• Lake Forest Schools, The Gorton Center, and the Lake Forest Bookstore Present


    Register For An Evening with Meg Kissinger, Author of While You Were Out

    An Intimate Family Portrait of Mental Illness in an Era of Silence

    In Conversation with Chicago Tribune Syndicated Columnist Heidi Stevens

    Date: April 3, 2024

    Time: 7:00 pm

    Location: Gorton Center, 400 East Illinois Road, Lake Forest, IL

    Please join us for an evening with North Shore native Meg Kissinger in conversation with Chicago Tribune Syndicated Columnist Heidi Stevens about her book While You Were Out, An Intimate Family Portrait of Mental Illness in an Era of Silence (Macmillan, 2023).


    Meg Kissinger is an award-winning American investigative journalist and a Visiting Professor at Columbia University. She is the author of “While You Were Out: An Intimate Family Portrait of Mental Illness in an Era of Silence”, published by Macmillan on Sept. 5, 2023. The book was named as one of the best memoirs of 2023 by Amazon, Audible and Goodreads and was chosen as the editors' choice by the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times. The Atlantic said it was one of six books that can “change the way you think about mental illness.” While working at The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, she and Susanne Rust were finalists for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for their investigation of Bisphenol A. Kissinger has also written extensively about the failures of the mental health system.

    Visit Meg Kissinger's Website Here


    Heidi Stevens is the Director of External Affairs at the TMW Center for Early Learning + Public Health, a translational research institute at the University of Chicago. She worked for 23 years as a writer and editor at the Chicago Tribune, writing a daily column called Balancing Act for a decade. Heidi earned the Anne Keegan Award for Distinguished Journalism in 2018, and she currently maintains a nationally syndicated column. Heidi has been a Facilitator and Fellowship Coach with The OpEd Project since 2021.


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    Lake Forest Book Store

    The Lake Forest Book Store was founded in 1949 by consortium of 12 local women and managed by Louise Lackner Morehouse. The original site of the store was 624 N. Western Ave., a 650 sq. ft. retail space. Originally named The Book Stall, the store was renamed Lake Forest Book Store in 1957. Over the years, ownership passed to Hildy Gathany and later to Marian Strickland. In 1995, the store was purchased by Susan Boucher and Louise Wood (eventually Susan became the sole owner).


    Gorton Center

    For 50 years, Gorton Center has worked to enrich the lives of our communities through cultural arts, education, and charitable service. As a 501c3 nonprofit organization, Gorton Center relies on the generosity of residents and businesses to help fund the programs & services offered and are grateful for the support received from our community.

    Gorton Center presents live music and entertainment, films, and classes for all ages in our historic building. We also house Gorton Children’s Learning Center, a high-quality early education and daycare center that has been in operation for over 35 years. We welcome our community to rent our spaces to host their own events onsite. Additionally, Gorton Center houses the offices of ten other nonprofit organizations on the second floor of our building.