Friday, July 8, 2011
Forget Memory--A Trip to Sheboygan's Kohler Arts Center, and Inspirtation from Alzheimers (and Hey, a Plug for Alice LaPlante's Talk on Wednesday, July 13 at Boswell).
But the highlight of our trip was by far our visit to Sheboygan and Kohler, Wisconsin. It's hard to admit that I'd never before been to the John Michael Kohler Arts Center. Renowned for their innovative exhibitions in a unique setting, I'd been wanting to go for years, but for some reason, something always got in the way, even though I'd been to Kohler several times.
You can't help but walk around the building before you enter. It's such an exciting space, a mix of new and old, with even the gardens inspiring your creative juices. Oh, and the other reason we walked around the building was because of some road construction. We wound up parking two blocks away, on the opposite side of the entrance.
I was chatting with Jodie at Grove Atlantic, panicked about where all the reviews were. I forget that when I deal with indie presses, the reviews are clustered around pub date, not on-sale date. Once again, I jumped the gun. It turns out that LaPlante is getting the love I was expecting.
Here's a great excerpt from Glenn Altschuler in the San Francisco Chronicle:
"The debut novel of Alice LaPlante, a teacher of creative writing at San Francisco State University and Stanford, Turn of Mind is an artful, ambitious and arresting attempt to capture the thoughts and feelings, by turns confused, conspiratorial, canny and clear, of a person in the throes of mental illness. And by using Dr. White as her (riveting, revealing and eminently unreliable) narrator, LaPlante reminds all of us, passionately, that no matter what the state of our health, reality can be elusive and subjective."
Read the rest of the review here. I'll save the rest for our email newsletter. And don't forget, LaPlante is discussing and reading from Turn of Mind next Wednesday, July 13, at 7 pm, at Boswell.
Our day wasn't over yet. We walked a few blocks to Field to Fork, Trattoria Stefano's local-focused breakfast and lunch place. I didn't do too much research beforehand but Stefano had been in Boswell several weeks before, asking me about sourcing books for his restaurant, and I recalled talking about this place. It was great!
Afterwards we went over to the Kohler Design Center. Honestly, the place usually wows visitors, but after seeing the toilets at the Koher Arts Center, these bathroom installations were just ok. Plus they had discontinued several styles that were still on display, including some on the Great Wall of Fixtures. It was sort of like me doing a display of books and saying that a third of them were unavailable. Hey, I think I do that all the time in our curio case.
That memory is finished. And now, it's time for me to make some more, as I read from Samuel Park's This Burns my Heart, which Sarah Waters called, "a delicate yet powerful story of love, loss, and endurance." The novel is coming out next Tuesday, July 12. I'm trying to work with a few different groups on this one. Wish me luck!