Downers Grove/La Grange/Naperville —Anderson’s Bookshop hosts more than 400 events a year at its three locations. Known for boosting local luminaries in the making, as it did with Veronica Roth (Divergent) and former Chicagoan John Green (The Fault in Our Stars), the minichain is also a must-stop for international megastars: J.K. Rowling made one of her first American appearances at the Naperville shop in 1998. Here are nine upcoming visits you won’t want to miss.

Soman Chainani

The School for Good and Evil: A Crystal of Time

New York Times best-selling author.
March 15, Naperville

Allen J. Lynch

Zero to Hero: From Bullied Kid to Warrior

Local author!
March 16, Naperville

Andrew Rannells

Too Much Is Not Enough: A Memoir of Fumbling Toward Adulthood

Yes, the Book of Mormon star.
March 19, Naperville

Tahereh Mafi

Defy Me

Author of NYT bestselling YA series, Shatter Me.
April 4, Naperville

Kwame Alexander

Booked, The Undefeated

Bestselling children’s and young adult author.
April 10, Downers Grove

Abby Wambach


Olympic gold–winning soccer phenom.
April 11, Naperville

Anna Quindlen


Pulitzer-winning veteran newspaper columnist.
May 1, Naperville

E L James

The Mister

The author behind the (in)famous Fifty Shades saga.
May 3, Naperville

Sonali Dev

Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors

Local author!
May 6, Naperville