“Mr. Boardwalk” was one of those books I read slllooowwwlllyy. I didn’t want to finish....
Greenstein’s words come like the incessant clink-clink of boardwalk arcade games–a feast of sentences and paragraphs and pages that read like lunch: you eat them up. It’s a seduction, really, and one has no choice but to want to know the why, what, and oh, the where....
Read “Mr. Boardwalk” in summer if you want. Or, read it in the dead, cold of winter. Either way, you’ll hear the seagulls. You’ll people watch. You’ll lick an ice cream cone. You’ll hold hands on the boardwalk. And you’ll get a little sunburned, a little older, a little wiser.
From the latest review of Mr. Boardwalk, by Nicole Monaghan, a prize-winning flash fiction writer who also appreciates longer forms:
The complete review is here.
Louis Greenstein's long-awaited appearance at Sun Rose Words & Music in Ocean City, NJ, is coming up this Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The store is at 756 Asbury Avenue; telephone (609) 399-9190.
According to Wikipedia, Avalon, meaning "apple," is a legendary island featured in the Arthurian tales. More locally, it's a lovely town on the Jersey shore, north of Wildwood and Stone Harbor, with a fine public library and a boardwalk. Louis Greenstein will be speaking there on Tuesday night, July 28, at 7:00.
Actually the event is in the Multipurpose Room at the adjacent school. Click on the image above for the library's site.
Another new Amazon review of MR. BOARDWALK, this one by Chantal Jauvin, whom we don't know:
Having only recently moved to the North East, I failed to understand the magic that the boardwalk of days gone by evoked for local neighbors and friends. After reading Greenstein's novel, I now share their nostalgia for the demise of the pre-casino era. Not simply because it has all become too commercial but because now I too, after reading this novel, feel attached to boardwalk as it once was. Such is the charm and literary power of the author's writing. The characters and the setting have come to life. I have savored the pretzels, I have watched the juggling and want my fortunes read again.
Thank you, Ms. Jauvin!
Louis Greenstein's appearance at Sun Rose Words and Music in Ocean City, NJ--an outdoor book signing--got rained out, so it has been rescheduled for Saturday, August 15, 11:00 to 1:00. We'll have more on that as the date approaches.
Meanwhile, you can still catch Louis "downashore" for a lecture, Q&A, and book signing sponsored by the Avalon Free Public Library on Tuesday, July 28, 7 p.m. The event is in the Multipurpose Room of the Avalon Elementary School, right next to the library, three blocks from the Boardwalk.
Last but not least, here's a five-star Amazon review posted by C. Lipkin last month:
It's rare when one can read a book and vividly visualize the scenarios page by page and chapter by chapter. But that's exactly what happened when I read "Mr. Boardwalk". I grew up in Philadelphia and spent my summers at the Jersey shore, very close to where Jason and his family set up shop each summer. So it was easy to read and sense at the same time--the smells of the boardwalk--cotton candy, the ocean and Coppertone, the sights of the piers and the shops; the constant roar of the ocean and the cry of the seagulls. The book was also a great read--it was well-written and nicely paced. And, it covered the spectrum of emotions--I definitely teared up at the end. If you've spent your summers near Atlantic City or the South Jersey shore, grown up in suburban Philadelphia, or just want to read a really good book, check this out.
Thank you C., whoever you are!
Mr. Boardwalk, a.k.a. Louis Greenstein, will be out and about throughout July, and he'll be "downashore" a couple of times. Look for him at the following events:
Coming up on Thursday, Louis Greenstein will be at the State Street Reading Series in Media, PA, with Nicole Monaghan. Full info. is in the image above or at the website of the Media Arts Council.
For good measure, here's a picture of Louis talking about fiction with Julia MacDonnell at their Musehouse appearance on May 9.
Nice feature on Louis Greenstein, author of MR. BOARDWALK, in advance of the May 9 reading in the Musehouse fiction series. Click on the image to go to the full article, which contains some fine quotes and biographical information.
Here's the info. on the reading:
Saturday, May 9, 7:00 p.m., at the Chestnut Hill Gallery, 8117 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118, 215-248-2549: Louis will be reading and talking with Julia MacDonnell, author of Mimi Malloy, At Last! Both novels deal with people who have to keep "growing up" even when they are long past the age when they should be mature.
The event is free and open to the public. It will include discussion with the authors and book signings. For more info., see the Facebook event page.
Mr. B. didn't retire after his great reviews last summer. He's still milling around, having coffee with people, picking up press notices here and there. The latest is a great review by Ken Dowell on his blog Off the Leash.
Here's an excerpt:
I really enjoyed Greenstein’s coming of age tales. There’s one about how to survive a bar mitzvah when the whole religion thing seems surrealistic. And there’s the first-time toke story, something that didn’t interest Jason until he got the evil of drugs brochure in school. Shortly thereafter he “made a pipe in the kitchen by wrapping a sheet of tinfoil around a pencil…like I’d seen a guy do in the movie Woodstock.” What generation of American teenagers can’t relate to that?
The full review can be found here. Many thanks to Ken Dowell for his excellent essay about the book and about his own Jersey Shore experiences.
Author Louis Greenstein's upcoming public appearances in May:
This lovely image from one of Sarah McEneaney's paintings heads the Facebook event page set up by Woodmere Art Museum for the upcoming discussion between Sarah and our author Louis Greenstein. They'll be examining the use of narrative in both written and visual art.
Sarah's richly colored works typically suggest events in progress, implying a story of some kind. What tale do you see in the image above, and how is this sort of "narrative" related to what a writer does in telling a fictional story or writing a memoir? We're eager to hear Sarah's ideas as well as Louis's.
The discussion takes place on Saturday, April 11, 3:00 p.m., at Woodmere Art Museum, 9201 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118, 215-247-0476. Click on the image above to go to the event's Facebook page.
"A heartfelt bildungsroman, a story of a man coming to terms with his complicated youth, and a vivid novel of place"