Monday, September 6, 2010

It's Local History Week at Boswell!

It took a writeup by Roberta Wahlers in the Journal Sentinel for me to figure out that we were cohosting two local history events in one week. On Tuesday, Megan Daniels is discussing Milwaukee's Early Architecture at the Rare Book Room of the central branch of the Milwaukee Public Library. And on Wednesday, Erika Janik is at Boswell to talk about A Short History of Wisconsin.

Another upcoming event where the associated book hit our bestseller list is James South's Mad Men and Philosophy, his co-edited collection of essays on the hit A&E television show. Hey, another good gift for Claudia, my sister who I just visited (see previous post). It's the only show she watches, aside from Top Chef (we're both upset about the most recent person losing, by the way). When my other sister Merrill finds out we're having an event with South on Tuesday, September 28th (at 7), she'll want to extend her visit.

Our paperback nonfiction bestseller list for last week (excluding a large school order)
1. Eating Animals, by Jonathan Safran Foer (just out, on our new paperback table)
2. Assassination Vacation, by Sarah Vowell (a book club is reading this and I hand-sold one!)
3. Milwaukee's Early Architecture, by Megan Daniels
4. A Short History of Wisconsin, by Erika Janik
5. Mad Men and Philosophy, co-edited by James South (yes, I know there is another editor, Rod Carveth, but he isn't the department chair at Marquette.)
7. Where Men Win Glory, by Jon Krakauer (working better for us in paperback, seemingly)
8. Me Talk Pretty One Day, by David Sedaris (Riverside Theater event on 10/23. Tickets at the box office or on the website.)
9. Cahokia: Ancient America's Great City on the Mississippi, by Timothy Pauketat*
10. American Heritage Dictionary (rack size edition, could it be a school is requiring one?)

*I think Conrad is recommending Cahokia. If not, I should get him to read it. The ancient city was on the site of St. Louis, which is almost local. Well, more so than Florida.

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