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Book notes: 'Darth Vader and Son' author stops at Anderson's

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By Laura Stewart

• Meet author Jeffrey Brown as he discusses his new "Star Wars" book, "Darth Vader and Son," at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at Anderson's Bookshop, 123 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville. Guests can also meet costumed "Star Wars" characters and take part in "Star Wars"-themed craft activities. (630) 355-2665 or

• "Rising From Indian Country" author Ann Durkin Keating reads from and signs copies of her book at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at Anderson's Two Doors East, 111 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville. (630) 355-2665 or

• Authors Samantha Hoffman and Kelly O'Connor McNees will be on hand for a joint author event at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at Lake Forest Book Store, 680 N. Western Ave., Lake Forest. Hoffman will sign copies of her book, "What More Could You Wish For?" and O'Connor McNees will sign copies of her book "In Need of a Good Wife." (847) 234-4420 or

• Mary Amato celebrates the release of her new young adult novel, "Guitar Notes," at an author event at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7, at The Book Stall at Chestnut Court, 811 Elm St., Winnetka. Amato will read from the book and perform a song from the book. She will also demonstrate her writing process and conduct an on-the-spot songwriting workshop. (847) 446-8880 or

• Meet crime thriller author Jasper Fforde as he reads from and signs copies of his book "The Woman Who Died a Lot" at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Oct. 9, at Meiley-Swallow Hall at North Central College, 31 S. Ellsworth St., Naperville. The event is sponsored by Anderson's Bookshop at 123 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville. Purchase a copy of the book at Anderson's for an admission ticket to the event. Companion tickets cost $10 each. (630) 355-2665 or

• Author, teacher and editor Bob Boone presents a fiction workshop and reading from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, in room B258, at the College of Lake County, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake. Boone is the author of the book "Inside Job: A Life of Teaching." Free and open to the public. For information, call Larry Starzec at (847) 543-2557, or email

• Fantasy writer Erin Morgenstern reads from and signs copies of her 2011 book, "The Night Circus," now in paperback, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, at Anderson's Two Doors East, 111 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville. (630) 355-2665 or

• Middle grade/young adult author Catherynne M. Valente discusses her newest book, "The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland and Led the Revels There," at 6:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at the Vernon Area Public Library District, 300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Free admission, but registration is requested at (224) 543-1485 or

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