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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.


A release party for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts 1 and 2, the new release from J.K. Rowling
Saturday, July 30, 10:00 pm, at Boswell:

Are you brave like Gryffindor or loyal like Hufflepuff? Or perhaps wise like Ravenclaw or cunning as a Slytherin? Come represent your house and show your pride at our Harry Potter and the Cursed Child midnight release party! There will be everything that a witch and wizard could wish for from Trivia to a costume contest-so polish your wands, grab your robes, and join us at Boswarts to experience the magic once again.

The special Save Dobby sock drive is coordinated by the Harry Potter Alliance, Rufus Kingsley chapter. Bring your new or clean socks to Boswell, and we’ll donate them to St. Ben’s Community Meal, one of Milwaukee’s oldest and largest programs serving the homeless.

At midnight, you'll be able to purchase your copy of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts 1 and 2. And yes, you can reserve your copy now.


Where's Waldo Wrap Party
Monday, August 1, 4:00 pm, at Boswell

We've had a great time searching for Waldo around the Mlwaukee area. And now we're gathering together for some activities, refreshments, and a drawing for prizes provided by our Find Waldo Local partners, including Fischbergers and Brass Bell Music. All kids who find Waldo in 10 locations get a button and Boswell Waldo coupon. If you find Waldo in 20 locations, you are entered in the drawing. Some (but not all) prizes will require you attend to win. Please note there is no purchase necessary for these drawings.

A big thank you to all our fellow retailers who participated in the program: Art Smart's Dart Mart, Beans and Barley, Board Game Barrister (Bayshore), Brass Bell Music, Community Bark (Bay View), Downer True Value Hardware, Fischberger Variety (Riverwest), Fyxation Bicycle Company, Goody Courmet, Holey Moley Doughnuts, Hot Pop, Indulgence Chocolatiers (Walkers Point and Shorewood), Little Monsters, Little Read Book , Neihring's Sendiks (Oakland and Downer), Niemann's Candies and Ice Cream, Outpost Natural Foods (Riverwest and Capitol Drive), Purple Door Ice Cream, Red Cap Luggage, Rushmor Records, Sydney b. (Shorewood), Soaps and Scents, The Waxwing, Winknie's,

Susan Damgard O'Brien, author of Butterfly Net
Tuesday, August 2, 7:00 pm, at Boswell

Since before Sigmund Freud, psychologists have been attempting to explain a particularly confounding human phenomenon—how a couple’s relationship, when completely controlled by one member, becomes a mutual love affair. Yet, a consideration normally neglected is—a change requires both participants to experience it. Susan Damgard O’Brien’s Butterfly Net, using psychological principles but in a riveting and totally invented way, attempts to do both.

The story begins with winter break on Katherine Claire Anderson’s northern Wisconsin college campus, where she meets Don Marco de Galindo, a handsome Peruvian. On the Superior campus two years earlier, Marco is prevented from kidnapping the lovely psychology student, but not today. Methodically, as Marco planned, she becomes his. Removed from everything familiar and sane, escape is impossible for Kate. Those who attempt to aid her are ruthlessly removed. Forced to marry the powerful drug lord, Kate is plunged into a lavish, Latin lifestyle on Marco’s multi-acre Miami estate. Their honeymoon in Peru excites and frightens Kate—she lacks nothing except her freedom. Kate copes by doing the unthinkable, falling in love with her captor. As treachery within the Galindo cocaine cartel unravels, Marco comes to recognize the true traitor. Without help, it may be too late to save his family and the woman he had learned to love.

About the Author: A Northern Wisconsin native, UWM graduate and long-time Milwaukeean, Susan Damgard O’Brien has taught college level psychology for the past 22 years. Her background along with frequent visits to Peru, have influenced Susan’s passion for writing. In addition to Butterfly Net, she has published several personal and psychological essays, and short stories.

Thursday, August 4, 6:30 pm, at the Greenfield Public Library, 5310 W Layton Ave

Carol Wall is a woman both resentful of her disease and constantly worried about her health before meeting Giles Owita, a doctor of philosophy of horticulture in his native Kenya who works a variety of jobs when he can't get a teaching position. Mr Owita becomes her gardener and her “friend of virtue,” Aristotle’s phrase for the highest order of friendship, in which the only design is devotion. Carol was diagnosed with breast cancer before she met Mr. Owita and is diagnosed again during their friendship. Over the months which turn into years, Mr. Owita’s calm resolve quenches Carol’s panic. He teaches her not to let illness define her, and she receives a new concept of freedom. Ironically, unknown to Carol until much later, Mr. Owita is battling his own frightening disease.

Initially, Carol wonders if she can work well with Mr. Owita, for she hates flowers, and he is determined not to follow her orders to dig up her azaleas. Instead, he nurtures them into a profusion of blooms. Carol’s aversion to flowers symbolizes her brokenness, but Mr. Owita persists in assisting not only with her yard but with her spirit. Without telling Carol, he plants an abundance of white flowering bulbs. When these daffodils, crocuses, snow drops, and tulips bloom in the spring, Carol is cured from her spiritual malaise and feels a childlike joy among the flowers. “Giles broke me,” she says in recognizing that not only every yard, but every life must have flowers.

About the Author: Carol F. Wall (1951 – 2014) taught high school English in both public and private schools in Tennessee and Virginia. Her articles and essays centering on family life were published in Southern Living Magazine and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Wall was active in the P.E.O. Sisterhood, a philanthropic educational organization that boasts 250,000 members worldwide and provides college scholarships for women. She is survived by her husband Dick Wall, three grown children, and four grandchildren.

Ron Faiola, author of Wisconsin Supper Clubs: Another Round, in conversation with Kyle Cherek, host of Wisconsin Foodie
Monday, August 8, 7:00 pm, at Boswell

Ron Faiola gives readers a peek inside 50 additional clubs from across the Badger State, documenting some of the most exceptional and long-lived restaurants that embrace the decades-old supper club tradition. These are largely family-owned establishments that believe in old-fashioned hospitality, slow-paced dining, and good scratch cooking. In this guide, readers will find interviews with supper club proprietors and customers as well as a bounty of photographs of classic dishes, club interiors, and other scenes from Faiola’s extensive travels.

<Despite the chain restaurants that continue to dominate the culinary landscape, supper clubs across the Midwest are thriving today in many of the same ways as they have for the past 80 years. The term "supper club" has even been borrowed recently by the burgeoning underground restaurant scene, which champions an upscale-yet-communal dining experience similar to that offered by traditional supper clubs. Wisconsin Supper Clubs: Another Round is a new, intimate look at this unique American tradition, one that invites supper club enthusiasts and newcomers alike to enjoy a second helping of everything that made Wisconsin Supper Clubs such a hit.

About the Author: Milwaukee-based Ron Faiola is an author and filmmaker who has produced and directed numerous critically acclaimed documentaries. He is the president and founder of Push Button Gadget Inc., which has been specializing in audio visual and business theater production for nearly 20 years.

Kyle Cherek is host of the Emmy-nominated television show Wisconsin Foodie, currently filming its ninth season on PBS and broadcasting primetime to over 8.2 million households. He sees the Midwest as a font of history, craftsmanship, and artisanal dispositions; all of which are continually pushing national culinary and sustainability trends forward. Kyle has made regular appearances on The Travel Channel and Food Network, and is a frequent media contributor to NPR, CBS, and NBC. His video web series, Chef Talk with Kyle Cherek, features candid, forthright, and often amusing conversations with some of America’s most engaging chefs.

Wednesday, August 10, 6:30 pm, at the Shorewood Public Library, 3920 N Murray Ave

Since pioneering hurdler Alvin Kraenzlein got his start here in the 1890s, the Badger State has nurtured, trained, or schooled more than 400 Olympic athletes in a vast array of sports. Wisconsin’s varied landscape and climate accommodate serious athletes whether they compete on ice, on snow, in the water, or on terra firma. No matter how an athlete comes to Wisconsin, the state becomes part of his or her Olympic story.

In Going for Wisconsin Gold, author Jessie Garcia provides insights into the lives of athletes who grew up or spent time in Wisconsin on their journey to the Olympic Games. She shares some of our competitors’ most captivating tales—from those that have become legend, like Dan Jansen’s heartbreaking falls and subsequent magical gold, to unlikely brushes with glory (do you know which Green Bay Packer was almost an Olympic high jumper?). Featuring the athletes’ personal stories, many of them told here in detail for the first time, plus pictures from their private collections, Going for Wisconsin Gold provides a new and deeper understanding of the sacrifices, joy, pain, heartbreak, and complete dedication it takes to reach the world’s grandest sporting competition.

About the Author: Award winning sportscaster Jessie Garcia has been covering Wisconsin athletes and Olympians since 1992, first at WISCTV in Madison and then at WTMJ-TV in Milwaukee. Garcia was one of the first women in the country to host an NFL coach’s show and served as the Green Bay Packers’ sideline reporter. Garcia’s work has also appeared on Milwaukee Public Radio and in several newspapers and magazines. A Madison native, she teaches journalism at two universities in Milwaukee, and is the author of two previous books, My Life with the Green and Gold and No Stone Unturned.

Thursday, August 11, 7:00 pm, at Boswell

The cost of a college degree has increased by 1,125% since 1978 - four times the rate of inflation. Total student debt is $1.3 trillion. Many private universities charge tuitions ranging from $60-70,000 per year. Nearly 2/3 of all college students must borrow to study, and the average student graduates with more than $30,000 in debt. 53% of college graduates under 25 years old are unemployed or underemployed (working part-time or in low-paying jobs that do not require college degrees). Professors - remember them? - rarely teach undergraduates at many major universities. 76% of all university classes are taught by part-time, untenured faculty. In Fail U., Charles J. Sykes asks, "Is it worth it?"

With chapters exploring the staggering costs of a college education, the sharp decline in tenured faculty and teaching loads, the explosion of administrator jobs, the grandiose building plans (gyms, food courts, student recreation centers), and the increasing prominence of trigger warnings, micro-aggressions, and other forms of trauma sensitivity in university culture, Fail U. concludes by offering a different vision of higher education - one that is affordable, more productive, and better-suited to meet the needs of a diverse range of students.

About the Author: Charles J. Sykes is senior fellow at the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute and a talk show host at WTMJ radio in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. He is the author of seven previous books including A Nation of Victims, Dumbing Down Our Kids, and Profscam.

Journey on a Sound Safari, a kids activity time with Milwaukee Public Television
Sunday, August 14, 2:00 pm, at Boswell

Help the children in your life bridge the summer learning gap. Join MPTV and Boswell Books on a Sound Safari Adventure on August 14, 2 pm at Boswell Books. Pick up your summer reading chart at Boswell Books,  keep track of your summer reading, and then celebrate your success with an afternoon of adventure. The event is free and open to the public. Best for ages 4 to 8.

The highlight of this program will be a Sound Safari. MPTV’s Julie will play a series of sound effects and kids guess what the sounds are. We’ll talk about places and the sounds we hear there and how sound is different in different places. The forest doesn’t sound like a swimming pool! Together we'll make a sound-effect rainstorm, and then we’ll discuss how when you read, you have to imagine the sounds in the books. And that’s how reading inspires our imagination!


Wednesday, August 17, 7:00 pm, at Boswell

In the mid-nineteenth century, New Bedford, Massachusetts was the whaling capital of the world. A half-gallon of sperm oil cost approximately $1,400 in today’s dollars, and whale populations were hunted to near extinction for profit. But with the advent of fossil fuels, the whaling industry collapsed, and today, the area around New Bedford is instead known as one of the best places in the world for whale watching. According to President/CEO of The Humane Society of the United States Wayne Pacelle, this transformation is emblematic of a new sort of economic revolution, one that has the power to transform the future of animal welfare. His new book, The Humane Economy, explores how our everyday economic decisions impact the survival and wellbeing of animals, and how we can make choices that better support them.

Per Pacelle, though most of us have never harpooned a sea creature, clubbed a seal, or killed an animal for profit, we are all part of an interconnected web that has a tremendous impact on animal welfare, and the decisions we make—whether supporting local, not industrial, farming; adopting a rescue dog or a shelter animal instead one from a puppy mill; avoiding products that compromise the habitat of wild species; or even seeing Cirque du Soleil instead of a traditional circus—do matter. The Humane Economy argues that what we do every day as consumers can benefit animals, the environment, and human society, and why these decisions can make economic sense as well.

About the Author: During his more than twenty years with The Humane Society of the United States, including a decade as president and CEO, Wayne Pacelle has played a leading role in transforming the organization, the nation’s largest animal protection charity, into a dynamic public force and voice for all animals. He was named an Executive of the Year by NonProfit Times in 2005 for his leadership in responding to the Hurricane Katrina crisis. A graduate of Yale University, he is also author of The Bond.

Jack Mitchell, author of Wisconsin on the Air: 100 Years of Public Broadcasting in the State That Invented It, in conversation with Kathleen Dunn of Wisconsin Public Radio
Thursday, August 18, 7.00 pm, at Boswell

On a wintry evening in 1917, university professor Earle Terry listened with guests as the popular music of the day filtered from a physics laboratory in Science Hall into a receiving set in his living room. Little did they know that one hundred years of public service broadcasting had just begun. Terry’s radio experiment blossomed into a pioneering endeavor to carry out the Wisconsin Idea, a promise to make the university’s knowledge accessible to all Wisconsinites, in their homes, statewide, a Progressive-era principle that still guides public broadcasting in Wisconsin and throughout the nation. In 1947, television was added to this model, produced from the University of Wisconsin Campus.

A history one hundred years in the making, Wisconsin on the Air introduces readers to the personalities and philosophies, the funding challenges and legislation, the original Wisconsin programming and pioneering technology that gave us public radio and television. Author Jack Mitchell, who developed All Things Considered for NPR before becoming the head of Wisconsin Public Radio, deftly maps public broadcasting’s hundred-year journey by charting Wisconsin’s transition from the early days of radio and television to educational broadcasting to the news, information, and music of Wisconsin Public Radio and Wisconsin Public Television.

About the Author: Jack Mitchell, PhD, led Wisconsin Public Radio from 1976 till 1997, initiating the transition from educational radio to WPR. Mitchell was the first employee of National Public Radio, where he was instrumental in developing the groundbreaking newsmagazine All Things Considered. He received the two highest honors in public radio: the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s Edward R. Murrow Award and the Edward Elson National Public Radio Distinguished Service Award. Mitchell joined the faculty of the UW-Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication in 1998. He is the author of Listener Supported: The Culture and History of Public Radio.

About Kathleen Dunn: Dunn’s first job in radio was at a small station in North Carolina. Then after 18 years at Milwaukee’s WTMJ, she came to Wisconsin Public Radio in 1993. Dunn has a deep interest in the news of the day, world affairs, arts and culture. "And," she adds, "I look forward to conversations with people in humanities who help make our lives worth living."

Beverly Little Thunder, author of One Bead at a Time
Friday, August 19, 7:00 pm, at Boswell

One Bead at a Time is the oral memoir of Beverly Little Thunder, a two-spirit Lakota Elder from Standing Rock. Little Thunder has lived most of her life in service to Indigenous and non-Indigenous women in vast areas of both the United States and Canada. Transcribed and edited by two-spirit Métis writer Sharron Proulx-Turner, Little Thunder’s narrative is told verbatim, with her melodious voice and keen sense of humor almost rising off the page.

Early in her story, Little Thunder recounts a dream from her early adulthood, “I stared at these lily pads for the longest time and I decided that there was one part of the pond that had lots of lily pads and no frogs. I said, ‘I want to go there because there’s lots of lily pads but no frogs and I like creating community.’” And create community she does. Little Thunder established the first, and today, the only all-women’s Sundance in the world, securing a land base in the Green Mountains of Vermont for future generations of Indigenous women’s ceremony. She was active in the A.I.M. movement and she continues to practice and promote political and spiritual awareness for Indigenous women around the world.

About the Author: Beverly Little Thunder, Lakota Elder, and women's activist, is a member of the Standing Rock Lakota Band from North Dakota. When she was forced to leave her Spiritual community because she was a lesbian, Beverly founded the Women's Sundance over 20 years ago to continue teaching the traditions and ceremonies of her heritage, including sweat lodge, talking circles, vision quests, and spiritual counseling.

Michael Bowen, author of Damage Control
Tuesday, August 23, 7:00 pm, at Boswell

When shadowy gray market hustler and aspiring crony capitalist Jerzy Schroeder is murdered while Josie Kendall is hitting him up for a million dollars to help him cash in on alternative energy funding, the police suspect her of adultery and her husband, Rafe, of homicide. Josie, who works for Majority Values Coalition, an activist fundraising organization, is a new but passionate DC player. Suave Rafe, long a Washington insider, also long a widower, is passionate about Josie. He’s on a new track as a literary agent and supporting Josie’s how-Washington-works learning curve. For Josie and Rafe, this isn't a murder investigation but a political damage-control problem. They attack the issue with an array of finely tuned skills: strategic leaks, manipulation of the media, judicious use of inside information, and a flexible attitude toward the truth - plus the assistance of Josie's Uncle Darius, a veteran spin doctor with surprising connections, who - luckily - is out on parole.

They'll need a full arsenal, since, as one capital insider points out, "A damage control strategy that hasn't succeeded within thirty days has failed." Along the way, Josie, juggling plot lines, will have to decide whether there are ethical lines that even she won't cross. A proposal from Schroeder's ex-wife, Ann DeHoin, known as “The Gray Lady,” thanks to her wardrobe, shows Josie that she was (and probably still is) being gamed. To what end? The priority here is to figure out what the game is before the body count rises, while staying on mission at MVC, which gets money from people committed to a cause, spends part of it promoting that cause through channels like running ads, and keeps the rest. In this contemporary House of Cards scenario, determining who actually murdered Schroeder is a low-priority problem but Josie manages to do that as well. It's all in a day's (well, thirty days') work.

About the Author: Michael Bowen is a graduate of Harvard Law School with a passion for politics going back to his pre-teens. His earlier D.C.-based series, beginning with 1990's Washington Deceased and continuing through Collateral Damage, focused on retired Foreign Service Officer Richard Michaelson. Josie Kendall is as different from Michaelson as contemporary Washington is from the capital as it was 25 years ago. Now retired from Foley and Lardner, where he was a litigation attorney, Bowen lives in Fox Point, Wisconsin with his wife, Sara Bowen, also a Harvard Law School graduate and an occasional lecturer on Jane Austen.

Michail Takach, author of LGBT Milwaukee
Thursday, August 25, 7:00 pm, at Boswell
This event is cosponsored by Outwords Books, Gifts, and Coffee

For a medium-size Rust Belt city with German Protestant roots, Milwaukee was an unlikely place for gay and lesbian culture to bloom before the Stonewall Riots. It is said there were 36 gay bars already open in Milwaukee before Stonewall, a number matched only by New York and San Francisco. However, Milwaukee eventually had as many--if not more--known LGBTQ gathering places as Minneapolis or Chicago, ranging from the back rooms of the 1960s to the video bars of the 1980s to the guerrilla gay bars of today.

Over the past 75 years, people in the LGBT community have experienced tremendous social change in America. Gay and lesbian culture, once considered a twilight world that could not be spoken of in daylight, has become today’s rainbow families, marriage equality victories, and record-breaking pride celebrations. In this latest entry in the Arcadia Images of America series, Milwaukee Pride communications director curates more than 150 colorful images, many of which have never been previously published.

LGBT Milwaukee has a forward by Don Schamb, who was a driving force in the founding of the Milwaukee AIDS Project (now ARCW), has served on the boards of Milwaukee Gamma and the Cream City Foundation, and is now active in creating the Milwaukee LGBT History Project. All author proceeds from LGBT Milwaukee will benefit Milwaukee Pride, a 501c3 nonproft dedicated to year-round local LGBTQ history education programs.

About the Author: As a lifelong Milwaukeean, Michail Takach became fascinated with its nightlife culture, venues, and neighborhoods at a young age and has committed himself to researching and documenting those stories not told in history books. As the communications director for Milwaukee Pride, Inc., Takach has supported the ongoing celebration of LGBTQ culture and community through education, outreach, and advocacy since 2010.

Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, author of Ten Ways Not to Commit Suicide: A Memoir
Saturday, August 27, 7:00 pm, at Boswell

As one third of the legendary rap group Run-D.M.C., Darryl “DMC” McDaniels—aka Legendary MC, The Devastating Mic Controller, and the King of Rock—had it all: talent, money, fame, prestige. While hitting #1 on the Billboard charts was exhilarating, the group’s success soon became overwhelming. A creative guy who enjoyed being at home alone or with his family, DMC turned to alcohol to numb himself, a retreat that became an addiction. For years, he went through the motions. But in 1997, when intoxication could no longer keep the pain at bay, he plunged into severe depression and became suicidal. But he wasn’t alone. During the same period, suicide became the number three leading cause of death among black people - a health crisis that continues to this day.

In this memoir, DMC speaks openly about his emotional and psychological struggles and the impact on his life, and addresses the many reasons that led him—and thousands of others—to consider suicide. Some of the factors include not being true to who you are, feelings of loneliness, isolation, and alienation, and a lack of understanding and support from friends and family when it’s needed most. He also provides essential information on resources for getting help. Revealing how even the most successful people can suffer from depression, DMC offers inspiration for everyone in pain—information and insight that he hopes can help save other lives.

Praise from Queen Latifah: "Darryl DMC McDaniels is a deeply-talented artist who has much to teach us. I applaud his courage and compassion in sharing his personal story. Ten Ways Not To Commit Suicide is an inspiring read for all audiences."

About the Author: Darryl McDaniels “DMC” made his start in the music business with the groundbreaking rap group Run-D.M.C., which he founded with Joseph (Rev. Run) Simmons and the late, great Jason (Jam Master Jay) Mizell. The multi-platinum music group has sold more than thirty million singles and albums worldwide, and has had a major influence on popular culture, transforming Rap and Hip Hop into the most popular music in the world and building a fan base that rivals the biggest acts in Rock ’n’ Roll. He lives in New York City.


Stories and activities with Lisa Moser, author of Stories from Bug Garden
Sunday, August 28, 2:00 pm, at Boswell

What may appear to be an abandoned garden is actually home to an unusual array of insects. Meet a ladybug who prefers making mud angels to acting like a lady, a roly-poly bug who loves to roll (“wa-hoo!”), a cricket who dreams of grand adventures, and a whole neighborhood of bugs gazing up at a fireworks show of flowers bursting into bloom. These inviting vignettes are sure to have readers seeing bugs in a whole new light.

Join us for an afternoon of bug related poetry and activities with Wisconsin’s own Lisa Moser. We’ve been having so much fun selling this book since spring, and decided we absolutely had to do more to let you know about it. It’s summer now when you take bugs for granted, but in January, you’ll be thinking about dragonflies and crickets and grasshoppers and Stories from Bug Garden can be your memory book.

About the Author: Lisa Moser is the author of the early readers The Monster in the Backpack and Squirrel’s Fun Day as well as many picture books, including Kisses on the Wind, and the sadly now out-of-print Railroad Hank. She lives in Grafton.

A mini science fiction convention with Mary Robinette Kowal, author of Ghost Talkers and Ada Palmer, author of Too Like the Lightning
Wednesday, August 31, 7:00 pm, at Boswell

Join two beacons of the science fiction and fantasy world, Ada Palmer and Mary Robinette Kowal, for a spirited conversation about their new books, writing, and who knows what else? It’s like having a science fiction and fantasy convention back in Milwaukee, only a really tiny one. Boswell-con, anyone?

Having just completed her Glamourist Histories cycle, Chicago’s Mary Robinette Kowal offers up Ghost Talkers, a just-released novel featuring the mysterious spirit corps and their heroic work in World War I. Ginger Stuyvesant, an American heiress living in London during World War I, is engaged to Captain Benjamin Hartshorne, an intelligence officer. Ginger is a medium for the Spirit Corps, a special Spiritualist force. Each soldier heading for the front is conditioned to report to the mediums of the Spirit Corps when they die so the Corps can pass instant information about troop movements to military intelligence. When Ginger, one of the Corps, discovers a traitor, the top brass thinks she's imagining things. But she most definitely is not.

From Ada Palmer, we present the first book of Terra Ignota, a four-book political SF epic set in a human future of extraordinary originality. Palmer has created a hard-won uptopian world built on technologically created abundance and the complex and mandatory systems of labelling all public writing and speech, with normal gender distinctions now distinctly taboo, and economic and cultural competition carefully managed by central planners. In this world is Mycroft Canner, a convict. For his crimes he is required, as is the custom of the 25th century, to wander the world being as useful as he can to all he meets. He meets Carlyle Foster, a sensayer - a spiritual counselor in a world that has outlawed the public practice of religion, but which also knows that the inner lives of humans cannot be wished away. But there's another player in this story, a young boy, who could destabilize the system with his strange power to animate objects. As Hugo and Nebula winner Jo Walton writes of Too Like the Lightning: "Lots of books can knock you over and leave you reeling and dazzled when you're fifteen, but it takes something special to do the same thing to you at fifty."

About the authors: Mary Robinette Kowal is the 2008 recipient of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, a multiple Hugo winner, and a frequent finalist for the Nebula and Locus Awards. A professional puppeteer and voice actor, she spent five years touring nationally with puppet theaters. She lives in Chicago with her husband Rob and nine manual typewriters.

Ada Palmer is a professor in the history department of the University of Chicago, specializing in Renaissance history and the history of ideas. Her first nonfiction book, Reading Lucretius in the Renaissance, was published in 2014 by Harvard University Press. She is also a composer of folk and Renaissance-tinged a capella music, most of which she performs with the group Sassafrass. She writes about history for a popular audience at exurbe.com and about SF and fantasy-related matters at Tor.com.

More Upcoming Events

  • Thursday, September 15, 7:00 pm, at Boswell - Lawrence Kessenich , author of Cinnamon Girl
  • 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
  • Tuesday, October 4, 7:00 pm, at Boswell - Robert Olen Butler , author of Perfume River and A Good Scent From a Strange Mountain
  • , October 7, 7:00 pm, at Boswell - Margot Livesey, author of Mercury and The Flight of Gemma Hardy
  • Friday, October 14, 7:00 pm, at Boswell - Phyllis Piano, author of Hostile Takeover
  • Tuesday, October 18, 7:00 pm, at Boswell - a ticketed event with Jennifer Weiner, author of  Hungry Heart: Adventures in Life, Love, and Writing, in conversation with Jim Higgins of the Journal Sentinel. Tickets are $28, include admission and a copy of the book, and will be available at Brown Paper Tickets on July 15.
  • Wednesday, October 19, 7:00 pm, at Boswell - a ticketed event with Ann Patchett, author of Commonwealth, in conversation with Jane Hamilton. Tickets are $28, include admission and a copy of the book, and will be available at Brown Paper Tickets on July 15.
  • 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
  • Sunday, October 23, 3:00 pm, at Boswell - Antoine Laurain, author of French Rhapsody, The President's Hat, and The Red Notebook, cosponsored by Alliance Française
  • Monday, October 24, 6:30 pm, at Greenfield Performing Arts Center, 4800 S 60th St - Dav Pilkey, author of  Dog Man, and the Captain Underpants series, and more, cosponsored by Greenfield Public Library and the Greenfield School District
  • 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 Kristi Belcamino, Lou Berne, Cara Black, Stephen Blackmore, Dana Cameron, Matthew Clemons, Blake Crouch, Meg Gardiner, Heather Graham, Alex Grecian, Timothy Hallinan, Chris Holm, Joe Lansdale, Jess Lourey, Lisa Lutz, David Morrell, Daniel Palmer, Sara Paretsky, Brad Parks, Nicholas Petrie, Bryon Quertermous, Janet Reid, Todd Robinson, Marcus Sakey, Tom Schreck, Alex Segura, Johnny Shaw, 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.