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Thank you for visiting our website. Due to COVID-19, our physical store has only limited browsing hours of 2 to 4 pm with an admissions cap of ten customers at a time. Our booksellers are available by phone for general inquiries orders at (414) 332-1181 or email at info@boswellbooks.com between 10 am and 7 pm on Monday through Friday, 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Please note that if you email us, we can email you back with books to purchase. We cannot complete orders by email.  Our event programming and book clubs have gone virtual, as have many of our partnership events. 

Sidewalk pickup is available during store hours. We ship by media mail, UPS, and do a limited amount of Boswell delivery to closer neighborhoods. Our media mail shipping and local delivery is a very reasonable $4 within Wisconsin, $6 elsewhere within the United States. For puzzles and games, our UPS rates are $10 within Wisconsin, $12 in the contiguous United States. We do not ship internationally. We suggest that out-of-state shipments upgrade to UPS as it may take as long as a month to get books via media mail. Local media mail delivery is often quite speedy. Order $75 more of books or gift items to one address and we will cover the shipping costs. One last thing - remember that just because you order something doesn't mean we can get it.

Please note it's not quite business as usual. All purchases must be paid for in advance by credit or debit card before pickup - we're temporarily not taking cash. We are not taking returns at this time. Packages are not going to always come as quickly as you'd like - we expect serious delays on on USPS media mail particularly outside the Milwaukee area. At this time, we are processing 99% of orders within 24 hours of receiving them, but please note that you should wait until you receive an email acknowledging that your book is available and ready for pickup before you make the trip. Gift cards are available for purchase online or by phone.

Second-hand mystery grab bags available here. Each package has at least four books: one general fiction or story collection, one mystery or thriller, and two nonfiction titles, all for $20. Or get a Bargain Bag for $25, which includes a selection of three bargain books: one hardcover fiction title, one hardcover nonfiction title, and one surprise paperback.

Matt Haig, author of The Midnight Library
A Readings from Oconomowaukee Virtual Event
in Conversation with Daniel Goldin and Lisa Baudoin
Monday, October 26, 3 pm

Presenting the latest event in the Readings from Oconomowaukee series from Books & Company and Boswell Books. Matt Haig, author of the novel How to Stop Time and the memoir Reasons to Stay Alive, joins us all the way from Brighton, England for this special afternoon event to chat about his latest, which draws on quantum wave theory to tell the charming story of an English woman with situational depression.

Click here to register for this Zoom virtual event. And purchase your copy of The Midnight Library for 20% off list price from Boswell Book Company or from Books & Company right here.

Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality. One tells the story of your life as it is, along with another book for the other life you could have lived if you had made a different choice at any point in your life. While we all wonder how our lives might have been, what if you had the chance to go to the library and see for yourself? Would any of these other lives truly be better?

In Matt Haig’s enchanting new novel, Nora Seed finds herself faced with this decision. Faced with the possibility of changing her life for a new one, following a different career, undoing old breakups, realizing her dreams of becoming a glaciologist; she must search within herself as she travels through the Midnight Library to decide what is truly fulfilling in life, and what makes it worth living in the first place.

Matt Haig is the author of the internationally bestselling memoir Reasons to Stay Alive, along with five novels, including How to Stop Time, The Radleys, and The Humans, and several award-winning children’s books. Goldin and Baudoin are the proprietors of Boswell Book Company and Books & Company, respectively.

A Ticketed Event with
Jess Walter, author of The Cold Millions
in Conversation with Karen Russell for a Virtual Event
Wednesday, October 28, 7 pm

We are pleased to host a ticketed virtual with Jess Walter, the author of the beloved bestseller Beautiful Ruins, for a conversation about his first new novel in eight years. Walter will chat with Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia and Sleep Donation, a haunting novella praised by Stephen King, available in paperback on September 29. What a great pairing!

Tickets are available at jesswalter-boswellmke.eventbrite.com for $23.19 (20% off the price of The Cold Millions), plus sales tax and ticket fee, and include "admission" on one device to the event. The first 60 folks to sign up will get a signed tip-in copy of The Cold Millions. Folks who sign up after that will either get tip-ins or a signed book with bookplate.

Here's Chris Lee's recommendation for The Cold Millions: " Walter’s latest is a grand and sweeping Western saga of the Wobblies free speech fight in Spokane. Over the course of a year, two vagrant brothers, a bawdy vaudeville performer, and firebrand labor activist Elizabeth Gurley Flynn take actions big and small that change the West and America forever. Walter gets deep under the skin of people living during a time of upheaval, in a world that’s ever-shifting, bending, and changing – though he reminds us: when isn’t it? With moral obligations and the arc of history on the line, what’s a young dreamer to do? Which side are you on?" And from Daniel Goldin: "Jess Walter once again creates a web of literary prowess, bravado, and heart, which we so loved in Beautiful Ruins, in his latest. You also might be reminded of The Sisters Brothers, that other contemporary classic of The West by Patrick DeWitt. One thing's for sure - you'll be completely captivated by Gig and Rye's journey."

NPR calls it a “literary miracle.” The Dolan brothers live by their wits, jumping freight trains and lining up for day work at crooked job agencies. While sixteen-year-old Rye yearns for a steady job and a home, his dashing older brother Gig dreams of a better world, fighting alongside other union men for fair pay and decent treatment. Dubious of his brother’s idealism, Rye finds himself drawn to a fearless nineteen-year-old activist and feminist named Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, her passion sweeping him into the workers’ cause. An intimate story of brotherhood, love, sacrifice and betrayal set against the panoramic backdrop of an early twentieth-century America that eerily echoes our own time, The Cold Millions offers a stunning, kaleidoscopic portrait of a nation grappling with the chasm between rich and poor, between harsh realities and simple dreams.

Jess Walter is author of six novels, one book of short stories and one nonfiction book, which includes the #1 New York Times bestseller Beautiful Ruins, the national bestseller The Financial Lives of the Poets, and the National Book Award finalist The Zero. His writing has thrice been selected for Best American Short Stories and has appeared in Esquire, The New York Times, and Harper's. Karen Russell is author of Swamplandia, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, as well as Vampires in the Lemon Grove and the story collection Orange World. Russell has received a MacArthur Fellowship and a Guggenheim award.

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