Welcome to Boswell Book Company's website!

Selected upcoming events below. Visit our upcoming event page for a more complete listing.


Please note that due to the size of our event with Tayari Jones, Boswell Book Company will be closed to the general public between 6 and 8:30. We will reopen during the signing and will stay open until the signing line is completed.

You're on the Boswell Book Company page and our guess is that you want to know where we're located and how to get a hold of us. Here are the basics:

Our address is Boswell Book Company, 2559 N. Downer Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53211. The store is located on the same block as the Downer Theater, up the bluff from Lincoln Memorial Drive. We're north of Columbia St. Mary's Hospital and south of UWM. 

Our phone number is 414-332-1181. Sometimes you'll see other numbers appear on your phone when we call you, as we have multiple lines. This is our only number that has a classic exchange--EDgewood, if you are into these things.

Our email contact info is info@boswellbooks.com, if you'd like to place a special order or get basic info about an event or are wondering about our hours.

Speaking of hours, we're open 10 am to 9 pm from Monday through Saturday, and 10 am to 6 pm on Sunday. We're closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas, and there are about five holidays where we're open 10 am to 5 pm, plus we sometimes close early for events and meetings. You can assume that if we have a ticketed event in the store, we're closed to the public around 5:30.  

We've heard that after location and contact info, the reason why folks visit websites like ours is to find out about events. We keep our events on one upcoming event page, but some highlights are listed below, generally our ticketed events, but sometimes a few others are included.

And the third reason folks visit is to order books. Our site search engine is not as good as some of our well-financed online competitors, but it will do. One of the nice things we like to point out is that you can check inventory and even the subsection of the book, but be aware, the number does not take into account customer holds, receiving errors, and general misshelving. As we like to say, we just need one person to put a book back in the wrong place for it to be lost forever, or at least until we do our next section check. Our system allows you to put a book on hold without first registering an account. Try it.


Monday, July 23, 7:00 pm, at Boswell

Anna-Lisa Cox appears at Boswell with her breakout history of the long-hidden stories of America's black pioneers, the frontier they settled, and their fight for the heart of the nation. This groundbreaking work reveals America's Northwest Territory - the wild region that would become present-day Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

When black settlers Keziah and Charles Grier started clearing their frontier land in 1818, they were just looking to build a better life, but soon the Griers became early Underground Railroad conductors, joining fellow pioneers to confront the growing tyranny of bondage and injustice. Cox tells the stories of the Griers and others like them: the lost history of the nation's first Great Migration.

Black pioneers made a stand for equality and freedom, and their success made them the targets of racist backlash. Political and armed battles ensued, tearing apart families and communities long before the Civil War. These settlers were inspired by the belief that all men are created equal and a brighter future was possible.

Anna-Lisa Cox is an award-winning historian and author of A Stronger Kinship: One Town's Extraordinary Story of Hope and Faith. Currently a fellow at Harvard University's Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, she helped create two exhibits based on original research at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture, including one on black pioneers.


Tuesday, July 24, 7:00 pm, at Boswell

Wisconsin native Dan Kaufman chronicles one of the most dramatic political upheavals in the country. The Fall of Wisconsin is a searing account of how the state’s progressive tradition was undone and turned into a model for national conservatives.

For more than a century, Wisconsin has been known for its progressive ideas and government. It famously served as a "laboratory of democracy," a cradle of the labor and environmental movements, and birthplace of the Wisconsin Idea, championing expertise in service of the common good. But following a Republican sweep of the state’s government in 2010, the state went red for the first time in three decades in the 2016 presidential election.

Laws protecting voting rights, labor unions, the environment, and public education have been rapidly dismantled. The Fall of Wisconsin is a deeply reported, neither sentimental nor despairing, account of the remarkable efforts of citizens fighting to reclaim Wisconsin’s progressive legacy against tremendous odds.

Originally from Wisconsin, Dan Kaufman has written for The New York Times and The New Yorker. Can't make our event? Dan Kaufman will be at Oconomowoc's Books & Company on Wednesday, July 25, 2 pm.


Friday, July 27, 7:00 pm, at Boswell

Milwaukee parents Eric and Stephani Lohman appear at Boswell to share the powerful story of raising Rosie, their intersex child, and how they have navigated medical pressures and cultural ideas of gender. When their daughter Rosie was born, Eric and Stephani Lohman found themselves thrust into a situation for which they were not prepared. Rosie was born intersex - born with a variety of physical characteristics that do not fit neatly into traditional conceptions of male and female bodies. Immediately, the Lohmans were pressured to consent to normalizing surgery for Rosie, despite their concerns, and without being offered any alternatives.

Part memoir and part guidebook, Raising Rosie tells the Lohmans’ experience of refusing to have their child’s gender reassigned at birth, how they spoke about the condition to friends and family, teachers and caregivers, and how they plan to explain it to Rosie as she grows. This uplifting and empowering story is a must-read for all parents of intersex children.

Rosie’s story is featured in the National Geographic documentary Gender Revolution: A Journey with Katie Couric. Discussing the challenges the Lohmans have faced, Couric told Teen Vogue, “You have to be your own best advocate so that you can educate yourself about this issue. You don't have to be cowed into making a decision by a member of the medical community who may think you have to do things a certain way."

Eric Lohman, PhD. in Media Studies, is lecturer and researcher at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, focusing on gender, race, and class in the mass media. Stephani Lohman, BS, BScN, works in health care and science as an infection prevention nurse and has degrees in chemistry, biology, and nursing.


Sunday, July 29, 2 pm at Milwaukee Public Library's Loos Room at Centennial Hall, 733 N Eighth Street

Director of the Milwaukee Public Schools Foundation Ann McClain Terrell shares the story of her professional journey and the lessons she’s learned as an award-winning, nationally renowned early childhood educator.

Told in a narrative, inspirational, and practical way, this book shares the values that the author has held onto in order to be successful. It shares how one woman maintained her grace and quiet dignity while on her leadership journey and overcame the challenges and hurdles that she faced. This is not a theoretical book but rather, one that shows how theory and personal experience can be used and put into action.

Graceful Leadership in Early Childhood Education is a book to turn to when there is a challenge that needs tackling, when you need a boost of inspiration, or when you just want to reflect on your own journey.

Ann McClain Terrell was formerly Director of Innovation and Director of Early Childhood Education for Milwaukee Public Schools. She holds an MS in Educational Leadership from Cardinal Stritch and an MS in Cultural Foundations of Education from UWM. Ann received the Black Women's Network Legacy of Leadership in Education Award 2008, the National Black Child Development Institute-Milwaukee Affiliate Early Childhood Recognition Award 2007, and the Community Brainstorming Conference Children's Advocacy Award 2004. She was selected as a 2000 Children's Defense Fund Early Childhood Leadership Fellow, was recently nominated for the Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators Bert Grover Advocacy Award, and in 2016 was named as one of the most influential African Americans in Wisconsin by Madison365.


Monday, July 30, 7:00 pm, at Boswell

Journalist, cultural critic, and Jackson Park, Milwaukee native Kelli María Korducki breaks the news about breaking up in her history of the surprising politics of romantic love and its dissolution, from Jane Austen to Taylor Swift.

Whatever the underlying motives, be they love, financial security, or mere masochism, the fact is that getting involved in a romantic partnership is emotionally, morally, and even politically fraught. In Hard To Do, Kelli María Korducki turns a Marxist lens on the relatively short history of romantic love, tracing how the myth of economic equality between men and women has transformed the ways women conceive of domestic partnership.

With perceptive insights on the ways marriage and divorce are legislated, the rituals of twentieth-century courtship, and contemporary practices for calling it off, Korducki reveals that, for all women, choosing to end a relationship is a radical action with very limited cultural precedent.

Kelli María Korducki, an alum of Pius XI High School, is Senior Editor of News at Brit + Co, and has written for the Globe and Mail, NPR, and Vice. In 2015 she was nominated for a National Magazine Award for ‘Tiny Triumphs,’ a 10,000-word meditation on the humble hot dog for Little Brother Magazine. She is also a former Editor-in-Chief of the popular daily news blog, Torontoist.


Tuesday, July 31, 7:00 pm, at Boswell

Milwaukee writer Carla Anne Ernst shares the intimate, true story of her journey from male to female and offers her take on what it's like to "transition" in the context of societal expectations, while candidly revealing the mental, emotional, and physical impact of gender change on a human being.

Ernst’s memoir is a thought-provoking view on being transgender and the challenges of pretending to be someone society says you are until becoming the person you know you are. In response to the countless questions Ms. Ernst, like most trans people, receives about being transgender, the book is written in an engaging FAQ style.

Ms. Ernst has found her own sense of joy, peace, and happiness, and her wish is to help others better understand and cope with the confusion, pain, and fear inherent in the transgender experience. Whether you are on that journey yourself or are a loved one of a transgender person, Life Without Pockets is a powerful narrative that will transform the way you think and feel.

Carla Anne Ernst is a writer, hiker, swimmer, sailboat racer, dog lover, performing musician, composer, and communications professional, employee engagement advocate, and founder of CarlaAnne Communications.


Amy Stewart, author of Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions
Wednesday, August 22, 7:00 pm, at Boswell

Amy Stewart has visited Milwaukee several times over the years. She's been at the Boerner Botanical Gardens to discuss Wicked Plants. She deconstructed drinks from The Drunken Botanist at Great Lakes Distillery. But one place she's never been in Milwaukee is Boswell Book Company. And to us, thats particularly crazy, partly because we love her Kopp Sisters historical series, and even more so because she actually owns a bookstore, with her husband - Eureka Books in California.

We're celebrating the paperback release of the third book in the series, Miss Kopps Midnight Confessions, and pre-celebrating the September 11 release of #4, Miss Kopp Just Wont Quit. And speaking of things that won't quit, we're celebrating the success of the first two books in the series, Girl Waits with Gun and Lady Cop Makes Trouble. So mostly, we're just celebrating!

This is a ticketed event - $17 includes admission and a paperback, available at stewartmke.bpt.me. Choose from Girl Waits with Gun, Lady Cop Makes Trouble, or Miss Kopp's Midnight Confession. Or sign up for the forthcoming hardcover, Miss Kopp Just Won't Quit, for just $24, which includes all taxes and fees. Thats a great deal!

Suspense Magazine proclaims that “Stewart has another winner on her hands” with Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions. Constance Kopp is back, with a deputy sheriff’s badge and a taste for justice. It’s 1916, and the morals of the day put independent young women into the Hackensack jail on dubious charges of waywardness and incorrigibility. Constance supports these women when no one else will. But when her sister runs away to join the glamorous world of vaudeville, Constance’s beliefs are put to the test. Set against the backdrop of World War I and a high-stakes election and drawn from the true story of the Kopp sisters, Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions is a spirited story that will delight fans of historical fiction and lighthearted detective fiction alike. Booklist calls it “perfect for book groups.”

Amy Stewart is the award-winning author of seven books, including her acclaimed fiction debut Girl Waits with Gun and the bestsellers The Drunken Botanist and Wicked Plants.


Tommy Orange, author of There There, in conversation with UWM’s Kimberly Blaeser
Tuesday, September 25, 7:00 pm, at Boswell

Tommy Orange’s "groundbreaking, extraordinary" (The New York Times) There There is the "brilliant, propulsive" (People Magazine) story of twelve unforgettable characters, Urban Indians living in Oakland, California, who converge and collide on one fateful day. It's "the year's most galvanizing debut novel" (Entertainment Weekly). We're thrilled to welcome Orange to Boswell, where he'll be in conversation with UWM Professor of English and American Indian Studies Kimberly Blaeser. This event is cosponsored by Electa Quinney Institute.

Registration is free, or upgrade to a book-with-ticket for only $22, including tax, including ticket fee. That's 20% off the price of There There, and we'll guarantee a first edition copy. Tickets are at orangemke.bpt.me.

As we learn the reasons that each person is attending the Big Oakland Powwow - some generous, some fearful, some joyful, some violent - momentum builds toward a shocking yet inevitable conclusion that changes everything. Jacquie Red Feather is newly sober and trying to make it back to the family she left behind in shame. Dene Oxendene is pulling his life back together after his uncle's death and has come to work at the powwow to honor his uncle's memory. Opal Viola Victoria Bear Shield has come to watch her nephew Orvil, who has taught himself traditional Indian dance through YouTube videos and wants to perform in public for the very first time. There will be glorious communion and a spectacle of sacred tradition and pageantry. And there will be sacrifice, and heroism, and loss.

Tommy Orange is a recent graduate from the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. He is a 2014 MacDowell Fellow, and a 2016 Writing by Writers Fellow. He is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Oakland, California, and currently lives in Angels Camp, California. Kimberly Blaeser is a poet, critic, essayist, playwright, and fiction writer, as well as Professor at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. A former Poet Laureate for Wisconsin, she teaches Creative Writing, Native American Literature, and American Nature Writing.


A Ticketed Event with Hank Green, author of An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, in conversation with Dessa
Monday, October 1, 7:00 pm, at UWM Student Union Wisconsin Room, 2200 E Kenwood Blvd

Tickets on sale now! Join Hank Green and special guest Dessa on tour in support of Hank's debut novel An Absolutely Remarkable Thing. In this multimedia event, Hank and Dessa will talk about their books, answer audience questions, perform live music, and more. All tickets include an autographed copy of An Absolutely Remarkable Thing.

Tickets are available at hankgreenmke.bpt.me for $30, including all taxes and fees. ID required for meet and greet. Dessa's new book, My Own Devices: True Stories from the Road on Music, Science, and Senseless Love, will also be available for sale at the show. Please note there is no public signing for this event. Mr. Green will not be able to personalize, sign memorabilia, or pose for pictures.

VIP tickets are now sold out for this event.

Specially priced tickets for UWM Students, Faculty, and Staff, will go on sale at the UWM Union at the same time as general tickets, at the special price of $20 for UWM students and $27 for UWM faculty and staff, including taxes and fees. Limit of two tickets per attendee. ID required. This event is cosponsored by the UWM Student Union and UWM Student Involvement.


Jodi Picoult, author of A Spark of Light, presented by Oconomowoc’s Books & Company and Boswell
Sunday, October 21, 3:00 pm, at Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, 19805 W Capitol Dr in Brookfield

The Sharon Lynne Wilson Center, Oconomowoc's Books & Company, and Milwaukee's Boswell Book Company present a very special afternoon with Jodi Picoult, the bestselling author of Small Great Things and many other beloved novels. Picoult returns with A Spark of Light, a powerful and provocative new novel about ordinary lives that intersect during a heart-stopping crisis.

Tickets are $34.00 and include admission to the event, all taxes and fees, and a signed copy of A Spark of Light. The ticket link is picoultwi.bpt.me. In lieu of a signing line, each attendee will get a chance to have a professional photo with Jodi Picoult. Please note that this means Ms. Picoult will not be personalizing or signing backlist.

Told in a daring and enthralling narrative structure that counts backward through the hours of a standoff at a women’s reproductive health services clinic, this is a story that traces its way back to what brought each of these very different individuals to the same place on this fateful day. We’re all so excited to welcome Jodi Picoult back to metro Milwaukee, this time to the beautiful Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts in Brookfield’s Mitchell Park!

New Hampshire-based Jodi Picoult is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of twenty-three novels, including Small Great Things, Leaving Time, My Sister’s Keeper, and The Storyteller. She is also the author, with daughter Samantha van Leer, of two young adult novels, Between the Lines and Off the Page.


Check out a more complete listing of our upcoming events here.