"Imagination is the spirited appreciation of reality."
       —Frederick Sommer



Events are listed in reverse chronological order  
Meet Author Marnie O. Mamminga
Saturday July 22

Return to Wake Robin author Marnie O. Mamminga revisits America's Heartland in a new, dazzling collection of essays about the common experiences that unite those of us who live, love, and work in the Midwest in On a Clear Night: Essays from the Heartland.

With insight and humor, Mamminga chronicles a wide range of small-but-significant moments, including the anxiety of taking a teenager out for driving lessons, the nostalgic pleasure of watching the Cubs at Wrigley Field, the heartache of moving an aging parent into a nursing home, and the quiet bliss of sitting on a cabin's porch under a starry North Woods sky.

Her sharply observed vignettes on the extraordinarily ordinary rhythms of Midwestern life chart our shared passages from childhood to adulthood, working life to retirement, parenthood to grandparenthood and everything in between. With compassion and humor, Mamminga proves that our most personal experiences can unite us and that the most ordinary aspects of our lives can also be the most beautiful.

For more information please call the bookstore at (630) 584-8600.

Meet Author Patricia Toht
Saturday June 10

Book coverPatricia Toht is a children’s author and poet, blogger, and middle school library associate. She once owned a children’s bookstore and loved connecting readers with great books. After the store shuttered its doors, she led story times for preschoolers, assisted author and illustrator visits to schools, and worked in a public library.

Her family’s four-year move to England inspired ALL ABOARD THE LONDON BUS, her debut picture book released this May. In the book, a series of child-friendly poems follows a family of four as they spend a day visiting sights and experiencing all that makes London a vibrant and wonderful city. Illustrations by Sam Usher are a sheer delight.

Her next picture book, PICK A PINE TREE, celebrates the holiday tradition of turning a pine tree into a Christmas wonder. It will be released in September 2017.

For more information please call the bookstore at (630) 584-8600.


The "Over The Hill" Trio in Concert at Town House Café
Wednesday May 24th, Thursday May 25th & Friday May 26th
Doors open at 7:00pm, Concert at 7:30pm


“From ’20 to ’70 in 90 Minutes”
We are delighted to welcome back vocalists Candy Kless and Sammi King along with pianist Dr. Jim Pritchard for their 9th year of performances at TownHouse Café! Come enjoy a fun and entertaining show featuring the music of George & Ira Gershwin along with popular music of the 1960’s!

$20 admission: by pre-paid reservation only. Seating is limited. Purchase dessert, wine, beer and coffee before the show & at intermission. Call (630) 584-8603.

Mother's Day Brunch
Sunday, May 14th
Join us for a special Mother's Day Brunch where mom gets a beautiful long-stemmed rose and a special 10% off in the bookstore. The menu includes:
  • Crab bisque or chilled strawberry soup
  • Our signature salad topped with crumbled blue cheese and bacon, toasted pecans, dried cranberries and buttermilk ranch
  • Town House eggs benedict with Creole potatoes or brioche French toast stuffed with peaches, blueberries and cream cheese, with applewood-smoked bacon
  • A selection of homemade desserts
The price is $33 per person and includes coffee, tea or orange juice as well as a mimosa or glass of champagne. Call for reservations 630-584-8603.

Book Signing & Author Dinner with D.C. Brod
Thursday March 23rd
6 pm signing, 7pm dinner

Photo of book coverTown House Books & Café is pleased to welcome back local author and friend D. C. Brod to our Dinner with the Author Series. Getting Taken by D.C. Brod, is the third book in her Getting Even series. For more information about the book, visit her website. The author will greet people and sign books in the Garden Room of Town House Books from 6-7pm. Reception is free of charge and open to the public.

Dinner following the reception is by reservation only, cost is $40 per person which includes the program, a three course dinner, tax & gratuity. Beer and Wine are available for purchase. For additional information please call the café at (630) 584-8603.

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