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Boswell Book Company Newsletter#28 June 7, 2010 
In This Issue
:: Dimity McDowell, Mon. 6/7, 7 PM
:: Glenn Taylor, Tues. 6/8, 7 PM
:: Josie Brown, Thurs. 6/10, 7 PM
:: Stephen McCauley, Mon. 6/14, 7 PM
:: David Benjamin, Tues. 6/15, 7 PM
:: Martin Hintz, Wed. 6/16, 7 PM
:: Alan Furst, Thurs. 6/17, 7 PM
:: Howard Bryant, Fri. 6/18, 7 PM
:: More Upcoming Events
:: Green Market, Sundays 2-6 PM
:: Justin Cronin and Dan Chaon at Sugar Maple, Thurs.6/10, 7 PM
:: Richard Cutler at Eastcastle, Thurs. 6/17, 2 PM
:: Alan Furst at Safe House, Thurs. 6/17, 9 PM
:: Urban Garage Sale, Sat. 6/19, all day
:: A. Manette Ansay at Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, Tues. 6/22, 7 PM
:: New Boswell's Best
:: See the Penguin Mini, Meet Alexis Washam, Fri. 6/11 11 AM-12:30 PM
:: Gift Cards are Go, Website Stock Checks
Boswellian Stacie has been particularly enthusiastic about several new releases, and needless to say, my first thought was to share them with you.

First up is The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, the new novel by Aimee Bender (Doubleday). particular sadness of lemon
"The particular sadness of Rose, our young protagonist, is more than that of adolescence and finding oneself.  On her ninth birthday, she discovers she has a unique gift, or curse, depending on perspective, of knowing the feelings behind the food she eats.  Rose must navigate this precarious new existence while balancing the secrets of her family on her young shoulders.  With quirk and charm, Aimee Bender's new novel takes the Proustian link between food and emotion to wondrous heights of imagination."
(List Price: $25.95, Boswell's Best Price: $20.76)

If you think she liked that, wait till you hear her take on The Bucolic Plague: How Two Manhattanites Became Gentlemen Farmers: An Unconventional Memoir, by Josh Kilmer-Purcell (Harper).
bucolic plague"Josh Kilmer-Purcell is probably most well known for his first book--a memoir about his drag queen days in NYC after growing up in rural Wisconsin.  Now he's come full circle with the near-spontaneous purchase of a historic farm in upstate New York which he and his partner, Dr. Brent of Martha Stewart Living fame, happened across while on their annual apple-picking weekend.  Within months, the farm became home to over eighty goats (cared for by an incredibly endearing, gay, classically quiet 'Farmer John'), a barn cat with a steel pin in its hip, a rooster choir & accompanying hens, turkeys (one of which faces Josh's Thanksgiving chopping block), a cow named Cow, and loads of mysterious zombie flies.  From soapmaking and kid-birthing to gardening and cooking, the (mis)adventures just don't quit, replete with memorable character portraits of lovable locals." 
(List Price: $24.99, Boswell's Best Price: $19.99)
Kilmer-Purcell and Ridge's new series, "The Fabulous Beekman Boys", premieres on the Planet Green network on June 16th.  You can read more about it here.  And thanks, Stacie, for these great suggestions.
Moms Run Too, Says Dimity McDowell
Meet Her Tonight, June 7th, 7run like a mother PM at Boswell.
How does a mother run?  Just the way she lives: with commitment, dedication, a sense of humor, flexibility, and sometimes (especially at 5:30am) with a bit of hesitation.  Tips and dimity mcdowellinspiration for aspiring and experienced running mothers will be found in Run Like a Mother: How to Get Moving--and Not Lose Your Family, Job, or Sanity.

Check out Dimity McDowell (pictured here with Kathy Hilliard) on JSOnline's blog Off The Couch.
Civil Rights Through the Prism (Or Should I Say "Cat's Eye Marble") of a West Virginia Town
NBCC-Nominated Glenn Taylor at Boswell to Discuss New Novel, Tuesday, June 8th, 7 PM.
Expect some great reviews for theglenn taylor newly-released novel, The Marrowbone Marble Company. His previous novel, The Ballad of Trenchmont Taggart, was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle award for fiction. 
marrowbonePublishers Weekly
 offers this praise for the new novel: "Taylor's socially astute and fast-moving sophomore novel is earthy, authentic, and a testament to his literary talent."
Read more about Glenn Taylor's three Milwaukee-area events on the recent Boswell and Books post.
For Juicy Reads You Can't Do Better than Josie Brown
Meet Her at Boswell, Thursday, June 10th, 7 PM.
If you like Sophie Kinsella, Jennifer Weiner or Jackie Collins, you must add Josie Brown to your reading!  In her new secret livesnovel, Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives, Josie introduces readers to the gated community of Paradise Heights and its gaggle of suburban mommies trekking in their Manolos, flaunting their Phillip Lim cashmere sweaters and turning Ethan Allen living rooms into Bratz showrooms for their kids.  Introduce a new DILF into the mix and watch the claws come out.

As the co-author of The Completejosie brown Idiot's Guide to Finding Mr. Right as well as editor of Mars, Venus author John Gray's online Q&A columns, and relationship editor at Single Minded Women, there's nobody better than Josie Brown to dish about relationships.

Be sure to visit Josie's website to find out about her Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives contest.  The drawing will take place during her reading here at Boswell! (SMW)
Stephen McCauley's New Novel is Hilarious and True, and he's Coming Monday, June 14th, 7 PM
Think Sedaris with a Fictional Plotline.
I can still recall working at the Harry W. Schwartz Bookshop in the Iron Block building when Stephen McCauley's The Object of My Affection was first released.  We had stephen mccauleyabout six reads on staff, and had a great time selling the book.
Now many novels later and McCauley is finally visiting Milwaukee for Insignificant Others.  I've compared him to Sedaris wrapped around a novel, but I think Stacie's been using that one for Josh Kilmer-Purcell.  He's smart and funny, with a bit of world-weary sadness thrown in, so think of your favorite British comic writers for comparison.  My friend Wendy at Simon was insignificant othersthinking of Jonathan Tropper.  And here's what the wonderful writer Margot Livesey has to say:
"Reading Insignificant Others is like being a guest at the best kind of dinner party-every morsel is delicious, every guest is fascinating.  Even as I devoured this book I was deeply sorry to reach the end."
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Sumo
Enjoy David Benjamin's Humorous Take on an Ancient Subject, Tuesday, June 15th, 7 PM.
Who hasn't wondered how muchsumo Sumo wrestlers eat?  Or what the point is of all that leg lifting and stomping before they wrestle?  David Benjamin educates, demystifies, and brings Westerners behind the scenes of this fascinating sport in Sumo: A Thinking Fan's Guide to Japan's National Sport.

Find out if you should bet on thedavid benjamin "blubberbutts" or the "thoroughbreds."  Become an armchair expert on the five strategies known as the Hooker, Bulldozer, Boxer, Strangler and Matador.  Learn how " Trashcan," "The Goldfish," "Big Al," "The Big Pumpkin," and "Dimples" earned their nicknames.  Nobody ever said Sumo was dull.
Martin Hintz Always Has Something Interesting to Say About Wisconsin
Hear About all the Forgotten Tales martin hintzHe's Gathered, Wednesday, June 16th, 7 PM.
We don't speak much of Spencer Tracy sneaking off to Milwaukee to drink with his old pal Pat O'Brien, or that Babcock, Wisconsin was where the last passenger pigeon was sighted. 
forgotten tales of wisconsinMartin Hintz has collected these gems into Forgotten Tales of Wisconsin, and he'll be sharing some of the best tales that made the book, and probably a few that didn't make the cut.
Esteemed Writer Alan Furst Comes to Talk About His Wonderful New Espionage Novel on Thursday, June 17th, 7 PM at Boswell
After Party at the Safe House Starts at 9 PM.
It's something you always dreamspies of the balkans about saying, and then you can... I just read my first Furst. Furst doesn't write in series, but most of his novels are World-War II era, so the continuity is in the world he creates. The new novel, out on June 15th, is Spies of the Balkans.

Costa Zannis is a policeman from Salonika who (in the story's prelude) alan furstspots a German spy with some incriminating photographs. It turns out that Zannis' life is more filled with intrigue than he realizes. Someone very close is keeping an eye on him, to see if he can help out in the war effort. And then a wealthy and powerful Jew seeks his help to facilitate the evacuation of other Jews to Turkey. His only roadblock to a higher calling is a dangerous obsession with the wife of a wealthy local businessman. Oh, and the impending bombing.
ESPN Writer Howard Bryant on Henry Aaron
Talk and Signing for His New Acclaimed Biography on Friday, June 18th, 7 PM.
LAST HEROWe're honored to be hosting Howard Bryant to talk about his new book, The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron.  A senior writer for ESPN.com and ESPN the magazine, he's won acclaim for two previous books on baseball.
Sportswriter Bob Wolfley recently praised the book in a column in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.  Here's a short excerpt that will convince you that this is the book you've been waiting to read about Henry Aaron:
"One of the elements you admirehoward bryant about Howard Bryant's new biography of Henry Aaron is its willingness to chip away some of the myths that have encrusted Aaron's story over the years."

"There are heftier examples in the book, The Last Hero: A Life of Henry Aaron, but consider two smaller ones.

"When Aaron was coming up, it was commonly said he batted cross-handed. Perhaps this hitting unorthodoxy was connected to his ability to hit with power off his front foot, which was unusual and had the added benefit of being true."
Get Out Your Calendars and Smart Phones
Time to Schedule Your July Events.
PIG DID ITSaturday, July 3rd, 2 PM
Joseph Caldwell, author of The Pig Did it and The Pig Comes to Dinner.
Tuesday, July 6th, 7 PM
Sarah Marx Feldner, author of A Cook's Journey to Japan.
Co-sponsored by Rishi Tea.
Thursday, July 8th, 7 PM
Robert K. Elder, author of Last Words of the Executed.
Saturday, July 10th, 2 PM
Irene Ziegler, author of the new mystery Ashes to Water.
Monday, July 12th, 7 PM
Jason Turbow, author of The Baseball Codes: Beanballs, Sign Stealing, and Bench-Clearing Brawls: The Unwritten Rules of America's Pastime .
Tuesday, July 13th, 7 PM
David Herlihy, author of The Lost Cyclist: The Epic Tale of an father of the rainAmerican Adventurer and His Mysterious Disappearance.
Wednesday, July 14th, 7 PM
Lily King, author of acclaimed novels, The Pleasing Hour and The English Teacher, and the new Father of the Rain.
The Green Market Contines
Angela and Company Offer Planets, flowersJewelry, Syrup and More.
It's a changing line-up of vendors each week.  You never know what you'll get.  But every vendor is hand-picked for quality.  We're hosting the vendors every Sunday from 2-6 PM.
Justin Cronin and Dan Chaon  Together at the Sugar Maple.
Special Bar Event in Bay View, Thursday, June 10th, 7 PM.
While I love all our events the way mothers await your replylove their children, I'm particularly excited about Justin Cronin and Dan Chaon's joint event at the Sugar Maple for the hardcover launch of The Passage and the paperback of Await Your Reply.
Cronin, author of cult favorites Marypassage and O'Neill and The Summer Guest, has written the hottest book of the summer. Folks are comparing it to vintage Stephen King (particularly The Stand), but with the literary stylishness of Cormac McCarthy's The Road.  High praise indeed, but it's straight from the mouth of a noted book critic.
Dan Chaon's Await Your Reply was dan chaonone of our bestselling and most-loved novels of last fall.  I've gone on about Chaon's literary play on horror, his take on identity theft, the controversial ending (don't ruin it for yourself) and most recently, his interest in adoption and identity.  His previous You Remind me of Me was shortlisted for the National Book Award.
For some reason, I've been convincedsugar maple that a bar event is a right of passage for every bookstore. And this is a lovely space, as anyone knows who has been to the Pecha Kucha nights, hosted by 800-CEO-Read.  The bar is nonsmoking and there's no cover, but you do need to be 21+ for this one. 
For this event, we commissioned a special poster from Stackmaticjustin cronin The poster is available at the show for $5 each.  And yes, you can buy one from us at the store, before the event.
Read Carole E. Barrowman's glowing review of The Passage in Sunday's Journal Sentinel
And here's raves from Jocelyn and Jason in The Boswellians blog.
Missed Richard Cutler?
He's Back at Eastcastle Place in a Talk Free and Open to the Public on Thursday, June 17th, 2 PM.
Meet WWII OSS officer, Washingtoni came i saw i wrote lawyer, Milwaukee businessman, community leader and writer Richard Cutler.  For those of you who missed him at Boswell in April, now's your chance to hear the riveting stories of his life, captured in his recent memoir I Came, I Saw, I Wrote.
Acclaimed Espionage Author Alan Furst at the Acclaimed Spy Bar Don't Miss Safe House After-Party, Thursday, June 17th, 9 PM.
safe houseSneak your way to 779 N. Front St. in downtown Milwaukee and don't come alone!  Alan Furst will be clandestinely signing copies of his new book Spies of the Balkans and you're invited.

Declassified information can be found here.  Beware, once you've clicked through, your computer will self-destruct in five minutes, so have a pen ready!
Note: Safe House has a cover charge.  Bring in a copy of this email (well, one page anyway) and they'll waive the fee.
We're Back at the Urban Garage Sale at the Turner Hall Ballroom
Saturday, June 19th, 10:30-4 PM.
Featuring deep discounts on clothing, shoes, Urban Garage Saleartwork and gifts, all your favorite Milwaukee independent stores will be interspersed among artists, designers and crafts-folk, including Boswell of course.  We will be there with fresh bargains galore, so if you come to fill your closet or redecorate your place, be sure to stop by and see about filling your bookshelves, too.

The Urban Garage Sale is sponsored by Heavy Rotation, WMSE and the A.V. Club Milwaukee.  Stop by our store to pick up a postcard that gets you in for $2 instead of $3 and get out there to support local businesses!
An Amazing Program of Schumann and Brahms at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music on Tuesday, June 22nd, 7 PM
Tickets for the Show Inspired by A. Manette Ansay's New Novel Now On-Sale at Boswell Books.
Join Boswell and the the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music for a performance, discussion and book signing for A. Manette Ansay's book Good Things I Wish You, just out in paperback, about the relationship between Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms.  Songs by Schumann and Brahms will be performed by Conservatory faculty members J. Mark Baker, Jenny Gettel and Teresa Drews.

Seating is limited and $10 tickets may be ordered in advance by calling the Conservatory at (414) 276-5760 or you can purchase them at our store.

wisconsin conservatory of musicThis event will be held at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music's Helen Bader Recital Hall, 1584 N. Prospect Ave., Milwaukee.
Rebecca's Rules for Boswell Navigation
Start at the Front, Work Your Way Back.
Have you ever felt suddenly overwhelmed upon walking into a bookstore? The sheer volume of paper, illustration, photography, words, titles, and furniture is enough to make anyone dizzy. I see a certain look when many customers come in, their eyes glaze boswells bestover, and a caption bubble appears over their heads: "Where do I begin?" Don't worry, it's perfectly normal.
Here's a good place to start if you're "just browsing": near the front of the store. Booksellers generally put lots of good stuff at the front, like staff recommendations, books that have recently been reviewed, books selected for and by book clubs, and books that are discounted for a certain amount of time--like our Boswell's Best titles.
Chances are, if you've recently read or heard about a book, we have it on a display in the front. (My coworkers are grimacing as they read this; we don't promise to carry everything that's covered in the media, but we'll do our best to help you find it or order it.) It's our way of organizing the newest and best books and, I like to think, keeping them within reach.
Here are three books currently on our Boswell's Best shelf this month-just to the left of the register desk as you enter.
Private Life, a novel by Jane Smiley (Knopf). Set in post-Civil War Missouri, and spanning the decades leading up to WWII, Private Life is the story of Margaretprivate life Mayfield, a woman who finds that her marriage and life do not turn out exactly as she expects, even after marrying the most famous man in her small town: Captain Andrew Jackson Jefferson Early, a celebrated naval officer and brilliant astronomer...who is harboring dangerous and dark secrets. Margaret soon learns that she must balance her dreams and longings with the realities of her world. Our price: $21.56
Hitch 22: A Memoir, by Christopher Hitchens (Twelve). Christopher Hitchens, commentator, intellectual, essayist, and author of God Is Not Great, has written a memoir about what he calls "A Life in hitch 22Contradictions": a life that, in addition to noteworthy literary accomplishments and career experiences, has included serious and complicated dimensions. He writes about the roots of his famous convictions, from his opposition to the war in Vietnam and his support for intervention in Iraq to the influence of friendships with notable thinkers Noam Chomsky and Martin Amis. Here, for the first time, he shares joys and traumas from his childhood, and he talks about the authors and writers whose ideas have impacted his work. At 422 pages, with photographs, footnotes, and an index, Hitch 22 is truly a remarkable resource for anyone wanting to know more about this extraordinary man. Our price: $21.59
The Upside of Irrationality: The Unexpected Benefits of Defying Logic at Work and at Home, by Dan Ariely (Harper). Dan Ariely's Predictably Irrational set off a wave of books on behavioralupside of irrationality analysis and got a greater audience of readers interested in what exactly it is that makes people act they way they do. Now, in The Upside of Irrationality, he extends his insights to the workplace to discuss the ways irrational thinking can have both negative and positive effects on our everyday lives. He suggests ways to break patterns of negative thinking in order to make better decisions, and he also examines interpersonal relationships beyond the workplace. Our price: $22.39
The Penguin Mini Parks at Boswell next Friday, June 11th, 11 AM-12:30 PM
Meet Editor Alexis Washam, Take a Picture with the Car, Grab Some Swag.
Like the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, but for books, the Penguin Car is a Mini-Cooper whose orange and black colors arepenguin mini cooper familiar to lovers of Penguin Classics worldwide.  Touring the country to celebrate Penguin's 75th anniversary, as well as promote literacy, the Penguin Car will be parked in front of Boswell for photos and more.  Come see which authors have already autographed this one-of-a-kind car!
And Washam is no ordinary driver.  She acquires literary fiction, upmarket commercial fiction, and mystery and psychological suspense for Penguin, as well as a variety of non-fiction in subjects penguin 75th logoincluding pop culture, music, travel and memoir. 
Recent projects include the international bestseller The Wrong Mother, by Sophie Hannah, A Map of Home, by Randa Jarrar, winner of the Arab American Book Award, and Gimme Something Better, an oral history of the San Francisco punk scene from 1970-1990 by veteran SF Weekly journalists Jack Boulware and Silke Tudor. 
Our New Gift Card Program Transitioned Without a Hitch
And You Can Now Check Stock on Our Website (With Some Hitches).
It's true!  We worried so much about transitioning to our new gift card system, but we've been able to redeem Boswell cards without any problems. Our new cards are for sale and we've already gotten a number of compliments.
Another breakthrough is that we finally are getting our inventory feed on our website.  Now you can check stock of a title to see if we have it.  Some things to note: 
1. The feed includes new books only.  Our second-hand, bargain inventory, and most of our gift items are not included. 
2. The feed is only as good as our inventory maintenance and data transmission.
That said, it's a pretty nice tool.  Try it for yourself here.
A Big Welcome to Our New Neighbors
Come Try Via Downer and Jake's Big Dog.
In just a week, I've felt a change in energy on Downer Avenue with the opening of Via Downer, a pizza, pasta and panini restaurant from the owners of Transfer, and Jake's Big Dog, a custard and gourmet hot dog place in the old Lixx space.
downer avenue merchantsThough the focus is less on pizza at Via, I'm glad to say that the garlic sauce pizza with roasted potato and chicken is on the new menu.  And several of the new offerings, like the Wisconsin arancini (rice balls) with cheddar cheese were delicious.  More on Ann Christenson's Milwaukee Magazine blog.
As always, thanks for your support!
Daniel, with Amie, Anne, Bev, Carl, Conrad, Greg, Jason, Jocelyn, Mark, Pam, Rebecca, Sharon, and Stacie.