Monday, November 19, 7 pm, at Boswell:
Paul Salsini, author of Stefano and the Christmas Miracles and The Temptation of Father Lorenzo.
We originally had an event scheduled with Paul Salsini earlier in the year for The Temptation of Father Lorenzo, his most recent book for adults, set in the beautiful hills of Tuscany. The story is set in the 1970s (I finally figured out that each volume covers a different decade) It's actually multiple stories, though most of the stories are themselves divided into chapters, featuring Tomasso Nozzoli, Dino Sporenza, and other characters from the earlier novels.
But Salsini said to me at one point, "Let's wait. I may have another novel by fall, one for families to share together." And he did.
The new book is Stefano and the Christmas Miracles, in which Stefano unwraps a different nativity scene character with his grandfather Nonno (Yes, I understand that this is an Italian word for grandfather) day while the town is getting ready for the holiday celebrations. With each character (not just Jesus, Mary, Joseph, and the Three Wise Men, but Achim the Fence Maker, Seth the Soup Peddler and more), Stefano learns a little lesson about life. And yes, each of the porcelain characters is from a real nativity scene, and photographed to accompany the story.
Tuesday, November 20, 7 pm, at Boswell:
Lilly Goren, co-editor of Women and the White House: Gender, Popular Culture, and Presidential Politics.
Goren's talk was also rescheduled from earlier in the fall. It seemed like a talk about women and presidential politics would be a great addition to the campaign season. I expected a lot of press attention, and always enjoy having local academics (Goren teaches at Carroll University) appear at the store, as do many of our customers.
Goren and co-editor Justin Vaughan collected a series of essays examining how the president and the first lady exist as a function of public expectations and cultural gender roles, looking at everything from popular films to the blogosphere.
There was only one problem. The book would not be out until after the election. So we've rescheduled her talk to tomorrow, Tuesday, November 20, 7 pm. Should be interesting, and with both school and work on hold, you probably are looking for something to do if you're not in charge of pre-making the apple, walnut, and jalapeño stuffing.*
We are closed on Thursday for Thanksgiving, and are open our regular scheduled hours for the weekend. No doorbusters here, alas, but you can also a relatively civilized shopping experience.
*I don't know if that's a real stuffing, by the way, but it sounds possible
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