By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Jul 01, 2009 at 7:48 AM

I recently told you about the new push to get a co-op bookshop open in Shorewood to replace the now-defunct Schwartz location on Oakland Avenue. Tonight there's a kick-off rally at 7 p.m. at Hubbard Park River Club, 3656 N. Morris Blvd.

"We will have information about what the book store will be about, how to support it and enable it to open the doors in fall," says Keith Schmitz, one of the organizers of the rally.

The community is not only invited, but encouraged to attend to help make the co-op a reality.

The get to the River Club, enter through the pedestrian tunnel at the west end of the parking lot. Read the recent Open Book piece here.


Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.

He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.

With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.

He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.

In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.

He has be heard on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories, in that station's most popular podcast.