Geraldine Brooks, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of March, People of the Book, and other beloved novels visits virtually for a conversation about her new novel, Horse, a sweeping story of spirit, obsession, and injustice across American history. In conversation with journalist Sarah Maslin Nir, Pulitzer-finalist and staff reporter for The New York Times. Presented by Boswell in partnership with Anderson’s Bookshops, Watermark Books & Café, and Cuyahoga County Public Library.
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A discarded painting in a junk pile, a skeleton in an attic, and the greatest racehorse in American history: from these strands, Brooks braids together a novel of art and science, love and obsession, and our unfinished reckoning with racism. Based on the remarkable true story of the record-breaking thoroughbred Lexington, this book is perfect for Brooks’s fans, as she blends real historical figures and fictional characters into a story based on deep research about horse racing in the antebellum period and how it was built on the labor of Black horsemen.
Early reviews are great, and Horse has earned a trifecta of starred reviews from Kirkus, Library Journal, and Booklist, which writes: "With exceptional characterizations, Pulitzer Prize-winner Brooks tells an emotionally impactful tale... settings are pitch-perfect, and the story brings to life the important roles filled by Black horsemen in America’s past. Brooks also showcases the magnificent beauty and competitive spirit of Lexington himself."
Geraldine Brooks is author of the the international bestsellers The Secret Chord, Caleb’s Crossing, and Year of Wonders. She has also written the acclaimed nonfiction works Nine Parts of Desire and Foreign Correspondence. Sarah Maslin Nir was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting for her groundbreaking and industry-changing reportage on the working conditions of nail salon workers.
Boswell hosts an evening featuring Milwaukee author Harry Pinkus for the first installment of his brand new thriller series, an intriguing good versus evil story where a private investigator and the FBI team up to bring down an unscrupulous mob that preys on people’s financial misfortunes.
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The novel begins when a woman hires private investigator Miles Darien to track down her missing daughter Olivia. When he finds her, she's barely alive as a result of an infection after having a kidney surgically removed. Turns out the kidney was payment for an illegal loan given by criminals who prey on people in dire financial trouble by forcing them to use their bodies as collateral.
Now, Olivia can’t seek medical care or go to the police because the criminals have threatened to kill her if she does. Miles must bring down the criminals to keep them from silencing Olivia. They join forces with the FBI to look for the syndicate behind these loans. But the syndicate is also hunting them, trying to erase any trail that would lead back to them. Who will erase who first?
Harry Pinkus attended the University of Wisconsin, and his career as a writer includes creating marketing content for both digital and print media. He is author of The Kingmaker's Redemption.
Boswell hosts an evening featuring writing coach Mary Allen for a conversation about her new memoir, The Deep Limitless Air, with Milwaukee-based writing coach and author Rochelle Melander.
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Mary Allen’s new memoir is a funny, warm, and heartbreaking book. In this tour-de-force collection of interconnected personal essays, Allen reflects on past loves, friends, life with and without family; on meditation, obsession, and insomnia; and on the humans and animals, spiritual questions and personal dilemmas that absorb her attention. With earned wisdom and light-handed spirituality, Allen poses and answers questions large and small - Will she and her father get those honeybees into their new hive while her rageful mother watches from the house? Is someone like the Wizard of Oz orchestrating her recurring dreams? How will she overcome her fears of flying and public speaking to give a speech in New York? And what is that pair of purple panties doing in the middle of the Mojave Desert where she is completely lost?
Kirkus Reviews says of Allen’s book: "Quiet, touching reflections on loss, grief, and self-discovery." And from Jo Ann Beard, author of Festival Days: "Allen's beguiling and brilliant writing will leave you exhilarated. Simply put, read this book."
Mary Allen is author of The Rooms of Heaven and has received a National Endowment for the Arts creative writing fellowship and a Paul Engle/James Michener Fellowship. Her writing has appeared in Poets and Writers, Real Simple, CNN Online, and in the anthology If I Don’t Make It, I Love You: Survivors in the Aftermath of School Shootings. She has an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has taught in the University of Iowa’s nonfiction writing MFA program, the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, and the Rhetoric Department at the University of Iowa. Rochelle Melander is author of books including Level Up, Write-A-Thon, and Mightier than the Sword.
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