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Lake & Island Notes                                  May 2016

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Don Quixote
by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra


There is nothing lightweight about Don Quixote – the Penguin Classic edition weighs in at 1072 pages. It is widely considered to be the first modern novel with its wit and innovative form. Seduced by tales of chivalry, Quixote and his squire, Sancho Panza, roam the world and engage in all sorts of wonderful exploits. Tilting at windmills is only the tip of the iceberg! The splendid translation is by John Rutherford and there is a brilliant critical introduction by Roberto Gonzalez Echeverria. It’s never too late sit down with this one!

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Richard III
by William Shakespeare


“Now is the winter of our discontent.” Thus begins Shakespeare’s dramatic account of the Machiavellian rise to power of the ugly hunchback, King Richard III, and his brief reign. In the opening monologue Richard draws us in league with him as he sets about his nefarious business. Throughout the play his soliloquies and asides keep the audience “in the know” regarding his actions and intentions and keep us somewhat on his side. This is the second longest of Shakespeare’s canon (after Hamlet) and it is often abridged in a variety of ways. But always, when Richard is unhorsed in the Battle of Bosworth Field, his cry of “A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse!” resounds throughout the house.

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Raymie Nightingale
by Kate DiCamillo


Raymie Clarke has come to realize that everything, absolutely everything, depends on her. And she has a plan. If Raymie can win the Little Miss Central Florida Tire competition, then her father, who left town two days ago with a dental hygienist, will see Raymie's picture in the paper and (maybe) come home. To win, not only does Raymie have to do good deeds and learn how to twirl a baton; she also has to contend with the wispy, frequently fainting Louisiana Elefante, who has a show-business background, and the fiery, stubborn Beverly Tapinski, who’s determined to sabotage the contest. But as the competition approaches, loneliness, loss, and unanswerable questions draw the three girls into an unlikely friendship — and challenge each of them to come to the rescue in unexpected ways.
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Greetings!

In 1995, UNESCO declared the 23rd of April to be “World Book Day." The event seems not to have gotten much traction here in the USA, but around the world it is a major event. We stumbled into it in Barcelona recently. The streets were filled with bookstalls and every woman was given the gift of a book and a rose. In fact, World Book Day originated in Catalonia in 1923 as an initiative of local booksellers. A huge, public celebration of books – what a concept!
 
The date – April 23rd – was not a random choice. Miguel de Cervantes died on that date in 1616. Astoundingly, William Shakespeare was long thought to have died on that very date also in 1616. Later research – spoil sports! – determined that Shakespeare’s death may actually have occurred a day or two earlier or, perhaps, as much two weeks later because of a change in calendars. No matter! It is remarkable that we are celebrating the 400th anniversaries of the greatest writers of English and Spanish at exactly the same time.
 
The centuries have been kind to both of these leading lights of their respective languages. Tickets for Shakespeare’s Richard III with Ralph Fiennes and Vanessa Redgrave went on sale at 10:00am on May 12th for a two-month run in London. At 4:00am (10:00am London time) we began speed-dialing the Almeida Theatre. At 5:30 am we still had nothing but busy signals! By the time we finally got through the entire run had been sold out! In 2002 a group of 100 top international writers voted Don Quixote to be “the most meaningful book of all time." Clearly, these two authors are as popular today – 400 years later – as they have ever been.

We are eagerly preparing for our 7th summer in Bayfield. There is no shortage of exciting new books to read, and we are thrilled to be hosting two events in June. See below for all of those details. We look forward to seeing many of your smiling faces in the coming months.

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Upcoming Events...


Reading & Discussion with Cathy de Moll, author of Think South: How We Got Six Men and Forty Dogs Across Antarctica

When: Friday, June 10th at 7pm
Where: Apostle Islands Booksellers


Think South is an intimate portrait of the remarkable characters and events that form the backstory to the 1989-90 International Trans-Antarctica Expedition - the first unmechanized crossing of Antarctica - written by the expedition's executive director, Cathy de Moll. Cathy describes the behind-the-scenes maneuvering that made this trip possible amid a backdrop of turbulent weather, even more stormy geopolitics, and logistics in a world before instant communications. De Moll managed one of history’s great outdoor adventures in a world that has since vastly changed.

Cathy will share excerpts from her book and stories from her adventures, and a brief discussion and booksigning will follow.
Reading & Discussion with
Peter Geye, author of Wintering

When: Thursday, June 23rd at 6pm
Where: The Historic Madeline Island Ferry Terminal (base of Washington Avenue), Bayfield


We have all been waiting patiently for Peter Geye to finish his next novel, and it is finally here. This will be one of the hottest books of 2016. Don't believe us? Here's what bestselling author Richard Russo has to say about it, "The last time I read a literary thriller so profound Cormac McCarthy’s name was on its spine. But Peter Geye is his own man and Wintering is as unique and menacingly beautiful as its Minnesota borderlands setting.” See our review of the book below.

Before Peter's presentation we will be be entertained by the musical talents of Molly Otis. Molly is a powerful vocalist and plays multiple instruments including fiddle, mandolin and guitar; she pours a lot of energy into her playing and is always entertaining. Light refreshments will be provided and we will have plenty of copies of Wintering available for purchase.

What we're reading...


Wintering 
by Peter Geye

COMING ON JUNE 7TH! There are two stories in play here, bound together when the elderly, demented Harry Eide escapes his sickbed and vanishes into the Minnesota wilderness —instantly changing the Eide family forever. He'd done this once before, thirty-some years earlier, in 1963 with his son Gus. It's certainly a journey Gus has never forgotten. Now—with his father pronounced dead—Gus relates this harrowing story to Berit Lovig, who'd waited nearly thirty years for Harry. So, a middle-aged man rectifying his personal history, an aging lady wrestling with her own, and with the entire history of Gunflint. This is a story about the power of relationships the power of storytelling. Peter's use of language is mesmerizing. Trust us; if you loved The Lighthouse Road, you will be amazed by this breathtaking story.
If Not For You
by Bob Dylan & David Walker


As a dog savors time spent with his rambunctious puppy, his thoughts turn to... Bob Dylan. Although the bittersweet text describes how bereft the narrator would be without his loved one, Walker—with his palette of nursery blues and greens and a cast that resembles cuddly plush toys—keeps the mood mostly light. At times, Dylan’s lyrics force Walker to slip into something more existential—a mood that can feel out of step with the way children think about the parent-child dynamic. The line “I’d lay awake all night/ Wait for the mornin’ light” finds Dad by himself on his bed at 4am, looking up at the moon with an expression of mild anxiety. Is he pondering the inexorable passage of time? His own mortality? The cost of raising kids? Don’t think twice, Dad—it’s all right.

Final Thoughts...


July 31st is Harry Potter's birthday. If you are one of the millions who have read the seven book series, you know this already. This year, we are all being given quite the gift on Harry's big day. July 31st is also the release date for the eighth installment in the Harry Potter story. It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn't much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes darkness comes from unexpected places.We will have a limited number of copies of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child: The Official Script Book of the Original West End Production Special Rehearsal Edition and we encourage you to pre-order your copy today!

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