Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Reading events in every part of town tonight!

Wednesday, November 3 @ 4pm, Weasler Auditorium 
(1422 West Wisconsin Avenue)
Boswell Book Company will be on-hand to sell books.

Robert D. Putnam, author of American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us and Bowling Alone.  This year's Marburg Lecture at Marquette University features the great Harvard Professor whose seminal work has been one of the most cited of the last decade.  This event is free.

Unique among nations, America is deeply religious, religiously diverse, and remarkably tolerant. But in recent decades the nation’s religious landscape has been reshaped.

America has experienced three seismic shocks, say Robert Putnam and David Campbell. In the 1960s, religious observance plummeted. Then in the 1970s and 1980s, a conservative reaction produced the rise of evangelicalism and the Religious Right. Since the 1990s, however, young people, turned off by that linkage between faith and conservative politics, have abandoned organized religion.

The result has been a growing polarization—the ranks of religious conservatives and secular liberals have swelled, leaving a dwindling group of religious moderates in between. At the same time, personal interfaith ties are strengthening. Interfaith marriage has increased while religious identities have become more fluid. Putnam and Campbell show how this denser web of personal ties brings surprising interfaith tolerance, notwithstanding the so-called culture wars.

American Grace is based on two of the most comprehensive surveys ever conducted on religion and public life in America. It includes a dozen in-depth profiles of diverse congregations across the country, which illuminate how the trends described by Putnam and Campbell affect the lives of real Americans.
David E. Campbell is the John Cardinal O'Hara, C.S.C. Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame as well as a research fellow with the Institute for Educational Initiatives. He is the author, coauthor, or editor of several books, and his work has also appeared in the Journal of Politics, Public Opinion Quarterly, and the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.  He lives near South Bend, Indiana.
Myla Goldberg, author of A False Friend
Wednesday, November 3 @7pm, Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center (6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd., Whitefish Bay)
From the bestselling author of Bee Season comes an astonishingly complex psychological drama with a simple setup: two  eleven-year-old girls, best friends and fierce rivals, go into the woods. Only one comes out . . .

Leaders of a mercurial clique of girls, Celia and Djuna reigned mercilessly over their three followers. One after­noon, they decided to walk home along a forbidden road. Djuna disappeared, and for twenty years Celia blocked out how it happened.

The lie Celia told to conceal her misdeed became the accepted truth: everyone assumed Djuna had been abducted, though neither she nor her abductor was ever found. Celia’s unconscious avoidance of this has meant that while she and her longtime boyfriend, Huck, are professionally successful, they’ve been unable to move forward, their relationship falling into a rut that threatens to bury them both.

Celia returns to her hometown to confess the truth, but her family and childhood friends don’t believe her. Huck wants to be supportive, but his love can’t blind him to all that contra­dicts Celia’s version of the past.

Celia’s desperate search to understand what happened to Djuna has powerful consequences. A deeply resonant and emotionally charged story, The False Friend explores the adults that children become—leading us to question the truths that we accept or reject, as well as the lies to which we succumb.
Co-sponsored with Slow Food Wisconsin Southeast

Celebrate National Butchers week with Bolzano Artisan Meats and Slow Food Wisconsin Southeast by meeting Milwaukee’s own Scott Buer, featured as one of the top 50 butchers in the country in a new book by Marissa Guggiana, Primal Cuts, replete with profiles, recipes, practical advice with pictorial assistance and tons of insider information into the new, “slow,” meat industry.  One of the farmers who provides Bolzano with hogs will also be on hand.
Scott BuerScott Buer is the owner of Bolzano Artisan Meats, a Riverwest charcuterie specializing in the art of dry curing, and one of the only ones nationwide that makes its product using locally raised heirloom hogs. Bolzano meats are available around the state at various specialty food stores and online, though Buer also brings his product to area farmers markets throughout the year.
Slow Food Wisconsin Southeast is a local branch of the non-profit organization Slow Food USA/International.  They offer events and programs to assist in advocating the support of family farms and cooperatives, promotion of locally grown food, support for school gardens, conservation of regional culinary traditions and the maintenance of biodiversity.

Beth Hoffman, author of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt
Wednesday, November 3 @7pm, Next Chapter Bookshop

Beth Hoffman's bestseller Saving CeeCee Honeycutt is out in paperback now, and that's great news for book clubs!

At the heart of Hoffman's novel is twelve-year-old CeeCee who has been shouldering the burden of caring for her psychologically troubled mother, Camille, for much of her young life. It's 1967 and they live in Ohio, but Camille is certain that it's 1951 and she's just been crowned the Vidalia Onion Queen of Georgia.

The day CeeCee discovers her mother in the front yard wearing a tattered prom dress, she knows her mother has completely flipped. When Camille meets a tragic end, it brings CeeCee's Great Aunt Tootie into her life. CeeCee is whisked away to Savannah Georgia, a world of perfumed prosperty and Southern eccentricity. She's fascinated by the denizens of her new world and thrives on her new friendships, particularly with her aunt's cook, Oletta. Before CeeCee can bloom into a Georgia peach, she must face the fact that her mother's legacy isn't easy to escape.

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