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New Meetup: An Evening with David Wroblewski, Author of The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

From: Texas M.
Sent on: Monday, December 8, 2008 8:53 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Colorado Things To Do....!

What: An Evening with David Wroblewski, Author of The Story of Edgar Sawtelle

When: January 17,[masked]:30 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: I may have already mentioned to you, I have a previous pet sitting client, David Wroblewski, that is the author of The Story of Edgar Sawtelle. I've read the book and am looking forward to the discussion of "The Story Of Edgar Sawtelle". His book has received glowing reviews from celebrities such as on Oprah and Steven King!
For more information about David or his book, visit http://www.edgarsawte...

Library Benefit
"An Evening with David Wroblewski, author of The Story of Edgar Sawtelle"
Book Signing to follow talk.

Tickets: cash or check only.
$20 in advance (purchase at circulation desk on 1st floor).
$25 at the door (Please purchase before 6:30pm, 1/17 so we are not waiting on you and we can immediately start seating once everyone arrives at 6:30pm).

EVENT FEE
In order to cover my time and cost involved in being an organizer for events, I will be collecting just $1.00 from each person who attends. Please find me and make payment at that time when you arrive, rather than having me ask you for it. This is a social club, not a business, so it's rather uncomfortable for me to ask people for money. Thanks in advance for your contribution to help keep this group running.
Thanks. ~Melissa K.



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A novel by David Wroblewski
Barnes and Noble Fall '08
"Discover" Pick!

IndieBound July #1 Pick!

Amazon June Significant 7!

?A CLASSSIC IN THE MAKING: Whether you read for the beauty of language or for the intricacies of plot, you will easily fall in love with David Wroblewski?s generous, almost transcendentally lovely debut novel, The Story of Edgar Sawtelle. This is a tale set in rural Wisconsin in the first half of the 20th century, on a farm where the Sawtelles raise a fictional breed of dog. The dogs function like spirits in Shakespeare, or the chorus in Greek tragedy: They color the text with larger meaning yet remain tangibly real, deeply believable as dogs. Edgar is the mute boy who raises them, a mesmerizing fictional hero, primitive and wise. There are passages of language here ("A pair of does sprang over the fence on the north side of the field-two leaps each, nonchalant, long-sustained, falling earthward only as an afterthought...") that make you pause and read again with luxuriant pleasure. Wroblewski's plot is dynamic ? page by page compelling ? and classical, evoking Hamlet, Antigone, Electra, and Orestes, as Edgar tries to avenge his father's death and his paternal uncle's new place in the affections of his mother. The scope of this book, its psychological insight and lyrical mastery, make it one of the best novels of the year, and a perfect, comforting joy of a book for summer.?

? O Magazine, July 2008

"I flat-out loved The Story of Edgar Sawtelle. Dog-lovers in particular will be riveted by this story, because the canine world has never been explored with such imagination or emotional resonance. Yet in the end, this isn't a novel about dogs or heartland America ? although it is a deeply American work of literature. It's a novel about the human heart, and the mysteries that live there, understood but impossible to articulate. Yet in the person of Edgar Sawtelle, a mute boy who takes three of his dogs on a brave and dangerous odyssey, Wroblewski does articulate them, and splendidly. I closed the book with that regret readers feel only after experiencing the best stories: It's over, you think, and I won't read another one this good for a long, long time.
In truth, there has never been a book quite like The Story of Edgar Sawtelle. I thought of Hamlet when I was reading it (of course... and in this version, Ophelia turns out to be a dog named Almondine), and Watership Down, and The Night of the Hunter, and The Life of Pi ? but halfway through, I put all comparisons aside and let it just be itself.
I'm pretty sure this book is going to be a bestseller, but unlike some, it deserves to be. It's also going to be the subject of a great many reading groups, and when the members take up Edgar, I think they will be apt to stick to the book and forget the neighborhood gossip.
Wonderful, mysterious, long and satisfying: readers who pick up this novel are going to enter a richer world. I envy them the trip. I don't reread many books, because life is too short. I will be rereading this one."

? Stephen King, author of Duma Key

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