Mr. Boardwalk, a.k.a. Louis Greenstein, is taking part in a series of author appearances to promote Pennsylvania libraries. He's tentatively scheduled to be at the Conshohocken library on Wednesday, November 12. More about that later; meanwhile, here's a video interview of the project manager:
Research has revealed the following facts about tomorrow, Thursday, September 24, 2014:
Thanks to Frank Wilson for linking to the Facebook event page for the September 25 reading of Mr. Boardwalk at Penn Book Center.
For anyone who doesn't know Frank's influential blog, Books, Inq., where he posts numerous daily links to things literary, philosophical, and just plain thoughtful, check it out here.
We're pleased to see Renita Last's nice review of Mr. Boardwalk on the website of the Jewish Books Council. An excerpt:
"Louis Greenstein perfectly captures the scenes, smells, sounds, and many nuances of summer days filled with ocean, beach, and sky.... The storylines of family relationships, young love, early death, abandonment, a mysteriously disappearing derby hat, and the drug culture are all absorbingly woven into the narrative. [The author] traces Jason’s childhood and adult life through this soul searching, touching, and entertaining story."
In honor of Kira Kazantsev, the newly crowned Miss America, here's a sweet passage from Mr. Boardwalk describing the parade as seen by seven-year-old Jason from his parents' Boardwalk pretzel bakery:
Labor Day weekend marked the end of the summer season. On Saturday night we watched the Miss America Parade from behind the pretzel bakery counter. "Best seats in the house!" Dad boasted.
Some comments about Mr. Boardwalk are just so cool that we have to share them.
To understand this one, you have to know that when Jason Benson, the protagonist of the novel, first sees his dream house at the shore with real estate agent Monty Dweck, he takes note of the most important things: Are the ceilings high enough for juggling (that's his profession, after all)? And, hey, there's a little shower out back for rinsing off after the beach!
Jim Pyecroft writes:
"Read Mr. Boardwalk on the beach at LBI. Such a good read! When I got back to the house, I was very excited to use the outdoor shower! Ha! Sadly, the new homes on the island have luxury indoor bathrooms including baths and showers. Doesn't seem right somehow."
No event is official without a Facebook page, so here are the links to our two upcoming events in September (the 10th and the 25th). If you're interested in meeting the author of Mr. Boardwalk and schmoozing with other writers, bookstore mavens, literate readers, etc., click on the images to go the appropriate pages for full information.
Ever since it first achieved movie fame, the Main Line outside Philadelphia has been a mysterious place, the haunt (we are told) of wealthy, conservative socialites and their bored drivers. But lately it seems they can't get enough of Mr. Boardwalk with his whiff of ocean salt, taffy, fudge and just a hint of weed.
On Wednesday, September 10, Louis Greenstein and his novel Mr. Boardwalk will tread the hallowed walks of stylish Rosemont College as part of the MFA program's reading series. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. in Lawrence Auditorium; map here. If you're in spiritual contact with Kate Hepburn, please tell her she's welcome to attend. Her alma mater, Bryn Mawr College, is just down the road.
Fresh from his appearance in Atlantic City just off the Boardwalk, Louis Greenstein is scheduling a trip to the groves of academe. He'll be at the Penn Book Center, by the University of Pennsylvania campus, on September 25 at 6:00 for a reading, discussion, and book signing. Bring your own Jersey Shore tales to share.
Penn Book Center is at 130 S. 34th Street, Philadelphia, PA. That's at the corner of 34th and Sansom, near the famous White Dog Cafe.
"A heartfelt bildungsroman, a story of a man coming to terms with his complicated youth, and a vivid novel of place"