Welcome to Boswell Book Company's website!

For our tenth year, we have a commemorative logo, featuring a very special toad playing the part of James Boswell. For those who like to know these things, James Boswell has been the face of a Milwaukee bookstore since 1973 and the children's book that inspired this illustration was the favorite of more than one generation of the Harry W. Schwartz family. We're honored to carry on the tradition of storefront bookselling in Milwaukee.

We bet you want to know where we are and how to get a hold of us. Our address is 2559 N Downer Ave, on the same block as the Downer Theatre, up the bluff from Lincoln Memorial Drive. We're north of Ascension Columbia St. Mary's Hospital and south of UWM. We're about three miles northeast of downtown Milwaukee, located on the MCTS Gold Line.

Our phone is (414) 332-1181. If you like old phone trivia, 332 is the old EDgewood exchange. Our general email is info@boswellbooks.com. This is for special orders, upcoming event info, or other questions you may have. 

We're open 10 am to 9 pm from Monday through Saturday, and 10 am to 6 pm on Sunday. We're closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas, and have limited hours on several other holidays. In addition, we sometimes close early for ticketed in-store events.

Our site search engine is not as good as some of our well-financed online competitors, but it will do. One of the nice things we like to point out is that you can check inventory and even the subsection of the book, but be aware, the number does not take into account customer holds, receiving errors, and general misshelving. As we like to say, we just need one person to put a book back in the wrong place for it to be lost forever, or at least until we do our next section check. Our system allows you to put a book on hold without first registering an account. Try it.


Bartolotta Catering and Events Present a Cookbook Dinner with Elizabeth Minchilli, author of The Italian Table: Creating Festive Meals for Family and Friends
Tuesday, April 23, 6:30 pm, at The Italian Community Center, 631 E Chicago St in the Third Ward

Bartolotta Restaurants and Boswell Books Company present an author dinner with Elizabeth Minchilli, founder of the Eat Italy App and author of The Italian Table. Tickets cost $85, $75 for Italian Community Center members, and include a four-course meal and a copy of The Italian Table. More information and tickets can be found on the Bartolotta events page.

Minchilli delivers both the fantasy and reality of Italian meals as they would be eaten on location with her unique approach to a beloved cuisine. Combining menus and recipes with visual experience and inspiration, as well as insight into the traditions of the food and celebrations, she gives home cooks and hosts step-by-step guidance on how to re-create these fabulous meals at their own tables.

With more than one hundred vibrant images drawn from Minchilli’s extensive travels to locations ranging from Ariccia to Venezia, and from cozy and elegant tramezzino bars to outdoor porchetta picnics or a summer seafood shack feast, Michilli presents dishes and explorations from her book that’s perfect for armchair travelers as well as home cooks.

Elizabeth Minchilli has lived in Rome for over 30 years and written 9 books, including Eating Rome: Living the Good Life in the Eternal City. Her culinary writing online has won the Saveur Award, the Italy Magazine Award, and she created the Eat Italy App. Read more about Minchilli in this Journal Sentinel profile from Kristine M. Kierzek.

Christopher Castellani, author of Leading Men
Wednesday, April 24, 7:00 pm, at Boswell

Christopher Castellani, Artistic Director of GrubStreet Writing Center and author of All This Talk of Love, chats with Liam Callanan, UWM Professor of English and author of Paris by the Book about his latest, a glittering novel of desire and ambition, set against the glamorous literary circles of 1950s Italy that illuminates one of the great love stories of the twentieth century - Tennessee Williams and his longtime partner Frank Merlo.

This event is cosponsored by Milwaukee Opera Theatre, who will present a scene reading before the conversation.

Writing for The New York Times, Dwight Garner writes:“Blazing... casts a spell right from the start. This book is a kind of poem in praise of pleasure. Its author knows a great deal about life; better, he knows how to express what he knows. But this is an alert, serious, sweeping novel. To hold it in your hands is like holding, to crib a line from Castellani, a front-row opera ticket.”

Christopher Castellani is Artistic Director of GrubStreet Writing Center. He is author of A Kiss from Maddalena, winner of the Massachusetts Book Award in 2004, The Saint of Lost Things, and All This Talk of Love, a New York Times Editors’ Choice and finalist for the Ferro-Grumley Literary Award, as well as the essay collection The Art of Perspective: Who Tells the Story. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Tuesday, April 30, 7:00 pm, at Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, 19805 W Capitol Dr, in Brookfield's Mitchell Park

The Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, Oconomowoc's Books & Company, and Milwaukee's Boswell Book Company present a grand evening with Anna Quindlen, the acclaimed novelist and journalist known for her candid, frank, and illuminating writing. She’s now appearing for Nanaville: Adventures in Grandparenting, a bighearted book of wisdom, wit, and insight, celebrating the love and joy of being a grandmother.

Tickets are $31 and include admission to the event, all taxes and fees, and a copy of Nanaville, available at quindlenwi.bpt.me.

Before blogs even existed, Anna Quindlen became a go-to writer on the joys and challenges of family, motherhood, and modern life, in her nationally syndicated column. Now she’s taking the next step and going full nana in the pages of this lively, beautiful, and moving book about being a grandmother. Quindlen offers thoughtful and telling observations about her new role, no longer mother and decision-maker, but secondary character and support to the parents of her grandson. She writes, “Where I once led, I have to learn to follow. Eventually a close friend provides words to live by: Did they ask you?”

Everything you love about Anna Quindlen is here in this special new book - her singular voice has never been sharper or warmer. With the same insights she brought to motherhood in Living Out Loud and to growing older in Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, this new nana uses her own experiences to illuminate those of many others.

Anna Quindlen is a novelist and journalist whose work has appeared on fiction, nonfiction, and self-help bestseller lists. She is the author of nine novels, including Object Lessons, One True Thing, and Alternate Side. Her most recent memoir, Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, was a #1 New York Times bestseller. She received the Pulitzer Prize for her work as a columnist at The New York Times.

Celeste Ng, author of Little Fires Everywhere
in conversation with WUWM Lake Effect's Bonnie North
Wednesday, May 15, 7:00 pm, at UWM Student Union’s Wisconsin Room, 2200 E Kenwood Blvd

Celeste Ng, in conjunction with UWM's Department of English, Creative Writing Program, Humanities Division, and Asian Faculty and Staff Association, is coming to the UWM Student Union, as part of the paperback publication tour of Little Fires Everywhere. Ng will be in conversation with WUWM Lake Effect producer and cohost Bonnie North.

Tickets cost $19 for the general public and are available at celestengmke.bpt.me. Specially priced tickets for the UWM community are available only at the UWM Student Union box office. Each ticket comes with a signed paperback edition of Little Fires Everywhere. Already have the book? It makes a great gift, for birthday, graduation, or holiday. It's never too early, right?

The bestselling Little Fires Everywhere traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. Named a Best Book of the Year by too many publications to list, (okay, here are a few: The Washington Post, Esquire, Entertainment Weekly, People, and NPR) Ng’s novel was recently picked up by Hulu to go into production as a limited series starring Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington. And Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train, says, "witty, wise, and tender. It's a marvel."

Celeste Ng is author of Everything I Never Told You, winner of the Massachusetts Book Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, and the ALA's Alex Award

Looking for more upcoming events? We've got several listed here and more on our upcoming events page. Please say hi next time you visit.