Monday, October 15, 2012

What's Going on at Boswell (Including Some Boswell Away Games)This Week? Martin Hintz and Jeff Biggers and Paul Bialas and Andy Rash and Diane Morgan.

Monday, October 15, 6:30 pm, at the Milwaukee Public Library's Rare Books Room,
814 W. Wisconsin Ave., 53233:
Martin Hintz author of Wisconsin Farm Lore.

While we've yet to have a chicken lecture us, Boswell is becoming known for the place where chickens have a say in the programming. Martin Hintz is coming to the Rare Books Room (I'm on the fence as to whether that should be capitalized) for his new book, Wisconsin Farm Lore: Kicking Cows, Giant Pumpkins & Other Tales from the Back Forty, and he's bringing a fowl-weather friend along for the ride.

The talk is everything you wanted to know about what comes from Wisconsin soil--cranberries, Victory Gardens, piles of straw, and of course beer, or rather, beer ingredients. We'll have copies on hand of several of Hintz's other titles, including Wisconsin Off the Beaten Path and A Spirited History of Milwaukee Brews and Booze.

also on Monday, October 15, also at 6:30, at Boswell:
Jeff Biggers, author of State of the Union: Arizona and the Final Showdown over the American Dream,
co-sponsored by Rethinking Schools and the Educators Network for Social Justice.

I thought I was adding events more in advance to our website so that Friends of Boswell could mark their calendars with more authority, noting that they could not go bowling on November 13 because they would certainly be attending events from Sherman Alexie (at Milwaukee Public Library's Centennial Hall), Jennifer Chiaverini (at Patched Works in Elm Grove) or Shauna Singh Baldwin (at the Elm Grove Library). But I have found that the most common use that gets back to me is from publishers and authors checking our schedule for an open date.

And that's how Jeff Biggers wound up at Boswell tonight at the relative last minute, after a conversation with Kris at Rethinking Schools. His new book, State of the Union is said to open a new window into the complexx history of American immigration conflicts. The Phoenix New Times (Biggers appeared at Changing Hands, our bookstore pal in Tempe, on October 1) notes that author and performance artist Biggers is no stranger to controversy and gives your a window into tonight's performance here.

And here's another piece that aired on The Takeaway, which when I last checked airs in the middle of Wisconsin Public Radio's broadcast of the CBC radio show, As it Happens, weeknights at 8 PM.

Tuesday, October 16, 7 pm, at Boswell:
Paul Bialas, author of Pabst: An Excavation of Art.

Bialas was just a regular pharmaceutical rep who took pictures as a hobby. OK, once you'll see this incredible book, you'll agree he's no amateur. Focusing on the Pabst brewery, the Pabst mansion, and Pabst Farms, Bialas culled his collection of 10,000 photographs to create a coffee table book that is a historical artifact defining one of Milwaukee's most defining (if no longer enduring) institutions.

I know it's funny to do an audio clip on Youtube, but that's what I've got.

Wednesday, October 17, 6:30 pm, at Shorewood Public Library, 3920 North Murray Ave., Shorewood WI 53211:
Andy Rash, illustrator of Bob Balaban's The Creature from the Sevent Grade: Boy or Beast.

Charlie Drinkwater is nerdy and unathletic, and to top it all off,he suddenly morphed into a sgiant mutant sea creature sometime between first-period science class and third-period English.

Folks who follow our schedule know that Rash appeared at Boswell for is Ten Little Zombies (who could forget Zombie Saturday?) and we'll have that book, along with some of his kids' books that he both wrote and illustrated, including Are You a Horse, and Sea Monsters' First Day.

Thursday, October 18, 7 pm, at Boswell:
Diane Morgan, author of Roots: The Definitive Compendium with more than 225 Recipes.

Portland, Oregon's award-winning teacher cookbook author, and freelance food writer has compiled the ultimate go-to-guide to the hearty, healthyful, nutrition-packed, and budget-friendly veggies found underground. It's a beautiful cookbook from Chronicle, and you know what that means--we'll be chasing copies this December. But here's your chance to hear about everything from burdock to yams to yuca.

And just because we wouldn't want you to miss out on a tasty tuber, Nick will be preparing tasting portions of carrot pesto and porcupine balls for the event, while our own radish farmer Hannah s preparing radish top soup.

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