Monday, July 6, 2009

Carl travels with Milwaukeean Joe Caldwell to promote The Pig Did it and sequel

So it turns out that Joseph Caldwell, of The Pig Did It and The Pig Comes to Dinner, is from the Milwaukee area! Carl Lennertz of HarperCollins, who was travelling around with him in New England, and writes about it on Shelf Awareness, called a couple of weeks ago and mentioned that Joe would love to come by, say hi, and sign stock today.

Alas, we already have Fran Slayton speaking in the back of the store, for her book When the Whistle Blows. ( That's tonight, Monday, at 7 PM. Read more here).

In the front of the store, I am leading a discussion of Aleksander Hemon's The Lazarus Project, also at 7. (Note: I ran into Carolyn, a regular customer, on my way to get soup for lunch, and she told me she was enjoying it. It's going to take a year to build this book club into something respectable. Hemon's appearing on Friday at 7. Read more here. Also, an interesting Q&A was featured in the Cue section of Sunday's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He's still coming on Friday, July 10th, at 7 PM.

So anyway, Mr. Caldwell is stopping by with his sister today. We'll have signed copies of The Pig Did it and its sequel, The Pig Comes to Dinner. Next time, I hope to have a full-fledged reading.

Here's a taste of Caldwell's book from their web site:
What the pig did – in Joseph Caldwell's charmingly romantic tale of an American in contemporary Ireland – is create a ruckus, a rumpus, a disturbance . . . utter pandemonium.
Possibly the most obstreperous character in literature since Buck Mulligan in James Joyce's Ulysses, Mr. Caldwell's pig distracts everyone from his or her chosen mission. Aaron McCloud has come to Ireland from New York City to walk the beach and pity himself for the cold indifference of the young lady in his writing class he had chosen to be his love. The pig will have none of that.

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