Upcoming Events

Details for our upcoming events are below. You can find a line listing of other confirmed author appearances at the bottom of the page.

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YA Pizza Party with Adele Griffin, author of Be True to Me
Thursday, June 22, 6:30 pm, at Greenfield Library, 5310 W Layton Ave

A riveting tale of romantic suspense set against the backdrop of the iconic Bicentennial summer, where "It girl" Jean and girl-next-door Fritz find themselves competing for the love of the handsome and mysterious Gil within the gates of a Fire Island colony of the super-rich. In addition to this exciting author event, delicious pizza will be served as well.

From School Library Journal: “An atmospheric and engaging piece of historical fiction, this work will haunt and resonate with readers long after it ends. An excellent selection for YA collections.”

And from Booklist: "As much sociology, and sometimes satire, as romance, the story is a compelling one that will surely have widespread appeal."

About the Author: Adele Griffin is the acclaimed author of many books for young readers, most recently The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone. Griffin is also a two-time National Book Award finalist.

This event is best for ages 13 and up

Friday, June 23, 7 pm, at Boswell

More than a cookbook, Preservation: The Art and Science of Canning, Fermentation and Dehydration demystifies the scientific concepts that inform the methods of food preservation in an easy to understand way. Taking Julia Child as her inspiration, certified Master Food Preserver Christina Ward has collected and translated scientific and experiential information that has long been the sole domain of academic scientists and elite chefs.

Fueled by her mission to correct online misinformation and scientifically outdated materials, Ward guides readers through a comprehensive survey of methods that will ensure your preservation projects are safe and delicious. Included are highly adaptable recipes that demonstrate every method and technique of preservation.

About the Author: Christina Ward is a Wisconsin native and Master Food Preserver for Milwaukee County. She writes about food history and preservation for numerous publications, including: Edible Magazine, Remedy Quarterly, and The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

A ticketed event with Scott Turow, author of Testimony in conversation with Lake Effect's Mitch Teich Sunday, June 25, 2:00 pm at the Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N Santa Monica Blvd

The Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center and Boswell Book Company present a ticketed appearance with Scott Turow, the #1 New York Times bestselling author, returning with a page-turning legal thriller about an American prosecutor's investigation of a refugee camp's mystifying disappearance. For this event, Turow will be in conversation with Mitch Teich, executive producer of WUWM's Lake Effect.

In Testimony, former prosecutor Bill ten Boom has walked out on everything he thought was important to him: his law career, his wife, Kindle County, even his country. Still, when he is tapped by the International Criminal Court - an organization charged with prosecuting crimes against humanity - he feels drawn to what will become the most elusive case of his career. Over ten years ago, in the apocalyptic chaos following the Bosnian war, an entire Roma refugee camp vanished. Now for the first time, a witness has stepped forward: Ferko Rincic claims that armed men marched the camp's Gypsy residents to a cave in the middle of the night - and then with a hand grenade set off an avalanche, burying 400 people alive. Only Ferko survived.

Boom's task is to examine Ferko's claims and determine who might have massacred the Roma. His investigation takes him from the International Criminal Court's base in Holland to the cities and villages of Bosnia to secret meetings in Washington, DC, as Boom sorts through a host of suspects, ranging from Serb paramilitaries, to organized crime gangs, to the US government itself, while also maneuvering among the alliances and treacheries of those connected to the case.

A master of the legal thriller since his first novel, Presumed Innocent, and continuing through his most recent work, Identical, Scott Turow now returns with his most irresistibly confounding and satisfying novel yet.

Tickets are $30 and include admission, a copy of Turow's novel Testimony, and all taxes and fees. $5 of every admission goes back to the JCC. 

Please note the group sales option: buy 10 or more tickets and the price drops to $27. And yes, there is a Boswell gift card option. You can choose a $20 gift card in lieu of the book, usable at Boswell on June 26 or later.

If you buy a ticket and can't make it to the event, we'll have a signed copy waiting for you at Boswell for up to six months after the event.

About the Author: Scott Turow is the author of ten bestselling works of fiction, including Identical, Innocent, and Presumed Innocent, and two nonfiction books, including One L, about his experience as a law student. His books have been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than thirty million copies worldwide, and have been adapted into movies and television projects. He has frequently contributed essays and op-ed pieces to publications such as The New York Times, Washington Post, and Vanity Fair

Monday, June 26, 7 pm, at Boswell

In the early 1990s, Somali refugees arrived in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. Later in the decade, an additional influx of immigrants arrived in Columbus, Ohio. These refugees found low-skill jobs in warehouses and food processing plants and struggled as social “outsiders,” often facing discrimination based on their religious traditions, dress, and the misconception that they are terrorists. The immigrant youth also lacked access to quality educational opportunities.

Stefanie Chambers provides a cogent analysis of these refugees in Midwestern cities where new immigrant communities are growing. Her comparative study uses qualitative and quantitative data to assess the political, economic, and social variations between these urban areas. Chambers examines how culture and history influenced the incorporation of Somali immigrants in the U.S. and recommends policy changes that can advance rather than impede incorporation.

About the Author: Stefanie Chambers is the Charles A. Dana Research Associate Professor of Political Science at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. She is the author of Mayors and Schools: Minority Voices and Democratic Tensions in Urban Education.

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.

More Upcoming Events

  • Sunday, July 23, 2:00 pm, at Lynden Sculpture Garden, 2145 W Brown Deer Rd in River Hills – The Women’s Speaker Series presents Bianca Marais, author of Hum if You Don’t Know the Words. Tickets are $30, $25 for Lynden members, and include a copy of the book. Produced by Milwaukee Reads. More info here.
  • Tuesday, July 25, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – playwright, poet, and novelist Victor Lodato, author of Edgar and Lucy and Mathilda Savitch
  • Wednesday, July 26, 3:00 pm, at Whitefish Bay Public Library, 5420 N Marlborough Dr –Andy Rash, author of May I Have a Word? and author and illustrator of Archie the Daredevil Penguin
  • Tuesday, August 8, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Phyllis J. Piano, author of Love Reconsidered and Hostile Takeover
  • Thursday, August 10, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Benjamin Percy, author of The Dark Net and Thrill Me: Essays on Fiction
  • Wednesday, August 16, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Wauwatosa-raised Kathleen Anne Kenney, author of Girl on the Leeside, who will also be appearing at Irish Fest
  • Saturday, September 23, 11:00 am, at Boswell – Yanick Lahens, author of Moonbath, cosponsored by Alliance Française de Milwaukee, UWM, and the French Consulate of Chicago
  • Thursday, September 28, 7:00 pm, at Lynden Sculpture Garden, 2145 W Brown Deer Rd in River Hills – The Women’s Speaker Series presents Min Jin Lee, author of Pachinko and Free Food for Millionaires. Tickets are $31, $26 for Lynden members, and include a copy of the book. Produced by Milwaukee Reads. More info here.

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.