There’s quite a lineup of well-known celebs and authors who will be making appearances for Anderson’s Bookshops in our area over the next few weeks.
With the upcoming March 20 release of “Insurgent,” the second film based on Veronica Roth’s trilogy, the “Divergent” writer will attend a special event at 2 p.m. March 14 at the historic Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove. The $25 tickets include an autographed copy of the movie tie-in edition of “Insurgent.” Tickets are required and may be purchased at the Anderson’s locations in both Downers Grove and Naperville. Along with Roth speaking about her books and participating in a Q&A session, there also will be a screening of “Divergent,” the first film based on her novels.
• Sara Gruen, best known for her novel “Water for Elephants” (which was turned into the 2011 film starring Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson), will participate in an Anderson’s event at Wentz Concert Hall at North Central College in Naperville at 7 p.m. April 6 — promoting her new book, “At the Water’s Edge.” Tickets are also required for this event, which will feature a Q&A conducted by Renee Rosen, author of “What the Lady Wants” and “Dollface.”
• Erik Larson found fame with “The Devil in the White City,” set at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. Now he will be at Wentz Hall at North Central College in Naperville at 7 p.m. April 7 to promote his latest book, “Dead Wake,” about the sinking of the Lusitania during World War I. Tickets are required.
• Giuliana Rancic has been snaring headlines more lately for the controversy over her comments about Zendaya on “Fashion Police” and co-host Kelly Osbourne’s exit from the show. However, she will be Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville at 7 p.m. April 9 to discuss her new book, “Going Off Script,” her memoir about her life both in front and behind the camera on “Fashion Police” and the reality series she stars in with husband Bill Rancic.
• Finally, reality TV star, entrepreneur and former talk show host Bethenny Frankel will be at the Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville at 7 p.m. on April 10 to talk about her latest book, “I Suck at Relationships So You Don’t Have To.”