OK, this may be the week that does me in. And my sister Merrill and her husband Gus are visiting too. Here is our schedule of events for the week. All are at Boswell unless another location is listed.
--Clark Blaise, author of The Meagre Tarmac
--Valerie Laken, author of Separate Kingdoms
--Alexander MacLeod, author of Light Lifting
--Christine Sneed, author of Portraits of a Few of the People I've Made Cry.
Here are the other nominees. Congrats to all!
If his work life is in disarray, his personal saga is even more a mess. Zeke cares for his beloved orphaned niece and nephew with his mom, but when Mother gets ill, she decrees that custody will go to his sister if he doesn't get married. So starts a desperate attempt for for a matrimonial style bonding with a number of vaguely suitable women. The vague is an important qualifier.
It's tough to write about a somewhat desperate and unlikable character in a likable way, but Bakopoulos pulls it off, with Library Journal comparing My American Unhappiness to early Martin Amis.
The AV Club section of The Onion has a great interview with Bakopoulos. Here's a short excerpt and a link to the entire pice.
AVC: It seems America is at a point where happiness is often fetishized, and we’re shamed when we don’t feel it. Were you in any way rebelling against this line of thought?
We're partnering with the Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative Corporation at the Milwaukee Public Market for this special after-work presentation.
Psychotherapist Kate Levinson offers fresh approaches to navigating the astonishing range of beliefs about the role of money in our lives, coming to terms with our feelings about being "rich" or "poor," and exploring our inner money life so that we can put our feelings to work for us in a positive way. By understanding our intimate history and relationship with money we are better able to handle our money anxieties, solve our money problems, enjoy the money we have, and make room for other, more meaningful values. (a little paraphrasing, just to make sure this blog gets released before the event is over).
While at the Milwaukee Public Market (400 N. Water Street), why not enjoy a glass of red or white at Thief Wine, or take home some Middle Eastern delicacies at Aladdin or cake bites from C. Adams Bakery? You want dinner? I'm a big fan of the St. Paul Fish Company--delicious and fresh and reasonably priced. No, not delicious, it's...love between the teeth.
Though we haven't had this event booked for very long (a week), a talk with my new pal Jen (who was helping him scout some locations in Wisconsin) revealed that there's a lot of pent-up demand to meet Logelin in person in this part of the country. Hence, an extension of his original tour commenced. We're convinced that fans will find out about this event through the magic of social networking. More on his website. And here's a short interview with the Los Angeles Times.