Yes, we're all over the map on our events, and that's particularly the case over the next few months, when we have some great history events. That's what a general bookstore is about, right? This is the first of a two-part blog post. It's my feeling if I split them up, they will be more effectively forwarded to interested parties.
As you've noticed, we like to partner with different organizations, stores, schools, individuals...pretty much anything or anyone who can help get the word out. Just this week we put together Dalya Massachi and her book, Writing to Make a Difference, with Judy "Redbird Studio" Bridges, whose own book, Shut Up and Write, has been such a hit in the category. Massachi is in town and talking about writing for community building on Sunday, May 8, at a special time of 3 pm.
But I was a bit stumped at first for a good partner for Nathaniel Philbrick and his paperback release of The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Buoll, and the Battle of Little Big Horn. We've been all over the place with our history events, from disappointments to very large turnouts substantially over projection. Philbrick is a noted historian and bestselling writer who probably doesn't need the extra marketing support. That said, we want to make sure that we do whatever it takes to make a high-profile book event like this a success.
Philbrick's latest is a dual narrative of Sitting Bull and George Armstrong Custer. When we set up the event and talked to Louise at Penguin about possible partners, she suggested a Civil War re-enactment group. At first I didn't see the connection, until it was pointed out to me that Custer first came to national prominence as a Union commander in the Civil War. And my second thought was, "How am I going to find one of them?"
Well, leave it to Stacie to connect with Reclaiming Our Heritage, a local Civil War re-enactment group. They put on an annual veteran tribute event on June 4 and 5 at Zablocki VA Medical Center (5000 West National Avenue) which includes grounds tours (including a night-time cemetary one), music, history exhibits, and food for sale.
This is the tenth and final year for this re-enactment, so you can't say there's always next year. Because there isn't. Here's a photo of Stacie posed Patricia, one of the organizers. She's also hot on our Anne Lamott event for the paperback ofImperfect Birds, next Tuesday at Alverno College on April 12. Get your tickets here! Sadly, she can't attend as she's attending a Civil War dance class.
So to sum up, Nathaniel Philbrick is appearing at Boswell Book Company on Friday, May 6, 7 pm, for the paperback publication of The Last Stand. See you then.
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