Event with Tim O'Brien, author of Dad's Maybe Book
Oct
23
7:00 PM19:00

Event with Tim O'Brien, author of Dad's Maybe Book

I’m honored to be moderating a discussion with Tim O’Brien, who, as host Boswell Books explains, is the “National Book Award-winning author of The Things They Carried, [here in Milwaukee to share] his first book in more than two decades, a collection of wisdom from a life in letters, lessons learned in wartime, and the challenges, humor, and rewards of raising two sons.

“Tickets cost $29, and include admission, a signed copy of Dad’s Maybe Book, and all tax and fees, available at timobrienmke.bpt.me. There’s also an early bird special, where you can get the ticket for $24, still including all taxes and fees, if you purchase it by August 31.

“In 2003, already an older father, O’Brien resolved to give his young sons what he wished his own father had given to him - a few scraps of paper signed “Love, Dad.” Maybe a word of advice and some scattered glimpses of their rapidly aging father, a man they might never really know. For the next fifteen years, the author talked to his sons on paper, as if they were adults, imagining what they might want to hear from a father who was no longer among the living.

“O’Brien traverses the great variety of human experience and emotion, moving from soccer games to warfare to risqué lullabies, from alcoholism to magic shows to history lessons to bittersweet bedtime stories, but always returning to a father’s soul-saving love for his sons. The result is Dad’s Maybe Book, a funny, tender, wise, and enduring literary achievement that will squeeze the reader’s heart with joy and recognition.

“Tim O’Brien received the National Book Award for Going After Cacciato. Among his other books are The Things They Carried, Pulitzer Finalist and a New York Times Book of the Century, and In the Lake of the Woods, winner of the James Fenimore Cooper Prize. He was awarded the Pritzker Literature Award for lifetime achievement in military writing in 2013.”

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Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books
Nov
2
9:00 AM09:00

Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books

I’m honored to moderate a panel with three outstanding authors:

We kick off at near-dawn (9am), but the early bird gets the book(s)…

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Miami Book Fair
Nov
23
10:30 AM10:30

Miami Book Fair

  • Room 8303 (Building 8, 3rd Floor) (map)
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I’m excited to read with Angie Kim and Lara Prescott. Here’s the writeup from the Book Fair program: “Liam Callanan’s novel Paris by the Book tells the story of a missing person, a grieving family, and a curious clue: a half-finished manuscript set in Paris. Angie Kim’s novel Miracle Creek takes place in small-town Virginia, where a group of people utilize a hyperbaric chamber to try to cure a range of conditions from infertility to autism. In her debut novel, The Secrets We KeptLara Prescott weaves the thrilling tale of two secretaries turned spies and the literary love story of Doctor Zhivago.”


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Midway Summer Lit Fest @ Hudson Books
Jul
19
10:00 AM10:00

Midway Summer Lit Fest @ Hudson Books

An airport reading; CDG comes to MDW as part of Hudson Books Summer Lit Fest. Stop (or fly) by! I’ll be near the “Central Market” (inside the security perimeter, so yes, you’ll need a boarding pass or a good story to get past TSA). There will be several authors, each with a 30 minute slot — I’m not sure when my slot will be, but I’ll be on hand to say hi and sign books throughout. Safe travels to one and all…

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The Stories behind the Stories (Milwaukee)
Apr
14
3:00 PM15:00

The Stories behind the Stories (Milwaukee)

The Stories Behind the Stories: A Conversation with Kim Suhr (moderator), Jennifer (Rupp) Trethewey, Jessie Garcia, Liam Callanan and Dasha Kelly.

From the organizer: “Share an afternoon with five of Milwaukee's literary illuminati. Laugh, ask questions, listen to excerpts, and find out more about their different paths to publication. Books will be available for purchase and signing. All proceeds from this event will go towards the Financial Aid Fund for youth Creative Writing Camps and Red Oak Writing.”

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