Welcome to Boswell Book Company's website!

Our current browsing hours are Noon to 6 pm on weekdays and Noon to 5 pm on weekends.  Sidewalk pickup and phone inquiries begin at 10 am daily and continue until 7 pm on weekdays. We limit the store to 15 customers at a time. Masks are required. 

Our website is live and taking orders. You can choose sidewalk pickup, USPS priority mail, or UPS. Media mail is currently available for Wisconsin shipments only. Both USPS and UPS orders now offer tracking for orders placed online. Some priority orders will be diverted to Boswell delivery. We can generally not guarantee same day or next day delivery - if you have a special request, please contact us. Otherwise, sidewalk pickup is the speediest option.

A big thank you for buying your books at Boswell.

Second-hand mystery grab bags available here for $20. Or get a bargain bag for $25.

Cosponsorship - Rachel Biale, author of Growing Up Below Sea Level: A Kibbutz Childhood
A Virtual Event
Tues April 20, 7:30 pm

The Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center presents a virtual event featuring Biale discussing her book, an informative memoir of kibbutz life that reveal a piece of Israel's early story that should not be forgotten. Visit the JCC website right here for registration and more information.

This beautifully written memoir is composed of linked stories about growing up on a kibbutz in Israel in the 1950s and 60s, when children spent most of their time, from birth on, in a Children’s House. The stories focus on the world of children, but also offer a window into the lives of the adult kibbutz members, including Holocaust survivors. Biale is author of Women and Jewish Law: The Essential Texts, Their History, and Their Relevance Today. She grew up on Kibbutz Kfar Ruppin in Israel. She earned an MA in Jewish history at UCLA and an MSW at Yeshiva University. Today, she is a practicing psychotherapist.

Pamela Druckerman, author of Paris by Phone
A Virtual Event
Wednesday, April 21, 2 pm

The Alliance Française de Milwaukee presents Pamela Druckerman, author of the internationally bestselling Bringing Up Bébé. Druckerman will chat about her latest work, a brand new picture book called Paris by Phone, a whimsical adventure that little travelers and little homebodies will love! This event will be broadcast via Zoom. Please click right here to email Erin at the AF to receive an invitation to join this virtual event.

When Josephine Harris decides that Paris is where she really belongs, all it takes is a quick call on her magical phone to whisk her away. The city of lights has fancy cafés, baguettes under every arm, the Eiffel Tower, and a fabulous new family who can't wait to show her around. The city is a feast for the senses, but each new discovery brings a pang of melancholy. There's something missing here. Could it be the person who loves Josephine's best - her own mother? Druckerman is the author of five books. She writes an opinion column about France for the New York Times, and pens the 'Dress Code' column for 1843/The Economist. She won an Emmy for The Forger, about a French teenager who helped rescue thousands of children during WWII.

in Conversation with Barry Wightman for A Virtual Event
Wednesday, April 21, 7 pm

Join us for a virtual evening with Milwaukee mystery author Patricia Skalka as she discusses her brand new Dave Cubiak mystery with Barry Wightman, president of the Wisconsin Writers Association.

Click here to register for this virtual event, broadcast via Zoom. And be sure to preorder your copy of Death Washes Ashore for 20% off list price now!

In the wake of a storm that lashed Door County, Sheriff Dave Cubiak assesses the damage: broken windows, downed trees, and piles of mysterious debris along the shoreline. He leaves the comfort of his home and heads out into the aftermath, checking in with folks along the way to offer help. His assistant, marooned at the justice center overnight, calls with an ominous message about a body discovered on the beach. When the medical examiner discovers the man didn’t simply drown during the storm, Cubiak searches for answers.

The victim directed a troupe of live-action role players living in an ersatz Camelot. In a setting where pretense in the norm, Cubiak must determine if suspects are who they say they are or if their made-up identities conceal a ruthless killer. As tensions escalate among neighbors unhappy about the noise and commotion, the sheriff discovers that more than one person on the peninsula has a motive for murder. She lives in Milwaukee.

Patricia Skalka is author of the Dave Cubiak Door Country mysteries. Skalka has been a staff writer for Reader’s Digest. Skalka is president of the Sisters in Crime Chicagoland Chapter and a member of The Authors Guild of America, Mystery Writers of America, and Society of Midland Authors. Barry Wightman is author of Pepperland, winner of the Silver IPPY from the Independent Publishers Association. He is Program Chair for the Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books and a Wisconsin Broadcasters Association award-winning essayist whose work has been heard on WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio.

Jennifer Billock, author of Classic Restaurants of Milwaukee
A Virtual Event
Thursday, April 22, 2 pm

Writer and editor Jennifer Billock joins us for a virtual conversation featuring her latest book, which offers a glimpse into the classic restaurant scene of the Cream City.

Click right here to register for this virtual event now! And purchase your copy of Classic Restaurants of Milwaukee for 10% off list price, too.

Milwaukee may be known for beer, brats and custard, but the city's food history is even richer and tastier. At the Public Natatorium, diners supped at an old public pool and watched a dolphin show at the same time. Solly's, Oriental Drugs, and others nurtured a thriving lunch counter culture that all ages enjoyed. Supper clubs and steakhouses like Five O'Clock reigned supreme. And we can't forget about the more illicit side of Milwaukee meals, like the mafia hangouts and a local fast-food chain with a mysterious resemblance to a national brand. Pairing the history of classic restaurants with recipes of favorite dishes, Billock explores both the well-known and the quirkier sides of Milwaukee's dining past.

Jennifer Billock is an author, editor and owner of the boutique editorial firm Jennifer Billock Creative Services. She has worked with businesses and publishers including the Smithsonian, the New York Times, National Geographic Traveler, and more.

Kiley Reid, author of Such a Fun Age
in Conversation with Chloe Benjamin for a Virtual Event
Friday, April 23, 12 pm

The 2021 Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library Literary Luncheon features Kiley Reid, the New York Times bestselling author of Such a Fun Age, a novel which was longlisted for the Booker Prize. Reid will be in conversation with Madison-based Chloe Benjamin, author of The Immortalists. Cohosted by Boswell Book Company.

Tickets for this virtual event include a paperback copy of Such a Fun Age, admission for one device to view the event, and an option to include a gourmet boxed lunch that can be picked up from the Wisconsin Club. Tickets cost $75 with lunch ($65 for Friends members) or $55 without lunch ($45 for Friends members). $30 for students, lunch not included. Sponsorship levels are also available. Purchase your tickets now right here on the Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library website.

A Reese’s Book Club pick that was named a best book of the year by NPR, the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, and many others, Reid’s striking and surprising debut is a page-turning, big-hearted story about race and privilege, set around a young black babysitter, her well-intentioned employer, and a surprising connection that threatens to undo them both.

Entertainment Weekly called Such a Fun Age, “The most provocative page-turner of the year.” And from the Washington Post, “Reid constructs a plot so beautifully intricate and real and fascinating that readers will forget it’s also full of tough questions about race, class and identity… With this entertaining novel, Reid subverts our notions of what it means to write about race and class in America, not to mention what it means to write about love. In short, it’s a great way to kick off 2020.”

Kiley Reid earned her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was awarded the Truman Capote Fellowship. Her short stories have been featured in Ploughshares, December, and New South. Chloe Benjamin is the Madison-based author of the novels The Immortalists and The Anatomy of Dreams, which received the 2014 Edna Ferber Fiction Book Award. She is a graduate of Vassar College and earned her MFA from UW-Madison.

Independent Bookstore Day
Saturday, April 24, 10 am – 5 pm

The last Saturday of April is Independent bookstore day! Be sure to stop by your favorite Milwaukee Indie to celebrate this most bookish of holidays.

Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country. Every store is unique and independent, and every party is different. At Boswell Book Company, we’ll have giveaways, outside games, and more. Plus, there will be for sale a selection of exclusive books and literary items that you can only get on that day. Not before. Not after. Nowhere else. So be sure to come by Boswell to celebrate!

in Conversation with Davita Flowers-Shanklin for a Virtual Event
Tuesday, April 27, 7 pm

The Urban Ecology Center and Boswell Book Company present volcanologist and extreme explorer Jess Phoenix, Executive Director of Blueprint Earth and a known expert on the Science and Discovery Channels. Do note that while this event is free, we encourage anyone who wants to attend to consider making a donation to the Urban Ecology Center, our event cohost. Donations help support the programming that the UEC offers. In conversation with Flowers-Shanklin, the Volunteer Manager for the Urban Ecology Center.

Click right here to register for this virtual event. And purchase a copy of Ms. Adventure from Boswell, too!

As a volcanologist, natural hazards expert, and founder of Blueprint Earth, Jess Phoenix has dedicated her life to scientific exploration. Her career path has also inspired her to devote her life to making science more inclusive and accessible.

Ms. Adventure skillfully blends personal memoir, daring adventure, and scientific exploration, following Phoenix’s journey from sites deep in Ecuadorian jungles to Andean glaciers. Readers will delight in her unbelievable adventures, all embarked on for the love of science. From Patton Oswalt, beloved funnyman: "Jess Phoenix's work encompasses science and representation in such a delightful melding that it could only come from as spry and playful a soul as hers! Open this book and jump into the volcano!"

Jess Phoenix is executive director and co-founder of Blueprint Earth. Phoenix is a fellow in the Explorers Club and the Royal Geographical Society, a featured scientist on the Discovery and Science channels, and her writing has appeared in BBC Online, DailyKos, and Face the Current magazine.

A Virtual Event
Wednesday, April 28, 6:30 pm

The Villa Terrace Spring Garden Lecture Series presents an evening with Garden Historian Suzanne Staubach for a conversation about her book, A Garden Miscellany. This is a ticketed virtual event. Tickets for this lecture cost $10 each. Click here to visit the Villa Terrace website right here for single and series tickets and more information. This lecture series is sponsored Angela Westmore LLC Design Build and Susan Strecker in honor of the Memory of Barbara Strecker.

Do you know a folly from a ha-ha? Can an allée be pleached? Does a skep belong on a plinth? Answers to these questions, plus a gazebo-ful of information, stories, and visual delights, await in this charming exploration of the stuff gardens are made of. Garden historian Suzanne Staubach covers everything from arbors to water features, reveling in the anecdotes that accompany each element. Filled with revelations and fanciful illustrations by Julia Yellow, A Garden Miscellany promises new discoveries with each reading - a book to be returned to again and again. Staubach, after retiring from a long career in independent bookselling, now writes, pots, gardens and speaks about garden and ceramic history nationwide. She is author of books such as Clay: The History and Evolution of Humankind's Relationship with Earth's Most Primal Element and Guy Wolff: Master Potter in the Garden.

Michelle Zauner, author of Crying in H Mart
in Conversation with Justin Barney
Tuesday, May 4, 7 pm

Boswell hosts Michelle Zauner, the musician known as Japanese Breakfast fame and author of the viral 2018 New Yorker essay that shares the title of her new book book, an unflinching, powerful memoir about growing up Korean American, losing her mother, and forging her own identity. In conversation with Barney, Music Director of Radio Milwaukee, our event cohost.

Click here to register for this virtual event now. And purchase your copy of Crying in H Mart for 20% off list price today, too.

In this exquisite story of family, food, grief, and endurance, Zauner proves herself far more than a dazzling singer, songwriter, and guitarist. She tells of growing up one of the few Asian American kids at her school in Eugene, Oregon; of a painful adolescence and struggling with her mother’s expectations of her, and of treasured months spent in her grandmother’s tiny apartment in Seoul, where she and her mother would bond, late at night, over heaping plates of food. Vivacious and plainspoken, lyrical and honest, Zauner’s voice is as radiantly alive on the page as it is onstage. Rich with intimate anecdotes that will resonate widely, and complete with family photos, Crying in H Mart is a book to cherish, share, and reread.

From Dani Shapiro, author of Inheritance, “I read Crying in H Mart with my heart in my throat. In this beautifully written memoir, Michelle Zauner has created a gripping, sensuous portrait of an indelible mother-daughter bond that hits all the notes: love, friction, loyalty, grief. All mothers and daughters will recognize themselves - and each other - in these pages.”

Michelle Zauner is best known as a singer and guitarist who creates dreamy, shoegaze-inspired indie pop under the name Japanese Breakfast, and has earned acclaim from for albums like Psychopomp and Soft Sounds from Another Planet.

Janet Skeslien Charles, author of The Paris Library
In Conversation with Anne Leplae and Daniel Goldin for a Virtual Event
Wednesday, May 5, 2 pm

Alliance Française de Milwaukee and Boswell Book Company present and afternoon with New York Times bestselling author Janet Skeslien Charles for a chat about her new novel, which Fiona Davis praised as "a fresh take on WWII France that will appeal to bibliophiles everywhere."

Click right here to register for this virtual event. And purchase your copy of The Paris Library for 20% off list price now, too!

Skeslien Charles first became interested in the incredible true story of the librarians who stood up to the Nazi “Book Protector” when she worked as the program’s manager at the American Library in Paris. Based on the true World War II story, The Paris Library chronicles the heroic librarians at the American Library in Paris. This is an unforgettable story of romance, friendship, family, and the power of literature to bring us together, perfect for fans of The Lilac Girls and The Paris Wife.

Paris, 1939: Young and ambitious Odile Souchet has it all: her handsome police officer beau and a dream job at the American Library in Paris. When the Nazis march into Paris, together with her fellow librarians, Odile joins the Resistance with the best weapons she has: books. Montana, 1983: Lily is a lonely teenager looking for adventure in small-town Montana. Her interest is piqued by her solitary, elderly neighbor. As Lily uncovers more about her neighbor’s mysterious past, she finds that they share a love of language, the same longings, and the same intense jealousy, never suspecting that a dark secret from the past connects them.

Janet Skeslien Charles is author of Moonlight in Odessa, and her writinghas appeared in revues such as Slice and Montana Noir.

Jonathan Ames, author of A Man Named Doll
in Conversation with Doug Gordon for a Virtual Event
Wednesday, May 5, 7 pm

Author of books such as I Love You More Than You Know and You Were Never Really Here and creator of television like Bored to Death and Blunt Talk, Jonathan Ames visits for a conversation about his newest literary venture, the first entry into his new series of hardboiled and hardly normal mystery novels. In conversation with Doug Gordon, Host and Producer of BETA on WPR.

Click right here to register for this virtual event now! And preorder your copy of A Man Named Doll for 20% off list price now, too.

The latest from Ames is a deliciously noir novel about idiosyncratic private detective Happy Doll and his quest to help a dying friend in a sun-blinded Los Angeles. Boswellians already love this book. From Kay: “Totally LA, this dark near-comedy stars a second-class private detective who keeps tripping over his own feet and opening his mouth when he knows damn well he should keep it shut. But he has a good heart and (mostly) wants to do the right thing. This is the first book I've read of Jonathan Ames, but it definitely won't be my last!” And Chris adds: “Ames captures the soul of classic American noir with a perfect balance of violence, money, and irreverence. His Los Angeles is heir to the City of Angels as penned by Raymond Chandler and Elmore Leonard. The kind of book that reminds me why I fell in love with detective novels.”

Happy Doll is a charming, if occasionally inexpert, private detective living just one sheer cliff drop beneath the Hollywood sign with his beloved half-Chihuahua half-Terrier, George. Doll supplements his meager income working nights at a local Thai spa that offers its clients a number of special services. But when things get out-of-hand with one particularly violent patron, Doll finds himself wildly out of his depth, and then things take an even more dangerous twist when an old friend from his days as a cop shows up at his door with a bullet in his gut.

Jonathan Ames is author of books such as I Pass Like Night, Wake Up, Sir!, and The Alcoholic. His novel You Were Never Really Here was adapted into the acclaimed film starring Joaquin Phoenix. He's the creator of two television series and has had two amateur boxing matches, fighting as "The Herring Wonder." Doug Gordon is Host and Producer of BETA on WPR. Norm Macdonald says of Gordon, “this interviewer is extraordinary.”

Katherine Heiny, author of Early Morning Riser
in Conversation with Daniel Goldin and Lisa Baudoin for a Virtual Event
Thursday, May 6, 7 pm

Readings from Oconomowaukee returns in May with a conversation featuring Katherine Heiny, author of novels like Standard Deviation and Single, Carefree, Mellow. She’ll chat about her latest, a wise, bighearted, boundlessly joyful novel of love, disaster, and unconventional family with bookstore proprietors Goldin and Baudoin. This is our monthly event series cohosted by Books & Company of Oconomowoc.

Click right here to register for this virtual Zoom conversation. And purchase your copy of Early Morning Riser for 20% off list price, either from Boswell Book Company right here, or Books & Company right here.

From The Washington Post: ““If you enjoyed All Adults Here, by Emma Straub, read Early Morning Riser… When you enter a relationship with a man who has had relations with, well, half the town, things will probably get weird. Jane, the star of Heiny’s offbeat and funny new novel, falls for Duncan - who comes with an oversize load of small-town baggage. The story, which spans 17 years, sparkles with Heiny’s trademark witticisms and cutting observations.”

Jane falls in love with Duncan easily. He is charming, good-natured, and handsome but unfortunately, he has also slept with nearly every woman in Boyne City, Michigan. Jane sees Duncan’s old girlfriends everywhere - at restaurants, at the grocery store, even three towns away. Then any notion Jane had of love and marriage changes with one terrible car crash. Soon Jane’s life is permanently intertwined with Duncan’s, and she knows she will never have Duncan to herself. But could it be possible that a deeper kind of happiness is right in front of Jane’s eyes? A novel that is alternately bittersweet and laugh-out-loud funny, Early Morning Riser is Heiny’s most wonderful work to date.

Katherine Heiny is author of Standard Deviation and Single, Carefree, Mellow, and her short fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and other magazines. She is a former resident of Boyne City, Michigan, where the novel is set.

Cosponsorship - The Faye Sigman Women of Valor Lecture, featuring Lauren Fox, author of Send for Me, Molly Antopol, author of The UnAmericans, and Elisa Albert, author of After Birth
A Virtual Event
Thursday, Mary 6, 7 pm

The Sam and Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies presents a conversation with fiction writers Elisa Albert, Molly Antopol, and Lauren Fox. With stories and novels that have garnered significant acclaim, these authors continue to comment on the contemporary Jewish world with insight, pathos, and at times, biting wit. This virtual event will feature a lively salon-style discussion moderated by Stahl Center Deputy Director Rachel Baum and Director Joel Berkowitz. Registration link coming soon.

Albert is author of The Book of Dahlia and How This Night Is Different. Antopol’s debut story collection won the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Fiction Award and was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. And Milwaukee’s own Lauren Fox is author of novels such as Days of Awe, Still Life with Husband, and Friends Like Us.

All event times are Central Time. To see a full event listing, visit our Upcoming Events page here. Read posts from The Boswellians (our bookseller contributed) here and Boswell and Books (from Daniel Goldin) right here blogs, and visit our blog post archive right here.