Monday, September 10, 2012

Monday Event Post--Dwyane Wade, Terry Brooks, Zane, Emily St. John Mandel, Jonathan Evison, Gary Shellman, Jane Gillette.

First of all, we should let you know that Boswell will be closed today, Monday, Sept. 10th, from 11:30am—2:30pm in order to attend the memorial services of our friend and fellow bookseller, Beverly Segel. Thank you for your understanding.

Tuesday, September 11, 1 pm, $30 signing ticket includes a book,
at the Al Maguire Center of Marquette University,
770 N. 12th Street, Milwaukee 53233:
Dwyane Wade, author of A Father First: How My Life Became Bigger than Basketball.

I spent the last week reading A Father First, and as a person who doesn’t know basketball very well, I can tell you that I still found the descriptions of the playoffs quite exciting. Wade tells two narratives, one of growing up and finding his way to basketball in a troubled South Side Chicago neighborhood. In particular, he documents the long road his mom traveled through drug addiction and prison stints. She’s now a pastor. His sister Tragil took the lead in getting him to his dad’s house in a safer neighborhood, and eventually in Robbins, Illinois, a historically African American suburb.

His second story takes place in the near present, describing raising three kids (his two sons and a nephew) in Miami. Sadly, there was a lot of custody fighting to get to this place. He discusses parenting Zaire and Zion (and Dahveon too), and thinks a lot about his parenting inspiration, not just his mother and father, but Dwyane Sr.’s now former wife Bessie and even his wife Siohvaughan’s mom Darlene. Being that he and Von started dating when he was 15, he could still be influenced quite a bit.

And then of course there is the story behind how he came to Marquette. I found it very interesting to hear how different schools courted Wade, very different from the pros where it all comes down to the draft and really isn’t in the player’s hands. There was also a lot that went into choosing an agent, and a business manager. Or in this case, not choosing a business manager.

I thought we’d be listing that this event was sold out, but it turns out that the folks at William Morrow discovered after a few events that Mr. Wade could sign more books than originally planned. So the original 500 slots in line were increased to 800, and we’ll probably allow for walkups. Tickets will be $30, but there is no additional handling charge.

Mr Wade will only sign copies of his book, A Father First, and only books bought at this event. There is no personalization, and he will not sign memorabilia. In order for us to keep the line moving and get everyone’s book signed, there will be no posed photos.

Tuesday, September 11, 7 pm, at Boswell:
Terry Brooks, author of Wards of Faerie: The Dark Legacy of Shannara.

“Wards of Faerie: The Dark Legacy of Shannara goes back to the beginning of the world, when it was named Faerie and the power of magic ruled. When an Elven girl falls in love with a Darkling boy of the Void, the tide shifted. Thousands of years later, magic and science are clashing, the Elves have distanced themselves from society, and the Druids border on extinction. Meanwhile, a young Druid stumbles across an account of the Elven girl and her love gone awry, and the truth about the vanished Elfstones: the artifacts that once kept evil at bay. The Four Lands have suffered clashes before, most notably the Demon War, but nothing compares to the devastating fate in store if the Elfstones fall into the wrong hands again.”

Mr. Brooks will sign all his books, including books brought from home. Go raid your attic!

Wednesday, September 12, 6:30 pm, at the
Loos Room of Milwaukee Public Library’s Centennial Hall
733 N. Eighth St., Milwaukee 53233:
Zane, author of Z Rated: Chocolate Flava 3 and Addicted.
Our event is co-sponsored by Urban Reviews.

“With the The Sex Chronicles and Addicted, Zane became a legend in her own time and an author whose name became synonymous with erotic fiction. With her raw and uninhibited style, Zane pushes sexual boundaries that appeal to both women and men alike with her inimitable mix of urban slang and unadulterated sensuality. Z-Rated: Chocolate Flava III, the third installment in Zane’s New York Times bestselling anthology series, features short stories from 26 masters of the genre who were selected and edited by Zane personally for the collection. Edgy, adventurous and brimming with lustful desire, these stories are a smorgasbord of lovers, trysts and liaisons.”

Like urban fiction? Urban Reviews, one of our co-sponsors, is putting on Fall Fiction Fest featuring ten nationally known and developing authors.
Saturday, September 22, 1-4 pm
at Celebrations, 4740 W. Bradley Road, Milwaukee.
Register here.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch.
Wednesday, September 12, 7 pm, at Boswell.
Jonathan Evison, author of The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving, in converation with West Bend's Mark Krieger.

"Benjamin Benjamin had the perfect life as a stay-at-home dad raising two adorable children. Readers find him just after this perfection has past, when Ben struggles to find purpose. Evison takes off the kid gloves in this engaging work of fiction, reminding us that life is cyclical, that one day you have it all and the next day you catch yourself running from the fallout of the explosion of it all. Evison's characters demonstrate the range of lessons a range of losers can teach the average person, even when he thinks he's too old to learn anything new, or too tired to care. Some say life is about the journey--I've learned from Evison that the journey is important, but the revision and caregiving matter most."

Here's a trailer for the new novel.

Lots more info on Jonathan Evison on our Saturday blog.

Thursday, September 13, 7 pm at Boswell:
Jane Gillette (Bednarek), author of Be Mindful of Your Ghosts.

We welcome back former journalist and current mystery writer Jane Gillette for her newest release, featuring Woolsey and Donovan.

“The charming artists' colony of Belmont is shaken by a series of bizarre crimes seemingly aimed at celebrities. Balancing these curious events is the debut of Sister Camille, a beautiful faith healer who mesmerizes and cures with the touch of a hand, while a popular new-age medicine guru struggles to keep his clinic open and his political dreams on track. Thriller writer Iris Woolsey and Chief Inspector Freddy Donovan team up once again to search for solutions, no simple task when surrounded by frightened artists and notables. Are they all at risk? Or, is this historic college town on the Mississippi faced with more mysteries?”

Friday, September 14, 7 pm, at Boswell:
Gary Shellman, author of Speedster Vs. Spies.

Former deputy director of the Institute of World Affairs at UWM, Gary Shellman served as an intelligence analyst with the ASA in Frankfurt, 1957-58. He has taught history at seven universities, most recently courses on Germany and the First World War in 2011 at UWM. While sports editor of the Fond du Lac Reporter, he raced an Alfa Romeo Spyder on Midwestern road courses and before joining the Institute of World Affairs, was a staff writer and edited a Sunday travel page for the Oshkosh Daily Northwestern.

“Based on his own Cold War military service in West Germany, historian and journalist Gary Shellman’s debut novel relates the adventures of Steve Hellstrom, 20-year-old college dropout and intelligence analyst for the Army Security Agency at the I.G. Farben Building, the super-secret intelligence-gathering center, and front line of the Cold War.

Here’s Shellman’s trailer for Speedster Vs. Spies:

Saturday, September 15, 7 pm, at Boswell:
Emily St. John Mandel, author of The Lola Quartet.

We are pleased to welcome Emily St. John Mandel to Boswell for her third novel from Unbridled Books, following The Singer's Gun and Last Night in Montreal. A former dancer, she is current writes for The Millions and lives in Brooklyn. We don’t normally do events on Saturday evenings, but sometimes, that’s the only slot that will work in a tight travel schedule. When there’s an author as good as Mandel, you have to be flexible.

“Gavin Sasaki is a promising young journalist in New York City, until he's fired in disgrace following a series of unforgivable lapses in his work. The last thing Gavin wants is to return to his hometown of Sebastian, Florida, but he's drifting toward bankruptcy and is in no position to refuse when he's offered a job by his sister, Eilo, a real estate broker who deals in foreclosed homes.

“Eilo recently paid a visit to a home that had a ten-year-old child in it, a girl who bears a strong resemblence to Gavin and who has the same last name as Gavin's high school girlfriend Anna, whom Gavin last saw a decade ago. Gavin -- a former jazz musician, a reluctant broker of foreclosed homes, obsessed with film noir and private detectives -- begins his own private investigation in an effort to track down Anna and their apparent daughter.”

Jim Higgins’ presents Emily St. John Mandel’s Reading List in the Journal Sentinel:

Higgins refers to Mandel’s great Washington Post review from Anna Mundow, a rave: “Mandel brilliantly modulates the heightening suspense in a novel that remains, above all, an elegy for lost — and perhaps only imagined — innocence.” Read the rest here.

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