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Kevin Barry, author of The Heart in Winter
in conversation with José Lanters at Boswell
Friday, July 12, 6:30 pm

Boswell hosts an evening with Kevin Barry, author of books including Night Boat to Tangier and That Old Country Music. Barry visits us all the way from Ireland with his new novel, The Heart in Winter. It’s his first book set in America, a savagely funny, romantic tale of young lovers on the lam in 1890s Montana. Cohosted by Celtic Milwaukee. Barry will be in conversation with José Lanters, UWM Emerita Professor of English.

Please click here to visit kevinbarrymke.eventbrite.com and register for this event. Be sure to order a copy of The Heart in Winter now as well.

We're so excited about Barry's visit that we couldn't wait to chat with him! Click here to watch video of our brief, pre-event-teaser-interview with Barry, conducted by Boswellian Chris.

In a lyrical, profane and propulsive love story for the ages, Barry once again proves himself to be a master stylist, an unrivalled humorist, and a true poet of the human heart. In 1891, a hard winter approaches Butte, Montana, a city rich in copper mines and rampant with vice and debauchery among a hard-living crowd of immigrant Irish workers. Tom Rourke is a young poet and fearsome degenerate. Polly Gillespie is the bride of a devout mine captain. A thunderbolt love affair sparks, and they strike out west on a stolen horse with a posse of deranged Cornish gunmen in hot pursuit. With everything to lose and the safety of San Francisco still a distant speck on their horizon, the choices they make will haunt them for the rest of their lives.

The Heart in Winter is a Guardian, Observer, and Irish Times Most Anticipated Book of the Year. And here’s a note from Daniel Goldin: "When the often-soused Tom Rourke lays eyes on the bewitching Polly Gillespie, you know that nothing good can come of it. But off they go, into the Montana wilderness with a price on their heads, following a storied history of doomed lovers in the Old West. This may be Kevin Barry’s first novel set in the United States, but it’s as if they jumped out of one of Barry’s other books and said, let’s cross the Atlantic on a lark and see what trouble we can get into. The result? Bawdy, debauched, and pure poetry."

Kevin Barry is author of Beatlebone and City of Bohane, and his stories and essays have appeared in the New Yorker, Granta and elsewhere. He also works as a playwright and screenwriter and lives in County Sligo, Ireland.


Amy T Waldman and Peter Jest, author and subject of of We Had Fun and Nobody Died: Adventures of a Milwaukee Music Promoter
in conversation with Dave Luhrssen
Saturday, July 13, 7 pm, at Shank Hall, 1434 N Farwell Ave
Saturday, July 20, 2 pm, at MPL Central Branch's Rotary Club Community Room, 814 W Wisconsin Ave

Amy Waldman and Peter Jest appear for two conversation events about We Had Fun and Nobody Died, Waldman’s new biography of Jest that chronicles his life in Milwaukee as an independent music promoter and owner of Shank Hall. Both events are cosponsored by Boswell.

On Saturday, July 13, they'll be at Shank Hall, and no registration is required to attend this event.

Then, on Saturday, July 20, they'll be at Milwaukee Public Library's Central Branch. Please click here to register for the MPL event on the MPL website.

You can order a copy of We Had Fun and Nobody Died now. Boswell will be on hand at each event with copies available for sale, too.

Peter Jest and Amy Waldman share behind-the-scenes stories of how he helped put Milwaukee music on the map, promoting acts such as the Violent Femmes, John Prine, Patti Smith, and many more. This irreverent biography provides a rare window into the music industry from a promoter’s perspective. From a young age, Jest was determined to make a career in live music, and despite naysayers and obstacles, he did just that, bringing national acts to his college campus at UWM, booking thousands of concerts across Wisconsin and the Midwest, and opening Shank Hall, the Milwaukee venue named after a club in the cult film This Is Spinal Tap.

This funny, nostalgia-inducing book shines a light into the seldom-seen world of music promotion, as Jest negotiates with agents, deals with fires (both real and metaphorical), struggles through a pandemic, and takes pleasure in presenting music of all kinds, from world-famous acts to up-and-coming local bands. As the music industry has become dominated by profit-driven corporations, We Had Fun and Nobody Died chronicles the career of an independent promoter whose hardheadedness and love of music have helped him keep it real and make it in the music business for more than forty years.

Amy T Waldman is an award-winning writer and editor whose feature articles, reviews, profiles, and essays have appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Shepherd Express, and Milwaukee Magazine. She was an editor for the Marshfield News Herald where she wrote Fresh Sounds, a biweekly record review column. Peter Jest has promoted music in Wisconsin and the Midwest for more than forty years and is the owner of the Milwaukee music venue Shank Hall.


Emily Giffin, author of The Summer Pact
in conversation with Amy E Reichert
a ticketed event at Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, 3270 Mitchell Park Dr
Monday, July 22, 7 pm

Boswell Book Company and Books & Company of Oconomowoc present a special, ticketed evening with Emily Giffin, the bestselling author of novels such as Meant to Be and The Lies That Bind. Giffin visits with The Summer Pact. When four college friends make a pact in the wake of tragedy, they have no idea it will bring them back together a decade later to embark upon a life-changing adventure. Giffin will be in conversation with Amy E Reichert, Wisconsin author of novels such as The Kindred Spirits Supper Club.

Tickets for this event cost $36 and include admission, facilities fee, and a copy of The Summer Pact. Click here and purchase your tickets now at ticketing.wilson-center.com/giffin/63190.

Four freshmen arrive at college from completely different worlds, and soon after moving into their shared dorm, the seeds of friendship are planted. As their college years fly by, their bond intensifies and the four become inseparable. But as graduation nears, their lives are forever changed after a desperate act leads to tragic consequences. Stunned and heartbroken, they make a pact, promising to always be there for each other in their times of need.

Ten years later, one of their lives is suddenly turned upside down. Calling on her closest friends, it soon becomes clear that they are all facing their own crossroads. True to their promise, they agree to take time out from lives headed in wrong directions and embark on a shared journey of self-discovery, forgiveness, and acceptance. In this tender portrayal of grief, love, and hope, Giffin asks: When things fall apart, who will be at our sides to help us pick up the pieces?

Emily Giffin is the author of eleven internationally bestselling novels, including Something Borrowed, Something Blue, Love the One You're With, and Where We Belong. Five of her novels have been optioned for film and are in different stages of development. A Chicago native, Giffin graduated summa cum laude from Wake Forest University and the University of Virginia School of Law.


at Boswell
Thursday, July 25, 6:30 pm

Boswell welcomes UWM alum and former Wheel and Sprocket bike mechanic Sam Tracy for an event featuring his new book, Riding More with Less, a bike repair manual for the rest of us. Cohosted by Truly Spoken Cycles

Please click here to register for this event at samtracymke.eventbrite.com. And be sure to order your copy of Riding More with Less now, too.

Eschewing the disposability of consumer economies, Tracy has surveyed experienced bike shop mechanics worldwide to identify the best and safest repair solutions when new parts are not an option. For those familiar with the finer arts of bicycle preservation, Tracy collects useful technical references and effective, low-cost and for-free repair techniques. And for the uninitiated, the book includes an overview of the community bike shops many readers may find in their own neighborhoods, where many begin to discover real alternatives. In a compact, info-rich style, Tracy’s book demonstrates just how common these approaches really are.

From Craig O’Hara of the Bike Den: "Seasoned wrench and rider Sam Tracy combines decades of personal experience with input from dedicated community bike shops thriving on low-cost or no-cost repairs. Even as bicycle transportation remains undervalued, cycling generates a sense of freedom that is hard to replicate yet begs to be shared. Some maintenance required."

Sam Tracy is author of Roadside Bicycle Repair: A Pocket Manifesto, How to Rock and Roll: A City Rider's Repair Manual, and Bicycle! A Repair & Maintenance Manifesto, and has been managing editor of the Auto-Free Time. He began working as a bike mechanic in 1993 at Wheel and Sprocket in Milwaukee and has been developing and refining safe and effective low-cost repair techniques ever since. He has a BA in Politicial Science from UW-Milwaukee.


in conversation with Julianne Manske Rollefson at Boswell
Monday, July 29, 6:30 pm

Boswell welcomes social worker and grief activist Lisa Keefauver for an event featuring her new book, Grief Is a Sneaky Bitch, a comprehensive and compassionate new guide to navigating loss. Keefauver will be in conversation with Milwaukee psychotherapist Julianne Manske Rollefson.

Please click here to visit lisakeefauvermke.eventbrite.com and register for this event. Be sure to order a copy of Grief Is a Sneaky Bitch now as well.

When Lisa Keefauver became a widow, she was alarmed to discover that even though 100 percent of us experience loss, we’re living in a grief illiterate world. In her work as a therapist and in her search for help in the wake of her own loss, Keefauver began to see how the misguided stories we consume about grief lead to unnecessary suffering. Responding to the problematic narratives that grief is something to move on from after completing the five stages like some sort of to-do list, Keefauver became a grief activist. Her new book is both a manual full of insights and skills and, even more importantly, a thoughtful companion that helps readers feel seen and held.

Author Melissa Gould says: "This must-read companion guide for those who are grieving has captured the heartbreak of grief with compassion, insight, and humor. Grief is a Sneaky Bitch is the book we have been missing!"

Lisa Keefauver is Founder of Reimagining Grief. She is an adjunct professor of loss and grief at the University of Texas at Austin, an organizational consultant, and a keynote speaker, including at TEDx, and she created the popular podcast Grief is a Sneaky Bitch.


David Ellis, author of The Best Lies
in conversation with Brynn Teaman at Boswell
Wednesday, July 31, 6:30 pm

Boswell welcomes David Ellis back to the store for an event featuring his new thriller, The Best Lies. It’s a fast-paced, twisty novel about a pathological liar with a family closet full of skeletons that will surprise readers at every turn. Ellis will be in conversation with Milwaukee bookstagrammer and influencer Brynn Teaman.

Please click here to visit davidellismke.eventbrite.com and register for this event. Be sure to order a copy of The Best Lies now as well.

Leo Balanoff is a pathological liar and crusading attorney who seeks justice at all costs. When a drug dealer is found dead with Leo’s fingerprints on the murder weapon, no one believes a word he says. But he also might just be the FBI’s only shot at taking down the dealer’s brutal syndicate.

Author Karen Dionne says: "The Best Lies is the best book I’ve read in a long time; a complicated, high-stakes thriller in which all the characters have something to win and everything to lose. With an absolutely unpredictable plot and an ending that was as surprising as it was satisfying, I raced through this book in a single sitting. Just read it!"

David Ellis is the Edgar Award-winning author of eleven novels of crime fiction as well as coauthor of nine books with James Patterson. In 2014, Ellis was also sworn in as the youngest-serving Justice of the Illinois Appellate Court for the First District.


Connie Berry, author of A Collection of Lies
at Elm Grove Public Library, 13600 Juneau Blvd
Thursday, August 1, 7 pm

Elm Grove Public Library presents an evening with Wisconsin native and mystery author Connie Berry, who visits with A Collection of Lies, the latest novel in her UK-set series that follows the misadventures of American antiques dealer and sleuth Kate Hamilton. Cosponsored by Boswell.

Please click here to visit elmgrovewi.org/FormCenter/Library-3/An-Evening-with-Connie-Berry-152 and register for this event. You can preorder a copy of A Collection of Lies now. Boswell will be on hand at the event with copies available for purchase as well.

As Kate Hamilton and her new husband, detective Tom Mallory, honeymoon in Devon, a local history museum asks them to trace the provenance of a bloodstained dress said to belong to a Victorian lacemaker accused of murder. If genuine, the dress and its puzzling connections to a nineteenth-century Romani family who camped on Dartmoor will be the centerpiece of a new historic crimes exhibit - exactly Kate’s kind of mystery. But matters turn deadly when a shot is fired during a fundraising gala, injuring the man who donated the dress.

The starred Library Journal review calls Berry’s latest: "an outstanding traditional mystery." Kirkus says: "Fascinating historical research combines with modern murder in this charming page-turner." And author Carlene O’Connor declares Berry’s series is: "A Scottish delight that will keep you on your toes."

Connie Berry is the author of the Kate Hamilton mysteries, won the IPPY Gold Medal for Mystery, and was a finalist for the Agatha Award's Best Debut. She's a member of Mystery Writers of America and is on the board of the Guppies and her local Sisters in Crime chapter. She studied at the University of Freiburg in Germany and St. Clare's College, Oxford.


Alex Pickett, author of Camera Lake
at Boswell
Tuesday, August 6, 6:30 pm

Wisconsin native Alex Pickett visits Boswell for an evening with his new book, Camera Lake, a collection of short stories about unspoken dreams, haphazard choices, and the risks of vulnerability.

Please click here to visit alexpickettmke.eventbrite.com and register for this event. Be sure to order a copy of Camera Lake now as well.

In a (mostly) Midwestern landscape, Alex Pickett’s characters specialize in breaking rules, trying to bend their situations to fit their needs or fulfill their desires. The results are rarely completely disastrous or successful, but are tinged with a humor that rides comfortably alongside embarrassment, regret, and longing, and in the process, Pickett remind readers that it is achingly hard to live up to expectations.

Alyson Hagey, author of Scribe, says: “Camera Lake is such a powerful read… will grip you with their fully imagined characters, these flawed Americans who have made the beds they lie in with open eyes.” And from Steven Hyden, author of Twilight of the Gods: “If the Coen Brothers had adapted a collection of Raymond Carver stories into a funny and disquieting film, I imagine it would feel a lot like reading Alex Pickett’s Camera Lake."

Alex Pickett is author of The Restaurant Inspector. His stories have appeared in numerous publications, including the Southern Review, Passages North, and Green Mountains Review.


Katee Robert, author of Dark Restraint
in conversation with Brittainy Cherry at Boswell
Friday, August 9, 7 pm

Boswell hosts a ticketed event with Katee Robert, the New York Times bestselling author of Neon Gods. They visit with Dark Restraint, the seventh entry in their Dark Olympus series in which they put a modern, romantic spin on Greek Mythology. Robert will be in conversation with Brittainy Cherry, author of the Slow Burn romance novels.

Tickets for this event cost $16.99 plus tax and ticket fee. Each ticket includes admission and a paperback copy of Dark Restraint. Click here to visit kateerobertmke.eventbrite.com and purchase tickets for this event now. Robert will be stamping books, NOT signing them; Robert will stamp up to three books brought from home, but will stamp everything purchased at Boswell Books. Refunds accepted only before August 1.Please note: Masks are required at this event at the request of the author.

Ariadne Vitalis is in trouble. She’s betrayed her father and his benefactor, and now she’s left to rely on the questionable mercy of Olympus to keep her safe. As with everything in this city, mercy comes with a price. For Ariadne, that means a marriage to Dionysus. She has no choice but to agree, even if there’s only one man she’s ever wanted, a man she’s feared just as much as she desires.

The Minotaur never had any illusions about Minos’s plans. He was willing to get his hands dirty as long as the old man kept his word—at the end of this, the Minotaur would be given Ariadne as a reward. Nowhere in that deal was her walking down the aisle to a different man. Ariadne knows better than to encourage the Minotaur. Her relationship with her new fiancé might be more friendship than burning passion, but she knows all too well how much fiery passion can hurt. But when the Minotaur’s hands are on her body and his wicked words are whispered in her ear, she might just be willing to let all of Olympus burn.

Katee Robert is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of spicy romance. Entertainment Weekly calls their writing "unspeakably hot."


Marc Cameron, author of Bad River
in conversation with Nick Petrie at Boswell
Tuesday, August 13, 6:30 pm

Boswell hosts Marc Cameron, the award-winning author of the Tom Clancy Jack Ryan Sr. books. Cameron visits Boswell with the latest in his Arliss Cutter series, in which Cutter sets off on an icy trail of murder and madness into the darkest heart of the Alaskan wilderness. It’s high stakes suspense, great for fans of Allen Eskens and CJ Box.

Please click here to visit marccameronmke.eventbrite.com and register for this event. Be sure to order a copy of Bad River now as well.

From a remote village perched on Arctic permafrost to the Badlands of South Dakota, Arliss Cutter is searching for answers about his brother’s mysterious death. When his visit only raises more questions without any lead, he returns to Alaska only to find that his brother had something in common with the frozen body of a woman who disappeared years ago that’s just been found in the walls of an ice cellar.

William Kent Krueger says: "Great storytellers aren’t made. They’re born. It’s in their DNA. And Marc Cameron is one of the great ones. Cameron’s novels hook you from the first line, cement your eyes to the page, and grip your heart in a vice. His characters are raw and real, their complexity shaped by Cameron’s deep understanding of human frailty. His plot lines are so cleverly twisted you never see the switchbacks coming. Honest to God, I can’t think of another writer whose work I admire more."

Marc Cameron is author of the Jericho Quinn series, the Arliss Cutter novels, and Tom Clancy Jack Ryan Sr books like Power and Empire. Before his career as an author, Cameron had a storied career as in law enforcement, including his career as a US Marshal. He teaches defensive tactics to law enforcement agencies and civilian groups.


Zara Chowdhary, author of The Lucky Ones: A Memoir
at Boswell
Thursday, August 15, 6:30 pm

Boswell welcomes Wisconsin-based author Zara Chowdhary for an event featuring her moving new memoir, The Lucky Ones. A survivor of anti-Muslim violence in contemporary India, Chowdhary delicately weaves political and family histories together in this tribute to India's vibrant multiethnic society and the resilience of its women and minorities have shown in the face of growing religious extremism. This event is cosponsored by the Milwaukee Muslim Women’s Coalition.

Please click here to visit zarachowdharymke.eventbrite.com and register for this event. Be sure to order a copy of The Lucky Ones now as well.

In 2002, Zara Chowdhary was sixteen years old and living with her family in Ahmedabad, when a gruesome anti-Muslim pogrom upended her world. In her memoir, Chowdhary weaves the past and the present of her multigenerational Muslim family, juxtaposing the horrific violence of rising fascistic forces on the streets with the more mundane violence of patriarchal Indian joint families at the dinner table. Through the stories of sisters, daughters, and mothers raising each other, Chowdhary shows how women hold this world together with their ability to forgive, find laughter, and offer grace even as the world they know, and their place in it, is falling apart.

From Time Magazine: "The Lucky Ones is a moving account of how she and her family survived more than twenty years of anti-Muslim violence in India… A harrowing survivor’s tale, an important history lesson, and a desperate warning from someone who has seen the tragic effects of ethnic violence." From NPR: "A must-read in our warring world today.” And from Alexander Chee: “A warning, thrown to the world, and a stunning debut - Chowdhary is a much-needed new voice.”

Zara Chowdhary holds MFA in creative writing and environment from Iowa State University and a master's in writing for performance from the University of Leeds. She has previously written for documentary television, advertising, and film. She lives in Madison and is a lecturer at UW.


at Milwaukee Public Library Mitchell Branch, 906 W Mitchell St
Saturday, August 24, 12 pm

Milwaukee Public Library presents a community meal featuring Milwaukee author and publisher Christina Ward and her latest work, Happy Days: The Official Cookbook. Cosponsored by Boswell.

Please click here and register for this event at mpl.org/services/events/index.php?eid=146326. You can order a copy of Happy Days: The Official Cookbook now as well. Boswell will also be on hand at the event with copies available for purchase.

Relish in nostalgia and relive the pop culture of the 1950s and 60s with Richie, Fonzie, and friends from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with Happy Days: The Official Cookbook. From the Cunningham kitchen to Arnold’s “greasy spoon” diner, this cookbook’s more than 90 recipes draw their inspiration from the beloved sitcom and act as a guide to the familiar flavors of mid-century America.

Christina Ward offers a variety of recipes for chefs of all levels. From appetizers to main courses and from drinks to desserts, each chapter includes delicious show-focused food for fans to enjoy with family.

Christina Ward is author of books such as Preservation, Holy Foods, and American Advertising Cookbooks. She is also Vice President and Editor of the publisher Feral House. Ward can trace her Milwaukee and Wisconsin roots to the early 1800s.


Maribeth Fischer, author of A Season of Perfect Happiness
in conversation with Mike Fischer at Boswell
Wednesday, August 28, 6:30 pm

Maribeth Fischer appears at Boswell with her new novel, A Season of Perfect Happiness, a propulsive, beautifully heartrending portrayal of one woman’s efforts to find her voice. Set in Wisconsin while paying homage to Ten Chimneys and the Lunts, it asks fundamental questions of what makes a “good” mother. In conversation with Milwaukee theater critic Mike Fischer – her brother!

Please click here to register for this event at maribethfischermke.eventbrite.com. And be sure to order your copy of A Season of Perfect Happiness now as well.

Ten years after an unspeakable tragedy caused Claire to flee her hometown, she finally has a quiet, tidy life in Wisconsin and a carefully constructed identity predicated on a simple plan: keep the past a secret. But when she meets Erik, a lighthearted theater nerd who gives Claire more of a chance than she’s given herself in a long time. Claire discovers that life after an accident could be full of joy.

But when a person from her past arrives, Claire is forced to confront what happened all those years ago. As her past is revealed, her new life and the deep friendships she’s made hang in the balance. If Claire confides in the people she’s grown to love, will they be able to forgive her? Will she finally forgive herself? Or will the life she’s spent the last decade building fall apart?

Maribeth Fischer is author of The Language of Goodbye and The Life You Longed For. She is founder and executive director of the Rehoboth Beach Writers’ Guild, has received three Delaware Division of the Arts Fellowships and two Pushcart Prizes, and holds an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University.


Amy Spalding, author of At Her Service
in conversation with Oli Schmitz at Boswell
Thursday, September 5, 6:30 pm

Boswell hosts an evening featuring Amy Spalding, author of the acclaimed romcom For Her Consideration. Spalding visits for a conversation about her new novel, At Her Service, a sweetly sexy, gloriously relatable sapphic rom-com about self-improvement, chasing your dreams, and writing your own Hollywood love story. Perfect for fans of Casey McQuiston and Alexis Hall. Spalding will chat with Boswellian Oli Schmitz. This event is our Romance Con 2024 preview - the conference place at the Baird Center in Milwaukee. Click here to visit the Rom Con website and find out more.

Please click here to visit amyspaldingmke.eventbrite.com and register for this event. Be sure to order a copy of At Her Service now as well.

Max Van Doren wishes she had a great career and a girlfriend. Instead, she’s stuck as assistant to one of Hollywood’s fastest rising talent agents and hopelessly lusting for an adorable bartender named Sadie. When Max’s influencer roommate, Chelsey sponsors Max for a new self-actualization app, Max’s dreams come achingly close to true. But fake friends and endless selfies soon have Max poised for heartbreak all over, and she realizes that to have true influence, she’ll have to find the courage to make her own, totally authentic way in the world.

Author Susie Dumond says: "At Her Service is a charming, uplifting, and deeply relatable romance perfect for any reader who has ever dreamed of stepping into their own best life. I want to befriend Amy Spalding’s characters and live in her quirky queer romantic world forever." And from Erin La Rosa: “Amy Spalding's writing will make you swoon, laugh, and fall in love with how outrageous Hollywood can be.”

Amy Spalding is author of several novels, including We Used to Be Friends and The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burger in Los Angeles), named a best book of 2018 by NPR, the Boston Globe, and Kirkus. She holds an MA in Media Studies from The New School and studied improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre.


William Kent Krueger, author of Spirit Crossing
in conversation with Nick Petrie at Boswell
Saturday, September 7, 11 am

Boswell hosts a Saturday morning Thrillwaukee event with Edgar Award-winning author William Kent Krueger for his latest Cork O’Connor mystery, Spirit Crossing. Cork and his family are in the crosshairs of a killer in the twentieth book in this beloved series. Krueger will be in conversation with Milwaukee author Nick Petrie.

Please click here to visit williamkentkruegermke.eventbrite.com and register for this event. Be sure to order a copy of Spirit Crossing now as well.

A local politician’s teenaged daughter disappears in Minnesota. During the manhunt, Cork O’Connor’s grandson stumbles across the shallow grave of a young Ojibwe woman, but nobody seems that interested. Nobody, that is, except Cork and the newly formed Iron Lake Ojibwe Tribal Police. As Cork and the tribal officers dig into the circumstances of this mysterious and grim discovery, they uncover a connection to the missing teenager. And soon, it’s clear that Cork’s grandson is in danger of being the killer’s next victim.

The New York Times Book Review calls Krueger’s Cork O’Connor series: “genuinely thrilling and atmospheric.” And the Washington Post says of his writing: “the prose is elegant, the landscape of Minnesota’s northeastern triangle is vividly portrayed, [and] the character development is superb.”

William Kent Krueger is author of The River We Remember, This Tender Land, and Ordinary Grace, winner of the Edgar Award for best novel. He has also written twenty books in the Cork O’Connor mystery series.


Jodi Picoult, author of By Any Other Name
a ticketed event at The Pabst Theater, 144 E Wells St
in conversation with Shelby Van Pelt
Monday, September 9, 7 pm

Boswell Book Company, Books & Company of Oconomowoc, and the Pabst Theater present a ticketed event with #1 New York Times bestseller Jodi Picoult, author of novels such as Mad Honey, Small Great Things, and Wish You Were Here. She visits for a conversation about her latest, By Any Other Name, a book about two women, centuries apart - one of whom is the real author of Shakespeare’s plays - who are both forced to hide behind another name. WUWM/89.7 is a presenting sponsor for this program. Picoult will be in conversation with Shelby Van Pelt, author of Remarkably Bright Creatures.

Tickets for this event cost $32.50 plus tax and ticket fee, and each includes admission to the event and an autographed copy of By Any Other Name. Click here and purchase tickets now at pabsttheatergroup.com/events/detail/jodi-picoult-2024. Please note, all books are presigned. In lieu of personalization, each attendee will receive a professional photograph with Picoult. 

Playwright Melina Green has written a new work inspired by the life of her Elizabethan ancestor Emilia Bassano. But seeing it performed is unlikely in a theater world where the playing field isn’t level for women. Then her best friend takes the decision out of her hands and submits the play to a festival under a male pseudonym. In 1581, young Emilia Bassano is a ward of English aristocrats. She has a gift for storytelling, but like most women of her day, she is allowed no voice of her own. Forced to become a mistress to the Lord Chamberlain, who oversees all theater productions in England, Emilia sees firsthand how the words of playwrights can move an audience. She begins to form a plan to secretly bring a play of her own to the stage by paying an actor named William Shakespeare to front her work.

Told in intertwining timelines, By Any Other Name is a sweeping tale of ambition, courage, and desire that centers two women who are determined to create something beautiful despite the prejudices they face. Should a writer do whatever it takes to see her story live on, no matter the cost? This remarkable novel ensures the name Emilia Bassano will no longer be forgotten.

Jodi Picoult is author of twenty-nine novels, including A Spark of Light, Leaving Time, and My Sister’s Keeper, and, with daughter Samantha van Leer, two young adult novels, Between the Lines and Off the Page.


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