Traci Mann

 Thursday, April 30
      7 pm at The Book Stall
Meet Dr. Traci Mann, a professor of psychology at the University of Minnesota and one of the nation's leading researchers in self-control and the psychology of weight loss. She'll talk about her new book, Secrets from the Eating Lab: The Science of Weight Loss, the Myth of Willpower, and Why You Should Never Diet Again.  In it, she presents cutting-edge science and new insights into our relationship with food. From redefining "comfort food" to reconsidering healthy food labeling, Dr. Mann presents simple, common-sense strategies that take advantage of human nature instead of fighting it--and help achieve a healthy and sustainable weight.

Click here for a recent article about Dr. Mann and her book in her hometown newspaper, the Minneapolis StarTribune

Jennifer Teege

                                                                Monday, April 27 
                                       7 pm, Highland Park Public Library, 494 Laurel
Jennifer Teege, a German-born black woman, tells the story behind her internationally bestselling memoir, My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me: A Black Woman Discovers Her Family's Nazi Past. In it, she reveals how she discovered that her grandfather was Amon Goeth,  the vicious Nazi commandant chillingly depicted by Ralph Fiennes in "Schindler's List." Although raised in an orphanage and eventually adopted, Teege had some contact with her biological mother and grandmother as a child. Yet neither revealed that Teege's grandfather was the Nazi "butcher of Plaszow," executed for crimes against humanity in 1946.  Teege's story is cowritten by award-winning journalist Nikola Sellmair, who also contributes a second, interwoven narrative that draws on original interviews with Teege's family and friends and adds historical context.

Click here for an interview with Ms. Teege on BBC and here for an article about her book published earlier this year in Haaretz.

Joyce Burns Zeiss

  Book Release Party        
 Saturday, April 25
      2:30 pm at The Book Stall
We are honored to host the release party for Evanston-based writer and retired teacher Joyce Burns Zeiss and her debut young adult novel, Out of the Dragon's Mouth. Set during the fall of Saigon in 1975 and its aftermath, Zeiss follows young Mai Nguyen as she struggles to survive and then establish herself in a new American life.  

Click  here to read more about the author and the story behind her book. 

David Laskin

    Thursday, April 23 
          7:30 pm, Congregation Solel
       1301 Clavey Rd., Highland Park

Award-winning author David Laskin talks about his book, The Family: A Journey into the Heart of the Twentieth Century. It is the story of one extraordinary family--his own--that originated in a yeshiva town at the western fringe of the Russian empire and eventually travelled three very different roads. One branch immigrated to America and founded two businesses, including the Maidenform Bra Company; one went to Palestine as pioneer farmers and participated in the violent birth of the State of Israel; the third branch remained behind in Europe and suffered the onslaught of the Nazi Occupation. This event is open to the public.

Click here for the author's website and more information about his book and his remarkable family, including a video interview and family photographs.

Gregory Kramer

 Three FAN Events
      Thursday-Sunday, April 23-26

Gregory Kramer, Ph.D., the developer of the relational meditation practice Insight Dialogue and the founder and guiding teacher of Metta Programs returns to our area for three very different  Family Action Network (FAN)-sponsored events: a public talk, a one-day retreat, and a two-day non-residential retreat. The goal is to facilitate an exploration of the forces of meditation, wisdom, and relationships. 

Thursday, April 23, 7 pm
Cornog Auditorium, New Trier High School Northfield Campus
7 Happ Road, Northfield
Dr. Kramer, author of the book Insight Dialogue: The Interpersonal Path to Freedom, will speak on the topic "Mindfulness in Relationship: The Power of the Shared Human Experience." This program is free and open to the public.

Friday, April 24, 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
Unitarian Church of Evanston 
1330 Ridge Ave., Evanston
"Insight Dialogue: Practicing Interpersonal Meditation" is a one-day retreat offered free of charge to the community. Meditation experience is helpful, but not essential. Registration is required.

Saturday, April 25, 9 am - 9 pm
Sunday, April 26, 9 am - 4 pm
The Lakeview Center at Gillson Park
Michigan Avenue and Washington Street, Wilmette
"Insight Dialogue: Deepening the Practice " is a two-day non-residential retreat that allows for even deeper exploration of the nature of the human condition, with a focus on reaching those at the front lines of helping people at sensitive points in their lives, where wisdom and compassion can make a difference. Registration is required ($100, all meals included.)

Click here for more information and to register.

Susanna Calkins

 Thursday, April 2
     7 pm at The Book Stall
Meet local author Susanna Calkins, who describes herself as "an educator, historian, faculty developer by day...writer by night," and hear her talk about her newest novel, The Masque of a Murderer. It's a tightly plotted mystery set in 17th century England and full of rich historical detail. Click here for Ms. Calkins' website and learn how she developed her curiosity about murder in seventeenth-century England. 

Ms. Calkins will be interviewed by Renee Rosen, author of What the Lady Wants: A Novel of Marshall Field and the Gilded Age.

Robert Goldsborough

Meet & Greet with 
  Saturday, April 18
             11 am at The Book Stall
Please drop by to meet award-winning Chicago writer Robert Goldsborough and chat with him about his new novel, Archie in the Crosshairs, once again featuring Archie Goodwin, the indefatigable assistant to investigator Nero Wolfe. This time, Archie himself is the target of one of Wolfe's enemies. 

To catch up with Mr. Goldsborough's previous Nero Wolfe stories, click here for the author's website.