Monday, September 5, 2011

What's Happening this week? Also, We're Open Today Until 5 pm.

First of all, we're open on Labor Day from 10 am to 5 pm.  We're not expecting too much action, but I've rescheduled our book club discussion for 11 am today (it's Luis Albert Urrea's Into the Beautiful North), not remembering that Gloria was a puppet in the Labor Day parade, which is also at 11 am.  I think next year (the book club always winds up on Labor Day), I'll try meeting in the afternoon, perhaps 2 or 3 pm, or the Sunday before.  Or who knows?

It's Monday, and that means a recap of this week's events. I'm trying to get everything done, so that means I take the shortcut of using our pre-fab version.

Wednesday, September 7 , 7 pm, at Boswell:
Samuel Park, author of This Burns My Heart.

Soo-Ja, a strong-willed and spirited young woman in 1960’s, postwar South Korea, struggles to find a way to satisfy her traditional-minded parents while living the life she dreams for herself. Choosing marriage to an adoring, but un-ambitious businessman instead of the passionate young man who proposed last-minute, Soo-Ja ends up trapped in the life she wanted so desperately to avoid. Her own story seems to reversely mirror that of a changing nation, as South Korea emerges from an oppressed nation to a growing modern one.

I've been trying all sorts of angles to talk this one up. If you worship at a Korean church and a chatty note from me via email, my apologies for the intrusion but I really do think you'd like this one.

Thursday, September 8, 4 pm, at the Shorewood Public Library, 3920 N. Murray Ave.:
Peter Brown, author and illustrator of You Will be My Friend!
Children (ages 3-8), picture books, illustrated, friendship, animals
Lucy, a darling bear in a pink ribbon and a tutu, wanders around the woods near her home looking to make a friend, but it’s harder than it looks. Her intense enthusiasm and friendliness begins to come across as overbearing and she wonders if she’ll ever be able to find friends. Surely, someone out there wants to be her friend? Peter Brown’s plain, yet cheerfully colored drawings of animals in people-like situations are guaranteed to make anyone’s day brighter.

Not just You Will be my Friend, but Children Make Terrible Pets, Flight of the Dodo and The Fabulous Dancing Chowder. Oh, and don't forget The Curious Garden!  Brown is a wonderful artist who mixes traditional skills with new-fangled technical ones. Pretty swell!  And Stacie laughed and laughed as she read the new book as she was writing up the press release.  I wish I had filmed that.

We've still got a few kids' 11x17 event posters at the store to give out.  If you know a school, library, store, meeting room, worship space, bulletin board or someplace else that would welcome notice of a bunch of great free events for kids this fall, come by and pick one up.

Thursday, September 8, 7 pm, at Boswell:

Karen McQuestion, author of A Scattered Life and Easily Amused.
Introduced by Judy Bridges of Redbird Studio, author of Shut Up and Write!
Two novels, both in their third incarnation.  First they were ebooks.  Then they were print editions published by our web competitor.  And now they are Mariner editions, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. McQuestion is our local self-made success--come celebrate her newest achievement with this re-relaunch.

"A Scattered Life is the kind of novel you’ll want to recommend to a friend without quite knowing how: as soon as you begin to say what the book is "about," all of the possible descriptions seem either too small or too big for the story contained in those pages.” —Carolyn Parkhurst, author of Dogs of Babel

Friday, September 9, 7:00 pm, at Boswell:
Alan J. Strekow, author of Cyril Colnik: Man of Iron.

co-sponsored by Friends of Villa Terrace

Tools used for centuries at the forge became the instruments for artistry with metal when in the hands of Cyril Colnik. His creative talent and technical mastery transformed metal into works of beauty and permanence. Many prominent industrialists and merchants enlisted Colnik’s excellent workmanship when building new residences, including Capt. Frederick Pabst, Charles Allis, Herman Uihlein, and Lloyd Smith. Featuring over 300 hundred photos, as well as drawings and blueprints from the Kohler Foundation archives, this 200-page coffee table book tells Colnik’s life story and highlights examples of his work from the 1893 World Columbian Exposition in Chicago to his residential work in Milwaukee.

Publication of Cyril Colnik: Man of Iron was completely underwritten by the Friends of Villa Terrace. Profits generated by the sale of the book will be used to maintain, enhance, and promote the Colnik collection at Villa Terrace, where the largest permanent collection of his work resides.

We still don't have the other Cyril Colnik book in stock, but we're still hoping!

Saturday, September 10 , 2:00 pm, at Boswell:
Christopher Buehlman, author of Those Across the River.

Come hear the next Stephen King read from his terrifying new historical novel about a small town and a very dark and bloody secret. “One of the best first novels I’ve ever read,” raves Charlaine Harris.

Freshly back from WWI, veteran Frank Nichols moves to the small Southern town of Whitbrow. Upon discovery that a plantation estate across the river belonged to his ancestor, he resolves to unearth the secrets of this ruined place. However, the horrors he unearths may have life beyond the bloody history that has lain dormant there for so many years.

Author Bio: Christopher Buehlman is a writer and performer, having won the 2007 Bridport Prize in Poetry. He has spent over ten years touring renaissance festivals with his very popular show Christophe the Insultor, Verbal Mercenary, which he has brought to Wisconsin’s Bristol Renaissance Faire for the 2011 season. Buehlman holds a Bachelor’s degree in French Language from Florida State University, where he minored in History. He enjoys theater, independent films, chess, archery, cooking with lots of garlic, and thick, inky, bone-dry red wines; and lives with his wife, and their rescued dog, Duck, in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Jason really liked this.  We're hoping for a post on The Boswellians. And don't forget, all books are available on our website.  Pre-order a signed copy, why don't you?

Welcome to September!

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