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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!


Michael Bowen, author of Damage Control
Tuesday, August 23, 7:00 pm, at Boswell

When shadowy gray market hustler and aspiring crony capitalist Jerzy Schroeder is murdered while Josie Kendall is hitting him up for a million dollars to help him cash in on alternative energy funding, the police suspect her of adultery and her husband, Rafe, of homicide. Josie, who works for Majority Values Coalition, an activist fundraising organization, is a new but passionate DC player. Suave Rafe, long a Washington insider, also long a widower, is passionate about Josie. He’s on a new track as a literary agent and supporting Josie’s how-Washington-works learning curve. For Josie and Rafe, this isn't a murder investigation but a political damage-control problem. They attack the issue with an array of finely tuned skills: strategic leaks, manipulation of the media, judicious use of inside information, and a flexible attitude toward the truth - plus the assistance of Josie's Uncle Darius, a veteran spin doctor with surprising connections, who - luckily - is out on parole.

They'll need a full arsenal, since, as one capital insider points out, "A damage control strategy that hasn't succeeded within thirty days has failed." Along the way, Josie, juggling plot lines, will have to decide whether there are ethical lines that even she won't cross. A proposal from Schroeder's ex-wife, Ann DeHoin, known as “The Gray Lady,” thanks to her wardrobe, shows Josie that she was (and probably still is) being gamed. To what end? The priority here is to figure out what the game is before the body count rises, while staying on mission at MVC, which gets money from people committed to a cause, spends part of it promoting that cause through channels like running ads, and keeps the rest. In this contemporary House of Cards scenario, determining who actually murdered Schroeder is a low-priority problem but Josie manages to do that as well. It's all in a day's (well, thirty days') work.

Michael Bowen will be donating his proceeds from this event to Literacy Services of Wisconsin.

About the Author: Michael Bowen is a graduate of Harvard Law School with a passion for politics going back to his pre-teens. His earlier D.C.-based series, beginning with 1990's Washington Deceased and continuing through Collateral Damage, focused on retired Foreign Service Officer Richard Michaelson. Josie Kendall is as different from Michaelson as contemporary Washington is from the capital as it was 25 years ago. Now retired from Foley and Lardner, where he was a litigation attorney, Bowen lives in Fox Point, Wisconsin with his wife, Sara Bowen, also a Harvard Law School graduate and an occasional lecturer on Jane Austen.


Michail Takach, author of LGBT Milwaukee
Thursday, August 25, 7:00 pm, at Boswell
This event is cosponsored by Outwords Books, Gifts, and Coffee

For a medium-size Rust Belt city with German Protestant roots, Milwaukee was an unlikely place for gay and lesbian culture to bloom before the Stonewall Riots. It is said there were 36 gay bars already open in Milwaukee before Stonewall, a number matched only by New York and San Francisco. However, Milwaukee eventually had as many--if not more--known LGBTQ gathering places as Minneapolis or Chicago, ranging from the back rooms of the 1960s to the video bars of the 1980s to the guerrilla gay bars of today.

Over the past 75 years, people in the LGBT community have experienced tremendous social change in America. Gay and lesbian culture, once considered a twilight world that could not be spoken of in daylight, has become today’s rainbow families, marriage equality victories, and record-breaking pride celebrations. In this latest entry in the Arcadia Images of America series, Milwaukee Pride communications director curates more than 150 colorful images, many of which have never been previously published.

LGBT Milwaukee has a forward by Don Schamb, who was a driving force in the founding of the Milwaukee AIDS Project (now ARCW), has served on the boards of Milwaukee Gamma and the Cream City Foundation, and is now active in creating the Milwaukee LGBT History Project. All author proceeds from LGBT Milwaukee will benefit Milwaukee Pride, a 501c3 nonproft dedicated to year-round local LGBTQ history education programs.

About the Author: As a lifelong Milwaukeean, Michail Takach became fascinated with its nightlife culture, venues, and neighborhoods at a young age and has committed himself to researching and documenting those stories not told in history books. As the communications director for Milwaukee Pride, Inc., Takach has supported the ongoing celebration of LGBTQ culture and community through education, outreach, and advocacy since 2010.


Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, author of Ten Ways Not to Commit Suicide: A Memoir
Saturday, August 27, 7:00 pm, at Boswell

As one third of the legendary rap group Run-D.M.C., Darryl “DMC” McDaniels—aka Legendary MC, The Devastating Mic Controller, and the King of Rock—had it all: talent, money, fame, prestige. While hitting #1 on the Billboard charts was exhilarating, the group’s success soon became overwhelming. A creative guy who enjoyed being at home alone or with his family, DMC turned to alcohol to numb himself, a retreat that became an addiction. For years, he went through the motions. But in 1997, when intoxication could no longer keep the pain at bay, he plunged into severe depression and became suicidal. But he wasn’t alone. During the same period, suicide became the number three leading cause of death among black people - a health crisis that continues to this day.

In this memoir, DMC speaks openly about his emotional and psychological struggles and the impact on his life, and addresses the many reasons that led him—and thousands of others—to consider suicide. Some of the factors include not being true to who you are, feelings of loneliness, isolation, and alienation, and a lack of understanding and support from friends and family when it’s needed most. He also provides essential information on resources for getting help. Revealing how even the most successful people can suffer from depression, DMC offers inspiration for everyone in pain—information and insight that he hopes can help save other lives.

Praise from Queen Latifah: "Darryl DMC McDaniels is a deeply-talented artist who has much to teach us. I applaud his courage and compassion in sharing his personal story. Ten Ways Not To Commit Suicide is an inspiring read for all audiences."

About the Author: Darryl McDaniels “DMC” made his start in the music business with the groundbreaking rap group Run-D.M.C., which he founded with Joseph (Rev. Run) Simmons and the late, great Jason (Jam Master Jay) Mizell. The multi-platinum music group has sold more than thirty million singles and albums worldwide, and has had a major influence on popular culture, transforming Rap and Hip Hop into the most popular music in the world and building a fan base that rivals the biggest acts in Rock ’n’ Roll. He lives in New York City.

 


Stories and activities with Lisa Moser, author of Stories from Bug Garden
Sunday, August 28, 2:00 pm, at Boswell

What may appear to be an abandoned garden is actually home to an unusual array of insects. Meet a ladybug who prefers making mud angels to acting like a lady, a roly-poly bug who loves to roll (“wa-hoo!”), a cricket who dreams of grand adventures, and a whole neighborhood of bugs gazing up at a fireworks show of flowers bursting into bloom. These inviting vignettes are sure to have readers seeing bugs in a whole new light.

Join us for an afternoon of bug related poetry and activities with Wisconsin’s own Lisa Moser. We’ve been having so much fun selling this book since spring, and decided we absolutely had to do more to let you know about it. It’s summer now when you take bugs for granted, but in January, you’ll be thinking about dragonflies and crickets and grasshoppers and Stories from Bug Garden can be your memory book.

About the Author: Lisa Moser is the author of the early readers The Monster in the Backpack and Squirrel’s Fun Day as well as many picture books, including Kisses on the Wind, and the sadly now out-of-print Railroad Hank. She lives in Grafton.


In addition to this handy dandy website, you can get your Boswell news fix by vising our blog (www.boswellandbooks.com), Facebook page (www.facebook.com/boswellbooks), and following us on Twitter (@boswellbooks). Thank you for your support--we wouldn't have a bookstore without you!

Whether it's because of a 6 am newspaper review or a midnight recommendation from a friend, you can order the great books you want, from us, online 24/7. 

Come visit and let our booksellers, with their encyclopedic knowledge of books past, present, and even future, make customized recommendations based on your reading tastes. Not chatty? Browse our shelves and ever-changing displays to your heart's content (or until we close for the evening). Know that a book is coming out from your favorite author and want it the day it lands? Pre-order from us and we'll have it waiting for you.

Speaking of your favorite authors: Since 2009, we have been presenting award-winning authors, bestselling scribes (before and after hitting that #1 spot), and local writers launching first (second, or third) books. And don't forget that we bring Boswell to you, with events at area libraries (more than a dozen), museums, nature centers, restaurants, and theaters. We've had events at a distillery, an ice cream shop, and a record store, to name a few,  Don't miss out! Subscribe to our twice-monthly e-newsletter via the column to the right or visit us on Facebook. You can request autographed copies of books by any author we have coming, though we try to have signed copies available after the event, too.

For more details on authors and their books check out our upcoming events page for a complete list of confirmed appearances.

If you can’t make it in, or it’s before/after hours, be sure to check out Daniel’s (daily post) blog, Boswell and Books, or the booksellers’ (occasional post) blog, The Boswellians. You can also visit our Boswell Books Facebook page. Our Twitter handle is @boswellbooks. Thanks for checking us out. We hope to see you in the store soon.

Daniel Goldin, with Amie, Anne, Barb, Caroline, Chris, Conrad, Jane, Jason, Jen, Kelli, Olivia S, Olivia V, Peter, Scott, Sharon, Teasha, Tim, and Todd.