Sam Reaves

Saturday, September 5
11:30 am - 1 pm, Meet & Greet at The Book Stall
Evanston author Sam Reaves signs Mob Cop: My Life of Crime in the Chicago Police Department, the book he wrote with and about Fred Pascente, a Chicago police officer for 26 years who had close ties to the Mafia. Pascente's story details the decline of traditional organized crime in the United States and reveals information about the inner workings of the Chicago Outfit that has never before been publicly released. 

Click  here for Mr. Reaves' website, and here to watch several "Mob Cop" episodes featuring Mr. Pascente being interviewed by Mr. Reaves.

Jon Scieszka

Thursday, September 3
4:30 pm, Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington
Come meet celebrated children's author Jon Scieszka, who will be at the Evanston Public Library promoting his new book Frank Einstein and the Brain Turbo, the latest in his Frank Einstein series. In this new adventure, science fiction meets science fact when Frank Einstein (kid-genius scientist and inventor) and his best friend Watson, along with Klink (a self-assembled artificial intelligence entity), create the BrainTurbo to power-boost the human body.

Children wearing a Mad Scientist Costume to this event have the chance to win a prize!  Mr. Scieszka will give a brief talk, answer questions, pose for photos, and sign books. Recommended for ages 7 and up. Registration is required for all attending by calling 847 448-8610 or clicking here to reserve a spot online.

Click here for the official Frank Einstein website and a great video of Mr. Scieszka at his Mad Scientist best.

Michele Weldon

Wednesday, September 2
7 pm at The Book Stall
We welcome local award-winning journalist, author, and public speaker Michele Weldon for a talk and signing of her new book Escape Points: A Memoir. In it, she relates the challenges and triumphs of the years that followed her raising of three young sons in the face of cancer, single parenthood, and an ambitious career that included teaching at Northwestern's Medill School. 

Click here for Ms. Weldon's website.

Meet Bill Clegg, author of "Did You Ever Have a Family"

A Harbinger of Good Things to Come 
We're delighted that the September IndieNEXT List of "Great Reads from Booksellers You Trust" showcases a book by an author we'll be welcoming to the store in just a few weeks. It's Did You Ever Have a Family by Bill Clegg, and it's one of the season's most anticipated new novels. Not only that, the book is longlisted for the 2015 Man Booker Prize. Bill Clegg will be making his only Chicago-area appearance at The Book Stall on Tuesday, September 22, at 7 pm. (He stops in Winnetka just after appearing at the esteemed Elliott Bay Bookstore in Seattle and just before traveling on to Denver's Tattered Cover.)

Did You Ever Have a Family, which goes on sale next Tuesday, September 1, is the story of a woman whose life is devastated when on the eve of her daughter's wedding a shocking disaster takes the lives of her daughter, her daughter's fiancĂ©, her ex-husband, and her boyfriend. The book has received starred reviews across the board.  Kirkus Reviews, for example, called it "an attempt to map how the unbearable is borne, elegantly written and bravely imagined."

Two great children's events!

September 2, 2015 - 
Our children's department is gearing for some great season-opening events before and after Labor Day. On Wednesday, September 2, at 4:30 pm we'll welcome back children's picture book author Mac Barnett, together with illustrator Christian Robinson, who will tell us the story of their new collaboration Leo: A Ghost Story. Attendees will help cover the sidewalk outside The Book Stall with their chalk drawings, and each kid will be officially knighted, two things that Leo the ghost gets to experience in the book!   This event is recommended for ages 3-7, and is free and open to the public. The purchase of a copy of one of the visiting authors' works from The Book Stall is requested in order to enter the book-signing queue. Click here for a cool trailer for the book. 

September 14, 2015 -  
Check out our front window touting the September 14 visit by Drew Daywalt, creator of the fabulous picture book The Day the Crayons Quit. He'll be here with his newest, The Day the Crayons Came Home, which just went on sale yesterday. For this event, we ask that you purchase one of Drew's Crayon books to get a ticket for the signing line. For ages 4 to 9. Click here to sample the new book's wit on a special Crayons website.

Store Hours This Week

August 19, 2015: As we've been reminding our readers, our opening hours for the next three days vary slightly as we spruce up the store with new carpeting. 
  • Tonight, Wednesday, August 19, our Children's Department closes at 5:30 pm.
  • Tomorrow, Thursday, August 20, the entire store closes at 5:30 pm.
  • Friday, August 21, the Cookbook/Travel room will be closed all day.  

Jon Butterworth

Thursday, August 13
7 pm at the Highland Park Public Library, 494 Laurel

Meet British physicist Dr. Jon Butterworth and hear about the largest science experiment of our time -- as told in his new book Most Wanted Particle: The Inside Story of the Hunt for the Higgs, the Heart of the Future of Physics. Dr. Butterworth is a leading physicist at the Large Hadron Collider outside Geneva, Switzerland, and Head of Physics and Astronomy at University College London. His book provides an insider account of the inaugural experiments at  the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and reveals the thrill of working on the high-stakes experiment of finding the Higgs boson particle.    

Click here to read more about the author and the book on the Workman Publishing website.