Monday, April 15, 2019

Kate T Parker celebrates boyhood, Chris Perondi and Kathleen Dunn celebrate doghood, Samantha Downing shares thrills with Nick Petrie, Alice Waters signing, Elizabeth Minchilli ICC dinner, special Easter hours

Boswell events for the week of April 15. Happy Easter and Passover - note special Easter Sunday hours of 10 am to 5 pm.

Tuesday, April 16, 6:30 pm, at Boswell:
Kate T Parker, author of The Heart of a Boy: Celebrating the Strength and Spirit of Boyhood

Kate T Parker, bestselling author and photographer of Strong Is the New Pretty, visits Boswell with her new book, a photographic celebration of what makes a boy, with portraits and quotations from today's boys, from ages five to eighteen. Boys can be wild. But they can also be gentle. Bursting with confidence, but not afraid to be vulnerable. Ready to run fearlessly downfield or reach out to a friend in need. This event is cosponsored by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee.

The Heart of a Boy is a deeply felt celebration of boyhood. There’s the pensive look of a skateboarder caught in a moment between rides. The years of dedication in a ballet dancer’s poise. The love of a younger brother hugging his older brother. The intensity in a football huddle. There are guitarists, fencers, wrestlers, star-gazers, a pilot - it’s the world of our sons, in all their amazing variety and difference.

Kate T Parker is a former collegiate soccer player, Ironman, and professional photographer. Her Strong Is the New Pretty photo series has led to collaborations with brands like Athleta, Oxygen, and Girls on the Run. The project inspired Kate to launch a philanthropic arm of Strong Is the New Pretty, partnering with organizations that invest in girls' health and education.

Wednesday, April 17, 7:00 pm, at Boswell:
Chris Perondi, coauthor of The Big Book of Tricks for the Best Dog Ever: A Step-by-Step Guide to 118 Amazing Tricks and Stunts

Chris Perondi, creator of The Stunt Dog Show, visits Boswell to chat with former WPR host Kathleen Dunn about The Big Book of Tricks for the Best Dog Ever. This event is cosponsored by Pets Helping People, an organization whose mission is to improve the lives of others, many with special needs, through the practice of animal assisted interventions.

Chris Perondi, with his family, created and runs Stunt Dog Productions. Now, he, along with Larry Kay, also coauthor of Training the Best Dog Ever, offers up a step-by-step guide to more than 100 dog tricks specially designed for effective training, pure fun, and even for turning your dog into a YouTube star. Using the secrets of professional dog trainers, Perondi’s tricks run the gamut from the kinds of things any well-behaved dog should know - fetch, shake, roll over - to stunts that are guaranteed showstoppers.

Chris Perondi runs Stunt Dog Productions and the Stunt Dog Academy with his wife, Suhey, and their team of canine performers, putting on more than 1,000 shows every year across the country. Please note that while Perondi will be at the store with his canine companion, attendees are asked to please leave their furry friends at home.

Thursday, April 18, 7:00 pm, at Boswell:
Samantha Downing, author of My Lovely Wife

Samantha Downing visits Boswell for a chat with Milwaukee’s own Nick Petrie about her dark mystery debut - it’s Dexter meets Mr. and Mrs. Smith in this thriller about a couple whose fifteen-year marriage has finally gotten a little bit too interesting. Note that My Lovely Wife is a hit in Milwaukee, showing up on the top fiction bestsellers of Bookscan for two weeks running.

New Orleans-based Downing’s debut is the book Entertainment Weekly calls, “the thriller we're most excited to stay up with all night." A corpse is discovered in an abandoned Florida motel, and soon police identify the body of Lindsay, a young woman who went missing a year earlier. This revelation shocks the narrator, since he and his wife, Millicent, were the ones who abducted Lindsay as part of a ploy to spice up their marriage.

Publishers Weekly calls My Lovely Wife, a "taut thriller," noting "Downing's tale unfolds slowly and sinuously, building tension about the couples' fate while revealing the origins of their homicidal hobby. The first-person, present-tense narration makes readers feel uncomfortably complicit in all that transpires, underscoring the plot's grim and twisted nature. Readers will eagerly await Downing's next." The Washington Post seconds that, calling Downing's debut a “dark, disturbing exploration of family, marriage and murderous compulsions.”

Saturday, April 20, 11:00 am, at Boswell:
A Ticketed Signing with Alice Waters, author of Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook, cosponsored by Groundwork Milwaukee

Boswell hosts a book signing with chef, restaurateur, activist, and author Alice Waters, owner of Chez Panisse, a pioneering restaurant of California cuisine. Please note, this is a book signing only – Waters will not be speaking at this event. To get in the signing line, attendees must purchase a ticket-plus-book at Each attendee can buy a ticket bundled with one of the following books to get in the signing line: Coming to My Senses, The Art of Simple Food, The Art of Simple Food II, or Chez Panisse Café Cookbook. Additional titles will be for sale at the event or attendees can bring up to 3 books from home.

Three dollars from each ticket purchased will be donated to Groundwork Milwaukee, a nonprofit and land trust whose mission is to bring about the sustained regeneration, improvement and management of the physical environment.

At the same time, we’ll be hosting a signing with Andrew R. Ruis, Researcher at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research and Fellow at Department of Surgery. His book, Eating to Learn, Learning to Eat: The Origins of School Lunch in the United States, explores the origins of American school meal initiatives to explain why it has been so difficult to establish meal programs that satisfy the often competing interests of children, parents, schools, health authorities, politicians, and the food industry.

Waters is coming as part of a special event at NŌ Studios at the Pabst Brewery Complex, starting at 4 pm on Saturday, April 20. Looks like the NO Studios event is at capacity.

Tuesday, April 23, 6:30 pm, at The Italian Community Center:
Bartolotta Catering and Events Present a ticketed Cookbook Dinner with Elizabeth Minchilli, author of The Italian Table: Creating Festive Meals for Family and Friends

We're including our Elizabeth Minchilli event in this week's blog because registrations will likely close out before next Sunday.

Bartolotta Restaurants and Boswell Books Company present an author dinner with Elizabeth Minchilli, founder of the Eat Italy App and author of The Italian Table. Tickets cost $85, $75 for Italian Community Center members, and include a four-course meal and a copy of The Italian Table. More information and tickets can be found on the Bartolotta events page.

Elizabeth Minchilli has lived in Rome for over 30 years and written 9 books, including Eating Rome: Living the Good Life in the Eternal City. Her culinary writing online has won the Saveur Award, the Italy Magazine Award, and she created the Eat Italy App. The Italian Community Center is located at 631 E Chicago St in the Third Ward.

In The Italian Table, Minchilli delivers both the fantasy and reality of Italian meals as they would be eaten on location with her unique approach to a beloved cuisine. Combining menus and recipes with visual experience and inspiration, as well as insight into the traditions of the food and celebrations, she gives home cooks and hosts step-by-step guidance on how to re-create these fabulous meals at their own tables.

Read this profile with Elizabeth Minchilli in the Journal Sentinel.

More upcoming events on our upcoming events page.

Photography credits:
--Kate T. Parker: Kate T. Parker Photography
--Samantha Downing: Jacqueline Dallimore

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