NORTHBROOK – Notable wines and interesting non-alcoholic beverages will pair up with great books as a lineup of acclaimed best-selling authors from around the U.S. make their first Chicagoland appearances for newly released books at two North Shore stores during the fourth season of BOOKS ‘n’ BOTTLES events. Each author will appear on a Saturday at the Wilmette Wine Cellar and a Sunday at the Book Bin in Northbrook. The programs include a book purchase, beverages, and a raffle.
“It’s a chance for book lovers to mix and mingle in a convivial atmosphere, enjoy select wines and non-alcoholic beverages, engage in discussion with authors, and have their books personally autographed,” said Evelyn Eman Delmar, organizer of the events.
Kicking off the new BOOKS ‘n’ BOTTLES season, Janet Beard, author of The Atomic City Girls (Harper Collins) will appear from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Wilmette Wine Cellar on April 21 and the Book Bin on April 22. The Atomic City Girls received early accolades including a starred review in Booklist, which said, “Beard has taken a project of momentous impact and injected a human element into it…. This is approachable, intelligent, and highly satisfying historical fiction.”
Kirkus Reviews said, “Fans of historical fiction will devour this complex and human look at the people involved in the creation of the atomic bomb.” Reservations are recommended by calling (847) 498-4999. Additional information can be found at http://www.bookedwebcast.com/booked_books-n-bottles.html#.
This year’s lineup includes #1 New York Times bestseller Robert Goolrick, international bestseller and one of “Oprah’s Top 30 Women Writers” Jenna Blum, New York Times bestseller Patti Callahan Henry, Highland Park native and award-winning bestseller Mary Morris, and New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice author Cherise Wolas.
“Events like BOOKS ‘n’ BOTTLES are what I had in mind when designing the Wilmette Wine Cellar with space to entertain,” says store owner Tom Boyle, a Court Master Certified Sommelier. “There’s a reason we drink wine and that’s to have a good time and hang out with our friends. But I like the cerebral part behind it too. I like the stories.”
Book Bin store owner Alli Mengarelli says, “Readers have really enjoyed these events, and we are attracting a high caliber of authors to speak at them.”