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The Lynden Sculpture Garden Women’s Speakers Series presents Rosen with her novel about the rivalry between the Astors and the Vanderbilts during the Gilded Age. Cosponsored by Milwaukee Reads and Boswell Book Company.
Tickets are $5, or upgrade to book-with-ticket for $17. Taxes and fees not included. Shipping is available for an additional cost as well. A portion of each admission is donated back to the Lynden Sculpture Garden. Purchase your tickets and find more information at rosenlynden.eventbrite.com.
In the glittering world of Manhattan's upper crust, where wives turn a blind eye to husbands' infidelities, and women have few rights and even less independence, society is everything. The more celebrated the hostess, the more powerful the woman. And none is more powerful than Caroline Astor - the Mrs. Astor.
But times are changing. Alva Vanderbilt has recently married into one of America's richest families. But what good is money when society refuses to acknowledge you? When it carries on just as it has done for generations? Alva, who knows what it is to have nothing, will do whatever it takes to have everything. Sweeping three decades and based on true events, this gripping novel follows these two women as they try to outdo and outsmart each other at every turn. As Caroline comes closer to defeat and Alva closer to victory, both will make surprising discoveries about themselves and what's truly at stake.
Renée Rosen is the bestselling author of Park Avenue Summer, Windy City Blues, and White Collar Girl. She is also the author of the YA novel Every Crooked Pot.
The Woman’s Club of Wisconsin and Boswell Book Company present a special daytime event with social historian Judith Flanders. Her new book, which tells the story of how the alphabet ordered our world, has been named a Times (UK) Best Book of 2020.
Click right here to register for this virtual event now! And purchase your copy of A Place for Everything from Boswell as well.
Flanders has written the first-ever history of alphabetization, from the Library of Alexandria to Wikipedia. The story of alphabetical order has been shaped by some of history's most compelling characters, such as industrious and enthusiastic early adopter Samuel Pepys and dedicated alphabet champion Denis Diderot. But though even George Washington was a proponent, many others stuck to older forms of classification - Yale listed its students by their family's social status until 1886. And yet, while the order of the alphabet now rules - libraries, phone books, reference books, even the order of entry for the teams at the Olympic Games - it has remained curiously invisible.
With abundant inquisitiveness and wry humor, Flanders traces the triumph of alphabetical order and offers a compendium of Western knowledge, from A to Z. From The New York Times: "Fascinating... A Place for Everything rewards us with a fresh take on our quest to stockpile knowledge. It feels particularly relevant now that search engines are rendering old ways of organizing information obsolete...That we have acquired so much knowledge is astounding; that we have devised ways to find what we need to know quickly is what merits this original and impressive book."
Judith Flanders is author of the bestselling The Invention of Murder, Inside the Victorian Home, and The Victorian City. She is senior research fellow at the University of Buckingham, as well as a frequent contributor to the Sunday Telegraph, the Guardian, and the Wall Street Journal.
Boswell and Books & Company are getting together virtually to host Wisconsin author Larry Watson for a special conversation about summer reading. They’ll chat about summer reading, including Watson's new-in-paperback The Lives of Edie Prichard. Watson is an author and a voracious reader, so expect great book recommendations from everyone, plus a special literary salute to Montana.
Click here to register for this virtual event, broadcast via Zoom. And order your paperback copy of The Lives of Edie Pritchard right here from Boswell Book Company, or right here from Books & Company of Oconomowoc.
From Christine Brunkhorst in the Star Tribune: “This is a fast and compelling read, sparse and dusty as the open plain. Watson’s journey is a sensory one, taking us down rippling highways and across weedy fields into basement rec rooms and out into shadowy sunsets. Though some scenes are gritty, the novel’s dialogue and imagery awaken our senses and prove once again that when depicting small-town life in the West, Larry Watson is crushing it.” And from Publishers Weekly: “Like in the best works of Richard Ford and Elizabeth Strout, Watson shows off a keen eye for regional details, a pitch-perfect ear for dialogue, and an affinity for sharp characterization. This triptych is richly rewarding.”
Here’s a little more about the book, a multigenerational story of the West told through the history of one woman trying to navigate life on her own terms. Edie always worked hard. She worked as a teller at a bank, she worked to save her first marriage, and later, she worked to raise her daughter even as her second marriage came apart. Really, Edie just wanted a good life, but everywhere she turned, her looks defined her. It’s been a lifetime of proving that she is allowed to exist in her own sphere. The Lives of Edie Pritchard tells the story of one woman just trying to be herself, even as multiple men attempt to categorize and own her.
Larry Watson is the author of ten critically acclaimed books, including the bestselling Montana 1948. His essays and book reviews have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and other periodicals. He lives in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Edgar nominee Ashley Weaver chats about her delightful new WWII-Era mystery novel, which is set in England and full of spies, murder, romance, and wit, with Milwaukee’s Erica Ruth Neubauer, author of the dashing Jane Wunderly historical mystery series.
Click right here to register now for this virtual event. And order a copy of A Peculiar Combination for 20% off list price now, too. Ask for your signed bookplate.
Electra McDonnell has always known that the way she and her family earn their living is slightly outside of the law. Breaking into the homes of the rich and picking the locks on their safes may not be condoned by British law enforcement, but World War II is in full swing, Ellie's cousins are off fighting against Hitler, and Uncle Mick's more honorable business as a locksmith can't pay the bills any more.
So when Uncle Mick receives a tip about a safe full of jewels in the empty house of a wealthy family, he and Ellie can’t resist. All goes as planned - until the pair are caught redhanded. Ellie expects them to be taken straight to prison, but instead they are delivered to a large townhouse, where government official Major Ramsey is waiting with an offer: either Ellie agrees to help him break into a safe and retrieve blueprints that will be critical to the British war effort, before they can be delivered to a German spy, or he turns her over to the police.
Ashley Weaver is author of the Amory Ames series, which includes novels such as A Deception at Thornecrest, A Most Novel Revenge, and A Dangerous Engagement. She works as the technical services coordinator at the Allen Parish Libraries in Oberlin, Louisiana. Milwaukee’s Erica Ruth Neubauer is author of Murder at Wedgefield Manor and Murder at the Mena House. She’s a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America.
Boswell presents an evening with Angeline Boulley, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, Firekeeper's Daughter, which NPR called "a powerhouse of a debut." For this special event, Boulley will be in conversation with Margaret Noodin, UWM Professor, Director of Electa Quinney Institute, and author of the Boswell bestseller, What the Chickadee Knows. This event will be a celebration of young adult literature, poetry, and the Anishinaabemowin language.
Click here to register for this virtual event. And be sure to purchase your copy of Boulley and Noodin’s books from Boswell, too!
Boulley’s book, a Reese Witherspoon X Hello Sunshine Book Club YA Pick is soon to be adapted at Netflix for TV by the Obama’s production company, Higher Ground. This is a groundbreaking YA thriller about a Native teen who must root out the corruption in her community, perfect for readers of Angie Thomas and Tommy Orange.
Noodin’s poetry collection is a gesture toward a future that includes Anishinaabemowin and other indigenous languages seeing growth and revitalization. This bilingual collection includes Anishinaabemowin and English, with the poems mirroring one another on facing pages. Boswell’s Tim McCarthy says, “It's a literary gift to suddenly find profound inspiration.”
Angeline Boulley, an enrolled member of the Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, is a storyteller who writes about her Ojibwe community in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. She is a former Director of the Office of Indian Education at the U.S. Department of Education. Margaret Noodin is Professor of English and American Indian studies at the UWM, where she is Associate Dean of the Humanities. She is the author of Bawaajimo: A Dialect of Dreams in Anishinaabe Language and Literature and Weweni, a collection of bilingual poems in Anishinaabemowin and English.
Lana Bastašić, the 2020 European Union Prize for Literature winner, chats about her debut novel, Catch the Rabbit, a story of estranged friends who take a road trip through post-war Bosnia and into their illusive shared history. In conversation with Chris Lee of Boswell, who says: “A heart-wrenching, wondrous book. Prepare to be split in two – WOW!”
Click right here right now to register for this virtual Zoom event. And order your copy of Catch the Rabbit right now for 10% off list price.
This powerful debut is an emotionally rich excavation of the complicated friendship between two women in a fractured, post-war Bosnia. Catch the Rabbit is something like Lewis Carroll meeting Elena Ferrante in a Balkan wonderland. Here’s Chris’s take: “More than a decade ago, Sara left Bosnia, never to return. Now, drawn back by a long-lost childhood friend, she’s on a road trip through the Western Balkans, her own past, and a landscape scarred by social and political violence. Bastašić wrestles questions of obligation and understanding into one woman’s deeply personal reckoning. It’s a story of how a person can misunderstand her friend and herself and then be completely wrecked and rebuilt as she grows to a new understanding of her world.” And from Publishers Weekly: "This unforgettable tour de force surprises at every turn."
It's been twelve years since inseparable childhood friends Lejla and Sara have spoken, but an unexpected phone call thrusts Sara back into a world she left behind, a language she's buried, and painful memories that rise unbidden to the surface. Embarking on a road trip from Bosnia to Vienna in search of Lejla's exiled brother Armin, the two travel down the rabbit hole of their shared past and question how they've arrived at their present, disparate realities.
Lana Bastašić is a Yugoslav-born writer, and Catch the Rabbit was shortlisted for the 2019 NIN award. She majored in English and holds a master's degree in cultural studies.
Grammy-winning musician Richard Marx, the songwriter behind #1 Billboard chart hits such as "Right Here Waiting" and "Hold On to the Nights" for a conversation about his new memoir, Stories to Tell, which offers an enlightening, entertaining look at his life and career. Marx will be in conversation with Duff McKegan, the multi-instrumentalist and founding bass player for Guns N Roses.
Tickets available here at marxmke.eventbrite.com. Each ticket costs $24.30 plus tax and ticket fee and includes admission for one device to the event and a copy of Stories to Tell. Books can be picked up at Boswell, or shipped for an extra fee. This event is presented in partnership with Anderson's Bookshop of Naperville and Downers Grove, IL and Left Bank Books of St. Louis, MO.
Richard Marx’s self-titled 1987 album went triple platinum, and his follow-up, 1989’s Repeat Offender, went quadruple platinum. He has written fourteen number one songs in total, shared a Song of the Year Grammy with Luther Vandross, and collaborated with artists such as NSYNC, Natalie Cole, and Keith Urban.
In his memoir, Marx looks back on his life and career, revealing stories about musicians like Kenny Rogers, Olivia Newton-John, and the trials and tribulations of the hair metal band Vixen. Yet amid the celebrity encounters, Marx offers a more sobering assessment of the music business as he’s experienced it over four decades - the greedy executives, grueling tour schedules, and the reward of connecting with thousands of fans at sold-out shows. He also provides an illuminating look at his songwriting process and talks honestly about how his personal life has inspired his work.
Richard Marx has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, is the only male artist whose first seven singles reached the Top 5 on the Billboard charts, and has written on a number one single in each of the last four decades - an accolade previously only reached by Michael Jackson. He won a 2004 Song of the Year Grammy and has scored fourteen number-one singles, both as a performer and as a songwriter/producer. Duff McKagan is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and founding member of bands such as Guns N Roses and Velvet Revolver. He's also written online columns for Seattle Weekly, Playboy, and ESPN as well as a memoir titled It's So Easy: And Other Lies.
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