24/8 Book Club

Every Crooked Pot
June 29, 2007, 9:04 am
Filed under: Author Talk

A new friend to the 24/ family, Renee Rosen, had a very exciting evening last night. It was the launch of Renee Rosen’s first book, Every Crooked Pot. The event took place at the Rosenthal Fine Arts Gallery at 3 E. Huron in the downtown Chicago. 

24/8 was thrilled to attend this event and so was much of the city.  We could barely move in the crowd that was filled with family, friends, authors and others there to buy the book and take part in this lovely evening. 

We enjoyed the jazz, the art on the walls, Renee’s reading and mingling with those that each had a different story to relate about Renee.  Bravo Renee it was a wonderful evening.  We look forward to future book launches.


Book Suggestions
June 27, 2007, 9:51 am
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Yesterday I was with some 24/8 ers and they asked me if they could make suggestions for books and of course I said yes.  So just in case we have not been clear we want to HEAR FROM YOU. 

Why not blog about it? Why not prepare a Take Out List for us to post on the site? Why not write us and tell us what you are reading?  

 We love to hear from you! Otherwise it is just JoAnne and I left to our own devices. 

A little 24/8 secret
June 24, 2007, 12:13 pm
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Based on a great suggestion from Mabel we are going to tell you the next book to be featured on 24/8.  It will be How Elizabeth Barrett Browning Saved My Life. The author is Mameve Medwed and we will be dishing and shining the spotlight on her as well.

Why not head to the bookstore or library and pick up a copy. You can see if you agree with our review and if not, why not contact us and maybe you will be our guest reviewer. 

We have so many great reads to bring to you, we are just thrilled.

ethel’s chocolate lounge is fantastic
June 23, 2007, 7:47 am
Filed under: Events

We had a fantastic night on Wednesday at ethel’s chocolate lounge on Michigan Avenue at North Bridge.  Dale, the manager was a fantastic guide through all of the ethel’s delights.  We hope 24/8 will be invited back and we hope that everyone will join us again.  You missed chocolate, liquid concoctions and chocolate fondue too.

 To all of our wonderful guests for the evening we thank you.  We had a great time with the ladies of DailyCandy, Danielle and Emily.  They were enlightening and delightful and we could have enjoyed their tips, quips and sweets all night long.  A big thank you to them.

 Special thanks to Andrea and Kevin for their contributions and support, we could not have done it without you.  24/8 has another fun event around the corner on July 11th.

We are featuring Gale Gand, Executive Pastry Chef and host of Food Network’s Sweet Dreams show at Catalyst Ranch.  Gale has a new book Chocolate and Vanilla that is just terrific, notice a treat theme? The fun will kick off at 6:00 and go to 8:00.  We hope to see our old friends and make new friends too.

Wednesday, June 20th – 24/8 brings you another exciting event
June 19, 2007, 7:10 am
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So much to do today to get ready for our event tomorrow evening at  ethel’s chocolate lounge at Westfield’s North Bridge.  We will be dishing with two editors from DailyCandy and if you don’t know them you should. 

The DailyCandy.com phenomenon is a delightful way to keep up with what is hot and what is not and what are the newest Chicago trends.  For those of you not from Chicago there are plenty of other cities to check and sign up for their daily newsletter, www.dailycandy.com

Join us as we find out more about DailyCandy, sample some tidbits from their very entertaining and engaging book, learn how to get their eye and maybe get a scoop about an upcoming treat in Chicago.  We look forward to seeing you there.   

Travel this summer
June 15, 2007, 7:47 am
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I hope everyone is planning a great trip this summer or fall. If not you might change your mind after picking up and looking at one of these guides. 

Many years ago now a friend of mine that is a very particular traveler introduced me to guide books by Karen Brown.  I immediately went out to the book store as I working on planning our next trip and saw that Karen Brown had both domestic and European editions and for many locations.  But to my delight they offered places to stay and itineraries. 

So that began my love affair with these books. I have given them to friends that were going on a trip and I always purchase one when I am going on a trip.  They also have a great website, www.karenbrown.com, with so much information.

For me, the best thing about these guides are the truths found within the pages. The accomodations presented are always though they have personally stayed in so they can share their real perspectives. And they are what they say they are.  Karen Brown guides also present budget hotels and then five star hotels so there is something for everyone. 

 It was a personal thrill for me to meet Karen Brown at the Book Expo in May.  We did get a scoop from her as well, a new updated website will be available soon and will provide the visitor with more tools for planning that great trip.  

I am so happy to be able to share this fantastic resource with you as it was shared with me.   

Happy travels,


Still Book-Fair-ing
June 11, 2007, 10:52 pm
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The Printers Row book fair was outstanding.  They were lucky with the great weather, so that brought out even more people.  Great new booksellers,  and the poetry tent  which was a special treat.  If there was any doubt that this was a cultured crowd, almost every conversation I had ended with the question, “What do you think will happen to Tony Soprano tonight?”  I love Chicago events.

A new delight from our friend Stacey Ballis
June 11, 2007, 10:48 am
Filed under: Author Talk

I was reading people magazine, yes I read people and have for as long as I can remember. I love to start my day out with the celebrity news, inspiring people they highlight and special interest stories. 

While flipping through the People with Lindsey Lohan on the cover, I come to the deluxe multi-page book section that draws my eye.  Without warning I spot Everything I Need to Know About Being a Girl I Learned From Judy Blume.    Our friend Stacey is a contributor to this book and now I see it staring back at me in the book section of PEOPLE.  Wow, I know someone in People.  I think to myself, will she change? Will she still return my emails?  

If you see this blog entry Stacey will be at Barnes and Noble at Webster Place on Thursday, June 14th, www.staceyballis.com and will be reading and dishing about the book with fellow authors: Cara Lockwood and Laura Caldwell that we hope soon to be friends of 24/8 too. 

 Still pinching myself, Falise

Back from the Book Expo
June 4, 2007, 10:14 am
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JoAnne and I took alittle time out to attend the Book Expo America in N.Y. these past few days.  It was so exciting to see all that is new in the book world, meet authors, talk to librarians and just dish with everyone that was so glad to be part of this great event.

There are so many exciting things coming down the line for 24/8 we hope you will come back for all that is on the way.