Monday, August 20, 2018

This week at Boswell: Ronald J. Berger, Amy Stewart (ticketed), and Bishop and Fuller

This week! Ronald J. Berger's Holocaust story, presented by HERC, then our ticketed evening with Amy Stewart, author of the Kopp Sisters series and numerous other nature bestsellers, and then Bishop and Fuller return to Milwaukee for the Fringe Festival, detouring to Boswell for their novel.

Tuesday, August 21, 7:00 pm, at Boswell
Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Ronald J. Berger tells his family’s compelling true story of two Jewish brothers who survived the Holocaust in Nazi-occupied Poland.
This event is cosponsored by Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center.
Berger’s father endured several concentration camps, including the infamous camp at Auschwitz, as well as a horrific winter death march. His brother, the author’s uncle, survived outside of the camps by passing as a Catholic among anti-Semitic Poles, including a group of anti-Nazi Polish partisans, eventually becoming an officer in the Soviet Army. The book traces the defining prewar, wartime, and postwar events that marked their extraordinary lives.
Ronald J. Berger is Professor Emeritus at UW-Whitewater. He has published numerous books and articles on topics that include crime and criminal justice, disability, and the Holocaust. Originally from a Jewish community in Los Angeles, he lives in McFarland, WI.

A ticketed event with Amy Stewart, author of Miss Kopp's Midnight Confessions
Wednesday, August 22, 7:00 pm, at Boswell
We’re celebrating the paperback release of the third book in the series, Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions, and pre-celebrating the September 11 release of #4, Miss Kopp Just Won’t Quit. And speaking of things that won’t quit, we’re celebrating the success of the first two books in the series, Girl Waits with Gun and Lady Cop Makes Trouble. So mostly, we’re just celebrating.
This is a ticketed event - $17 includes admission and a paperback. Available at Choose from Girl Waits with Gun, Lady Cop Makes Trouble, or Miss Kopp's Midnight Confessions. For a fourth option, attendees can purchase admission, cover all taxes and fees, and get a pre-release copy of the forthcoming hardcover, Miss Kopp Just Won't Quit for just $24. That's right! You can get a copy of the latest Kopp Sisters adventure before its release date in September, but this option is only available at the event.
Here's proprietor Daniel Goldin's take on Miss Kopp Just Won't Quit: "While escorting two inmates-to-be to the Morris Plains asylum, Deputy Sheriff Constance Kopp is forced to pursue one of them into a muddy river when he escapes. But it’s charge number two that’s got Kopp flummoxed – Anna Kayser just doesn’t seem crazy, and when she confesses that it’s her fourth visit to the asylum, each time at her husband’s bequest, Kopp decides to do some investigating. Meanwhile, her boss Sheriff Heath is running for president and while his designated replacement seems all but assured, a rival is now arguing the jail is poorly run and no place for a woman to work. All this, plus a new war-related pigeon project for sister Norma and some glamorous work at the Fort Lee Hollywood studio for Fleurette. Stewart’s excellent fourth entry in this historical series is just the right blend of thrills and humor, and you’ll no doubt be incensed by the period treatment of women. And yes, all the cases are based on true events. Great for readers of historical fiction, mystery, or Stewart's nonfiction!"
Amy Stewart is the award-winning author of seven books, including her acclaimed fiction debut Girl Waits with Gun and the bestsellers The Drunken Botanist and Wicked Plants. She and her husband, based in Portland, Oregon, own the bookstore Eureka Books in Eureka, California.

Bishop and Fuller, authors ofGalahad’s Fool
Thursday, August 23, 7:00 pm, at Boswell
Conrad Bishop and Elizabeth Fuller, founding members of Milwaukee’s experimental Theatre X, have toured America since 1969 as actors, playwrights, and puppeteers. Returning to Milwaukee for this year’s Fringe Fest, they will appear at Boswell with their novel, Galahad’s Fool, which offers a glimpse of backstage reality unadorned by glitter but blessed with a hardscrabble magic.
A year after the death of his co-creator and soul mate Lainie, a grizzled, acerbic puppeteer struggles to build a solo show. What Albert Fisher intends as a lightweight spoof turns sharply personal as he labors to birth a raw myth of love and loss.
Albert’s aging Galahad, no longer a glittering hero, launches a second mad quest for the Grail. To follow him his wife secretly changes guises with their frail, androgynous Fool. As the performance evolves, Albert finds kinship with Galahad’s despair and dogged vision, opening himself to the risk of new love.
Conrad Bishop and Elizabeth Fuller have created more than fifty plays and four radio series. Their books include the novel Realists and memoir Co-Creation: Fifty Years in the Making.

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