Monday, August 19, 2019

Boswell alert - Mark Hineline at the Urban Ecology Center, Caitlin PenzeyMoog's spice-filled memoir, Patricia Skalka's latest David Cubiak mystery - special afternoon event

Here's what's happening with Boswell this week.

Tuesday, August 20, 7 pm, at Urban Ecology Center, Riverside Park, 1500 E Park Pl:
Mark L Hineline, author of Ground Truth: A Guide to Tracking Climate Change at Home

Mark L Hineline appears at Milwaukee’s Urban Ecology Center with his guide for novice scientists to get closer to nature and observe climate change in their own neighborhood. Cosponsored by Boswell. Please pay what you can for admission. Hineline is Instructor in History, Philosophy, and Sociology of science at Lyman Briggs College, Michigan State University.

We know that the Earth’s climate is changing, and that the magnitude of this change is colossal. At the same time, the world outside is still a natural world, and one we can experience on a granular level every day. Hineline’s Ground Truth is a guide to paying attention instead of turning away and gathering facts from which a fuller understanding of the natural world can emerge over time.

Writing for Slate, Rebecca Onion says, “Hineline’s wonderful new book advocates the addition of a new kind of individual action to supplement our political struggle [against climate change] - one that’s both pragmatic and emotionally resonant.” Along with detailed guidance, Hineline ponders the value of everyday observations, probes the connections between seasons and climate change, and traces the history of phenology - the study and timing of natural events - and the uses to which it can be put. Ground Truth invites readers to help lay the groundwork for a better understanding of the nature of change itself.

Wednesday, August 21, 7 pm, at Boswell:
Caitlin PenzeyMoog, author of On Spice: Advice, Wisdom, and History with a Grain of Saltiness

Caitlin PenzeyMoog, UWM alum, Deputy Managing Editor of The AV Club, and granddaughter of Milwaukee spice legends Bill and Ruth-Ann Penzey, grinds up a revealing look at the history and production of spices with modern, no-nonsense advice on using them at home.

Every home cook has thoughts on the right and wrong ways to use spices. These beliefs are passed down in family recipes and pronounced by television chefs, but where do such ideas come from? Many are little better than superstition, and most serve only to reinforce a cook’s sense of superiority or cover for their insecurities. It doesn’t have to be this way.

PenzeyMoog’s notes On Spice come from three generations of family in the spice trade and dozens upon dozens of their collected spice guides and stories. Learn where spices come from - historically, geographically, botanically, and in the modern market - and see snapshots of life in a spice shop, how the flavors and stories can infuse not just meals but life and relationships.

Thursday, August 22, 2 pm, at Boswell:
Patricia Skalka, author of Death by the Bay

You know Patricia Skalka from the Dave Cubiak mysteries. She's also President of the Sisters in Crime Chicagoland chapter. Now this sometimes Wisconsin-based author returns to Boswell for a special afternoon event with the fifth installment of her popular series.

A scream from a medical conference disrupts Sheriff Dave Cubiak’s lunch at the Green Arbor Lodge. Leaping into action, he finds the ninety-three-year-old director of the Institute for Progressive Medicine collapsed, dead of a heart attack. As Cubiak interrogates the witnesses, he’s struck by the inconsistencies in their stories - some evade questions and others offer contradictory statements. Then another scream pierces the air.

Past and present merge as long-buried secrets rise to the surface. The resourceful sheriff must rely on wits and the memories of friends and family to uncover the dark truth behind the Institute for Progressive Medicine. Dedicated and new fans alike will find themselves captivated by this intelligently plotted story as Cubiak untangles the twisted threads of this intricate mystery.

More upcoming events on the Boswell upcoming events page.

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