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Book notes: Rebecca Skloot talks writing process at Elmhurst College

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• "Seraphina" author Rachel Hartman discusses and signs copies of her New York Times best-selling novel at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at Barnes and Noble -- Old Orchard, 55 Old Orchard Center, Skokie. (847) 676-2230 or barnesandnoble.com.

• "Buddhaland Brooklyn" author Richard Morais signs copies of his book at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at The Book Stall at Chestnut Court, 811 Elm St., Winnetka. (847) 446-8880 or thebookstall.com.

• Meet "The Chocolate Money" author Ashley Prentice Norton as she discusses and signs copies of her book at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at the Lake Forest Book Store, 680 N. Western Ave., Lake Forest. (847) 234-4420 or lakeforestbookstore.com.

• Author Shannon Henry Kleiber reads from and signs copies of "On My Honor," her book about the life of Juliette "Daisy" Gordon Lowe, the founder of the Girl Scouts, at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at Anderson's Bookshop, 123 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville. (630) 355-2665 or andersonsbookshop.com.

• Meet science author Rebecca Skloot as she discusses her book, along with her writing and research techniques, at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, at Hammerschmidt Memorial Chapel, 190 Prospect Ave., Elmhurst. Admission is $10 for the general public; free for Elmhurst College students, faculty, staff and alumni. Tickets are available at the door. Call (630) 617-3390 or visit elmhurst.edu.tix.

• "Maze Runner" author James Dashner signs copies of his newest title, "The Infinity Ring #1: A Mutiny in Time," at 4:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, at The Book Stall at Chestnut Court, 811 Elm St., Winnetka. Customers must purchase at least one copy of Dashner's new book at The Book Stall to get a place in the book-signing line. (847) 446-8880 or thebookstall.com.

• Author Gina Damico reads from and signs copies of her new book for teens, "Scorch," at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, at Anderson's Two Doors East, 111 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville. The book is a follow-up to "Croak." (630) 355-2665 or andersonsbookshop.com.

• British historical novelist Lawrence Norfolk signs copies of his book "John Saturnall's Feast" at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, at The Book Stall at Chestnut Court, 811 Elm St., Winnetka. (847) 446-8880 or thebookstall.com.

• Author Val McDermid reads from and signs copies of "Vanishing Point" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at Centuries and Sleuths Bookstore, 7419 W. Madison St., Forest Park. (708) 771-7243 or centuriesandsleuths.com.

• Authors Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce read from and sign copies of "The Magic Treehouse 20th Anniversary Edition: Dinosaurs Before Dark" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at Wentz Concert Hall and Fine Arts Center at North Central College, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. To get an event ticket, purchase the new anniversary edition or a copy of "Magic Treehouse #48: A Perfect Time for Pandas" at Anderson's Bookshop at 123 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville. Companion tickets for the event cost $5. (630) 355-2665 or andersonsbookshop.com.

-- Laura Stewart