Monday, March 12, 2018

What's happening at Boswell? Victoria Price at Boswell, Dan Kois at UWM, plus Sam Quinones at the Milwaukee Public Library Loos Room

If you'll notice, there was a gap in our schedule this week, but don't worry, we're keeping busy. On Monday, we have a full day of author visits, and on Tuesday, we have two events where we're selling books but not officially sponsoring (for the former, because it was private, and for the latter, because we didn't know the exact format in time to put on our promotional materials). But I thought you'd find them interesting anyway, and in the case of the Tuesday evening event, we'd still love for you to attend this very timely and important panel discussion.

Geoff Rodkey, author of Stuck in the Stone Age:
Monday, March 12, various schools (private events).

Geoff Rodkey, author of two middle-grade series, has written a new book for readers eight and up that is a collaboration with The Story Pirates. Here's the publisher's description: "Tom Edison (no, not that Tom Edison) is a hopeful janitor who dreams of becoming a scientist--and Dr. Morice is a shy scientist who dreams of making friends. When an accident at the lab sends them back in time to the stone age, Tom and Dr. Morice must work together to face down cavemen, saber-tooth tigers, and other B.C. hazards, with only one problem: Tom isn't very good at science, and Dr. Morice isn't very good with people." Each book is going to be from a kid's idea. Contact Jenny if you're interested in being on our school proposal list. There is no public event for this book but we might have signed copies afterwards.

Sam Quinones, author of Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic:
Tuesday, March 13, 6:30 pm, at Loos Room of Centennial Hall, 733 N Eighth St.

Dreamland received the National Book Critics Circle Award for nonfiction. Per the library, The book chronicles the opiate crisis of a town in Ohio, and how that town came together to address the dependency and work toward economic and social revitalization. Quinones will be joined by local guests who will discuss the opiate crisis in Milwaukee. We'll be there selling books. There is also a Rotary Club meeting, but that's by invitation only. More on the library event here.

Wednesday, March 14, 7:00 pm, at Boswell:
Victoria Price, author of The Way of Being Lost: A Road Trip to My Truest Self

After a tumultuous period of crisis, Victoria Price rebuilt her life by embracing a daily practice of joy, healing childhood wounds and reconnecting to the example set by her father Vincent, the famed actor. Her journey involved stepping away from externalities and into her father's legacy -his love for people and compassion for others, his generosity of spirit and simple kindnesses, his enthusiasm for new experiences, and his love of life.

Victoria Price is the author of the critically acclaimed Vincent Price: A Daughter's Biography and several Vincent Price cookbooks. A popular inspirational speaker on topics ranging from art collecting and design to creativity and spirituality, as well as the life of her famous father, Price’s work has been featured in USA Today, Travel & Leisure, and The New York Times. She is also an interspiritual and interfaith minister.

The UWM Visiting Writer Series presents Dan Kois, author of The World Only Spins Forward: The Ascent of Angels in America:
Thursday, March 15, 7:00 pm, at UWM’s Curtin Hall, Room 175, 3243 N Downer Ave. It's about seven blocks north of Boswell (though one of them is pretty long).

Boswell is honored to cosponsor a special talk from Slate editor and Whitefish Bay native Dan Kois, part of the UWM Visiting Writer Series. When Tony Kushner’s Angels in America hit Broadway in 1993, it won the Pulitzer Prize, swept the Tonys, and changed the way gay lives were represented in popular culture. Mike Nichols’s 2003 HBO adaptation with Meryl Streep and Al Pacino was itself a tour de force, winning 11 Emmys and introducing the play to an even wider public.

Now, on the 25th anniversary of that Broadway premiere, Dan Kois and Isaac Butler offer the definitive account of Angels in America in the most fitting way possible: through oral history, nearly 200 voices in vibrant conversation and debate. The intimate storytelling of actors (including Streep, Mary-Louise Parker, and Jeffrey Wright), directors, producers, and Kushner himself reveals the turmoil of the play’s birth - a hard-won miracle in the face of artistic roadblocks, technical disasters, and disputes both legal and creative. Historians and critics help situate the play in the arc of American culture, from the activism of the AIDS crisis through civil rights triumphs to our current era, whose politics are a dark echo of the Reagan ’80s.

Please check your schedule for this event. It was originally listed for later in the month at another venue. Don't miss this special event.

Richard School Fundraiser:
Sunday, March 18, 2 pm fundraiser begins, 3 pm program

Have you noticed the beautiful tree branch decorations at Boswell? We are celebrating spring with a book fundraiser for Whitefish Bay's Richards School. We'll have a program of student readings and a short dramatic presentations. Parents and friends can purchase books for Richards classrooms and library. And a percentage of designated sales will go towards more book credits, in lieu of Boswell Benefits. This is the model we use for our programs with Maryland Avenue Montessori and St. Robert School. If you're interested in having a program like this for your school, contact Daniel (me).

Plus don't forget next week is Game Night at Boswell:
Tuesday, March 20, 7:00 pm, at Boswell

Game night is for folks 16+. Some of these games involve adult language. Registration requested at We really want you to register because we need to set the store for the right number of people, and we only have so many games!

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