Monday, October 14, 2013

The Rest of the Story for This Week's Events, Including Crazy Thursday, When We are Hosting George Peleaconos, Milwaukee Public Library has Caryl Stern, and In the Afternoon, John Holl is at Lakefront Brewery.

Tuesday, October 15, 7 pm, at Boswell:
Tom Pilarzyk, author of Milwaukee at Water's Edge: Resource Guide to the Lively Side.

Tom Pilarzyk has lived his entire life in the Midwest. With a doctorate in Urban Studies, he has worked as a research director in both the public and private sectors. He brings decades of foreign and domestic travel, thirteen years of organizing “urban travel mysteries,” and an appreciation for city changes to bear on his writing. Tom offers readers all the local resources, cogent comparisons, and new insights needed to explore in depth the city sections highlighted in Milwaukee at Water’s Edge. He is currently working on a book on the Sixties Generation and lives in Shorewood, Wisconsin.

In Milwaukee at Water’s Edge, Tom Pilarzyk offers a guide to the urban good life. In addition to the usual suggestions on where to eat and what to do, he provides detailed, colorful descriptions alongside historical and cultural insight into the city’s various neighborhoods. Short, magazine-style chapters describe eight city sections along the waterfront and how they embody culture, diversity, and vibrancy. This easily readable text is written for visitors and residents alike, challenging readers to explore the many ways to enjoy the new Milwaukee.

Wednesday, October 16, 7 pm, at Boswell:
Alamelu Vairavan, co-author of Indian Inspired Gluten-Free Cooking

Alamelu Vairavan is a cooking show host on public TV, culinary educator and author of Healthy South Indian Cooking, and Chettinad Kitchen: Food and Flavors from South India. Alamelu's show, "Healthful Indian Flavors," can be seen locally on Milwaukee Public Television, and nationally on PBS Create. More about the show here.

Together with Registered Dietician Margaret Pfeiffer, Alamelu introduces the rich aromatic dishes of India to a market focused mainly on gluten-free breads and desserts. Indian food lends itself naturally to gluten-free cooking because the vegetable and rice dishes are enhanced with spices and legumes without wheat, oat or barley. Featuring more than 100 step-by-step recipes, a helpful FAQ on gluten-free foods, and a guide to Indian ingredients, Indian Inspired Gluten-Free Cooking includes nutritional analysis and a full-color photo for each recipe.

Thursday, October 17 , 1-4 pm, at Lakefront Brewery a signing with John Holl author of The American Craft Beer Cookbook: 155 Recipes from Your Favorite Brewpubs and Breweries.

The pleasure of going to the local pub or craft brewery for a pint and a delicious meal can now be recreated at home with John Holl's collection of 155 recipes that all taste amazingly great with beer. From pub grub and barbecue to appetizers, main dishes, side dishes, breakfast fare, and desserts, many of these dishes use beer as an ingredient, and all of them can be paired with your favorite brews. The recipes were
contributed by brew pubs, craft brewers, and other beer lovers across the United States.You'll love the new twists on traditional favorites, such as Slow-Cooked Dopple Bock BBQ Meatballs and American Wheat Beer Steamed Clams, as well as unexpected recipes like Crawfish Bordelaise, Chopped Reuben Salad, Beermosas, Beer Ice Cream Floats, and Chocolate Jefferson Stout Cupcakes.

As a journalist focusing on craft beer and the culture of drinking, John Holl has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Wine Enthusiast, Beer Connoisseur, Beverage World, and many other publications. He is a beer judge, regularly lectures on craft beer, is the author of three beer books, and has visited more than 900 breweries around the world. More on his website.

Lakefront Brewery is open for their famous tour during this signing. If this has been on your to-do list for who knows how long, it's time to cross it off. More about the tour here.

Thursday, October 17, 7 pm, a Milwaukee Public Library's Loos Room at Centennial Hall, 733 North 8th Street: Caryl Stern, president and CEO of the US Fund for UNICEF, and author of I Believe in ZERO: Learning from the World's Children, in conversation with Mitch Teich of Milwaukee Public Radio's Lake Effect.

Caryl Stern has spent more than thirty years in the non-profit sector as a child advocate and civil rights activist. Since May 2007, she's served as President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, leading the day-to-day work of the organization's National Office and five Regional Offices. Prior to this and other roles at the U.S. Fund, Stern served as the Chief Operating Officer and Senior Associate National Director for the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). She lives with her family in New York.

In I Believe in ZERO, President and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF Caryl M. Stern offers first-hand, human stories of hope, resilience, determination and family: a call to see the world's children as our own. Stern draws on her travels around the world, offering memorable stories that present powerful and sometimes counter-intuitive lessons about life. "I Believe in ZERO" reflects her--and UNICEF's--mission to reduce the number of preventable deaths of children under the age of five from 19,000 each day to zero.

Each of the stories in I Believe in ZERO focuses on a particular locale--Bangladesh, Mozambique, earthquake-ravaged Haiti, the Brazilian Amazon--and weaves together fascinating material on the country and its history, an account of the humanitarian crises at issue, and depictions of the people she meets on the ground. Stern tells of mothers coming together to affect change, of local communities with valuable perspectives of their own, and of children who continue to sustain their dreams and hopes even in the most dire of situations. Throughout, Stern traces her emerging global consciousness--and describes how these stories can positively impact our own children.

Thursday, October 17, 7 pm, at Boswell: George Pelecanos, co-producer/writer on HBO’s The Wire and Treme, and author of The Double.

The second in a new series, The Double follows Spero Lucas, an Iraq War veteran who works for a D.C. defense attorney as an investigator. Meanwhile, he takes a side job hunting down a stolen painting. Naturally this turns into a more complicated case than the simple cash-for-retrieval situation he had anticipated. As the hunt leads Lucas into face-offs in dark alleys with thugs and criminals, he discovers an enjoyment of the chase and the violent confrontations that ensue.

However, the sociopath he is ultimately after may prove to be his most challenging
adversary and satisfying capture. In the meantime, he must juggle an affair with a married woman and the continuous adjustments to an ordinary life with mundane obligations to family and friends who have no idea what Lucas is going through, personally or professionally.

Esteemed crime writer Dennis Lehane says "Every time I read one of George Pelecanos's novels I'm left a little awed...The guy's a national treasure."

Don't forget, Pelecanos will also be appearing at Mystery One from 5 to 6 pm.

Friday, October 18, 7 pm, at Boswell: a ticketed event with Simon Winchester, author of author of The Men Who United the States: America's Explorers, Inventors, Eccentrics and Mavericks, and the Creation of One Nation, Indivisible.

This event is co-sponsored by Wisconsin Public Radio.

"Winchester's latest history profiles a huge cast of eclectic characters who helped transform America from a cluster of colonies to a unified nation through the taming of the wilderness and the expansion of the country's infrastructure. The sweeping narrative is cleverly organized into five sections each corresponds to one of the classical elements (wood, earth, water,
fire, metal) and focuses on a different phase of American exploration or development. Winchester masterfully evokes the excitement of the nation's early days when opportunity and possibility were manifest in uncharted mountains and new technologies while bringing each of his subjects to life. Some, like Lewis and Clark, are familiar, while others like the many topographers who set down the Mexican and Canadian boundaries are more obscure, but no less interesting. Winchester, a Brit who recently became an American citizen, also incorporates personal travel anecdotes to comment on pivotal locations. This bold decision is the key to the book's greatest achievement: conveying the large-scale narrative of unification via the
small-scale experience of the individual the creation of a people by the agglomeration of persons. "—Publishers Weekly. 

Tickets to this event are $29.99+tax and include a signed hardcover copy of The Men Who United the States; available online at Brown Paper Tickets. Customers can choose to select a gift card in lieu of the book, on the night of the event only.

Look at that! We have no events on Saturday, Sunday, or Monday. Rest up, as there's plenty more to come.

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