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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Micro & Memoir, Poetry & Prose: Robert Vaughan, author of Funhouse, Ben Tanzer, author of Be Cool, Caitlin Scarano, author of Do Not Bring Him Water, and Lee L. Krecklow, author of The Expanse Between
Monday, August 21, 7:00 pm, at Boswell

Micro: Robert Vaughan leads roundtables at Red Oak Writing in Milwaukee. He also teaches workshops in hybrid writing, dialogue, and playwriting at places like The Clearing in Door County. He was the co-founder of Flash Fiction Fridays, a radio program on WUWM, where he premiered local flash fiction writers, and also featured writers from America and abroad. His new collection Funhouse is a delightful creative take on the form of short stories. Kirkus Reviews calls Funhouse “a highly entertaining and thought-provoking read.”

Memoir: Chicago-based Ben Tanzer is the author of Orphans, which won the 24th Annual Midwest Book Award, Lost in Space, and The New York Stories. He has also contributed to Punk Planet, Clamor, and Men's Health, serves as Senior Director, Acquisitions for Curbside Spendor. Tanzer’s Be Cool turns the microscope on the human phenomenon of being cool. With snapshot looks and comical insights into why humans are always stressing their cool factor, Tanzer explores his own experiences in a work that Wendy Ortiz calls “fresh, deep, funny, and unexpected.”

Poetry: Caitlin Scarano is from Milwaukee, at least for now, where she is completing a PhD in poetry. She has an MFA from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and was the winner of the 2015 Indiana Review Poetry Prize. Her work can be found in the Best New Poets 2016 and The Best Small Fictions 2016 anthologies. Her new collection, Do Not Bring Him Water, focuses on the lines that separate life’s clashing dualities and how delicious and dangerous it can be to walk them.

Prose: Milwaukee-area writer Lee L. Krecklow’s debut novel is The Expanse Between. Krecklow earned the 2016 South Million Writers Award for his short story “The Son of Summer and Eli.” Other stories have appeared in Oxford Magazine, Midwestern Gothic, and The Madison. His new novel tells the story of a reclusive writer desperate for inspiration. The writer obsessively begins to watch his neighbor for details of her life, but when her life takes a turn he doesn’t like he’ll take matters into his own hands to keep the story on track.

Augustus Rose, author of The Readymade Thief
Tuesday, August 22, 7:00 pm, at Boswell

Boswell presents an evening with Augustus Rose, the first novelist whose debut was named an Indies Introduce title by the American Booksellers Association. Betrayed by her family after taking the fall for a friend, 17-year-old Lee finds refuge in a cooperative of runaways holed up in an abandoned building they call the Crystal Castle. But the facade of the Castle conceals a far more sinister agenda, one hatched by a society of fanatical men set on decoding a series of powerful secrets hidden in plain sight. And they believe Lee holds the key to it all.

We’ve had four great reads on The Readymade Thief, with our buyer Jason calling it “such a great journey!” and Boswellian Kay praising it as “a very unusual, totally engaging thriller.” In addition, Robin Sloan, author of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore wrote: "The Readymade Thief is my favorite kind of book: an improbable one. The novel is a map of things--urban exploration, secret societies, the city of Philadelphia, Marcel Duchamp, very possibly the Home Alone movies--and if those things don't seem to fit together, well, that's the magic of the improbable book, and the transmutation of obsessions, by energy and intellect, into something wholly new: a novel that's unexpected, uncategorizable, unputdownable."

About the Author: Augustus Rose is a novelist and screenwriter. He was born in the northern California coastal town of Bolinas, and grew up there and in San Francisco. Rose teaches fiction writing at the University of Chicago.

In Tandem Theatre prevents a talk about and scene preview of All the Great Books (Abridged)
Wednesday, August 23, 7:00 pm, at Boswell

Join us for a scene preview from In Tandem Theatre as they present All the Great Books! (Abridged). An English class eagerly awaits graduation until they realize they haven’t passed their final exam! The drama professor, student teacher, and gym coach team up to get them through all the great works of literature – in 90 minutes flat -  as the literary canon explodes in this hilarious, high-energy comedy!

All the Great Books (Abridged) opens at the Tenth Street Theatre on Thursday October 5th 2017. The play is directed by Chris Flieller and features actors: Ryan Schabach (professor), Chris Goode (student teacher), and Doug Jarecki (coach).

Purchase tickets for the play here.


Thursday, September 7, 7:00 pm, at Boswell

In this hilarious thriller by lawyer and politician (but don't hold that against him!) Matthew Flynn, the CIA and the Chinese Ministry of Intelligence go head to head in the battle for Bernie Weber, an unassuming college student who just happens to be a mathematics genius. The secret to cracking China's encryptions lies in his proof for the Riemann Hypothesis, and the Chinese fear he could take down all of their operations. Luckily, Bernie isn't alone. He has CIA agent Audrey Knapp on his side. Will that be enough to outwit China's best agents?

Flynn gives you a glimpse of the inner workings of Milwaukee in this love letter to his home city and brilliant send-up of espionage thrillers. Everything is fair game for Flynn's wit. The escapades of Bernie and Audrey may be fictional, but Flynn captures the true heart of the city and its citizens.

About the Author: Matthew Flynn is a lawyer and politician based out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He is also the author of Pryme Knumber, the first book in the Bernie Weber series.


A ticketed event Nancy Pearl, author of George and Lizzie, in conversation with Kathleen Dunn 
Saturday, September 9, 7:00 pm at Boswell

Boswell and Wisconsin Public Radio presents a special evening with Nancy Pearl, in conversation with Kathleen Dunn. You've loved Pearl and Dunn's conversations on the radio, and now here's your chance to enjoy an evening of book talk live at Boswell. Pearl is coming to Milwaukee for the publication of her very first novel, George & Lizzie.

Here's a little more about the new book. George & Lizzie have radically different understandings of what love and marriage should be. George grew up in a warm and loving family, his father an orthodontist, his mother a stay-at-home mom, while Lizzie grew up as the only child of two famous psychologists, who viewed her more as an in-house experiment than a child to love. When a shameful secret from Lizzie’s past resurfaces, she’ll need to face her fears in order to accept the true nature of the relationship she and George have built over a decade together. 

Tickets are $29 and include admission and a book. $5 of each ticket will be donated back to Wisconsin Public Radio. We'll have a $19 Boswell Book Company gift card available in lieu of the book on the night of the event only, but don't forget, a signed Nancy Pearl book makes a great gift. Pearl will sign backlist and pose for photos. And if you're not able to come, we'll hold your copy of George and Lizzie for up to six months.

About the Author: Nancy Pearl is known as “America’s Librarian.” She speaks about the pleasures of reading at library conferences, to literacy organizations and community groups throughout the world, comments on books regularly on public radio stations around the country, and hosts a monthly television show, Book Lust with Nancy Pearl. Among her many honors and awards are the 2011 Librarian of the Year Award from Library Journal; and the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association.

This event is cosponsored by Wisconsin Public Radio.

More Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday, September 12, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Matthew Janzen, author of  State of Craft Beer, a 100% Wisconsin-made photographic tour of state craft breweries
  • Thursday, September 14, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Sandy Brehl, celebrating the release of her new novel for middle grade readers and folks interested in Norwegian history, Mari’s Hope
  • Friday, September 15, 6:30 pm, at Boswell – Walter Dean Myers Award winner Jason Reynolds, author of Patina, the second book in the Track series
  • Tuesday, September 19, 6:30 pm, at Oak Creek Library, 8040 S Sixth St – Family Fun Night with Michael Hall, author and illustrator of Little i
  • Monday, September 25, 6:30 pm, at Boswell – Katherine Rundell, author of Rooftoppers, Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms, and The Explorer
  • Tuesday, September 26, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Kathie Giorgio, author of In Grace’s Time
  • 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.
  • Friday, September 29, 6:00 pm (note time), at Milwaukee Youth Arts Center, 325 W Walnut St – 4Core presents David Barclay Moore, author of The Stars Beneath Our Feet
  • Sunday, October 1, 12:00 pm, at UWM Inova Gallery, 2155 N Prospect Ave – Milwaukee Film Festival presents Ann Hornaday, author of Talking Pictures: How to Watch Movies. This event is free and unticketed.
  • Thursday, October 5, 7:00 pm, at University School of Milwaukee, 2100 W Fairy Chasm Rd in River Hills – Daniel Alarcon, author of Lost City Radio and the forthcoming story collection, The King Is Always Above the People. Registration information to follow.
  • Tuesday, October 24, 3:00 pm, at Ovation Chai Point, 1400 N Prospect Ave – a book club afternoon featuring book recommendations from Daniel Goldin and a presentation from Ronald H. Balson, author of Karolina’s Twins
  • Tuesday, October 24, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Ronald H. Balson, author of The Trust and Once We Were Brothers. Please note the new date.
  • Sunday, October 29, 2:00 pm, at Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, 19805 W Capitol Dr in Mitchell Park – Boswell and Oconomowoc’s Books and Company present a ticketed afternoon with Kate DiCamillo, author of La La La and The Tale of Despereaux. Tickets are $22. Please note there are signing restrictions for this event.
  • Friday, November 3, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Murder + Mayhem Milwaukee preview event with Stephen Mack Jones, author of August Snow and Danny Gardner, author of A Negro and an Ofay
  • Saturday, November 4, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, at the Irish Cultural Center, 2133 W Wisconsin Ave – Murder and Mayhem in Milwaukee, featuring Megan Abbott, Ace Atkins, James Benn, Max Allen Collins, and more. Tickets are $40 and include admission to all programming.
  • Friday, December 8, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – a holiday party with Elizabeth Berg, author of The Story of Arthur Truluv, featuring light refreshments
  • Monday, December 18, 7:00 pm, at Lynden Sculpture Garden, 2145 W Brown Deer Rd in River Hills – The Women’s Speaker Series presents Jennifer Chiaverini, author of Enchantress of Numbers: A Novel of Ada Lovelace. Ticket prices to come, and include a copy of the book. Produced by Milwaukee Reads. More info here.
  • Thursday, February 22, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – The UWM English Department presents the United We Read Student Faculty reading series

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.