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Boswell's Book Club Newsletter               Tuesday, July 10, 2012, Day 1193



You are receiving this e-mail newsletter because we have you listed as the primary contact for your book club, registered at the store, and we have a few things coming up that may be right up your reading group's collective alley! We don't plan to send out too many of these, but if you're no longer the correct contact, please let us know.  


Would Your Book Club Like to Win a Date with A Reliable Wife author Robert Goolrick on Monday, July 30?


Appearing on July 30 at 7pm for a public event centered on his new novel, Robert Goolrick will first meet with one lucky book club at 6pm, for a one-on-group discussion.


To enter, email your contact information and a question you'd like to ask Goolrick, to Stacie by July 15. We'll contact the lucky group as soon as possible after that. You'll meet at Boswell at 6 pm on the day of the event, Monday, July 30.


Robert GoolrickOf course, you and your fellow book club members (or friends, or mom) will also be warmly welcomed at our public event, starting at 7pm. 


More about Goolrick's new novel, Heading Out to Wonderful:

 Heading Out to Wonderful

It is the summer of 1948 when a handsome, charismatic stranger, Charlie Beale, recently back from the war in Europe, shows up in the town of Brownsburg, a sleepy village of a few hundred people, nestled in the Valley of Virginia. All he has with him are two suitcases: one contains his few possessions, including a fine set of butcher knives; the other is full of money. A lot of money. 


Robert Goolrick sure knows how to set the stage. Gothic still, but with the stage moved from snowy Wisconsin to steamy Virginia. Stacie's been telling everyone that it's even better than A Reliable Wife, and Sharon also just finished it as well, a newly converted fan.

Other Visiting Authors Ripe for Book Club Picks.


Patrick SomervillePatrick Somerville, author of This Bright River, and The Cradle, and 

dean bakopoulosDean Bakopoulos, author of My American Unhappiness, and Please Don't Come Back From the Moon 

Wednesday, July 11 at 7pm


Two very funny guys with dark, comic and/or mysterious novels, come together for a night of self-flagellation and literary camaraderie.


This bright riverBoswellian Shane writes "This Bright River is about puzzles. It is about family, and piecing a life back together after ruin. And it is about evil and death... Starting as a dark comedy, the novel becomes a gripping nightmare worthy of David Lynch as Ben and Lauren violently confront their haunted pasts."


My American UnhappinessAnd Daniel says My American Unhappiness is "a totally different tone from Bakopoulos's first novel,  Please Don't Come Back from the Moon, but this gloriously funny-sad novel perhaps hits even closer to home, particularly as it takes elements of the author's own life (happily married, with kids) and twists them in a funhouse mirror."

 bakopoulos and somerville in lego 712

One recent day when not writing, Dean Bakopoulos forged small literary pocket men out of Legos, modeled with the likenesses of several favorite Boswell authors; including one of himself and Somerville. It's going to be that kind of evening. 




Chris Cleave credit Lou AbercrombieChris Cleave, author of Gold, and Little Bee 

Monday, July 16 at 7pm 

$5 tickets, supporting Pablove Foundation.   


Kate and Zoe are competitive cyclists, and friends since they met at the age of nineteen. Now, thirteen years later, they face their biggest race of all: qualifying for the Olympics. However, Kate and her husband are concerned about their daughter, Sophie, who is obsessed with Star Wars and battling childhood leukemia, while Zoe is single, focused and also obsessed: with winning gold. Kate tries to be a good mother, but Sophie doesn't want to be a burden, and Zoe keeps her eyes on the prize...but in order for one person to win, someone else must lose. 


Gold 712 smallDon't forget that after you finish Gold and you have a good weep, you will be thinking that you absolutely want to know more about helping kids with cancer and their caregivers. And that's why our event is a fundraiser for The Pablove Foundation.


Boswell closes to the public at 6 pm on Monday, July 16, for this special ticketed event.  Tickets are $5 (plus tax) and we're donating the ticket amount to Pablove. On top of that, you will get 20% off your copies of Gold. Just make sure you let us know before we ring you up.




Wednesday, August 15, 7 pm:

Jean Zimmerman, author of Jason's pick, historical thriller The Orphanmaster and her recently published work of American history, Love, Fiercely.


Thursday, August 23, 7 pm:

Pauls Toutonghi, author Evel Knievel Days and Red Weather.


Friday, August 24, 7 pm:

Wisconsin favorite Michael Perry with his new release, Visiting Tom: A Man, a Highway, and the Road to Roughneck Grace.


Wednesday, September 5, 7pm:

Kati Marton, author of Paris: A Love Story


Wednesday, September 12, 7pm:

Jonathan Evison, author of The Fundamentals of Caregiving 


Tuesday, September 18, 7pm:

Emma Straub, author of Laura Lamont's Life in Pictures   

Also, please remember to alert Anne to your upcoming book club reading selections so she can order them in with plenty of time for members to purchase the titles with the book club's 10% discount. You can call her at (414) 332-1181, or drop her an email.

If your group is looking for suggestions, we have a display of recommended titles curated by Daniel, with input from other booksellers. Plus, whenever you visit us in person, you can browse what other clubs are reading on our book club wall.

Finally, we'll encourage you to take a moment and read Michael Cunningham's excellent piece on The New Yorker's website, "Letter from the Pulitzer Fiction Jury: What Really Happened This Year," wherein he details the lengthy, involved, process of reading hundreds of titles, and discussing them with his fellow jurors: book critic and English professor, Maureen Corrigan, and book editor and commentator, Susan Larson. He eloquently describes what happens when three well-read people, with different personalities and preferences, come together to talk about some of the best books published last year.
Happy reading and discussing!

Stacie Williams, with Amie, Anne, Bev, Conrad, Daniel, Greg, Halley, Jane, Jason, Mel, Nick, Pam, Shane, and Sharon.