Author appearances: Steven Raichlen signs 'Project Smoke'
• Chicago cultural historian and author Tim Samuelson discusses his book, "But Wait, There's More! The Irresistible Appeal and Spiel of Ronco and Popeil," and his collection of Popeil and Ronco products at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 26, in the Elmhurst History Museum's Education Center, 120 E. Park Ave., Elmhurst. The museum's exhibit "But Wait, There's More!" that runs through Sunday, Sept. 18, is based on Samuelson's collection. A book signing will follow Samuelson's lecture. Some copies of "But Wait, There's More!" will be available for purchase. The program is free, and no reservations are required. (630) 833-1457 or elmhursthistory.org.
• Meet cookbook author and TV personality Steven Raichlen as he signs copies of his latest book, "Project Smoke," from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, at The Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet Culinary Center, 810 W. Washington Blvd., Chicago. Some of Raichlen's recipes will be served at the event. Admission is free. Copies of "Project Smoke" will be available for $25.30. All pre-purchased books will be available for pickup at event with a photo ID. For information, visit kalamazoogourmet.com.
• Meet author Michael P. Spradlin as he signs copies of his book, "The Enemy Above: A Novel of World War II," at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, at Anderson's Bookshop, 123 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville. For a place in the signing line, purchase a copy of "The Enemy Above: A Novel of World War II" from Anderson's in Naperville. (630) 355-2665 or andersonsbookshop.com.
• Larry Watson signs copies of his book, "As Good As Gone," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, at Anderson's Bookshop, 123 W. Jefferson Ave., Naperville. For a place in the signing line, purchase a copy of "As Good as Gone" from Anderson's in Naperville. (630) 355-2665 or andersonsbookshop.com.
• Jennifer Dwight discusses her book, "The Tolling of Mercedes Bell," at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, at The Book Stall, 811 Elm St., Winnetka. Call (847) 446-8880, or visit thebookstall.com.
• Pastry chef and author Paula Haney of Hoosier Mama Pie Company in Chicago demonstrates how to make pie dough and provides samples to guests at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 30, at the Prospect Heights Public Library, 12 N. Elm St., Prospect Heights. Copies of Haney's book, "Hoosier Mama Book of Pie," will be available for purchase and signing at the event. Free. Register by calling (847) 259-3500, Ext. 35, by visiting phpl.info or in person at the library's information desk.