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Paul Bialas presents Schlitz Brewing Art, with special guest Peter T. Uihlein
Monday December 9, at 7:00 pm
Last year Paul Bialas brought us Pabst: An Excavation of Art which looked at the past, present, and future of Pabst Brewing through unique photographs capturing the ghosts of that brewer’s heyday. His new book, Schlitz Brewing Art, features evocative interior images from the famous Joseph Schlitz Brewery. These striking photographs, accompanied by written excerpts, anecdotes, and quotations illuminating the brewery’s dynamic past, preserve the historical witness of these now-silent buildings—it being nearly three decades since their activity ceased.
As an added bonus, attached at the back of the book is a 70-minute CD featuring recollections and commentary from former Schlitz employees, as well as original music composed by local artists and the author. The result is a singular photographic and auditory tour of the long-abandoned laboratories and brew houses which produced “The beer that made Milwaukee famous.”
Joining Paul Bialas will be Peter Uihlein, a 4th generation employee of the Joseph Schlitz Brewing Company. Born in Milwaukee during the brewery's dominance, he worked in both sales and marketing for the company until Schlitz was sold in 1982. He was the last of many members of his family to have worked there.
About the Author: An enthusiastic and self-motivated photographer, Paul Bialas is recognized for his images of nature, people, and local sites of interest. In recognition of his photographic preservation of the Pabst and Schlitz breweries, Paul recently received the “Excellence in Literature and Outstanding Achievement” award from the American Breweriana Association in June of 2013. A Midwestern native, Paul lives in the Milwaukee area with his wife and their two young sons.
Chef Sandy D’Amato talks about his memoir, Good Stock: Life on a Low Simmer
Tuesday December 17, at 7:00 pm
“A natural storyteller, the Milwaukee-born chef has shared plenty of life anecdotes over 13 years of writing the ‘Kitchen Technician.’ But read his new memoir and you'll feel as though you've traveled right alongside him on his colorful, winding journey from Sicilian grocer's son to James Beard Award-winning chef and nationally renowned restaurateur...For a guy who says writing as a schoolboy had him "sweating like a Death Row inmate," the book is a polished, entertaining read. And, like the man himself, it conveys warmth, sincerity, humility and a good dose of fun.” - Nancy Stohs, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
A childhood spent living above his grandparents’ grocery store on the lower East side of Milwaukee inspired Sanford “Sandy” D’Amato to pursue a culinary career at a time when the landscape of eating and cooking was changing rapidly. In 1974, he graduated from the Culinary Institute of America, going on to become the first American cook at Le Veau d'Or and join Chef Roland Chenus in the groundbreaking opening of Le Chantilly. To D'Amato, though, the Midwest always signified home. He returned to Milwaukee and opened his own restaurant, Sanford, in 1989, in the same space his grandparents’ grocery store once occupied.
Sanford went on to become one of the highest-rated restaurants in America, earning accolades from Bon Appétit, Gourmet, Food & Wine, Esquire, Wine Spectator, Zagat Guide, and the James Beard Foundation. That reputation earned D’Amato an opportunity to cook for the Dalai Lama and the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics, and he was one of 12 chefs chosen by Julia Child herself to cook for her 80th birthday celebration. Thus, the story of Sanford, the man and the restaurant, is in part the story of America embracing fine dining and accepting chefs as master craftsmen. With personal photos and over 80 of D’Amato’s favorite recipes, readers will be inspired to approach all meals—from hot dogs to monkfish—with equal love, soul, and respect.
About the Author: Sanford D'Amato graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in 1974. In December 1989, he opened Sanford Restaurant on the former site of his father and grandfather's grocery store. It has long been recognized as one of the most respected and top-ranked restaurants in the nation.
Story Time with Jannis: Bear Has a Story to Tell
Sunday January 12, at 11:00 am
Grab a carpet square and gather ‘round because we’re bringing back story time! Perfect for kids who are 18 months of age and older, story times will feature different books and activities on a theme, the second Sunday of every month at 11am.
This month, Jannis will read from Bear Has a Story to Tell by Caldecott Medalists Erin and Philip C. Stead, as well as other books featuring animals and winter themes.
Other Confirmed Author Appearances
Thursday, January 2, 7pm - Daniel, Anne, and Jane present author Barbara Pym 101, a celebration of Barbara Pym's 101st birthday
Tuesday, January 7, 7pm - M. Evelina Galang, author of Angel de La Luna and the Fifth Glorious Mystery
Wednesday, January 8, 7pm - Jon Kolb, author of The Summer of Rain: Odyssey of a Young P.I.
Saturday, January 11, 7pm - Samantha Irby, author of Meaty: Essays
Tuesday, January 14, 7pm - Arnie Bernstein, author of Swastika Nation: Fritz Kuhn and the Rise and Fall of the German-American Bund, co-sponsored by the UWM Sam and Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies and the Harry and Rose Samson Family JCC Milwaukee.
Friday, January 17, 7pm - Ben Tanzer, author of Orphans, B.J. Hollars, author of Sightings, and Joseph Bates, author of Tomorrowland
Monday, January 20, 2014, 7pm - Jennifer Chiaverini, author of Mrs. Lincoln's Rival; at the Brookfield Public Library, 1900 N. Calhoun Rd., Brookfield. Co-sponsored by Patched Works.
Monday, January 20, 7pm - William P. Jones, author of The March on Washington: Jobs, Freedom, and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights, co-sponsored by the UWM Urban Studies Programs.
Wednesday, January 29, 7pm - Patrick Ness, author of The Crane Wife
Friday, January 31, 7pm - Malcolm Gladwell, author of David & Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants; ticketed event at the UWM Helene Zelazo Center, 2419 E. Kenwood Blvd., Milwaukee. Co-sponsored by the UWM Bookstore. On sale soon.
Tuesday, February 4, 7pm - Tim Federle, author of Five, Six, Seven, Nate! with a location to be finalized.
Monday, February 10, 2014, 7pm - Sue Monk Kidd, author of The Invention of Wings; at Milwaukee Public Library's Centennial Hall, 733 N. Eighth St.
Thursday, February 13, 7pm - Len Vlahos, author of The Scar Boys
Tuesday, February 18, 7pm - Ilsa J. Bick, author of White Space: Book One of the Dark Passages, with a talk on the psychological underpinnings of her young adult novels
Wednesday, February 19, 7pm - Sheila Turnage, author of The Ghosts of Tupelo Landing
Thursday, February 20, 7pm - Michael Hainey, author of After Visiting Friends: A Son's Story
Monday, February 24, 7pm - Gina Frangello, author of A Life in Men
Wednesday, February 26, 7pm - Michio Kaku, author of The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind
Wednesday, March 12, 7pm - Cara Black, author of Murder in Pigalle
Tuesday, March 18, 7pm - Joanne Fluke, author of The Blackberry Pie Murder
Friday, March 21, 7pm - Liz Czukas, author of Ask Again Later
Friday, April 11, 7pm - Patrick O'Keeffe, author of The Visitors, in conversation with Valerie Laken
Thursday April 24, 7pm - Meg Wolitzer, author of The Interestings
Monday, April 28, 7pm - Gabrielle Zevin, author of The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry