Did you miss one of our virtual or hybrid events? Fear not! We hit the record button. Below you'll find a selection of video recordings of our most recent virtual events. Looking to dig a little further into the past? Click right here to visit the Boswell Book Company Youtube page and browse all of the events we've recorded - there's more than a hundred of them! Thanks for visiting, and enjoy.
Jonathan Lee joins us for a conversation about his latest novel, The Great Mistake, now out in paperback - an exultant novel of New York City at the turn of the twentieth century, about one man's rise to fame and fortune, and his mysterious murder. In conversation with Chris Lee of Boswell. Recorded on May 24, 2022.
Boswell presents an evening with Steve Almond, author of All the Secrets of the World, a triumph of storytelling powered by a central theme: the perilous disconnect between those who control or abuse systems of power and the individuals who are at the losing end of the power dynamic. In conversation with independent journalist, critic and filmmaker Mary Louise Schumacher. Recorded on May 23, 2022.
Boswell Book Company and Porchlight Book Company present an evening with Chloé Cooper Jones to discuss Easy Beauty, a groundbreaking memoir about disability, motherhood, and a journey to far-flung places in search of a new way of seeing and being seen. In conversation with Sally Haldorson, Managing Director of Porchlight. Recorded on May 16, 2022.
Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, chats about his new book, It Could Happen Here, an impassioned argument about the terrifying path that America finds itself on today and how we can save ourselves. In conversation with Paul Schmitz, author of Everyone Leads. Recorded on May 10, 2022.
Michael Benson, author of many books on mafia and organized crime history, visits Boswell virtually for a presentation on his latest, which explores the history of the rise of Nazi sympathizers in the lead up to World War II and the Jewish gangsters who fought back.
The first in-person Readings from Oconomowaukee presents an evening with Michelle Huneven, author of Search, a sharp and funny novel of a congregational search committee, told as a memoir with recipes. In conversation with Daniel Goldin of Boswell and Lisa Baudoin of Books & Company. Recorded on May 4, 2022.
Don Lee, author of Yellow and Lonesome Lies Before Us, visits us virtually for a conversation with Liam Callanan about The Partit
Boswell Book Company presents an evening with Jennifer Close, author of Marrying the Ketchups, an irresistible comedy of manners about three generations of a Chicago restaurant family and the deep-fried, beer-battered, cream cheese-frosted love that feeds them all. In conversation with Lauren Fox. Recorded on April 29, 2021.
Jeff Deutsch, author, bookseller, and director of Chicago's Seminary Co-op Bookstores, stops by to discuss In Praise of Good Bookstores, an eloquent and charming reflection on the singular importance of bookstores. In conversation with Boswell proprietor Daniel Goldin. Recorded on April 25, 2021.
Mary Helen Stefaniak, author of novels such as the Milwaukee-set The Turk and My Mother and The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia joins us for a conversation about her latest, in which a virtual reality game and a mysterious death turn the world of a nursing home and the lives of its residents upside down. In conversation with Valerie Laken, UWM Professor of English. Recorded on April 21, 2022.
Boswell Book Company and Porchlight Book Company join forces to bring you a conversation with Susan Cain, author of the super-mega-bestselling book-turned-movement Quiet. Cain chats about Bittersweet, her new book that contemplates the benefits of a bittersweet outlook on life. In conversation with Sally Haldorson of Porchlight. Recorded on April 20, 2022.
Peng Shepherd, author of The Book of M, joins us for a conversation about her new novel, The Cartographers, a highly imaginative thriller about a young woman who discovers that a strange map in her deceased father’s belongings holds an incredible, deadly secret. In conversation with Jim Higgins, Books & Arts Editor of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Boswellians love this book! Recorded on April 18, 2022.
Readings from Oconomowaukee presents an evening with Kim Fay, author of Love & Saffron, a witty and tender novel follows two women in 1960s America as they discover that food really does connect us all, and that friendship and laughter are the best medicine. In conversation with Daniel Goldin of Boswell Book Company and Lisa Baudoin of Books & Company. Recorded on April 6, 2022.
Lee Kravetz, author of acclaimed acclaimed nonfiction, visits for a chat about his first novel, which explores the period of promise and tragedy that marked the writing of Sylvia Plath and the creation of her classic, semi-autobiographical novel, The Bell Jar. In conversation with Christina Clancy, author of Shoulder Season. Recorded on March 31, 2022.
Boswell Book Company presents a virtual evening with Stewart O'Nan for Ocean State, a crushing, beautifully written, and profoundly compelling novel about sisters, mothers, and daughters, and the terrible things love makes us do. In conversation with Boswell's Chris Lee. Recorded on April 5, 2021.
Milwaukee author visits for a celebration of the release of the third book in her wonderful Jane Wunderly historical mystery series, Danger on the Atlantic, which finds Jane searching for spies aboard a trans-Atlantic ocean liner. In conversation with Tim Hennessy, editor of Milwaukee Noir. Recorded on March 29, 2022.
Deborah Cohen visits for a conversation about her latest book, Last Call at the Hotel Imperial, an account of a close-knit band of wildly famous American reporters who, in the run-up to World War II, took on dictators and rewrote the rules of modern journalism. In conversation with UW-Madison Professor Emeritus Lewis A Friedland. Recorded on March 27, 2022.
Boswell Book Company and Porchlight join forces to host scholar and author Lillian Faderman for a discussion of her latest book, Woman, which offers a comprehensive history of the struggle to define womanhood in America, from the seventeenth to the twenty-first century. In conversation with Sally Haldorson, Managing Director of Porchlight Book Company. Recorded on March 23, 2022.
Winner of the 2021 Prix Goncourt, Hervé Le Tellier chats about The Anomaly, his mysterious, genre-defying novel of fate and air travel. In conversation with Daniel Goldin of Boswell and Anne Leplae of Alliance Française de Milwaukee, our event cohost. Recorded on March 22, 2022.
Boswell and Schlitz Audubon Nature Center present an afternoon with Oliver Milman, author of The Insect Crisis, a portrait of a crisis that threatens to upend the workings of our collective history. In conversation with Dr. Sue Stuart-Smith. Recorded on March 16, 2021.
Daily Beast reporter Kelly Weill joins us for a conversation about her new book, Off the Edge, a fascinating history of the Flat Earth movement and a look at the recent boom in conspiratorial thinking in America. In conversation, host of BETA on WPR, our event cosponsor. Recorded on March 15, 2022.
New York Times bestselling author Karen Joy Fowler talks about her latest, Booth, an epic and intimate novel about the family behind one of the most infamous figures in American history: John Wilkes Booth. In conversation with Wisconsin's Jane Hamilton. Recorded on October 29, 2021.
Author Nancy Johnson is featured in the March, 2022 edition of Readings from Oconomowaukee, the event series that puts writers in conversation with bookstore proprietors Daniel Goldin of Boswell and Lisa Baudoin of Books & Company. Recorded on March 9, 2022.
Author Kevin Barry joins Daniel Goldin of Boswell and Patrick Fitzgibbons of Celtic MKE to discuss That Old Country Music, a collection of short stories of rural Ireland in the classic Irish mode: full of love (and sex), melancholy and magic, bedecked in some of the most gorgeous prose being written today. Recorded on March 3, 2022.
Boswell joins forces with Anderson's Bookshops of Illinois to host bestselling author Lauren Kate for a conversation about her novel By Any Other Name, an enemies-to-lovers publishing-world romance. In conversation with Rachel Copeland of Boswell, our romance book club leader, and Danielle Dresser of Anderson's, who writes under the name Danielle Jackson, and has a forthcoming novel titled The Accidental Pinup. Recorded on March 1, 2022.
Boswell and Books & Company host Lan Samantha Chang for a conversation about her latest novel, set in Wisconsin, that reimagines Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov in the confines of Chinese restaurant. In conversation with Change-rae Lee. Recorded on February 24, 2022.
Katherine May, New York Times bestselling author of Wintering, joins Boswell and Porchlight Book Company to discuss The Electricity of Every Living Thing, a life-affirming exploration of wild landscapes, what it means to be different and, above all, how we can all learn to make peace with our own unquiet minds. In conversation with Porchlight's Managing Director Sally Haldorson.