Join us for our 25th Anniversary Hybrid Books & Brunch!

Tuesday, November 9th

Live at The Abbington, Glen Ellyn or virtually from the comfort of your own home.

In Person: Doors Open 10am

Virtual: Live Stream Begins 12:30pm

Either way you decide to attend, you will be treated to lively conversations as moderator Andrea Thome talks with local authors RJ Hoffmann, James Kennedy and Julie McGue. And you will be supporting our neighbors in need throughout western Cook and DuPage counties.


COVID-19 Policy

Guests attending at the Abbington must show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test taken no more than 72 hours prior to the event to be admitted. All guests at the Abbington must wear a mask, except when seated at their table. We ask those unable to meet these in-person requirements to join us for our virtual program. For everyone's safety, thank you for understanding.

Available for Purchase

Browse, Bid & Buy


Not Attending?

You can still participate in the auction!

Meet Our Authors


His riveting debut novel Other People's Children is a thoughtful exploration of love and family and a heart-pounding page turner about the excruciating choices three mothers make to protect their families.

Photo Credit: Amy McConnell


Acclaimed for his youth novel The Order of Odd-Fish, his latest novel Dare to Know comes out in September. He is the founder of 90-Second Newbery, a festival of student films telling the story of Newbery Award winning novels in a minute and a half.


She writes about finding out who you are, where you come from, and making sense of it. Her new memoir Twice a Daughter describes her search for identity, family and belonging.


Andrea Thome 

A former broadcast journalist who covered both sports and news during her career, Andrea was one of our featured authors in 2018. 

Shop at the Boutique

Find a wide variety of unique and appealing items just right for holiday gifts. 

Get a jump start on your shopping at Books & Brunch!

Purchase Author Books  

Guests may purchase copies of our authors' books at Books & Brunch. Barbara's Bookstore will be donating 10% of sales to Assistance League. Have your purchases autographed and chat with the authors before lunch.


Shopping online? When you purchase the authors' books from Nov. 2-16, Barbara's Bookstore will donate 10% of your purchase to us. At checkout, use the Coupon Code "EVENT" and "ALCW" in the Order Comments box. Click here to get started.

Help Transform the Lives of Those in Need

Your gift helps those struggling in our community. No act of generosity is too small to make a difference.

Did You Know?

$25 pays for a kitchen cutlery & gadget set - part of our New Start kitchen essentials package

$40 pays for 2 brand new books for early readers

$100 pays for 4 brand new winter coats, hats & gloves for a student K-5

$150 gives a holiday shopping experience to a homeless high school student

$250 allows 5 middle school students to buy the school clothes they need

$375 provides emergency clothing and toiletry items to fill a social worker's closet

$500 provides kitchen essentials for a family starting over

$1000 provides brand new winter coats, hats & gloves for a grade level in our neediest schools

$3500 pays for a full scholarship for a College of DuPage student


Want to donate with a check? Contact us at or mail to:

       Assistance League Chicagoland West ATTN: Books & Brunch Co-Chairs
       120 E. Ogden Ave., Suite 100
       Hinsdale, IL 60521

Donate Now

Help Assistance League by contributing to our fundraising efforts.

No act of generosity is too small to make a difference.

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Advertise in the Online Program Book 

Auction Rules and Frequently Asked Questions
Click on the links below to find out how the auction works and have your FAQs answered.




Platinum ($10,000+)


Mary Ann Karris in memory of Nicholas, Vicki & Steve Knowles, Emil J. & Marie D. Kochton Foundation, Peggy & Yung Lim, Diane & Ernie Mrozek, Andrea & Jim Thome


Gold ($5,000+)

Meg & Brian Cooper, Julie & Jeffrey Diermeier, Doshi Family, Carla & Len Feinkind,  Hinsdale Junior Women's Club, Heather & Steve Laughman, Joanna Williams, Suji & Derek Wolff


Silver ($2,500+)

Sue & Mike Farrell, Maureen & Terry Hegarty, Hinsdale Bank & Trust, Lynn & Steve Issleib, Sharon & David Miller Malek, Debbie & Bob Newman, Patsy Bates Pace, Northern Trust, Peggy Raese, Romeoville Toyota, Marie & Tony Rossi, Toyota Dealer Match Program


Bronze ($1,000+)


Begeman Jewelers, Vicky Bush-Joseph, Judy Casten, Maria Garino & Bob Chiaramonte, Laurie Cleary, Coventry Gardeners, Ltd., Betty Cronin, Patty DeWitt, Connie & Tom Glavin, Barb Grand, Luisa Hoch, Erin & Doug James, Sarah Koten, Cathy Knott, Elaine Kurczewski, Caroline Leban, Linda Legner, Ricki & Don Lessig, Mary Lukach, Dawn McKenna Group, Lori Martin, Pat Mrozek, Sheila Musolino, Charlene Olson, Patricia O'Shea, Helene & Aaron Paris, Mary & Hugh Parsons, Marie Raffl, Janet & Pat Roxworthy, Science of Spirituality, Neetu & Sudarshan Sharma, Natalie Smith, Marguerite Spangehl, Sybil & Roy Thomas, Susan Wilson, Carol & Edgar Yee, Phyllis Young


Friend ($500+)

Arlene & Don Adler, Gopi Ahuja, Anderson Books, Inc., Anita Bauer, Kim Beard, Susan Becker, Michelle Brooks, Mary Buddig, Sara Carr-Legg, Julie Chronis, Susan Cobb, Container Graphics & Display, Susan Davis, Erin Doppke, Dee Dugo, Fluid Running, Eileen Hanley, Arley Harriman, Barbara & Daniel Hartnett, Monica Heidkamp, Mary Henneman, Hinsdale Flower Shop, Chris Hotchkin, Jenann & Michael Isakson, Mary Kaltenbach, Mary Karl, Mary Ellen Kastenholz, Peggy Knowles, Diane Kurtz, Anita Levin, Angie Lisy, Roxana & Eric Loges, Maag Toy Foundation, Nancy Mackey, Marlene Malek, Yvonne Mayer, Donna McDonald, Julie McGue, Kelly McMahon, Katherine Napleton, Nancy Newell, Nancy Nyheim, Jeanne Pagorek, Alice Pantano, Anastasia Petropulos, Annette Phillips, Steve Potter, Tom Quinn, Ruth Lake Country Club, Christine Schaff, Mary Kay Shukis, Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Anne & Gregory Smith, Stonydealclub Inc,. Sullivan Funeral Home, Patricia Van Hoegarden, Karyn Vanderwarren, Beth Waldo, Alice Waverley, Elizabeth Zott

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