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Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53211
|Boswell Book Company Newsletter||#34 August 18, 2010|
|In This Issue
|:: Denise Du Vernay, Simpsons in the Class, Sat. 8/21, 2 PM|
|:: Ted St. Mane, Lost Passenger Ships, Sat. 8/21, 4 PM|
|:: Michael J. Trinklein, Lost States, Mon. 8/23, 7 PM|
|:: Edward Schmitt, Robert Kennedy and Poverty, Wed. 8/25, 7 PM|
|:: Rebecca Skloot with Poet Floyd Skloot, Henrietta Lacks, Wed. 9/1, 7 PM|
|:: Erika Janik on Wisconsin, Wed. 9/8, 7 PM|
|:: Peter Paik's Apocalyptica, Thurs. 9/9, 7 PM|
|:: Poets Keetje Kuipers with Paul Scot August, Sat. 9/11, 2 PM|
|:: Neal Pollack on Yoga, Friday, 9/17, 7 PM|
|:: Eat Local Challenge Open House at UEC, Sat. 8/21|
|:: Megan Daniels at the Central Library, Early Architecture, Tues. 9/7, 6:30 PM|
|:: Caren Connolly and Louis Wasserman at Villa Terrace, Wisconsin, Thurs. 9/16, 7 PM|
|:: Pat Dillon and Lynne Diebel at UEC, Mon. 9/27, 7 PM |
|:: WUWM Presents Michele Norris at Alverno's Pitman Theatre, Thurs. 9/30, 7 PM|
|:: WUWM Also Presents David Sedaris at Riverside, Sat. 10/23, 8 PM|
|:: 20% off Boswell's Best for Kids, Including a Great Rec from Jocelyn|
|:: More Events in September, Including Joshua Ferris|
|:: Made in Milwaukee at Cathedral Square, Sat. 9/4|
One of the categories we have enjoyed growing at Boswell has been mystery/thriller. We've taken a number of steps to this end, including increasing our shelf space, breaking out thrillers and espionage titles that were mostly shelved in general fiction, and adding a new and noteworthy mystery case up front.
And, of course, telling you about great new books. The standout this week has to be
Laura Lippman's I'd Know You Anywhere
. It's the story of Eliza Benedict, a wife and mother who returns from England to the U.S., only to receive a letter from the man who kidnapped her 25 years earlier, the only victim he didn't kill. You may know Lippman from her wonderful Tess Monahan series, but her stand-alone thrillers seem to get even better reviews.
Here's Sharon's take: "Forced to confront an experience that she thought she had put behind her, Eliza must ponder some serious questions, such as why she was allowed to live. This story grabs you from the first page and doesn't let go until the very end."
We've had several great reads on the book, plus the advance review from Kirkus was starred and the Publishers Weekly called I'd Know You Anywhere "Outstanding."
Denise Du Vernay Goes All Ms. Krabappel on us This Saturday, August 21st, at 2 PM.|
Yes, The Simpsons in the Classroom: is a Simpsons lesson plan, usable for both high school and college students.
And finally, here's just one of her Springfieldian course overviews, this for The Simpsons and Postmodernism, from the USA Today blog
|Great Tragedies of the Great Lakes
Ted St. Mane Documents the Passenger Steamship Era on Saturday, August 21st, 4 PM.|
Talk about your ups and downs. The 130-plus years of the steamship era provided stories of dining and dancing, day trips and night cruises, and of course, a vital transportation link.
|What's the State Bird of Nickajack?Trinklein Offers Everything We Wanted to Know About Every State That Ever Wasn't--All on Monday, August 23rd, at 7 PM.
Puerto Rico, Washington D.C., Long Island, and chunks of Canada have all
vied to be the newest star in the U.S. flag. But Iceland? And how about a swath of Wisconsin, to be joined with Michigan's upper peninsula to be the state of Superior?
Join us on Monday, August 23rd, at 7 PM, where Trinklein will discuss the state of statehood, including Nickajack.
|Robert Kennedy Historian Chronicles The War on Poverty, Fifty Years Later
Come Hear UW-Parkside Associate
Professor Edward Schmitt on Wednesday, August 25th, 7 PM.
In President of the Other America: Robert Kennedy and the Politics of Poverty, Schmitt looks at Kennedy's legacy. Here's James Hilty on the book: "His carefully drawn and resourceful reconstruction of RFK's intellectual and emotional journey makes an important contribution, as does his notion that Kennedy's strategic vision placed him firmly in the camp of communitarian thinkers."
TheLegacy of Henrietta Lacks and Her Amazing Cells
Rebecca Skloot Tells Her Story, Now with a Very Special Opening Guest, Poet Floyd Skloot, on Wednesday, September 1st, 7 PM.
|The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
has been one of the bestselling books of 2010, and why not? It's the story of a poor Maryland woman, whose cancer cells were the first ones to not only be isolated, but had the ability to reproduce indefinitely, leading to their use in numerous medical advances..
But that's only part of the story. Skloot searches for and finds the family left behind, unable to pay for their basic needs. Here's an excerpt from Eric
Roston's review in the Washington Post
"This book, labeled 'science -- cultural studies,' should be treated as a work of American history. It's a deftly crafted investigation of a social wrong committed by the medical establishment, as well as the scientific and medical miracles to which it led. Skloot's compassionate account can be the first step toward recognition, justice and healing." More here
For those who worry about getting lost in
jargon, be assured the book reads like a novel, with, as Roston calls it, "crisp and transparent prose."
Just in--we've added an opening act to Skloot's reading, the acclaimed poet and essayist Floyd Skloot. Mark your calendars for September 1st and join us for this rare and wonderful father-daughter talk and reading.
You Call Yourself a Wisconsinite?
Erika Janik's History will Help You Hold Your Own in Bar Arguments--Meet Her on Wednesday, September 8th, 7 PM.
Starting with the glaciers, Janik chronicles the Native American tribes
that have called the state home, the French fur trappers, and the various immigrant groups from around the world.
Revolutionary Themes in Film, Graphic Novels, and Print Reflect Our Own Societal IllsSays UWM Associate Professor Peter Paik on Thursday, Sept. 9th, 7 PM.
Here's Professor Paik's take on his thesis: "The Christian idea of original sin was
the means by which the pagan insight into fate was transmitted to a new historical epoch. But the more secular, the less religious, the world becomes, the more distant it grows from this original wisdom. Secularism returns us not to paganism, with its harsh truths regarding equilibrium and balance, but rather leads to a therapeutic culture that disregards unpleasant realities."
Acclaimed futurist Bruce Sterling said he read Paik's book in one astonished sitting. For more astonishment, hear Paik on Thursday, September 9th, at 7 PM.
|Keetje Kuipers with Paul Scot August
Saturday, September 11th, 2 PM.
Thomas Lux selected Kuiper's Beautiful in the Mouth as the winner of the eighth annual A. Poulin, Jr., Poetry Prize. His praise: "I was immediately struck by the boldness of imagination, the strange cadences, and wild music of these poems. We should be glad that young poets like Keetje Kuipers are making their voices heard not by tearing up the old language but by making the old language new."
Joining Kuipers will be local favorite Paul Scot August, whose been on a roll this year with six published poems in national magazines and journals. Hear them both on Saturday, September 11th, at 2 PM.
The Making of a Yoga Dude
Neal Pollack Reclaims His Better Self on Friday, September 17th at 7.
Pollack, author of Alternadad
and Never Mind the Pollacks
, of course had to take his new interest in yoga to the extreme. He participated in a 24-hour
yogathon, attended yoga conferences and Asian retreats, went to yoga rock shows, started getting regular assignments for Yoga Journal
magazine, and, finally, began teaching yoga classes himself.
Sincere. Subversive. And looking for a synonym for funny that begins with an
"S." I'll let you know if something comes up.
This event is being co-sponsored with Invivo Fitness/Wellness/Spa
on Humboldt at the Milwaukee River. We're in the final stages of announcing a yoga class before the talk at Invivo. Details in the next newsletter.
EVENTS ELSEWHERE, AND MORE
|This Saturday at the Urban Ecology Center
Visit the Eat Local Resource Fair, August 21st, from 10 AM-1 PM.
Workshops begin at 10:30, 11:30, and 12:15. Visit the challenge page here.
Milwaukee's Early Architecture is the Subject of a Talk at the Milwaukee Public Library's Rare Books Room
Megan Daniels at 6:30, on Tuesday, September 7th.
Culled partly from the Milwaukee Public Library archive, the event is naturally being held at the beautiful Rare Books Room at the Milwaukee Public Library's Central branch, just up the grand staircase.
|A Salute to Great Houses at a Great House on the East Side
Louis Wasserman and Caren Connolly at Villa Terrace on Thursday, September 16th, at 7 PM.
If you've never been to Villa Terrace
, it alone is worth a trip. Located at 2220 N.
Terrace, the museum is currently showcasing the works of Cyril Colnik. The home was built in 1923 by the renowned David Adler in the Italian Renaissance style. More here
|Pat Dillon and Lynne Diebel Travel Green Through Wisconsin |
Now at the Urban Ecology Center, Monday, September 27th, 7 PM.
Dillon and Diebel will both be on hand to offer tips on traveling green in Wisconsin. Whether bicycling, shopping fair trade, eating local, or even having a farm-cation, The Green Travel Guide has your itinerary booked.
|Michele Norris at Alverno College
Thursday, September 30th, 7 PM--
Tix Available Now by Phone or Web.
Norris, the host of NPR's "All Things Considered,"
will be speaking at
Alverno College's Pitman Theatre, on Thursday, September 30th, at 7 PM. Brought to you by WUWM
, 89.7, as well as Alverno College Research Center
for Women and Girls, Alverno College International and Intercultural Center, and The Reader's Choice bookstore.
Giving the introduction and coordinating the Q&A will be Mitch Teich
, executive producer and one of the hosts of WUWM's acclaimed talk show, "Lake Effect."
Norris is appearing for her new memoir, The Grace of Silence
. It began as an investigation of race relations in the age of Obama, but it got more personal as Norris learned stories about her own family--that her grandmother played Aunt Jemima at county fairs, and her father was shot by police in Birmingham after returning home from the battlefields of World War II.
Tickets are $26
, and include a signed copy of the book. Norris will also personalize at the event. If you do not
want the book, a $20 Boswell gift card is an option. There's a $5 ticketing fee at the Alverno Box Office, but that is per order, not per ticket. Norris will be personalizing after the event, during a reception sponsored by Alverno College Research Center for Women and Girls, and the International and Intercultural Center.
David Sedaris Mania in 3 Easy Steps
And Of Course You're Seeing Him at the Riverside Theatre on Saturday, October 23rd, at 8 PM.
3. Say hi to us at the show. And yes, attendees can get their books signed.
|Boswell's Best is a Kid's Best Friend
Great New Books at 20% Off.
Lots of Spots, written and illustrated by Lois Ehlert (Beach Lane/Simon).
Milwaukee's own Lois Ehlert offers a menagerie of spotted and striped animals, dazzling and distinctive, accompanied by fun poems, such as:
"There's no dispute
Goat's face is cute.
But its horns can hit
Right where you sit."
Publisher's List Price: $17.99
Boswell's Best Price: $14.39
Olive Dunwoody has just moved into an
old Victorian House, where she discovers the ability, once she dons these mysterious glasses, to be able to walk into the paintings on the walls. Horatio the cat warns her not to spend too much time in the paintings, and for goodness sake, don't lose the glasses, but does she listen? I'd suspect not. Folks are comparing this to Roald Dahl and younger-skewing Neil Gaiman titles.
Publisher's List Price: $16.99
Boswell's Best Price: $13.59
I'm sure you've heard that post-apocalyptic fiction is one of the hottest trends in young adult fiction. This story is about a
community of women living in isolation on coastal islands, guarding the borders against evil mutant men. And then, some old magazines are discovered, changing everything. Boswellian Jocelyn loved it--here's her take on Nomansland:
"Far into the future, there is an island where only women live. Just staying alive in this cold, vicious world is a fight, and every rule and tradition must be obeyed for the society to endure. At least, that's what the girls who are trained to protect the island are told. But when they discover a remnant of the past--of the world before the Tribulation--they begin to question what they've been told, and who the enemy really is.
"I loved this story of discovery, secrets, and rebellion. Nomansland is an extraordinarily gutsy and intelligent read that will keep readers thinking long after they reach the last page."
Publisher's List Price: $16.99
Boswell's Best Price: $13.59
|Visit Our Green Market
Every Sunday from 2-6 PM.
Maple syrup and dog treats and produce and artisan jewelry. You never know what will turn up.
More Great September Events
And Wait Till You See October!
Saturday, September 18th, 2 PM.
Sunday, September 19th, 2 PM.
Tuesday, September 21st, 7 PM.
The Florentine Opera Company Studio with Corliss Phillabaum present a preview
of "Rio de Sangre"
, the world premiere of a new opera by Don Davis. More here
Friday, September 24th, 7 PM. Book Club Night with Daniel. A Discussion of Great Book Club Picks, plus special Guest Eric Puchner, author of Model Home
. (New date!)
Saturday, September 25th, 2 PM.
|Start Planning for Made in Milwaukee
Saturday, September 4th, All Day in Cathedral Square.|
I've already heard a lot of buzz about the Made in Milwaukee event on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend. In addition to Cathedral Square's wonderful farmers market, there's a kids' fair from 10 AM to 3 PM, coffee tastings for four local roasters, a craft fair (some of my favorite crafters are participating in this), a Milwaukee film preview, a dance performance, a fashion show, and oh, I must have left something out.
Lots more on their website. Mark your calendar now, and don't forget, we're less than a ten-minute drive away, or door-to-door on the 30 bus.
|Keep Track of Our Events|
On Our Website and Facebook.
Thanks to Carl, our website's event page is quite up to date. It's worth putting on your list of favorite pages. More here
Another great way to keep up with our events is on our Facebook page. Thanks to Stacie, just about all our events get a separate listing. Become our friend now
Our New and Wonderful Fishy Tee Shirt, Which Brings Up the Issue
When I Say We're Doing Something, You Sometimes Have to Add Six Months onto the Timeline. The good news is that the Aaron Boyd fishy tee ($19.95) is now available. Together we overcame every obstacle. It's the right shade of blue. The ink is two colors. And everyone is loving it. Large runs a bit large, as does medium. And sadly, we're already out of the fitted (junior, women's, I never know what to call them) sizes. The fitted version was a particularly big hit. We will be printing more; if you want one, we can treat it as a special order and call you when they come in. And that's also Aaron's work on our art wall at the front of the store. Take a look next time you're at Boswell.
Thanks for your support.
Daniel, with Amie, Anne, Bev, Carl, Conrad, Greg, Jason, Jocelyn, Mark, Pam, Rebecca, Sharon, and Stacie.