Novel Affair

Ragdale’s 11th Annual Novel Affair brings together acclaimed authors and artists for an evening of creativity and conversation in support of Ragdale, the historic artists’ retreat in Lake Forest.

Novel Affair School Day
New this year, featured guests will offer presentations in schools from Chicago to Waukegan on Friday, April 28, as part of the Ragdale in Schools program. Local teachers will also be invited to attend Novel Affair’s Saturday afternoon reception.

Reception and Dinners
The Saturday, April 29, a cocktail reception and book signing hosted by Nicole and Ryan Peterson will be held at the exquisite Fairlawn estate in Lake Forest. All celebrated writers and artists will be in attendance. The reception will be followed by intimate dinners in distinctive North Shore homes. Each dinner will feature one or more authors/artists.

Featured Authors, Scholars, and Artists

Dinner 1 (Hosts: Kirsten and Craig Collister)
Eula Biss
nonfiction, On Immunity: An Inoculation
  Cristina Henríquez, fiction, The Book of Unknown Americans

Dinner 2 (Hosts: Anne and Stephen Bent)
Dance scholar/writer Bonnie Brooks + choreographers/dance artists Paige Cunningham Caldarella and Kristina Isabelle presenting the work of dance masters Sybil Shearer and Merce Cunningham

Dinner 3 (Hosts: Francesca and Liam Connell)
Christina Baker Kline, fiction, Orphan Train and A Piece of the
Eric Charles May, fiction, Bedrock Faith

Dinner 4 (Hosts: Lisa and John Schilling)
Téa Obreht,
fiction, The Tiger’s Wife
  Vu Tran, fiction, Dragonfish

Dinner 5 (Hosts: Jill and Leif Soderberg)
Mike Leonard, Today Show
, inCommon with Mike Leonard

Dinner 6 (Hosts: Jeanna and John Park)
Jess Walter, fiction, Beautiful Ruins and
The Financial Lives of Poets

    Click thumbnail for artist bios.


Reception + Book Signing:
“Fairlawn” estate, Lake Forest

Novel Affair Dinners:
Distinctive private homes
on the North Shore


(Dinner and reception)

(Reception only)

(Tickets for Teachers
– reception only)

(Book Club group of 8
– reception only)

All proceeds support
Ragdale residencies and the
Ragdale in Schools program
– matching Ragdale fellows
with the needs of teachers
and their students.

Ragdale is a 501c3
Your contributions
are tax-deductible
to the extent
by law. Thank you.