Sunday, February 27, 2011

Boswell Bestsellers, Upcoming Events, Massey's Hair Tip

This week's bestsellers were particularly event driven. Jason read the Harkness. He liked it, but is a bit surprised by how well it is doing nationally.
1 The Union Quilters, by Jennifer Chiaverini
2. When the Killing's Done, by T.C. Boyle
3. A Discovery of Witches, by Deborah Harkness
4. Freedom, by Jonathan Franen
5. An Object of Beauty, by Steve Martin

It looks like Scorecasting is sort of a "sport-o-nomics" kind of book. I bet I would find it interesting. And I would definitely find the Fisher book interesting. But we'll talk about the to-be-read pile tomorrow.
1. Swimming in the Daylight, by Lisa Paul
2. Unbroken, by Laura Hillenbrand
3. Cleopatra, by Stacy Schiff
4. Scorecasting: The Hidden Influences Behind How Sports Are Played and Games Are Won, by Jon Wertheim and Tobias Moskowitz
5. Endgame: Bobby Fischer's Remarkable Rise and Fall - From America's Brightest Prodigy to the Edge of Madness, by Frank Brady

And this one is completely event books:
1. The Postmistress, by Sarah Blake
2. Unforgettable, by Paul McComas
3. Tortilla Curtain, by T.C. Boyle (the Ink edition)
4. The Women, by T.C. Boyle
5. The Aloha Quilt, by Jennifer Chiaverini

While just #1 is here:
1. The Curly Girl Handbook, by Lorraine Massey
2. Milwaukee Jazz Profiles, by Derek Pinkham
3. The Story of Stuff, by Anne Leonard
4. Just Kids, by Patti Smith
5. The King's Speech, by Mark Logue

I just wrote a piece on why we think we sell so much of I am a Bunny. When it appears (not on this blog), I will link to it.
1. I am a Bunny, by Ole Risom and Richard Scarry
2. Silverlicious, by Victoria Kann
3. A Sick Day for Amos McGee, by Philip Christian Stead
4. Dog Days, by Jeff Kinney
5. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins

Despite the snowy afternoon and political action in Madison (a lot of our customers have been there off and on these past few weeks), we had a nice event with Lorraine Massey. She's a big "no poo" advocate and had an enthusiastic following, with lots of demo action.

What's going on this week? It's quiet at first, but things pick up later in the week till we get crazy.

Wednesday, March 2, 7 pm. Hannah Pittard, author of The Fates will Find their Way.

Thursday, March 3, 7 pm, at the Hefter Center. Matthew Zapruder, author of Come on, All You Ghosts.

Friday, March 4, 8 pm at Turner Hall. Rodney Crowell's concert, in conjunction with the memoir, Chinaberry Sidewalks.

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday is the UWM Spring Writers Festival downtown. This event is ticketed. I've recommended to several folks who've contacted me about getting an agent. It's not just about writing, but also about getting published.

And alas, Jane Austen tea at the Milwaukee Public Library on Saturday afternoon is sold out!

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