Check It Out Category: Book Culture

Author Visit: Meet Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke

Author Visit: An Evening with Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke
Join us on Thursday, July 16th for a virtual author visit with bestselling literary duo and best friends Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke (The Year We Turned Forty, The Good Widow) for a fun night of bookish conversation with local book influencer, Lauren Margolin, to celebrate their forthcoming book, How to Save a Life, a dark heart-pounding love story with a Groundhog Day twist. Bring your questions as there will be time for a Q&A.


Registrants who attend the program will be entered into a giveaway for a signed copy of the novel.
Register today!


Picture of Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke“Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke have been best friends for over thirty years. They are the co-authors of seven novels, including the Amazon Charts bestseller, The Good Widow.

Liz and Lisa host the popular podcast We Fight So You don’t Have To, and are monthly on-air contributors on their local news with Liz & Lisa’s Book Club. In their former lives, Liz worked in the pharmaceutical industry and Lisa was a talk-show producer. They both reside with their families and several rescue dogs in Southern California.”


“Lauren is a speaker, book influencer,Picture of Lauren Margolin blogger and creator of She has reviewed hundreds of books and gives honest and relatable opinions, which has built her a loyal and trusted following of thousands. She connects regularly with authors, publishers and fellow readers which keeps her in the ‘know’ regarding books coming out and what to read next.  Her speaking engagements have been called “entertaining, enlightening and informative”. Lauren lives in a Chicago suburb with her husband and empty nester pup Quincy. They have two adult children.”


Dive into their books today!

how to save a life book coverHow to Save a Life

Summer Reading Starts Monday, June 1!

The Spectacular Reading Race, Adult summer reading challenge, June 1, 2020 through August 31,2020

Ready for a taste of the familiar along with the excitement of new twists? Welcome to Summer Reading 2020 and the introduction of an online tracking tool: Beanstack. This summer you’ll be able to enter your books wherever you are, earning digital badges and chances for virtual drawings all with a few taps of your screen or clicks of your mouse. Also, since Summer Reading starts June 1 and continues through August 31, you have an added month to set your own pace or to explore even more reading activities.

Begin by visiting our official MPPL Summer Reading webpage to discover how to Get Started and to learn what opportunities are available for Adults, Teens, and Young Readers. Each age group is presented with a variety of options of what to read or activities to complete, and you choose what fits your mood best. Challenge yourself to find suggestions of what to read through featured lists, or ask for a personalized suggestion. However you choose to participate, be sure to join us for The Spectacular Reading Race starting June 1!


What Mount Prospect Is Reading

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Mount Prospect, you’ve been reading, and we’ve been talking! Every week we have been extending an open invitation for readers to gather and share the books keeping them company in these odd times. We’ve chatted romance, dark fantasy, nonfiction, mysteries, feel-good, horror, and elegant prose. Check out the titles brought by our attendees, and please consider joining us for this week’s conversation: Let’s Talk Books!

Stay Sweet book coverStay Sweet
Siobhan Vivian
Age of Witches book coverThe Age of Witches
Louisa Morgan


Mockingbirds book coverThe Mockingbirds
Daisy Whitney
Dutch House book coverThe Dutch House
Ann Patchett


Tenant book coverThe Tenant
Katrine Engberg
Headliners book coverHeadliners
Lucy Parker
Wow, No Thank You book coverWow, No Thank You
Samantha Irby


Beautiful Ones book coverThe Beautiful Ones
Silvia Moreno-Garcia


Monster of Elendhaven book coverThe Monster of Elendhaven
Jennifer Giesbrecht
Foul Is Fair book coverFoul Is Fair
Hannah Capin


Honey-Don't List book coverThe Honey-Don’t List
Christina Lauren
Year of the Witching book coverThe Year of the Witching
Alexis Henderson


Mornings with Rosemary book coverMornings with Rosemary
(also published as The Lido)
Libby Page
Vanishing Half book coverThe Vanishing Half
Brit Bennett
All Adults Here book coverAll Adults Here
Emma Straub


Mount Prospect, Let’s Talk Books!

We readers love to share our book feelings, and YOU are invited to connect with others to hear about the successes, the disappointments, and the ones that are getting you through the week. Each Tuesday from 7-8 PM, we are hosting an Open Book Share through Zoom. Come hear what your neighbors and Library staff have been reading, collect new ideas for your TBR list, and add to our lists by telling us about your own favorite discoveries! All who come are welcome to share and/or listen as they like — no pressure, no obligation, just lovely book fellowship.

To attend, register through our public calendar. This week’s event can be found here. We will then send you the Zoom link and information.

If you prefer to connect to fellow readers on Goodreads, don’t miss our No Commitment Virtual Book Group, where we will also be posting all titles shared in the weekly conversations. Hope to see you soon!

Announcing the No Commitment Virtual Book Club

No Commitment Book Club categoriesMissing the chance to talk books with friends both old and new? You are invited to visit a new MPPL Goodreads group to share with your neighbors what you are reading in any or all of our featured themes.

Separate discussion threads are open for five categories — all designed to be fully your choice. Whether your recent reads have been wild successes or frustrating disappointments, we’re here to celebrate the journey.

Not one to share with a group? For personal cheers or for reading recommendations of titles specifically available to you online, email your book comments to

Happy reading while sheltering-in-place!