Sunday, November 7, 2010

It's Not All Cakes and Dogs--What Else is Happening Book-wise This Week?

We have been working so hard getting the word out about several of our events this week that I'm worried that several of the others might be getting short shrift. Sure there's Chez Panisse's David Tanis at Bacchus on Tuesday for Heart of the Artichoke (11/9, 7 PM), Linda and Allen Anderson as part of the Wisconsin Humane Society's Dogs and the Women who Love Them shopping-night-photo-contest-and-then-some event on Wednesday (11/10, 7 PM) and the Cake Boss on Thursday (11/11, 12 Noon), but there must be more to life than eating locally-sourced organic cake with your four-pawed best friend, right?

Here are some other hightlights of the week:

Monday, November 8th, 7 PM, at Boswell:
Nora Titone, author of My Thoughts Be Bloody: The Bitter Rivalry Between Edwin and John Wilkes Booth That Led to an American Tragedy.
This should be a fascinating talk. Titone, a hisotrian (or is it "an" historian?) based in Chicago, posits that the assassination of Abraham Lincoln has its roots in a feud between John Wilkes Booth and his brother Edward. I'm told group biography is hot right now, looking at the family behind the individual. Titone is graciously coming up from Chicago, part of my "Please come up from Chicago" campaign to get more authors to Boswell.

As you know, the Booths were a clan of Shakespearian actors (no, I didn't know it either). And there's said to be a bit of "Hamlet" in the whole tragedy. Titone explains things in this wonderful interview she did on the Spirits of Tudor Hall Blog.

Titone's her favorite author is Doris Kearns Goodwin, who wrote the introduction to My Thoughts be Bloody. So if I could just got a small portion of you who read and loved Team of Rivals to come to this event, we'd have a nice crowd.

Not a dog person? Also on Wednesday, November 10th, 7 PM at the JCC, 6255 North Santa Monica Boulevard ($5):
Joel Hoffman, author of And God Said: How Translations Conceal the Bible's Original Meaning.
It turns out that translation of the Bible has led to some misconceptions. Hoffman, acclaimed translator, as well as Vice-Director for Education and Program Development at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, corrects these assumptions, and shows how new translation methods provide a clearer understanding of the original intent. Library Journal recommended this book for public, synagogue, and church libraries, praising And God Said as "Full of interpretive insight...a good resource for those interested in the topic of English Bible translation."

And yes, more on Wednesday, November 10th, 7 PM, at Mystery One, 2109 North Prospect Avenue:
Dennis Lehane, author of Moonlight Mile.
How could we not tell customers about Dennis Lehane, no matter where he is signing? His new mystery novel, the long-awaited mystery featuring investigators Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro, has won raves from the Boswellians (well, at least two of them). If you're attending the event, we request you buy your book from Mystery One (414-347-4077). However, you will also be able to get a signed copy from us after the event, so if you're interested in one, please call us at 414-332-1181. And we're close enough that you could get your book signed at Mystery One and still probably meet the Andersons afterwards.

Thursday, November 11th, 7 PM, at the JCC, 6255 North Santa Monica Boulevard, $5:
The JCC Book and Culture Fair presents an event for the whole family, featuring Laurel Snyder, author of Baxter, the Pig Who Wanted to be Kosher. We'll be providing an assortment of kids books, perfect for Chanukah (or Hanukkah? Listen to Robert Siegel discuss the spelling issue. It's fascinating and I can't believe I missed it the first time around.) Snyder's book is also pretty funny, a pig who becomes fascinated with Shabbat dinner, after hearing that the candles dance for the occasion. And no, I don't seem to be releated to David Goldin.

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