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Three things I like: avocados, drawing, and stained glass windows

Currently Reading: TV Sutras by Dodie Bellamy


Three things I like: binge watching Netflix, comedy, and never ending bowls of pasta

Currently reading: My Father, the Pornographer by Chris Offutt

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ISBN: 9781501112461
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Published: Atria Books - February 9th, 2016

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ISBN: 9780385353779
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - October 13th, 2015

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ISBN: 9781250049551
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Published: St. Martin's Griffin - October 6th, 2015

Rowell's take on the "Chosen One" magician story is a great one. Flipping between many unique points of view, Rowell creates some amazing dramatic irony that keeps you turning the pages. I was incredibly sad when this book ended. I wanted to spend way more time with these awesome characters in their beautifully crafted world.

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ISBN: 9781250077004
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Published: Flatiron Books - September 22nd, 2015

Jenny Lawson has a beautiful and hilarious way of writing about the mental illness that she lives with.  Told in short, essay-like chapters, you will find yourself laughing at every page.  And, if you haven't yet, make sure to check our her first book, Let's Pretend This Never Happened.

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ISBN: 9781101923924
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Published: Random House Audio Publishing Group - January 12th, 2016

Beautifully blending reality and a fascinating look at purgatory and the dream world, Eleanor makes you think about the world beyond what we can see.  Gurley creates a fully realized other world that pulls you in and doesn't let go.  A beautiful piece of writing and quite a feat of creativity.



Three things I like: The Bard, a well crafted beer, and short walks in the snow. 

Currently reading: Wind/Pinball:Two Novels By Haruki Murakami

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ISBN: 9780804172448
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Published: Vintage - June 2nd, 2015

Pure magic. Shakespeare, comic books, Star Trek, and the apocalypse all swirl together into one of my favorite books of the year. Mandel deftly weaves us through multiple characters in the past and present in this strangely real yet fantastically imaginative tale. And unlike many of its fellow world-ender novels, Mandel paints us a future full of hope and new beginnings. 

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Published: William Morrow & Company - February 5th, 2013

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ISBN: 9780812983586
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Published: Random House Trade - June 12th, 2012

One of the most influential novel's I've ever read. The comic book aspect drew me in, but I the depth of the characters gave it the lasting impact. We are all searching for oursevles. We all have a secret identity. We are all trying to escape something. We all want to change the world. Chabon's characters struggle along with the rest of us with the medium of comic books as their backdrop. One of the most impressive feats is Chabon's ability to verbally paint for us what his characters are painting in their own fictional world within world. They say that readers of fiction have a greater ability to empathize with the people. You can't read this book without feeling empathy. You can't help but realize how much you and these people share in your own ways. "Forget about what you are escaping from. Reserve your anxiety for what you are escaping to."



Three things I like: sweet red wine, realistic smelling candles, Star Wars

Currently reading: One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

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ISBN: 9780143127505
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Published: Penguin Books - March 31st, 2015

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ISBN: 9781594634475
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 15th, 2015

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Published: Three Rivers Press (CA) - April 22nd, 2014

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ISBN: 9780142437278
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Published: Penguin Books - February 4th, 2003

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By Jeph Loeb, Tim Sale (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781401232597
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Published: DC Comics - October 11th, 2011

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ISBN: 9781594206276
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Published: Penguin Press - June 16th, 2015

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Published: Random House - June 16th, 2015

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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - September 17th, 2013



Three things I like: writing bad literature, reading good literature, playing music when I can't tell the difference.

Currently reading: Symphony for the City of the Dead by M.T Anderson

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Published: Candlewick Press (MA) - September 22nd, 2015

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ISBN: 9780385539838
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Published: Doubleday Books - October 6th, 2015

A dystopian fantasy that completely deconstructs the history of the world in an amazing way while maintaining a striking cultural critique on our ideas of masculinity, money, blood and love. With an almost Danielewski approach towards using the novel as an artpiece, Dodson has created an immensely stark world and has proved himself as one of the most imaginative writers that I've encountered in a very long time.

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By Brian Jacques, Gary Chalke (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780142302378
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Published: Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers - September 30th, 2002

This book is action packed. A page turner in which some beloved characters redeem themselves, some perish while evil characters ebb and flow in triumph and despair too. This has to be the most entertaining part of the book: the way that Jacques is able to deliver a story that is devastating, and yet in the end, hopeful. It is a strong testament to the fantasy novel, especially one made for kids of all ages. There are battles and strategy and adventure; everything needed to keep a kid entertained and looking for more to read.



Three things I like: nicking recipes from favourite restaurants, climbing over language barriers in faraway places, and spotting lookalikes

Currently reading: Warlock by Oakley Hall

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By Oakley Hall, Robert Stone (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781590171615
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Published: New York Review of Books - November 21st, 2005



Three things I like: cheese, tea, and The BBC. 

Currently reading: Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye

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ISBN: 9780062255662
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Published: William Morrow & Company - June 3rd, 2014

Ocean at the End of the Lane was the most gripping novel on my 2015 list, occupying my time on two flights to and from Orange County. Complicated and heart-wrenching, it had me squirming in my seat. I found myself horrified and in awe of this young boy whose innocence allows him to recognize a danger that no "grown-up" can while leaving him feeling incapable of confronting its authority. Sitting on that plane, I felt both enlightened and powerless.

This book knows what it means to be a child.

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Published: Harper - January 26th, 2016


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ISBN: 9780062282712
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Published: Harper Perennial - August 5th, 2014


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Published: Dell Publishing Company - August 30th, 2005


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Published: Riverhead Books - November 10th, 2014



Three things I like: coffee, beach yoga, and fairytales

Currently reading: What Is Not Yours Is Not Yours by Helen Oyeyemi and Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy 

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By Amy Leach, Nate Christopherson (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781571313515
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Published: Milkweed Editions - June 17th, 2014

Amy Leach's essays are quick and refreshing, the perfect lunchtime read. They are also both whimsical and fascinating. Like taking a nature walk guided by a woodland fairy, Amy's writing will show you the world around you (and perhaps the world inside you) through a new, fantastic perspective.



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ISBN: 9780804179034
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Published: Del Rey Books - May 19th, 2015

Uprooted is an unapologetic fairy tale brimming with enchantments, sorcery, and foreboding evil forces; reading it reminded me of why I fell in love with magic. Like my teenage self, Agnieszka is inexperienced, completely naive and a total klutz, yet she kicks some wizarding butt as she learns to trust herself and outsmarts some really pompous bullies. This book has a bit of everything a good fantasy should: undying frienships, gory swordfights, and sparks-flying romance - yes, things get a little steamy - so read it and let's talk about it! But seriously, it's good. 

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ISBN: 9780553513349
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Published: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers - January 26th, 2016

Beautiful, heartbreaking, a must-read. Told through the perspective of a child forced to navigate a dangerous and confusing world, this story is about discovering truth in a world that lies in many languages. Like children learn a first language, some things are understood without needing to be expalined. This is how we learn that some things are magical, no matter the explanation behind them. This is how we learn that love is dangerous, and also our only hope for survival.


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ISBN: 9780670025770
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Published: Viking - October 6th, 2015

Not simply an insightful reimagining of a biblical figure, this is a great novel in its own right. Framed in a beautifully crafted historic setting, fleshed with brokenly human characters and propelled by a gripping plot of war and politics, this is a story of how one man lead a struggling nation of farmers to become a kingdom feared by their neighbors. It is a story of great love and great loss, great faith and great failings. I haven't stopped thinking about it.


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ISBN: 9781594206627
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Published: Penguin Press - August 18th, 2015

With eerie and visceral prose, Ottessa Moshfegh latches onto the fundamental human experience of realizing that you are a dark, fragile, and volatile creature deep inside. Most of us experience this realization in solitude, when we stare nakedly into a mirror and examine our deepest fears, embarrassments, and imperfections. Eileen dwells in this awareness. This might seem an un-endearing quality for a first-person narrative, but as Eileen seeks human connection, she reveals to us an honest, and not hopeless, glimpse of our race in all its desperate wanting.

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ISBN: 9780553496642
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Published: Delacorte Press - September 1st, 2015

Things get complicated when a girl who is allergic to Everything falls in love for the first time. Madeline's story will make you feel all the feels as she chooses between the safety of the world she knows and the adventure of the unknown, finally discovering what is worth Everything, Everything. 

This book is perfect for introverted book nerds or anyone who loves The Little Prince.

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ISBN: 9780525429487
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Published: Kathy Dawson Books - August 18th, 2015

The Accident Season is a haunting and riveting tale that shows how sometimes the memories and relationships that shape us can be as unshakeable as ghosts and as deadly as a curse. A perfect read for a gloomy October night, or anytime you want to feel some goose prickles.  

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By Ben Marcus, Ben Marcus (Editor)
ISBN: 9780804173544
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Published: Vintage - July 21st, 2015

Though only a few pages each, I haven't been able to read two of these stories consecutively. Like eating a hearty meal, reading one of these stories requires that you sit back a while upon finishing. Not to say that they are heavy or tedious, rather that they leave a rich, lingering flavor that is best appreciated when allowed to unfold slowly. Great for a long train ride or a quiet evening. 


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Published: Vintage Books USA - June 23rd, 1993

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ISBN: 9780147516145
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Published: Penguin Books - June 9th, 2015

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ISBN: 9780439874021
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Published: Scholastic Press - February 24th, 2015

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ISBN: 9780553446616
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - May 19th, 2015



Three things I like: red meat, Nintendo, my bed .

Currently Reading:  Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell


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ISBN: 9780679728757
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Published: Vintage Books USA - May 5th, 1992

Terrifying.  McCarthy didn't just change the novel of the American West, he changed the novel period.  The only way this book could be more frightening is if it were written in blood.




Three things I like: scuba diving, Indian food, and Moroccan Riads.

Currently reading: The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan

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ISBN: 9780062015839
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Published: William Morrow & Company - August 23rd, 2011

I chose this book because I was in the mood for a love story, but I was pleasantly surprised to find much more. This novel is an intelligently written and engrossing take on time travel and the dilemna of choice-making. Mandery explores the possibility of controlling the outcome of your life while still maintaining purpose. Worth a read!


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ISBN: 9780770436407
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Published: Hogarth - May 7th, 2013

I usually struggle with plots that move back and forth through space and time, but this book flowed unlike any I've ever read.  It is beautifully written and very moving.  You'll also learn a lot about Chechnya.


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Published: Vintage - April 14th, 2015

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Published: Anchor Books - March 4th, 2014

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Three things I like:  animals, traveling, golf 
Currently reading: The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin
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ISBN: 9780307955913
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Published: Hogarth - March 12th, 2013

The watch was one of my favorite fiction reads last year.  The story describes a sentinel event for the characters during the Afghan war.  Each chapter tells the same event from a different characters point of view.  My heart raced and pounded as if I were present.


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**OFFSITE** CCGA: Arthur Kroeber @ The Standard Club

CCGA presents Arthur Kroeber as he presents his new book, China's Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know at The Standard Club.



About Arthur Kroeber:

Arthur Kroeber is managing director of Gavekal Dragonomics, an independent global economic research firm, and editor of its journal, China Economic Quarterly. He is a nonresident senior fellow on foreign policy at the Brookings-Tsinghua Center, and focuses on China’s political economy and its engagement with global economic institutions. Before joining Dragonomics, Kroeber worked for 15 years as a financial journalist and economic analyst in China, Taiwan, and India. He has written for Foreign Policy, The Economist, The Far Eastern Economic Review, Fortune, Wired, Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. Kroeber is a member of the National Committee on United States-China Relations and serves on the board of the Research Center for Chinese Politics and Business at Indiana University. He received his BA from Harvard University.


About China's Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know:

China’s economic growth in the last 30 years has been impressive—yet cracks have started to form, requiring tough decisions from the government and the private sector. While the country still presents numerous investment opportunities and provides multibillion-dollar profits to global companies, its economy is plagued by corruption, market volatility, and mounting debt. What does the future hold for China and companies operating inside its border? Drawing from a wealth of academic research and interviews with dozens of company executives and policymakers, Arthur Kroeber details what everyone needs to know about China’s economy.

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Monday, May 16, 2016 - 7:30am
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The Standard Club
320 S. Plymouth Ct
Chicago, IL 60604
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - April 2016

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**OFFSITE** CCGA: Zalmay Khalilzad @ The Union League Club

CCGA presents Zalmay Khalilzad as he presents his new book, The Envoy: From Kabul to the White House, My Journey Through a Turbulent World at The Union League Club.



About Zalmay Khalilzad:

The Honorable Zalmay Khalilzad is the former US ambassador to Iraq, Afghanistan, and the United Nations. He is a US counselor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and a president of Khalilzad Associates, and of Gryphon Partners. Khalilzad served in the administrations of Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush. He holds BA and MA degrees from the American University of Beirut and a PhD from the University of Chicago. 


About The Envoy: From Kabul to the White House, My Journey Through a Turbulent World:

In the turbulent years after 9/11, Zalmay Khalilzad helped craft two constitutions and forge governing coalitions as US Ambassador to Afghanistan and Iraq. Khalilzad, who grew up in a traditional family in Afghanistan, spent time as an exchange student in the United States and came to believe American ideals like personal initiative, community action, and respect for women could make a transformative difference in his country and beyond. He went on to serve as a diplomat under three US administrations, and now shares his experiences with candid, behind-the-scenes insights. What does Khalilzad’s story reveal about the hazards, rewards, and meaning of diplomacy in today’s complex world?

Event date: 
Tuesday, May 17, 2016 - 5:30pm
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The Union League Club
65 W. Jackson Blvd
Chicago, IL 60604
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Published: St. Martin's Press - March 22nd, 2016

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Local Author Night ft. Amina Gautier, Mary Carter, Irene Helenowski, and Lorriane Boissoneault

Join us at The Book Cellar as local authors Amina Gautier (Loss of All Lost Things),  Mary Carter (Murder in an Irish Village), Irene Helenowski (Order of the Dimensions), and Lorraine Boissoneault (The Last Voyageurs) show off their newest works during March's Local Author Night at 7PM!


About Amina Gautier:

Amina Gautier, a native New Yorker who currently divides her time between Chicago and Miami, Gautier is the author of three award-winning short story collections: The Loss of All Lost Things, which won the Elixir Press Award in Fiction, Now We Will Be Happy, which won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize, the USA Best Book Award in African American Fiction a Florida Authors and Publishers Association Award Gold Medal in Short Fiction, and was Long-listed for The Chautauqua Prize in Fiction, and At-Risk, which won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, and received an Eric Hoffer Legacy Award and a First Horizon Award. After graduating from Stanford University and the University of Pennsylvania, Professor Gautier has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, Marquette University, Saint Joseph’s University, and Washington University in St. Louis. Most recently, Gautier taught at DePaul University. In Fall 2014, she joined the faculty in the MFA program at the University of Miami.

About The Loss of All Things:

This collection of fifteen stories explore the unpredictable ways in which characters negotiate, experience, and manage various forms of loss. They lose loved ones; they lose security and self-worth; they lose children; they lose their ability to hide and shield their emotions; they lose their reputations and their life savings. Often depicting the awkward moments when characters are torn between decision and outcome, The Loss of All Things focuses on moments of regret and yearning.

“”A masterful collection of stirring, deceptively simple tales. —Jennifer Bort Yacovissi, The Washington Independent Review of Books

“The stories provide a compelling, intimate journey through losses that feel familiar even when they are inconceivable because they feel so true.” —Elizabeth Gonzalez, Small Press Book Review


About Mary Carter:

Mary Carter is a novelist and workshop leader at The Writers Loft in Chicago. Her other works include: Meet Me in BarcelonaThree Months in FlorenceThe Things I Do For You, The Pub Across the Pond, My Sister’s Voice, Sunnyside BluesAccidentally Engaged, and She’ll Take It.In addition to her novels she has written six novellas: Return to Hampton Beach in the anthologized collection Summer DaysA Christmas Carousel in the anthologized collection There’s No Place Like HomeA Kiss Before Midnight in You’re Still the OneA Very Maui Christmas in the New York Times best selling anthologyHoliday Magic, and The Honeymoon House in the New York Times best selling anthology Almost Home. Her works have been translated in seven different languages, and several are available as audiobooks. Mary is writing under the pen name Carlene O'Connor for her new mystery series that is set in Ireland.


About Murder in an Irish Village:

In the small village of Kilbane, County Cork, Ireland, Natalie’s Bistro has always been a warm and welcoming spot to visit with neighbors, enjoy some brown bread and tea, and get the local gossip. Nowadays twenty-two-year-old Siobhán O’Sullivan runs the family bistro named for her mother, along with her five siblings, after the death of their parents in a car crash almost a year ago.
It’s been a rough year for the O’Sullivans, but it’s about to get rougher. One morning, as they’re opening the bistro, they discover a man seated at a table, dressed in a suit as if for his own funeral, a pair of hot pink barber scissors protruding from his chest.
With the local garda suspecting the O’Sullivans, and their business in danger of being shunned—murder tends to spoil the appetite—it’s up to feisty redheaded Siobhán to solve the crime and save her beloved brood.


About Irene Helenowski:

Irene Helenowski is a biostatistician at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University and volunteers at Project Exploration, a Chicago-based organization which promotes the sciences to minority youths, particularly to grade school and middle school aged girls.  She was born and raised in Chicago and in addition to writing, her interests include art, concerts, and travel.


About Order of the Dimensions Trilogy:

Order of the Dimensions:

When Jane Kremowski first began her graduate studies in physics at Madison State University in Wisconsin, little did she know where her work would take her. Now, she is embroiled in a multitude of dimensions all leading to different outcomes. She and her colleagues therefore must act wisely in order to take and keep away the Order of Dimension from falling into the wrong hands for the sake of her loved ones.

Revised Orders:

Anton Zelov has come back and is set to avenge those who stood in his way. A race against time ensues to keep Jane's family away from their clutches. But is victory in store for those who must take down the Order or has their battle just begun?

Final Orders:

The final Orders are in place and all seems lost to the Federation. Yet a glimmer of hope remains in the hands of an unlikely heroine. What will she choose to pursue and would her choice save the final dimensions?


About Lorraine Boissoneault:

Lorraine Boissoneault is an Ohio native whose journalism work has taken her around the country. Her stories have appeared in publications including Salon, MentalFloss, Forbes Middle East, The Weather Channel, and many others. She covers travel, foreign policy, science, and adventure and is a graduate of the Columbia School of Journalism. She currently lives in Chicago with her husband.


About The Last Voyageurs:

The Last Voyageurs (April 2016) recounts the unbelievable true story of 24 young men who canoed 3,300 miles across North America dressing, eating, and acting like 17th-century Frenchmen in 1976, in honor of America’s Bicentennial. The reenactment—which was organized by a high school French teacher who recruited his students for the trip and had them train for two years before setting off on the eight-month journey—followed the route of French explorer La Salle, the first European to travel all the way down the Mississippi River. Over the course of the voyage, the young men battled storms on the Great Lakes, walked more than 500 miles across the Midwest during one of the coldest winters of the 20th century, and overcame near-death experiences to reach the end of their journey. Some advance praise: 

“The fluid narrative moves with authority and a sense, like La Salle's original fraught expedition, that anything could disrupt the flow. An engaging travelogue that provides a good example of how one person tirelessly pursued his dream to fruition.”—Kirkus Reviews  

“In this action-packed dual narrative, Boissoneault shares a charming slice of U.S. Bicentennial history … Boissoneault describes interesting, complicated people facing life-threatening perils, and in alternating Lewis’s story with that of La Salle’s journey, she makes fascinating historical comparisons.”Publishers Weekly 

“It moves briskly, nicely capturing the spirit of adventure that underlay this remarkable eight-month expedition.”Booklist 

Event date: 
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - 7:00pm
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Published: Pegasus Books - April 11th, 2016

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Forward Chicago Coloring Group

Join Forward Chicago for some afternoon coloring!

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Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 4:00pm
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Kayt Sukel, "The Art of Risk"

Join us at the Book Cellar as author Kayt Sukel joins us to discuss her new book The Art of Risk.

Abou Kayt Sukel:

Kayt Sukel knows more about sex than you do.  (According to Forbes, at any rate…)

A passionate traveler and science writer, she has no problem tackling interesting (and often taboo) subjects spanning love, sex, neuroscience, travel and politics.  Her work has appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, the New Scientist, USA Today, Pacific Standard, the Washington Post, ISLANDS, Parenting, the Bark, American Baby, National Geographic Traveler, and the AARP Bulletin. She is a partner at the award-winning family travel website Travel Savvy Mom, and is also a frequent contributor to the Dana Foundation’s many science publications. She has written stories about out-of-body experiences, fMRI orgasms, computer models of schizophrenia, the stigma of single motherhood and why one should travel to exotic lands with young children.

Kayt also works with several corporate clients in both the healthcare, education and government sectors on various writing and marketing endeavors. She is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA), the Author’s Guild and the National Association of Science Writers (NASW). A popular public speaker, she has graced the stages of TEDMED, Chicago Ideas Week and renowned universities across the continent.

Kayt lives outside Houston, Texas (and is surprised as you are about it), and frequently overshares on Twitter as @kaytsukel.


About The Art of Risk:

THE ART OF RISK compares/contrasts the lives of real world risk-taking successes like World Series of Poker champion Andy Frankenberger and free solo climber/BASE jumper Steph Davis with cutting edge laboratory studies to better explain how, where, when, and why we take the risks that we do.

A blithe and personable guide to risk-taking.” -Kirkus Reviews

THE ART OF RISK begins with an admission: Kayt Sukel’s lost her mojo — and like any great journalist, to find it again, she researches her way to the root of the issue. This entails interviewing adrenaline junkies, uncovering the psychology, and delving into the complicated neuroscience. (She’s the only writer I know who can make terms like mesocortical limbic pathway and DRD4 variants downright titillating). An engrossing look at at fascinating issue by one of the most fearless science writers in the business.” -Susannah Cahalan, New York Times bestselling author of Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness

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Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 7:00pm
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Published: National Geographic Society - March 1st, 2016

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**OFFSITE** Fifth Wednesday Journal @ The Poetry Foundation

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Event date: 
Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 6:30pm
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Poetry Foundation
61 W Superior St
Chicago, IL 60654
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