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Women's History Month: Dorothy Parker

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Dorothy Parker jacket.jpgDorothy "Dot" Parker was the quintessential 1920's flapper. She was also a brilliant writer, civil rights advocate and social critic. She was a founding member of the famous Algonquin Round Table at the Algonquin Hotel in New York City that included other contemporary celebrities such as Edna Ferber, Robert Benchley and Harpo Marx. Parker was the drama critic for Vanity Fair and starting in 1925 was a frequent contributor to the "Constant Reader" column in the newly published New Yorker where her outrageous wit appeared in book reviews, poetry and short fiction. Parker published several influential short story and poetry collections and was an accomplished screenwriter in her later years. Upon her death in 1967, Parker bequeathed her literary estate to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. After the assassination of Dr. King a few months later, her estate was given to the NAACP.

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Meet Sue Monk Kidd @ Centennial Hall

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Sue Monk Kidd (C) Roland Scarpa.jpgSue Monk Kidd is the award-winning and bestselling author of the novels The Secret Life of Bees and The Mermaid Chair. Her newest novel, The Invention of Wings, is about two unforgettable women, a masterpiece of hope, daring, the quest for freedom, and the desire to have a voice in the world. This exquisitely written novel is a triumph of storytelling that looks with unswerving eyes at one of the most devastating wounds in American history, through characters whose struggles for liberation, empowerment, and expression will leave no reader unmoved.

Books will be available for sale. A book signing follows the event sponsored by Boswell Book Company.

Date: Monday, February 10th, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM. Doors open at 6:30 PM.
Location: Centennial Hall 733 N Eighth St.

Kate.Atkinson.jpgDonate a book to the library and join nationally-acclaimed author of Case Histories Kate Atkinson for a book talk. This event is free and open to the public.

Friday, April 19, 6:30 p.m.
Milwaukee Public Market
400 N. Water St., 2nd Level

Boswell Book Company and the Milwaukee Public Library invite you to Fill the Shelves during Gallery Night in the Third Ward. Popular books from the Library's wish list will be available for purchase and donation to the library's collection. This is the only chance to donate books to be part of the library's collection. Donations will be recognized with a personalized bookplate.

Kate Atkinson will discuss her newest release Life After Life. This book is a thrilling, humorous, horrifying, inspiring, and philosophical contemplation of a life lived, for better or worse (and relived and relived...). Life After Life will be available for purchase at the event from Boswell Book Company.

For more information visit www.mpl.org or www.boswellbookcompany.com.

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"I am always at a loss to know how much to believe of my own stories."
- Washington Irving

It was 230 years ago that Washington Irving was born into this world. Most famous for his short stories Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Both found in his book The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon), Irving became the first internationally acclaimed and best-selling American author. He also wrote many works of nonfiction, from biographies of George Washington to works about Spain. Irving himself even spent some time appointed as the United States Minister to Spain. An American original, and a literary pioneer to boot, it's easy to see why his writing is still relevant and loved today. So why not celebrate Mr. Irving's birthday right and pick up any of his numerous works at your local library?

Meet Author Sherman Alexie!

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Meet Sherman Alexie author of Blasphemy: New and Collected Stories on Tuesday, November 13th! Sherman Alexie's stature as a writer of stories, poetry, and novels has soared over the course of his twenty-two-book, twenty-year career. His wide-ranging and adventurous fiction from The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven to his most recent PEN/Faulkner Award-winning War Dances, have established him as a star in contemporary American literature.

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Tuesday, November 13th
7 p.m. Centennial Hall
733 N. Eighth Street
Book signing following the event; books will be available for purchase


A bold and irreverent observer of life among Native Americans in the Pacific Northwest, the daring, versatile and funny Alexie showcases his many talents in Blasphemy. Included here are some of his most esteemed tales, including "What You Pawn I Will Redeem," in which a homeless Indian man quests to win back a family heirloom; "This Is What It Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona," a road-trip morality tale; "The Toughest Indian in the World," about a night shared between a writer and a hitchhiker; and his most recent, "War Dances," about a man grappling with sudden hearing loss in the wake of his father's death.

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maraniss.jpgDavid Maraniss, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and critically acclaimed biographer of Bill Clinton, will talk about his ground-breaking biography Barack Obama: The Story, a sweeping, multigenerational portrait of the 44th President of the United States. By evoking the times, places, and forces that shaped Obama's personality and life choices, Maraniss rovides the fullest portrayal to date of the man and the politician.

Wednesday, July 18th, 7:00 p.m.
Centennial Hall, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Sponsored by Boswell Book Company and the Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library.

David Maraniss's previous works include First in His Class: A Biography of Bill Clinton, praised by Gary Wills as "the best biography ever written about a president in office." Maraniss's study of the Vietnam War, They Marched into Sunlight: War and Peace, Vietnam and America, October 1967, was called a "must-read nonfiction book" by Maureen Corrigan on National Public Radio.Maraniss has also written acclaimed biographies of Vince Lombardi and Roberto Clemente.

Vanderbilt Cup Grand Auto Races of 1912

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Are you an auto racing enthusiast? 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of the historic Vanderbilt Cup and Grand Prix races in Milwaukee. "Milwaukee's Speed Carnival" was an international road race run on country roads just northwest of Milwaukee's city limits.

Come celebrate this historic event with John Haydon, auto and racing enthusiast and author of Historic Road Racing in Milwaukee: The 1912 Vanderbilt Cup, Grand Prize and Related Road Races. The event will be held on Tuesday, June 12 from 6:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. in the Krug Rare Books Room in the Central Public Library.

Seating is limited, please call 414.286.3011 to register.


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