Monthly Archives: September 2012

News from Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets

News release from WFOP:

The Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets (WFOP) Fox Valley Poetry Series meets at Harmony Cafe in Appleton (233 E. College Ave) on the third Monday of most months.  Each evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with the featured reader(s), followed by an open mic open to anyone who wishes to read 1-2 poems.

Monday, October 15, 6:30 p.m. – Cathryn Cofell and Karla Huston

What comes of one bag of licorice, four cups of coffee, radio-free Iowa and six hours of nothing but rural route road-tripping?   Meet Thigh.  This feisty female’s got a love-sick heart, a lumpy bod and an evil twin she can’t shake.  In Split Personality, a new release by Sunnyoutside Press, award-winning poets Cathryn Cofell and Karla Huston blend their voices into one glorious, giggly and sometimes jiggly exploration of the trappings that often define and defy today’s woman.

Cathryn Cofell and Karla Huston have been collaborators since 2000, with poems in RhinoIndiana Review, and Quiddity, among others.  The duo has been anthologized in Saints of Hysteria and exercised in Wingbeats: Exercises & Practice in Poetry and in many workshop settings.  Between them, they have published twelve books of poems, two broadsides, one music/poetry cd, and oodles of reviews, interviews and essays.  They’ve won many writing awards and received a boatload of Pushcart nominations including one win for Karla for “Theory of Lipstick,” the title poem for her forthcoming collection from Main Street Rag.

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Boswell Book Company Events

Here are some upcoming events from the Boswell Book Company newsletter. Alert! The first one with Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce is this afternoon.

Boswell Book Company

2559 North Downer Avenue at Webster Place

Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53211

(414) 332-1181,

Our Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 am to 9 pm, Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm

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Boswell Book Company Newsletter                September 25, 2012, day 1270.
Magic Tree House’s Mary Pope Osborne with Natalie Pope Boyce at Boswell, Friday, September 28, 4:30 pm.


Mary Pope Osborne & Natalie Pope Boyce Can you believe that Mary Pope Osborne has been entertaining kids for twenty years with her adventures about everything from pandas to leprechauns? And her sister Natalie has been educating us with the companion Fact Checkers. Now both Mary and Natalie are coming to Boswell (we inherited the event from Next Chapter) to meet as many of their fans as they can. This is now a free and open-to-the-public event.

The Magic Tree House series has been translated into over twenty languages (I’m quoting Wikipedia here) and has sold over 53 million titles. Osborne has written many other books outside of the Magic Tree House series. The Pope sisters are visiting to celebrate the 20th anniversary edition of Magic Tree House #1: Dinosaurs Before Dark.


Dinosaurs before darkThis jacketed hardcover edition boasts new artwork, plus extras, like an interview between the creators, a letter from Osborne, and up-to-date dinosaur info. Join Jack and Annie as they travel back to the time of dinosaurs where they encounter all sorts of dinos from the terrifying T-Rex to the crowd-pleasing Triceratops.
Fans know that due to wrist injuries, the sisters are not able to sign books, but we have a special stamp (it arrived today!) with both authors’ signatures. But you know how lots of popular authors aren’t able to pose with fans? Not Mary and Natalie, who are hoping to take a picture with every kid that comes to our event.


And note to folks who bought tickets at Next Chapter. This event is now free and open to the public (we’ll close if we reach capacity), but we will honor your ticket for a 20th Anniversary edition of Dinosaurs Before Dark.

Jonathan Kozol at the UWM Golda Meir Library, Saturday, September 29, 4 pm. This Event is Free, but Space is Limited!


Jonathan KozolIn his new book, Fire in the Ashes: Twenty-Five Years Among the Poorest Children in America, Jonathan Kozol returns to the children he has vividly portrayed in previous books to share their fascinating journeys and unexpected victories. As Emily Bazelon recounts in Slate, Kozol has spent almost fifty years trying to change our attitudes about the treatment of the poor, particularly children.
And from Stacy Teicher Khadaroo in the Christian Science Monitor: “It’s a deeply personal collection of stories about people who became his friends – stories in which the ashes are sometimes so deep it can be hard to find the fire. But that’s right where Kozol’s storytelling gifts shine through: with simple anecdotes that show the soulful humor, compassion, and wisdom that kindles progress among the survivors.”


Fire in the ashesWe should let folks know there are signing restrictions for this event. Mr. Kozol will only personalize copies of Fire in the Ashes, and will only sign the most recent editions of four of his backlist titles that are purchased at the event. However, you can bring your copy of Fire in the Ashes from home to get signed if you’ve already purchased it.


We’d like to thank all the organizations that came together to sponsor this event, including Rethinking Schools, the Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association, the UWM Libraries, the Friends of the UWM Golda Meir Library, and the Educators Network for Social Justice. The UWM Golda Meir Library is located at 2311 E. Hartford Ave., Milwaukee 53211.

The Milwaukee Film Festival Presents a Ticketed Event for Acclaimed Film Critic J. Hoberman, Sunday, September 30, 1 pm, at the Downer Theatre.


J HobermanCo-presented by UWM’s Center for 21st Century Studies, this talk will explore the shifting contexts and future of film and film criticism in a post-9/11 world. J. Hoberman questions how the change in film’s medium (from photographic film to digital “film”) affects cinema in the new millennium. His new book is Film After Film: What Became  of 21st Century Cinema? A signing will follow at Boswell. Visit the Milwaukee Film site to get a ticket to this event.


In addition to this event, Boswell Books is proud to be a community partner of the Milwaukee Film Festival. We are sponsoring Out of this World, a collection of shorts, and are one of the locations for the conversation series. There are a dozen scheduled, with most meeting at our book club/magazine area at the front of the store.

See the complete list, plus lots more about the Milwaukee Film Festival at the specialBoswell Goes to the Movies web page, compiled by Stacie

Pearls Before Swine Author/Illustrator Stephan Pastis at Boswell, Monday, October 1, 7 pm.


Stephan PastisStraight from the Journal Sentinel comics page, this is the newest treasury (that means it is selections from two of the smaller books combined, with color and insights from Pastis) from Pearls Before Swine. Formerly a ticketed event at Next Chapter,  is now free and open to the public. Anyone who bought a ticket from Next Chapter will get a new copy of Pearls Freaks the #*%# Out.
Pearls freaks the 912 From fire-breathing jugglers to sword-swallowing illusionists, this treasury showcases all strips from Larry in Wonderland and Because Sometimes You Just Gotta Draw a Cover with Your Left Hand, along with Pastis’s original commentary, which provides insight into what Pastis was thinking at the time random strips were conceived, and also fan reactions.”

Be gentle with us. I’ll be running this event with one of my booksellers, while I’m juggling the book club discussion of Please Look After Mom.

Patricia MacLachlan + The Boxcar Children = Great Event at North Shore Library on Tuesday, October 2, 6:30 pm


Patricia MacLachlanSeventy years ago, a book written by primary school teacher Gertrude Chandler Warner was reissued that featured four orphaned siblings who create a home for themselves in an abandoned train boxcar. The four siblings went on to solve many mysteries in the subsequent, bestselling series, the first 19 of which were penned by Warner. However, what happened before that remained unsolved.


Boxcar Chidlren Beginning Now Patricia MacLachlan the celebrated author of many timeless books for young readers, including Sarah Plain and Tall, winner of the Newbery Medal, answers the question in The Boxcar Children Beginnings: The Aldens of Fair Meadow Farm. Our event is at North Shore Library, 6800 N. Port Washington Rd., Glendale 53217, at 6:30 pm. This book is best for kids 6-10 though MacLachlan lovers of all ages are welcome.

The Florentine Opera Studio Previews Carmen on Wednesday, October 3, 7 pm, at Boswell.


Did you know that every Friday, my fifth grade teacher would cancel gym and play us an opera instead? Not that I can sing any arias now, but I’m far more enthusiastic about hosting the Florentine Opera Insights series as a result. And perhaps the most memorable moment from that fifth grade class was when Mrs. Rosenberg took us to the Metropolitan Opera in New York to see a production of Carmen. She also took us birdwatching. This explains a lot about me, doesn’t it?


Florentine Opera Fall under the seductive spell of Carmen and her fiery affairs with Don José and the handsome toreador, Escamillo as we present residents of the Florentine Opera Studio and a peek into their next production, Bizet’s final work and one of opera’s most beloved classics: Carmen. Corliss Phillabaum provides commentary.


The Florentine Opera production of Carmen will run Friday, October 26 and Sunday, October 28. You can buy your tickets here.

More Upcoming Events at or Co-Sponsored by Boswell.


Libba Bray Thursday, October 4, 6:30 pm, at Milwaukee Public Library’s Loos Hall at Centennial Hall, 733 N. Eighth Street, Milwaukee 53233 (best for kids and adults 14+)

Libba Bray, author of A Great and Terrible BeautyGoing Bovine, and The Diviners.


Friday, October 5, 7 pm, at Boswell (best for kids 6-11, plus adults)

Author and Illustrator William Joyce, author of the newest books in the Guardians of Childhood series, The Sandman and Toothiana, plusThe Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris LessmoreSanta CallsDinosaur Bob, and many others.


Star Wars Reads DaySaturday, October 6, 2 pm, at Boswell (best for kids 4-8):

Star Wars Activity Day, with paper crafts and more.


Tuesday, October 9, 7 pm, at Boswell:

Rochelle Melander, presenting Get Ready for NaNoWriMo, and author of Write-A-Thon: Write Your Book in 26 Days (and Live to Tell about It). 


Jasper Fforde Wednesday, October 10, 7 pm, at Boswell:

Jasper Fforde, author of The Woman Who Died a Lot: A Thursday Next Novel, plus his first book for young adults,The Last Dragonslayer.



Thursday, October 11, 7 pm, at Boswell:

The Great Lakes Review launch with editor David Bowen and participating writers.


Marla Frazee Thursday, October 11, 6:30 pm, at St. Francis Library, 4230 S. Nicholson Ave., St. Francis 53235:

Marla Frazee, author and illustrator of Boot and Shoe, and illustrator of Clementine and All the World.


Friday, October 12, 7 pm, at Boswell:

Tanya Chernov, author of A Real Emotional Girl: A Memoir of Love and Loss. 


Sunday, October 14, 2 pm, at Milwaukee Public Library, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee 53233.

Watch children’s writer/illustrator Kevin Henkes and film writer Richard Schickel get their names on the Wisconsin Writers Wall of Fame at the Milwaukee Public Library. A signing will follow.


Monday, October 15, 6:30 pm, at Boswell, presented by Rethinking Schools:

Jeff Biggers, author of State Out of the Union: Arizona and the Final Showdown Over the American Dream.


martin hintz Monday, October 15, 6:30 pm, at the Milwaukee Public Library’s rare books room, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave., 2nd floor, Milwaukee 53233:

Martin Hintz and his chicken, author (and chicken inspiration for)Wisconsin Farm Lore: Kicking Cows, Giant Pumpkins & Other Tales from the Back Forty.


Tuesday, October 16, 7 pm, at Boswell:

Paul Bialas, photographer of Pabst: An Excavation of Art.


Wednesday, October 17, 6:30 pm, at Shorewood Public Library, 3920 N. Murray Ave., Shorewood 53211:

Andy Rash, illustrator of The Creature from the Seventh Grade: Boy or Beast. Note that this is an event with the illustrator only. Bob Balaban is not attending.


Diane Morgan  Thursday, October 18, 7 pm, at Boswell:

Diane Morgan, author of Roots: The Definitive Compendium with More Than 225 Recipes.


Monday, October 22, 7 pm, at Boswell:

Local favorite Peter Geye, author of The Lighthouse Road and Safe from the Sea.


Tuesday, October 23, 7 pm, at Boswell:

Kelly O’Connor McNees, author of In Need of a Good Wife, reading with Jean Reynolds Page, author of Safe Within.


Thomas Frank Wednesday, October 24, 7 pm, at Boswell:

Thomas Frank, author of Pity the Billionaire and What’s the Matter with Kansas?


Thursday, October 25, 7 pm, at Boswell:

Return engagement with David Finch, author of The Journal of Best Practices, now in paperback, along with his wife Kristin.


Friday, October 26, 4 pm, at Boswell:
Derek Anderson, illustrator of Waking DragonsLittle Quack, and Hot Rod Hamster.


Friday, October 26, 7 pm, at Boswell:

Gemma Tarlach, former Journal Sentinel reporter and author of Plaguewalker.


Joan Walsh Monday, October 29, 7 pm, at Boswell:

Joan Anderson, Salon editor at large and author ofWhat’s the Matter with White People: Why We Long for a Golden Age That Never Was 


Tuesday, October 30, 7 pm, at Boswell:

Paul Geneen, author of Schuster’s and Gimbels: Milwaukee’s Beloved Department Stores.


Wednesday, October 31, 7 pm, at Boswell:

Orson Scott Card, author of Ruins, volume 2 of the Pathfinder trilogy, and of courseEnder’s Game.

Read like a monster logo We bid a farewell to Shane, who is off to the bright lights of New York City in early October, while welcoming new Boswellians Paul and Jannis. In October, Hannah, late of Next Chapter, will also join us.
Another addition to the store is our Read Like a Monster tee shirt, designed by the incomparable Dwellephant. It’s available in unisex sizing from small to 2XL, in fitted women’s sizes from small to XL, and in three kids’ sizes too.We’ll have more information on the Boswell and Books blog soon, including a link for ordering online. Maybe it’s time you signed up for the Boswell and Books blog. It might be a little too much bookishness for some, but it strikes me that it might be perfect for you.
Thanks for Your Patronage,
Daniel Goldin, with Amie, Anne, Conrad, Greg, Halley, Jane, Jannis, Jason, Mel, Nick, Pam, Paul, Shane, Sharon, and Stacie.

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WI Book Festival Schedule

For folks not on the Wisconsin Book Festival email list, here’s the website with the festival schedule.

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Talented Children’s Authors/Illustrators New Works Listed

WI-SCBWI’s news release lists recent releases of books written/illustrated by Wisconsin authors and illustrators of children’s books. These are all real winners!

‘Herd’ of these new releases by our authors and illustrators? Check ‘em out!

Picture Books:

Railroad Hank by Lisa Moser, Random House Children’s Books, ISBN: 978-0-375-86849-8
Bedtime for Boo illustrated by Bonnie Leick, Random House – Golden Books, ISBN: 978-0375869914
Clothesline Clues to Jobs People Do by Kathryn Heling and Deborah Hembrook, Charlesbridge, ISBN: 978-1580892513

Middle Grade and Young Adult:

Cork and Fuzz: No Fooling by Dori Chaconas, Viking, ISBN: 978-0-670-01429-3
The No-Dogs-Allowed Rule by Kashmira Sheth, Albert Whitman, ISBN: 978-0807556948
Malcolm at Midnight by W.H. Beck, Houghton Mifflin, ISBN: 978-0547681009
How to Analyze the Works of Suzanne Collins by Sheila Llanas, ABDO, ISBN: 978-1-61783-456-1
Meet Caroline: An American Girl: Caroline’s Secret Message
                                                                      A Surprise for Caroline
                                                                     Caroline Takes a Chance
                                                                    Caroline’s Battle
                                                                   Changes For Caroline, by Kathleen Ernst, American Girl, ISBN: 978-1609581008 (Boxed Set of Six Books)
Personal Effects by E. M. Kokie, Candlewick Press, ISBN: 978-0763655273 (Hardcover), 978-1469206523 (Audio Book)

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South Asia Group to give Children’s Book Award

Here's news from Shawn Brommer, Chair of the 2012 South Asia Book Award Committee and Youth Services/Outreach
Consultant for the South Central Library System.

The South Asia Book Award for Children's and Young Adult Literature invites
you to attend the 2012 SABA Award Ceremony

Saturday, October 13, 2012
6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Wisconsin Studio (3rd floor) Overture Center, 201 State Street, Madison, WI
Please join the SABA Award committee and the South Asia National Outreach
Consortium as they honor the 2012 Awards-winning authors
Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw, author of Same, Same but Different (Henry Holt and
Company, 2011)
Padma Venkatraman, author of Island's End (G.P. Putnam's Sons, division of
Penguin Young Readers Group, 2011)
Gloria Whelan, whose book Small Acts of Amazing Courage (Simon & Schuster,
2011) was a 2012 SABA Honor Book

The South Asia Book Award, administered by the South Asia National Outreach
Consortium, is given annually for up to two outstanding works of
literature, from early childhood to secondary reading levels, which
accurately and skillfully portrays South Asia or South Asians in the
diasporas, that is the experience of individuals living in South Asia, or
of South Asians living in other parts of the world. This year four Honor
Books and five Highly Commended Books were recognized by the award
committee for their contribution to this body of literature on the region.
The complete list of award, honor and highly commended books is available

Please RSVP by October 5, 2012 if you would like to attend the event. Email
your name and affiliation to:

This event is free and open to the public, and sponsored by the South Asia
National Outreach Consortium (SANOC).

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Writer to talk about genesis of a novel

Wisconsin historical writer Rebecca Meacham will talk Monday at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay about her work on a historical novel about the 1871 Peshtigo Fire, which killed from 1,200 to 2,000 people. Meacham’s presentation is part of a UWGB series designed for women, called After Thoughts.

Here are the details:

Topic: “Fiction’s Burning Questions: Novelists, History and the Creative Spark”

• Presenter: Rebecca Meacham, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay associate professor of creative writing, English and women’s and gender studies

• When: 5-7 p.m. Monday

• Admission: $13;, or check to UWGB Foundation, CL 805, 2420 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay, WI 54311; walk-up registration is an option

• Information: (920) 465-2074 or

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‘Railroad Hank’ Arrives

Today was a big day for Lisa Moser. Her new book Railroad Hank came came out.  Railroad Hank, published by Random House for Young Readers, is  Lisa’s sixth picture book and she has three more due out soon. Congratulations, Lisa!

More about this talented and prolific children’s author is at her website

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