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Friday, June 24, 7:00 pm, at Cactus Club, 2496 S Wentworth Ave in Bay View
Boswell is a cosponsor for this event and will be selling Hyden's book at the Cactus Club.

This event is the first meeting of Milwaukee Record book club. It is also a taping of the “On the Record” podcast.

Beatles vs. Stones. Biggie vs. Tupac. Kanye vs. Taylor. Who do you choose? And what does that say about you? Actually--what do these endlessly argued-about pop music rivalries say about us?

Music opinions bring out passionate debate in people, and Steven Hyden knows that firsthand. Each chapter in Your Favorite Band is Killing Me focuses on a pop music rivalry, from the classic to the very recent, and draws connections to the larger forces surrounding the pairing.

Christian Holub writes in Entertainment Weekly: "Music rivalries are never just about music, or even the people involved. They’re about what those artists represent, and how fans interpret their music. Hyden’s book takes an exhaustive look at such rivalries - from Beatles/Rolling Stones to Taylor Swift/Kanye West - and demonstrates what they tell us about the meaning of culture, identity, life.

About the Author: Hyden is best probably best known in Milwaukee for being the editor of the Milwaukee edition of A.V. Club. He has also written for Grantland, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Slate, and Salon.

Fran Kaplan and Robert Samuel Smith, editors and coauthors of the introduction for the third edition of James Cameron’s A Time of Terror: A Survivor's Story
Monday, June 27, 7:00 pm, at Boswell
This event is cosponsored by America’s Black Holocaust Museum

On a sweltering night in August 1930, two older boys invited young Jimmie Cameron for a joyride. They stopped in a remote Lover’s Lane and held up a young white couple parked there. The stickup went horribly wrong. The three boys were arrested, dragged from jail by a mob, and lynched on the courthouse lawn in front of thousands of spectators.

Incredibly, Cameron lived to tell the story, and went on to found America’s Black Holocaust Museum. His memoir, A Time of Terror, is now in its third edition, having become a vital textbook for college courses. The new edition recently received an IPPY (Independent Publisher) Silver Award.

About the Editor: Dr. Fran Kaplan serves as coordinator of the virtual America’s Black Holocaust Museum. She has been an educator, social worker, writer, and racial justice activist for nearly five decades. Fran has created and run nonprofit and for profit organizations that address issues from women’s health and farmworker rights to nurturing parenting, early childhood education, and peace-building.

About the Editor: Dr. Robert Samuel Smith is Associate Vice Chancellor for Global Inclusion & Engagement, the Director of the Cultures & Communities Program, and Associate Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He teaches courses on African American History, Multicultural America, African Americans and the Law, and U.S. Legal History. He is author of the book Race, Labor and Civil Rights, and contributes a monthly column to Milwaukee Magazine.

Cara Black, author of Murder on the Quai
Tuesday, June 28, 7:00 pm, at Boswell
This event is co-sponsored by Crimespree Magazine and Alliance Française de Milwaukee.

Since 1999, the Francophilic mystery series by Cara Black has been a fan favorite. The Aimée Leduc novels, beginning with Murder in the Marais, have sold more than half a million copies in the United States and have been translated into numerous languages. But Murder in the Quai, the sixteenth book in the series, is poised to break all Ms. Black's previous records: it is also a prequel to the bestselling series, the origin story of Aimée Leduc, Parisienne investigator extraordinaire, and her lovable team of misfit allies: her grouchy Commissaire godfather, Morbier; her detective partner, Rene, a black belt-wielding super-hacker dwarf; her hard-hitting fashionista journalist best friend, Martine; and of course, Miles Davis, her beloved bichon frise. Murder on the Quai reveals secrets that will leave long-time fans breathless: the true story behind Jean-Claude Leduc's framing and murder! The actual whereabouts of Aimée's disappeared American mother, Sidney!

As a prequel, Murder on the Quai is also a perfect entry point for new readers. In the cracking good mystery at the book's heart, Aimée tries to ferret out the truth about a Nazi gold transport that disappeared in a French country village during the Second World War--a secret with modern repercussions as its conspirators are being murdered one by one. The book's plot was inspired by a true story, and Cara Black's vivid depiction of the border between Vichy and Occupied France will have Francophiles biting their nails with apprehension.

This is the 25th anniversary of Soho Press, one of the pre-eminent names in mystery publishing. The first 20 folks who preorder Murder on the Quai will get a stylish tote bag from Soho Press.

About the Author: Cara Black is the bestselling author of 16 books in the Private Investigator Aimée Leduc series, which is set in Paris. Black has received numerous accolades for her novels, including multiple nominations for the prestigious Anthony and Macavity Awards, a Washington Post Book World Book of the Year citation, the Médaille de la Ville de Paris—the Paris City Medal, which is awarded in recognition of contribution to international culture—and invitations to be the Guest of Honor at such noteworthy conferences as the Paris Polar Crime Festival and Left Coast Crime.

Wednesday, June 29, 6:00 pm, at Joey Gerard’s, A Bartolotta’s Supper Club, 5601 Broad St, Greendale

Smoke is the soul of barbecue, the alchemy that happens when burning wood infuses its magical flavors into food. Project Smoke tells you how to make the alchemy happen, with Raichlen’s seven steps to smoking nirvana; an in-depth description of the various smokers; the essential brines, rubs, marinades, and barbecue sauces; and a complete guide to fuel, including how each type of wood subtly seasons a dish. Then the recipes for 100 enticing, succulent, boldly flavored smoked dishes, including Bacon-Crab Poppers, Cherry-Glazed Baby Back Ribs, Slam-Dunk Brisket, Jamaican Jerk Chicken—even Smoked Chocolate Bread Pudding. Now America’s master griller offers a step-by-step guide to cold-smoking, hot-smoking, and smoke-roasting, and a collection of 100 innovative recipes for smoking every kind of food, from starters to desserts.

Joey Gerard's: A Bartolotta Supper Club and Miss Beverly's Deluxe Barbecue presents a four-course menu with beverage pairing for $85, not including tax and gratuity. Delight in ham ribs and smoked gazpacho. Savor the Sriacha beef jerky and smoked deviled eggs. Top it off with some bacon bourbon apple crisp. Hungry yet? Purchase here.

About the Author: Steven Raichlen is the author of How to Grill and The Barbecue! Bible, among other titles. His Planet Barbecue was a New York Times bestseller and his cookbooks have won James Beard and IACP awards. Raichlen has written for The New York Times, Food & Wine, and Bon Appétit, and he teaches sold-out Barbecue University classes, currently at the Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. His TV shows include the PBS series Steven Raichlen's Project Smoke (currently going into its second season); Primal Grill; and Barbecue University.

Michael Harvey, author of Brighton, in conversation with Ruth Jordan of Crimespree Magazine
Thursday, June 30, 7:00 pm, at Boswell

Michael Harvey is renowned for his Chicago novels, but after six novels set in the Windy City, Harvey’s latest moves the setting to Boston, where he grew up, specifically Brighton, a neighborhood of triple decker houses, rough-and-tumble bars, and shady characters.

Kevin Pearce—baseball star, honor student, the pride of Brighton—was fifteen when he left town in the back of his uncle’s cab. He and his buddy, Bobby Scales, just committed a heinous act of violence for what they thought were the best of reasons. Kevin didn’t want a pass, but he was getting it anyway. Bobby would stay and face the music; Kevin’s future would remain as bright as ever. At least that was the way things were supposed to work. Except in Brighton, things never work the way they’re supposed to.

Twenty-seven years later, Kevin is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for The Boston Globe. He’s never been back to his old block, having avoided his family and, especially, Bobby Scales. Then he learns his old friend is the prime suspect in a string of local murders. All of the sudden Kevin’s headed home—to protect a friend and the secret they share. To report this story to the end and protect those he loves, he must navigate not only an elusive, slippery killer, but his own corrupted conscience. A powerhouse of a thriller, Brighton is a riveting and elegiac exploration of promises broken, debts owed, and old wrongs made right . . . no matter what the cost.

About the Author: Michael Harvey’s six previous novels include The Chicago Way and The Innocence Game. He’s also a journalist and documentarian whose work has won multiple news Emmys, and has been nominated for two Primtime Emmys and an Academy Award. Raised in Boston, he now resides in Chicago, Illinois.

David Krugler, author of The Dead Don't Bleed
Wednesday, July 6, 7:00 pm, at Boswell

Washington D.C., 1945. Victory in the war looms, but a new fear transfixes the wartime capital. Fear of communist spies and the atomic secrets they covet. When the corpse of Logan Skerrill, a Navy Intelligence officer is found on a cobblestone back alley, Lt. Ellis Voigt is called in to investigate. It’s his first murder, but in the plot that he quickly begins unraveling, it won’t be his last. Publishers Weekly notes: “Before his death, Skerrill was looking into the background of some new employees of the Soviet Union’s trading company in the U.S., but his work was (atypically for him) subpar. He gave the new hires a clean bill of health despite evidence that they were Russian spies. Might Skerrill may have been a blackmail victim?”

Pursuing crosses and double-crosses, Voigt goes undercover and the fragments he discovers (a defecting German physicist, a top secret lab in New Mexico, and Uranium-235) suggest something far larger than the usual spy v. spy shenanigans. Soon enough he’s in a race to identify the killer, to keep the bomb away from the Russians—and to keep ahead of his own secrets.

About the Author: David Krugler, who grew up in Wauwatosa is a Professor of History at UW Platteville, who teaches American history and African American History. His previous books include This Is Only a Test: How Washington D.C. Prepared for Nuclear War, and 1919, the Year of Racial Violence: How African Americans Fought Back.  Krugler has served as a faculty leader for teacher education programs at Chicago’s Newberry and the Master of American History and Government program at Ashland University.


Short Story Summer with Dave Madden, author of If You Need Me I’ll Be Over There, Theodore Wheeler, author of Bad Faith, and Tyrone Jaeger, author of So Many True Believers
Friday, July 8, 7:00 pm, at Boswell

Tyrone Jaeger’s So Many True Believers gives voice to the wanton, the restless, and those hellbent on self-destruction. The Nat Mota School for at-risk youth is the nexus of Tyrone Jaeger's spiraling narrative; loosed from it is an array of characters yearning, raging, and chasing down their misguided dreams. There is Jeremy, mourning the loss of his girlfriend to a UFO cult; Harold, the betrayed husband exploring intimacy in unfamiliar waters; and Ginny, the teenage runaway hiding out with a band of video-obsessed squatters. Mystery, magic, and gritty realism are coiled against a backdrop of failed relationships and addictions in this darkly humorous debut collection depicting the frayed edges of the American psyche.>

With results both liberating and disastrous, the characters of Theodore Wheeler’s Bad Faith flee the trappings of contemporary domestic life. A father visits a college friend in El Salvador rather than face difficulties with the birth of his third child. A boy comes to terms with his fractured family and the disabled father responsible for his care after his soldier mother is stationed overseas. A biracial man journeys across Nebraska for the funeral of his white mother and strikes up an improbable if dishonest relationship with a centenarian Irish woman. And in the collection’s title story, the running narrative of a pathetic yet oddly compelling ladies man culminates in an unexpected and deadly confrontation. In Theodore Wheeler’s collection of prize-winning stories, the herd can’t always outpace the predator.

After the Plains queered him, Dave Madden decided to return the favor. His new collection of short stories, If You Need Me, I’ll Be Over There tells the tale of a different kind of difference one not set in the glittering lights of New York or Los Angeles, but in the grand and wide American Midwest. For Madden’s characters, their queerness is part of the environment, like the soil, the sky, and the supermarket: an HIV-positive chemist uses football to connect with his brothers; a 17-year-old girl tussles with a cartoon cobra to avoid thinking about the mother who abandoned her; and a hotel concierge starts attending Mass even though his partner was molested by a priest. In seeking out the ordinary struggles of extraordinary people trying to figure out their place within families and communities, Madden masterfully explores what it means to be an outsider always looking in.

About the authors: Tyrone Jaeger is the author of the story collection So Many True Believers and the cross-genre novella The Runaway Note. His first novel, Radio Eldorado, is forthcoming with Queen’s Ferry Press in 2017. His work has appeared in the Oxford American, Southern Humanities Review, and The Literary Review,. He is the recipient of the Frank O’Connor Award for Short Fiction and Theodore Christian Hoepfner Award. He lives in Conway, Arkasnsas with his family.

Theodore Wheeler is a fiction writer and legal reporter living in Omaha, Nebraska.  His short stories have been collected in Best New American Voices, The Kenyon Review, and The Southern Review. He is also the author of a novel-in-progress titled Kings of Broken Thing which won the Tarcher/Penguin Top Artist Writing Contest.

Dave Madden is also author of The Authentic Animal: Inside the Odd and Obsessive World of Taxidermy. His shorter work has appeared in Harper’s, Prairie Schooner, and The Rumpus, and he’s the recipient of the Sherwood Anderson Award in fiction and a Tennessee Williams Scholarship at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. He teaches in the MFA program at the University of San Francisco.

Tina Kügler, author and of Snail and Worm
Saturday, July 9, 2:00 pm, at Boswell

Combining deceptively simple art with clever wordplay, Snail and Worm, told in three comical, episodic shorts and ranging in topic from adventuring to having pets, will have both girls and boys delighting in the friends' silly antics, making it a perfect book for readers transitioning between picture books and chapter books. Boswell will host a storytime, activities, and a possible guest appearance by either Snail, Worm, or both. We’re still negotiating.

Boswell’s proprietor Daniel Goldin writes: “Snail and Worm are two pals who just get each other. In the story “Meet My Friend,” Snail introduces Worm to Bob the Rock and Worm returns the favor by bringing Ann the Stick into the circle. In “Snail’s Adventure,” our hero attempts to scale…a flower. I’m not going to tell you what happens in “Meet My Pet” because I don’t want to give everything away. Charming illustrations collide with goofy humor. If you long for the adorable absurdity of James Marshall, rejoice, as his spirit lives on in Tina Kügler.”

About the Author: Author-illustrator Tina Kügler grew up in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, and now lives in the Los Angeles area with her artist husband, three sons, and an enormous hairy dog named Harryhausen. When she is not making picture books, she can be found trying to befriend snails and worms in her backyard. She is also the author of In Mary’s Garden, written and illustrated with Carson Kügler.

Bonnie Nadzam, author of Lions
Tuesday, July 12, 7:00 pm, at Boswell

Bonnie Nadzam, author of the critically acclaimed Lamb, winner of the Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, returns with this scorching, haunting portrait of a rural community in a living ghost town on the brink of collapse, and the individuals who are confronted with either chasing their dreams or—against all reason—staying where they are. A story of awakening, Lions is a novel that explores ambition and an American obsession with self-improvement, the responsibilities we have to ourselves and each other, as well as the everyday illusions that pass for a life worth living.

Lions is set on the high plains of Colorado, a nearly deserted place, steeped in local legends and sparse in population. Built to be a glorious western city upon a hill, it was never fit for farming, mining, trading, or any of the illusory sources of wealth its pioneers imagined. The Walkers have been settled on its barren terrain for generations—a simple family in a town otherwise still taken in by stories of bigger, better, brighter.>

When a traveling stranger appears one day, his unsettling presence sets off a chain reaction that will change the fates of everyone he encounters. It begins with the patriarch John Walker as he succumbs to a heart attack. His devastated son Gordon is forced to choose between leaving for college with his girlfriend, Leigh, and staying with his family to look after their flailing welding shop, and it is believed, to continue carrying out a mysterious task bequeathed to all Walker men. While Leigh is desperate to make a better life in the world beyond the desolation of Lions, Gordon is strangely hesitant to leave it behind. As more families abandon the town, he is faced with what seem to be their reasonable choices and the burden of betraying his own heart.

The film adapted from Lamb, Nadzam’s first novel won awards from the Hell’s Half Mile Film and Music Festival, the Sarasota Film Festival, and the Woodstock Film Festival. The movie was produced by Menomonee Falls native Mel Eslyn, who received a $25,000 Piaget Producers Award for emerging independent producers from Film Independent's Spirit Awards.

About the Author: Bonnie Nadzam’s fiction has been published in Granta, and The Kenyon Review. Her first novel, Lamb, was recipient of the Center for Fiction’s first novel award in 2011 and was longlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. It has been translated into several languages and made into a film that will be released in 2016. She is also co-author with Dale Jamieson of Love in the Anthropocene. She has recently become a resident of Madison, Wisconsin.

Jim Peterson and Donna Peterson, authors of Staging the Great Circus Parade
Wednesday, July 13, 7:00 pm, at Boswell

Milwaukee was home to the Great Circus Parade for almost 30 years. Beginning in 1963 and continuing until 1972, the parade became an annual tradition, except in 1967 when the event was cancelled because of civil unrest. Revived on a smaller scale in 1980, the parade traveled between Baraboo and Chicago until it returned to Milwaukee in 1985. Each year, it grew in size and scope, gaining national prominence. The old-fashioned circus parade became an event of mammoth proportions, requiring an army of volunteers working behind the scenes.

We should note that we are hosting this talk on the second week in July, the traditional time that the Great Circus Parade would be held.

About the Author: Jim Peterson grew up in Milwaukee and volunteered for the first run of the Great Circus Parades. By 1980, Jim was married with a young family when Circus World Museum called and asked him to volunteer again. He agreed as long as his wife, Donna, could volunteer as well. Like Jim, she was assigned to the flag and banner crew and was hooked, participating in every parade through 2009. During this time, the Petersons amassed a collection of photographs that documents the extensive volunteer effort dedicated to putting on a magnificent show, with the best from the archive gathered within this book.

A ticketed evening with Emily Giffin, author of First Comes Love
Friday, July 15, at 7:00 pm, at Boswell

Boswell Book Company is pleased to present a ticketed event with Emily Giffin, author of seven bestselling novels, including her latest, First Comes Love. Tickets are $28, including admission for one and a copy of First Comes Love, and all taxes and fees, purchased via Brown Paper Tickets*. On the night of the event only, a $20 Boswell gift card is available in lieu of the book. Don't forget, a signed copy of First Comes Love makes a great gift.

This event is cosponsored by Milwaukee Magazine. Editor Carole Nicksin will be introducing our author.

Her newest story is about two sisters whose relationship has been ruptured by a family tragedy, the death of their 25-year-old brother. Now Meredith is a married attorney, while Josie is a single teacher, but each wonders whether their life choices were good ideas. When Josie breaks the news to the family that she wants to have a baby at 38, the familiy is further fractured. Is there any way this family can become close again?

Emotionally honest and brimming with Giffin's singular insight and humor, First Comes Love is a richly crafted story about family, forgiveness, and finding the courage to follow your own heart - wherever that may lead.

About the Author: Emily Giffin is a graduate of Wake Forest University and the University of Virginia School of Law. After practicing litigation at a Manhattan firm for several years, she quit her job to write full time. Based in Atlanta, Emily is the author of seven New York Times bestselling novels: Something Borrowed, Something Blue, Baby Proof, Love the One You're With, Heart of the Matter, Where We Belong, and The One and Only. 

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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, author of Before We Visit the Goddess and Sister of My Heart
Sunday, July 17, 3:00 pm, at Boswell

Presenting a beautiful and powerful new novel from the bestselling, award-winning author of Oleander Girl and The Mistress of Spices about three generations of mothers and daughters who must discover their greatest source of strength in one another—a masterful, brilliant tale of a family both united and torn apart by ambition and love.

The daughter of a poor baker in rural Bengal, India, Sabitri yearns to get an education, but her family’s situation means college is an impossible dream. Then an influential woman from Kolkata takes Sabitri under her wing, but her generosity soon proves dangerous after the girl makes a single, unforgiveable misstep. Years later, Sabitri’s own daughter, Bela, haunted by her mother’s choices, flees abroad with her political refugee lover—but the America she finds is vastly different from the country she’d imagined. As the marriage crumbles and Bela is forced to forge her own path, she unwittingly imprints her own child, Tara, with indelible lessons about freedom, heartbreak, and loyalty that will take a lifetime to unravel.

In her latest novel, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni explores the complex relationships between mothers and daughters, and the different kinds of love that bind us across generations. Before We Visit the Goddess captures the gorgeous complexity of these multi-generational and transcontinental bonds, sweeping across the twentieth century from the countryside of Bengal, India, to the streets of Houston, Texas—an extraordinary journey told through a sparkling symphony of voices.

About the Author: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni is the author of sixteen books, including Palace of Illusions, and One Amazing Thing. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and The New York Times, and has won, among other prizes, an American Book Award.

Cooking can sometimes involve mile-long ingredient lists and require more time than one cares to spend in the kitchen after a busy day. With Fast and Easy Five Ingredient Recipes you'll find over 100 recipes that only require five ingredients (or less) and use simple ingredients in unique ways. Recipes include: Southern Style Chicken Sliders, Spinach Alfredo Lasagna, Pulled Pork Carnita Tacos, Homemade Pizza Pockets, and Peanut Butter Sea Salt Cookies.

Whether for weeknight meals or last minute dinner parties, these five-ingredient recipes will save you time and money and they’re delicious too.

About the Author: Philia Kelnhofer (aka Phi) started her food blog sweetphi.com as a place to share her favorite recipes with friends and family. After getting numerous requests for more of her five-ingredient meals, she introduced Five Ingredient Fridays with the simple belief that "five ingredients is all it takes to create fantastic dishes." A native of Chicago, Phi attended graduate school at Cornell University in New York, has lived in North Carolina, and now calls Milwaukee home, where she lives with her husband and their dog.

Amy E. Reichert, author of Luck, Love and Lemon Pie
Monday, July 18, 7:00 pm, at Boswell

From the author The Coincidence of Coconut Cake comes a novel about a frustrated wife and mother who hatches a scheme to reignite her marriage—and risks everything in a gamble she hopes is a sure bet.

When Milwaukee-area wife and mother MJ Boudreaux notices her husband Chris seems more interested in the casino than her, she’s more bothered that she isn’t upset than by her husband’s absence. She picks up poker as a way for them to spend more time together—and reignite their marital flame. Although the game doesn’t give her the quality time with Chris that she’d hoped, MJ finds she has a knack for it. Increasingly unhappy at home, she turns to the felt top of the poker table for comfort. Intoxicated with newfound freedom, MJ begins spending more time at the gambling tables and less with her family, finally carving out for herself a place outside her role of wife and mother.

After a string of great wins, MJ finds herself in Vegas, attracting the attention of a certain magnetic poker star. But when she’s forced to choose between her family and her new exciting lifestyle, the stakes may be higher than she thought and MJ will have to play her hand carefully…or risk losing it all.

About the Author: Amy E. Reichert loves to write stories that end well with characters you’d invite to dinner. A wife, mom, amateur chef, Fix-It Mistress, and cider enthusiast, she earned her MA in English Literature and lives in suburban Milwaukee. She also serves on the board of directors of the Hartland Public Library.

A ticketed evening with Eleanor Brown, author of The Light of Paris
Tuesday, July 19, 7:00 pm, at the Lynden Sculpture Garden, 2145 W Brown Deer Rd in River Hills

Boswell and producer Milwaukee Reads are proud to co-sponsor Eleanor Brown, author of The Weird Sisters, as the next featured speaker for the Women’s Speaker Series at the Lynden Sculpture Garden. Tickets are $30, $25 for Lynden members, and include admission for one, wine and light refreshments, and an autographed copy of The Light of Paris. Tickets are available online or by calling (414) 446-8794. This event is also cosponsored by Bronze Optical and Alliance Française de Milwaukee

Madeleine has always felt like a failure: She’s the one whose expression ruins sorority photos, the person at parties who would rather be at home reading, the old maid at the age of thirty. Spending her entire life trying to fit in has only left her looking like she has everything, but feeling like she has nothing. At first when her marriage to controlling, critical Phillip is threatened, Madeleine panics. But when she discovers a journal detailing her grandmother’s wild, romantic summer in Jazz Age Paris, she begins to wonder if there is more to life than playing by someone else’s rules.

Madeleine has always thought her grandmother was exactly like her mother, and like the woman she was supposed to be—stiff, formal, elegant, untouchable. But reading the journal introduces Madeleine to a woman she never knew: a dreamy writer who defied her staid family’s expectations and spent an exhilarating summer in Paris in 1924, writing in cafés, finding work at the American library, and falling in love with a dashing young artist. Inspired by her grandmother’s story, and floored by a long-kept secret she finds in its pages, Madeleine begins to create her own Parisian summer on a visit to her mother back in her old hometown—rediscovering her love of painting, cultivating a vibrant circle of creative friends, and falling into a relationship with a down-to-earth chef who feeds her chocolate, encourages her to be true to herself, and makes her question the miserable perfection of her marriage and her life.

About the Author: Eleanor Brown’s first novel, The Weird Sisters, sold nearly a half million copies in all formats, making the bestseller lists of The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Indie Bound. It was translated into Chinese, Dutch, French, Hungarian, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, and Spanish. Her work has appeared in various magazines, journals, and anthologies, and she’s also worked in education in South Florida. She currently lives in metropolitan Denver.

Robert K. Elder and Mark Cirino, coauthors of Hidden Hemingway: Inside the Earnest Hemingway Archives of Oak Park
Wednesday, July 20, 7:00 pm, at Boswell

Thinking of Ernest Hemingway often brings to mind his travels around the world, documenting war and engaging in thrilling adventures. However, fully understanding this outsized international author means returning to his place of birth. In their new book, Hidden Hemingway, Robert K. Elder and Mark Cirino, as well as a third coauthor, Aaron Vetch, present highlights from the extraordinary collections in Hemingway’s hometown of Oak Park, Illinois.

Thoroughly researched, and illustrated with more than 300 color images, Hidden Hemingway includes never-before-published photos; letters between Hemingway and Agnes Von Kurowsky, his World War I love; bullfighting memorabilia; high school assignments; adolescent diaries; Hemingway’s earliest published work, such as the Class Prophecy that appeared in his high school yearbook; and even a dental X-ray. Hidden Hemingway also includes one of the final letters Hemingway wrote, as he was undergoing electroshock treatment at the Mayo Clinic. These documents, photographs, and ephemera trace the trajectory of the life of an American literary legend.

For Hemingway, the material he saved was both autobiography and research. He gathered data and details that made the life lived in his books more authentic. The authors of Hidden Hemingway have done the same, telling a life story through items that illuminate Hemingway’s legacy.

Robert K. Elder is a journalist, author and former editor-in-chief of the Oak Leaves, which Ernest Hemingway delivered as a teen. Elder’s work has appeared in The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and the Los Angeles Times. His previous books include Last Words of the Executed and The Film That Changed My Life. He is currently the Director of Digital Product Development and Strategy for Crain Communications.

Mark Cirino is associate professor of English at the University of Evansville. He is the coeditor of Ernest Hemingway and the Geography of Memory and the author of Ernest Hemingway: Thought in Action. Cirino serves as the editor of the Kent State University Press’s Reading Hemingway series, for which he published a volume on Across the River and into the Trees.

Thursday, July 21, 7:00 pm, at Boswell

Blair Braverman fell in love with the North at an early age: by the time she was 19, she had left her home in California, moved to Norway to learn how to drive sled dogs, and worked as a tour guide on a glacier in Alaska. Determined to make a life for herself in the North, she slowly developed the strength and resilience the landscape demanded of her.

By turns funny and sobering, bold and tender, Welcome to the Goddamn Ice Cube charts Blair’s endeavor to become a tough girl - someone who courts danger in an attempt to become fearless. As she ventures into a ruthless arctic landscape, Blair faces down physical exhaustion - being buried alive in an ice cave, and driving a dogsled across the tundra through a white-out blizzard in order to avoid corrupt police - and grapples with both love and violence as she negotiates the complex demands of being a young woman in a man's land.

Brilliantly original and bracingly honest, Braverman captures the triumphs and the perils of the journey to self-discovery and independence in a landscape that is as beautiful as it is unforgiving.

About the Author: Blair Braverman graduated from the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program, where she was also an Arts Fellow. She has been a resident fellow at Blue Mountain Center and the MacDowell Colony and her work has appeared in Buzzfeed, The Atavist, The Best Women's Travel Writing, Orion, AGNI, High Country News, Waging Nonviolence, and on This American Life. She lives in Mountain, Wisconsin.

Friday, July 22, 7:00 pm, at Boswell

At 22, Julie Barton collapsed on her kitchen floor in Manhattan. She was one year out of college and severely depressed. Summoned by Julie’s incoherent phone call, her mother raced from Ohio to New York and took her home.

Haunted by troubling childhood memories, Julie continued to sink into suicidal depression. Psychiatrists, therapists, and family members tried to intervene, but nothing reached her until the day she decided to do one hopeful thing: adopt a Golden Retriever puppy she named Bunker. Dog Medicine captures the anguish of depression, the slow path to recovery, the beauty of forgiveness, and the astonishing ways animals can help heal even the most broken hearts and minds.

About the Author: Julie Barton holds a B.A. from Kenyon College, an M.F.A. in writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and an M.A. in women’s studies from Southern Connecticut State University. She lives in Northern California with her husband, two daughters, and small menagerie of pets.

Sunday, July 24, 3:00 pm, at Boswell

From the nuts and bolts to starting a business to the emotional highs and lows that accompany this endeavor, it’s all here. Part how to, part Reiki memoir, Deb is not shy about sharing what has worked for her and more importantly, what has not. She takes you on her journey as she faces and transcends her fears, learns how to do it afraid, and comes out on the other side with a thriving Reiki practice. Her personal stories not only show readers how to do it, but to motivate, encourage and inspire them with humor and compassion.

From Jim Morningstar, PhD and director of Transformations Incorporate: "Inspiring. Dedicated. Contagious. Three qualities of the excellent teacher that Deb Karpek exudes. Yes, read this book if you want to be inspired about the gifts that Reiki can bring to your life. Also read this book if you want a model of dedication to living a fulfilling life of purpose. But most of all, read this book if you really want to succeed in starting a profession as a Reiki practitioner and teacher. Deb has it all: a track record of success, the ability to communicate what needs to be done in detail and an infectious quality that convinces you to do it. I have witnessed this first hand with her Reiki students. Be prepared to transform your life and livelihood."

About the Author: Deb Karpek is the owner of Peaceful World Reiki located near Sedona, Arizona. She has been studying Reiki since 2001, practicing since 2003, and teaching since 2006. She is a Usui and Karuna Holy Fire II Reiki Master/Teacher, receiving her Reiki Certifications from the International Center for Reiki Training. Her writing has appeared in Reiki News Magazine, Reiki Times Magazine, and Chicken Soup for the Recovering Soul.

Tuesday, July 26, 7:00 pm, at Boswell

Failure! The shamed, shunned, shadowed word that our affluent culture has been rapidly erasing from use may be the very key necessary to making our success most likely. In his premiere release, New Berlin-based management consultant Darren Fisher teaches how we can gain confidence for positive risk-taking in our professional and personal lives by focusing on our wins. Furthermore, he shows the importance of owning our losses - an approach that allows us to realign our goals, attaining positive achievement, and begin crushing it in all we do! Discover your natural attitude application and the exercises that will have you performing as a Confident Enterpriser in The Confidence Quadrant.

About the Author: Darren Fisher is a successful entrepreneur, tech consultant, business coach, Air Force veteran, husband, and father of four.


More Upcoming Events

  • Monday, August 1, 4:00 pm, at Boswell - Find Waldo Local party, featuring refreshments, activities and a drawing for prizes for kids who were able to locate Waldo at 20 or more of the participating local retailers.
  • Sunday, August 14, 2.00 pm, at Boswell - PBS Summer Safari activity time. Pick up you PBS Kids summer reading chart, have a great time reading this summer, and then come back for an afternoon of activities and refreshments with Julie from Milwaukee Public Television and Boswellians Teasha and Olivia
  • Sunday, August 28, 2.00 pm, at Boswell - Storytime and activities featuring Lisa Moser, author of Stories from Bug Garden. It's your last chance to celebrate bugs before the school year starts! Celebrate with this new book that Kirkus Reviews called "Whimsical and delightful, a celebration of imagination."
  • Wednesday, August 31, 7:00 pm, at Boswell - A mini science fiction convention with Mary Robinette Kowal, author of Ghost Talkers, and Ada Palmer, author of Too Like the Lightning
  • Tuesday, September 20, 7:00 pm, at the Lynden Sculpture Garden - a ticketed event with Gayle Forman, author of Leave Me and her bestselling YA novels, including If I Stay. Tickets are $30 including admission and a copy of Leave Me, $25 for Lynden members.
  • Thursday, September 22, 7:00 pm, at Boswell - an evening with Lil' Rev, celebrating the release of his new album, Claw and Hammer
  • Tuesday, September 27, 7:00 pm, at Boswell - Christopher Hebert, author of Angels of Detroit, in conversation with Valerie Laken, UWM Associate Professor of English and author of Separate Kingdoms
  • Wednesday, September 28, 2:00 pm, at Boswell - The Milwaukee Rep presents a preview of Man of La Mancha, based on Don Quixote, the classic novel from Miguel de Cervantes.
  • Tuesday, October 4, 6:30 pm, at the Cudahy Family Library, 3500 Library Dr, 53110 - Ben Hatke, author of Mighty Jack and Zita the Spacegirl
  • Friday, October 7, 7:00 pm, at Boswell - Margot Livesey, author of Mercury and The Flight of Gemma Hardy
  • Wednesday, October 19, 7:00 pm, at Boswell - a ticketed event with Ann Patchett, author of Commonwealth, with event details to follow
  • Friday, October 21, 6:30 pm, at Milwaukee Public Library's Centennial Hall, 733 N Eighth St - Jacqueline Woodson, author of Another Brooklyn, her first novel for adults in twenty years
  • Friday, October 28, 6:30 pm, at Boswell - a cat-tastic Halloween party featuring Nick Bruel, author of Bad Kitty, Scaredy-Cat
  • Saturday, November 5, 9:00 am to 5:30 pm, at the Irish Cultural Center, 2133 W Wisconsin Ave - a ticketed day of thrills at the Murder and Mayhem conference, featuring Sara Paretsky, Joe Lansdale, and many other favorites, sponsored by Crimespree Magazine. Tickets are $40 and available now.
  • Wednesday, December 7, 7:00 pm, at Boswell - Lucy Jane Bledsoe, author of A Thin Bright Line, of which, Alison Bechdel wrote: "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."
  • 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.