an excerpt from the book.

    Salina Yoon

    Thursday, September 24
    4 pm at The Book Stall
    A warm welcome to award-winning author and artist Salina Yoon for a storytime and reading of her new book Penguin's Big Adventure. It's a continuation of her beloved books featuring the intrepid Pengiun, including Penguin and Pinecone: A Friendship Story and Penguin and Pumpkin. Fans also remember her wonderful board book Found, a Book Stall favorite. Click here for Ms. Yoon's website.

    This event is recommended for children ages 2-6 and is free and open to the public.

    Tim Green

    Thursday, September 24
    6:30 pm, Arlington Heights Memorial Library
    500 N. Dunton Ave.
    We're pairing up with the Arlington Heights Memorial Library for an evening with Tim Green, who is equal parts star athlete/star author, for a talk about the importance of education and character and the joys and benefits of reading. Mr. Green, an All-American football player at Syracuse and later a defensive end for the Atlanta Falcons, will also discuss his newest middle grade novels Lost Boy (a baseball novel about one kid's search of a lifetime) and Kid Owner (about a boy who inherits the Dallas Cowboys when the team's owner -- his estranged father -- passes away).  Click here for Mr. Green's website.

    Note there will be refreshments starting at 6:30 pm, followed by the program at 7 pm.

    Due to the popularity of this event, the library requests that participants sign up individually beforehand by clicking here
    or calling the library at 847 392-0100.

    Bill Clegg

    Tuesday, September 22
    7 pm at The Book Stall
     We're proud to host New York   literary agent Bill Clegg with his novel Did You Ever Have a Family, one of the season's most highly acclaimed new titles. Longlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize and an instant bestseller, it is the story of June Reid, a woman who loses her daughter, her daughter's fiance, her ex-husband, and her boyfriend in a catastrophic fire on the eve of her daughter's wedding. In the wake of her loss, June finds a beautiful and surprising web of connections through shared heartbreak. 

    Did You Ever Have a Family is Mr. Clegg's first novel. He is also the author of two bestselling memoirs, Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man and Ninety Days.

    Click here to read more about Mr. Clegg on his website and here for an insightful feature and interview published earlier this week in The Guardian