Sally Kalmbach: Two events

Saturday, February 28
12 noon, Luncheon, University Club of Chicago
Wednesday, March 4
Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave.

At two events, one downtown and the other in Winnetka, Chicago historian Sally Kalmbach speaks about her book Mrs. Thorne's World of Miniatures. It's the story of the woman who gained worldwide recognition for the hundreds of miniature rooms she created with such exacting detail that they became educational tools for students of architecture and interior design. The 68 of them that she left to the Art Institute of Chicago have delighted generations of visitors. 

For reservations to the Saturday luncheon, please call The Book Stall at 847 446-8880.

Ms. Kalmbach is appearing Wednesday as the featured speaker at the Winnetka Historical Society's Annual Luncheon. Tickets ($45 for members; $55 for non-members) can be reserved by clicking here

Anya Kamenetz

The Test: Why Our Schools Are Obsessed with Standardized Testing-But You Don't Have to Be
March 3, 2015 -- 7:00 pm, Evanston Township High School

Anya Kamenetz, NPR’s leading education blogger, explores all aspects of standardized testing--where the tests came from, their limitations and flaws, and ultimately what parents, teachers, and concerned citizens can do. She asks how to preserve space for self-directed learning and development--especially when we still want all children to hit the mark.

Laurie R. King

Friday, February 27
Luncheon, University Club of Chicago
Meet Laurie R. King, whose bestselling suspense novels feature the intrepid husband-and-wife duo Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes and are beloved by readers for her adept interplay of history and adventure. Now Ms. King is on to her latest, Dreaming Spies, with Russell and Holmes trying to take some time for themselves, only to be swept up in a case that leads them from the idyllic panoramas of Japan to Oxford's most revered institution, the Bodleian Library. 

Click here for the author's website.

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

The Cat in the Hat... Live and In Person!

Saturday, February 28
2 pm at The Book Stall

Join us as we welcome the beloved Cat in the Hat (live and in person) to the store. We'll listen to the original story, play some Seuss-inspired games, and then meet the Cat himself!

In 1957, Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss) wrote The Cat in the Hat. Many years and millions of copies later, the book continues to delight young people, and we are delighted to host the famous feline in our store. 
This event is recommended for ages 3 and up, and is free and open to the public.

 An awesome ps: What Pet Should I Get?, a new Dr. Seuss book based on a recently discovered manuscript and Seuss sketches, will be published by Random House Children's Books this summer. Click here for the story in USA Today.

ScreenBreak 2015


The Book Stall is all set to help make next week's annual ScreenBreak the most fun ever for kids!  It's the 20th anniversary of this Winnetka Alliance for Early Childhood-sponsored event that encourages children and their families to turn off their TV sets and other screens for a week and take part in alternative activities.

Who can resist our line-up? There will be a celebration of the great super-powered heroes, the Avengers, for ages 8-11; a reading of the very best new picture books for ages 3 and up; a Dinosaur Party for ages 4-8; a sleepy story time for kids ages 3 and up, together with their beloved stuffed animals; and a special guest star author (see Barney Saltzberg below) on Saturday, March 7, to wrap it up.

Click here to see a listing of ScreenBreak events on our website's home page calendar. And please join us!

Gale Gand

Thursday, February 26
12 noon, Luncheon, University Club of Chicago

Chicago's Gale Gand, described as "a nationally acclaimed pastry chef, restaurateur, cookbook author, television personality, root beer maker, and mom," talks about her latest cookbook, Gale Gand's Lunch! It shows how to do lunch simply and easily and for a fraction of the price of prepared salads and sandwiches. As Gale says, when it comes to entertaining, "lunch is the new dinner."

Click here for Gale's website and here  for a proclamation by Mayor Rahm Emanuel naming last October 15, 2014, "Gale Gand Day in Chicago" on the eve of her induction into the Chicago Culinary Museum and Chef's Hall of Fame.

Allison Pataki

Wednesday, February 25
7 pm at the Book Stall

We're pleased to welcome back to the store Allison Pataki, author of the bestseller The Traitor's Wife. She'll bring her new novel, The Accidental Empress,  the little-known and tumultuous love story of "Sisi" the Austro-Hungarian Empress and captivating wife of Emperor Franz Joseph. Thrust onto the throne of Europe's most treacherous imperial court, Sisi upsets political and familial loyalties in her quest to win, and keep, the love of her emperor, her people, and of the world. 

Click  here for the page on Ms. Pataki's website dedicated to her new book, including a video trailer of her discussing it.