Welcome to Boswell Book Company's website!

Selected upcoming events below. Visit our upcoming event page for a more complete listing.


You're on the Boswell Book Company page and our guess is that you want to know where we're located and how to get a hold of us. Here are the basics:

Our address is Boswell Book Company, 2559 N. Downer Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53211. This is our only location. Don't let a yellow pages tell you otherwise. The store is located on the same block as the Downer Theater, up the bluff from Lincoln Memorial Drive. We're north of Columbia St. Mary's Hospital and south of UWM. We're also pretty much on the southernmost tip of Lake Drive.

Our phone number is 414-332-1181. Sometimes you'll see other numbers appear on your phone when we call you, as we have multiple lines. This is our only number that has a classic exchange--EDgewood, if you are into these things.

Our email contact info is info@boswellbooks.com, if you'd like to place a special order or get basic info about an event or are wondering about our hours.

Speaking of hours, we're open 10 am to 9 pm from Monday through Saturday, and 10 am to 6 pm on Sunday. We're closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas, and there are about five holidays where we're open 10 am to 5 pm, plus we sometimes close early for events and meetings. You can assume that if we have a ticketed event in the store, we're closed to the public around 5:30.  

We've heard that after location and contact info, the reason why folks visit websites like ours is to find out about events. We keep our events on one upcoming event page, but some highlights are listed below, generally our ticketed events, but sometimes a few others are included.

And the third reason folks visit is to order books. Our site search engine is not as good as some of our well-financed online competitors, but it will do. One of the nice things we like to point out is that you can check inventory and even the subsection of the book, but be aware, the number does not take into account customer holds, receiving errors, and general misshelving. As we like to say, we just need one person to put a book back in the wrong place for it to be lost forever, or at least until we do our next section check.Our system allows you to put a book on hold without first registering an account. Try it!


Kathleen Davis, author of You Never Told Me That!:
Monday, July 24, 7:00 pm, at Boswell

The day is finally coming when your baby bird will fly away from the family nest. But is he or she ready? Are you? There are thousands of handbooks on raising infants, toddlers, and adolescents, but few manuals for preparing your social media-obsessed teen for life in the real world until now.

In this witty, irreverent, refreshingly honest guide, Whitefish Bay mother, Kathleen Davis offers invaluable, commonsense advice to help you help your kid become a successful-or at least functional-adult. She covers the big and small stuff, from doing laundry to paying bills to building character and showing empathy for others. And she doesn't shy away from tough topics like drinking, drugs, and sex. You Never Told Me That! throws a lifeline to soon-to-be empty nesters. Whether your kids are off to college, their first apartments, or new jobs, it's time to get them ready for real life.

About the Author: Kathleen Davis is a writer, painter, and Realtor who is currently raising her two teenage sons, Henry and George, in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin. She studied design at the Savannah College of Art and Design and earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In her spare time, she has spent several years volunteering as a coach and mentoring middle and high school students. She is passionate about the importance of education and worked with the school district of Whitefish Bay to develop its anti-bullying program so that all kids could come to school and feel safe.


Victor Lodato, author of Edgar and Lucy
Tuesday, July 25, 7 pm at Boswell

A rich novel about a mother’s complicated love for a non-standard-issue child—and the complicated love that child feels for her—and their drive to create family wherever they can find it.

Eight-year-old Edgar Fini remembers nothing of the accident people still whisper about. He only knows that his father is gone, his mother, Lucy, has a limp, and his grandmother believes in ghosts. When Edgar meets a man with his own tragic story, the boy begins a journey into a secret wilderness where nothing is clear—not even the line between the living and the dead. In order to save her son, Lucy has no choice but to confront the demons of her past.

Bookseller Jason says, “This tale of grief and love, told through the eyes of eight-year-old Edgar. He loves the two women in his life, his mother, Lucy, and his grandmother, Lucy's mother-in-law. Lucy is really unaware of how to raise her son (and she has not really come to grips with her own past traumas), and the grandmother is the one who takes care of him. When Edgar's grandmother dies, there is a lot of growing up that both Lucy and Edgar have to do together. Can they? Of course there will trials ahead for this relationship when Edgar goes missing and Lucy has to desperately find him as a bearded stranger in a green truck explodes from nowhere to throw this book into darker territory. Love is what will hold Edgar and Lucy together. The writing just grabbed me and dragged me into depths its depths, I simply adored this novel and its characters.”

About the Author: Victor Lodato is a playwright and the author of the novel Mathilda Savitch, winner of the PEN Center USA Award for fiction. His stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, Granta, and Best American Short Stories. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Andy Rash, illustrator of May I Have a Word

A funny and clever picture book about consonants and wordplay, perfect for children learning letter sounds. Illustrated by Whitefish Bay’s Andy Rash.

A battle of the magnet letters ensues across the refrigerator door when C and K get into a fight about who gets to start the cooler (kooler?) words. When the two letters storm off in opposite directions, everything is turned upside down. SOCKS are now SO, there aren't any CLOCKS to TICK or TOCK, and the world is just out of LUCK--until other letters work to bring C and K back together again.

About the Author: Andy Rash is an illustrator, animator, and children's book author with over fifteen years of experience in publishing. He is the author and illustrator of Archie the Daredevil Penguin, Ten Little Zombies, a Love Story, Are You a Horse?, Agent A to Agent Z, and many more.


Janette Braverman, author of 10 Reasons Communication
Wednesday, July 28, 7 pm at Boswell

10 Reasons Communication Brings Transformation: Unleash Your Greatness explains how transparent communication and effective leadership are not always evident in businesses or ministries. This contributes to many people leaving churches in droves after being hurt by toxic leaders. These leaders could also be the reason people leave their corporations. At times the issues are raised to superiors but frequently not resolved because conflicts are avoided.

Braverman examines the theory that you can’t transform others if you haven’t transformed yourself. In her introduction, she notes that “10 Reasons not only covers information about exactly what you can do to improve your communication skills, but it also explains how you can go about doing so. It provides biblical direction on the craft of effective communication, proven methods for effective one-on-one communication, conflict resolution, and communicating with global audiences.”

She asserts that candid conversations are essential for their transformation to occur. Braverman includes her own personal stories, communication and leadership strategies. She also teaches leaders how to pursue their own passions through living an essential life. Included also are interviews with mega-church leaders Bishop Darrell L. Hines of Christian Faith Fellowship Church and St. Pastor Jason Web of Elm Brook Church.

About the Author: Janette Braverman’s professional experience spans more than 20 years in the information technology and manufacturing industries. Braverman is the first African American County Board Supervisor for Ozaukee County and also owns her own consulting business called Leaders Leaving Legacies, LLC.


A ticketed event Nancy Pearl, author of George and Lizzie, in conversation with Kathleen Dunn 
Saturday, September 9, 7:00 pm at Boswell

From “America’s librarian” and NPR books commentator Nancy Pearl comes an emotionally riveting debut novel about an unlikely marriage at a crossroads.

George and Lizzie have radically different understandings of what love and marriage should be. George grew up in a warm and loving family, his father an orthodontist, his mother a stay-at-home mom, while Lizzie grew up as the only child of two famous psychologists, who viewed her more as an in-house experiment than a child to love.

Over the course of their marriage, nothing has changed—George is happy; Lizzie remains…unfulfilled. When a shameful secret from Lizzie’s past resurfaces, she’ll need to face her fears in order to accept the true nature of the relationship she and George have built over a decade together.

With pitch-perfect prose and compassion and humor to spare, George and Lizzie is an intimate story of new and past loves, the scars of childhood, and an imperfect marriage at its defining moments.

Tickets are $29 and include admission and a book. $5 of each ticket will be donated back to Wisconsin Public Radio. We'll have a $19 Boswell Book Company gift card available in lieu of the book on the night of the event only, but don't forget, a signed Nancy Pearl book makes a great gift. Pearl will sign backlist and pose for photos. And if you're not able to come, we'll hold your copy of George and Lizzie for up to six months.

About the Author: Nancy Pearl is known as “America’s Librarian.” She speaks about the pleasures of reading at library conferences, to literacy organizations and community groups throughout the world and comments on books regularly on KUOW FM in Seattle, as well as KWGS in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Wisconsin Public Radio. Born and raised in Detroit, she received her master’s degree in library science in 1967 from the University of Michigan. She also received an MA in history from Oklahoma State University in 1977. Among her many honors and awards are the 2011 Librarian of the Year Award from Library Journal; and the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association. She also hosts a monthly television show, Book Lust with Nancy Pearl. She lives in Seattle with her husband.

This event is cosponsored by Wisconsin Public Radio.


A ticketed conversation with Stephen King and Owen King, authors of Sleeping Beauties
Saturday, September 30, 8:00 pm, at the Riverside Theatre, 116 W Wisconsin Ave

Alas, our event with Stephen King and Owen King is sold out. Please sign up for our email newsletter to hear about other exciting upcoming author events.


A ticketed event with Kate DiCamillo, author of

The Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, Oconomowoc’s Books & Company, and Milwaukee’s Boswell Book Company present a very special event with Kate DiCamillo, the author of many books for children, including Flora & Ulysses and The Tale of Despereaux, both of which received Newbery Medals.

Tickets are $22.00 and include admission to the event, all taxes and fees, and a copy of DiCamillo’s latest picture book, La La La. A signing will follow the talk. There is no gift card option for this event, but don’t forget, La La La will make a great gift for the upcoming holiday season.

Kate DiCamillo is not just one of the most acclaimed children’s book authors writing today - she’s also one of the most beloved. Her events are incredibly popular and it’s hard to walk away from her presentations without being moved to tears. DiCamillo only does a handful of public speaking events in the United States each year. Boswell and our two partners are excited to be one of those select evernts, bringing fans the first metro Milwaukee event with DICamillo in five years.

In La La La, a little girl stands alone and sings, but hears no response. Gathering her courage and her curiosity, she skips farther out into the world, singing away to the trees and the pond and the reeds, but no song comes back to her. Day passes into night, and the girl dares to venture into the darkness toward the light of the moon, becoming more insistent in her singing, climbing as high as she can, but still there is silence in return. Dejected, she falls asleep on the ground, only to be awakened by an amazing sound. She has been heard, at last.

With the simplest of narratives and the near absence of words, Kate DiCamillo conveys a lonely child’s yearning for someone who understands. With a subtle palette and captivating expressiveness, DiCamillo and illustrator Jaime Kim bring to life an endearing character and a transcendent landscape that invite readers along on an emotionally satisfying journey.

While an unlimited of La La La can be signed and personalized, attendees are limited to three backlist titles (from home or bought at the Wilson Center), one of which can be personalized. There is no gift card option for this event, but don't forget, La La La will make a great gift for the upcoming holiday season.

About the Author: Kate DiCamillo is the beloved author of many books for children, including Flora & Ulysses and The Tale of Despereaux, both of which received Newbery Medals. Her other middle grade titles include The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, Because of Winn-Dixie, and Raymie Nightingale. She is also the author of two chapter book series, one featuring Mercy Watson, and the other, in collaboration with Alison McGhee, starring Bink and Gollie. She is also the former National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. The Tale of Despereaux is also the first Elmbrook School District Elementary School Read. In addition, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane is a First Stage production opening January 12.