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In a world that is always pushing to be faster, better, stronger, we can easily forget about what is important and what’s important to our community. At Boswell, we strive to be a positive, welcoming pillar in the community and we wouldn’t be the store we are today if it wasn’t for customers, like you, making the conscious decision to support us. So join us in celebration, of our friendship, of the trust, and of the commitment you make to us when you shop local.

Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country on the last Saturday in April. This year, on April 29, you can expect us to have our usual eccentric limited edition items like Welcome to the Night Vale on vinyl record and a literary map of the US, however we also have two special events planned as well.

At 11 am, we will host a Amy Krouse Rosenthal memorial storytime. The much-missed Rosenthal was known for her many contributions to children's literature with I Wish You More, Exclamation Mark, and That's Me Loving You. This storytime will be celebrated with the help of reader Robin Hoffman, who founded the Children's Book Connection in Milwaukee in 1981, and now serves on the Scholastic Book Selection Committee for both Book Fairs and Book Clubs.

Then at 7 pm join us for a special toast and talk with UWM Professor and author, Liam Callanan. Boswell’s Daniel Goldin and Liam Callanan will discuss eight years of bookstore collaboration. And Callanan will even preview his April 2018 novel, Paris by the Book.

In conclusion, thank you. While ‘thank you’ could never be enough to express our gratitude for the last eight years, your loyalty to us as an Indie bookstore means more than you could ever know. These years have flown by and we look forward to serving you with more author events, great recommendations, and lots of laughter.

David S. Pederson, author of Death Goes Overboard
Saturday, April 22, 7:00 pm, at Boswell

Join us in welcoming back to Boswell David S. Pederson, author of Death Comes Darkly, for his second mystery based in Milwaukee Death Goes Overboard. Gregor Slavinsky went overboard. Or did he? He was murdered. Or was he? It's up to Detective Heath Barrington and his partner, police officer Alan Keyes, to find out as they search for clues and a missing twenty-five thousand dollars aboard an old lake steamer and throughout 1947 Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

They are up against gangsters, con artists, and a very seductive Grant Riker, a fellow policeman who could come between Heath and Alan, upsetting their romance.

The three of them race the clock to find the truth amidst lies, secrets, and possible scandal, while riding the waves of a potential love triangle.

About the Author: David S. Pederson has written many short stories and poetry and is passionate about mysteries, old movies, and crime novels. Pederson is also the author of Death Comes Darkly.

Tuesday, April 25, 7:00 pm at Boswell

Jen Sincero is a bestselling author, success coach, and motivational speaker who has spent over a decade traveling the world helping people transform their lives and their bank accounts via her public appearances, private sessions, coaching seminars, and her books, including the bestselling book, You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life. And now comes the perfect sequel to this bestselling phenomenon, You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth.

You Are a Badass at Making Money is a step-by-step guide to helping people overcome their blocks, push past their fears, and start making the kind of money they’ve never made before. Sincero herself went from living in a converted garage to traveling the world in 5-star luxury in a matter of years, and knows all too well the layers of BS one can get wrapped up in around money, as well as what it takes to dig your way out. She goes in-depth on how powerful our thoughts are and how our bank accounts are mirrors for our beliefs about money. Written in the same style as her bestselling book You Are a Badass, You Are a Badass at Making Money combines entertaining essays with life-changing concepts. Sincero boils all her wisdom down into manageable, bite-sized tips so her readers can put them into practice and get real results.

This event is cosponsored by WWBIC, the Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative Corporation.

Tickets are $27 and include admission to the event and a copy of You Are a Badass at Making Money. On the night of the event only, an $19 Boswell gift card is available in lieu of the book. Sincero will personalize your copy of You Are a Badass at Making Money, will sign books brought from home, and will pose for photos. Tickets can be purchased online at Brown Paper Tickets or by phone at 800-838-3006. 

About the Author: Jen Sincero is a bestselling author, success coach and motivational cattle prod who has helped countless people transform their personal and professional lives via her seminars, public appearances, newsletters, products and books.

A ticketed event with Kristin Hannah, author of The Nightingale 

Alas we are sold out for this event.

This event is cosponsored by Elm Grove Public Library and Friends of the Elm Grove Public Library.

About the Author: Kristin Hannah is an award-winning and bestselling author of more than 20 novels including Winter Garden, Night Road, and Firefly Lane.

Rescheduled event with Donna Seaman, author of Identity Unknown: Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists Thursday, April 27, 7:00 pm, at Boswell

Now Donna Seaman will visit Boswell on Thursday, April 27 with a talk and a slide show presentation on underappreciated women artists, from Lenore Tawley to Lois Mailou Jones.

Who hasn’t wondered where—aside from Georgia O’Keeffe and Frida Kahlo—all the women artists are? In many art books, they’ve been marginalized with cold efficiency, summarily dismissed in the captions of group photographs with the phrase “identity unknown” while each male is named.

These women fought to be treated the same as male artists, to be judged by their work, not their gender or appearance. In brilliant, compassionate prose, Seaman reveals what drove them, how they worked, and how they were perceived by others in a world where women were subjects—not makers—of art. Featuring stunning examples of the artists’ work, Identity Unknown speaks to women’s neglected place in history and the challenges they face to be taken as seriously as men no matter what their chosen field.

About the Author: Chicagoan Donna Seaman has degrees in the fine arts and English. An editor at Booklist, she reviews books for the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times, among others. She has written bio-critical essays for the Oxford Encyclopedia of American Literature and American Writers, and has published in TriQuarterly and Creative Nonfiction. Seaman created, hosted, and produced Open Books, a radio program about outstanding books and writers and the art of reading.

Jo Piazza, author of How to Be Married: What I Learned from Real Women on Five Continents about Surviving My First (Really Hard) Year of Marriage
Friday, April 28, 7:00 pm, at Boswell

Marriage is hard. That is what a newly-engaged and slightly terrified Jo Piazza heard over and over again. And as she began planning her wedding, she realized that American marriage traditions focus more on the dress, the guests, and the menu than they do on how the heck anyone can make a real, lasting, joy-filled commitment to their significant other. What comes after the whirlwind romance and fairy-tale wedding?

Readers will follow Jo and her husband Nick through their first year of marriage as they explore the world uncovering the rituals, customs, and traditions of other cultures, unlocking important nuggets of wisdom along the way. Her spirit, curiosity, and humor are unflagging throughout. They hike Kilimanjaro, get sex tips from an Orthodox Jewish scholar, as well as Ayahuasca rituals in Peru, along with many other adventures in a grand experiment to change the way we look at marriage and surviving its first year.

About the Author: Jo Piazza is an award-winning journalist and the bestselling author of the novel The Knockoff. She is the managing editor of Yahoo Travel and is a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, New York magazine, and Slate. She is also the author of Celebrity, Inc.: How Famous People Make Money; Love Rehab: A Novel in Twelve Steps; and If Nuns Ruled the World: Ten Sisters on a Mission. And while Piazza isn’t from Milwaukee, she did marry in!

Eighth Anniversary Celebration with Liam Callanan, contributor to My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places to Browse, Read, and Shop in conversation with Daniel Goldin
Saturday, April 29, 7:00 pm, at Boswell

This updated edition, published for the first time in paperback, includes all-new essays to celebrate eight additional stores. My Bookstore is the enthusiastic, heartfelt, sometimes humorous tribute by 92 known authors to their favorite independent bookstores.

In My Bookstore our favorite writers-from Elin Hilderbrand, to John Grisham, to Ann Patchett-express their adoration and admiration for their favorite bookstores and booksellers. Boswell’s Daniel Goldin and Liam Callanan will discuss eight years of bookstore collaboration. And Callanan will also preview his April 2018 novel, Paris by the Book, yes, a year in advance.

About the Contributor: Liam Callanan is the author of The Cloud Atlas, All Saints, and Listen. Additionally, he serves in the English department at UWM and was previously the chair as well as coordinator of its Ph.D. program in Creative Writing.

Eugenia Cheng, author of Beyond Infinity: An Expedition to the Outer Limits of Mathematics Sunday, April 30, 3:00 pm, at Boswell

Imagine something small enough to fit in your head but too large to fit in the world-or even the universe. What would you call it? And what would it be? How about...infinity?

In Beyond Infinity, musician, chef, and mathematician Eugenia Cheng answers this question by taking readers on a startling journey from math at its most elemental to its loftiest abstractions. Beginning with the classic thought experiment of Hilbert's hotel-the place where you can (almost) always find a room, if you don't mind being moved from room to room over the course of the night-she explores the wild and woolly world of the infinitely large and the infinitely small. Along the way she considers weighty questions like why some numbers are uncountable or why infinity plus one is not the same as one plus infinity. She finds insight in some unlikely examples: planning a dinner party for 7 billion people using a chessboard, making a chicken-sandwich sandwich, and creating infinite cookies from a finite ball of dough all tell you more about math than you could have imagined.

An irresistible book on the universe's biggest possible topic, Beyond Infinity will beguile and bewitch you, and show all of us how one little symbol can hold the biggest idea of all.

About the Author: Eugenia Cheng is the author of How to Bake Pi, in addition to being a Scientist in Residence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an Honorary Fellow of the University of Sheffield. She has appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and has been featured in The New York Times.

A ticketed luncheon with Elizabeth Strout, author of Anything Is Possible
Friday, May 5, 11:00 am at the Wisconsin Club, 900 W Wisconsin Ave

Join us for the annual Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library Literary Luncheon featuring Pulitzer Prize winning and bestselling author, Elizabeth Strout, for her newest work of fiction, Anything Is Possible, a companion work to My Name is Lucy Barton.

Recalling Olive Kitteridge in its richness, structure, and complexity, Anything Is Possible explores the whole range of human emotion through the intimate dramas of people struggling to understand themselves and others. There are two sisters: One trades self-respect for a wealthy husband while the other finds in the pages of a book a kindred spirit who changes her life. The janitor at the local school has his faith tested in an encounter with an isolated man he has come to help, and the adult Lucy Barton returns to visit her siblings after seventeen years of absence.

Seating is limited to this engaging literary luncheon and is only open until Thursday, April 27 so why not purchase your ticket today? The ticket includes lunch and a copy of Anything Is Possible.

About the Author: Elizabeth Strout is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Olive Kitteridge; the bestselling author of My Name Is Lucy BartonThe Burgess Boys, and Abide with Me, a national bestseller and Book Sense pick; and Amy and Isabelle, which won the Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize. She has also been a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize in England. Her short stories have been published in a number of magazines, including The New Yorker and O: The Oprah Magazine.

A ticketed event with, Chuck Klosterman, author of
Friday, May 19, 7:00 pm, at Boswell

Ten years and four books into his atypical career, Chuck Klosterman released a collection of his previously published journalism, essays, and columns titled Chuck Klosterman IV, solidifying his reputation as a cultural critic who can span the realms of pop culture and sports, but who can also address interpersonal issues, social quandaries, and ethical boundaries.

Klosterman is the bestselling author of seven previous books of nonfiction (including Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs and I Wear the Black Hat) and two novels (Downtown Owl and The Visible Man). In addition to the publications listed above, Klosterman has written for The Washington Post, Esquire, and ESPN. He appeared as himself in the LCD Soundsystem documentary Shut Up and Play the Hits.

Chuck Klosterman X collects those many pieces along with fresh introductions and new footnotes throughout. The pieces are organized in categories (e.g. White Dudes Holding Guitars) and Klosterman presents many of the articles in original form, before they were trimmed down for space, so they feature previously unpublished structures, passages, and signature digressions. The final part of the book includes Klostermans epic 10,000-word KISS retrospective, which proved once and for all that no one knows KISS like Chuck Klostermanan entertaining return to his Fargo Rock City Roots. Chuck Klosterman X is the culmination and celebration of two decades in journalism and books from one of the sharpest and most prolific observers and chroniclers of our unusual times.

Tickets are $29 and include admission, a copy of Chuck Klosterman X, and all taxes and fees. On the night of the event only, a $20 Boswell gift card in lieu of the book will be available. Purchase a ticket on the Brown Paper Ticket website or call 800-838-3006.

About the Author: Chuck Klosterman is a New York Times-bestselling author and cultural critic and has written five more bestsellers, helped found and establish Grantland. In addition, he served as The New York Times Magazine Ethicist and worked on film and television productions, all while maintaining a consistent stream of writing in outlets such as GQ, Billboard, and The Guardian.

A ticketed event with Sheryl Sandberg , co-author of  Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy in conversation with Jane Hamilton
Monday, June 5, 7 pm, at the Pabst Theatre

Join Sheryl Sandberg, co-author of Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy, in conversation with Jane Hamilton, as they talk about building resilience and moving forward after life's inevitable setbacks.

Here's a little more about Option B, which was written with Wharton professor and bestselling author Adam Grant, and will be released April 24, 2017. After the sudden death of her husband, Sheryl felt certain that she and her children would never feel pure joy again. Her friend Adam, a psychologist at Wharton, told her there are steps people can take to recover and even rebound. Option B combines Sheryl's emotional insights and Adam's eye-opening research on finding strength in the face of adversity. Sheryl will share what she and Adam learned together about helping others in crisis, developing compassion for ourselves, raising strong children, and creating resilient families, communities and workplaces. Many of these lessons can be applied to ordinary struggles, allowing us to build resilience for whatever lies ahead. They will discuss the capacity of the human spirit to persevere... and to rediscover joy.

About the Co-author: Sheryl Sandberg is chief operating officer at Facebook. In addition to Option B, Sandberg is also the international best-selling author of Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead. Prior to Facebook, she was vice president of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google. She previously served as chief of staff for the United States Treasury Department and began her career as an economist with the World Bank. She received B.A. and M.B.A. degrees from Harvard University. Sandberg serves on the boards of Facebook, The Walt Disney Company, Survey Monkey, ONE, and Women for Women International, and also chairs the board of the Sheryl Sandberg & Dave Goldberg Family Foundation.

About Jane Hamilton: Jane Hamilton lives, works, and writes in an orchard farmhouse in Wisconsin. Her short stories have appeared in Harper's magazine. Her first novel, The Book of Ruth, won the PEN/Ernest Hemingway Foundation Award for best first novel. It and A Map of the World were both named selections of Oprah's Book Club. Of her latest novel The Excellent Lombards, now available in paperback, Ann Patchett wrote: "This is the book Jane Hamilton was born to write, and it is a book that thrilled me to read. The Excellent Lombards is, in fact, magnificent."

Please note that there is no autographing line for this event.

Wednesday, June 7, 7:00 pm, at Boswell

Hurrah! David Sedaris has a new book! As close to an actual memoir as possible, Theft by Finding features Sedaris's entries from the diaries he's kept since 1977. Devoted fans have wondered about the moments that are revealed in these pages: meeting Hugh, the first book deal (and tour), Sharon Sedaris's death, and his decision to stop drinking.

Tickets are already sold out for the talk portion of our event, but don't you worry! Anyone who has the desire to meet Mr. Sedaris can do so at Boswell on June 7, though admittedly by the time we get to everyone, it might be June 8. After the line is finished for the ticketed attendees, we'll start with everyone else. Will he sign Theft by Finding for you? Yes! Will he sign any of his backlist for you? Yes! Will he sign an anthology or magazine where he had a contribution? Yes! Will he say hello to you even if you don't want anything signed? Yes! We'll stay as long as it takes, and all you need is patience. Our suggestion? Bring something to read.

Attendees are allowed to bring books from home. Mr. Sedaris will sign (and personalize!) anything he has written, including magazine articles, but he will not sign any books penned by other writers. If you do not have a book, you may still enter the signing line if you’d just like to say hello to Mr. Sedaris. And lastly, Boswell will remain open until everyone has a chance to meet Mr. Sedaris.

Please note that there is no gift card option for the talk portion. And also note that as is always the case for David Sedaris events, we ask that there be no photos or video at this event. 

About the Author: David Sedaris is the author of numerous books including:  Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls, Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk, and Barrel Fever. He is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and BBC Radio 4.

A ticketed event with Scott Turow, author of Testimony 
in conversation with Lake Effect's Mitch Teich

The Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center and Boswell Book Company present a ticketed appearance with Scott Turow, the #1 New York Times bestselling author, returning with a page-turning legal thriller about an American prosecutor's investigation of a refugee camp's mystifying disappearance. For this event, Turow will be in conversation with Mitch Teich, executive producer of WUWM's Lake Effect.

In Testimony, former prosecutor Bill ten Boom has walked out on everything he thought was important to him: his law career, his wife, Kindle County, even his country. Still, when he is tapped by the International Criminal Court - an organization charged with prosecuting crimes against humanity - he feels drawn to what will become the most elusive case of his career. Over ten years ago, in the apocalyptic chaos following the Bosnian war, an entire Roma refugee camp vanished. Now for the first time, a witness has stepped forward: Ferko Rincic claims that armed men marched the camp's Gypsy residents to a cave in the middle of the night - and then with a hand grenade set off an avalanche, burying 400 people alive. Only Ferko survived.

Boom's task is to examine Ferko's claims and determine who might have massacred the Roma. His investigation takes him from the International Criminal Court's base in Holland to the cities and villages of Bosnia to secret meetings in Washington, DC, as Boom sorts through a host of suspects, ranging from Serb paramilitaries, to organized crime gangs, to the US government itself, while also maneuvering among the alliances and treacheries of those connected to the case.

A master of the legal thriller since his first novel, Presumed Innocent, and continuing through his most recent work, Identical, Scott Turow now returns with his most irresistibly confounding and satisfying novel yet.

Tickets are $30 and include admission, a copy of Turow's novel Testimony, and all taxes and fees. $5 of every admission goes back to the JCC.

For this event, we have an early pickup option. For those who buy tickets before the on sale date of May 16, you can choose to receive your copy of Testimony at Boswell, in advance of the event. Please note that this option is only available until May 15. Also please note that this option is only available if you choose the early pickup option. Otherwise, you will receive your book when you sign into the event. Don't forget to have ID available, as all tickets are will call.

If you buy a ticket and can't make it to the event, we'll have a signed copy waiting for you at Boswell for up to six months after the event.

About the Author: Scott Turow is the author of ten bestselling works of fiction, including Identical, Innocent, and Presumed Innocent, and two nonfiction books, including One L, about his experience as a law student. His books have been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than thirty million copies worldwide, and have been adapted into movies and television projects. He has frequently contributed essays and op-ed pieces to publications such as The New York Times, Washington Post, and Vanity Fair