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Article posted: 10/19/2013 6:00 AM

Book notes: Meet Chris Matthews at North Central Sunday

Meet MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews, host of "Hardball With Chris Matthews," as he reads from and signs copies of his book "Tip and Gipper: When Politics Worked" at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, at Pfeiffer Hall at North Central College, 310 E. Benton Ave., Naperville. The event is sponsored by Anderson's Bookshop at 123 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville. Purchase of the book from Anderson's includes one admission ticket for the author event. Companion tickets cost $10 each. (630) 355-2665 or andersonsbookshop.com.

James Dashner, author of The New York Times best-selling "Maze Runner" series for young adults, reads from and signs copies of his newest title, "The Eye of Minds," the first in his "Mortality Doctrine" series, at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, at Anderson's Bookshop, 123 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville. (630) 355-2665 or andersonsbookshop.com. Dashner will also discuss and sign his book at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at Barnes and Noble -- Old Orchard, 55 Old Orchard Center, Skokie. (847) 676-2230 or barnesandnoble.com.

"Big Nate" creator Lincoln Peirce reads from and signs copies of his newest title, "Big Nate: I Can't Take It," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at Anderson's Bookshop, 123 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville. (630) 355-2665 or andersonsbookshop.com.

Pop singer Cody Simpson reads from and signs copies of his book "Welcome to Paradise: My Journey" at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the Tivoli Theatre, 5021 Highland Ave., Downers Grove. Simpson will also give a brief performance for fans. The event is sponsored by Anderson's Bookshop at 5112 Main St., Downers Grove. Tickets cost $6 and are only available with the purchase of Simpson's book from Anderson's. Companion tickets cost $15 each. (630) 963-2665 or andersonsbookshop.com.

Best-selling mystery novelist Sara Paretsky discusses and signs copies of her newest book, "Critical Mass," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, at Barnes and Noble -- Old Orchard, 55 Old Orchard Center, Skokie. (847) 676-2230 or barnesandnoble.com.

Academy Award-winning actress Octavia Spencer reads from and signs copies of her new book for middle graders, "Randi Rhodes: Ninja Detective: The Case of the Time Bandit," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, at Anderson's Bookshop, 123 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville. (630) 355-2665 or andersonsbookshop.com.

Peter R. Mansoor, author of "Surge: My Journey With General David Petraeus and the Remaking of the Iraq War," discusses his book at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at the First Division Museum at Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. The book will be released to the public on Tuesday, Oct. 29, but advance copies will be available at the event. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. A book-signing follows Mansoor's presentation. Books will be available for purchase. Free admission and parking. (630) 260-8187 or firstdivisionmuseum.org.

-- Laura Milbrath Stewart

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