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Join us for a virtual visit from Moniz, author of one of the most exciting debut collections in today’s literary landscape. Her stories depict the sultry lives of Floridians in intergenerational tales that contemplate human connection, race, womanhood, inheritance, and the elemental darkness in us all. April’s Roxane Gay Audacious Bookclub pick! She’ll chat with Giddings, acclaimed author of the novel Lakewood.
Click right here to register for this virtual event. And purchase your copy of Milk Blood Heat for 20% off list price, too!
Moniz is a rising literary star, and her book has been dubbed one of 2021’s Most Anticipated by O, the Oprah Magazine, Buzzfeed, Elle, and many more publications. Daniel Goldin is also a fan – he says, “Set in and around Jacksonville, Florida, Dantiel Moniz’s first collection of stories follows a group of Black and Brown girls and women as they navigate life – enigmatic friendships, failed relationships, fractured families, and the judgment of the church. I love the way Moniz gets inside each character’s psyche – by the end of each story, I felt that I truly knew Ava and Rayna and Billie and Frankie and Shayla.”
A livewire debut set among the cities and suburbs of Florida, these stories delve into the ordinary worlds of young girls, women, and men who find themselves confronted by extraordinary moments of violent personal reckoning. These intimate portraits of people and relationships scour and soothe and blast a light on the nature of family, faith, forgiveness, consumption, and what we may, or may not, owe one another.
Dantiel W Moniz is the recipient of the Alice Hoffman Prize for Fiction, the Cecelia Joyce Johnson Emerging Writer Award by the Key West Literary Seminar, and a Tin House Scholarship. Her fiction has appeared in The Paris Review, Tin House, and McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern. Megan Giddings is author of the novel Lakewood. She is a features editor at The Rumpus and the fiction editor at The Offing, and her fiction has appeared in Black Warrior Review, Gulf Coast, and The Iowa Review.
Join us for the launch celebration for Milwaukee-area author Rajurkar’s debut novel. She is the winner of the national SCBWI Emerging Voices award. She’ll chat with Lauren Fox, Milwaukee author of Send for Me and Days of Awe.
Click this link sentence to register for this Zoom launch event. And preorder your copy of American Betiya for 20% off list price right now! Autographed copies will be available.
American Betiya takes an honest look at the ways cultures can clash in an interracial relationship. Braiding together themes of sexuality, artistic expression, and appropriation, Rajurkar gives voice to a girl claiming ownership of her identity, one shattered stereotype at a time. Kathleen Glasgow, author of Girl in Pieces, says, "American Betiya thoughtfully examines cross-cultural boundaries, first love, the first steps of independence from family, and the power of art to transform and heal. I loved Rani's fierce, heartfelt, and beautifully told journey."
Rani Kelkar, a young woman growing up in Evanston, Illinois, can say she's never lied to her parents in her life. Then she meets Oliver, whose tattoos, charisma, and passion for art - the qualities that made him so attractive to Rani - make him her mother’s worst nightmare. They begin dating in secret, but when Oliver's troubled home life unravels, he starts to ask more of Rani than she knows how to give, desperately trying to fit into her world, no matter how high the cost.
Anuradha Rajurkar is a teacher by day and a YA writer by night, who holds two degrees from Northwestern University.
Oona Out of Order is a national bestseller, Good Morning America Book Club pick, and a Boswell favorite. It’s also out in paperback on February 9 and we’re celebrating with special free virtual event with Margarita Montimore. Oona Out of Order is a remarkably inventive novel about a woman who lives each year of her life out of order, exploring what it means to be human and live in the moment. For this event, Montimore will be in conversation with Boswellians Chou and Goldin.
Click right here to register for this Zoom virtual event. And purchase your paperback copy of Oona Out of Order for 10% off list price, too.
If you loved The Immortalists or The Midnight Library, Oona Out of Order is a great book to read next. Boswellian Kay Wosewick calls Oona a “unique, fun, and thought-provoking tale.” And as Jenny Chou says, “For anyone who’s been waiting seventeen years for a novel as engrossing as The Time Traveler’s Wife, this is the book for you! Please note that Oona Out of Order will also be the April selection of our Books & Beer Book Club. Details about that can be found right here.
It’s New Year’s Eve 1982, and Oona Lockhart has her whole life before her. At the stroke of midnight she will turn nineteen, and the year ahead promises to be one of consequence. Should she go to London to study economics, or remain at home in Brooklyn to pursue her passion for music and be with her boyfriend? As the countdown to the New Year begins, Oona faints and awakens thirty-two years in the future in her fifty-one-year-old body. Greeted by a friendly stranger in a beautiful house she’s told is her own, Oona learns that with each passing year she will leap to another age at random. And so begins Oona Out of Order.
Margarita Montimore is author of Asleep from Day. After receiving a BFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College, she worked for over a decade in publishing and social media before deciding to focus on the writing dream full-time.
Acclaimed science journalist Michelle Nijhuis discusses her new and vibrant history of the modern conservation movement, as told through the lives and ideas of the people who built it. This event is cosponsored by Schlitz Audubon Nature Center and Boswell Book Company and Nijhuis will chat with Dan Egan, author of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes. Cohosted by Schlitz Audubon Nature Center.
Click right here to register for this virtual event today! And purchase your copy of Beloved Beasts for 20% off list price, too. The first 20 people to order the book will also receive autographed book plates and a Beloved Beasts Field Notebook!
In the late nineteenth century, as humans came to realize our rapidly industrializing and globalizing societies were driving other animal species to extinction, a movement to protect and conserve them was born. In Beloved Beasts, Nijhuis traces the movement’s history: from early battles to save charismatic species such as the American bison and bald eagle to today’s global effort to defend life on a larger scale.
Nijhuis’s book describes the vital role of scientists and activists such as Aldo Leopold and Rachel Carson and reveals the origins of vital organizations like the Audubon Society and the World Wildlife Fund. As the destruction of other species continues and the effects of climate change escalate, Beloved Beasts charts the ways conservation is becoming a movement for the protection of all species—including our own.
Michelle Nijhuis is a project editor at the Atlantic, a contributing editor at High Country News, and an award-winning reporter whose work has been published in National Geographic and the New York Times Magazine. She is coeditor of The Science Writers' Handbook. Dan Egan is a reporter at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and has twice been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He is the Brico Fund Senior Water Policy Fellow in Great Lakes Journalism at UWM’s School of Freshwater Sciences.
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