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Boswell Book Co. Hosts Pete Nelson, Joe Meno

Plus: Milwaukee names its newest poet laureate

Apr. 12, 2010
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Dysfunctional families and lovable down-and-out characters have inspired many best-selling novels, and two new works of fiction continue the tradition of these winning plotlines. Up-and-coming authors Pete Nelson and Joe Meno deliver keen observations on human nature and family dramatics in their books I Thought You Were Dead and The Great Perhaps, respectively.

In addition to being a novelist, Nelson is a nonfiction writer, magazine contributor and songwriter/musician. In I Thought You Were Dead, life is portrayed through a succession of unpleasant obstacles; however, despite the unfortunate string of bad luck facing main character Paul Gustavson, the tale captures the pure joy that comes from someone knowing you better than you know yourself. An outstanding original narrative, I Thought You Were Dead is both touching and funny.

Meno’s fictional offering, The Great Perhaps, is a dynamic saga that follows a contemporary American household. The Caspers are preoccupied with everything unimportant, yet their individual lives illustrate the connections between the ordinary and the astonishing. Previous to The Great Perhaps, Meno published two short-story collections and four novels. A graduate of Columbia College Chicago, Meno currently teaches creative writing at his alma mater.

Both Nelson and Meno will appear for a reading and book-signing at Boswell Book Co. on Tuesday, April 20, at 7 p.m.

Milwaukee is heralding its newest poet laureate, Brenda Cardenas, for a two-year term spent promoting poetry across the city. Cardenas, who received this honorary position from the Milwaukee Public Library, will become the city’s sixth poet laureate. Cardenas lends humor and compassion to her bilingual writings. Her latest full-length book of prose, Boomerang, was published in November 2009. Cardenas will be inducted as poet laureate in a ceremony on Tuesday, April 20, at 7 p.m. at the Central Library.

Riddles often bring out the best in our imaginations, and Twiddlez, a fun and unique book of riddles, does just that. The book includes 152 clever, challenging and tasteful “twisted riddles” written by Milwaukee native Jerry E. Truchan. Trivia buffs and riddling hobbyists of all ages will find pleasing wordplay in Twiddlez. Truchan is scheduled to appear at Watertown Booksellers on April 17.


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