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Boswell presents a special afternoon virtual event with Samira Shackle in conversation with Audrey Nowakowski, a Producer and Host of WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio's Lake Effect.
Click here to register for this virtual event, broadcast via Zoom. And order your copy of Karachi Vice right now, too!
Karachi - Pakistan’s largest city is a sprawling metropolis of twenty million people, twice the size of New York City. It is a place of political turbulence in which those who have power wield it with brutal and partisan force. It takes an insider to know where is safe, who to trust, and what makes Karachi tick. Shackle explores the city of her mother’s birth in the company of a handful of Karachiites whose individual experiences tell the bigger story of Karachi over the past decade as it has endured a terrifying crime wave: a period in which the Taliban arrive in Pakistan, adding to the daily perils for its residents and pushing their city into the international spotlight.
The Economist calls Shackle’s debut “A moving account of the struggles of everyday heroes - and of the unhappy metropolis that needs them.” And from Rabeea Saleem, writing for the Times Literary Supplement: “Sobering and gripping… meticulously constructs a vibrant mosaic of a city’s underbelly, while disentangling the ways in which Karachi is enmeshed with crime lords, gangs, political interests and militants.”
Samira Shackle is Editor of New Humanist magazine and a regular contributor to the Guardian Long Read. She frequently reports from Pakistan, where she has family, and spent extensive time there working on this book. She has twice been a media fellow at Columbia University’s Center for the Study of Social Difference, and in 2019 she was made a MacDowell fellow. Audrey Nowakowski is a Lake Effect Host and Producer and has also worked at WMSE. She is a graduate of Cardinal Stritch University.
Enjoy an afternoon of the perfect historical Halloween treat. Anthony and Mary Higgins Clark award–winning thriller author Lori Rader-Day chats about her brand new novel of historical intrigue set at Agatha Christie’s holiday estate. In conversation with Rachel Piper, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Senior Director of Digital Strategy (not to mention huge Agatha Christie fan!).
Tickets for this event cost $25 and include admission, a paperback copy of the book, and all tax and fees. Visit the Wilson Center website by clicking right here to purchase your tickets now. This event is cohosted by our friends of Books & Company in Oconomowoc.
Rader-Day’s new book is a captivating suspense novel. During World War II, ten displaced children stayed at Agatha Christie's country home, while London was bombed by the Germans. Inspired by this fascinating, little-known fact, Death at Greenway re-imagines what it would have been like to hide away from the war in a murder novelist's house. The result is a dark, twisting novel about nurses who come to Greenway to care for evacuated children. But when a body is discovered nearby, the idyllic setting becomes host to a deadly mystery.
Ann Cleeves calls Rader-Day’s latest, “A wonderfully atmospheric, beautifully written and entirely credible evocation of wartime Britain.” And from The New York Times Book Review, "Irresistible... a Golden Age homage, an elegantly constructed mystery that on every page reinforces the message that everyone counts.”
Lori Rader-Day is the Edgar Award–nominated author of The Lucky One, Under a Dark Sky, and The Day I Died. She is co-chair of the mystery readers’ conference Murder and Mayhem in Chicago and served as the national president of Sisters in Crime.
Authors Viola Shipman (pen name of Wade Rouse) and Susan Mallery join us for a special evening of conversation about their new, Christmas-season inspired novels.
Please click right here and register for this virtual event now. And be sure to order your copies of The Secret of Snow and The Christmas Wedding Guest as well! This event is cohosted by Books & Company of Oconomowoc, McLean & Eakin of of Petoskey, MI, and Boswell Book Company.
Shipman's latest is The Secret of Snow, a heartwarming story about starting over, family traditions, and the enduring power of love and friendship. A 50-year-old meteorologist returns to her hometown in Northern Michigan after being replaced with AI at her station in Palm Springs. Publishers Weekly called it "a beautifully written story... Fans of women’s fiction won’t be able to put this down."
Mallery's book, The Christmas Wedding Guest, is set in the small mountain town of Wishing Tree, Washington, where the town's life blood is the celebration of Christmas. Sisters Reggie and Dena Somerville, who, guilted into being bridesmaids at their parents' vow renewal ceremony, find love in the most unexpected of places - their small hometown.
Viola Shipman is the pen of memoirist Wade Rouse. Writing as Shipman, he is author of The Summer Cottage, The Charm Bracelet, and The Hope Chest. Susan Mallery is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of novels about the relationships that define women's lives, including titles such as The Stepsisters, The Summer of Sunshine and Margot, and Before Summer Ends.
Boswell Book Company, Youthaiti, and Alliance Française de Milwaukee present an evening with Haitian-Canadian-American writer Myriam JA Chancy, author of What Storm, What Thunder, the first work in English to present a gripping recollection of the devastating 2010 Haiti earthquake, one of the worst natural disasters in history. In conversation with Mike Gauyo, founder of Black Boy Writes.
Click here and register now for this virtual event, to be broadcast via Zoom. And order a copy of What Storm, What Thunder now as well! This event is cohosted by Youthaiti, a Milwaukee-based nonprofit that promotes sustainable sanitation and agriculture in rural Haiti. More at Youthaiti.org. The Alliance Française, the largest network of French language and cultural centers in the world, is dedicated to promoting French language and francophone culture in order to foster relationships between people of all nationalities, ethnicities, and races.
At the end of a long, sweltering day, as markets and businesses begin to close for the evening, an earthquake of 7.0 magnitude shakes the capital of Haiti, Port-au-Prince. The story follows the inner lives of folks affected by the disaster - a wealthy expat, his architect daughter, a drug trafficker, emigrant musician and taxi driver, and Ma Lou, the old woman selling produce in the market who remembers them and others.
Artfully weaving together these lives, witness is given to the desolation wreaked by nature and by man. What Storm, What Thunder is a reckoning of the heartbreaking trauma of disaster, and an unforgettable testimony to the tenacity of the human spirit. Edwidge Danticat calls Chancy’s novel, “Sublime. A striking and formidable novel by one of our most brilliant writers and storytellers.”
Myriam JA Chancy is HBA Chair in the Humanities at Scripps College in Claremont, California and a Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Mike Gauyo is currently an Executive Story Editor on Netflix’s Ginny & Georgia and was previously a Story Editor on HBO's Insecure.
Boswell Book Company once again reaches across the Atlantic to team up with Scotland’s Boswell Book Festival to present a joint event featuring critic and journalist Frances Wilson, author of Burning Man, in conversation with critic Bill Goldstein, author of The World Broke in Two.
Click here to register for this virtual event, which will be broadcast via Zoom. And be sure to order your copy of Burning Man now, too! This event is part of the Boswell Book Festival, the world’s only festival of biography and memoir, normally set in the spectacular grounds of Dumfries House, inaugurated and staged by the Boswell Trust.
Everyone who knew him told stories about Lawrence, and Lawrence told stories about everyone he knew. He also, again and again, told stories about himself: the pioneer of autofiction. In a distinctly Lawrentian biography, Wilson pursues Lawrence around the globe and reflects his life of wild allegory. Eschewing the confines of a full-length biography, Burning Man is a triptych of lesser-known episodes drawn from lesser-known sources, and from the tales of Lawrence told by his friends in letters, memoirs, and diaries. Focusing on three critical turning points in Lawrence’s pilgrimage (his crises in Cornwall, Italy, and New Mexico) Wilson uncovers a lesser-known Lawrence, both as a writer and as a man.
Dizzyingly original, exhaustively researched, and always revelatory, Burning Man is a marvel of biography. With flair and focus, Wilson, Lawrence’s first female biographer, unleashes a distinct perspective on one of history’s most beloved and infamous writers.
Frances Wilson is author of several works of nonfiction, including The Ballad of Dorothy Wordsworth, which won the Rose Mary Crawshay Prize, How to Survive the Titanic, winner of the Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography, and Guilty Thing: A Life of Thomas De Quincey, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and received a fellowship from the New York Public Library's Cullman Center in 2018. Bill Goldstein is author of The World Broke in Two: Virginia Woolf, TS Eliot, DH Lawrence, EM Forster and the Year that Changed Literature and a forthcoming biography of Larry Kramer. He was a New York Public Library Dorothy and Lewis B Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers Fellow for 2019-2020.
November’s edition of our popular Readings from Oconomowaukee virtual event series, hosted in partnership with our friends at Books & Company of Oconomowoc, presents an evening featuring Eileen Garvin, author of a heartwarming debut novel perfect for readers of A Man Called Ove and Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. The Music of Bees follows three lonely people in rural Oregon, each struggling to deal with one of life's curveballs, who find friendship and second chances where they least expect it - a local honeybee farm.
Click right here to register for this virtual event. And be sure to purchase your copy of The Music of Bees today, too – click here to order from Boswell, or click right here to order from Books & Company of Oconomowoc.
Alice Holtzman is stuck in a dead end job and reeling from the unexpected death of her husband. Even the beloved honeybees she raises in her spare time aren’t helping her feel better these days. In the grip of a panic attack, she nearly collides with Jake - a troubled, paraplegic teenager with the tallest mohawk in Hood River County - while carrying 120,000 honeybees in the back of her pickup truck. And then there’s Harry, a twenty-four-year-old with debilitating social anxiety who is desperate for work. As an unexpected friendship blossoms among them, a nefarious pesticide company moves to town. The unlikely trio must unite for the sake of the bees - and in the process, they just might forge a new future for themselves.
Beautifully moving, warm, and uplifting, The Music of Bees is about the power of friendship, compassion in the face of loss, and finding the courage to start over (at any age) when things don’t turn out the way you expect. Naming it their Best New Books list, People magazine calls it, “An exquisite debut that combines a moving tale of friendship with a fascinating primer on bees.”
Eileen Garvin is a beekeeper and writer living in Hood River, Oregon. She is also the author of a memoir, How to Be a Sister.
Boswell Book Company, UWM’s Sam and Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies, and the Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center present a virtual event with Mark Oppenheimer for a conversation about his book, which offers a piercing portrait of the struggles and triumphs of one of America’s renowned Jewish neighborhoods - Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill - in the wake of unspeakable tragedy that highlights the hopes, fears, and tensions all Americans must confront on the road to healing. In conversation with Rachel N Baum, Deputy Director of the Stahl Center.
Click here to register now for this virtual event. And be sure to order your copy of Squirrel Hill as well for 20% off list price.
Squirrel Hill is one of the oldest Jewish neighborhoods in the country. On October 27, 2018, a gunman killed eleven Jews who were worshipping at the Tree of Life synagogue - the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in American history. Many neighborhoods would be understandably subsumed by despair and recrimination after such an event, but not this one. Oppenheimer poignantly shifts the focus away from the criminal and his crime, and instead presents the historic, spirited community at the center of this heartbreak. He speaks with residents and nonresidents, Jews and gentiles, survivors and witnesses, teenagers and seniors, activists and historians.
These stories provide a nuanced account of collective grief, love, support, and revival. The book has earned starred reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly, which calls it, “Deeply reported and elegantly written, this is a powerful portrait of grief and resilience.”
Mark Oppenheimer is the author of five books, including Knocking on Heaven’s Door: American Religion in the Age of Counterculture and The Newish Jewish Encyclopedia. He was the religion columnist for The New York Times from 2010 to 2016 and has written for The New York Times Magazine, The Nation, and The Believers. The host of Tablet magazine’s podcast Unorthodox, Oppenheimer directs the Yale Journalism Initiative. Rachel N Baum is Deputy Director of the Stahl Center and is Co-Director, with Dr. Hank Knight, of the Stephen Weinstein Holocaust Symposium. She teaches courses on the Holocaust, Jewish film, and Jewish-American culture.
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