Welcome to Boswell Book Company's website!


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.

Courtney Yasmineh, author of A Girl Called Sidney: The Coldest Place
Tuesday, June 27, 7 pm, at Boswell

After first spiriting her mother away and then running away herself to the family’s remote Northwoods cabin in Minnesota, Sidney challenges herself to survive alone and find her voice over the course of a brutal winter.

The narrative takes the reader on a dark and moody ride back and forth in both time and place, between Chicago and a tiny rural town. Getting inside Sidney’s head as she tries to make sense of a cast of characters – family, hangers-on, and old and new friends – the novel examines the roots of their dysfunction while Sidney plots the future and works to make real her pursuit of music.

Appealing to readers of women rocker bios and contemporary fiction of the heartland the story back to a distinct time and looks with a fresh perspective on the experiences of a young woman that will resonate with many adults.

About the Author: Courtney Yasmineh is a rock musician and singer-songwriter. She has several albums and thousands of road-gig miles to her credit. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Lawrence D’Attilio, author of The Soul of Vietnam: Photographs and Stories
Wednesday, June 28, 7 pm, at Boswell

The book’s images mitigate the decadent ideas many people have about Vietnam. Today it is less a place of rice fields, disenfranchised peasants, and backwards economics. It also is not a country of overwhelming social conditioning determined by a paternalistic government. It helps to know it is the world’s thirteenth largest population and among the fastest expanding economies. It is endless beautiful sand beaches, very high mountains, a greatly expanded middle class, and a culture that beckons you to go there and stay for a long time.

Each image in the book is a contribution to a fresh understanding of Vietnam. The five-fold increase in population since 1975 can be considered one of history’s greatest human accomplishments.

Interesting to Know: D’Attilio was at one time a bassoonist in the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.

About the Author: Lawrence ‘Larry’ D’Attilio obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Louisville. Larry has taught photography since 1971 and currently teaches one on one and at workshops he organizes in the U.S and Vietnam.

YA Pizza Party with Mackenzi Lee, author of
Brittany Cavallaro, author of The Last of August Thursday, June 29, 7 pm, at Boswell

A YA pizza party featuring two authors and Pizza Man Pizza.

About The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

Henry "Monty" Montague doesn't care that his roguish passions are far from suitable for the gentleman he was born to be. But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quests for pleasure and vice are in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family's estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue is a hilarious and swashbuckling stand-alone teen historical fiction novel.

About The Last of August

In the follow up to the acclaimed A Study in Charlotte, Jamie Watson and Charlotte Holmes are in a chase across Europe to untangle a web of shocking truths about the Holmes and Moriarty families. So begins a dangerous race through the gritty underground scene in Berlin and glittering art houses in Prague, where Holmes and Watson discover a complicated case that may change everything they know about their families, themselves, and each other.

About the Author: Mackenzi Lee holds a BA in History and a MFA from Simmons College in writing for children and young adults. Her short fiction and nonfiction has appeared in Atlas Obscura, Crixeo, and The Newport Review. Her debut novel, The Monstrous Thing, won the PEN-New England Susan P. Bloom Children’s Book Discovery Award.

About the Author: Brittany Cavallaro is a poet, fiction writer, and old-school Sherlockian. She is the author of the poetry collection Girl-King and is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. She earned her BA in literature from Middlebury College and her MFA in poetry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Postponed Until Further Notice

Please note, this event was originally planned for Tuesday, July 11, 7 pm at Boswell. However, due to circumstances this event has been postponed until a later date. But here is a little information about Beer Lover’s Wisconsin.

With quality beer producers popping up all over the nation, you don't have to travel far to taste great beer. Some of the best stuff is brewing right in your home state. Beer Lover's Wisconsin features breweries, brewpubs, and beer bars statewide for those seeking the best beers the Badger State has to offer--from bitter, citrusy IPAs to rich, complex stouts.

Written by a beer expert, Beer Lover's Wisconsin covers the entire beer experience for the local enthusiast and the traveling author alike, including information on brewery and beer profiles with tasting notes, must-visit brewpubs and beer bars, top annual festivals and events, and city pub crawl itineraries with maps.

About the Author: Kathy Flanigan is a reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and TapMilwaukee.com, for which she covers the region’s craft-beer community. She lives in Milwaukee.

A ticketed event with Adriana Trigiani, author of Kiss Carlo

The Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, Oconomowoc’s Books and Company, and Milwaukee’s Boswell Book Company present their first literary collaboration, an evening with Adriana Trigiani, beloved by millions of readers around the world for her bestselling novels, including All the Stars in the Heavens, The Shoemaker’s Wife, the Big Stone Gap series, the Valentine trilogy, and Lucia, Lucia.

Adriana Trigiani’s latest novel, Kiss Carlo, explores the vibrant, complex Italian-American experience in a dazzling novel that brings to life the golden years of post-war America, a celebration of ambition, risk, love, reinvention and one remarkable family with a secret. Adding to this mix, Trigiani, per Kirkus Reviews, “uses the motifs of the Bard's plays -- orphans, star-crossed lovers, family feuds, and mistaken identities” to create “A delightfully sprawling comedy full of extended families, in all their cocooning warmth and suffocating expectations.”

It's 1949 and South Philadelphia bursts with opportunity during the post-war boom. The Palazzini Cab Company & Western Union Telegraph Office, owned and operated by Dominic Palazzini and his three sons, is flourishing: business is good, they're surrounded by sympathetic wives and daughters-in-law, with grandchildren on the way. But a decades-long feud that split Dominic and his brother Mike and their once-close families sets the stage for a rematch.

Amidst the hoopla, the arrival of an urgent telegram from Italy upends the life of Nicky Castone (Dominic and his wife's orphaned nephew) who lives and works with his Uncle Dom and his family. Nicky decides, at 30, that he wants more--more than just a job driving Car #4 and more than his longtime fiancée Peachy DePino, a bookkeeper, can offer. When he admits to his Peachy that he's been secretly moonlighting at the local Shakespeare theater company, Nicky finds himself drawn to the stage, its colorful players and to the determined Calla Borelli, who inherited the enterprise from her father, Nicky must choose between the conventional life his family expects of him or chart a new course and risk losing everything he cherishes.

Told against the backdrop of some of Shakespeare's greatest comedies, Kiss Carlo brims with romance as long buried secrets are revealed, mistaken identities are unmasked, scores are settled, broken hearts are mended and true love reigns. Trigiani's consummate storytelling skill and her trademark wit, along with a dazzling cast of characters will enthrall readers. Once again, the author has returned to her own family garden to create an unforgettable feast. Kiss Carlo is a jubilee, resplendent with hope, love, and the abiding power of la famiglia.

Tickets are $32.00 and include admission to the event, all taxes and fees, and a copy of Trigiani’s latest novel, Kiss Carlo. A signing will follow the talk.

About the Author: Adriana Trigiani is the author of sixteen bestsellers, including the blockbuster epic The Shoemaker’s Wife; All the Stars in the Heavens; the Big Stone Gap series; Lucia, Lucia; the Valentine series; the Viola series for young adults; and the memoir Don’t Sing at the Table; and the soon to be rereleased cookbook, Cooking with My Sisters. She is the award-winning filmmaker of the documentary Queens of the Big Time, and she wrote and directed the major motion picture Big Stone Gap, based on her debut 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

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