After a few days of break, we've got a solid lineup of events for the rest of the week, starting with our final Florentine Opera Insight for the 2010-2011 season on Wednesday, April 20 at 7 pm. It's a lush double bill, featuring two of the most important baroque works, John Blow's Venus and Adonis paired with Henry Purcell's Dido and Aeneas. More on their website.
Grant Wood, the recent biography that sheds new light on the artist known for American Gothic. Behind his carefully cultivated facade was a very different persona, a gay man struggling with his identity. Art Winslow in the Chicago Tribune gave the biography five stars. And look, even The Onion's AV Club is a fan. This is a big deal, so let's get out and show our support. And thanks to the Cream City Foundation and the Joseph Pabst infrastructure fund and also Will Fellows for making this possible.
Slow Food Wisconsin Southeast to welcome Kurt Michael Friese, chef/owner of Iowa City's Devotay, who together with Gary Paul Nabhan and Kraig Kraft, collaborated on Chasing Chiles: Hot Spots Along the Pepper Trail. This environmental and culinary travelogue explores the regional wonderfulness and numerous varieties of chile peppers, and what environmental change is doing to their diversity and distribution.
Want to read more? The New York Times profiled Gary Paul Nabhan in their April 7 issue. And Aram Bakshian, Jr. reviewed Chasing Chiles in the Wall Street Journal.
The Winds of Khalakovo. Civil war breaks out in a society that is part Cyrillic, part shaman. Publishers Weekly praised it's poetic prose while Library Journal lauded its strong characters and tense plot. Our buyer Jason read The Winds of Khalakovo and loved it. I'm hoping we'll have a post devoted to the book up on The Boswellians this week. I can't say it's there yet.
And the good thing was, I got to scope out space for out our event on Thursday, June 2nd for Algonquin authors David Anthony (Something for Nothing), Josh Wilker (Cardboard Gods) and Pete Nelson (I thought You Were Dead). Details to come!