Wednesday, January 11, 7 pm, at Boswell
Leigh Stein, author of The Fallback Plan
Stein is also a published poet. Her first collection, Dispatches from the Future, is coming out in June 2012. Since we have a pretty active poetry community here, she'll be reading a bit of poetry with her fiction.
Thursday, January 12, 7 pm, at Boswell:
Ayad Akhtar, author of American Dervish.
I'm so excited about this first novel (yes, I read it) by this Milwaukee-area-bred actor/director/playwright and fiction writer. I've got a whole post coming about it in about a week, about when the book lands.
Tuesday, January 17, 7 pm, at Boswell:
David Finch, author of Journal of Best Practices.
Finch's comic memoir concerns his diagnosis of Asberger's Syndrome and how he went about shoring up his relationships, particularly the one with his wife, after the revelation. I've also really enjoyed this book. I'm hoping this doesn't get repetitive, but we've got a lot of Daniel picks on the list this month.
Thursday, January 19, 7 pm, at Sugar Maple, 441 E. Lincoln at KK, in Bay View:
Hannah Pittard, author of The Fates will Find Their Way, along with Patrick Somerville, author of The Cradle and The Universe in Miniature in Miniature (and a forthcoming novel later this spring).
We're back at one of our favorite watering hole for an evening of words and suds. I'm a huge fan of Pittard's novel, as is Stacie, only I'm handling this one solo as Amie and Stacie are soaking up better bookselling practices in New Orleans.
Monday, January 23, 7 pm, at Boswell:
Adam Johnson, author of The Orphan Master's Son.
Now I'm a broken record. This amazing novel set in North Korea is going to receive major attention upon release in January. This one Jason read too and his enthusiasm convinced me to jump on the bandwagon. This one I know is going to be a blog post because I already wrote it! It's scheduled for January 7.
Joseph Michael Rein, David Yost, and Chris Drew, authors of Dispatches from the Classroom: Graduate Students on Creative Writing Pedagogy.
I'm ashamed to say I didn't read this, but I'm hoping for a festive launch event.
Friday, January 27, 7 pm, at Boswell:
Paul Wilkes, author of The Art of Confession: Renewing Yourself Through the Practice of Honesty.
Confession is not just for Catholics, and Wilkes looks at the act from ancient Greece to modern psychoanaylsis. Hey, we sold enough last week to get The Art of Confession onto our bestseller list. Wilkes has ties to Marquette.
Steve Boman, author of Film School: The True Story of a Midwestern Family Man Who Went to the World's Most Famous Film School, Fell Flat on His Face, Had a Stroke, and Sold a Television Series to CBS.
With all the nascent filmmakers in the area, I'm hoping we can round up a crowd of folks interested in a story that mixes serious memoir with insidery film school and industry stories.
Oh, and don't forget we still have Lil Rev, author of Ukelele Nation tonight at 7 pm, with his blend of poetry and acoustic ukelele!