Upcoming Events

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Thursday, April 26, 7:00 pm, at Boswell

When a stolen car is recovered on the Gulf Coast of Florida, it sets off a search for a missing woman, local motel owner Sabine Musil-Buehler. Three men are named persons of interest, her husband, her boyfriend, and the man who stole the car, and the residents of Anna Maria Island, with few facts to fuel their speculation, begin to fear the worst. Then, with the days passing quickly, her motel is set on fire, her boyfriend flees the county, and detectives begin digging on the beach.

Cutter Wood was a guest at Musil-Buehler’s motel as the search for the missing woman gained momentum, and he found himself drawn steadily deeper into the case. Driven by his own need to understand how a relationship could spin to pieces in such a fatal fashion, he began to meet with the eccentric inhabitants of Anna Maria Island, the earnest but stymied detectives, and the affable man soon presumed to be her murderer. But there is only so much that interviews and records can reveal; in trying to understand why we hurt those we love, this book, like Truman Capote’s classic In Cold Blood, tells a story that exists outside of documentary evidence. Wood carries the investigation beyond the facts of the case and into his own life, crafting a tale of misguided love, writerly naiveté, and the dark and often humorous conflicts at the heart of every relationship.

Cutter Wood was born in Central Pennsylvania and received his BA from Brown University, where he was awarded prizes for nonfiction and poetry. Wood completed an MFA in creative nonfiction at the University of Iowa in 2010, during which he was awarded numerous fellowships and had essays published in Harper's and other magazines. 


Jenny Benjamin, author of More than A Box of Crayons and Midway
Friday, April 27, 7:00 pm, at Boswell

More Than a Box of Crayons irradiates the colors of a life spent in community with nature, art, and family. Through resounding images and sonorous tones, the poems capture the simplicity of childhood, the joys and sorrows of every-day life with loved ones, and the complexities of being a woman or girl in the world. 

Marquette University’s Angela Sorby writes: “Jenny Benjamin’s chapbook, More Than a Box of Crayons, blazes with color and energy. These poems fold visual images… into verbal forms. The effect is synesthetic, dazzling, emotionally charged, and ultimately deeply life-affirming.”

Midway is a haunting collection of poems that traces the seasons of loss in one woman’s life, with distinct lyrical touch and a deft ear for nuanced language. The poems are salve and song, beautifully constructed and ultimately enduring. This collection received second prize in the No Chair poetry contest.

Milwaukee-based Jenny Benjamin is the owner of her freelance writing and editing business JB Communications, LLC. Her poems have appeared in DIAGRAM, South Carolina Review, and Fulcrum. She also author of the novel This Most Amazing.


Independent Bookstore Day, featuring a concert with Fox and Branch, whose latest album is Wings on My Feet
Saturday, April 28, 10:00 opening, 11:00 am concert, at Boswell

Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country on the last Saturday in April. Every store is unique and independent, and every party is different. We’ll have exclusive books and literary items that you can only get on that day. Not before. Not after. Not online. No phone or web orders, no holdsies. One of each item limit per person before Noon.

Limited editions for sale include a special signed edition of Dave Eggers’s Ungrateful Mammals, a Bad Citizen graffiti stencil, Julia Child and Anthony Bourdain tea towels, a literary map of the universe print, Dragons Love Books onesie, Read with Me plush featuring Maisie and Horton the Elephant, and a special book club journal featuring inspiring-ish messages from David Sedaris, Stephen King, and more.

At 11 am, we’ll be hosting a free concert for kids with local favorites Fox and Branch, whose latest album is Wings on My Feet. It’s really true that everyone has fun at a Fox and Branch show!

Dave Fox and Will Branch have been touring with their music for two decades. In 2017, Fox and Branch toured overseas for the first time, playing to audiences in Ireland, England and Scotland. They have been honored with four Parents Choice Recommended awards.


Scott Douglas Prill, author of From the Realm of Time
Saturday, April 28, 4:00 pm, at Boswell

From the Realm of Time continues the saga of Roman General Marcus Augustus Valerias nine years after his climactic war with the Huns, and five years after the Romans’ catastrophic defeat at Adrianople. Valerias has retired to an estate near Milan with his wife, Claire, a former queen of the kingdom in Britannia, and their two daughters. They face religious strife in the Christian community, unrest in Claire’s former kingdom due to a usurper queen, and the pending massive invasion of Britannia by the Saxons. This is an epic story of treachery, courage, war, and love, set against an important period in world history.

From Arnold Gutkowski, former Director of Menomonee Falls Public Library, USS Liberty Public Library in Grafton, and Brown Deer Public Library: “This is a strong novel full of the strength of the Roman Army, the strength of the family, and ultimately the sacrifices made to preserve the strength of civilization… You will be thrust into this gritty, powerful, also loving, and caring ancient universe in which to live by your strength and wit can be a deadly necessity.”

Scott Douglas Prill, a retired environmental consultant, resides with his family in Bayside, Wisconsin.


Saturday, April 28, 5:30 pm, at First Unitarian Society, 1342 N Astor St in Milwaukee

The First Unitarian Society presents a lecture and workshop cosponsored by Boswell about The Gift of Our Wounds, a powerful story of a friendship between two men, one Sikh and one skinhead, that resulted in an outpouring of love and a mission to fight against hate.

After the Oak Creek tragedy, Arno and Pardeep worked together to start an organization called Serve 2 Unite, which works with students to create inclusive, compassionate and nonviolent climates in their schools and communities. With New York Times bestseller Robin Gaby Fisher telling Arno and Pardeep’s story, The Gift of Our Wounds is a timely reminder of the strength of the human spirit, and the courage and compassion that reside within us all.

Arno Michaelis is the author of My Life After Hate and works with Serve 2 Unite. He has appeared on media outlets including the BBC, The New York Times, and The View. Pardeep Sigh Kaleka is a first generation immigrant, a native of Punjab, India, who grew up in Milwaukee. A former police officer and educator in Milwaukee’s inner city schools, Kaleka is a therapist specializing in holistic, trauma-informed treatment.

Registration is required for participation, at eventbrite.com/e/44935563480/. Please note there is also a registration-requested workshop after this talk.


Jeffrey Yoskowitz and Liz Alpern, author of The Gefilte Manifesto: New Recipes for Old World Jewish Foods
Sunday, April 29, 3:00 pm schmooze, 4:00 pm demonstration, at City Lights Brewery, 2210 W Mount Vernon Ave

The Tapestry program of the Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center and YJAM present a special program with Elizabeth Alpern and Jeff Yoskowitz, cofounders of Gefilteria. Their cooking demo will highlight their attempts to revive Ashkenazi cuisine. Their first cookbook includes 100-plus recipes pulled deep from the culinary histories of Eastern Europe and the diaspora community of North America, drawing inspiration from the legacies of Jewish pickle shops, bakeries, appetizing shops, dairy restaurants, delicatessens, and holiday kitchens.

Tickets are $15, and include admission, appetizers, a beer, and a take-home jar of pickled goodies. Register at jccmilwaukee.org/the-gefilte-manifesto.

Liz Alpern got her start in the Jewish food world working with acclaimed cookbook author Joan Nathan. She curates and cooks for pop-up events and boutique shops. Jeffrey Yoskowitz, trained as a pickler at Adamah Foods, where he fell in love with the art of lacto-fermentation, and has worked in the food world as an entrepreneur and a consultant for small businesses. He has written on food culture for The Atlantic, The New York Times, and Slate.


Kurt Dietrich, author of Wisconsin Riffs: Jazz Profiles from the Heartland, with special guests The Manty Ellis Trio
Monday, April 30, 7:00 pm, at The Jazz Estate, 2423 N Murray Ave

The Jazz Estate and Boswell present a talk from Ripon College music professor Kurt Dietrich, followed by music from the Manty Ellis Trio. Admission is $5 at the door.

Although New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago are often considered the epicenters of American jazz, this extensive, upbeat compilation of jazz musician biographies details Wisconsin’s rich association with the genre since its inception in the early 1900s. Iconic musicians Bunny Berigan, Woody Herman, Les Paul, and Al Jarreau all hailed from Wisconsin, as have many other influential players, composers, and teachers. Wisconsin Riffs features these musicians side-by-side to portray a comprehensive history of jazz in Wisconsin.

Through meticulous research and more than a hundred interviews, author Kurt Dietrich has assembled a group of musicians who represent a wide range of backgrounds, ages, stylistic schools, and experiences, from leaders of swing-era big bands to legendary Wisconsin Conservatory instructors to today’s up-and-coming practitioners of contemporary jazz and jazz rock. For aspiring musicians, jazz enthusiasts, and fans of Wisconsin culture alike, Wisconsin Riffs presents a compelling, complex, and multi-layered concoction, just like jazz itself.

Kurt Dietrich is a professor of music and the Barbara Baldwin DeFrees Chair in the Performing Arts at Ripon College. He is the author of Duke’s Bones: Ellington’s Great Trombonists, as well as numerous articles for publications including Annual Review of Jazz Studies and Black Music Research Journal. As a musician, he has performed on numerous recordings.


Michael Andreasen, author of The Sea Beast Takes a Lover
Tuesday, May 1, 7 pm, at Boswell

Boswell is pleased to host Marquette graduate Michael Andreasen for a conversation with his Marquette mentor, C.J. Hribal, about the bewitching stories in Andreasen’s first book.

With its feet only slightly tethered to the world we know, The Sea Beast Takes a Lover explores hope, love, and loss across a series of surreal landscapes and wild metamorphoses. Just because Jenny was born without a head doesn’t mean she isn’t still annoying to her older brother, and just because the Man of the Future’s extramarital affair ends in alien abduction and network fame doesn’t mean he can’t still pine for his absent wife.

Romping through the fantastic with big-hearted ease, these playful stories cut to the core of how we navigate family, faith, and longing. Daring and deeply familiar, these stories unfold in wildly inventive worlds, using the supernatural and extraordinary to expose us at our most human.

Michael Andreasen is a graduate of Marquette University and holds a Masters degree in creative writing from the University of California, Irvine. His fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House, and Zoetrope: All-Story. C.J. Hribal is professor of English at Marquette University and a member of the fiction faculty at the Warren Wilson College MFA. He is the author of The Company Car, The Clouds in Memphis, and American Beauty.


A ticketed event with Christopher Moore, author of Noir
Wednesday, May 2, 7:00 pm, Boswell

The absurdly outrageous, sarcastically satiric, and always entertaining New York Times bestselling author Christopher Moore returns in finest madcap form with this zany noir set on the mean streets of post-World War II San Francisco. Elisabeth Clark in Library Journal raves: " Fans of noir film and fiction will find a lot to enjoy in this loving genre tribute, and those already familiar with Moore's books will simply be in love."

Think Raymond Chandler meets Damon Runyon with more than a dash of Bugs Bunny and the Looney Tunes All Stars. It’s all very, very Noir. It’s all very, very Christopher Moore.

Tickets are $30 and include admission and a copy of Noir. Tickets available at mooremke18.brownpapertickets.com. In lieu of the book, an $18 Boswell gift card is available on the night of the event only.

Christopher Moore is the author of fifteen previous novels, including Secondhand Souls, Sacré Bleu, A Dirty Job, and Lamb.


Orange Hat Publishing presents Reginald Walton, author of My Daddy’s Hat, Betsy Moerschel, author of Look Out Gentry!, and Amy Runte, author of Look at How Big You Are
Thursday, May 3, 7:00 pm, at Boswell

Though a fairly young company, the dedicated staff of Orange Hat Publishing has combined years of experience in publishing, editing, and web and book design to contribute to the publication of more than two hundred books. Orange Hat, a family owned and operated company based in downtown Waukesha, is proud to present an evening of Children’s book authors at Boswell.

Amy Runte is an HSE Administrator and lives in Brownsville, WI with her husband and their two boys, who are being raised to value kindness and hard work. Look At How Big You Are is a story about kids growing up in the blink of an eye.

Elizabeth Moerschel was born and raised in Waukesha and went on to earn a BA and MS from Northwestern University. She taught elementary school and served on the Kenilworth District 38 Board of Education. Look Out Gentry! is based on the true story of a bull who escaped his pen, ran through flowers and fields, and wound up somewhere completely unexpected.

Reginald Walton, aka "Mister Reggie," is a speaker with the Milwaukee Boys & Girls Club and Mister Reggie Productions, and an academic adviser with Bryant and Stratton College. My Daddy’s Hat is a rhythmic, vibrant tribute to the male role models in our lives.


Friday, May 4, 7:30 pm, at the Pabst Mansion, 2000 W Wisconsin Ave

While Denise Kiernan’s earlier event at the Pabst Mansion is sold out, she will be doing a second ticketed talk at 7:30 in the perfect setting for this history of the timeless Biltmore Estate. Tickets are $22 and include admission and a copy of The Last Castle. Purchase tickets to this 7:30 talk at kiernan730.bpt.me.

A New York Times bestseller with an "engaging narrative and array of detail” (The Wall Street Journal), the “intimate and sweeping” (Raleigh News and Observer) untold, true story behind the Biltmore Estate - the largest, grandest private residence in North America, which has seen more than 120 years of history pass by its front door. Kiernan's previous work of nonfiction, The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II, was also a national bestseller and was praised by Jon Stewart as "a phenomenal story."

The story of Biltmore spans World Wars, the Jazz Age, the Depression, and generations of the famous Vanderbilt family, and features a captivating cast of real-life characters including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Thomas Wolfe, Teddy Roosevelt, John Singer Sargent, James Whistler, Henry James, and Edith Wharton. This is the fascinating, “soaring and gorgeous” (Karen Abbott) story of how the largest house in America flourished, faltered, and ultimately endured to this day.

When Captain Frederick and Maria Pabst began construction of their new family mansion in June 1890, they could not have anticipated that it would survive and thrive into the twenty-first century as a testament to America’s Gilded Age. The Pabst Mansion was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975 and has been open to the public since 1978.


Best of the Undergraduate Writers
Friday, May 4, 7:00 pm, and Saturday, May 5, 7:00 pm, both nights at Boswell

Since 2009 it has been a tradition (almost annual!) to host the Best of the Undergraduate Writers from Milwaukee area colleges and universities. This is a program that is unique to Boswell – we can’t think of another bookstore in the country that celebrates creative writing by bringing together undergraduates from multiple schools to read together in a professional setting.

Friday, May 4 features Victoria Koenig and Jennifer Fierro-Padilla from Alverno College, Kathryn Skjoldager, Kyle Battle, and Lauren Singer from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and three writers to be announced from Marquette University

Saturday, May 5 feaures Rebekah Becker and Destiny Vang from Cardinal Stritch University, Sarah Stock and Joe Messink from Carroll University, Steffon Dixon and Sennessa Soukasserm from MIAD, and Lexie Kline and Star Willis from Mount Mary University


A ticketed event with Paula McLain, author of Love and Ruin
Sunday, May 6, 3:00 pm, at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, 19805 W Capitol Dr in Brookfield

The Sharon Lynne Wilson Center, Oconomowoc's Books & Company, and Milwaukee's Boswell Book Company present a very special afternoon with Paula McLain, the bestselling author of The Paris Wife, who returns to the subject of Ernest Hemingway in Love and Ruin, a novel about his passionate, stormy marriage to Martha Gellhorn, the fiercely independent, ambitious young woman who would become one of the greatest war correspondents of the twentieth century.

Tickets are $32.00 and include admission to the event, all taxes and fees, and a copy of Love and Ruin. The ticket link is mclain.bpt.me.

In 1937, 28-year-old Martha travels alone to Madrid to report on the atrocities of the Spanish Civil War and becomes drawn to the stories of ordinary people caught in devastating conflict. She also finds herself unexpectedly falling in love with Ernest Hemingway, a man already on his way to becoming a legend. In the shadow of the impending Second World War, and set against the tumultuous backdrops of Madrid, Finland, China, Key West, and especially Cuba, where Martha and Ernest make their home, their relationship and professional careers ignite. But when Ernest publishes the biggest literary success of his career, For Whom the Bell Tolls, they are no longer equals, and Martha must make a choice: surrender to the confining demands of being a famous man’s wife, or risk losing Ernest by forging a path as her own woman and writer. It is a dilemma that will force her to break his heart - and her own.

Glamour magazine raves: “Romance, infidelity, war—Paula McLain’s powerhouse novel has it all.”

Paula McLain is The New York Times bestselling author of the novels Circling the Sun, The Paris Wife, and A Ticket to Ride, the memoir Like Family: Growing Up in Other People’s Houses, and two collections of poetry. She has received fellowships from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Tuesday, May 8, 7:00 pm, at UWM Student Union, 2200 E Kenwood Dr in Milwaukee

Boswell and the Humanities Division, College of Letters and Science, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee present a rare evening with Arundhati Roy, author of The God of Small Things, winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction, now in conversation with Parneshia Jones, winner of the Midwest Book Award for Vessel, her first collection of poetry

Tickets are $19 for the general public and are available at roymke.bpt.me. Tickets will be available at a reduced rate to UWM students, faculty, and staff at the UWM Union Box Office only. These will go on sale closer to the event date.

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness takes readers on a panoramic yet intimate journey across the Indian subcontinent, following a varied cast of characters who become swept up in Kashmir’s fight for independence. The tale begins with Anjum, a hijra, unrolling a threadbare Persian carpet in a city graveyard she calls home. Then there is Musa, a Kashmiri freedom fighter; Tilo, his lover; his landlord, a former suitor, now an intelligence officer posted to Kabul; and the two Miss Jebeens - the first a child born in Srinagar and buried in its overcrowded Martyrs’ Graveyard, the second found at midnight, abandoned on a concrete sidewalk in the heart of New Delhi. The result is a shimmering, deeply humane novel that reinvents what a novel can do and can be.

Arundhati Roy is the author of The God of Small Things, which won the Man Booker Prize and has been translated into more than forty languages. She also has published several books of nonfiction including The End of Imagination, Capitalism: A Ghost Story, and The Doctor and the Saint. She lives in New Delhi.


Wednesday, May 9, 6:00 pm, at UWM, Mitchell Hall, Room 361, 3203 N Downer Ave

This event is cosponsored by Electa Quinney Institute and the School of Education.

Leary’s book chronicles one piece of Wisconsin legislation from forward-thinking resolution to violent controversy and beyond. Since its passage in 1989, a state law known as Act 31 requires that all students in Wisconsin learn about the history, culture, and tribal sovereignty of Wisconsin’s federally recognized tribes.

The Story of Act 31 tells the story of the law’s inception, tracing its origins to a court decision in 1983 that affirmed American Indian hunting and fishing treaty rights in Wisconsin, and to the violent public outcry that followed the court’s decision. Author J.P. Leary paints a picture of controversy stemming from past policy decisions that denied generations of Wisconsin students the opportunity to learn about tribal history.

J.P. Leary is an associate professor of humanities, First Nations studies, and history at the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay. He is also a member of the graduate faculty in education and a faculty affiliate with the Professional Program in Education Center for First Nations Studies.


Wednesday, May 9 7:00 pm, at Boswell

Bob Barry ruled Milwaukee’s airwaves in the ’60s and ’70s. The only time the Beatles performed there, Barry introduced them to the audience, and he was the only local personality who spent time in private with the Fab Four. If a band or musician came to town, he met them with a microphone, whether it was Chuck Berry, the Animals, or The Rolling Stones.

His popular “Bob Barry Calls the World” segment entertained thousands with cold calls to famous personalities, including Bob Hope, Sophia Loren, Elton John, and Cher. Through it all, Barry maintained a calm and fun-loving demeanor, even when mocked by the WOKY Chicken or nearly eaten by wolves on the air.

Packed with never-before-seen photos, this revealing memoir recalls the iconic DJ’s many celebrity encounters, his career highlights and setbacks, and the hijinks that made Milwaukee radio rock.

Bob Barry is best remembered as a legendary Milwaukee disc jockey and TV personality. During his career, he received numerous industry awards, chief among them Billboard Magazine Top 40 Air Personality of the Year in 1975. In 2001, Bob was inducted into the Wisconsin Broadcasters Hall of Fame. Please note this event was rescheduled, due to an April snowstorm.


The Fierce Reads YA Tour, featuring Maurene Goo, author of The Way You Make Me Feel , Tricia Levenseller, author of Daughter of the Siren Queen , Taran Matharu, author of The Outcast, Mary E. Pearson, author of the forthcoming Dance of Thieves
Thursday, May 10, 6:30 pm, at Oak Creek Public Library , 8040 S Sixth St in Drexel Town Center

Boswell presents an evening of fantasy and adventure for young adult readers at the Oak Creek Library. This event is cosponsored by Pizza Man, and yes, that means there will be delicious pizza for everyone who attends!

Maureen Goo is the author of I Believe in a Thing Called Love and Since You Asked. Her newest, The Way You Make Me Feel, is a laugh-out-loud story with a Korean American heroine about summer love, new friends, and a food truck.

Tricia Levenseller is the author of Daughter of the Pirate King. In this thrilling, action-packed sequel, Daughter of the Siren Queen, a seventeen-year-old pirate captain must race her father, The Pirate King, to a legendary hidden treasure.

Taran Matharu has written The Outcast, the prequel to the popular Summoner series, in which a lowly stable boy accidentally summons a demon and becomes the key to a secret that powerful overlords would do anything to keep hidden.

Mary E. Pearson is the author of The Remnant Chronicles series, among other books for teen and young adult readers, and won the 2006 Golden Kite Award for fiction. Pearson will be previewing her newest book, Dance of Thieves, which is a cat and mouse game of false moves and motives


Samantha Irby, author of Meaty
Thursday May 10, 7:00 pm, at Boswell

Samantha Irby’s second collection, We Are Never Meeting in Real Life, was a huge New York Times bestseller and garnered raves reviews from Lindy West, Jenny Lawson, and Sonya Renee Taylor. Now Vintage is rereleasing her breakout essay collection, Meaty.

Back by popular demand, Irby’s debut collection laughs its way through a tragicomic adulthood: chin hairs, depression, bad sex, failed relationships, masturbation, taco feasts, inflammatory bowel disease, and more. Updated with with Instagramable, couch-friendly recipes, this much-beloved romp is treat for anyone in dire need of the infamous, scathing wit and poignant candor thousands of loyal readers have come to expect from visiting Irby’s notoriously hilarious blog.

Samantha Irby lives in Kalamazoo and writes a popular blog called Bitches Gotta Eat. Meaty has been optioned by FX Studios to be developed into a show based on Irby’s life.


A ticketed luncheon with Luis Alberto Urrea, author of The House of Broken Angels
Friday, May 11, 11:00 am signing, 12 Noon lunch, at the Wisconsin Club, 900 W Wisconsin Ave

The Friends of Milwaukee Public Library, together with the Wisconsin Club, will welcome Luis Alberto Urrea, author of The House of Broken Angels, as the featured author for the 2018 Spring Literary Luncheon. Tickets are $75 ($65 for MPL Friends), including admission, lunch, and a copy of Urrea’s new novel. Tickets available at mpl.org/support/friends_of_mpl/spring_literary_luncheon.php or call (414) 286-8720 for more information or for reservation assistance.

 

From Viet Thanh Nguyen in The New York Times Book Review: “Anger and sorrow are one pair of emotions that keeps surfacing throughout The House of Broken Angels. So do love and pain, joy and resentment, hatred and reconciliation, backstabbing and tenderness. All complicated, all compelling in Urrea's powerful rendering of a Mexican-American family that is also an American family. And what is Urrea's novel but a Mexican-American novel that is also an American novel? American in the broadest possible sense, from the United States of America, north of the border, to Mexico and by implication all of the other countries south of the border that are also American.”

Boswell will be selling Urrea’s other titles at the event, but attendees can also bring their other Urrea titles from home. The Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library Literary Lunch is always a special occasion and this year’s will prove no exception. Don’t forget to reserve your space before the May 6 cutoff.


Monday, May 14, 7:00 pm, at Riverside Park Urban Ecology Center, 1500 E Park Place

Amy and Dave Freeman are biking to DC from Ely, Minnesota in support of their new book and to continue to raise awareness of their efforts to protect the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. They’re stopping in Milwaukee as they take their book and a petition of support over 1,750 miles across the country to the nation’s capital.

On September 23, 2015, Amy and Dave Freeman embarked on a yearlong adventure in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in support of the Campaign to Save the Boundary Waters to protect the Boundary Waters from sulfide-ore copper mining. They shared their year in the wilderness in their blogs with hundreds of thousands of concerned citizens. This book tells the story of their adventure in northern Minnesota: loons whistling under a moonrise, ice booming as it forms and cracks, a moose and her calf swimming across a misty lake.

With the magic, urgent message that has rallied an international audience to the campaign to save the Boundary Waters, A Year in the Wilderness is a rousing cry of witness activism and a stunning tribute to this singularly beautiful region. This stop on their cross-country trip is being held at the Riverside Park Urban Ecology Center. Admission is pay what you can.

Amy and Dave Freeman's expeditions have taken them over 30,000 miles by canoe, kayak, and dogsled through some of the world's wildest places, from the Amazon to the Arctic. National Geographic named Amy and Dave Adventurers of the Year in 2014 and their images, videos, and articles have been published by the Chicago Tribune, National Geographic, and Minnesota Public Radio.


Monday, May 14, 7:00 pm reception, 7:30 talk, at Lynden Sculpture Garden, 2145 W Brown Deer Rd in River Hills

Milwaukee Reads presents Allison Pataki, author of Sisi and The Traitor's Wife, as a part of the Women’s Speaker Series at the Lynden Sculpture Garden. Tickets are $30, $25 for Lynden members, include an autographed copy of her new memoir, Beauty in the Broken Places, and are available at lyndensculpturegarden.org/AllisonPataki-2018 or by phone, at (414) 446-8794. Light refreshments will be offered by MKE Localicious.

Beauty in the Broken Places is a deeply moving memoir about a couple whose lives were changed in the blink of an eye and the love that helped them rewrite their future. Five months pregnant, on a flight to their “babymoon,” Allison Pataki turned to her husband when he asked if his eye looked strange and watched him suddenly lose consciousness. After an emergency landing, she discovered that Dave, a healthy thirty-year-old athlete and surgical resident, had suffered a rare and life-threatening stroke. Next thing Allison knew, she was sitting alone in the ER in Fargo, North Dakota, waiting to hear if her husband would survive the night.

As a way to make sense of the pain and chaos of their new reality, Allison started to write daily letters to Dave. Not only would she work to make sense of the unfathomable experiences unfolding around her, but her letters would provide Dave with the memories he could not make on his own. She was writing to preserve their past, protect their present, and fight for their future. Those letters became the foundation for this beautiful, intimate memoir. And in the process, she fell in love with her husband all over again.


Pre-register for our co-sponsored event with Katherine Applegate, author of Endling: The Last
Tuesday, May 15, 6:30 pm, at Greenfield Public Library, 5310 W Layton Ave

Applegate first wowed kids with the action-packed Animorphs series, then she stole the hearts of readers of all ages with the award-winning The One and Only Ivan. Many of you know how wonderful Applegate is from her visit to Boswell for her beloved novel Crenshaw. Now come along on a truly unforgettable journey in Endling: The Last, the beginning of an epic middle grade animal fantasy series!

Byx fears she may be the last of her species: the endling. As Byx sets out to find safe haven, and perhaps even another of her kind, she meets new allies, who have their own motivations for joining her quest. Together this ragtag group of animals and humans will help put into motion events that could bring the kingdom to the brink of war.

Boswell’s own Jenny Chou is a fan: “From the first page, Katherine Applegate’s eloquent writing stirs up the excitement of adventure to come. Full of sword fights, magic, and narrow escapes, Endling is a thrilling read, and Middle Grade readers are certain to be captivated by the world-building, the humorous dialogue, and most of all, by the remarkably drawn characters.”

Due to demand, Registration is required for this event with beloved children’s and young adult author Katherine Applegate. Please visit the Greenfield Public Library’s website to register, at greenfieldlibrary.org Please note if we are at capacity, priority will be given to folks who have pre-registered for this event.


More Upcoming Events

  • Wednesday, May 16, 7:00 pm, at All Saints Cathedral, 818 E Juneau Ave in Milwaukee – Jon Sweeney, author of Phyllis Tickle: A Life, a biography of a major figure in the Episcopal Church. Registration requested for this event. Link to come
  • Thursday, May 17, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Patricia Skalka, author of Death Rides the Ferry, the newest David Cubiak Door County mystery
  • Thursday, May 17, 7:00 pm, at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, 1111 E Brown Deer Rd in Bayside. – Dan Egan, appearing for the paperback release of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes. Free with admission or membership. Registration required by calling (414) 352-2880 x0
  • Sunday May 20, 2:00 pm, at Delafield Public Library, 500 N Genesee St – Books & Company presents Victoria Aveyard, author of War Storm, the final chapter in the Red Queen series. Aveyard will be in conversation with Brittany Cavallaro and Lori M. Lee. Boswell is cosponsoring this event.
  • Thursday, May 24, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – J.F. Riordan, author of Robert’s Rules, the third book in the North of the Tension Line series
  • Friday, May 25, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Owen Laukkanen, author of Gale Force, in conversation with Nick Petrie
  • Thursday, May 31, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Douglas Armstrong, author of Life on the Sun, the first novel in a new trilogy set in a 1960s newsroom
  • Wednesday, June 6, 7:00 pm reception, 7:30 talk, at the Lynden Sculpture Garden, 2145 W Brown Deer Road – Gail Honeyman, author of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, now out in paperback. Produced by Milwaukee Reads. Ticket is $22, $18 for Lynden members, and includes admission, light refreshments, and a copy of the book. Details at Lynden Sculpture Garden website.
  • Tuesday, June 12, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Julia Fine, author of What Should Be Wild, a darkly funny, literary debut
  • Thursday, June 14, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Milwaukee Record presents Edgar Cantero, author of Meddling Kids, in conversation with Matt Wild
  • Friday, June 15, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – A ticketed event with Jennifer Egan, author of Manhattan Beach. Tickets are $19 and include admission and a copy of the book. Available at eganmke.bpt.me.
  • Saturday, June 16, 2:00 pm, at East Branch, Milwaukee Public Library, 2320 N Cramer St – Sue Burke, author of Semiosis, a debut science fiction novel from a former Milwaukeean
  • Sunday, June 24, 3:00 pm, at Boswell – Cara Black, author of Murder on the Left Bank, cosponsored by Alliance Française de Milwaukee and Crimespree Magazine
  • Tuesday, June 26, 2:00 pm, at Frank L. Weyenberg Library, 11345 N Cedarburg Rd in Mequon – A book club afternoon with Kathleen Rooney, author of Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk, featuring recommendations from Weyenberg librarians and Boswell booksellers
  • Tuesday, June 26, 6:30 pm, at Elm Grove Public Library, 13600 Juneau Blvd – A book club afternoon with Kathleen Rooney, author of Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk, featuring recommendations from Elm Grove librarians and Boswell booksellers
  • Tuesday, July 10, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – David Krugler, author of Rip the Angels from Heaven, the second Ellis Voigt espionage novel
  • Wednesday, July 18, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Ottessa Moshfegh, author of My Year of Rest and Relaxation, as well as Eileen and Homesick for Another World, in conversation with Wisconsin Public Radio’s Doug Gordon
  • Thursday, August 9, 7:00 pm reception, 7:30 talk, at the Lynden Sculpture Garden, 2145 W Brown Deer Road – Jenna Blum, author of The Lost Family. Produced by Milwaukee Reads. Ticket is $32, $27 for Lynden members, and includes admission, light refreshments, and a copy of the book. Details at Lynden Sculpture Garden website.
  • Tuesday, August 28, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Rebecca Makkai, author of The Great Believers, in conversation with Mitch Teich of Milwaukee Public Radio’s Lake Effect
  • Saturday, September 15, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – David Pederson, author of Death Checks In

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.