A little meandering never hurt anyone, particularly on a Sunday. Unless you are going to a Mother's Day brunch, and then you might miss your reservation. Let's start with some bestseller action:
2. Caleb's Crossing, by Geraldine Brooks
3. We the Drowned, by Carsten Jensen
4. The Tragedy of Arthur, by Arthur Phillips
5. A Moment in the Sun, by John Sayles
6. The Sixth Man, by David Baldacci
Sayles' new novel is set in the 1890's and runs nearly 1000 pages. The McSweeney's folks are no stranger to that and more power to them. Publishers Weekly says the novel is among his finest work. Don't you think the cover recalls Amy Stewart's Wicked Bugs You think this wouldn't be appropriate, but Sayles documents his own wicked bugs, only in this case, they are people. A Moment in the Sun seems like something Boswellian Conrad would read, but I know he was reading The Tragedy of Arthur, as he just finished it. Hooray for introductions of lost plays as novel!
Oh, and the event with Geraldine Brooks for Caleb's Crossing is this Thursday, May 12. We just sold a lot of books the first week out. Five dollar tickets available here. And if you buy a ticket, you get the book at Boswell's Best price. Forgive me for harping.
1. Bossypants, by Tina Fey
2. Reason to Believe, by Deval Patrick
3. My Germany, by Lev Raphael
4. Creating Dangerously, by Edwidge Danticat
5. Lost in Shangri-La, by Mitchell Zukoff
Oh, and congrats to Tina Fey, whose Bossypants officially becomes our bestselling, non-event, non-bulk-sale hardcover book of 2011. And what did it beat out? Believe it or not, it was Patrick Rothfuss's Wise Man's Fear. If you know Rothfuss (and you might, as he lives in Madison), please suggest an event at Boswell.
In paperbacks and kids books, we're very event heavy. It was hard to find a non-Mo-Willems sale amongst them, but we did have a nice first week for Rick Riordan's Throne of Fire, volume two of the Kane Chronicles.
On Thursday, Mo Willems posed for a few shots so the audience could get their photo snapping out of the way and concentrate on enjoying the reading. Good idea!
*Oh, and a new scent called "Valuptuous!" It started as a spelling error, but then everyone realized that it would be easier to trademark, and might work better on Valentine's Day. Who knows?