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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!

Friday, September 30, 7 pm at Boswell

When Michael Copperman left Stanford University for the Mississippi Delta in 2002, he imagined he would lift underprivileged children from the narrow horizons of rural poverty. Well-meaning but naive, the Asian American from the West Coast soon lost his bearings in a world divided between black and white. He had no idea how to manage a classroom or help children navigate the considerable challenges they faced. In trying to help students, he often found he couldn't afford to give what they required sometimes, with heartbreaking consequences. His desperate efforts to save child after child were misguided but sincere. He offered children the best invitations to success he could manage. But he still felt like an outsider who was failing the children and himself.

About the author: From 2002 to 2004, Michael Copperman taught fourth grade in the rural black public schools of the Mississippi Delta with Teach For America. Now, he teaches writing to low-income, first-generation college students of diverse backgrounds at the University of Oregon. His work has appeared in the Oxford-American, Guernica, Creative Nonfiction, and has garnered fellowships and awards from the Munster Literature Center, the Oregon Arts Commission, Literary Arts, and Bread Loaf Writers Conference.

Bradley P. Beaulieu, author of Of Sand and Malice Made
Saturday, October 1, 12:30 pm, at Discovery World, 500 N Harbor Drive, downtown Milwaukee, 53202

Çeda, the heroine of the widely praised Twelve Kings in Sharakhai, is the youngest pit fighter in the history of the great desert city of Sharakhai. In this prequel, she has already made her name in the arena as the fearsome, undefeated White Wolf; none but her closest friends and allies know her true identity. But all changes when she crosses the path of Rümayesh, an ehrekh, a sadistic ancient creature forged by the God of Chaos. Ehrekhs are usually desert dwellers, but this one lurks in the dark corners of Sharakhai, toying with and preying on humans. Rümayesh seeks to unmask the White Wolf and claim Çeda for her own, in a struggle that becomes a battle for Çeda’s very soul.

Bradley Beaulieu will be appearing at Discovery World Sci Fi Day, at 12:30 for a family-friendly extravaganza of magnificent costumes, props, and displays from the sci-fi world! Featured are Wisconsin Ghostbusters, Kenosha Lego Group, Heroes Alliance, Milwaukee Astronomy Society’s Planets demo, and more.

Tickets for this all-day event at Discovery World, 400 N Harbor Dr, are $18 for adults, with sliding scale for children, students, and seniors. Once again, Bradley Beaulieu will speak at 12:30 pm. This event is from 10 am to 5 pm and tasteful costumes encouraged.

About the Author: Bradley P. Beaulieu is the author of the Lays of Anuskaya Trilogy. He has published work in Realms of Fantasy Magazine, Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, Writers of the Future 20, and several anthologies. He has won the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Award and earned a Gemmell Morningstar Award nomination.

Book club discussion of Sister Carrie with Florentine Opera
Monday, October 3, 7:00 pm at Boswell

Join us and the in-store lit book club in discussion of Theodore Dreiser’s classic Sister Carrie. We will be joined by UWM’s professors Jason Puskar and Amanda Seligman, along with a guest from the Florentine Opera.

Sister Carrie will be performed at Uihein Hall, Marcus Center for the Performing Arts October 7 and 9 for more information, including ticket information please visit Florentine Opera’s website.


Ben Hatke, author of Mighty Jack
Tuesday, October 4, 2016, 6:30 pm at Cudahy Family Library, 3500 Library Dr.

Ben Hatke, returns to middle-grade fantasy-adventure with the first of two graphic novels retelling Jack and the Beanstalk. Jack might be the only kid in the world who's dreading summer. But he's got a good reason: Summer is when his single mom takes a second job and leaves him at home to watch his autistic kid sister, Maddy. It's a lot of responsibility, and it's boring too, because Maddy doesn't talk. Ever.

But then, one day, she does talk. Maddy tells Jack in no uncertain terms to trade their mom's car for a box of magic beans. It's the best mistake Jack has ever made. The little garden behind his house is about to become home to tiny onion babies running amok, dangerous biting cabbages, and, in a fiery cliff-hanger at the end of this first volume, a dragon.

About the Author: Ben Hatke is the author and illustrator of The New York Times-bestselling Zita the Spacegirl trilogy, the picture books Julia's House for Lost Creatures and Nobody Likes a Goblin, and the graphic novel Little Robot.

Robert Olen Butler, author of Perfume River in conversation with David Riodan of Cardinal Stritch
Tuesday, October 4, 2016, 7:00 pm at Boswell

Robert Quinlan is a seventy-year-old historian teaching at Florida State University, where his wife Darla is also tenured. Their marriage, forged in the fervor of anti-Vietnam-war protests, now bears the fractures of time, both personal and historical, with the couple trapped in an existence of morning coffee and solitary jogging and separate offices. For Robert and Darla, the cracks remain under the surface, whereas the divisions in Robert’s own family are more apparent: He has almost no relationship with his brother Jimmy, who became estranged from the family as the Vietnam War intensified. Robert and Jimmy’s father, a veteran of WWII, is coming to the end of his life, and aftershocks of war ripple across their lives once again, when Jimmy refuses to appear at his father’s bedside. And an unstable homeless man Robert at first takes to be a fellow Vietnam veteran turns out to have a deep impact not just on Robert, but on his entire family.

About the Author: Robert Olen Butler is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of sixteen novels, including Hell, A Small Hotel, and the Christopher Marlowe Cobb series. He is also the author of six short story collections and a book on the creative process, From Where You Dream. He has twice won a National Magazine Award in Fiction and received the 2013 F. Scott Fitzgerald Award for Outstanding Achievement in American Literature.

This event is cosponsored by Cardinal Stritch University. 

Laurie Halse Anderson, author of Ashes
Wednesday, October 5, 6:30 pm at West Allis Public Library 7421 W. National Ave

As the Revolutionary War rages on, Isabel and Curzon have narrowly escaped Valley Forge but their relief is short-lived. Before long they are reported as runaways, and the awful Bellingham is determined to track them down. With purpose and faith, Isabel and Curzon march on, fiercely determined to find Isabel’s little sister Ruth, who is enslaved in a Southern state where bounty hunters are thick as flies.

Heroism and heartbreak pave their path, but Isabel and Curzon won’t stop until they reach Ruth, and then freedom, in this grand finale to the acclaimed Seeds of America trilogy.

About the Author: Laurie Halse Anderson is The New York Times bestselling author known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity. Her work has earned numerous ALA and state awards. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists. Chains also received the 2009 Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction, and Laurie was chosen for the 2009 Margaret A. Edwards Award.

Wednesday, October 5, 7:00 pm at Boswell

At age twenty-four, Winston Churchill was utterly convinced it was his destiny to become Prime Minister of England one day, despite the fact he had just lost his first election campaign for Parliament. He believed that to achieve his goal he must do something spectacular on the battlefield. Despite deliberately putting himself in extreme danger as a British Army officer in colonial wars in India and Sudan, and as a journalist covering a Cuban uprising against the Spanish, glory and fame had eluded him.

Churchill arrived in South Africa in 1899, valet and crates of vintage wine in tow, there to cover the brutal colonial war the British were fighting with Boer rebels. But just two weeks after his arrival, the soldiers he was accompanying on an armored train were ambushed, and Churchill was taken prisoner. Remarkably, he pulled off a daring escape but then had to traverse hundreds of miles of enemy territory, alone, with nothing but a crumpled wad of cash, four slabs of chocolate, and his wits.

About the Author: Candice Millard is the author of The New York Times bestsellers The River of Doubt and Destiny of the Republic.

This event is cosponsored by Wisconsin Public Radio

A pizza party with Jennifer Niven, author of Holding Up the Moon and Kathleen Glasgow, author of Girl in Pieces featuring pizza from Pizza Man
Thursday, October 6 7:00 pm, at Boswell

Holding Up the Moon: Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one has taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin too. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: He can’t recognize faces; even his own brothers are strangers to him.When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game which lands them in group counseling and community service Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel.

Girl in Pieces: Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At seventeen she’s already lost more than most people do in a lifetime. But she’s learned how to forget. Every new scar hardens Charlie’s heart just a little more, yet it still hurts so much. It hurts enough to not care anymore, which is sometimes what has to happen before you can find your way back from the edge.

Please note, that while this event is free, we encourage that attendees register.

About the Author: Jennifer Niven is the author of The New York Times and international bestseller All the Bright Places. She has also written four novels for adults American Blonde, Becoming Clementine, Velva Jean Learns to Fly, and Velva Jean Learns to Drive as well as three nonfiction books: The Ice Master, Ada Blackjack, and The Aqua Net Diaries, a memoir about her high school experiences.

About the Author: Kathleen Glasgow writes for The Writer's Almanac. She received her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Minnesota and her Bachelors of University Studies from the University of New Mexico. Her poems and stories have appeared in Bellingham Review, Clackamas Literary Review, Cimarron Review, and many other journals. Girl in Pieces, is her first novel.

Trenton Lee Stewart, author of The Secret Keepers
Friday, October 7, 6:30 pm at Shorewood Public Library 3920 N Murrary Ave

Acclaimed and bestselling author Trenton Lee Stewart delivers a dazzling and heart-pounding mystery-adventure that will thrill fans of his Mysterious Benedict Society series as well as entice a whole new generation of readers.

When Reuben discovers an extraordinary antique watch, he soon learns it has a secret power and his life takes an intriguing turn. At first he is thrilled with his new treasure, but as one secret leads to another, Reuben finds himself torn between his innately honest nature and the lure to be a hero. Now he is on a dangerous adventure full of curious characters, treacherous traps, and hairsbreadth escapes as he races to solve the mystery before it is too late. Even with fearless Penny, mighty Jack, and the wise Mrs. Genevieve on his side, can Reuben outwit and outmaneuver the sly villain called The Smoke and his devious defenders the Directions and save the city from a terrible fate?

About the Author: Trenton Lee Stewart is the author of the award-winning and The New York Times bestselling The Mysterious Benedict Society.

Margot Livesey, author of Mercury in conversation with UWM’s Liam Callanan
Friday, October 7, 7:00 pm at Boswell

Donald believes he knows all there is to know about seeing. An optometrist in suburban Boston, he is sure that he and his wife, Viv, who runs the local stables, are both devoted to their two children, and to each other. Then Mercury, a gorgeous young thoroughbred with a murky past arrives at Windy Hill and everything changes.

Hilary, a newcomer to town, has inherited Mercury from her brother after his mysterious death. When she first brings Mercury to board at Windy Hill, Viv begins to dream of competing again, embracing the ambitions that she harbored before she settled for a career in finance. Her daydreams soon morph into consuming desire, and her infatuation with the thoroughbred escalates to obsession. Donald may have 20:20 vision, but he is slow to notice how profoundly Viv has changed and how these changes threaten their quiet, secure world.

About the Author: Margot Livesey is The New York Times bestselling author of the novels The Flight of Gemma Hardy, The House on Fortune Street, Banishing Verona, Eva Moves the Furniture, The Missing World, Criminals, and Homework. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Vogue, and The Atlantic, and she is the recipient of grants from both the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. The House on Fortune Street won the 2009 L.L. Winship/PEN New England Award.

About the Conversationalist: Liam Callanan an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Callanan received his Bachelors of Arts from Yale University, his Masters of Arts from Georgetown University, and his Masters of Fine Arts from George Mason University.

This event is cosponsored by UWM's English Department Creative Writing Program.

A ticketed event featuring Jennifer Weiner, author of Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love, and Writing  in conversation with Journal Sentinel's Jim Higgins
Tuesday, October 18, 7:00 pm, at Boswell

Boswell presents a ticketed evening with Jennifer Weiner, in conversation with Jim Higgins of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Tickets are $28, including admission for one, a copy of Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love, and Writing, and all taxes and fees. On the night of the event, a $20 gift card is available in place of the book. You can purchase your ticket at Brown Paper Tickets.

You know Jennifer Weiner as many things: a bestselling author, a Twitter phenomenon, and a feminist enforcer for The New Yorker. She’s also a mom, a daughter, and a sister; a former rower and current runner; a best friend and a reality TV junkie. Here, in her first foray into nonfiction, she takes the raw stuff of her personal life and spins it into a collection of essays on womanhood as uproariously funny and moving as the best of Tina Fey, Fran Lebowitz, and Nora Ephron.

About the Author: Jennifer Weiner is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of fourteen books, including Good in Bed, Who Do You Love and In Her Shoes, which was made into a major motion picture. Additionally, Weiner is a graduate of Princeton University and contributor to The New York Times Opinion section.

About the Conversationalist: Jim Higgins writes about books and performing arts for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Our ticketed event featuring Ann Patchett, author of Commonwealth in conversation with Jane Hamilton is sold out
Wednesday, October 19, 7:00 pm, at Boswell

Tickets no longer available for this event. Signed copies are available here


A ticketed event featuring Historian Jon Meacham, author of Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush in conversation with
Lake Effect’s Mitch Teich
Sunday, November 6, 7:00 pm, at Boswell

Boswell presents a ticketed evening with Jon Meacham, in conversation with Mitch Teich of WUWM’s Lake Effect. Tickets are $20, including admission for one, a paperback copy of Destiny and Power, and all taxes and fees. On the night of the event, a $13 gift card is available in place of the book.You can purchase your ticket at Brown Paper Tickets.

Destiny and Power, now in paperback, is the intimate and detailed life story of George H.W. Bush, a man known only through his politics or from a distance. From interviews and unprecedented access to Bush's presidential diaries, Meacham brings Bush and the great American family vividly to life, beginning in the Midwest in the late 1800s and moving on to George H. W. Bush's childhood, his heroic service in World War II, Texas, and his political rise. With Meacham's trademark compelling narration, historic depth, and contemporary insight, this stunning biography reveals the unusual self-reflections and distinctive American life of a man from the Greatest Generation who pursued a life of service as a guardian of America in the way of Eisenhower, and was one of the last gentleman in our political world.

Our event with Jon Meacham in conversation with Mitch Teich is only two days before the general election: the perfect respite from Campaign 2016!

About the Author: Jon Meacham is the author of The New York Times bestseller, Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, American Gospel, and Franklin and Winston. Meacham received the Pulitzer Prize for his 2008 biography American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House and is an executive editor at Random House.

About the Conversationalist: Mitch Teich is the Executive Producer and cohost of WUMW’s Lake Effect and has over 25 years of experience in broadcasting.