WHAT: Ragdale’s Novel Affair, 2012 is a two-evening benefit that offers guests a unique opportunity to mingle & engage in conversation with outstanding authors from around the country. The weekend begins with a Friday night cocktail reception and buffet dinner with all nine authors and finishes with an intimate dinner and lively discussion with one of the authors at a Chicago or North Shore home.
WHO: This year’s author line-up and a selection of works:
Carol Anshaw, Carry the One, Lucky in the Corner
Ramona Ausubel, No One is Here Except All of Us
Jamie Ford, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
Robert Hicks, The Widow of the South, A Separate Country
Elinor Lipman, Then She Found Me, The Family Man
Gregory Maguire, The Wicked Years series: Wicked, Out of Oz, Tales of Oz
James Ragan, award-winning poet, playwright, essayist, and screenwriter
Anita Shreve, The Weight of Water, The Pilot’s Wife, The Last Time They Met
Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain
WHEN: Friday, September 28 and Saturday, September 29, 2012
WHERE: Friday 9/28 - Exmoor Country Club, 700 Vine Avenue, Highland Park, Illinois
Saturday, 9/29 – At private homes from Chicago to North Shore suburbs
WHY: To support Ragdale, a non-profit organization, that has provided artists with time and space to pursue their creative work in an uninterrupted environment for over 30 years. All the proceeds support the operation and community outreach programs of Ragdale.
HOW: Ragdale alumni, Board members and best-selling authors Jane Hamilton, A Map of the World, Anne LeClaire, Listening Below the Noise and Gail Tsukiyama ,The Street of a Thousand Blossoms, select the authors in attendance at A Novel Affair with the support of Lake Forest Book Store and The Book Stall at Chestnut Court, Winnetka.
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Ragdale is a non-profit artist residency program, located in Arts and Crafts architect Howard Van Doren Shaw’s Lake Forest country estate, just 30 miles north of Chicago. Built in 1897, the Ragdale House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1976, Shaw’s granddaughter Alice Judson Hayes transformed the family’s summer home into an artists-in-residence program. Today Ragdale hosts up to 200 artists, writers, and composers each year, making it the largest interdisciplinary artists’ community in the Midwest and one of the largest in the country. For more information, www.ragdale.org