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George and Harold have created a new hero who digs into deception, claws after crooks, and rolls over robbers. When Greg the police dog and his cop companion are injured on the job, a life-saving surgery changes the course of history, and Dog Man is born. With the head of a dog and the body of a human, this heroic hound has a real nose for justice. But can he resist the call of the wild to answer the call of duty?
New from the creator of Captain Underpants, it's Dog Man, a new breed of justice, and he's ready to sniff out criminals as soon as he stops chasing his own tail!
Please note these signing restrictions. Dav Pilkey books will not be personalized. If time permits, one book per attendee will be decorated with a drawing.
About the Author: Dav Pilkey has written and illustrated numerous popular, award-winning books for children, including the Captain Underpants and Dumb Bunnies series; Dog Breath, winner of the California Young Reader Medal; and The Paperboy, a Caldecott Honor Book.
An upright citizen kidnapped in public and dumped in a shallow grave. A police chief’s wife arrested for murder. A mobster kidnapped and threatened by the FBI. And an ongoing corruption probe looking at everyone from the lowest bookie all the way up to judges and prosecutors. What is going on in small town America? This is what happens when you are caught between a rock and a hard place, or the Milwaukee Mafia and the Chicago Outfit. The Midwest’s two most powerful gangs are fighting over territory and no one is safe. Shallow Grave features a series of colorful characters and shines light on the gritty creatures who live under the rocks of even the most innocent of cities. Follow the exploits of the police, FBI and Bobby Kennedy himself as they try to put together the pieces and catch the bad guy if they can.
Interesting to know, 2559 N Downer Ave (Boswell’s home) once functioned as a jukebox warehouse for one of the operations profiled in Milwaukee Mafia.
About the Author: Gavin Schmitt, author of Milwaukee Mafia, has been interviewed on radio, newspaper and the Internet for his expertise on organized crime. The author has researched Wisconsin’s darker history for decades and has been published in a variety of magazines. He lives in Milwaukee, WI.
The history of the civil rights movement is commonly illustrated with well-known photographs from Birmingham, Montgomery, and Selma-leaving the visual story of the movement outside the South remaining to be told. In North of Dixie, historian Mark Speltz shines a light past the most iconic photographs of the era to focus on images of everyday activists who fought campaigns against segregation, police brutality, and job discrimination in Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Des Moines, and many other cities.
With images by photojournalists, artists, and activists, including Bob Adelman, Charles Brittin, Diana Davies, Leonard Freed, Gordon Parks, and Art Shay, North of Dixie offers a broader and more complex view of the American civil rights movement than is usually presented by the media. North of Dixie also considers the camera as a tool that served both those in support of the movement and against it. Photographs inspired activists, galvanized public support, and implored local and national politicians to act, but they also provided means of surveillance and repression that were used against movement participants. North of Dixie brings to light numerous lesser-known images and illuminates the story of the civil rights movement in the American North and West.
Maurice Berger reviewed North of Dixie for The New York Times Book Review, calling the book "a much-welcome corrective to standard histories, as well as journalistic coverage at the time, which focused on Jim Crow segregation in the South, especially as captured in some historic, disturbing and indelible images of the day."
About the Author: Mark Speltz is an author and historian who writes about civil rights photography, vernacular architecture, and Wisconsin culture and history. He is currently a senior historian at American Girl in Madison, Wisconsin.
Winchester leads us from the Bering Strait to Cape Horn, the Yangtze River to the Panama Canal, and to the many small islands that lie in between. He recounts the atomic tests on the atoll of Bikini, which created a surreal landscape that must still be left vacant for fear of radiation poisoning. He takes us to the launch of “Gidget”—her movies, her TV show, and, most important, her surfboards, which would forever change how the world’s youth views a rising wave. Pacific also tells the story of the little transistor radio and how it sparked the digital revolution, from Japan to Silicon Valley, altering the ocean’s destiny. Winchester includes tales of alarming discoveries on the Great Barrier Reef and grand expeditions to mysterious vents on the ocean’s floor. He examines the geopolitical shifts that shaped the ocean’s vast land areas, from the rise of North Korea’s rogue state to the end of European colonization, and addresses the environmental degradation and climate shifts that now threaten this majestic body of water.
Calling upon Winchester’s many journeys throughout the Pacific and its surrounding areas, his formidable historical understanding, and his singular talent for storytelling, Pacific is a paean to this magnificent sea of beauty and myth that has long captured the imagination.
About the Author: Simon Winchester is the acclaimed author of many books, including The Professor and the Madman, The Men Who United the States, The Map That Changed the World, The Man Who Loved China, A Crack in the Edge of the World, and Krakatoa, all of which were New York Times bestsellers and appeared on numerous best and notable lists. In 2006 Winchester was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Her Majesty the Queen.
Kitty wasn't always such a scaredy-cat. She used to be brave and lionhearted and nervy. That is, until one late October day a group of terrifying monsters showed up on her doorstop and Kitty became VERY scared. Then she decided to take matters into her own paws.
Come in costume, cat or otherwise, for this event. We’ll have refreshments. Registration requested but not required. Here’s the registration link.
About the Author: Nick Bruel is the author and illustrator of the phenomenally successful Bad Kitty series, including the 2012 and 2013 CBC Children's Choice Book Award winners Bad Kitty Meets the Baby and Bad Kitty for President. Bruel has also written and illustrated popular picture books, including Who is Melvin Bubble? and Bob and Otto.
A towering figure on the field for two decades who breezed into the Hall of Fame, Brett Favre was one of the game’s last cowboys, a fastball-throwing, tobacco-chewing gunslinger who refused to give up without a fight. This peerless quarterback guided the Green Bay Packers to two Super Bowls and one championship win, shattering countless NFL records along the way.
Gunslinger tells Brett Favre’s story for the first time, drawing on more than five hundred interviews, including many from the people closest to Favre. Jeff Pearlman charts an unparalleled journey from his rough rural childhood and lackluster high school football career to landing the last scholarship at Southern Mississippi to a car accident that nearly took his life. Favre clawed back, getting drafted into the NFL by the Atlanta Falcons, then finding his way to Green Bay, where he restored the Packers to greatness and inspired a fan base as passionate as any in the game. Yet he struggled with demons: addiction, infidelity, the loss of his father, and a fraught, painfully prolonged exit from the game he loved.
About the Author: Jeff Pearlman is the best-selling author of seven books, including Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s; Sweetness: The Enigmatic Life of Walter Payton; Boys Will Be Boys: The Glory Days and Party Nights of the Dallas Cowboys Dynasty; and The Bad Guys Won.
Orphaned at an early age and raised with strict Quaker values, Hoover earned his way through Stanford University, created a successful career as an engineer and multinational businessman, led a humanitarian effort that fed millions, and helped modernize and galvanize American industry—all before becoming the first chief executive to harness federal power to combat a crippling global recession.
Though remembered as a do-nothing president, Hoover was in fact a steadfast leader who became the moral voice of the GOP and a champion of Republican principles. A compelling and rich examination of his character, accomplishments and failings, this is the magnificent biography of Herbert Hoover we have long waited for.
About the Author: Glen Jeansonne is UWM Professor of History Emeritus. David Luhrssen is the Arts and Entertainment editor of the Shepard Express. Jeansonne and Luhrssen most recently collaborated on War on the Silver Screen: Shaping America’s Perception of History.
Brenda DeVita, Artistic Director of American Players Theatre, discusses why Shakespeare's work has endured through four centuries and how it thrives specifically at American Players Theatre. She'll also discuss the question that she and the American Players Theatre artists struggle with continually: what makes a classic a classic? A practical, visceral, artist's eye view of how to produce Shakespeare for a 21st- century audience, and why it's so important.
This talk is part of the Shakespeare in Wisconsin yearlong schedule of programming, in conjunction with the Shakespeare's First Folio exhibit at the Chazen Museum of Art in Madison. The First Folio, published in 1623, is the first collected edition of Shakespeare's plays, many of which were not published during his lifetime. Two of Shakespeare's fellow actors compiled 36 of his plays to preserve them for future generations. Without their efforts, the world may have never known 18 of these plays, including Macbeth and Hamlet. The exhibit runs from November 3 through December 11.
This event is sponsored by American Players Theatre and the University of Wisconsin Foundation and Alumni Association.
At twenty years old, Pete Fromm accepted a job babysitting salmon eggs for seven winter months alone in a tent in the Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness. Leaping at this chance to be a mountain man, with no experience in the wilds, he left the world. 25 years later, he was asked to return to the wilderness to babysit more fish eggs. No longer a footloose twenty-year old, at forty-five, he was the father of two young sons. He left again, alone, straight into the heart of Montana’s Bob Marshall wilderness, walking a daily ten-mile loop to his fish eggs through deer and elk and the highest density of grizzly bears in the lower 48 states.
The Names of the Stars is not only a story of wilderness and bears but also a trek through a life lived at its edges, showing how an impulsive kid transformed into a father without losing his love for the wilds. From loon calls echoing across Northwood lakes to the grim realities of life-guarding in the Nevada desert, through the isolation of Indian Creek, and years spent running the Snake and Rio Grande as a river ranger, Pete seeks out the source of this passion for wildness, and explores fatherhood, and mortality, and the costs, risks, and rewards of life lived on its own terms.
About the Author: Shorewoodian Pete Fromm is a five-time winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award for his novels If Not For This, As Cool as I Am, and How All This Started, his story collection Dry Rain, and the memoir Indian Creek Chronicles. The film of As Cool as I Am was released in 2013. He is also the author of four other story collections and has published over two hundred stories in magazines.
Susan Firer, winner of the Posner Award, the Backwaters Prize, and the Lorine Niedecker Award, presents her fifth collection of poetry where place, often the western shore of Lake Michigan, provides an imagistic and sonic landscape in which language explores the empire of skin with its daily happinesses and sorrows, gifts and losses. William Carlos Williams and Ezra Pound’s poems say 'use everything,' and Firer does: receipts, anatomy, astronomy, clothes poles, paintings, checklists, quagga mussels, questions and grapefruit. Help us celebrate The Transit of Venus’s release, for just a fleeting moment, with one of our former Poet Laureates of Milwaukee.
About the Author: Susan Firer is the author of five previous books of poetry, including Milwaukee Does Strange Things to People: New and Selected Poems 1979-2007 and The Lives of the Saints and Everything. Her books have been awarded the Cleveland State University Poetry Center Prize, the Posner Award, and the Backwaters Prize. She has also been the recipient of a Milwaukee County Artist Fellowship, a Wisconsin Arts Board Fellowship, and the Lorine Niedecker Award. Her poem Call Me Pier is included in the Poetry Foundation's Poetry Everywhere series. Her poems The Beautiful Pain of Too Much and Call Me Pier have been choreographed by Janet Lilly and performed at St. Mark's in the Bowery, New York City, and at the 2010 Milwaukee Lakefront Festival of the Arts. From 2008 to 2010, she was Poet Laureate of the City of Milwaukee. Firer was a 2015 National Endowment for the Arts fellow. She lives and writes within hearing distance of Lake Michigan.
Sarah Rosenblatt laments, celebrates and questions the meaning of the ongoing story of time. Seasons speak but don’t recognize us. Time creeps through the windows in the same way it did with our ancestors. Light shines through and touches hope and sweetness but this is only fleeting, leaving us to a vast sky that doesn’t name us or our troubles. Leaves on the trees watch, hold and rot. The collection challenges the guts and touches the heart and soul of being alive in a story in which we are challenged to find meaning.
About the Author: Sarah Rosenblatt received an MFA from Brooklyn College, and an MSW from the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare. She is a child and family therapist and lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Join Crimespree Magazine's Jon Jordan, Ruth Jordan, Erica Ruth Neubauer, and Penny Halle for an amazing day of talks, panels, interviews, and author signings. It's Murder and Mayhem Milwaukee, and it's all at the Irish Cultural Center, 2133 W Wisconsin Ave, on Saturday, November 5.
Featured authors at this event are Kristi Belcamino, Lou Berney, Cara Black, Stephen Blackmore, Dana Cameron, Matthew Clemens, Blake Crouch, Meg Gardiner, Heather Graham, Alex Grecian, Timothy Hallinan, Chris Holm, Joe Lansdale, Jess Lourey, Lisa Lutz, David Morrell, Daniel Palmer, Sara Paretsky, Brad Parks, Nicholas Petrie, Bryon Quertermous, Janet Reid, Todd Robinson, Marcus Sakey, Alex Segura, and Johnny Shaw.
Tickets to this event are $40 ($42.39 with service fee) and includes admission for the whole day. Tickets can be purchased here.
This event is sponsored by Crimespree Magazine.
Boswell presents a ticketed evening with Jon Meacham, in conversation with Mitch Teich of WUWM’s Lake Effect. Tickets are $20, including admission for one, a paperback copy of Destiny and Power, and all taxes and fees. On the night of the event, a $13 gift card is available in place of the book.You can purchase your ticket at Brown Paper Tickets.
Destiny and Power, now in paperback, is the intimate and detailed life story of George H.W. Bush, a man known only through his politics or from a distance. From interviews and unprecedented access to Bush's presidential diaries, Meacham brings Bush and the great American family vividly to life, beginning in the Midwest in the late 1800s and moving on to George H. W. Bush's childhood, his heroic service in World War II, Texas, and his political rise. With Meacham's trademark compelling narration, historic depth, and contemporary insight, this stunning biography reveals the unusual self-reflections and distinctive American life of a man from the Greatest Generation who pursued a life of service as a guardian of America in the way of Eisenhower, and was one of the last gentleman in our political world.
Our event with Jon Meacham in conversation with Mitch Teich is only two days before the general election: the perfect respite from Campaign 2016!
About the Author: Jon Meacham is the author of The New York Times bestseller, Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, American Gospel, and Franklin and Winston. Meacham received the Pulitzer Prize for his 2008 biography American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House and is an executive editor at Random House.
About the Conversationalist: Mitch Teich is the Executive Producer and cohost of WUMW’s Lake Effect and has over 25 years of experience in broadcasting.
Take one-part feminist history, two parts fresh cocktail recipes, and add a splash of veteran barkeep advice. Shake until chilled. Garnish with charming illustrations and share with friends! Drink Like a Woman: Shake. Stir. Conquer. Repeat. is a treat for anyone looking for a glass of something strong after a long day of smashing the patriarchy. Featuring more than 70 amazing women from history, literature, and pop culture, and honors each with her own cocktail. It’s time we acknowledged that women’s taste in cocktails, just like our contribution to history, is anything but predictable.
About the Author: Jeanette Hurt is the award-winning writer and author of eight culinary and drink books, including The Cheeses of California: A Culinary Travel Guide, which received the 2010 Mark Twain Award for Best Travel Book, and The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Wine and Food Pairing. As full-time journalist, Hurt has written about spirits, wine, and food for TheKitchn.com, Four Seasons Magazine, Wine Enthusiast, and dozens more publications. When she’s not writing, traveling, cooking or shaking up some concoction, she can usually be found walking along Milwaukee’s lakefront with her husband, their son, and their dog.
This event is sponsored by Great Lakes Distillery.
Join children’s book buyer Amie Mechler-Hickson and booksellers Todd Wellman and Barbara Katz, for a night of children’s recommendations ranging from board books through teens and young adult. Additionally, Aaron Boyd, illustrator of Melena’s Jubilee and Calling the Water Drum, will be debuting his newest art for the Boswell Holiday Bag.
About the Author: Aaron Boyd is the illustrator of 25 children’s books including Luigi and the Barefoot Races, Babu’s Song, Daddy Goes to Work, and the Panda Goes to School series. His pop-up Storybook Year won a Clio Top 4 award and was inducted into the Smithsonian Rare Books collection. He has also received Children’s Africana Book, Choices Sports, Notable Children’s Book, and Hermes Creative awards, and his advertising graphics have received Addy Gold and Graphis awards.
Sophie Foster is back in the Lost Cities, but the Lost Cities have changed. The threat of war hangs heavy over her glittering world, and the Neverseen are wreaking havoc. The lines between friend and enemy have blurred, and Sophie is unsure whom to trust. But when she’s warned that the people she loves most will be the next victims, she knows she has to act.
A mysterious symbol could be the key—if only she knew how to translate it. Every new clue seems to lead deeper into her world’s underbelly, and the Black Swan aren’t the only ones who have plans. The Neverseen have their own Initiative, and if Sophie doesn’t stop it, they might finally have the ultimate means to control her.
About the Author: Shannon Messenger graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts where she learned, among other things, that she liked watching movies much better than making them. She’s studied art, screenwriting, and television production, but realized her real passion was writing for kids and teens. She is the author of the middle grade series Keeper of the Lost Cities and the Sky Fall series for young adults.
Join us in an evening of debuts and literature. United We Read, a student/faculty reading series, will feature the creative works of UWM students Ae Hee Lee, Brookes Moody, and Ben Turk as well as, works from Professor George Clark.
This event is sponsored by the UWM English Department and Creative Writing Program.
We all know the stereotype of the Jewish mother: needy, hectoring, guilt-inducing. In Mamaleh Knows Best, Tablet parenting columnist Marjorie Ingall argues that this stereotype is a misrepresentation of a specific parenting style; in reality, the best of Jewish parenting involves equal parts support, motivation, encouragement, adventure, concern, and brisket. In ten chapters, using personal anecdotes, historical texts, and research from today’s leading parenting experts, Ingall lays out the commandments value education, fill your life with meaningful ritual, maintain discipline—for bringing up self-sufficient, ethical, and accomplished children. Ingall will make you think and she will make you laugh. You might not produce a Nobel Prize winner, but you might just get a good human being.
About the Author: Marjorie Ingall is a columnist for Tablet magazine, the National Magazine Award-winning journal of Jewish culture and ideas, and a regular contributor to The New York Times Book Review. For seven years she wrote the East Village Mamele column for The Jewish Daily Forward. She has been a contributing editor at Glamour and a contributing writer at Self, and has written for Ms., Wired, Real Simple, and the late, lamented Sassy, where she was the senior writer and books editor.
Using her deep knowledge, her skills as a storyteller, and her imagination, Dava Sobel illuminates one of history's most significant and far-reaching meetings. In the spring of 1539, a young German mathematician, Georg Joachim Rheticus, journeyed hundreds of miles to northern Poland to meet the legendary elderly cleric and reluctant astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus. Some two decades earlier, Copernicus floated the mind-boggling theory that the Sun, not the Earth, was stationary at the center of the universe, and he was rumored to have crafted a book that could prove it, though exactly what happened between them can never be known.
Join us as The Soulstice Theatre re-imagines their dramatic encounter with Sobel’s introduction that will set the stage, putting the scenes in historical context, and an afterword will describe what happened after Copernicus's book was published detailing the impact it had on science and on civilization.
Please note Dava Sobel will not be attending this event.
Join Jane and Daniel of Boswell Book Company as they present their top book club recommendations for the fall season. Their special guest will be Lauren Fox, author of Still Life with Husband, Friends Like Us, and Days of Awe, the acclaimed novel that is now out in paperback. Fox will not only read from Days of Awe, but she will also recommend her favorite titles. Boswell will have an assortment of their picks on hand for purchase, too.
About the Author: Lauren Fox is the author of the novels Still Life with Husband and Friends Like Us. She earned her MFA from the University of Minnesota, and her work has appeared in numerous publications including The New York Times, Marie Claire, and Salon. She now lives in Shorewood.
More Upcoming Events
- Tuesday, November 15, 7:00 pm, at Boswell - Michael Schumacher, author of Torn in Two: The Sinking of the Daniel J. Morrell and One Man's Survival on the Open Sea, published 50 years after The Morrell sank in Lake Huron in November, 1966
- Thursday, November 17, 7:00 pm, at Boswell - Charles Monroe-Kane, author of Lithium Jesus: a Memoir of Mania , as well as senior producer and interviewer for Wisconsin Public Radio’s To the Best of Our Knowledge
- Sunday, December 4, 10:00 am, at Milwaukee Public Library’s Centennial Hall, 733 N Eighth St – Jan Brett, author of Gingerbread Christmas, a holiday-themed story featuring characters from Gingerbread Baby. Signing restrictions may apply.
- Monday, December 5, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Michael Lenehan, author of Much Ado: A Summer with a Repertory Theater Company
- Tuesday, December 6, 7:00 pm, at 42 Lounge, 325 E Mason St, downtown Milwaukee - Tim Lapetino, author of The Art of Atari. Ernie Cline writes that “these images may leave you with an overwhelming desire to revisit the ancient pixelated battlefields they each depict..."
- Wednesday, December 7, 7:00 pm, at Boswell - Lucy Jane Bledsoe, author of A Thin Bright Line, of which, Alison Bechdel writes: "This is gripping historical fiction about queer life at the height of the Cold War and the Civil Rights Movement, and its grounding in fact really makes it sing."
- Wednesday, December 7, 7:00 pm, at Urban Harvest Brewing Company, 1024 S Fifth St in Walker’s Point - Jason Diamond, author of Searching for John Hughes: Or Everything I Thought I Needed to Know about Life I Learned from Watching '80s Movies. Cosponsored by OnMilwaukee.
- Friday, December 9, 7:00 pm, at Boswell - Theatre Gigante presents Michael Stebbins reading "The Santaland Diaries" (the original story) from David Sedaris’ Holidays on Ice, read with the permission of Don Congdon Associates, Inc.
- Monday, December 12, 7:00 pm, at Boswell - Shauna Singh Baldwin, author of Reluctant Rebellions: New and Selected Nonfiction.
- Friday, January 6, 7:00 pm, at University School of Milwaukee, 2100 W Fairy Chasm Rd in River Hills - Andrew J Bacevich, author of America’s War for the Greater Middle East: a Military History, as part of the USM Global National Security Forum.
- Tuesday, January 10, 7:00 pm, at Boswell - Nicholas Petrie, author of Burning Bright, the follow-up to The Drifter.
- Tuesday, January 17, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Michael O’Hear, Marquette Professor of Law and author of Wisconsin Sentencing in the Tough-on-Crime Era: How Judges Retained Power and Why Mass Incarceration Happened Anyway. Cosponsored by the American Constitution Society, Milwaukee Lawyer Chapter.
- Monday, January 23, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Elizabeth Mckenzie, author of The Portable Veblen, longlisted for the National Book Award
- Wednesday, February 1, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Lesley Kagen, author of The Mutual Admiration Society
- Monday, February 6, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Brit Bennett, author of The Mothers, following a 6 pm discussion of The Mothers by the Boswell In-store Lit Group
- Sunday, February 12, 3:00 pm, at Boswell – Fred Amram, author of We're in America Now: A Survivor's Stories
- Sunday, February 26, 3:00 pm, at Boswell – Karen Branan, author of The Family Tree: A Lynching in Georgia, a Legacy of Secrets, and My Search for the Truth . This event is cosponsored by America’s Black Holocaust Museum.
- Thursday, March 10, 7:00 pm, Boswell – Journal Sentinel Reporter and Pulitzer Prize finalist Dan Egan , author of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes.
- Thursday, March 16, 7:00 pm, at the Riverside Park Urban Ecology Center, 1500 E Park Pl –UW Eau Claire Associate Professor of English B.J. Hollars, author of Flock Together: A Love Affair with Extinct Birds. Suggested admission is $10, $5 for Urban Ecology members.
Please remember that while we try to update this page as frequently as possible, all events are subject to change. If you have any concerns, please contact Boswell. Also note that ticketed events do sell out, and all events are subject to capacity. It never hurts to come early.