Monday, July 24, 2017

No-sweat Summer Event Alert: Kathleen Davis on parenting teens, award-winning playwright and novelist Victor Lodato, illustrator Andy Rash at Whitefish Bay Library storytime, Janette M. Braverman on leadership and communication, and Edward Kelsey Moore offers laughs and heart in an Indiana town.

Monday, July 24, 7:00 pm, at Boswell:
Kathleen Davis, author of You Never Told Me That!: A Crash Course in Preparing Your Kids for Independence.

The day is finally coming when your baby bird will fly away from the family nest. But is he or she ready? Are you? There are thousands of handbooks on raising infants, toddlers, and adolescents, but few manuals for preparing your social media-obsessed teen for life in the real world until now.

In this irreverent guide, Whitefish Bay mother, Kathleen Davis offers invaluable, commonsense advice to help you help your kid become a successful-or at least functional-adult. She covers the big and small stuff, from doing laundry to paying bills to building character and showing empathy for others. And she doesn't shy away from tough topics like drinking, drugs, and sex. You Never Told Me That! throws a lifeline to soon-to-be empty nesters. Whether your kids are off to college, their first apartments, or new jobs, it's time to get them ready for real life.

Kathleen Davis is a writer, painter, and Realtor who is currently raising her two teenage sons, Henry and George, in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin. She studied design at the Savannah College of Art and Design and earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In her spare time, she has spent several years volunteering as a coach and mentoring middle and high school students. She is passionate about the importance of education and worked with the school district of Whitefish Bay to develop its anti-bullying program so that all kids could come to school and feel safe.

Tuesday, July 25, 7 pm at Boswell:
Victor Lodato, author of Edgar and Lucy

A rich novel about a mother’s complicated love for a non-standard-issue child—and the complicated love that child feels for her—and their drive to create family wherever they can find it.

Eight-year-old Edgar Fini remembers nothing of the accident people still whisper about. He only knows that his father is gone, his mother, Lucy, has a limp, and his grandmother believes in ghosts. When Edgar meets a man with his own tragic story, the boy begins a journey into a secret wilderness where nothing is clear—not even the line between the living and the dead. In order to save her son, Lucy has no choice but to confront the demons of her past.

Our buyer Jason Kennedy says, “This tale of grief and love, told through the eyes of eight-year-old Edgar. He loves the two women in his life, his mother, Lucy, and his grandmother, Lucy's mother-in-law. Lucy is really unaware of how to raise her son (and she has not really come to grips with her own past traumas), and the grandmother is the one who takes care of him. When Edgar's grandmother dies, there is a lot of growing up that both Lucy and Edgar have to do together. Can they? Of course there will trials ahead for this relationship when Edgar goes missing and Lucy has to desperately find him as a bearded stranger in a green truck explodes from nowhere to throw this book into darker territory. Love is what will hold Edgar and Lucy together. The writing just grabbed me and dragged me into depths its depths, I simply adored this novel and its characters.”

Victor Lodato is a playwright and the author of the novel Mathilda Savitch, winner of the PEN Center USA Award for fiction. His stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Granta, and Best American Short Stories. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Wednesday, July 26, 3 pm (note time), at Whitefish Bay Library, 5420 N Marlborough Dr:
Andy Rash, illustrator of May I Have a Word?

Enjoy a funny and clever picture book about consonants and wordplay, perfect for children learning letter sounds, illustrated by Whitefish Bay’s Andy Rash.

A battle of the magnet letters ensues across the refrigerator door when C and K get into a fight about who gets to start the cooler (kooler?) words. When the two letters storm off in opposite directions, everything is turned upside down. SOCKS are now SO, there aren't any CLOCKS to TICK or TOCK, and the world is just out of LUCK--until other letters work to bring C and K back together again.

Andy Rash is an illustrator, animator, and children's book author with over fifteen years of experience in publishing (and this bio simply doesn't indicate how delightful he is!) He is the author and illustrator of Archie the Daredevil Penguin, Ten Little Zombies, and Superhero School. 

Wednesday, July 28, 7 pm at Boswell:
Janette M. Braverman, author of 10 Reasons Communication Brings Transformation: Unleash Your Greatness.

10 Reasons Communication Brings Transformation: Unleash Your Greatness explains how transparent communication and effective leadership are not always evident in businesses or ministries. This contributes to many people leaving churches in droves after being hurt by toxic leaders. These leaders could also be the reason people leave their corporations. At times the issues are raised to superiors but frequently not resolved because conflicts are avoided.

Braverman examines the theory that you can’t transform others if you haven’t transformed yourself. In her introduction, she notes that “10 Reasons not only covers information about exactly what you can do to improve your communication skills, but it also explains how you can go about doing so. It provides biblical direction on the craft of effective communication, proven methods for effective one-on-one communication, conflict resolution, and communicating with global audiences.”

She asserts that candid conversations are essential for their transformation to occur. Braverman includes her own personal stories, communication and leadership strategies. She also teaches leaders how to pursue their own passions through living an essential life. Included also are interviews with mega-church leaders Bishop Darrell L. Hines of Christian Faith Fellowship Church and St. Pastor Jason Web of Elm Brook Church.

Janette Braverman’s professional experience spans more than 20 years in the information technology and manufacturing industries. Braverman is the first African American County Board Supervisor for Ozaukee County and also owns her own consulting business called Leaders Leaving Legacies, LLC.

Tuesday, August 1, 7:00 pm, at Boswell:
Edward Kelsey Moore, author of The Supremes Sing the Happy Heartache Blues.

From the author of the bestselling The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat, comes an exuberant and poignant new novel of passions, family, and forgiveness.

When a late-in-life love affair blooms between Mr. Forrest Payne, the owner of the Pink Slipper Gentleman’s Club, and Miss Beatrice Jordan, famous for stationing herself outside the club and yelling warnings of eternal damnation at the departing patrons, their wedding brings a legend to town. Mr. El Walker, the great guitar bluesman, gives a command performance in Plainview, Indiana, a place he’d sworn he’d never set foot in again.

Edward Kelsey Moore is the author of the bestselling The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat. His short fiction has appeared in Indiana Review, African American Review, and Inkwell, among others. His short story “Grandma and the Elusive Fifth Crucifix” was selected as an audience favorite on Chicago Public Radio’s Stories on Stage series.

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