October 2019 Local Authors
The End and Other Beginnings
By Veronica Roth of South Barrington
From global bestselling fantasy author Veronica Roth comes a collection of novella-length stories, each set in its own richly imagined universe. And yet, for all the advances in these futuristic lands, the people still must confront deeply human problems and emotions that feel close to home.
The six other-worldly tales are filled with wondrous new technologies and alien beings. There are stories of friendship and faithfulness, jealousy and revenge, and two of the tales are set in a universe familiar to readers of Roth’s Carve the Mark series. Each begins with hope and ends with a better understanding of life.
Intricate black-and-white illustrations invite readers inside each new world.
Raised in Barrington and living in the Chicago area, Veronica Roth is the author of New York Times bestsellers Carve the Mark and Divergent, the latter of which inspired the movie trilogy by the same name. She is a graduate of the creative writing program at Northwestern University.
The Summer Demands
By Deborah Shapiro of Oak Park
Shapiro’s second novel is set over a single summer in the beautiful, untamed landscape of rural Massachusetts. Forty-year-old Emily moves with her husband into an abandoned summer camp she has inherited. She discovers a younger woman who has been living secretly in one of the cabins. As a friendship grows, Emily discovers new depths of desire, ambition and rage that put her marriage and her future plans at risk.
The Opening Night Murders
by James Scott Byrnside of Elmhurst
Where do you begin to solve a mystery when the murder takes place on stage in full view of an audience of 200, but no one sees a thing? Byrneside sets his second vintage-era crime novel in Chicago in 1935, as a pair of detectives hired to investigate death threats against a popular actress launch a confounding search for clues — with no suspects in their sights. Could this possibly be the perfect murder?
By Cindy Crosby of Glen Ellyn and Thomas Dean
A steward of grasslands across the Midwest, including the Morton Arboretum, Crosby converses with writer Thomas Dean of the University of Iowa about the aesthetic, emotional and spiritual qualities of tallgrass prairie landscapes. Through short writings paired with photographs, the book encourages readers to understand and appreciate both the enduring nature of the prairies and their fragility.
Spoken: A Novel
By Melanie Weiss of Oak Park
In this coming-of-age story for young adults, the pampered life of Hollywood high schooler Roman is uprooted when he has to move in with his grandparents in the Midwest. Having trouble fitting in, Roman finds his way into a performance poetry group where he meets a diverse group of other students who challenge his privileged world view. The club, Spoken Word, helps Roman find his voice, make new friendships and repair a relationship with his distant father.Edit Module