Boswell Authors Have Milwaukee Connections

The following announcements are shamelessly copied and pasted from this month’s newsletter published by Boswell Book Company, owned by CWW’s 2015 Christopher Latham Sholes Award recipient Daniel Goldin:

Celebrate with The Debut of Lindsay Starck’s Novel at the Milwaukee Public Library, Tuesday, January 26, 5:30 pm reception, 6 pm reading.

We’re so excited to help launch another wonderful novel with local roots. Join is to celebrate Noah’s Wife’s release at Central Library’s Schoenleber Reading Room. Noah’s Wife is the story of a community battered by a relentless downpour from the heavens, a gray and wet little town teeming with eccentric characters who have learned to endure the extraordinary circumstances of the rain with astonishing human fortitude and willfulness.


Jane Glaser at Boswell is a big fan of the book: “Noah’s Wife is a beautifully written story of a town whose existence is threatened by endlessly drenching rain and for whom the townspeople appear to have lost all hope. The arrival of the newly assigned minister, Noah, cannot seem to break through their despair as he begins to have his own crisis of faith. As the waters rise and threaten the viability of the town’s zoo, its main tourist attraction, it is Noah’s wife who leads a small band of townspeople into rescuing the animals and relocating them to the town’s abandoned shops and people’s houses, lending a bit of gentle humor to the story. Yet, when that effort and sandbagging can no longer hold back the advancing flood risk, the citizens, along with the animals, move to the highest point in the town, the church. Readers will fall in love with an unpredictable cast of characters who truly realize what it takes to rely on each other and ultimately come to share a renewed sense of hope as an unsinkable community!”

We’re not the only ones raving about Starck’s novel. Library Journal calledNoah’s Wife “a wise and poignant novel that draws upon the motifs of the biblical flood story to explore the true meaning of community, to examine the remarkable strength of the human spirit, and to ask whether hope can exist even where faith has been lost.” And Booklist called it “a quirky tale with several strong characters…her modern-day fable of faith, hope, loss, and illusion is intriguing.” Look out for a profile in theMilwaukee Journal Sentinel book section this Sunday.


Lindsay Starck studied literature at Yale and creative writing at Notre Dame. She’s now editor-in-chief of Carolina Quarterly and teaches writing at Chapel Hill. But she was born in Wisconsin and raised in the Milwaukee Public Library, where her mom Lorelei worked for many years. Celebrate with us on Tuesday, January 26, with a reception starting at 5:30 and the talk at 6 pm. Central Library is located at 814 W. Wisconsin Ave. in downtown Milwaukee.
Reminder: Deadline for CWW’s contest entries for work published in 2015 is in 10 days — Feb. 1, 2016.

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