Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 4:00pm to 10:00pm

Ragdale’s 12th 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. For the second year, featured guests will offer presentations in schools from Chicago to Waukegan on Friday, April 27, as part of the Ragdale in Schools program.

The Saturday, April 28 cocktail reception will be held at Shoreacres, the historic golf club offering stunning views of Lake Michigan from its elegant David Adler-designed clubhouse, beginning at 4PM. All celebrated writers and artists will attend and their books will be available for signing. The reception will be followed by intimate dinners in distinctive North Shore homes starting at 6:45PM. Each dinner will feature a different pair of authors/artists.

The 2018 lineup includes these award-winning authors and creative leaders:

  • Quraysh Ali Lansana, poetry, artistic director of Gwendolyn Brooks Centennial Celebration
  • Nickolas Butler, fiction, Shotgun Lovesongs, The Hearts of Men
  • Bonnie Jo Campbell, fiction, Once Upon a River, American Salvage
  • Lan Samantha Chang, fiction, Inheritance, director of Iowa Writers’ Workshop
  • Jamie Ford, historical fiction, Love and Other Consolation Prizes, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
  • Min Jin Lee, fiction, Pachinko, Free Food for Millionaires
  • Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, internationally celebrated visual artist
  • Bruce Mau, global design leader, co-founder Massive Change Network
  • Achy Obejas, fiction, The Tower of the Antilles; Pulitzer prize-winning journalist
  • Curtis Sittenfeld, fiction, Prep, American Wife
  • Megan Stielstra, creative nonfiction, The Wrong Way to Save Your Life, Once I Was Cool
  • Bisi Williams, strategic design, co-founder, Massive Change Network 


Shoreacres is located at 1601 Shoreacres Road, Lake Bluff IL 60044 and the dinners will be held in private homes nearby on the North Shore.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 847.234.1063 or online at www.ragdale.org as follows: $500/person Dinner and reception; $150/person Reception only; $125/person Ticket for Teachers and Book Clubs (5 minimum) – Reception only

Novel Affair supports Ragdale, a nonprofit artists’ residency and its Ragdale in Schools program, bringing the arts and artists to area schools in local and underserved communities. It is coordinated by Ragdale’s Program and Events Committee, chaired by Rosemary O’Connell and its Curatorial Board.

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Ragdale is a nonprofit artists’ residency program, located in Arts and Crafts architect Howard Van Doren Shaw’s Lake Forest country estate. In 1976 Shaw’s granddaughter Alice Judson Hayes transformed the family’s summer home into an artists-in-residence program. Today Ragdale hosts nearly 200 writers, artists, and composers each year, making it one of the largest interdisciplinary artist communities in the country. For more information, visit www.ragdale.org

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1601 Shoreacres Road
Lake Bluff  --
United States
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