Monday, December 10, 2018

December doings at Boswell - Kim Suhr's stories, Angela Brintlinger and Thomas Feerick on translating a Russian emigré cookbook, Eric Nehm on the Bucks, Carl Baehr on Irish Milwaukee, and a signing with John Gurda

Here we go! The last week of Boswell events in 2018.

Tuesday, December 11, 7:00 PM, at Boswell:
Kim Suhr, author of Nothing to Lose: Stories

Wisconsin author and Director of Red Oak Writing debuts her first collection of fiction, Nothing to Lose, from Cornerstone Press of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, the second title in the Press’s Legacy Series.

Drawing on the rich complexity of the American Midwest, Kim Suhr peoples her debut book of fiction with characters that we know, carved out of the Wisconsin landscape and caught between expectation and desire.

An Iraq war veteran stalks the streets of Madison. Four drunk friends hunt deer outside Antigo. A mother tries to save her son. A transplanted New Yorker plots revenge against her husband. A man sobers up and opens a paintball range for Jesus. A women with nothing to lose waits for her first kiss. Personal and powerful, Kim Suhr's Nothing to Lose shows us a region filled with real people who are less than perfect, plagued with doubts, and always reaching.

In case you can't make this event, Kim Suhr will also be at Oconomowoc’s Books and Company on Wednesday, December 12, at 7 pm.

Kim Suhr is Director of Red Oak Writing and serves on the Board of Directors for the Wisconsin Writer’s Association. She holds an MFA from the Solstice Program at Pine Manor College in Boston, where she was the Dennis Lehane Fellow in 2013, and her work has appeared in Midwest Review, Stonecoast Road, and Solstice Literary Magazine, and has been featured on WUWM’s Lake Effect. She is author of Maybe I’ll Learn: Snapshots of a Novice Mom.

Wednesday, December 12, 7:00 PM, at Boswell:
Angela Brintlinger and Thomas Feerick, translators of Russian Cuisine in Exile

Boswell and UWM’s Slavic Languages Program present the translators of Russian Cuisine in Exile, which brings the essays of Pyotr Vail and Alexander Genis, originally written in the mid-1980s, to an English-speaking audience. This is a delicious introduction to Russian culture and the problems of Soviet life, viewed through the experiences and recipes of émigrés.

A must-read for scholars, students, and general readers interested in Russian studies, but also for specialists in émigré literature, mobility studies, popular culture, and food studies, the essays in this book re-imagine the identities of immigrants through their engagement with Russian cuisine.

Beloved by Russians in the U.S., the Russian diaspora across the world, and in post-Soviet Russia, these essays narrate everyday experiences. Richly illustrated and beautifully produced, the book has been translated “not word for word, but smile for smile,” to use the phrase of Vail and Genis’s fellow émigré writer Sergei Dovlatov. Translators Angela Brintlinger and Thomas Feerick have supplied copious authoritative and witty commentaries.

Angela Brintlinger has written, edited, and translated numerous books and articles about Russian literature. She is Professor and Graduate Studies Chair of Slavic and Eastern European Languages and Studies at Ohio State University. Thomas Feerick is currently a PhD candidate in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Northwestern University.

Thursday, December 13, 7:00 PM, at Boswell:
Eric Nehm, author of 100 Things Bucks Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die

Cohost of the Locked on Bucks podcast and staff writer for The Athletic, Eric Nehm combines his encyclopedic knowledge of Bucks history and his passion for basketball into a list of Bucks fans’ most memorable moments, biggest personalities, and must-do activities.

Milwaukee Bucks fans have seen it all. They know the joy of a championship season and the despair of finishing last in the conference. They’ve welcomed legendary players with open arms and seen future stars slip through their fingers. With half a century of basketball in the books and a talented young core, the Bucks’ history makes a great story, and one that keeps getting better.

From the early years of the Milwaukee Arena to the one-of-a-kind play of superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo, Nehm covers everything that makes Bucks Basketball unique. 100 Things Bucks Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die will rekindle the fandom of diehards while introducing new fans to the rich history of the franchise. Loaded with facts, stats and anecdotes, this great new title will bring value to readers of all stripes.

Eric Nehm is a former producer and writer for ESPN Milwaukee, current staff writer for The Athletic, and cohost of the podcast Locked on Bucks.

Friday, December 14, 2:00 pm, at Boswell:
Carl Baehr, author of From the Emerald Isle to the Cream City: A History of the Irish in Milwaukee

Native Milwaukeean and Urban Milwaukee’s City Streets history and culture columnist Baehr discusses how the Irish influenced the political, educational, religious, and sports landscape of Milwaukee and their impact on other ethnic groups, overcoming early poverty and bigotry to help make Milwaukee the city that it is today.

Irish-Milwaukee history begins with the first Irish immigrants who arrived during Milwaukee's founding in the mid-1830s. Irish laborers helped shape the city by cutting down bluffs, filling in marshes, digging a canal, and creating streets. They were joined in the late 1840s by more Irishmen who were fleeing the Great Famine and starvation in Ireland.

It's a history populated with heroic figures like Patrick O'Kelly, the city's first Catholic priest and the founder of Milwaukee's first Catholic church. There was John O'Rourke, the first editor of the Milwaukee Sentinel, and Timothy O'Brien, who emerged as a hero during the cholera epidemics. Other colorful characters are the scoundrel Robert B. Lynch, kind-hearted Hannah Kenneally, firefighting hero Patsy McLaughlin, and militia leader John McManman.

Carl Baehr is the City Streets columnist for Urban Milwaukee and author of the Gambrinus Prize-winning book Milwaukee Streets: The Stories Behind Their Names.

Saturday, December 15, 2:00 - 3:00 PM, at Boswell:
John Gurda, author of Milwaukee: A City Built on Water and the newest edition of The Making of Milwaukee

John Gurda, Milwaukee’s preeminent historian, will appear at Boswell for a special afternoon book signing. Please note, Gurda will only be signing books at this event. There is no talk or presentation.

An autographed and personalized copy of Milwaukee: A City Built on Water, or the brand new Fourth Edition, including an all new chapter, of The Making of Milwaukee each make the perfect holiday gift for any Milwaukeean, whether they’re brand new to the metro or a lifelong Cream City resident. Boswell will have more of Gurda’s titles available as well.

John Gurda is a Milwaukee-born writer and historian who has been studying his hometown since 1972. His book, The Making of Milwaukee, was the basis for an Emmy Award-winning documentary series that premiered on Milwaukee Public Television in 2006. In addition to his work as an author, Gurda is a lecturer, tour guide, and local history columnist for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

More in 2019! Visit the Boswell upcoming events page.

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