Monday, November 22, 2010

What's Happening at Boswell During Turkey Week?

We have a nice collection of events this week at Boswell, starting with Douglas Armstrong tonight (Monday, 11/22) at 7 PM. His first novel, Even Sunflowers Cast Shadows, is set in depression-era Kansas and follows the adventures of young Emma Starkey and her friend Margaret Drummond.

Armstrong has been getting some guidance from his friend Paul Salsini, who has authored three books (The Cielo, et al) and had several successful events at Boswell. Salsini worked with Armstrong at The Milwaukee Journal, where Armstrong was the longtime film critic.

On Tuesday (11/23, 7 PM), we're hosting Robert Tanzilo, who at one time wrote for the Milwaukee Sentinel, and has currently penned The Milwaukee Police Station Bomb of 1917. One of my customers who is an expert on Wisconsin History told me the book was excellent, and he's the kind of guy who finds every tiny incorrect fact. He missed his calling as a copy editor.

This incident, while centered in Bay View, was not what probably first comes to mind, the 1886 labor dispute that has a little ceremony by the now-vanished steel plant each year. Instead, it was a different riot, centered on the schism between an Italian protestant pastor and a group of anarchists.

First published in Italy, I'm excited that we're finally carrying a Tanzilo book in English. Yes, we also carry one in Italian.

Nothing on Wednesday and nothing on Thursday, when we're not even open. Our customer Amy asked me how our turkey puppets were doing, concerned that we still had one. I assured her this was the last and we'd sold three.

Friday (11/26, 7 PM) we welcome back anther Milwaukee-bred writer, Lori Tharps, author of the memoir Kinky Gazpacho and her first novel, Substitute Me. It's the story of a woman and her nanny and well, the man that comes between them. As the Journal Sentinel said in their writeup yesterday (thank you), "complications ensue for all.)

Saturday (11/27) is our first of three Holiday Artisan Markets. Now that Discovery World is using the same name for their markets, we probably have to call ours "Holiday Artisan Market that is Not at Discovery World." I'll work on that. It starts at 11 AM and we have about a dozen vendors, offering jewelry, knits, cheese, and of course Angela's wonderful plantings and maple syrup.

Yes, another event Sunday (11/28), at 2 PM. It's Kelly Peloza's presentation for The Vegan Cookie Connoisseur, a great baking book that was put together by artist-photographer-blogger- Kelly Peloza, whose work has been lauded at Chicago Vegan Mania and featured in Vegetarian Tmes. More on her blog.

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