Welcome to Read Between the Lynes

Read Between the Lynes is YOUR hometown bookstore. We are proudly located on the Historic Woodstock Square, keeping our focus on convenience, community and you, our customers. Stop by! We can't wait to meet you!

Buy your ice cream at RBTL and we'll donate 25¢ to the Alexander Leigh Autism Center for each ice cream cone sold on Saturday, September 16th from 4 to 9 pm.

Read more about the event at McHenry County Living


Meet Geri Condon - Author of "My Journey to Hell"

Tuesday, September 19th - 6:30 to 8:00 pm

Geri Condon, the author of “My Journey to Hell: A Story of Love, Loss and Hope,” will sign copies of her book from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on September 19th

As a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Geri knew the professional answers. But when suicide found it's way into her personal life, she felt unprepared. Through her own story and struggle, she knew she had to help others through this tragedy and to offer hope! Read the story of her son's suicide attempt and know there is always hope.

You Are Your Stories: An Introduction to Memoir Writing

with Pam Sourelis, MA, MFA

Thursday nights from September 21 through October 26 (six consecutive Thursdays)

Your life is a rich collection of stories: painful stories, funny stories, stories about your little sister, your best friend in high school, your first job, stories about crazy adventures and about boredom, stories about loyalty and betrayal, stories about love, about routine, about deep personal discovery.


In this six-week class, instructor Pam Sourelis will help you explore your memories, introduce (or re-introduce) you to the practice of writing, and encourage you to play with the basic elements of memoir writing.

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Class Fee: $175
Class size is limited to 10. Advanced registration is required.

The class will be taught by Pam Sourelis, MA, MFA. Pam is a published writer, and an experienced writing instructor and workshop leader. She has taught for DePaul and Loyola universities in Chicago, the Illinois Writing Project, and the Master’s in Writing program of Southern New Hampshire University, and has independently taught writing classes for adults for 18 years.

You can learn more about Pam’s work at WingedHorseWritingStudio.com

For more information or to register, contact Pam Sourelis:

815-351-8155 or email Pam@WingedHorseWritingStudio.com



Scott Gustafson Visits RBTL

Saturday, September 30th - 10:30 am

Meet award-winning author and illustrator Scott Gustafson! This Marengo High School graduate will be reading and signing his "Classic Storybook Fables" in our store!

Children and adults alike will delight in reading aloud these enduring and enchantingly told stories, richly illustrated and fabulously reimagined by award-winning artist Scott Gustafson. Stories include "The Little Red Hen," "The Princess and the Pea," "The Emperor's New Clothes," "The Ugly Duckling," and "Beauty and the Beast."