Upcoming events

  • 2018-05-16 6:00 pm - 2018-05-16 8:00 pm

    Join Frugal Muse Books on Wednesday, May 16th, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. as award-winning author, journalist and WBBM radio reporter David W. Berner brings his signature wit and charm to this presentation and workshop focusing on the ins and outs of memoir writing as well as his insights from his time as a former Ernest Hemingway Writer-in-Residence at Hemingway’s birthplace home in Oak Park and his three months in Kerouac’s house in Florida.


    This discussion and audience Q&A will be followed by brief readings and a signing of his newest novel A Well-Respected Man, copies of which will be available for purchase.  Only copies bought at Frugal Muse will be allowed in the signing line.  Call (630) 427-1140 for more information or visit

  • 2018-05-30 6:00 pm - 2018-05-30 8:00 pm

    How to Get Your Novel Published:  A Seminar
    by HarperCollins & Knopf Author A. J. Steiger, author
    of the novels Mindwalker, Mindstorm and her newest release When My Heart Joins the Thousand.

    Wed., May 30th, 6:30 – 8 p.m. at Frugal Muse Books
    7511 Lemont Rd.; Darien, IL

    Young-adult author A.J. Steiger offers sage advice on the subject of getting a novel published, including tips on editing, query letter writing and finding a good agent.  She'll also be signing copies of her latest novel, When My Heart Joins the Thousand, which will be available for purchase (only books purchased at Frugal Muse will be allowed in the singing line).

  • 2018-06-13 6:00 pm - 2018-06-13 9:00 pm

    WADE ROUSE, who chose his beloved grandmother’s name, VIOLA SHIPMAN, as his writerly pseudonym, is the internationally bestselling author of eight books which have been translated into nearly 15 languages. Wade’s novels include The Charm Bracelet, a 2017 Michigan Notable Book, The Hope Chest, and his current novel The Recipe Box (St. Martin’s Press), which #1 New York Times bestselling author Richard Paul Evans says is “a touching tribute to the women and food that unite us and connect our past to the present.”  The book includes cherished family recipes from his grandmothers’ recipe boxes.

    Wade's books have been selected multiple times as Must-Reads by NBC’s Today Show, featured on Chelsea Lately and chosen three times as Indie Next Picks by the nation’s independent booksellers.

    Wade was named by Writer’s Digest as “The #2 Writer, Dead or Alive, We’d Like to Have Drinks With” (Wade was sandwiched between Ernest Hemingway and Hunter Thompson).