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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. 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 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!

A cozy afternoon tea featuring Beth Amos, writing both as Annelise Ryan, author of Dead Calm and Allyson K. Abbott, author of A Toast to Murder, as well as Mary Carter, writing as Carlene O’Connor, author of Murder in an Irish Churchyard
Friday, March 23, 2:00 pm, at Boswell

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.

Sunday, March 25, 3:00 pm, at Boswell

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.

A ticketed event with Meg Wolitzer, author of The Female Persuasion, in conversation with Jane Hamilton
Monday, April 23, 7:00 pm, at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, 1111 E Brown Deer Rd

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.

A ticketed event with Christopher Moore, author of Noir
Wednesday, May 2, 7:00 pm, Boswell

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.

A ticketed event with Paula McLain, author of Love and Ruin
Sunday, May 6, 3:00 pm, at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, 19805 W Capitol Dr in Brookfield

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.

Tuesday, May 8, 7:00 pm, at UWM Student Union, 2200 E Kenwood Dr in Milwaukee

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.

Check out a more complete listing of our upcoming events here.