Monday, July 30, 2018

Events this week: Kelli María Korducki, Carla Anne Ernst, Stef Wade, Jo Piazza and Glynnis MacNichol

Events this week: Kelli María Korducki, Carla Anne Ernst, Stef Wade, Jo Piazza and Glynnis MacNichol

Monday, July 30, 7:00 pm, at Boswell
Journalist, cultural critic, and Jackson Park, Milwaukee native Kelli María Korducki breaks the news about breaking up in her history of the surprising politics of romantic love and its dissolution, from Jane Austen to Taylor Swift.
Whatever the underlying motives, be they love, financial security, or mere masochism, the fact is that getting involved in a romantic partnership is emotionally, morally, and even politically fraught. In Hard To Do, Kelli María Korducki turns a Marxist lens on the relatively short history of romantic love, tracing how the myth of economic equality between men and women has transformed the ways women conceive of domestic partnership.
With perceptive insights on the ways marriage and divorce are legislated, the rituals of twentieth-century courtship, and contemporary practices for calling it off, Korducki reveals that, for all women, choosing to end a relationship is a radical action with very limited cultural precedent.
Kelli María Korducki, an alum of Pius XI High School, is Senior Editor of News at Brit + Co, and has written for the Globe and MailNPR, and Vice. In 2015 she was nominated for a National Magazine Award for ‘Tiny Triumphs,’ a 10,000-word meditation on the humble hot dog for Little Brother Magazine. She is also a former Editor-in-Chief of the popular daily news blog, Torontoist.

Tuesday, July 31, 7:00 pm, at Boswell
Milwaukee writer Carla Anne Ernst shares the intimate, true story of her journey from male to female and offers her take on what it's like to "transition" in the context of societal expectations, while candidly revealing the mental, emotional, and physical impact of gender change on a human being.
Ernst’s memoir is a thought-provoking view on being transgender and the challenges of pretending to be someone society says you are until becoming the person you know you are. In response to the countless questions Ms. Ernst, like most trans people, receives about being transgender, the book is written in an engaging FAQ style.
Ms. Ernst has found her own sense of joy, peace, and happiness, and her wish is to help others better understand and cope with the confusion, pain, and fear inherent in the transgender experience. Whether you are on that journey yourself or are a loved one of a transgender person, Life Without Pockets is a powerful narrative that will transform the way you think and feel.
Carla Anne Ernst is a writer, hiker, swimmer, sailboat racer, dog lover, performing musician, composer, and communications professional, employee engagement advocate, and founder of CarlaAnne Communications.

Stef Wade, author of A Place for Pluto
Wednesday, August 1, 6:30 pm, at Boswell
Brookfield writer, parent, and Marquette graduate Stef Wade visits Boswell for the debut of her first picture book, A Place for Pluto, a fresh approach to a common science theme that mixes astronomy with themes of acceptance and self-awareness.
Pluto got the shock of his life when he was kicked out of the famous nine. His planet status was stripped away, leaving him lost and confused. Poor Pluto! On his quest to find a place where he belongs, he talks to comets, asteroids, and meteoroids. He doesn't fit it anywhere! When Pluto is about to give up, he runs into a dwarf planet and finally finds his place in the solar system.
This feel-good picture book combines a popular science topic with character education themes of self-discovery, acceptance, and friendship, and has bonus material that supports and connects the narrative matter to science curriculum. Kirkus Reviews insists you “make space for this clever blend of science and self-realization.”
Stef Wade holds a BA in advertising from Marquette University and an MBA in Integrated Marketing Communication from DePaul University. She was co-creator of the home and cooking blog Haute Apple Pie. Stef is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.

Jo Piazza, author of Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win
Glynnis MacNicol, author of No One Tells You This
Friday, August 3, 7 pm, at Boswell
Longtime friends Piazza and MacNicol are heading out together to hit the open road for an old fashioned book tour road trip, and they’ll be stopping at Boswell along the way for a conversation about their latest books, a novel and memoir that are each, in their own ways, about modern womanhood.
Charlotte Walsh Likes to Win is a novel about what happens when a woman wants it all - political power, a happy marriage, and personal happiness - but isn’t sure how much she’s willing to sacrifice to get it. It’s a suspenseful story of ambition, class, marriage, sexual politics, and infidelity, and a portrait of what it takes for a woman to run for national office in America.
No One Tells You This starts with the question that plagued MacNicol on the eve her 40th birthday: if the story doesn’t end with marriage or a child, what then? Over the course of her fortieth year, chronicled in this memoir, Glynnis embarks on a revealing journey of self-discovery that continually contradicts everything she’d been led to expect, and she discovers that the power to determine her own fate requires a resilience and courage that no one talks about, and is more rewarding than anyone imagines.
Jo Piazza, an honorary Milwaukeean by marriage, is an award-winning journalist and editor who has written for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Salon, and has appeared on CNN, NPR, and BBC. She is the author of The Knock Off, Fitness Junkie, and How to be Married. Glynnis MacNicol is a cofounder of The Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, and The Daily Beast. Her series on Brooklyn’s Brownsville neighborhood won a 2015 Contently Award. She is coauthor of There Will Be Blood, a guide to puberty, with HelloFlo founder Naama Bloom.
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