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Boswell Book Company, in partnership with Anderson’s Bookshops and Left Bank Books, presents a virtual event with Daniel James Brown, author of the nonfiction phenomenon The Boys in the Boat, for an evening about his latest, Facing the Mountain, a gripping World War II saga of patriotism and courage that tells the story of the special Japanese American Army unit that overcame brutal odds in Europe. In conversation with Tom Ikeda, former executive director of Densho.
Registration is required to view this virtual event, so click right here and visit danieljamesbrownmke.eventbrite.com to register now. And be sure to order your copy of Facing the Mountain - out now in hardcover (click here) or coming May 10 in paperback (click here).Be sure to ask for your signed bookplate!
They came from across the continent and Hawaii. Their parents taught them to embrace both their Japanese heritage and the ways of America. They faced bigotry, yet they believed in their bright futures as American citizens. But within days of Pearl Harbor, the FBI was ransacking their houses and locking up their fathers. And within months many would themselves be living behind barbed wire. Facing the Mountain is an unforgettable chronicle of war-time America and the battlefields of Europe. Based on extensive interviews with the families of the protagonists as well as deep archival research, it portrays the kaleidoscopic journey of four Japanese-American families and their sons, who volunteered for 442nd Regimental Combat Team and were deployed to France, Germany, and Italy, where they were asked to do the near impossible.
From NPR: "Facing the Mountain is more than just the story of a group of young men whose valor helped save a country that spurned them, it’s a fascinating, expertly written look at selfless heroes who emerged from one of the darkest periods of American history - soldiers the likes of which this country may never see again."
Daniel James Brown is the author of The Boys in the Boat, The Indifferent Stars Above, and Under a Flaming Sky. Tom Ikeda is the former executive director of Densho, a Seattle-based non-profit dedicated to collecting, preserving, and sharing Japanese American history and promoting social justice and equity.
Boswell presents an evening with novelist, short story writer, and essayist Steve Almond, author of books such as Candyfreak and The Evil B.B. Chow, for an evening featuring his new novel, All the Secrets of the World. For this event, Almond will be in conversation with independent journalist, critic, and filmmaker Mary Louise Schumacher.
Registration is required to attend this event, so please click here and visit almondmke.eventbrite.com to register right now! We will also offer a virtual broadcast of this event, and you can register to watch that Zoom webinar on the same page. And be sure to preorder your copy of All the Secrets of the World today, too.
It's 1981 in Sacramento, and thirteen-year-old Lorena Saenz has just been paired with Jenny Stallworth for the science fair by a teacher hoping to unite two girls from starkly different worlds. Lorena begins to spend time at the Stallworth residence and finds herself seduced, not just by Jenny but her parents: Rosemary, her glamorous, needy mother, and Marcus, a scorpiologist who recognizes Lorena’s passion for learning and her confused desires. When Lorena’s troubled older brother, Tony, picks her up at the Stallworth mansion late one night, he and Marcus exchange tense words - an encounter that draws the Saenz family into the dark heart of America’s criminal justice system. To uncover the truth, Lorena must embark on an unforgiving odyssey into the desert and through the gates of a religious cult in Mexico. As she stalks a fate guided by forces beyond her reckoning, shocking secrets explode into view.
One of LitHub’s Most Anticipated Books of 2022, Almond’s novel is winning raves. From Anthony Doerr, author of Cloud Cuckoo Land: "I devoured All the Secrets of the World in a couple of big, greedy bites. It is at once a media critique, a coming-of-age story, a meticulously plotted police procedural, an exploration of racial paranoia, and a haunting account of lust and longing on the fringes of what is allowable. Most of all, it’s a deeply compassionate book that shows how policies can trickle down into the lives of individuals and strip them of their humanity."
Steve Almond is author of eleven books of fiction and nonfiction, including the New York Times bestsellers Candyfreak and Against Football. His essays and reviews have been published in venues ranging from The New York Times Magazine to Ploughshares to Poets & Writers, and his short fiction has appeared in Best American Short Stories, The Pushcart Prize, and Best American Mysteries. Almond is the recipient of grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. He cohosted the Dear Sugars podcast with his pal Cheryl Strayed for four years, and teaches Creative Writing at the Neiman Fellowship at Harvard and Wesleyan.
Boswell hosts a virtual evening featuring Jonathan Lee, author of the New York Times best book of the year High Dive, for a conversation about his latest novel, coming out in paperback this spring, about the forgotten (and murdered!) man once known as the Father of Great New York. In conversation with Chris Lee of Boswell, who declared The Great Mistake one of his top 5 books of the past year.
Please click right here and register right now for this virtual event, which shall be broadcast via Zoom. And you can preorder a paperback copy (release date May 17) of The Great Mistake by clicking right here, or, if you just can’t wait, order a hardcover copy right here.
The Great Mistake is an exultant novel of New York City at the turn of the twentieth century and about one man's rise to fame and fortune and his mysterious murder. Andrew Haswell Green is shot dead at the venerable age of eighty-three, when he thought life could hold no more surprises. The killing - on Park Avenue in broad daylight, on Friday the thirteenth - shook the city. Born to a struggling farmer, Green was a self-made man without whom there would be no Central Park, no Metropolitan Museum of Art, no Museum of Natural History, no New York Public Library. But Green had a secret, a life locked within him that now, in the hour of his death, may finally break free.
Here’s Chris’s review of the novel: "Wow. If you want a classic, capital N, The Novel kind of book, you couldn’t do much better than The Great Mistake. As a stylist, Lee is top shelf; he so obviously delights in the English language, and each of his sentences is a masterclass in wonder, humor, and precision – even the shapes and sounds of his lines are full of surprises. You want more than style? You got it. Lee tracks the life of Andrew Haswell Green (the mostly forgotten Father of Greater New York) through the 19th century, creating a remarkably full measure of the man’s life, public and private. In doing so, the book offers a window into the life of America’s greatest city as it came into its modern form. Honestly, the best comparison I can think of is that this is the novel Charles Dickens might write if he’d recently crawled out of the grave."
Jonathan Lee is author of three novels, most recently High Dive, which was a best book of the year in publications including The Guardian, The Washington Post, and San Francisco Chronicle. He is the editorial director of Bloomsbury.
Boswell Book Company joins forces with independent bookstores across America to present a virtual event featuring New York Times bestselling author Mac Barnett and Caldecott Honor award-winning illustrator Shawn Harris, creators of The First Cat in Space Ate Pizza, an action-packed, hysterical graphic novel.
This virtual event will be presented on Crowdcast and hosted by HarperCollins Publishers. To join in the fun, click here to visit firstcatinspacemke.eventbrite.com and register now. And be sure to order your copy of The First Cat in Space Ate Pizza, too.
Something terrible is happening in the skies! Rats are eating the MOON! There's only one hero for the job, a bold and fearsome beast bioengineered in a secret lab to be the moon's savior and Earth's last hope! And that hero is… a cat. A cat who will be blasted into space! But, along the way, will the first cat in space ever have the chance to grab a slice?
Dav Pilkey, creator of Dog Man and Captain Underpants says: "Ridiculously fun and brilliantly illustrated." And Booklist agrees: "Obvious work of creative joy. A definite winner in the age of Dog Man."
Mac Barnett is author of two Caldecott Honor-winning collaborations with Jon Klassen: Sam & Dave Dig a Hole and Extra Yarn. Among his other popular books are I Love You Like a Pig and The Magic Word. Shawn Harris's first illustrated book, Her Right Foot by Dave Eggers, received seven starred reviews, was an Orbis Pictus Award Honor Book, an ALA Notable, and a PW Best Book of the Year. His own author-illustrated works Have You Ever Seen a Flower? and Doing Business.
Boswell Book Company and Friends of Elm Grove Public Library are pleased to present a special evening with Emma Straub, the New York Times-bestselling author of The Vacationers and All Adults Here, for a presentation of her new novel, This Time Tomorrow, a book that combines her trademark charm and wit with a moving father-daughter story and a playful twist on the idea of time travel. In conversation with Noah Weckwerth of the Elm Grove Public Library.
This is a ticketed event - click here to purchase your tickets today! Tickets cost $28 plus tax and fee, and include admission and a copy of This Time Tomorrow.
What if you could take a vacation to your past? On the eve of her fortieth birthday, Alice is content, but something is missing. And her father, the single parent who raised her, is ailing and out of reach. How did they get here so fast? Did she take too much for granted along the way? When Alice wakes up the next morning somehow back in 1996, it isn’t her sixteen-year-old body that is the biggest shock, or the possibility of romance with her adolescent crush. It’s her dad: the vital, charming, forty-nine-year-old version of her father with whom she is reunited. Now armed with a new perspective on her own life and his, is there anything that she should do differently this time around? With her celebrated humor, insight, and heart, Emma Straub cleverly turns all the traditional time travel tropes on their head and delivers a different kind of love story - about the lifelong, reverberating relationship between a parent and child.
Early praise from famous authors is arriving in heaps! From Michael Chabon: "This Time Tomorrow is a beautifully made, elegant music box of a novel that sets in motion its clever clockwork of delight - then breaks your heart with its bittersweet, lingering song." And how about this, from Ann Patchett: "If I could time travel, I'd go back just far enough to start Emma Straub's beautiful novel This Time Tomorrow again for the first time. The pages brim with tenderness and an appreciation for what we had and who we were. I could not have loved it more."
Emma Straub is author of All Adults Here, The Vacationers, Modern Lovers, and the short story collection Other People We Married. She and her husband own Books Are Magic, an independent bookstore in Brooklyn.
Boswell presents an evening with Milwaukee tennis coaching sensation and EssentialTennis.com founder Ian Westermann to celebrate the release of his new book, Essential Tennis, in which he asks, what’s the number one thing stopping you from playing your best tennis?
Registration required to attend this event – click here to visit essentialtennismke.eventbrite.com right now and reserve your space. And order your copy of Essential Tennis as well – click here for paperback, or click here to order in hardcover.
Westermann is here to tell you that your #1 tennis obstacle is something you probably never thought of: the ball. Ridiculous, right? The whole point of tennis is to hit the ball over the net and in, so how can the ball be the thing that’s standing in the way? In fact, this is why the ball is such an impediment: your desire to hit a good shot, with the right mix of power and spin, to a specific spot on the court, prevents you from striking the ball the way you should.
Essential Tennis contains technique-based instruction for executing groundstrokes, volleys, and serves, as well as progressions, drills, and mindsets players should incorporate. Westermann illuminates strokes, movement, strategy, and mental toughness – all proven to be successful over 20 years with clients of all ages and skill levels. Paul Annacone, long-time coach of Pete Sampras and Roger Federer, says: "This is a must read. A 'how to' regarding tennis for all ages & all skill levels. For too long we’ve been waiting for something like this to come along. Now, tennis players everywhere have terrific guidance and information to continue to improve their games."
Ian Westermann is the founder of EssentialTennis.com, the world’s #1 online tennis instruction portal. After college, he took a job at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, MD. Now, Westermann and his staff of coaches and crew guide the improvement of thousands of students from every corner of the world - more that 140 countries in all. Westermann lives in Milwaukee with his family.
Boswell Book Company and Porchlight Book Company cohost an evening featuring Ada Limón, the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning poet for a conversation about The Hurting Kind, her astonishing new collection about interconnectedness, between the human and nonhuman, ancestors and ourselves. In conversation with Sally Haldorson, Managing Director of Porchlight.
Please click right here to register now for this virtual event. And be sure to order your copy of The Hurting Kind as well. Click here to order from Boswell. Or, click here to order from Porchlight.
With Limón’s remarkable ability to capture thoughts, The Hurting Kind incorporats others’ stories and ways of knowing, making surprising turns, in order to reach a place of startling insight. These poems slip through the seasons and honor parents, stepparents, and grandparents: the sacrifices made, the separate lives lived, the tendernesses extended to a hurting child. Along the way, we glimpse loss. There are flashes of the pandemic, ghosts which manifest in unexpected memories, and the mysterious behavior of pets left behind. But The Hurting Kind is filled, above all, with connection and the delight of being in the world.
Limón’s collection is one of Publisher Weekly’s Most Anticipated Books of Poetry for Spring. And from LitHub, which also named the book a highly anticipated 2022 title: "The Hurting Kind touches on the pain of living in the world today (the wounds of the natural world, the pandemic between us), but it is not all sorrows… You don’t have to look hard to see the joy and the small celebrations of the things that bind us to one another. The Hurting Kind is a book composed of our connective tissue."
Ada Limón is a National Book Award finalist and author of six collections of poetry, including titles such as The Carrying, a finalist for the PEN/Jean Stein Book Award, and Bright Dead Things, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Kingsley Tufts Award. Limón is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and American Poetry Review. She is the new host of American Public Media's weekday poetry podcast The Slowdown.
Boswell Book Company is pleased to host a virtual evening featuring editor and author Katie Runde for a conversation about her debut novel, The Shore, a big-hearted family saga set over the course of one summer that embraces a family's experiences of grief. Perfect for fans of The Nest and Ask Again, Yes. In conversation with Milwaukee authors Liam Callanan and CJ Hribal.
Click here to register now for this virtual event. And be sure to order your copy of The Shore now as well.
Set over the course of one summer, this perfect beach read follows a mother and her two daughters as they grapple with heartbreak, young love, and the weight of family secrets. Brian and Margot Dunne live year-round in Seaside, just steps away from the bustling boardwalk, with their daughters Liz and Evy. When Brian develops a brain tumor, transforming into a bizarre, erratic version of himself, Liz still seeks out summer adventure and flirting with unsuitable guys amidst the chaos and new caretaking responsibilities. Her younger sister Evy works in a candy shop, falls in love with her friend Olivia, and secretly adopts the persona of a middle-aged mom in an online support group, where she discovers her own mother’s most vulnerable confessions. Meanwhile, Margot faces an impossible choice driven by grief, impulse, and the ways that small-town life in Seaside has shaped her.
The Shore is a powerful, heartbreaking, and ultimately uplifting novel infused with humor about young women finding sisterhood, friendship, and love in a time of crisis. This big-hearted family saga examines the grit and hustle of running a small business in a tourist town, the ways we connect with strangers when our families can’t give us everything we need, and the comfort to be found in embracing the pleasures of youth while coping with unimaginable loss.
Katie Runde grew up on the Jersey Shore, where her family ran various boardwalk businesses. She holds an MFA from Warren Wilson College, where both Hribal and Callanan have taught. CJ Hribal is a Professor Emeritus at Marquette University and author of novels such as The Family Car. Liam Callanan is Professor of English at UWM and author of novels such as Paris by the Book.
Boswell hosts an evening featuring Milwaukee musician Kellen ‘Klassik’ Abston and his biographer, Milwaukee author Joey Grihalva, for a conversation about their new collaboration, The Milwaukeean, a book that explores Abston’s life and the issues that have shaped it: gun violence, addiction, anxiety, racism, therapy, and creativity. Abston was named the 2021 Mildred L. Harpole Artists of the Year by the City of Milwaukee.
Registration is required to attend – click here and visit grihalvaklassikmke.eventbrite.com to reserve your space now. And be sure to order a copy of The Milwaukeean from Boswell now, too.
In a moment of national healing, The Milwaukeean is a call to confront our history, face our demons, and find our peace. It is more than the story of one musician, it is the song of an American city struggling to save its soul, told by a musician and author as they explore the ties that bind them to their shared hometown.
Joey Grihalva is the author of Images of America: Milwaukee Jazz. His work has appeared in Urban Milwaukee, Radio Milwaukee, Wisconsin Gazette, and other local and regional publications. Kellen ‘Klassik’ Abston is a celebrated composer, producer, and performer, and his album Quiet was named the #1 local album of 2019 by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
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