Tuesday, October 18, 7 pm, at Boswell:
Rochelle Melander, author of Write-a-thon: Write Your Book in 26 Days (and Live to Tell About it).
a. There's a marathon motif going on.
b. You get four days to goof off.
c. Rumor has it that Rochelle is fond of some ancient calendar with 14 months.
More on her website.
Wednesday, October 19, 7 pm, at Discovery World:
Dava Sobel, author of A More Perfect Heaven: How Copernicus Revolutionized the Cosmos, at Discovery World, 500 North Harbor Dr.
At the heart of her new book is also a play, "And the Sun Stood Still," wherein Sobel imagines the struggles surrounding Copernicus’ scientifically-revolutionary manuscript. Dramatic readings from this play will be performed by Milwaukee-based Soulstice Theatre, whose motto is “Meaningful theatre that challenges, inspires, and entertains.”
Five dollar tickets are still available. You can buy off our website and pick up at will call, or pay at the door.
Thursday, October 20, 7 pm, at Boswell:
When a talented Wisconsin college baseball player seriously injures a teammate, the fallout from the stray ball drastically changes the course of life for five people. Dealing with issues of love, ambition, and friendship and written in beautiful, accessible prose, The Art of Fielding is a debut novel that has been knocked out of the park for a grand slam homerun and readers are on their feet in the stands, cheering loudly.
And here's a bit on Nadler's collection. While trying to save his marriage, a father struggles to reconnect with his newly devout son. A pure-hearted artist finds his devotion cruelly tested, while his true love tries to repent for the biggest mistake of her life. Forced together on a trip from Manhattan to Rhode Island, a father and son attempt to reconnect over lobster, cigarettes, and a buried secret. And in the collection’s daring first story, an arrogant businessman begins a forbidden affair during the High Holidays. The Book of Life is an unforgettable collection of stories about faith, family, grief, love, temptation, and redemption. Written in clear, crystalline prose, these stories signal the arrival of an exciting and bold new writer.
*It was only when I started reading that I caught the inside joke that compared The Art of Fielding to Moby Dick. Better late than never.
Sunday, October 23, 12 Noon, at Boswell
Jeffrey Eugenides, author of The Virgin Suicides, Middlesex, and now The Marriage Plot.
Madeleine Hanna is an English major in the 80’s at a renowned university. Her senior thesis is about the Victorian “marriage plot” of the great English novels. Unfortunately, or fortunately, for her thesis and her life, Madeleine discovers semiotics—the great literary theories rooted in philosophy of language. As she deconstructs everything she thought she knew about literature (and life), she falls in tumultuous love with Leonard, a ravishingly attractive and intelligent fellow student. Meanwhile, her best friend Mitchell is embarking upon a globetrotting journey of theological and spiritual exploration, all while convinced he is Madeleine’s soulmate. Circling through the perspectives of each point in this triangle, we at once are connected to each one as though it was ourselves or a loved one whose story we are witnessing.
With devastating wit and an abiding understanding of and affection for his characters, Jeffrey Eugenides asks the questions: “Are the great love stories of the nineteenth century dead? Or can there be a new story, written for today and alive to the realities of feminism, sexual freedom, prenups, and divorce?”
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2. Only 2 backlist titles signed per customer. No dealers, please.
3. Personalization is touch and go, depending on the size of the crowd and how much time is available. Also how nice we all are.
Visit our website to order a signed copy. Now to work on our email newsletter. My apologies for the occasional extra spacing between paragraphs. See you at the Shorewood Library tonight in a couple of hours!