Sunday, February 26, 2012

What Sold at Boswell Last Week? Past Event Recaps and Upcoming Event Shout Outs.

Hardcover Fiction
1. What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank, by Nathan Englander
2. Sonoma Rose, by Jennifer Chiaverini
3. The Art of Fielding, by Chad Harbach
4. The Orphan Master's Son, by Adam Johnson
5. American Dervish, by Ayad Akhtar

That's a clean sweep for last week, as we hosted every author in our top five at one point for their current book. I should note that Ayad Akhtar will be coming back to be the Friday dinner speaker at the UWM Spring Writing Conference on Friday, March 9. TIckets are still available for the entire conference, which is $85 for three days of talks and workshops, plus meals and networking. Buy here.

Hardcover Nonfiction:
1. While America Sleeps, by Russ Feingold
2. Sic, by Joshua Cody
3. The End of Illness, by David Agus
4. Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson
5. Eminent Outlaws, by Christopher Bram

Senator Feingold's new book was the big news this week. Not too many reviews yet, but Kirkus notes: "Sage, sensible words by a leader who can now point to how he right he was." Feingold's out stomping the country on tour, appearing at Barnes and Noble in New York and Politics and Prose in DC. He doesn't look like he'll get to the Milwaukee area until April 28, when he does an area event sponsored by our friends Next Chapter.

Paperback Fiction:
1. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, by Stieg Larsson
2. For the Relief of Unbearable Urges, by Nathan Englander
3. The Tiger's Wife, by Téa Obreht
4. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
5. Until the Next Time, by Kevin Fox

Fox will be appearing at County Clare in a Boswell co-sponsored free event on March 14 for his novel Until the Next Time. He'll also be in Waukesha County at a gig sponsored by our friends Books and Company. Here's a teaser, also from Kirkus: "Given a journal belonging to an uncle he never knew existed, Sean Corrigan embarks on a quest across the Atlantic—and lifetimes—in search of the truth about Michael Corrigan, a cop accused of murder who fled to Ireland."

Paperback Nonfiction:
1. Please Stop Laughing at Me, by Jodee Blanco
2. In the Moment: The Life and Art of Shomer Licthner, by Sue Montgomery
3. In Celebration: The Life and Art of Ruth Grotenrath, by Sue Montgomery
4. American Made, by Nick Taylor
5. Species of Spaces, by Georges Perec

Jodee Blanco will be appearing at a free event at Greenfield High School on Tuesday, March 6, at 7 pm. Greenfield High School is located at 4800 South 60th Street.

What's with the books from West Bend's Museum of Wisconsin Art? The Golda Meir Library asked us to sell books at a wonderful talk by Barbara Brown Lee, regarding beloved Milwaukee artists Lichtner and Grotenrath. The UWM Library Friends (Officially Friends of the UWM Golda Meir Library) have a nice schedule of events and you can join, just like you can a public library friends group. More info here.

Books for Kids:
1. Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins
2. Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
3. Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins
4. Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes (board book), by Mem Fox with illustrations by Helen Oxenbury
5. The House in the Night (board book), by Susan Marie Swanson, with illustrations by Beth Krommes

The Swanson/Krommes collaboration is a Calecott medal classic came out in board book form last fall. From the Booklist review of the original hardcover: "The use of gold isespecially effective, coloring the stars and aknowing moon, all surrounded with black-and-white halos.A beautiful piece of bookmaking that will delight both parents and children."

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