Saturday, September 20, 2014

Everything You Wanted to Know About the Books You Heard While Watching Milwaukee TV, Listened to Radio, Read the Paper, or Browsed Websites--Station Eleven, Will it Waffle, The Roosevelts, Ping Pong Diplomacy and Of Course, Body by Simone.

Let's start with Lake Effect this week. Our event with Elizabeth Gilbert and Bonnie North for The Signature of All Things led to this Lake Effect piece on Tuesday. Form the site: "Back in July, bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert spent an evening chatting with Lake Effect's Bonnie North at Boswell Book Company. Before she became a memoir mega star with Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert was an accomplished and critically acclaimed short story writer and novelist."

On Wednesday, Robert Kitzman is interviewed about the science and genetics and whether we should be aware of our genetic makeup. His book, from 2012, is called Just Because You Should. The book has no paperback and is now textbook priced. It appears the author was touring for the ebook.

Alas, Howard Fuller's book, No Struggle, No Progress: A Warrior’s Life from Black Power to Education Reform is not on the Ingram database, which I find a little odd. That said, I'm a little better about adding titles to our database and I've got Fuller's book listed, so you can order it from us. As Lake Effect notes, his new memoir details "his childhood in Milwaukee and at Carroll College in Waukesha, his time as a community organizer in Cleveland and North Carolina to his work in the Pan African movement in the 1970s and founding Malcolm X Liberation University."

Also on Wednesday's show, Lake Effect talks to one of Wisconsin's favorite writers about his new book, where fracking comes to Wisconsin. "Jerry Apps, a former agricultural extension agent and current professor emeritus, has written about the many perspectives to sand fracking in his newest novel, The Great Sand Fracas of Ames County. The book is the sixth in his Ames County series and shines light on what happens within the fictional town of Link Lake when sand fracking becomes a reality."

Over at Wisconsin Public Radio, Kathleen Dunn spoke to Nancy Merrick, a former studen of Jane Goodall, whose recent book is Among Chimpanzees: Field Notes from the Race to Save Our Endangered Relatives. She discusses how the "chimpanzee has gone extinct in four African countries and nearly so in twelve others."

Who hasn't been watching The Roosevelts: An Intimate History, on public television? The first night attracted 9 million viewers. Kathleen Dunn spoke to Geoffrey Ward, the long-time collaborator of show creator Ken Burns, who has penned many of the tie-in books.

Tuesday's Central Time has Rob Ferrett and Veronica Rueckert speaking to Beth Hillson, author of The Complete Guide to Living Well Gluten-Free: Everything You Need to Know to Go from Surviving to Thriving. Of course my questions is what health trend is next?

Also on Tuesday, Central time talked to Samuel Bennett, who spoke about procrastination as author of Get It Done: From Procrastination to Creative Genius in 15 Minutes a Day. "Bennett says that one big reasons people don’t finish the things they want to do to is simple: fear. Whether it's a fear of success, a fear of failure or a fear of investing a lot of time in a lost cause, it's a response that Bennett thinks is an inherent part of taking on projects that matter."

Wednesday's show featured a book featured on our Chinese table, inspired by our visit from Chistina Merritt on September 26 for Once Upon a Time in China. Nicholas Griffin is the author of Ping Pong Diplomacy: The Secret History of the Game that Changed the World. Kirkus's gave it a star: "A quirky, thoroughly enjoyable trek through the implausible beginnings of international table tennis and the colorful characters-cum-diplomats behind it.

Also on Wednesday, Ginger Alden spoke to Central Time about Elvis and Ginger: Elvis Presley's Fiancée and Last Love Finally Tells Her Story. Ginger Alden is an actress (the soap opera Capitol) and model (Virginia Slims, Avon).

On Thursday, Anne Strainchamps of To the Best of Our Knowledge, discusses some new titles, including Dear Committee Members.She discusses John Williams' Stoner (remember the Schwartz craze, where we sold over 200 copies in 2008?) Also featured is Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl.

Reviewed in the Shepherd Express is Edgar G. Ulmer: A Filmmaker at the Margins, by Noah Eisenberg. Reviewer Paul McComas takes issue with a negative Film Comment Review, and notes he and David Luhrssen are working on a book about Ulmer. Meanwhile, if you are interested in filmmakers of this period, you should check out Tami Williams' Germaine Dulac: A Cinema of Sensations. Williams, from the UWM English department, will be at Boswell on Thursday, October 16, 7 pm. We're able to source Eisenberg's January release, but since it's textbook priced, it's special order only.

Thanks to the Shepherd Express for highlighting our event with Emily St. John Mandel on Monday, September 22. Don't forget, Mandel will be joined by Bo Johnson, Stephan Roselin, Josh Perkins, and Margaret Casey from the Soulstice Theatre for our staged reading of Station Eleven.

From Morning Blend, Monday's show offers more on Hank, the Ballpark Pup. Right now to our knowledge, the books' available at the Brewers Gift Shop and through their site. We'll let you know when we get more information.

Thank you to Morning Blend for talking up our Monday event with Daniel Shumski, author of Will it Waffle. Based on how entertaining Mr. Shumski was at the store, I expect a strong online pop of sales for this book. I love how the Morning Blend folks said to "dust that puppy off" and start cooking again, in this case, chicken tenders..You can also watch Shumski on Studio A, where they take on one of the most intriguing dishes in the book, waffled mac 'n' cheese.

Simone de la Rue was on Morning Blend on Tuesday, discussing Body by Simone: The 8-Week Total Body Makeover Plan. She talks about creating a roadmap to total body transformation. Don't forget to turn left at the third thigh from the left.

Wednesday brings Morning Blend Chelsea Cain, who appeared at Boswell on Tuesday. It's for her new series, One Kick, a nail biter! She brought Molly and Tiffany mustache rings, direct from Portland. Imagine Elizabeth Smart taking off the sweater and putting on the catsuit.

Thursday's Morning Blend featured The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School with Debbie Diesen and Dan Hanna. You can admire the Pout-Pout fish that was so beloved by kids at the schools we visit. They also talk about why children's picture books also need to appeal to adults.

And Friday features Michael Perry, fresh from his day with us talking about The Scavengers, his first novel for middle-grade readers. He came up with the book when he was digging around in the dumps with my authors. We're so glad we had so many authors that were perfect for Morning Blend this week (except for Simone, of course, who I think appeared via satellite). 

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