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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. 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!

Katherine Rundell, author of The Explorer
Monday, September 25, 6:30 pm, at Boswell

From Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winner Katherine Rundell comes an exciting new novel about a group of kids who must survive in the Amazon after their plane crashes. Fred, Con, Lila, and Max are on their way back to England from Manaus when the plane they're on crashes and the pilot dies upon landing. For days they survive alone, until Fred finds a map that leads them to a ruined city, and to a secret.

Katherine Rundell is one of Boswell buyer Amiee Mechler-Hickson’s favorite writers of contemporary children’s books. Our strong sales of Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms and Rooftoppers are one of the reasons why Rundell’s publisher picked Milwaukee for one of the very limited number of stops on the American tour for The Explorer.

Boswell proprietor Daniel Goldin writes: “If you and your family are hankering for a good old-fashioned adventure novel, look no further than The Explorer, a tale of four children lost in the Amazon after their plane crashes. They learn to work together and survive on their own, and in their quest to find their way home, they discover a mysterious lost city and an even more mysterious gentleman. Who is he, what is he hiding from them, and why is he so insistent that they not reveal his existence? This middle-grade novel offers some unexpected twists and a lesson or two, plus a fine recipe for cocoa bean and grub pancakes. It’s a great book for the explorer in every kid!”

Please note that Boswell will have several special offers for teachers who participate in the Boswell authors-in-schools program.

About the Author: Katherine Rundell is the author of Rooftoppers, Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms (a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winner), and The Wolf Wilder. She grew up in Zimbabwe, Brussels, and London, and is currently a Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. She begins each day with a cartwheel and believes that reading is almost exactly the same as cartwheeling: it turns the world upside down and leaves you breathless. In her spare time, she enjoys walking on tightropes and trespassing on the rooftops of Oxford colleges.

Kathie Giorgio, author of In Grace’s Time
Tuesday, September 26, 7 pm, at Boswell

56-year-old Grace faces her worst nightmare: the death of her son. Her friend, Virgil, is about to leave for his once-a-year cross-country trip, building inventory for his doll shop. In a haze of grief, Grace asks if she can go along. But Virgil is dealing with worries of his own. At 65-year old, Virgil is gay and unsure how he feels about his longtime, long-distance lover proposing marriage. Together, Grace and Virgil cross road after crossroad, trying to find home and family.

About the Author: Kathie Giorgio is founder and director of Allwriters' Workshop and Workplace, based in Waukesha. She is the author of three previous novels, two collections of short stories, and one volume of poetry.




Wednesday, September 27, 7 pm, at Boswell

John Nichols delivers a pointed guide to the folks in Donald Trump’s administration. We’ll let a few fans of Horsemen of the Trumpocalypse speak for the book:

From Reverend Jesse Jackson: "This is the real story of the Trump administration - not what Trump is tweeting but what his appointees are doing to undermine civil rights, economic security and the environment. John Nichols gets behind the scenes, finds the truth and reveals it all. If you want to go beyond the alternative facts, the fake news, and the media spin, you must read this book.”

From Ralph Nader: "Nichols provides all rationally outraged Americans with factually insightful portraits of the corporatist managers of Trump's giant wrecking machine... The unprecedented cruelty, greed, ignorance and abuses of power over the laws of the land are revealed in the pages of this fast-paced, well documented book... Nichols shows that the fate of our society's health and safety, justice and democracy, freedom and opportunity are being sacrificed on the anvil of giant corporatism - unless 'we the people' stop them.”

About the Author: Madison-based John Nichols is the national affairs writer for The Nation magazine and a contributing writer for The Progressive and In These Times. He is also the associate editor of the Capital Times, an online newspaper in Madison, Wisconsin, and a cofounder of the media-reform group Free Press. He is the author of numerous books, including Dollarocracy: How the Money and Media Election Complex Is Destroying America, and with Robert W. McChesney, People Get Ready: The Fight Against a Jobless Economy and a Citizenless Democracy.

A ticketed evening with Min Jin Lee, author of Pachinko
Thursday, September 28, 7 pm Reception, 7:30 Talk

Milwaukee Reads presents Min Jin Lee at the Lynden Sculpture Garden’s Women’s Speaker Series. Tickets are $31, $26 for Lynden Sculpture Garden members, and are available at lyndensculpturegarden.org/minjinlee, or by calling 414-446-8794.

Here’s a little more about Pachinko. Beginning in early 1900s Korea, Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them all. Deserted by her lover, Sunja is saved when a young tubercular minister offers to marry and bring her to Japan. So begins a sweeping saga of an exceptional family in exile from its homeland and caught in the indifferent arc of history. Through desperate struggles and hard-won triumphs, its members are bound together by deep roots as they face enduring questions of faith, family, and identity.

About the Author: Min Jin Lee's debut novel, Free Food for Millionaires, was one of the top 10 novels of the year for The Times (London), NPR's Fresh Air, and USA Today. Her short fiction has been featured on NPR's Selected Shorts. Her writings have appeared in Conde Nast Traveler, The Times (London), and Vogue. She served as a columnist for the Chosun Ilbo, the leading paper of South Korea.

David Barclay Moore, author of The Stars Beneath Our Feet
Friday, September 29, 6:00 pm (doors open 5:30), at Milwaukee Youth Art Center, 325 W Walnut St (the First Stage building)

This event is cosponsored by First Stage Children's Theater, ALIVE MKE, the Woodruff Group, and the Brewers Community Foundation.

The 4Core (Rasean Bly, John W. Daniels IV, Jeremiah I. Johnson, and Gaulien Smith, III) cordially invite you to a meet and greet with author David Barclay Moore. Light refreshments will be served.

Here’s more about the book from Boswell proprietor Daniel Goldin: “Wallace, better known as Lolly, lives in the Harlem projects. His parents are divorced, his brother is dead, his mom has a girlfriend, and two kids just outside the neighborhood are threatening him and his best friend Vega. The thing that keeps him sane through all of this is his Legos, lots and lots of Legos. One day, he stops creating replicas of the kits and starts building his own stuff. When there’s no more room in the apartment, he turns to the after-school center in the projects, and that’s when he meets Rose, who though very different from Lolly and all his friends, bonds over their shared desire to build stuff. Lolly has to work through his grief over his brother, and still try to figure out how to navigate the projects so he doesn’t go down the same path. What an amazing kid Lolly is, and what a great book Moore’s first novel is!”

Registration is requested at eventbrite.com/e/37254832206.

About the Author: David Barclay Moore has served as communications coordinator for Geoffrey Canada's Harlem Children's Zone and communications manager for Quality Services for the Autism Community. He has received grants from the Ford Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, Yaddo, and the Wellspring Foundation. This is his first novel.

A ticketed conversation with Stephen King and Owen King, authors of Sleeping Beauties
Saturday, September 30, 8:00 pm, at the Riverside Theatre, 116 W Wisconsin Ave

Alas, our event with Stephen King and Owen King is sold out. Please sign up for our email newsletter to hear about other exciting upcoming author events.


Sunday, October 1, 12 pm, at Milwaukee Film Festival Inova Gallery, 2155 N. Prospect Ave.

The Milwaukee Film Festival presents Ann Hornaday, cosponsored by Boswell. This event is free and does not require registration.

Whether we are trying to impress a date after an art-house film screening or discussing Oscar nominations with friends, we all need ways to watch and talk about movies. But with so much variety between an Alfred Hitchcock thriller and a Nora Ephron romantic comedy, how can everyday viewers determine what makes a good movie?

In Talking Pictures, veteran film critic Ann Hornaday walks us through the production of a typical movie-from writing the script and casting to the final sound edit-and explains how to evaluate each piece of the process. How do we know if a film is well-written, above and beyond snappy dialogue? What constitutes a great screen performance? What goes into praiseworthy cinematography, editing, and sound design? And what does a director really do? Full of engaging anecdotes and interviews with actors and filmmakers, Talking Pictures will help us see movies in a whole new light-not just as fans, but as film critics in our own right.

About the author: Ann Hornaday is a film critic at the Washington Post and was a finalist for the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in Criticism.

A ticketed event with Rick Riordan, author of Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #3: The Ship of the Dead
Sunday, October 8, 4:00 pm, at The Italian Community Center, 631 E Chicago St in The Third Ward

Rick Riordan only does one week of touring per year and we are thrilled to announce that this fall, one of those stops will be in Milwaukee! Boswell presents an afternoon with Rick Riordan, in collaboration with Bartolotta Catering and Events at the Italian Community center. 

Tickets are $24.00, including admission, all taxes and ticketing fees, and a signed copy of The Ship of the Dead. Each attendee must have a ticket to this event. Please also be aware that there is no meet-and-greet or signing line after the event. Alas, there is no companion ticket or gift card option. Remember that a signed copy of The Ship of the Dead would make a great addition to your school or public library’s permanent collection.

Here’s a little more about The Ship of the Dead. Magnus Chase, a once-homeless teen, is a resident of the Hotel Valhalla and one of Odin's chosen warriors. As the son of Frey, the god of summer, fertility, and health, Magnus isn't naturally inclined to fighting. Now Magnus faces his most dangerous trial yet. His cousin, Annabeth, recruits her boyfriend, Percy Jackson, to give Magnus some pointers, but will his training be enough? And Magnus's biggest challenge will be facing his own inner demons. Does he have what it takes to outwit the wily trickster god Loki?

This is a rare chance to hear a talk from Rick Riordan, dubbed “storyteller of the gods” by Publishers Weekly. Rick the author of five #1 New York Times best-selling middle grade series with millions of copies sold throughout the world and collaborated with John Rocco on two bestselling collections of Greek myths for the whole family. Don’t forget, tickets are now on sale. Visit riordan17mke.bpt.me or call 800-838-3006.

A ticketed event with Scott Kelly, author of Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery
Monday, October 23, 7 pm, at UWM Union Wisconsin Room, 2200 E Kenwood Blvd.

Boswell, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Union, and the Manfred Olson Planetarium present an evening with Scott Kelly, the astronaut who spent a record-breaking year aboard the International Space Station, in conversation with Bonnie North of WUWM’s Lake Effect.

Tickets are $32 and include admission to the event, all taxes and ticket fees, and a signed copy of Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery. Tickets are available at kellymke.brownpapertickets.com or you can order by phone at 800-838-3006. Tickets are also available to the UWM campus community at a special discounted price of $26 for students and $29 for faculty and staff, only at the UWM Student Union Information Desk, starting September 18.

The veteran of four space flights and the American record holder for consecutive days spent in space, astronaut Scott Kelly has experienced things very few have: How does it feel to be launched in a rocket? What happens to your body in zero gravity? What do you do when you get a toothache 250 miles above the Earth?

Kelly discusses this and more in his new book, Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery, which recounts his year aboard the ISS as well as his rough-and-tumble New Jersey childhood and what sparked his astounding career, changing his trajectory from an unfocused, below-average student to a record-setting astronaut. Kelly describes navigating the extreme challenges of long-term spaceflight: the devastating physical effects; the pressures of constant close cohabitation; the catastrophic risks of depressurization or colliding with orbital debris; what it’s like to know you won’t be home for a year (and the feeling of being unable to help when tragedy strikes at home).

He writes with candor about his journey, in space and on Earth, and tells fascinating (and often funny) stories about the Russian cosmonauts who accompanied him aboard the ISS. As Kelly says, a lesson he’s learned firsthand: “If we can dream it, we can do it.” Join him in conversation with Bonnie North to learn about his life on and off this planet, and what it will take to make the journey to Mars.

About the author: Scott Kelly is a former military fighter pilot and test pilot, an engineer, a retired astronaut, and a retired U.S. Navy captain. A veteran of four space flights, Kelly commanded the International Space Station (ISS) on three expeditions and was a member of the yearlong mission to the ISS. In October 2015, he set the record for the total accumulated number of days spent in space, the single longest space mission by an American astronaut.

About the moderator: Bonnie North joined WUWM in March 2006 as the Arts Producer of Milwaukee Public Radio’s weekday magazine program Lake Effect. Her introduction to public broadcasting came at Vermont Public Radio, where she spent seven years as host of classical and jazz shows, a production associate, and operations manager. North worked for twenty years in professional, educational, and community theater, and just prior to joining WUWM, she worked in the defense industry, managing interpreting and translation services in the Balkans.

A ticketed event with Kate DiCamillo, author of

The Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, Oconomowoc’s Books & Company, and Milwaukee’s Boswell Book Company present a very special event with Kate DiCamillo, the author of many books for children, including Flora & Ulysses and The Tale of Despereaux, both of which received Newbery Medals.

Tickets are $22.00 and include admission to the event, all taxes and fees, and a copy of DiCamillo’s latest picture book, La La La. A signing will follow the talk. There is no gift card option for this event, but don’t forget, La La La will make a great gift for the upcoming holiday season.

Kate DiCamillo is not just one of the most acclaimed children’s book authors writing today - she’s also one of the most beloved. Her events are incredibly popular and it’s hard to walk away from her presentations without being moved to tears. DiCamillo only does a handful of public speaking events in the United States each year. Boswell and our two partners are excited to be one of those select events, bringing fans the first metro Milwaukee event with DICamillo in five years.

In La La La, a little girl stands alone and sings, but hears no response. Gathering her courage and her curiosity, she skips farther out into the world, singing away to the trees and the pond and the reeds, but no song comes back to her. Day passes into night, and the girl dares to venture into the darkness toward the light of the moon, becoming more insistent in her singing, climbing as high as she can, but still there is silence in return. Dejected, she falls asleep on the ground, only to be awakened by an amazing sound. She has been heard, at last. With the simplest of narratives and the near absence of words, Kate DiCamillo conveys a lonely child’s yearning for someone who understands.

While an unlimited of La La La can be signed and personalized, attendees are limited to three backlist titles (from home or bought at the Wilson Center), one of which can be personalized. There is no gift card option for this event, but don't forget, La La La will make a great gift for the upcoming holiday season. Here's another link for tickets

About the Author: Kate DiCamillo is the beloved author of many books for children, including Flora & Ulysses and The Tale of Despereaux, both of which received Newbery Medals. Her other middle grade titles include The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, Because of Winn-Dixie, and Raymie Nightingale. She is also the author of two chapter book series, one featuring Mercy Watson, and the other, in collaboration with Alison McGhee, starring Bink and Gollie. She is also the former National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane is a First Stage production opening January 12.

Ticketed Event: Fill the Shelves with Alexander McCall Smith, author of The House of Unexpected Sisters
Thursday, November 16, 7:00 pm, at Boswell

Boswell and the Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library announce a very special event with Alexander McCall Smith, author of The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency and other titles featuring Precious Ramotswe, the Isabel Dalhousie novels, 44 Scotland Street, and many other beloved titles. Tickets are $29, including admission to the event, all taxes and fees, and a copy of The House of Unexpected Sisters. $5 from each ticket to this event will be donated back to the Milwaukee Public Library Foundation.

Other surprises await our intrepid proprietress in the course of her inquiries. But with the generosity and good humor that guide all her endeavors, Mma Ramotswe will untangle these questions for herself and for her loved ones, ultimately bringing to light important truths about friendship and family - both the one you’re born with and the one you choose.

This event is the launch of the Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library Fill the Shelves program. Fill the Shelves is a wonderful way to donate a book into library circulation, complete with a bookplate indicating you as the donor. Purchase one of the selected titles at Boswell, featured from November 16 through the end of 2017, and we’ll handle the details. You’ll even get a donation acknowledgement from the Friends.

About the author: Scotland-based Alexander McCall Smith is the author of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency novels and a number of other series and stand-alone books. His works have been translated into more than forty languages and have been best sellers

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