Monday, July 18, 2016

Events this week: a ticketed event with Eleanor Brown, plus Philia Kelnhofer, Amy E. Reichert, Robert K. Elder and Mark Cirinio, Blair Braverman, Julie Barton, and Deb Karpek

Here's what bookish things Boswell is involved with this week.

Monday, July 18, 7:00 pm, at Milwaukee Public Market, 400 N Water St in the Third Ward:
Philia Kelnhofer, author of Fast and Easy Five-Ingredient Recipes: A Cookbook for Busy People

From Alison Sherwood's profile of Philia Kelnhofer in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: "Last September, Kelnhofer was in the midst of self-publishing an e-book featuring 52 new five-ingredient recipes themed around sharing food with family and friends. She had been diligently testing and photographing dozens of recipes for the e-book when Countryman Press contacted her about publishing a cookbook. Kelnhofer brushed off the email, thinking it was some sort of too-good-to-be-true offer...But a week later, the publisher followed up, and after talking it through, Kelnhofer was on board. "'I was really grateful because they shared my vision,' she said. That vision included a friendly tone, with photos and stories of family and friends woven into the book. Instead of 52 recipes, there would be 105, each accompanied by a luscious photograph. Kelnhofer photographed the recipes herself, right at her tiny kitchen table, which she said gets perfect light in the early afternoon."

Join Kelnhofer today at 6 pm at the Milwaukee Public Market, 400 N Water St, for a celebration of the new book. Fast and Easy Five-Ingredient Recipes: A Cookbook for Busy People. About the Author: Philia Kelnhofer (aka Phi) started her food blog as a place to share her favorite recipes with friends and family. After getting numerous requests for more of her five-ingredient meals, she introduced Five Ingredient Fridays with the simple belief that "five ingredients is all it takes to create fantastic dishes." A native of Chicago, Phi attended graduate school at Cornell University in New York, has lived in North Carolina, and now calls Milwaukee home, where she lives with her husband and their dog.

Monday, July 18, 7:00 pm, at Boswell
Amy E. Reichert, author of Luck, Love and Lemon Pie

Let's hear from Boswellian Sharon with her recommendation for Luck, Love and Lemon Pie: "This is the second book by Milwaukee author Reichert who also wrote The Coincidence of Coconut Cake. In this fun story, MJ and her husband Chris have been married for twenty years, and they have two children, Kate and Tommy. When Chris stands her up for their anniversary lunch, MJ is concerned that they are growing apart, and that her husband is more interested in poker than in her. She decides to learn poker herself so that they can share the activity. Instead, she discovers that she has an affinity for the game, and soon leaves her husband behind. Things move rapidly out of control when MJ attends a poker tournament in Las Vegas and catches the eye of poker superstar Doyle Kane." (Sharon K. Nagel)

I was recently at a family luncheon and across the room I could hear Kirk's cousin talking about a comedy set in Milwaukee that she just loved. I heard a tidbit about food and called out, "Hey, are you talking about The Coincidence of Coconut Cake?" and Kimberly replied, "Yes, I am! Did you ever have her at the bookstore?" and I replied "She's coming next Monday" and now Kimberly's buying some copies for gifts too, and I should note that I don't think I gave anything away because I don't think her friends read this blog, but it is indicating that the novel is rather infectious and the Milwaukee-ana strewn throughout the story is quite fun!

About the Author: Amy E. Reichert loves to write stories that end well with characters you’d invite to dinner. A wife, mom, amateur chef, Fix-It Mistress, and cider enthusiast, she earned her MA in English Literature and lives in suburban Milwaukee. She also serves on the board of directors of the Hartland Public Library.

Tuesday, July 19, 7:00 pm, at the Lynden Sculpture Garden, 2145 W Brown Deer Rd in River Hills:
A ticketed evening with Eleanor Brown, author of The Light of Paris
Please note, we are just about sold out of this event. It may be standing room only, if at all. Please call the Lynden with questions - (414) 446-8794

Boswell and producer Milwaukee Reads are proud to co-sponsor Eleanor Brown, author of The Weird Sisters, as the next featured speaker for the Women’s Speaker Series at the Lynden Sculpture Garden. Tickets are $30, $25 for Lynden members, and include admission for one, wine and light refreshments, and an autographed copy of The Light of Paris. Tickets are available online or by calling (414) 446-8794. This event is also cosponsored by Bronze Optical and Alliance Fran├žaise de Milwaukee. Light refreshments of a cheese tray and eclairs are provided by Larry's Market.

We're big fans of Eleanor Brown. Here's Jane Glaser's recommendation of The Light of Paris: "Inspired by reading her grandmother's 1920s Paris journals of awakening to the light of seeking her artistic passion as a Jazz Age writer, trophy wife Madeleine leaves a loveless marriage to embrace her long suppressed desire to fulfill her life's purpose of becoming the artist she has long dreamed of being. This is a beautifully written story of a woman's courageous journey into self-discovery by a talented writer who vividly portrays characters and settings that will fully engage readers. I loved Madeleine's spirit!"

Also note that Boswellian Sharon Nagel proclaims The Light of Paris "every bit as wonderful" as The Weird Sisters. And if you'd like a little more insight into the book and what Ms. Brown might talk about at Tuesday's event, here's an interview with her by Jenn Fields of The Denver Post. When asked about the inspiration, she replied: "I was casting around for a story, and I’m talking to my parents, and I don’t even remember how the subject of 1920s Paris comes up, because I don’t think it does in normal conversation, and my dad mentioned that my grandmother had lived there. And then my mom chimes in and says, 'Oh, and we have all of her letters from when she was there.' And it was this moment of, 'Why were you keeping this secret from me?' I’d never really known my grandmother, so this was an interesting way to connect with her. And as a writer, it was, 'Oh, there is totally a story here.'"

About the Author: Eleanor Brown’s first novel, The Weird Sisters, sold nearly a half million copies in all formats, making the bestseller lists of The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Indie Bound. It was translated into Chinese, Dutch, French, Hungarian, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, and Spanish. Her work has appeared in various magazines, journals, and anthologies, and she’s also worked in education in South Florida. She currently lives in metropolitan Denver.

Wednesday, July 20, 7:00 pm, at Boswell:
Robert K. Elder and Mark Cirino, coauthors of Hidden Hemingway: Inside the Earnest Hemingway Archives of Oak Park

Thinking of Ernest Hemingway often brings to mind his travels around the world, documenting war and engaging in thrilling adventures. However, fully understanding this outsized international author means returning to his place of birth. In their new book, Hidden Hemingway, Robert K. Elder and Mark Cirino, as well as a third coauthor, Aaron Vetch, present highlights from the extraordinary collections in Hemingway’s hometown of Oak Park, Illinois.

Thoroughly researched, and illustrated with more than 300 color images, Hidden Hemingway includes never-before-published photos; letters between Hemingway and Agnes Von Kurowsky, his World War I love; bullfighting memorabilia; high school assignments; adolescent diaries; Hemingway’s earliest published work, such as the Class Prophecy that appeared in his high school yearbook; and even a dental X-ray. Hidden Hemingway also includes one of the final letters Hemingway wrote, as he was undergoing electroshock treatment at the Mayo Clinic. These documents, photographs, and ephemera trace the trajectory of the life of an American literary legend.

Jane Glaser's Literary Journeys group is excited about this opportunity to learn more about Hemingway. This program, formerly at Cardinal Stritch, now meets at the Whitefish Bay Library, and offers a series of classes connected to a rotating selection of classics. For timetable and fees, contact Jane at Boswell,

Robert K. Elder is a journalist, author and former editor-in-chief of the Oak Leaves, which Ernest Hemingway delivered as a teen. Elder’s work has appeared in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and the Los Angeles Times. His previous books include Last Words of the Executed and The Film That Changed My Life. He is currently the Director of Digital Product Development and Strategy for Crain Communications.

Mark Cirino is associate professor of English at the University of Evansville. He is the coeditor of Ernest Hemingway and the Geography of Memory and the author of Ernest Hemingway: Thought in Action. Cirino serves as the editor of the Kent State University Press’s Reading Hemingway series, for which he published a volume on Across the River and into the Trees.

Thursday, July 21, 7:00 pm, at Boswell:
Blair Braverman, author of Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube: Chasing Fear and Finding Home in the Great White North

Blair Braverman fell in love with the North at an early age: by the time she was 19, she had left her home in California, moved to Norway to learn how to drive sled dogs, and worked as a tour guide on a glacier in Alaska. Determined to make a life for herself in the North, she slowly developed the strength and resilience the landscape demanded of her.

By turns funny and sobering, bold and tender, Braverman charts her attempt to become a tough girl - someone who courts danger in an attempt to become fearless. As she ventures into a ruthless arctic landscape, Braverman faces down physical exhaustion - being buried alive in an ice cave, and driving a dogsled across the tundra through a white-out blizzard in order to avoid corrupt police - and grapples with both love and violence as she negotiates the complex demands of being a young woman in a man's land.

Braverman's Lake Effect interview aired just before the book's release and lots of folks came in letting us know how much they enjoyed it. I would recommend listening to it now! A taste: "While Braverman spent much of her childhood in California, she really grew up north of the Arctic Circle. She lived in a remote village in Norway as well as on a glacier in Alaska. Her time there was challenging, both for the physical climate and the metaphorical one – often dealing with men who were as inhospitable as the tundra. Braverman now lives and trains sled dogs in northern Wisconsin, and she's the author a new memoir, Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube. The stories she shares are a bit risque, so Braverman was elated when her parents were able to connect with the book..."

About the Author: Blair Braverman graduated from the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program, where she was also an Arts Fellow. She has been a resident fellow at Blue Mountain Center and the MacDowell Colony and her work has appeared in Buzzfeed, The Best Women's Travel Writing, High Country News, and on This American Life. She lives in Mountain, Wisconsin.

Friday, July 22, 7:00 pm, at Boswell:
Julie Barton, author of Dog Medicine: How My Dog Saved Me from Myself

At 22, Julie Barton collapsed on her kitchen floor in Manhattan. She was one year out of college and severely depressed. Summoned by Julie’s incoherent phone call, her mother raced from Ohio to New York and took her home.

Haunted by troubling childhood memories, Julie continued to sink into suicidal depression. Psychiatrists, therapists, and family members tried to intervene, but nothing reached her until the day she decided to do one hopeful thing: adopt a Golden Retriever puppy she named Bunker. Dog Medicine captures the anguish of depression, the slow path to recovery, the beauty of forgiveness, and the astonishing ways animals can help heal even the most broken hearts and minds.

Boswellian Sharon K. Nagel offers this recommendation: "Clinical Depression is one of those diseases that is almost impossible to understand unless you have experienced it. Usually when a depressed person attempts to explain just how they are feeling, a healthy person responds by saying things like ‘It can’t possibly be that bad,’ and ‘Have you tried Yoga?’ The truth is that clinical depression is so unbelievably awful, that you really can’t imagine it unless you have gone through it. Julie Barton’s book Dog Medicine manages to do the impossible. She tells her story with great detail and candor, in a way that allows for a reader who is unfamiliar with this illness to attempt to comprehend it. After she experienced a breakdown in her apartment, she came home to live with her parents, and adopted a dog that changed her life, by allowing her to change his."

About the Author: Julie Barton holds a B.A. from Kenyon College, an M.F.A. in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and an M.A. in women’s studies from Southern Connecticut State University. She lives in Northern California with her husband, two daughters, and small menagerie of pets.

Sunday, July 24, 3:00 pm, at Boswell:
Deb Karpek, author of Creating and Sustaining a Thriving Reiki Practice

Here's Rhiana Tehan, Holy Fire Usui and Karuna Reiki Master/Teacher on Creating and Sustaining a Thriving Reiki Practice: "Deb Karpek is the embodiment of Spirit in action! As her student, she has taught me what it means to be a Reiki Master/Teacher, and that is a constant surrender to the Reiki energy so that it masters you. She has taught me this through the way she lives her life, by journeying within oneself to reach truth, unconditional love and authentic presence. Meeting Deb has changed the course of my life. Her mentoring and guidance gave me the courage to leave my career and create my own thriving Reiki practice."

From Sunday Larson, Sedona author and story mentor: "In the work of Deb Karpek, a positive and passionate new voice emerges in the field of spiritually-inspired businesses. By sharing her courageous journey to love for herself, Deb proves that a business inspired by a quest for peace of heart and mind and grounded with solid and practical business savvy can indeed be profitable."

And finally, here is Reiki Master/Teacher Theresa Toporsh: "Through the gift of Reiki and Deb’s guidance, I have started my own Reiki practice. Not only do I feel that the education and training I received from Deb has assisted with this accomplishment, but the example she has set in her practice has guided me as well. The time she takes with her clients, her passion for sharing Reiki with others, and her professionalism, wit and humor are all qualities I try to incorporate into my own practice." About the Author: Former Milwaukeean Deb Karpek is the owner of Peaceful World Reiki located near Sedona, Arizona. She has been studying Reiki since 2001, practicing since 2003, and teaching since 2006.

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