Monday, August 24, 2015

Monday Event Post: Obie Yadgar on Tuesday, Rachel Hills Wednesday, James Schnepf Thursday, plus Jennifer Posh next Tuesday.

Here's what's going on at Boswell this week.

Tuesday, August 25, 7 pm, at Boswell:
Obie Yadgar author of Will's Music.

In his junior year and barely able to speak English, Obie Yadgar told himself he would become a novelist. After a tour of duty in Vietnam as a U.S. Army combat correspondent, he drifted into radio, starting as a jazz program host in San Diego, before moving into adult contemporary in upstate New York, then onto St. Louis for jazz, big bands and classical, and finally settling in Milwaukee for his classical music career.

Obie Yadgar's second novel, Will's Music, is the story of Will Baskin, a 34-year-old deejay trying to make sense of his life. Recently divorced and playing classical music on his radio program, Will is a magnet for extraordinary characters who call him at the studio. The eccentric personalities he encounters on and off the air provide him with laughs, as well as deep insights, as he meanders day by day. That is, until the enchanting and fiery Mariette drifts into his life, sending his world into an emotional spin. Mariette has baggage of her own, but perhaps she can reignite the passion that Will has ignored. Find out if these two lost souls can overcome each other’s struggles and rediscover love.

David Luhrssen, Arts and Entertainment Editor of the Shepherd Express calls Will’s Music “A story of crossroads and transformation,” saying “Obie Yadgar has written a knowing, insider’s story of the business of radio and the dizzying spin of romance.”

Wednesday, August 26, 7 pm, at Boswell:
Rachel Hills, author of The Sex Myth: The Gap Between Our Realities and Fantasy.

Rachel Hills is an Australian journalist living in New York City whose work has been published widely both in print and online, in publications including Vogue,, Cosmopolitan and The Atlantic. Her blog, Musings of an Inappropriate Woman, has more than 100,000 subscribers.

In her new book, The Sex Myth, Hills mixes equal parts social commentary, pop culture, and powerful personal anecdotes from people across the English-speaking world, The Sex Myth exposes the invisible norms and unspoken assumptions that shape the way we think about sex today.

Rebecca Traistor, author of Big Girls Don't Cry, writes that  “Rachel Hills has written a bracing and brave interrogation of contemporary assumptions about sex—how and with whom and why we have it, and what it means if we don’t. Here is a fresh voice and a welcome perspective, cutting through attitudes that are supposed to be progressive and liberating, but can too often oppress and stifle us just as effectively as older taboos.”

In addition to our event, Rachel Hills will be in conversation with a representative from NARAL Wisconson at People's Books on Friday, August 28, 6 pm. People's Books is located at 804 E. Center St.

Thursday, August 27, 7 pm, at Boswell
James Schnepf, author of Palm Springs Modern Living.
This event is cosponsored by the Friends of the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum.

James Schnepf is a location photographer with an emphasis on people. He has photographed for a long list of America’s leading corporations and publications, and these assignments have taken him to all parts of the world. He's based in Cedarburg, Wisconsin and California's Coachella Valley.

In his new book, Palm Springs Modern Living, Schnepf offers captivating photos and stories, that showcases the unparalleled collection of Midcentury Modern architecture found in the iconic resort city of Palm Springs, California.

More than fifty modernists, artists, builders, and architects were interviewed, including such luminaries as Donald Wexler, William Krisel, and Hugh Kaptur, and their stories and anecdotes provide a perfect complement to Schnepf’s vivid photography. Together, they manage to bring Palm Springs to life in a way that most volumes of architectural photos could never hope to achieve.

Next week:
Tuesday, September 1, 7 pm, at Boswell:
Jennifer Posh, author of 100 Things to Do in Milwaukee Before You Die.

Blogger, freelancer, lead copywriter at VISIT Milwaukee, and local author, Jennifer Posh, is coming to Boswell for an exciting evening talk and signing of her latest, 100 Things to Do in Milwaukee Before You Die, an insider’s perspective on everything about the city’s most famous attractions, from brewery tours to lively lakefront festivals—there’s something for everyone to enjoy!

Brew City, Cream City, the City of Festivals...whatever name you know it by, Milwaukee is a vibrant city where warm Midwestern charm meets a hearty industrial spirit. Posh gives you the insider’s perspective on everything from the city’s most famous attractions to favorite hangouts that only the locals know about. From iconic local fun like brewery tours to a rapidly expanding fine dining scene locavores will love, and from family-friendly museums and lively lakefront festivals to the world’s most secret bar and fabulous fine arts, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. So bring your family, your friends, or just yourself to enjoy this city on the lake.

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