Monday, August 21, 2017

Event Alert: All the Great Books (Abridged) talk and scene preview on Wednesday, Augustus Rose with his Duchamp-inspired thriller on Tuesday, plus Robert Vaughan, Ben Tanzer, Caitlin Scarano, and Lee L. Krecklow tonight for "Mircro & Memoir, Poetry & Prose"

Monday, August 21, 7:00 pm, at Boswell:
Micro & Memoir, Poetry & Prose: Robert Vaughan, author of Funhouse, Ben Tanzer, author of Be Cool, Caitlin Scarano, author of Do Not Bring Him Water, and Lee L. Krecklow, author of The Expanse Between

Micro: Robert Vaughan leads roundtables at Red Oak Writing in Milwaukee. He also teaches workshops in hybrid writing, dialogue, and playwriting at places like The Clearing in Door County. He was the co-founder of Flash Fiction Fridays, a radio program on WUWM, where he premiered local flash fiction writers, and also featured writers from America and abroad. His new collection Funhouse is a delightful creative take on the form of short stories. Kirkus Reviews calls Funhouse “a highly entertaining and thought-provoking read.”

Memoir: Chicago-based Ben Tanzer is the author of Orphans, which won the 24th Annual Midwest Book Award, Lost in Space, and The New York Stories. He has also contributed to Punk Planet, Clamor, and Men's Health, serves as Senior Director, Acquisitions for Curbside Spendor. Tanzer’s Be Cool turns the microscope on the human phenomenon of being cool. With snapshot looks and comical insights into why humans are always stressing their cool factor, Tanzer explores his own experiences in a work that Wendy Ortiz calls “fresh, deep, funny, and unexpected.”

Poetry: Caitlin Scarano is from Milwaukee, at least for now, where she is completing a PhD in poetry. She has an MFA from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and was the winner of the 2015 Indiana Review Poetry Prize. Her work can be found in the Best New Poets 2016 and The Best Small Fictions 2016 anthologies. Her forthcoming collection, Do Not Bring Him Water, focuses on the lines that separate life’s clashing dualities and how delicious and dangerous it can be to walk them.

Prose: Milwaukee-area writer Lee L. Krecklow’s debut novel is The Expanse Between. Krecklow earned the 2016 South Million Writers Award for his short story “The Son of Summer and Eli.” Other stories have appeared in Oxford Magazine, Midwestern Gothic, and The Madison. His new novel tells the story of a reclusive writer desperate for inspiration. The writer obsessively begins to watch his neighbor for details of her life, but when her life takes a turn he doesn’t like he’ll take matters into his own hands to keep the story on track.

Tuesday, August 22, 7:00 pm, at Boswell:
Augustus Rose, author of The Readymade Thief

A thriller inspired by the works of Marcel Duchamp? Why not? Duchamp changed the course of modern art by submitting a urinal to an influential art show. While rejected, that urinal was then photographed by Alfred Stieglitz, helping make the said urinal a cause celebre. You can read the whole story here.

So it's not hard to imagine that one of Duchamp's other artworks might contain untold secrest. Augustus Rose tellst the story in The Readymade Thief, which was named an Indies Introduce title for summer/fall 2017. Betrayed by her family after taking the fall for a friend, 17-year-old Lee finds refuge in a cooperative of runaways holed up in an abandoned building they call the Crystal Castle. But the facade of the Castle conceals a far more sinister agenda, one hatched by a society of fanatical men set on decoding a series of powerful secrets hidden in plain sight. And they believe Lee holds the key to it all.

We’ve had four great reads on The Readymade Thief, with our buyer Jason calling it “such a great journey!” and Boswellian Kay praising it as “a very unusual, totally engaging thriller.” In addition, Robin Sloan, author of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore wrote: "The Readymade Thief is my favorite kind of book: an improbable one. The novel is a map of things - urban exploration, secret societies, the city of Philadelphia, Marcel Duchamp, very possibly the Home Alone movies - and if those things don't seem to fit together, well, that's the magic of the improbable book, and the transmutation of obsessions, by energy and intellect, into something wholly new: a novel that's unexpected, uncategorizable, unputdownable."

About the Author: Augustus Rose is a novelist and screenwriter who teaches fiction writing at the University of Chicago.

Wednesday, August 23, 7:00 pm, at Boswell:
In Tandem Theatre prevents a talk about and scene preview of All the Great Books (Abridged)

After hosting two playwrights this summer, it's time to get serious about fall theater. Here's a little more about a particularly bookish production.

Join us for a scene preview from In Tandem Theatre as they present All the Great Books! (Abridged). An English class eagerly awaits graduation until they realize they haven’t passed their final exam! The drama professor, student teacher, and gym coach team up to get them through all the great works of literature – in 90 minutes flat - as the literary canon explodes in this hilarious, high-energy comedy!

All the Great Books (Abridged) opens at the Tenth Street Theatre on Thursday October 5th 2017. The play is directed by Chris Flieller and features actors: Ryan Schabach (professor), Chris Goode (student teacher), and Doug Jarecki (coach). Purchase tickets for the play here.

In Tandem Theatre partnering with Literacy Services of Wisconsin (LSW) to collect books during the production's run. Illiteracy is no laughing matter, but donating great books can be a fun way to help support non-readers in our community.

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