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Sanford Stein, author of Retail Schmetail: ONE Hundred Years, TWO Immigrants, THREE Generations, FOUR Hundred Projects
Saturday March 15, at 2:00 pm
What’s better than talking retail in a bookstore?! Sanford Stein is appearing at Boswell to introduce his latest, Retail Schmetail: ONE Hundred Years, TWO Immigrants, THREE Generations, FOUR Hundred Projects, a lively, thorough, and slightly irreverent examination of 100 years of American retailing.
Retail Schmetail is a hybrid business book/memoir inspired by growing up in a retailing family in mid-century Milwaukee. The experience of observing his dad and Uncle, Al and Lou Stein, go from accidental retailers to legitimate brand builders with the creation of Pill & Puff, a Milwaukee retail institution, served as Stein's personal petrie dish for a 40-year career in retail planning, design and trend forecasting.
Twin brothers and mid-century entrepreneurs Al and Lou Stein ran a Milwaukee shop that seemed more like a garage sale than a bona fide retail operation. While neither of these "from the gut" marketing guys had a formal education, they compensated for it with their ingenuity, drive, and legendary sense of humor. Al's oldest son, Sandy, spent countless hours observing antics and absorbing insights of fifties consumerism. This primed him for a wide-ranging career in retail design and consumer trending, shared in the pages of Retail Schmetail. Here he lifts the veil on the psychological, emotional, and design constructs that separate the defining brands from the also-rans, with clear insight on what the "virtual" reinvention of retail means for all of us. No guide is more qualified than Sandy Stein to tell us why we buy what we buy, and how we'll buy and sell in the future.
About the Author: Sanford Stein is a designer, retail trend forecaster, speaker, and writer, as well as trusted advisor to some of this country's leading brands. Since 1981, SteinDesign and Stein LLC have created over 400 retail projects nationally and internationally, ranging from prototypes to niche concepts, and store-in-store branded shops.
Joanne Fluke, author of The Blackberry Pie Murder
Tuesday March 18, at 7:00 pm
Readers keep coming back for another helping of New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Joanne Fluke’s mysteries, featuring Minnesota bake shop owner Hannah Swensen and her delicious original recipes. This event features blackberry pie cupcakes provided by the Milwaukee Cupcake Company as a delicious accompaniment to Fluke’s reading and signing.
In March 2014, Fluke and Hannah return with The Blackberry Pie Murder¸ a caper with over 22 recipes from Treasure Chest Cookies to—of course—Fresh Blackberry Pie interspersed throughout. In The Blackberry Pie Murder, the series’ sleuth suddenly finds herself going from baking cookie bars to behind prison bars after she accidentally hits a man with her cookie truck while driving down a winding country road. Hannah is wracked with guilt until Doc Knight’s autopsy reveals the victim was dead before Hannah even hit him, his shirt covered in stains that could come from one thing: Blackberry Pie. Now Hannah’s on the trail of a pie baker with a penchant for murder. And it’s going to take more than sugar and spice to catch this killer! Joanne Fluke never fails to cook up culinary mysteries that are just as famous for their scrumptious excess of calories as for their eccentric characters and unexpected endings.
"For an enjoyable cozy mystery and lots of new recipes, readers need look no further." —Mystery News
About the Author: Joanne Fluke is the New York Times bestselling author of the Hannah Swensen mysteries, which include Apple Turnover Murder, Cinnamon Roll Murder, Red Velvet Cupcake Murder, and the book that started it all, Chocolate Chip Cookie Murder. Like Hannah Swensen, Joanne Fluke was born and raised in a small town in rural Minnesota, but now lives in Southern California.
A North Shore Library Event with Shannon Hale, author of Dangerous
Wednesday March 19, at 6:30 pm
The North Shore Library is located at 6800 N. Port Washington Road in Glendale, Wisconsin.
Newbery Honor winner and New York Times bestselling author, Shannon Hale, will discuss and sign copies of her latest young adult novel, Dangerous, at the North Shore Library in Glendale. Touted as a brand-new, rip-roaring superhero adventure, New York Times bestselling author of The Maze Runner Trilogy James Dashner says of Dangerous: "This is one of the best books I’ve ever read. Ever."
A new genre, but featuring the same brilliant storytelling and well-rounded characters for which Hale is known, Dangerous breaks the barriers between science fiction and superhero adventure. When Maisie Danger Brown applied for space camp, she just wanted to get away from home for a bit, see something new. She never intended to fall in love. And she never imagined stumbling into a frightening plot that has her and her new friends running for their lives while they try to manage the new superpowers they’ve accidentally developed. But there's no going back now—Maisie is the only thing that can save the human race from annihilation. In an action-adventure story that explores a confusing first love, dealing with a disability, and the difficulties of maturing (while saving the world!), this explosive book is sure to leave both longtime Shannon fans and avid sci-fi readers completely breathless.
About the Author: Since the publication of her first book, The Goose Girl, in 2003, Shannon Hale has become a beloved author to young readers as well as booksellers and educators. Her third novel, Princess Academy, earned her a Newbery Honor and was a New York Times, Book Sense, and Publishers Weekly bestseller. The sequel, Palace of Stone, was also a New York Times bestseller. Her books have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Shannon lives near Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband, Dean, and their four children.
Lydia Kang, author of Control
Thursday March 20, at 6:30 pm at Oak Creek Library, located 8620 S. Howell Avenue in Oak Creek
Control, the debut by physician-turned-author Lydia Kang, is the perfect thriller for fans age 8 and up of Uglies and dystopian sci-fi novels. Set in 2150—in a world of automatic cars, nightclubs with auditory ecstasy drugs, and guys with four arms—Control is about the human genetic "mistakes" that society wants to forget, and the way that outcasts can turn out to be heroes.
From Kirkus Reviews: "A teenage scientist struggles to rescue her abducted sister in Kang's debut novel. After their father dies from injuries sustained in a freak accident, Zelia and her younger sister, Dylia, are left orphaned in a dystopian future America. They've scarcely begun to grieve when they are violently separated: Dylia is kidnapped by strangers who want to profit from her DNA, while Zelia ends up in Carus House, an underground organization that shelters people whose genetic mutations make their very existence illegal. A student of molecular biology, Zelia soon begins her own analysis of Dylia's DNA, hoping it holds the key to saving her. She also finds herself drawn to Cyrad, a brooding Carus House resident. Their steamy, romantic relationship raises the stakes of the story, but it's also a little disturbing: Zelia may be 17, but she's a late bloomer who hasn't matured sexually. Throughout the novel, Kang's scrupulous attention to scientific detail adds authenticity but also contributes to the uneven pace; the middle portion feels especially slow after the action-packed opening. The novel works as a stand-alone, but the ending leaves the door open to a sequel. This humdrum addition to an overcrowded field is for die-hard dystopia fans only."
About the Author: Lydia Kang is a doctor who decided writing was maybe just as much fun as medicine, so, now she does both. She lives with her husband and three children in Omaha, Nebraska.
Brandon Sanderson, author of Words of Radiance: Volume 2 of the Stormlight Archive
Saturday March 22, at 7:00 pm
Brandon Sanderson is a master of his craft and he’s headed back to Milwaukee to introduce the second book in the Stormlight Archive, Words of Radiance, the epic sequel to The Way of Kings. This self-proclaimed literary "architect" (to use George R. R. Martin’s terminology) and prolific fantasy phenom is a fascinating and inspiring speaker—you won’t want to miss this event!
In The Way of Kings, readers enter the world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war. Among those caught up in the conflict are Brightlord Dalinar Kholin, who leads the human armies; his sister Jasnah, a renowned scholar; her student Shallan, a brilliant but troubled young woman; and Kaladin, a military slave who, by the book’s end, had become the first magically endowed Knight Radiant in centuries. In Words of Radiance, their intertwined stories will continue and, as Sanderson fans have come to expect, develop in unexpected, wonderfully surprising directions.
About the Author: Brandon Sanderson grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. He lives in Utah with his wife and children and teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University. He had the honor of completing Robert Jordan’s classic The Wheel of Time series and is the author of the bestselling Mistborn series.
Brigid Pasulka, author of The Sun and Other Stars
Tuesday March 25, at 7:30 pm
Just in time for World Cup, PEN/Hemingway Award winner Brigid Pasulka will discuss and sign her latest novel, The Sun and Other Stars, which takes place in a soccer-obsessed town on Italy’s sun-drenched Ligurian coast. There’s no better way to kick off spring and get you excited for World Cup than this event with Brigid Pasulka as she presents what is sure to be the next runaway spring bestseller!
Lauded by National Book Award winner Julia Glass, The Sun and Other Stars will move you. She writes: "What’s it about? I might answer, What’s life about? But I’ll toss out some teasers: There’s this Italian village obsessed with soccer. There’s this young man crippled by anger and grief in the wake of two deaths, struggling to be a loyal son. There’s this big celebrity hiding from the paparazzi. There’s a Girl. (Of course there is.) There’s farce, tragedy, and tawdry scandal. A butcher shop. A flood. The Sistine Chapel ceiling. Think of the funniest book you’ve recently read that also made you weep. After you finish The Sun and Other Stars, that one will be displaced. I envy you the experience of opening this story for the very first time. You are about to fall in love. I promise."
About the Author: Brigid Pasulka is the author of A Long, Long Time Ago and Essentially True, which won the 2010 Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award and was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Pasulka currently lives in Chicago with her husband and runs the writing center at a public high school.
Get Ready for National Poetry Month! with Angela Sorby, co-editor of Over the River and Through the Wood: An Anthology of Nineteenth-Century American Children’s Poetry
Wednesday March 26, at 7:00 pm
April is National Poetry Month, so we’re getting you ready with a discussion of Over the River and Through the Wood: An Anthology of Nineteenth-Century American Children’s Poetry co-edited by Bay View poet and scholar, Angela Sorby. This talk is perfect for adults who love poetry, scholarship, Children’s literature, local authors, but especially for adults who love to listen to a dynamic and engaging speaker whose enthusiasm for her subject will make you joyful and nostalgic.
Over the River and Through the Wood is the first and only collection of its kind, offering readers an unequaled view of the quality and diversity of nineteenth-century American children's poetry from famous names such as Ralph Waldo Emerson to less familiar figures like Christina Moody, an African American author who published her first book at sixteen. This groundbreaking anthology is complemented by period illustrations and includes work by poets from all geographical regions, as well as rarely seen poems by immigrant and ethnic writers and by children themselves.
Harvard University’s Robin Bernstein calls Over the River and Through the Wood: "… a vast, rich, astonishing collection... a book to savor, to delight in, and above all, to teach."
About the Editor: Angela Sorby is a poet and scholar who lives in the Bay View neighborhood of Milwaukee. An associate professor and the Director of First-Year English at Marquette University, she is also the author of three collections of poetry and a critical study titled Schoolroom Poets: Childhood, Performance, and the Place of American Poetry.
A Riverside Park Urban Ecology Center Event with Joel Greenberg, author of A Feathered River Across the Sky: The Passenger Pigeon’s Flight to Extinction
Monday March 31, at 7:00 pm
The Riverside Park Urban Ecology Center is located at 1500 E. Park Place in Milwaukee. This event was made possible by co-sponsors Christi and John Clancy.
How could a species that numbered in the billions as late as 1860 completely disappear by 1914? What does that say about our current relationship with the natural world? With the centenary of the passenger pigeon’s extinction quickly approaching, Joel Greenberg wanted to mark the event, which led to the writing of A Feathered River Across the Sky: The Passenger Pigeon’s Flight to Extinction and a broader hope that the anniversary could be a vehicle for informing the public about the bird and the importance that its story has to current conservation issues.
In fascinating detail, Greenberg explains that the pigeons’ propensity to nest, roost, and fly together in vast numbers made them vulnerable to unremitting market and recreational hunting. The expansion of railroads and telegraph lines created national markets that allowed the birds to be pursued relentlessly. Human beings destroyed passenger pigeons almost every time they encountered them, and they used every imaginable device in the process. Unrelenting carnage reduced the population to the point where it began its inexorable spiral to obliteration. Whether a concerted effort could have reversed the decline and altered the outcome was a question asked far too late for any attempt to have even been tried. A Feathered River Across the Sky paints a vivid picture of the passenger pigeon’s place in literature, art, and the hearts and minds of those who witnessed this epic bird, while providing a cautionary tale of what happens when species and natural resources are not harvested sustainably.
"Fascinating… characterized by its urgency, and by Greenberg's passion…" —Chicago Reader
About the Editor: Joel Greenberg is a research associate of the Chicago Academy of Sciences Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and the Field Museum. Author of three books, including A Natural History of the Chicago Region, Greenberg has taught natural history courses for the Morton Arboretum, Brookfield Zoo, and Chicago Botanic Garden. He helped spearhead Project Passenger Pigeon to focus attention on human-caused extinctions. Greenberg lives in Westmont, Illinois.
J. Thomas Ganzer, author of Chicago Secrets
Wednesday April 2, at 7:00 pm
Join us for a suspenseful evening with local author Joe Ganzer, writing as J. Thomas Ganzer, as he presents his debut mystery novel, Chicago Secrets. Full of insider information from a man well-versed in the field, Chicago Secrets will take you on an adventure through the lengths an everyman goes to when suddenly faced with his wife’s secret life.
Joe Haise is a bland, bow tie-wearing Assistant US Attorney in Chicago handling low-level fraud for the federal government. His stable job and stable marriage provide him a predictable—perhaps even boring—life. But one evening he scoops up his wife Tina's phone by mistake and reads a cryptic text from an unknown number. Joe's world descends into chaos when he pieces together several random events and discovers Tina is moonlighting as a high-priced escort for Chicago's jet set. In his fervor to uncover the seedy details of her secret life, Joe must confront a dark secret of his own. Can Joe use his knowledge of the law to manipulate those around him to do his bidding? And what could one do, a federal prosecutor no less, if one had no conscience?
About the Author: Joe Ganzer, writing as "J. Thomas Ganzer," is an attorney practicing in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Armed with a diverse career, J. Thomas offers his readers a unique perspective on the traditional legal thriller, focusing on the odd characters and constant one-upmanship lawyers, clerks, and judges know all too well. He has tried cases in both civil and criminal matters in private practice and at the Wisconsin Department of Justice. He currently practices civil litigation for the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District.
Crystal Chan, author of Bird
Thursday April 3, at 7:00 pm
Wisconsin-born author Crystal Chan shares her debut novel Bird, a tale great for ages 8 and up, of twelve-year old Jewel, who was born on the day her brother died and grew up in a house of secrets. A new boy arrives in her Iowa town and may help her find answers despite Jewel’s Jamaican grandfather’s warning that the boy is "duppy," a malevolent spirit.
It’s only natural to have silence and secrets in your family when you’re born on the same day that your brother died. At least, that’s sure what it seems like for twelve-year old Jewel. Add to that the fact that you’re the only mixed-race family in your rural Iowan town, and well, life can get kind of lonely sometimes. But when a boy named John moves into her town, his courage and charisma immediately stand out and the two kids instantly click. John’s presence, however, has an unsettling effect on her family. As the thick layers of silence in her family begin to unravel, Jewel finds that her life is not as stable nor her family’s expectations as certain as she once thought. Suddenly, Jewel needs to choose whether to stay loyal to the person her family wants her to be or to claim her own identity, no matter the cost.
"Crystal Chan has written an enthralling first novel about the darkness, light, and beauty that make up the human condition." —Cynthia Kadohata, author of Newbery-winner Kira Kira
About the Author: Crystal Chan grew up as a mixed-race kid in the middle of the Wisconsin cornfields and has been trying to find her place in the world ever since. Over time, she found that her heart lies in public speaking, performing, and ultimately, writing. She has published articles in several magazines, given talks and workshops across the country, facilitated discussion groups at national conferences, and been a professional storyteller for children and adults alike. In Chicago, where Crystal now lives, you will find her biking along the city streets and talking to her pet turtle.
UWM Presents a Curtin Hall Event as part of the series "The Arab and American," with Rabih Alameddine, author of An Unnecessary Woman
Friday April 4, from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Curtin Hall is located on the UWM campus at 3243 North Downer Avenue in Milwaukee.
The celebrated author of five novels, Rabih Alameddine presents his latest as part of the UWM series "The Arab and American," which includes a talk and panel discussion. An Unnecessary Woman is a coming-of-age story in reverse, celebrating the singular life of an obsessive and passionate introvert, revealing Beruit’s beauties and horrors along the way.
A love letter to literature and its power to define who we are, in An Unnecessary Woman, the prodigiously gifted Rabih Alameddine has delivered a nuanced rendering of one woman’s life in the Middle East. Aaliya Sohbi lives alone in her Beirut apartment, surrounded by stockpiles of books. Godless, fatherless, childless, and divorced, Aaliya is her family’s "unnecessary appendage." Every year, she translates a new favorite book into Arabic, then stows it away. The thirty-seven books that Aaliya has translated over her lifetime have never been read—by anyone. In this breathtaking portrait of a reclusive woman’s late-life crisis, readers follow Aaliya’s digressive mind as it ricochets across visions of past and present Beirut. Colorful musings on literature, philosophy, and art are invaded by memories of the Lebanese Civil War and Aaliya’s own volatile past. As she tries to overcome her aging body and spontaneous emotional upwellings, Aaliya is faced with an unthinkable disaster that threatens to shatter the little life she has left.
"For years, I have been heralding the work of Rabih Alameddine, a Lebanese-American writer. His prose is gorgeous, his approach irreverent, and the ideas in his stories are sometimes comical or fantastical, but always deadly serious—very relevant to understanding the complex history behind multiple holy wars today." —Amy Tan, in The New York Times Book Review
About the Author: Rabih Alameddine is the author of the novels The Hakawati; I, The Divine; Koolaids; and the short story collection, The Perv. He divides his time between Beirut and San Francisco and was a 2002 Guggenheim Fellow.
A Milwaukee Public Library Event in the Mozart’s Grove Reading Area with Scott Jacobs, author of Famous Ski Hills in Wisconsin: (And Other Delusions of Grandeur)
Saturday April 5, at 11:00 am
This event will take place in the Mozart’s Grove Reading Area of the Milwaukee Public Library, located at 807 W. Wisconsin Avenue in Milwaukee.
Reporter, filmmaker, political consultant, community activist, and the author of several books, Scott Jacobs brings his unique brand of humor to the Milwaukee Public Library for a talk and signing that will convince you that Wisconsin is not a state—it’s a state of mind.
Just on the other side of Lake Wobegon lie the famous ski hills of Wisconsin, the jumping off point for Scott Jacobs’ funny and poignant stories about growing up in the Midwest. In this wide-ranging collection of humorous essays, Jacobs turns a wry eye on Wisconsin’s favorite pastimes, its plank road breweries, vacation resorts, and family reunions. Famous Ski Hills in Wisconsin is about the little things in life that matter—and some that don’t.
Bill Janz, a career columnist for The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes: "Jacobs shows us the evolution of a boy, a time, an era… He was a Wisconsin kid who typed his way into the future with great heart, adventure, and the gentleness of a dreamer."
About the Author: Scott Jacobs is a reporter, filmmaker, and author of five books. He has written for The Milwaukee Sentinel, Chicago Sun-Times, Slate, Scan, and The Week Behind. A native of Wisconsin, he now lives in Chicago.
Peter Stark, author of Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson’s Lost Pacific Empire: A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival
Tuesday April 8, at 7:00 pm
Outside correspondent Peter Stark will take you on the adventure of a lifetime! Stark’s latest, Astoria, tells the story of America’s first colony on the West coast in what Kirkus calls "[a] fast-paced, riveting account of exploration and settlement, suffering, treachery, and death."
In 1810, John Jacob Astor sent out two advance parties to settle the wild, unclaimed western coast of North America. More than half of his men died violent deaths. The others survived starvation, madness, and greed to shape the destiny of a continent. Unfolding from 1810 to 1813, Astoria is a tale of high adventure and incredible hardship, drawing extensively on firsthand accounts of the men who made the journey. Peter Stark is an adventurer and explorer with first-hand experience of the terrain depicted in Astoria. The author has paddled it, hiked it, climbed it—and is thus able to portray these harrowing situations with vividness and immediacy.
About the Author: Peter Stark is the author of The Last Empty Spaces: A Past and Present Journey Through the Blank Spots on the American Map, Last Breath: The Limits of Adventure, At the Mercy of the River: An Exploration of the Last African Wilderness, and the essay collection Driving to Greenland: Arctic Travel, Northern Sport, and Other Ventures in the Heart of Winter. He also edited the anthology Ring of Ice: True Tales of Adventure, Exploration, and Arctic Life. A correspondent for Outside, he has written for Smithsonian and The New Yorker, among other publications, and has been nominated for a National Magazine Award. He lives in Montana.
Matthew Algeo, author of Pedestrianism: When Watching People Walk Was America’s Favorite Spectator Sport, in conversation with WUWM’s and Lake Effect’s Mitch Teich
Thursday April 10, at 7:00 pm
From star athletes to endorsement deals and scandals, Pedestrianism tells the story of America’s most peculiar sport: walking. Author and All Things Considered contributor, Matthew Algeo, reveals the thrilling and unusual history of walking as a spectator sport in conversation with WUWM’s Mitch Teich.
It started with a friendly bet—if Lincoln won the presidential election in 1860, Edward Payson Weston would have to walk from the State House in Boston to the Capitol in Washington, a distance of some 478 miles over ten consecutive days, arriving in time for the inauguration. Though Weston was five hours late for the ceremony, his unprecedented journey propelled him into the limelight and paved the walkway for pedestrianism to become the next American pastime. Pedestrianism: When Watching People Walk Was America’s Favorite Spectator Sport by Matthew Algeo explores the once popular sport of competitive walking and the little-known roots of modern spectator sports in the United States, explaining how walkers like Weston quickly rose to celebrity status on par with today’s household names like LeBron James and Tiger Woods.
The top pedestrians earned a fortune in prize money and endorsement deals, and the sport opened doors for immigrants, African Americans and women. Of course, the popularity of pedestrianism invited inevitable scandals that still resonate in modern times—doping charges, insider gambling and riots. Pedestrianism provides a fascinating account of these events, and explores how the corporate sports industry as we know it today got its start. Algeo is conscious throughout of pedestrianism’s contrast to our mostly sedentary society, noting one reporter’s prescient fear that "walking will become a lost art." In an engaging and often-surprising historical narrative that chronicles competitive walking's peculiar appeal and popularity, its rapid demise, and its enduring influence, Pedestrianism draws on meticulous research—contemporaneous newspaper articles, academic reports and first-hand accounts—in the first dedicated history of the sport.
About the Author: Matthew Algeo’s stories and interviews have appeared on numerous national programs, including All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and the Bob Edwards Show, and his books have been featured in renowned print publications including The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. Algeo is the author of Last Team Standing, The President is a Sick Man and Harry Truman’s Excellent Adventure: The True Story of a Great American Road Trip, which was named one of the Best Books of 2009 by the Washington Post.
Patrick O’Keeffe, author of The Visitors, in conversation with UWM’s Valerie Laken
Friday April 11, at 7:00 pm
Join us for an evening conversation between Story Prize–winning author of The Hill Road, Patrick O’Keeffe, and UWM Professor and author of Separate Kingdoms, Valerie Laken as they discuss O’Keeffe’s latest, The Visitors. This event is co-sponsored by the UWM Department of English Creative Writing Program.
A lyrical novel set in America and Ireland, The Visitors moves back and forth in time and place to weave the story of two Irish families forever linked by love, secrets, and their heritage. James Dwyer was born in rural county Limerick before moving to Dublin as a teenager and ultimately settling in Ann Arbor. One night James’s past appears in the form of a down-and-out man named Walter, who issues an invitation for James to come to Upstate New York to visit his old childhood neighbor, Kevin Lyons. Although neither James nor Kevin particularly cares for each other, there’s no denying their complicated past. Kevin and James’s sister, Tess, were lovers while James fell hard for Kevin’s sister, Una. Illuminating the precarious balance of family intimacies and how stories can carry over from one generation to the next, O’Keeffe’s The Visitors further delivers on the elegant prose and plotting that earned him critical acclaim and the Story Prize for The Hill Road.
About the Author: Patrick O’Keeffe was born in Ireland, but he has lived in the US for over twenty years. He received a BA in English at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, and an MFA in fiction writing at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. His collection of stories, The Hill Road, was a Barnes and Noble Discovery selection and received the The Story Prize for 2005. O'Keeffe received a Whiting Award for fiction writing and has taught at the University of Michigan, Colgate University, and the University of Cincinnati. He is currently an assistant professor of creative writing at Ohio University.
Other Confirmed Author Appearances
Monday, April 14, 6:00 pm - Andy Griffiths, author of The 26-Story Treehouse, at the Franklin Public Library, located 9151 W Loomis Road in Franklin
Wednesday, April 16, 7:00 pm - Brian Kimberling, author of Snapper
Thursday, April 17, 7:00 pm - Stuart Shea, author of Wrigley Field: The Long Life and Contentious Times of the Friendly Confines
Thursday, April 17, 6:30 pm - Erik Pankey gives the Boudreaux Reading, at the Edith S. Hefter Center, located 3271 N. Lake Drive in Milwaukee
Tuesday, April 22, 7:00 pm - Brian Freeman, author of The Cold Nowhere: A Jonathan Stride Novel
Wednesday, April 23, 7:00 pm - Ann Peters, author of House Hold: A Memoir of Place, as part of the Women’s Speaker Series at the Lynden Sculpture Garden, located 2145 W. Brown Deer Road
Thursday, April 24, 7:00 pm - Meg Wolitzer, author of The Interestings
Monday, April 28, 7:00 pm - Gabrielle Zevin, author of The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry
Monday, April 28, 7:00 pm - Tim Corrigan, author of An Invitation to Chateau Du Grand-Luce: Decorating a Great French Country House, at the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum, located 2220 N. Terrace Avenue in Milwaukee
Tuesday, April 29, 7:00 pm - Floyd Skloot, author of Revertigo: An Off-Kilter Memoir