offered this praise in The New York Times: " As she did in “Véra: Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov,” her Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, Ms. Schiff also demonstrates a magician’s ability to conjure the worlds her subject inhabited with fluent sleight of hand." and Cleopatra went on to lauded by said paper as one of the top ten books of the year.Michiko Kakutani
So it was a wonderful honor when we were offered the opportunity to host Ms. Schiff on her Milwaukee visit for the paperback of the book. Schiff sold out venues all over the country for the hardcover edition of this book. Below Tavis Smiley discussing Cleopatra with Stacie Schiff. I'm sure you'll see be marking off your calendar for our event, which is Tuesday, October 4, 7 pm.
Liz from Little, Brown and I pondered all kinds of venues for her talk. In the end, we wanted to hit the most people we could, and decided to not have any barriers to entry, so we went with Centennial Hall at the Milwaukee Public Library. We're co-sponsoring the event with the Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library too, and like all our library events, we tithe our book sales to this cathedral of learning.
Several weeks after we settled on an event venue, we found out that the popular Cleopatra touring exhibit would be opening at the Milwaukee Public Museum just two weeks after the talk. Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt is an exhibit from National Geographic, and will open at the Museum on October 14. The exhibit highlights nearly 150 artifacts of her reign, and has been wowing audiences in many cities around the country. Tickets are available now; buy them here.
I read it. It took me several weeks to devour it. It was worth it.
It's clear that anyone interested in seeing this event will get more out of it by reading Cleopatra first. And I'm not just saying that because Schiff, in another life, was a great editor who was responsible for one of my favorite books of all time, Elinor Lipman's Then She Found Me.
To get the word out, we've got to pull out all the stops:
And I would say, we're talking about Stacy Schiff here. This is the kind of event I dreamed that Boswell would be doing. An amazing speaker, an incredible book, an event that folks will be talking about for months. I love when folks come by the store, still whistfully talking about T.C. Boyle, Christopher Moore, Geraldine Brooks, Sherman Alexie, or Ann Patchett. I like to think maybe they made a few extra trips to Boswell because it triggers those happy memories, or cements our relationship. I think Stacy Schiff's talk will do the same. I'm hoping!
*Buying the book from us helps give us the track record to get more events like this to Milwaukee? Do you want to hear Pulitzer Prize winners speak in Milwaukee? Of course you do!
**There was a little confusion about the ad deadline with our new rep and the ad will now be in the Cue section on Sunday, October 2.