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. 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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!
Schlitz Audubon Nature Center and Boswell present Scott Freeman and Susan Leopold Freeman, who own and manage over 240 acres of forestland in Jefferson County, all protected by conservation easements held by Jefferson Land Trust. This event is free with Schlitz Audubon admission or membership. Registration required for this event by calling (414) 352-2880 x0.
With human impacts, Tarboo Creek in Washington State’s Olympic Peninsula had become little more than a drainage ditch. The Freeman family made it their mission to restore the waterway to once again be a stream that could nurture salmon. Throughout Saving Tarboo Creek, author Scott Freeman entwines their family experiences of healing the land with universal lessons about our place in the planet.
Saving Tarboo Creek is based on the land ethic of Aldo Leopold, Susan Leopold Freman’s grandfather. Since its publication in 1949, A Sand County Almanac has inspired readers to reduce their impact on the land. Scott Freeman’s story offers a concrete example of how one family did their part to repair environmental damage and inspires readers to do the same through thoughtful, individual choices.
About the Author and Illustrator: Scott Freeman teaches biology courses at the University of Washington, where he received a Distinguished Teaching Award. He worked in environmental education and international conservation before completing a PhD in evolutionary biology at the University of Washington. Susan Leopold Freeman grew up outside West Lafayette, Indiana, and attended DePauw University and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where she received a BFA.
Taking Flight: A History of Birds and People in the Heart of America is a dynamic account of ornithological history in America’s heartland. This event, held at and cosponsored by the Urban Ecology Center, is free. Donations are encouraged.
Today, more than fifty million Americans traipse through wetlands at dawn, endure clouds of mosquitoes, and brave freezing autumn winds just to catch a glimpse of a bird. The human desire to connect with winged creatures defies age and generation. In the Midwest, humans and birds have lived together for more than twelve thousand years. Taking Flight explores how and why people have worshipped, feared, studied, hunted, eaten, and protected the birds that surrounded them.
Author and birder Michael Edmonds has combed archaeological reports, missionaries’ journals, travelers’ letters, early scientific treatises, the memoirs of American Indian elders, and the folklore of hunters, farmers, and formerly enslaved people throughout the Midwest to reveal how our ancestors thought about the very same birds we see today. Whether you’re a casual bird-watcher, a hard-core life-lister, or simply someone who loves the outdoors, you’ll look at birds differently after reading this book.
About the Author: Michael Edmonds, a recreational birder, is the Director of Programs and Outreach at the Wisconsin Historical Society. Among his other books are The Wisconsin Capitol: Stories of a Monument and Its People and Risking Everything: A Freedom Summer Reader. He has written articles for the Wisconsin Magazine of History and has won national awards from the American Folklore Society and the American Association for State and Local History.
Enjoy an evening sampling new and bestselling games from our collection, including Donner Dinner Party and Quicktionary. Jen and Jason will offer a short intro and demos on our favorites, plus we’ll have giveaways too. Come alone or in groups.
Please note this game night is for folks 16+. Some of these games involve adult language. Registration requested at boswellgame18.bpt.me
For fans of Jon Krakauer and David Grann comes an exciting new dual historical narrative and travel memoir. Boswell is honored to host Marquette University grad and Bronze Star recipient Brian Caster for his book, Disappointment River: Finding and Losing the Northwest Passage.
In his new book, Castner transports readers back to the heroic age of North American exploration and places them in a still rugged but increasingly fragile Arctic wilderness in the process of profound alteration by the dual forces of globalization and climate change. Fourteen years before Lewis and Clark, Alexander Mackenzie set off to cross the continent of North America with a team of voyageurs and Chipewyan guides, to find a trade route to the riches of the East. What he found was a river that he named “Disappointment.” Mackenzie died thinking he had failed. He was wrong.
In Disappointment River, Brian Castner not only retells the story of Mackenzie’s epic voyages in vivid prose, he personally retraces his travels, battling exhaustion, exposure, mosquitoes, white water rapids and the threat of bears. He transports readers to a world rarely glimpsed in the media, of tar sands, thawing permafrost, remote indigenous villages and, at the end, a wide open Arctic Ocean that could become a far-northern Mississippi of barges and pipelines and oil money.
About the Author: Marquette University graduate Brian Castner is a former Explosive Ordnance Disposal officer who received a Bronze Star for his service in the Iraq War. He is the author of two books, The Long Walk and All the Ways We Kill and Die, and the coeditor of the anthology The Road Ahead. His journalism and essays have appeared in Esquire, Wired, and The New York Times. The Long Walk was adapted into an opera that has been performed at prestigious venues nationwide.
From Racine’s Bradley P. Beaulieu comes the third book in The Song of Shattered Sands series - an epic fantasy with a desert setting, filled with rich worldbuilding and pulse-pounding action. Following Twelve Kings in Sharakhai, which was on many best-of lists for 2015, and With Blood upon the Sand, the new novel features Çeda, a pit fighter in the desert city of Sharakhai, who discovers a dangerous secret that might help her overthrow the cruel, immortal Kings of Sharakhai.
Since the Night of Endless Swords, a bloody battle the Kings of Sharakhai narrowly won, the kings have been hounding the rebels known as the Moonless Host. Many have been forced to flee the city, including Çeda, who discovers that the King of Sloth is raising his army to challenge the other kings’ rule. When Çeda finds the remaining members of the Moonless Host, she hatches a plan to return to Sharakhai and free the asirim, the kings’ powerful, immortal slaves. The kings, however, have sent their greatest tactician, the King of Swords, to bring Çeda to justice for her crimes. It’s Dune meets Game of Thrones!
From fantasy writer Robin Hobb, author of The Assassin’s Apprentice: “I expect that this universe will continue to expand in Beaulieu’s skillful prose. Wise readers will hop on this train now, as the journey promises to be breathtaking.”
About the Author: Racine writer Bradley P. Beaulieu is the author of the Lays of Anuskaya trilogy and the Song of Shattered Sands Trilogy. His novels have garnered many accolades, including a Gemmell Morningstar Award nomination.
Boswell invites you to a cozy tea with mystery writers Beth Amos (Annelise Ryan and Allyson K. Abbott) and Mary Carter (Carlene O'Connor. We'll be serving tea and mini scones from Beans and Barley.
Per Wikipedia, cozies are “a subgenre of crime fiction in which sex and violence are downplayed or treated humorously, and the crime and detection take place in a small, socially intimate community.” We should add that the authors often write in pseudonyms!
As Carlene O’Connor, Mary Carter offers crime fiction centered at Naomi’s Bistro in Cork County, Ireland. And under the name Annelise Ryan, Beth Amos writes the Mattie Lucas mysteries, which take place in small-town Sorenson Wisconsin, and as Allyson K. Abbott, the Mack’s Bar mysteries set in Milwaukee, Wisconsin!
Beth Amos is an active member of Mystery Writers of America and International Thriller Writers. When she’s not writing mysteries under the pseudonyms Annelise Ryan and Allyson K. Abbott, she is a registered nurse in an ER in Janesville.
Chicago-based Mary Carter’s great grandmother emigrated from Ireland filled with tales and stories that have been flowing ever since. She has written three books in the Irish Village series under the pseudonym Carlene O’Connor.
Join us for an event that encompasses memoir, poetry, and prose. This event is coordinated by Hidden Timber Press and cosponsored by Red Oak Writing.
Carol Wobig appears for her just released book, The Collected Stories. Her short stories and monologues are written with unfailing sensitivity and empathy, and in language that rings clear and true. Carol Wobig has won awards from the Writer’s Digest Competition, the Florence Lindemann Humor Contest, and the Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition, and her monologues were selected for performance by the Village of Wauwatosa One Act Festival.
Our poet is Yvonne Stephens, whose debut book is The Salt Before It Shakes. In this collection, Stephens writes about nature, loss, change, hope, motherhood and family with honesty, courage, sensitivity, and moments of keen existential humor. Marquette University’s Angel Sorby praised “the earthy alchemy of her attentive and deeply nourishing work.” The poems of Stephens have appeared in the Dunes Review, the LAND Creative Writing Journal, and Family Stories from the Attic.
Patricia Ann McNair’s recently released collection of essays is And These Are the Good Times. McNair lives just two miles from where she was born. She is an irresistible personal essayist of refreshing candor, vibrant openheartedness, rueful humor, and unassuming wisdom. McNair is Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Columbia College. Her story collection The Temple of Air was named Book of the Year by the Chicago Writers Association.
From the brilliant author of The Interestings, which sold half a million copies, comes The Female Persuasion, an electric, multilayered novel about ambition, power, friendship, and mentorship, and the romantic ideals we all follow deep into adulthood, not just about who we want to be with, but who we want to be. And here’s something even more exciting - author Meg Wolitzer will visit appear for a ticketed event at the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, presented by Boswell Book Company. She'll be in conversation with Jane Hamilton, the beloved author of The Excellent Lombards and A Map of the World.
Want to know more about The Female Persuasion? Greer Kadetsky is a shy college freshman when she meets the woman she hopes will change her life. Faith Frank, dazzlingly persuasive and elegant at 63, has been a central pillar in the women’s movement for decades, a figure who inspires others to influence the world. Upon hearing Faith speak for the first time, Greer, madly in love with her boyfriend Cory, but still full of longing for an ambition that she can’t quite place, feels her inner world light up. And then, astonishingly, Faith invites Greer to make something out of that sense of purpose, leading Greer down the most exciting path of her life as it winds away from her meant-to-be love story with Cory and toward the future she’d always imagined.
Tickets are $30 and include admission, parking, and a copy of The Female Persuasion. Tickets are available at wolitzer.brownpapertickets.com. A portion of all ticket sales will be donated back to Schlitz Audubon Nature Center. While there is no gift card option for this event, don’t forget that The Female Persuasion makes a great gift, and it also would be a welcome donation to your favorite school, library, or nonprofit.
The absurdly outrageous, sarcastically satiric, and always entertaining New York Times bestselling author Christopher Moore returns in finest madcap form with this zany noir set on the mean streets of post-World War II San Francisco. Elisabeth Clark in Library Journal raves: " Fans of noir film and fiction will find a lot to enjoy in this loving genre tribute, and those already familiar with Moore's books will simply be in love."
Think Raymond Chandler meets Damon Runyon with more than a dash of Bugs Bunny and the Looney Tunes All Stars. It’s all very, very Noir. It’s all very, very Christopher Moore.
Tickets are $30 and include admission and a copy of Noir. Tickets available at mooremke18.brownpapertickets.com. In lieu of the book, an $18 Boswell gift card is available on the night of the event only.
About the Author: Christopher Moore is the author of fifteen previous novels, including Secondhand Souls, Sacré Bleu, A Dirty Job, and Lamb.
The Sharon Lynne Wilson Center, Oconomowoc's Books & Company, and Milwaukee's Boswell Book Company present a very special afternoon with Paula McLain, the bestselling author of The Paris Wife, who returns to the subject of Ernest Hemingway in Love and Ruin, a novel about his passionate, stormy marriage to Martha Gellhorn, the fiercely independent, ambitious young woman who would become one of the greatest war correspondents of the twentieth century.
Tickets are $32.00 and include admission to the event, all taxes and fees, and a copy of Love and Ruin. The ticket link is mclain.bpt.me.
In 1937, 28-year-old Martha travels alone to Madrid to report on the atrocities of the Spanish Civil War and becomes drawn to the stories of ordinary people caught in devastating conflict. She also finds herself unexpectedly falling in love with Ernest Hemingway, a man already on his way to becoming a legend. In the shadow of the impending Second World War, and set against the tumultuous backdrops of Madrid, Finland, China, Key West, and especially Cuba, where Martha and Ernest make their home, their relationship and professional careers ignite. But when Ernest publishes the biggest literary success of his career, For Whom the Bell Tolls, they are no longer equals, and Martha must make a choice: surrender to the confining demands of being a famous man’s wife, or risk losing Ernest by forging a path as her own woman and writer. It is a dilemma that will force her to break his heart - and her own.
About the Author: Paula McLain is The New York Times bestselling author of the novels Circling the Sun, The Paris Wife, and A Ticket to Ride, the memoir Like Family: Growing Up in Other People’s Houses, and two collections of poetry. She has received fellowships from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Boswell and the Humanities Division, College of Letters and Science, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee present a rare evening with Arundhati Roy, author of The God of Small Things, winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction.
Tickets are $19 for the general public and are available at roymke.bpt.me. Tickets will be available at a reduced rate to UWM students, faculty, and staff at the UWM Union Box Office only. These will go on sale closer to the event date.
The Ministry of Utmost Happiness takes readers on a panoramic yet intimate journey across the Indian subcontinent, following a varied cast of characters who become swept up in Kashmir’s fight for independence. The tale begins with Anjum, a hijra, unrolling a threadbare Persian carpet in a city graveyard she calls home. Then there is Musa, a Kashmiri freedom fighter; Tilo, his lover; his landlord, a former suitor, now an intelligence officer posted to Kabul; and the two Miss Jebeens - the first a child born in Srinagar and buried in its overcrowded Martyrs’ Graveyard, the second found at midnight, abandoned on a concrete sidewalk in the heart of New Delhi. The result is a shimmering, deeply humane novel that reinvents what a novel can do and can be.
About the Author: Arundhati Roy is the author of The God of Small Things, which won the Man Booker Prize and has been translated into more than forty languages. She also has published several books of nonfiction including The End of Imagination, Capitalism: A Ghost Story, and The Doctor and the Saint. She lives in New Delhi.
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