Cook Memorial Public Library District Book ClubExtravaganza! You Are Cordially Invited!

There’s No Mystery to Having a Good Book Club
Anyone who is in a book club, wants to be in a book club, or simply loves books is invited to our Book Club Extravaganza on Saturday, September 24, from 10:00 a.m. – Noon at the Sullivan Center,
635 N. Aspen Drive in Vernon Hills.
This year’s theme is There’s No Mystery to Having a Good Book Club, and we are honored to present Chicago-area authors Frances McNamara and Joan Naper, who will present A Woman’s-Eye View of Chicago at the Turn-of-the-Century. After their presentation, the authors will be available for Q & A, book sales and signing. Participants can also browse a wide array of ideas that book clubs can use to enhance their reading and discussion experiences. These will include recipes, movies, music, local area tours and more!
Frances McNamara is the author of the Emily Cabot mystery series, which includes: Death at the Fair, Death at Hull House, and Death at Pullman. Her character, Emily Cabot, is introduced in 1893 at the height of the World’s Columbian Exposition, while she is attending the newly established graduate program for women at the University of Chicago. Ms. McNamara is a librarian at the University of Chicago and is working on the fourth book in the Emily Cabot mystery series, Death at Woods Hole, set in Massachusetts.
Joan Naper is the author of Beautiful Dreamer, set in early 1900s Chicago. In this novel, Irish immigrant Kitty Coakley is determined to be independent but is faced with challenging decisions as she is courted by two men of very different backgrounds. Naper is a proud fifth-generation Chicagoan who is endlessly fascinated by the history and possibility that can be found here. She is the research communications director at Northwestern University.


1130 South Michigan Yard Sale

1130 S. Michigan Avenue — 3rd Annual Garage Sale! Saturday September 10th 9a.m.- 5p.m Lot south of 1133 S Wabash (behind 1130) and North of Trader Joes parking.

I’ll be out there next week, selling books. The ones I’ve written and ones that won’t fit on my shelves any more. That’s a brand new Trader Joes opening up behind my building.


I’ll be attending Bouchercon with Emily Victorson of Allium Press. I’m on a panel Saturday Sept. 17 8:30-9:30 AM Panel RELEASE ME : Finish your Research and Write Your book. Hotel room location: Majestic A,B,C
Panelists: Sasscer Hill (Moderator), Dan Johnson, Frances McNamara, Judy Moresi, Roberta Rogow, Nancy Means Wright.
I’m busy reading books by folks on the panel. Part way through FULL MORTALITY, Sasscer’s book about horse racing in MD. Also part way through Nancy’s MIDNIGHT FIRES with Mary Wolstonecraft as the protagonist. I’ve started Dan’s THE DETROIT ELECTRIC SCHEME set in 1910 when there were electric cars. Need to get to Judy’s WIDOWS WALK and Roberta’s THE PROBLEM OF THE SURLY SERVENT which has Holmes and Watson as protagonists. That sounds like fun. Say hi if you attend.