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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! 

Tuesday, January 17, 7:00 pm at Boswell

The dramatic increase in U.S. prison populations since the 1970s is often blamed on the mandatory sentencing required by three strikes laws and other punitive crime bills. Michael M. O’Hear shows that the blame is actually not so easy to assign. His meticulous analysis of incarceration in Wisconsin a state where judges have considerable discretion in sentencing shows that the prison population has ballooned anyway, increasing nearly tenfold over forty years.

O’Hear tracks the effects of sentencing laws and politics in Wisconsin from the eve of the imprisonment boom in 1970 up to the 2010s. Drawing on archival research, original public-opinion polling, and interviews with dozens of key policymakers, he reveals important dimensions that have been missed by others. He draws out the lessons from the incarcerations that have cost taxpayers billions of dollars and caused untold misery to millions of inmates and their families.

About the Author: Michael M. O’Hear is a professor of law at Marquette University. He is an editor of the journal Federal Sentencing Reporter and has published many articles on sentencing law, criminal procedure, and public opinion about the criminal justice system.

This event is cosponsored by the American Constitution Society Milwaukee Lawyers Chapter.

Thursday, January 19, 7:00 pm at Boswell

Have you ever wondered: how they got booked on that TV show or how can I become the go-to expert on TV? Tap into the power of Emmy Award-winner and 20-year media veteran Katrina Cravy and her "H.A.V.E." formula for great TV! From drafting email pitches to television producers, to maintain a sizzling social media apperance, Cravy reveals all of the industry’s best kept secrets.

In addition, Cravy is offering a free 30-minute coaching session and with every book purchased, you can be entered into a raffle to win a free headshot session with the photographer who took all of her headshots. Visit Cravy’s Facebook event page for more details!

About the Author: Katrina Cravy is an Emmy Award-Winning consumer reporter and a former TV host for Fox 6 and now is a publicity coach.

Nick Petrie author of Burning Bright 
Friday, January 20, 7:00 pm at Greendale's Hose Tower, 6600 Schoolway and Saturday, January 21, 1:00 pm at Whitefish Bay Library, 5420 N Marlborough Dr.

In the event you missed Nick Petrie in our in-store event here’s your chance to catch the next breakout thriller writer, who has been hiding in plain sight in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin.

Jim Higgins, of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel offers, “Gripping action scenes featuring Ash, a lethally skilled veteran with significant post-traumatic stress disorder, have led some readers to liken Petrie's fiction to Lee Child's bestselling Jack Reacher novels. In fact, Child himself has spontaneously praised Petrie's creation in public forums on more than one occasion.”

And if you are a fan of Lee Chlid’s Jack Reacher and need further convincing, David Martindale, of the Star Telegram says, “Reacher fans, especially those who have consumed all of Child’s novels and are thirsting for more, will find Peter Ash to be a more-than-capable substitute.”

These event is sponsored by Greendale Public Library and Whitefish Bay Library. 

Ayad Akhtar author of Disgraced: A Play
Saturday, January 21, 11:00 am at Boswell

Milwaukee native and Pulitzer Prize winner Ayad Akhtar discusses the play that took Broadway by storm and got everyone talking. Amir, a successful Pakistani-American lawyer, is happy, in love, and about to land a huge promotion. But when he and his wife, a Caucasian artist inspired by Islamic painting, host a dinner party for Amir’s African American co-worker and her Jewish husband, the evening takes an unexpected turn and Amir makes a costly decision. Join us for a free talk about this social drama depicting racial prejudices among cultural groups.

The Milwaukee Rep production of Disgraced runs from January 17 through February 12 in the Quadracci Powerhouse Theater. Tickets can be purchased at The Milwaukee Rep’s website.

About the Author: Ayad Akhtar is a screenwriter, playwright, actor, and novelist. He is the author of the novel American Dervish and was nominated for a 2006 Independent Spirit Award for best screenplay for the film The War Within. Disgraced was produced at New York's Lincoln Center Theater in 2012 and was awarded the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

This event is cosponsored by The Milwaukee Repertory Theatre.

Elizabeth McKenzie author of The Portable Veblen
Monday, January 23, 7:00 pm at Boswell

Longlisted for the National Book Award, The Portable Veblen is set amid a California culture clash of new money and antiestablishment values. A young couple on the brink of marriage the charming Veblen and her fiancé Paul, a brilliant neurologist finds their engagement in collapse. As Veblen and Paul face off with their families, a seductive pharmaceutical heiress, and one charismatic squirrel, Elizabeth McKenzie asks: Where do our families end and we begin? How do we stay true to our ideals? And what’s that squirrel really thinking? Replete with deadpan photos and sly appendices, The Portable Veblen is a bighearted inquiry into what we look for in love.

About the Author: Elizabeth McKenzie is the author of a collection, Stop That Girl, short-listed for The Story Prize, and the novel MacGregor Tells the World, a Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, and Library Journal Best Book of the year. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, and the Pushcart Prize anthology. She received her MA from Stanford, was an assistant fiction editor at The Atlantic, and is currently an editor at the Chicago Quarterly Review and the Catamaran Literary Reader.

A ticketed evening with Elinor Lipman, author of
On Turpentine Lane  in conversation with Bonnie North 
Sunday, February 19, 2:00 pm, at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, 1111 E Brown Deer Rd

Elinor Lipman, the grand dame of American comic fiction, returns to Milwaukee for a very special ticketed event at the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center. Lipman, whose new novel is On Turpentine Lane, will be in conversation with Bonnie North, cohost of Lake Effect, which airs on 89.7 WUWM, Milwaukee Public Radio.

Milwaukee and Lipman have a very special bond. The Cream City has been a stop on every one of Elinor Lipman's book tours since Isabel's Bed in 1995. Lipman was a crowd pleaser as the guest speaker at the Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library for The View from Penthouse B and cut the ribbon for Boswell's grand opening in 2009 for The Family Man.

Together we hope to make this the best Elinor Lipman event ever, and that's saying a lot, because there have been a lot of great ones. Tickets for this event are $26, and include admission and a copy of On Turpentine Lane. $5 from every ticket purchase will go back to the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center. You can purchase your ticket at Brown Paper Tickets or by phone at 800-838-3006.

A ticketed event with Paticia B. McConnell author of The Education of Will: A Mutual Memoir of a Woman and Her Dog Monday, February 20, 7:00 pm at Radisson Hotel, 2303 N Mayfair Rd

Renowned Zoologist and Animal Behaviorist, Patricia McConnell combines brilliant insights into canine behavior gained from her work with aggressive and fearful dogs with heartwarming stories of her own dogs and their life on the farm. In her memoir, McConnell is forced to face her past by her love for a young Border Collie named Will, whose frequent, unpredictable outbreaks of fear and fury shake Patricia to her core.

Tickets for this are $25 for general setting and $35 for preferred seating. Tickets can be purchased on the Wisconsin Humane Society’s website.

Additionally, tickets do not include the price of the book, however books will be available for purchase.

Doors open for this event at 6 pm. 

About the Author: Patricia McConnell, PhD, is an internationally known Zoologist and Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist who has treated serious behavior problems in dogs for over twenty-five years. She speaks around the world about canine behavior and training, and is the author of fourteen books, including the critically acclaimed The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do around Dogs. Dr. McConnell lives with her dogs and husband on a small farm near Madison, Wisconsin.

A ticketed event with Christine Baker Kline author of A Piece of the World
Sunday, March 5, 2:00 pm reception 2:30 pm talk at Lynden Sculpture Garden, 2145 W Brown Deer Rd.

Bestselling author of Orphan Train, delivers a novel of friendship, passion, and art, inspired by Andrew Wyeth. A Piece of the World is the story of Christina Olson, the complex woman and real-life muse Andrew Wyeth portrayed in his 1948 masterpiece Christina’s World. The painting — which features a mysterious woman in a pink dress sitting in a field, gazing at a weathered house in the distance — is an iconic piece of American art and hangs in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City as part of their permanent collection.

Tickets for this event are $30 and $25 for members. For more details and purchasing information please visit the Lynden Sculpture Garden’s website.

About the Author: Christina Baker Kline is the author of five novels. Her most recent novel, Orphan Train, has spent more than two years on the New York Times bestseller list, including five weeks at # 1, and has been published in 38 countries. Her other novels include The Way Life Should Be, Sweet Water, Bird in Hand, and Desire Lines.

A ticketed evening with Andrew McCarthy, author of Just Fly Away
Monday, April 10, 7:00 pm, at Boswell

Andrew McCarthy has worn many hats. He's beloved for his starring film roles in Pretty in Pink, Mannequin, and Less than Zero. He appeared on Broadway in the Tony-Award-winning production of Side Man. He's directed series such as Orange Is the New Black and The Blacklist. And his work as a travel writer and Editor at Large for National Geographic led to his bestselling memoir, The Longest Way Home, and the editor slot for Best American Travel Writing 2015.

Now his first novel, Just Fly Away, is being published in April, and we're thrilled to be hosting a ticketed talk and signing for this powerful young-adult novel on Monday, April 10, 7 pm. It starts when fifteen-year-old Lucy Willows discovers that her father has a child from a brief affair, an eight-year-old boy named Thomas who lives in her own suburban New Jersey town. She begins to question everything she thinks she knows about her family and her life. Lucy can't believe her father betrayed the whole family, or that her mother forgave him, or that her sister isn't rocked by the news the way Lucy is. Worse, Lucy's father's secret is now her own, one that isolates her from her friends, family, and even her boyfriend, Simon, the one person she expected would truly understand. When Lucy escapes to Maine, the home of her mysteriously estranged grandfather, she finally begins to get to the bottom of her family's secrets and lies.

Tickets are $19 and include admission to the event and a copy of Just Fly Away. On the night of the event only, a $12 Boswell gift card is available in lieu of the book. McCarthy will sign copies of Just Fly Away and The Longest Way Home. Other signing restrictions may apply.