Monday, October 18, 2021

Boswell events - Veera Hiranandani, Eddee Daniel, Samira Shackle

Boswell events!

Alas, our cosponsored event with Christina Clancy for Shoulder Season on October 19 at the Whitefish Bay Library is at capacity, but we have a few other programs for your enjoyment and edification.

Wednesday, October 20, 9:30 am
Veera Hiranandani, author of How to Find What You're Not Looking For
in Conversation with Sangita Nayak and Daniel Goldin for a Public Virtual School Visit
Register for this event here.

Boswell presents a special virtual school visit, open to the public, with Newbery Honoree Veera Hiranandani. This event will be structured as a conversation with Veera Hiranandani talking to Sangita Nayak of Fernwood Montessori School and Daniel Goldin of Boswell. Recommended for readers eight and up.

In Hiranandani’s latest, twelve-year-old Ariel Goldberg’s life feels like the moment after the final guest leaves the party. Her family’s Jewish bakery runs into financial trouble, and her older sister has eloped with a young man from India following the Supreme Court decision that strikes down laws banning interracial marriage. As change becomes Ariel’s only constant, she’s left to hone something that will be with her always - her own voice.''

The Daniel rec: "Ariel Goldberg’s family lives in suburban Connecticut, where they run a not good but not particularly successful Jewish bakery in a not particularly Jewish town. She’s struggling with school, what with her chicken scratch handwriting that might indicate a learning disability, as well as harassment from a class bully. But her troubles threaten to be overwhelmed by her older sister Leah’s secret: that her new boyfriend is Raj, a young Hindu man who works at the local record store, and they are planning to elope. The timing of the story is essential, just after the Loving v. Virginia case. And I love how this lovely novel is suffused with Sergeant Pepper and other 1968 references, bakery treats, and Ariel's poetry."

Veera Hiranandani is author of The Night Diary as well as The Whole Story of Half a Girl, a Sydney Taylor Notable Book and a South Asia Book Award finalist. She earned her MFA in creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College, is a former editor at Simon and Schuster, and teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College's Writing Institute.

Thursday, October 21, 6:30 pm
Eddee Daniel, author of The Milwaukee River Greenway: A Wealth of Nature in the Heart of the City
in Conversation with John Gurda for a Hybrid Event at Boswell
Register for this in-person event here or you can also register to watch the program on Zoom webinar.

Boswell hosts a conversation with author and photographer Eddee Daniel for his new book on the Milwaukee River Greenway (which is also the title of the book). Daniel will be in conversation with Milwaukee historian extraordinaire John Gurda.

In the early twentieth century, Milwaukee established a remarkable and enviable park system, organized primarily along its waterways. One of the jewels of this emerald necklace has always been the upper river, or what is now officially called the Milwaukee River Greenway. The Greenway is an eight-mile, 878-acre section of the Milwaukee River that begins at the former North Avenue Dam and ends at Silver Spring Drive, cutting through the northeast side of the city and the suburbs of Shorewood and Glendale.

The images and stories in this book testify to the natural beauty that can be found near at hand and the value that our community places on this extraordinary space. Travel down the river with the many contributors in the pages that follow and listen to their voices as they extol its virtues, lament its travails, honor its resilience, and express gratitude for the hope it engenders.

After the book's publication, my friend John and I walked the Greenway, where he discussed hanging out there in his childhood growing up on Bartlett Avenue through the time he attended Riverside High School. We looked for remains of the old shacks that were once along the river. We found some almost buried steps!

Eddee Daniel is a Milwaukee-based writer, photographer, and arts educator and has served on the boards of Milwaukee Riverkeeper, Friends of the Hank Aaron State Trail, and Preserve Our Parks, for which he curates The Natural Realm website. John Gurda is a Milwaukee historian and author of twenty-two books, including The Making of Milwaukee, Milwaukee: City of Neighborhoods, and Milwaukee: A City Built on Water.

Monday, October 25, 2 pm
Samira Shackle, author of Karachi Vice: Life and Death in a Divided City
in Conversation with Audrey Nowakowski for a Virtual Event
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Boswell presents a special afternoon virtual event with Samira Shackle in conversation with Audrey Nowakowski, a Producer and Host of WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio's Lake Effect.

Karachi - Pakistan’s largest city is a sprawling metropolis of twenty million people, twice the size of New York City. It is a place of political turbulence in which those who have power wield it with brutal and partisan force. It takes an insider to know where is safe, who to trust, and what makes Karachi tick. Shackle explores the city of her mother’s birth in the company of a handful of Karachiites whose individual experiences tell the bigger story of Karachi over the past decade as it has endured a terrifying crime wave: a period in which the Taliban arrive in Pakistan, adding to the daily perils for its residents and pushing their city into the international spotlight.

The Daniel rec: "Journalist Shackle spent several years following Karachi residents, including a crime reporter, an ambulance driver, an educator and social activist, another advocate who maps the city’s resources and helps get things like sewers installed, and a young woman from a rural village watching a project for the wealthy encroach on their land. The Partition and other localized conflicts have created a megacity where Pashtuns, Sindhis, Baloch, and Mohajirs (Punjabis are a force in Pakistan, but not so much in Karachi) fight for land and resources, where each ethnic group has a political party which shares power with a criminal element. Underfunded police are almost incentivized to corruption. Social services are often underfunded or altogether absent; ambulances are run by a charity. Media channels are in fierce competition for viewers - with journalists putting themselves in great danger to get the best story. All this and The Taliban, too. Shackle’s detailed and sympathetic portrayal of life in this city of 20 million people is fascinating reading, always insightful, plus she’s a great storyteller. If you are one of the millions of people who loved Katherine Boo’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers, this book is for you."

Samira Shackle is editor of New Humanist magazine and a regular contributor to the Guardian Long Read. She frequently reports from Pakistan, where she has family, and spent extensive time there working on this book. She has twice been a media fellow at Columbia University’s Center for the Study of Social Difference, and in 2019 she was made a MacDowell fellow. Audrey Nowakowski is a Lake Effect host and producer and has also worked at WMSE. She is a graduate of Cardinal Stritch University.

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