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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Book Preview

We’re all familiar with the agonizing scenario: the family dining table that serves as a battleground; the television set (and, increasingly, the Internet) that serves as a palliative and the drugs, alcohol or infidelity that serve as emotional props. American popular culture and literature is resplendent with memorably dysfunctional families, whether it’s through the writings of Eugene O’Neill and Raymond Carver or animated TV hits like “The Simpsons” and “Family Guy.” The success of shows like “The Osbournes” reveals the delight that viewers take in seeing other people’s dirty laundry aired in public.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008

New Yorker critic shares his vision

A decade ago The New Yorker magazine hired Peter Schjeldahl as their visual art critic. What a coup for a chap who spent his early years in the small towns of Minnesota and South Dakota, dropped out of college and existed on the ragged edge while writing five books of poetry between 1967 and 1981. He’s taught at Harvard and received a Guggenheim fellowship. Come fall, he’ll add the 2008 Clark Prize for Excellence in Arts Writing.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Tonight @ the Downer Avenue Schwartz Bookshop - 7 p.m.

Plenty of citizens complain about the preponderance of big money in American politics, but few are more pissed off about it than syndicated columnist David Sirota, a longtime political organizer. In his angry new book, The Uprising, Sirota documents anger from all sides of the political spectrum, and examines the possibility . . .
Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Tonight @ the Downer Avenue Schwartz Bookshop - 7 p.m.

Best-selling author Jim Crace stops by the Downer Avenue Schwartz Bookshop location tonight at 7 p.m. to read from his latest novel, The Pesthouse, which is now available in paperback. The story is Crace’s most epic yet: In a vaguely post-apocalyptic American future, where much of society has crumbled . . .
Monday, June 2, 2008

Tonight @ the Downer Avenue Schwartz Bookshop - 7 p.m.

Retracing the voyage of French explorers Marquette and Joliet around Wisconsin’s waterways isn’t everyone’s idea of a good time—especially when the journey requires long stretches of hungrily wandering through the dark—but for local writer Steven Faulkner and his teenage son, it’s their text-book definition of good . . .
Thursday, May 29, 2008

Today @ the Alverno College Pitman Theater - 7 p.m.

Iconic journalist Barbara Walters dropped a bombshell recently: In the 1970s, she conducted a long affair with a married United States senator, Edward Brooke. Of course, the announcement was perfectly timed to coincide with the release of her tell-all memoir, Audition, which she’ll be speaking about tonight at 7 p.m. . .
Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Tonight @ the Mequon Schwartz Bookshop - 7 p.m.

Mequon author Sheldon Rusch doesn’t mess around. His novels doll out in spades the kind of fast-paced prose, morbid scenarios and base thrills that mystery/suspense readers jones for. His latest novel, Separated at Death, is his third to use Illinois State Special Agent Elizabeth Hewitt as his protagonist. As if dealing . . .
Monday, May 19, 2008

Tonight @ the Downer Avenue Schwartz Bookshop - 7 p.m.

Street gangs have been blamed on all kinds of causes—from poverty, to bad parenting, to failed drug policies—but author John Hagedorn pinpoints another culprit in his new book A Word of Gangs: globalization. He examines gangs in three cities (Capetown, Chicago and Rio de Janeiro) and comes up with some . . .
Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Tonight @ the Shorewood Schwartz Bookshop - 7 p.m.

It’s gardening season again, so plenty of authors are making the rounds offering their routine gardening tips and suggestions. Wendy Johnson isn’t one of them. In her new book, Gardening at the Dragon’s Gate, she writes not of ways for us to make our plants better, but of the ways plants make us better. Through . . .
Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Tonight @ the Mequon Schwartz Bookshop - 7 p.m.

Think of Christine Schutt’s latest novel, All Souls as a less trashy version of “Gossip Girl” with a whole lot more heart. The book follows the silver-spoon lives of a private (and exclusive) all-girls school in New York City. In addition to the girls’ immaterial teenage concerns (boys, grades, popularity) they must also deal with . . .

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