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Leif Enger at the Oriental Theatre for Virgil Wander
Oriental Theatre
Milwaukee, WI
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Leif Enger at the Oriental Theatre for Virgil Wander
Boswell is excited to work with Milwaukee Film to bring you an evening with Leif Enger at the Oriental Theatre on Wednesday, October 17, 7:00 pm. This event is free but registration is required at engermke.bpt.me. Capacity is limited - we're in one of the smaller theaters. Doors open 6:30 pm.

Virgil Wander is the first novel in ten years from award-winning, million-copy bestselling author Leif Enger, This follow-up to Peace Like a River and So Brave, Young, and Handsome is an enchanting and timeless all-American story that follows the inhabitants of a small Midwestern town in their quest to revive its flagging heart

Midwestern movie house owner Virgil Wander is cruising along at medium altitude when his car flies off the road into icy Lake Superior. Virgil survives, but his language and memory are altered, and he emerges into a world no longer familiar to him. Awakening in this new life, Virgil begins to piece together his personal history and the lore of his broken town, with the help of a cast of affable and curious locals from Rune, a twinkling, pipe-smoking, kite-flying stranger investigating the mystery of his disappeared son, to Nadine, the reserved, enchanting wife of the vanished man, to Tom, a journalist and Virgil's oldest friend; and various members of the Pea family who must confront tragedies of their own. Into this community returns a shimmering prodigal son who may hold the key to reviving their town.

With intelligent humor and captivating whimsy, Leif Enger conjures a remarkable portrait of a region and its residents, who, for reasons of choice or circumstance, never made it out of their defunct industrial district. Carried aloft by quotidian pleasures including movies, fishing, necking in parked cars, playing baseball and falling in love, Virgil Wander is a swift, full journey into the heart and heartache of an often overlooked American Upper Midwest by a formidably gifted (Chicago Tribune) master storyteller.

We're expecting Virgil Wander to be one of the most beloved novels of fall. We've already had several great advance reads, and all of us are unanimous that this book is simply magical. If you've always wanted to read another book like Peace Like a River, look no farther. And Enger? Some of you got to hear him in 2009 when he was the featured speaker for the Milwaukee Public Library Literary Lunch - and we bet you want to see him again. But seats are limited (we're in one of the smaller theaters), so reserve your tickets now.

Leif Enger was raised in Osakis, Minnesota, and worked as a reporter and producer for Minnesota Public Radio before writing his bestselling debut novel Peace Like a River, which won the Independent Publisher Book Award and was one of the Los Angeles Times and Time Magazine's Best Books of the Year. His second novel, So Brave, Young, and Handsome, was also a national bestseller and a Midwest Booksellers' Choice Award Honor Book for Fiction.


Oriental Theatre (View)
2230 North Farwell Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202
United States



Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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