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JOELLE CHARBONNEAU
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Help us launch a new title with the author, Joelle Charbonneau. It’s her latest adult mystery, Skating on the Edge, one of her Rebecca Robbins mysteries. When Roller Derby’s own Sherlene-n-Mean is electrocuted in a dunk tank, Robbins’ crime solving gets rolling. This Chicago –area author looks forward to meeting you at Two Doors East.
Priority_NumbersTUESDAY, OCTOBER 2 at 7:00 p.m.
Anderson's Two-Doors East
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WILLIAM JOYCE
How fun that we’re hosting the launch for William Joyce’s new book, The Sandman: The Story of Sanderson Mansnoozie at Pfeiffer Hall. He’s a well-known and successful children’s author, film maker, and an Academy Award winner for The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. Purchase the book at Anderson’s to get your event ticket. Companion tickets are $5 more.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets
Wentz Hall on the campus of North Central College
171 E. Chicago Ave., in Naperville
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LIBBA BRAY
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Libby Bray is the author of the New York Times bestseller Beauty Queens. Also known for her books Going Bovine and the Gemma Doyle trilogy, Bray visits this time with The Diviners. It’s the debut of a brand new historical series for teens set in the Roaring Twenties.
Priority_NumbersTUESDAY, OCTOBER 2 at 7:00 p.m.
Anderson's Bookshop Naperville
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JON KATZ
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Jon Katz delivers his first collection of short stories in Dancing Dogs. Each and every piece celebrates the remarkable bond between humans and their dogs, and brings out the genuinely inspiring and memorable acts about which we all love to read.

Priority_NumbersWEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3 at 7:00 p.m.
Anderson's Bookshop Naperville
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BOB BALABAN
Oh my, be warned! It’s The Creature from the Seventh Grade, and the book’s author, Bob Balaban, coming to Anderson’s Bookshop. Balaban is the award-winning actor, producer, director, and writer who offers this hilarious new series for middle readers.
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 3 at 7:00 p.m. Priority_Numbers
Anderson's Two-Doors East
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TIM GREEN
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Help us give a big welcome to NFL great, Tim Green, author of Unstoppable. The bestselling author, lawyer, and former Atlanta Falcons defensive end will have young readers on the edge of their seats with this dramatic and hard-hitting story a young player’s rough life and his seemingly impossible odds of football stardom.

Priority_NumbersTHURSDAY, OCTOBER 4 at 7:00 p.m.
Anderson's Bookshop Naperville
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LOIS LOWRY
An incredible night is in store for you! Lois Lowry published The Giver almost 20 years ago, and now she presents Son, a sequel to that Newbery Medal-winning international bestseller. It’s called a thought-provoking narrative that wrestles with the ideas of human freedom. Our event takes place at Naperville’s Wentz Hall. Tickets are required and are included with the purchase of Son from Anderson’s. Companion tickets are $10 while they last.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets
Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., in Naperville
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SNOOZAPALOOZA
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It’s getting sleepy at Anderson’s. In honor of the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book, we’re hosting our first Snoozapalooza. Children are encouraged to come in their pjs for a special storytime and event night. Giveaways and a Silly Slippers Contest, too!

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5 at 7:00 p.m.
Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville
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ANN DURKIN KEATING
The beginnings of Chicago are found in the 1812 Battle of Fort Dearborn. And Ann Durkin Keating offers her exhaustively-researched book, Rising from Indian Country, just in time for the battle’s bicentennial. Her fascinating look at the conflict and its repercussions will make for a great evening of history at Anderson’s.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5 at 7:00 p.m. Priority_Numbers
Anderson's Two-Doors East
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STAR WARS READS FEATURING JEFFREY BROWN
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On this afternoon, the Force will be with you! It’s Star Wars Reads Day, and we’re offering all things Star Wars. Meet costumed characters. Try your luck at Star Wars origami (paper-folding projects from a galaxy far, far away…). And help us greet author Jeffrey Brown, celebrating his book, Darth Vader and Son.

Priority_NumbersSATURDAY, OCTOBER 6 at 2:00 p.m.
Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville
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MARLA FRAZEE
It’s time to welcome back two-time Caldecott Honor medalist Marla Frazee, who visits with Boot and Shoe. It’s the author’s charming new picture book starring two adorably floppy dogs as they face unexpected change.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 8 at 7:00 p.m. Priority_Numbers
Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville
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LUIS' SALON: WRITERS RAILROAD: A LITERARY SALON
Join us for a creative new partnership with Naperville's award-winning author Luis Alberto Urrea as he presents Writers Railroad: A Literary Salon.
Designed as a way to showcase authors you might not know, Luis's Salon will introduce you to some of his friends: writers who are telling stories he loves through books he thinks you should read. Think of it as a personal recommendation from a best-selling author who lives next door. Luis will launch the Salon with his friend Debra Dean, author of bookclub favorite The Madonnas of Leningrad. Debra will present her new novel, The Mirrored World. The book is based on the true story of St. Xenia, whose devotion to the poor during the extravagance of 18th century St. Petersburg brought her into great conflict with the court of Catherine the Great. Luis is the author of The Hummingbird's Daughter and its recent sequel The Queen of America. These novels tell the story of his relative Teresa Urrea, also known as the Mexican Joan of Arc. Luis will lead a discussion with Debra on writing process, the challenges of reconstructing the life of a saint and creating a story to move and inspire today's readers. This should be a fascinating evening with conversation, book signing, and refreshments.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 8 at 7:00 p.m. Priority_Numbers
Anderson’s Two-Doors East
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PAGETURNERS BOOK GROUP
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Anderson’s welcomes the Pageturners Book Group, a club that focuses on non-fiction books. This month’s title is Thrity Umrigar’s First Darling of the Morning. Please read the book, and join our lively discussion. New members are invited to participate, but are asked to please call and register: (630) 355-2665.

RSVPTUESDAY, OCTOBER 9 at 9:30 a.m.
Anderson’s Two-Doors East
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JASPER FFORDE
We welcome Jasper Fforde, the author of the inventive crime thriller series following Thursday Next, a member of the Literary Detectives in an alternate Great Britain. The book is The Woman Who Died a Lot, Fforde’s seventh with Thursday Next. Purchase your copy of the new book at Anderson’s to receive your admission ticket. Companion tickets available for $10 each.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets
Meiley-Swallow Hall, 31 S. Ellsworth on the campus of North Central College
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WILL SCHWALBE
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What a moving book about a man’s final loving connection with his dying mother. The End of Your Life Book Club came about when our guest, Will Schwalbe, and his mother shared and discussed books during the months she fought pancreatic cancer. This love letter of a book is a unique tribute.

Priority_NumbersTUESDAY, OCTOBER 9 at 7:00 p.m.
Anderson’s Bookshop Naperville
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ERIN MORGENSTERN

It was the fantasy novel of 2011, and now The Night Circus releases in paperback. Book clubs and fiction lovers will be drawn to the magic, romance, competition, and danger in Erin Morganstern’s wonderful debut. It might just cast a spell on you!

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10 at 7:00 p.m. Priority_Numbers
Anderson’s Two-Doors East
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CORY DOCTOROW
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It’s our pleasure to bring back Cory Doctorow, author of the 2010 young adult hit, Little Brother. He visits with something new for teens: Pirate Cinema, a tale of a brilliant 16-year-old in the not-too-distant future obsessed with making movies on his computer. Until it lands him in serious trouble with wealthy media interests.

Priority_NumbersWEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10 at 7:00 p.m.
Anderson’s Bookshop Naperville
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DENNIS LEHANE

Come visit Pfeiffer Hall for a great event with Dennis Lehane. We’re celebrating his tenth novel, Live by Night. It’s a story set in the Jazz Age of Boston, complete with seedy gangsters and ruthless ambition, set against the backdrop of Prohibition and unsavory characters. Lehane is well known for his previous New York Times bestsellers including Shutter Island, Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone, a movie we’ll be shown at this special Anderson’s event. Purchase your copy of the new book at Anderson’s to receive your admission ticket. Companion tickets available for $10 each.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11 at 7:00 p.m. Priority_Numbers
Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave.,
on the campus of North Central College
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CARLOS ANDRES GOMEZ
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The Twenty-First-Century Man seems to be redefining earlier standards. Our guest, Carlos Andres Gomez, explores what this all means in Man Up: Cracking the Code of Modern Manhood. Inspired by Gomez’s one-man play, this coming-of-age memoir provokes discussion. Join in the debate at Anderson’s.

Priority_NumbersTHURSDAY, OCTOBER 11 at 7:00 p.m.
Anderson’s Two Doors East
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ANNIE BARROWS

Leave it to Ivy & Bean to take matters into their own hands. Author Annie Barrows stops by with her hilarious and mischievous new episode (Book #9) in the Ivy & Bean series, Ivy & Bean Make the Rules. Maybe the girls are too young to go to Girl Power 4-Ever Camp, but that doesn’t keep them from launching their own camp, their own better camp. So ha. So ha ha!

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11 at 7:00 p.m. Priority_Numbers
Anderson’s Bookshop Naperville
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EMMA MCLAUGHLIN & NICOLA KRAUS
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The megahit The Nanny Diaries authors Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus are back with a great teen title, Over You. It’s about one girl’s quest to heal broken hearts all over New York City. Why is it so hard to get over that boy who broke your heart? Once and for all!

Priority_NumbersFRIDAY, OCTOBER 12 at 7:00 p.m.
Anderson’s Bookshop Naperville
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Snoozapalooza

SNOOZAPALOOZA

It’s getting sleepy at Anderson’s. In honor of the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book, we’re hosting our first Snoozapalooza. Children are encouraged to come in their pjs for a special storytime and event night. Giveaways and a Silly Slippers Contest, too!

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12 at 7:00 p.m. Priority_Numbers
Anderson’s Bookshop Downers Grove
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NEAL SHUSTERMAN
 

We are pleased to welcome Neal Shusterman to celebrate his latest YA futuristic thriller, Unwholly. Rife with action and suspense, the new book is the perfect companion to Unwind, challenging assumptions about where life begins and ends. Come join us.

Priority_NumbersSUNDAY, OCTOBER 14 at 2:00 p.m.
Anderson’s Bookshop Naperville
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REBECCA STEAD

How exciting to host an event with Rebecca Stead, the Newbery-winning author of When You Reach Me. Ms. Stead presents her new middle grade title, Liar & Spy, a story of spying on a mysterious neighbor and the bonds of friendship. See why this book is already getting plenty of attention.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 15 at 7:00 p.m. Priority_Numbers
Anderson’s Bookshop Downers Grove
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ERIC GREITENS
 

The Warrior’s Heart is the teen version of Navy SEAL Eric Greitens’ New York Times bestseller, The Heart and the Fist. It’s a book where choices and challenges are thought provoking. Mr. Greitens is a humanitarian hero and we’re honored to have him for this important night.

Priority_NumbersMONDAY, OCTOBER 15 at 7:00 p.m.
Anderson’s Bookshop Naperville
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JENNY MCCARTHY

The road from Catholic schoolgirl to Playboy Playmate to autism activist is the unique one made by Jenny McCarthy, and her new book, Bad Habits, reveals it all. Our event at Wentz Concert Hall will feature Ms. McCarthy discussing her book, her life and her bad habits! Tickets are available with the purchase of the new book from Anderson’s Bookshop. Tickets required.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 15 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets
Wentz Concert Hall, on the campus of North Central College,
171 E. Chicago Ave., in Naperville
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TERRY PRATCHETT
 

Truly a rare opportunity is in store when Sir Terry Pratchett visits with Dodger, his new book for young adults. Our beloved and bestselling guest blends history, fantasy, adventure and mystery is this unusual coming –of-age novel. Tickets are available with the purchase of the new book from Anderson’s Bookshop. Tickets required.

Tickets TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16 at 7:00 p.m.
Pfeiffer Hall, on the campus of North Central College,
310 E. Benton Ave., in Naperville
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LITWITS BOOK GROUP

Anderson’s welcomes the Lit Wits Book Group, designed for those who love to read, meet new people and like to have fun. Our October pick for discussion is Bloodroot, by Amy Greene. Please read the book, and join our lively discussion. New members are invited to participate, but are asked to please call and register: (630) 963-2665.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16 at 7:30 p.m. RSVP
Anderson’s Bookshop Downers Grove
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HEIDI ROEMER and FRIENDS
 

We are happy to welcome a handful of talented children’s poets who all contributed to And The Crowd Goes Wild: A Global Gathering of Sports Poems. This wonderful anthology includes 50 poems by 50 writers from ten countries. Heidi Roemer, the co-editor of the book will join us as well.

Priority_NumbersTUESDAY, OCTOBER 16 at 7:00 p.m.
Anderson’s Bookshop Naperville
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J.K. ROWLING PODCAST

Join us for a live podcast with the amazing J.K. Rowling hosted by bestselling novelist Ann Patchett. Two great writers engaged in a lively literacy discussion is a can’t lose program. Ms. Rowling is celebrating her new book-her first for adult readers- The Casual Vacancy. She is the world-famous writer of the Harry Potter series, which have sold over 450 million copies.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16 at 7:00 p.m.
Anderson’s Two-Doors East
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DAVID FINCH
 

After five years of marriage, two children, and his whole lifetime up until then, David Finch learned that he has Asperger Syndrome. That explained a lot, but also meant a new focus for his life: to change from the world’s most trying husband to the husband who tries the most! This memoir is funny, loving and surprising. Come meet the author and his wife, Kristen, as we present the new paperback edition of The Journal of Best Practices.

Priority_NumbersWEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17 at 7:00 p.m.
Anderson’s Bookshop Naperville
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MATTHEW CODY

Young readers will find the same fun in Super as they did in Powerless, author Matthew Cody’s earlier book about a hometown with super kids who display flight and super strength. Now young Daniel is starting to show some powers himself!

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18 at 7:00 p.m. Priority_Numbers
Anderson’s Bookshop Naperville
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JON KLASSEN
 

Children will be delighted with Jon Klassen’s new picture book, This Is Not My Hat, and their parents will too! Deadpan humor in the style of Klassen’s New York Times bestselling and award-winning I Want My Hat Back delivers the funny.

Priority_NumbersFRIDAY, OCTOBER 19 at 7:00 p.m.
Anderson’s Bookshop Naperville
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CANDACE FLEMING and ERIC ROHMANN

Back again for another great event are Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann. This time this talented team presents Oh No! a great new read aloud picture book young ones will love.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20 at 2:00 p.m. Priority_Numbers
Anderson’s Bookshop Naperville
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• OCTOBER •
- Kate Morton   10/21/12 NP
- Cover to Cover Book Group   10/22/12 (reading Faith by Jennifer Haigh) TDE
- Stacy London   (The Truth About Style) 10/22/12 Wentz Hall on the campus of North Central College
- Uggie and Omar   10/22/12 NP
- Peter Brown & Aaron Reynolds   10/22/12 DG
- Peter Geye   10/23/12 (The Lighthouse Road) NP
- John Huston   10/24/12 NP
- Derek Anderson   10/25/12 NP
- Halloween Trolley Story Rides   10/26/12 - 1027/12 NP
- Class Acts featuring: Dan Gutman, Jeramey Kraatz & Jon Scieszka   10/28/12 NP
- Book Group Open House   10/29/12 NP
- Cinda Chima Williams, Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian   10/30/12 NP
- John & Carole Barrowman   10/31/12 NP
TICKETS COMING SOON FOR •
• NOVEMBER •
- Bob Shea   11/1/12 NP
- Orson Scott Card   11/1/12 TDE
- Jennifer Chiaverini   11/2/12 NP
- What’s New in Children’s Literature   11/6/12 NP
- John Flanagan   11/7/12 NP
- Get Real: YA Contemps Tour   11/7/12 TDE
- R. L. Stine   11/8/12 NP
- J. Patrick Lewis & Matt Cordell   11/8/12 TDE
- Hobbit Party   11/10/12 NP & DG
- PageTurners Book Group   11/13/12 (reading Freakonomics by Steven Levitt) TDE
- My Bookstore Event   11/13/12 NP
- Ally Condie   11/14/12 NP
- Tad Hill   11/15/12 NP
- Oliver Jeffers   11/17/12 NP
- Not For Kids Only Book Group   11/18/12 TDE
- Cherie Priest   11/20/12 NP
- Cover to Cover Book Group   11/26/12 (reading The Submission by Amy Waldman) TDE
- B. A. Shapiro   11/28/12 NP
- David Nasaw   11/29/12 Koten Chapel
• DECEMBER •
- PageTurners Book Group   12/11/12 (reading 97 Orchard by Jane Ziegelman) TDE
- Jon Meacham   12/6/12 Wentz Hall on the campus of North Central College
- Rachel Ray   12/14/12 Naperville North High School
• JANUARY •
- PageTurners Book Group   1/8/13 (reading A Covert Affair by Jennet Conant) TDE
- Cover to Cover Book Group   1/21/13 (reading Clybourne Park: A Play by Bruce Norris) TDE
• FEBRUARY •
- Cover to Cover Book Group   2/25/13 (reading The Barbarian Nurseries by Hector Tobar) TDE
- PageTurners Book Group   2/12/13 (reading Bright-Sided by Barbara Ehrenreich) TDE
• MARCH •
- PageTurners Book Group   3/12/13 (reading Day of Honey by Anna Ciezadlo) TDE
- Cover to Cover Book Group   3/25/13 (reading Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury) TDE
• APRIL •
- PageTurners Book Group   4/9/13 (reading The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka) TDE
- Cover to Cover Book Group   4/15/13 (reading The Buddha in the Attic by Julie Otsuka) TDE
• MAY •
- PageTurners Book Group   5/14/13 (reading Unorthodox by Deborah Feldman) TDE
- Cover to Cover Book Group   5/27/13 (reading A Good American by Alex George) TDE
 
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