Monday, June 5, 2017

Events: Sheryl Sandberg in conversation with Jane Hamilton at the Riverside Theater, philosopher Steven Nadler and artist Ben Nadler, Ron Miscavige at Greenfield Public LIbrary, David Sedaris signing following sold-out talk, Lori Rader Day's Mobcraft Mystery Tour (with Nick Petrie and David Krugler), Amy Thielen in conversation with Kyle Cherek, ticketed signing with Al Franken, novelist Lisa Ko

Monday, June 5, 7 pm, at the Riverside Theater, 116 W Wisconsin Ave:
A ticketed event with Sheryl Sandberg , co-author of Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy .
Ms. Sandberg will be in conversation with Jane Hamilton.

Tickets are still available to tonight's event. Each attendee will get a signed copy of Option B. There is no autographing line for this event.

Here's a little more about Option B, which was written with Wharton professor and bestselling author Adam Grant. After the sudden death of her husband, Sheryl felt certain that she and her children would never feel pure joy again. Her friend Adam, a psychologist at Wharton, told her there are steps people can take to recover and even rebound. Option B combines Sheryl's emotional insights and Adam's eye-opening research on finding strength in the face of adversity. Sheryl will share what she and Adam learned together about helping others in crisis, developing compassion for ourselves, raising strong children, and creating resilient families, communities and workplaces. Many of these lessons can be applied to ordinary struggles, allowing us to build resilience for whatever lies ahead. They will discuss the capacity of the human spirit to persevere... and to rediscover joy.

Sheryl Sandberg is chief operating officer at Facebook. In addition to Option B, Sandberg is also the international best-selling author of Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. She chairs the board of the Sheryl Sandberg and Dave Goldberg Family Foundation.

Jane Hamilton lives, works, and writes in an orchard farmhouse in Wisconsin. Her latest novel, The Excellent Lombards, is now available in paperback.

Tuesday, June 6, 6:30 pm, at the Greenfield Public Library, 5310 W Layton Ave:
Ron Miscavige, author of Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me.

The father of the leader of the Church of Scientology, New York Times Bestselling author Ron Miscavige will visit Greenfield Public Library to discuss his personal story of participation and escape from the international group and highlight his son's involvement in the organization.

Due to the high expected turnout for this event, please note that space will be limited. Doors will open at 6:00PM. The Greenfield Public Library is located just east of the 60th St exit of I-894.

Tuesday, June 6, 7:00 pm, at Boswell:
Steven Nadler and Ben Nadler, co-authors of Heretics!: The Wondrous (and Dangerous) Beginnings of Modern Philosophy.

Steven Nadler is the William H. Hay II Professor of Philosophy and Evjue-Bascom Professor in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His books include Spinoza: A Life, which won the Koret Jewish Book Award, and Rembrandt's Jews, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Ben Nadler is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and an illustrator. Yes, they are related.

Heretics! is an entertaining and enlightening graphic narrative tells the exciting story of the seventeenth-century thinkers who challenged authority, sometimes risking excommunication, prison, and even death, to lay the foundations of modern philosophy and science and help usher in a new world. With masterful storytelling and color illustrations, Heretics! offers a unique introduction to the birth of modern thought in an entertaining graphic novel format.

Contentious and controversial philosophers like Galileo, Descartes, and Newton fundamentally changed the way we look at the world, society, and ourselves, thus overturning everything from the idea that the Earth is the center of the cosmos to the notion that kings have a divine right to rule. More devoted to reason than to faith, these thinkers defended scandalous new views of nature, religion, politics, knowledge, and the human mind.

Wednesday, June 7, 7:00 pm, at Boswell:
A signing after our sold-out ticketed event with David Sedaris, author of Theft by Finding: Diaries (1977-2002) 

The talk is sold out but the signing is free and open to the public. Anyone who has the desire to meet Mr. Sedaris can do so at Boswell on June 7, though admittedly by the time we get to everyone, it might be June 8. After the line is finished for the ticketed attendees, we'll start with everyone else. Will he sign Theft by Finding for you? Yes! Will he sign any of his backlist for you? Yes! Will he sign an anthology or magazine where he had a contribution? Yes! Will he say hello to you even if you don't want anything signed? Yes! We'll stay as long as it takes, and all you need is patience. Our suggestion? Bring something to read.

Attendees are allowed to bring books from home. Mr. Sedaris will sign (and personalize!) anything he has written, including magazine articles, but he will not sign any books penned by other writers. If you do not have a book, you may still enter the signing line if you’d just like to say hello to Mr. Sedaris. And lastly, Boswell will remain open until everyone has a chance to meet Mr. Sedaris.

Please note that there is no gift card option for the talk portion. And also note that as is always the case for David Sedaris events, we ask that there be no photos or video at this event. 

Here's Patton Oswalt in The New York Times Book Review on Theft by Finding: "It’s encouraging to read 25 years of David Sedaris’s diaries, and not just because he manages to defeat Bloat. It’s helpful to see that a voice as original, hilarious and sometimes as infuriating as his was put through the same Struggle and Starve meat grinder that most of us go through"

Thursday, June 8, at Mobcraft Brewery, 505 S 5th St in Walkers Point:
Mobcraft Mystery Tour, with Lori Rader Day, Nick Petrie, and David Krugler.

Join Mystery Writers of America Midwest authors Nick Petrie, David Krugler, and Lori Rader-Day for a tour of the Mobcraft Taproom and mystery panel event. Fun with friends with a beer in your hand! Tour is free; beer is cash bar. Save some dough for a signed book or two. Or three.

The tour starts at 7 pm. Space is limited. Please register here.

About Lori Rader-Day: Her new novel, The Day I Died, a gripping, unforgettable tale of a mother’s desperate search for two lost boys. Her debut mystery, The Black Hour, won the 2014 Anthony Award for Best First Novel and was a finalist for the Mary Higgins Clark Award. Her second novel, Little Pretty Things, received a starred review from Booklist and was named a 2015 “most arresting crime novel” by Kirkus Reviews.

About Nick Petrie: The first novel of Whitefish Bay's Petrie, The Drifter, was a finalist for the Edgar Best First Novel Prize. Of his work, Lee Child wrote: "Lots of characters get compared to my own Jack Reacher, but Petrie’s Peter Ash is the real deal." His second novel, Burning Bright, was just released in paperback, and his third novel, Light It Up, is scheduled for publication in January 2018.

About David Krugler: His first novel, The Dead Don't Bleed, the story of a young naval intelligence officer who goes undercover to solve a murder and prevent the Soviets from stealing the secrets of America’s atomic bomb project, was recently released in paperback. In addition to his work as a novelist, David Krugler is a professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

Thursday, June 8, 7:00 pm, at Boswell:
Amy Thielen, author of Give a Girl a Knife: A Memoir, in conversation with Kyle Cherek.

Amy Thielen is the author of the James Beard Award-winning cookbook The New Midwestern Table and the host of Heartland Table on Food Network. A former New York City line cook, she now speaks and writes about home cooking for radio, television, and magazines, including Saveur, where she's a contributing editor. She lives in rural Park Rapids, Minnesota.

Before Amy Thielen frantically plated rings of truffled potatoes in some of New York City's finest kitchens, she grew up in a northern Minnesota town home to the nation's largest French fry factory, with a mother whose generous cooking dripped with tenderness, drama, and an overabundance of butter. Inspired by her grandmother's tales of cooking in the family farmhouse, Thielen moves north with her artist husband to a rustic, off-the-grid cabin deep in the woods. There, standing at the stove three times a day, she finds the seed of a growing food obsession that leads her to the sensory madhouse of New York's top haute cuisine brigades. But, like a magnet, the foods of her youth draw her back home, where she comes face to face with her past and a curious truth: that beneath every foie gras sauce lies a rural foundation of potatoes and onions.

Kyle Cherek is host of the Emmy-nominated television show Wisconsin Foodie, beginning its seventh season on PBS. Kyle has made regular appearances on The Travel Channel and Food Network, and is a frequent media contributor to Public Radio, NPR, and NBC. His widely-acclaimed video web series, Chef Talk with Kyle Cherek, features candid, forthright and often amusing conversations with some of America’s most engaging chefs.

Sunday, June 11, 1:00 pm at Boswell:
A ticketed signing with Al Franken, author of Al Franken, Giant of the Senate           
From Senator Al Franken - #1 bestselling author and beloved SNL alum - comes Al Franken, Giant of the Senate, the story of an award-winning comedian who decided to run for office and then discovered why award-winning comedians tend not to do that.

Tickets are $30.00 and include a copy of Al Franken, Giant of the Senate, and all taxes and fees. Senator Franken will personalize books on the signing line. There will be no posed photos at this event. Limited to 500 attendees. Other line restrictions may be in effect. Please note that there is no talk at this event and no early pick up option.

Monday, June 12, 7:00 pm, at Boswell:
Lisa Ko, author of The Leavers.

This event is cosponsored by OCA-Wisconsin. We will have light refreshments.

Set in New York and China, The Leavers is a vivid examination of borders and belonging. It's a moving story of how a boy comes into his own when everything he loves is taken away, and how a mother learns to live with the mistakes of the past.

Boswellian Caroline adores The Leavers and has this to offer, “Deming Guo’s first six years of life were spent with his immigrant mother in New York, then China with a grandfather he’s never met, and America again. After his mother disappears from her job at a nail salon, Deming is adopted by two professors and dropped into what feels like an alien, all-white suburb upstate. This pattern of early upheaval sets Deming - now Daniel Wilkinson - on a path marked by difference and isolation. As Deming’s story unfolds, his mother’s side of the story gradually comes to light, filling in holes and ripping others open, until finally, side by side, their disparate journeys form one complete portrait of the resilience of the spirit. This is a heartbreaking, poignant, beautiful book that will stay with you for a long time.” .

From Ann Patchett: “There was a time I would have called Lisa Ko’s novel beautifully written, ambitious, and moving, and all of that is true, but it’s more than that now: if you want to understand a forgotten and essential part of the world we live in, The Leavers is required reading.”

From Bustle: "Lisa Ko's The Leavers is the year's powerful debut you won't want to miss. The Leavers expertly weaves a tale of the conflicts between love and loyalty, personal identity and familial obligation, and the growing divide between freedom and social justice. An affecting novel that details the the gut-wrenching realities facing illegal immigrants and their families in modern America, Lisa Ko's debut is the 2017 fiction release you can't afford to miss.”

Read more about Ko's journey on NBC News.

Coming next week!

Tuesday, June 13, 7 pm, at Boswell: Poet Margaret Rozga, author of Pestiferous Questions: A Life in Poems.

Wednesday, June 14, 7 pm, at Boswell: Mark O'Connell, author of The Close Encounters Man: How One Man Made the World Believe in UFOs.

Thursday, June 15, 7 pm, at Boswell: Don Lee, author of Lonesome Lies Before Us, in conversation with musician Will Johnson.

More upcoming event information on the Boswell website.

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