Welcome to Boswell Book Company's website!

Thank you for visiting our website. Due to COVID-19, our physical store is closed to the public for browsing and when we figure out when that opening date for browsing is, we'll let you know. We have expanded our phone and email response hours to 7 pm on weekdays.  Our event programming and book clubs have gone virtual, as have many of our partnership events.

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 and 11 am to 5 pm on Sunday. Please note that if you email us, we can email you back with books to purchase. We cannot complete orders by email. 

Sidewalk pickup is available during store hours - our hotline for sidewalk pickups is (414) 906-4083. 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.

Catherine Adel West, author of Saving Ruby King
In Conversation with La Tashsa Fields for A Virtual Event
Tuesday, September 29, 5:30 pm

Chicago author West joins us for UWM ACCESS event in which she’ll chat about her debut novel, an enthralling epic about a young woman in Chicago’s South Side determined to protect her best friend and a deadly secret that threatens to undermine both of their families.

Click right here to register for this Zoom event, and purchase your copy of Saving Ruby King for 20% off list price today!

West’s unforgettable debut has been named a Most Anticipated Book of 2020 by Ms. Magazine, USA Today, and Parade, which writes, "In the midst of widespread protests and calls to end racial injustice, the conversations and understanding tackled in Saving Ruby King are all significant reflections of this country’s reality today." And Bowell Book Company's Daniel Goldin says, "  don’t necessarily think West was intending to write a thriller, but I thought she did well with the mystery elements, offering twists and double twists that changed my perceptions of the characters and made the story hard to put down. I also really liked the way Catherine Adel West made the Church a character in the story, which reminded me of the church ladies functioning as the Greek chorus in Brit Bennett’s The Mothers. I imagine the church as a symbol of redemption, and sure enough it is the church that brings together at least one set of estranged characters. Saving Ruby King is an intensely satisfying reading experience."

When Ruby King's mother is found murdered in their home, the police dismiss it as another act of violence in a black neighborhood. But for Ruby, it's a devastating loss that leaves her on her own with her violent father. While she receives many condolences, her best friend, Layla, is the only one who understands how this puts Ruby in jeopardy. Their closeness is tested when Layla's father, the pastor of their church, demands that Layla stay away. But what is the price for turning a blind eye? In a relentless quest to save Ruby, Layla uncovers the murky loyalties and dangerous secrets that have bound their families together for generations. Only by facing this legacy of trauma head-on will Ruby be able to break free.

Catherine Adel West graduated with both her BA and MA in journalism from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her work has been published in Gay Magazine, Black Fox Literary Magazine, and more. La Tasha Fields is the President of the Wisconsin State Reading Association.

Nic Stone, author of Dear Justyce
in Conversation with Shana Lucas for a Virtual Event,
Wednesday, September 30, 10 am

UWM ACCESS and Boswell Book Company cohost a Zoom webinar event with Nic Stone, author of the powerful #1 New York Times bestseller Dear Martin. Stone joins us for a conversation about her follow-up novel, and she'll chat with educator and advocate Shana Lucas. This is a school event just recently opened to the public.

Click right here to register for free! And purchase your copy of Dear Justyce today for 20% off list price.

In this stunning sequel to Dear Martin, incarcerated teen Quan writes letters to Justyce about his experiences in juvenile detention, offering an unflinching look into the flawed practices and silenced voices in the American juvenile justice system. From Kirkus's starred review: "A powerful, raw, must-read told through the lens of a Black boy ensnared by our broken criminal justice system."

Vernell LaQuan Banks and Justyce McAllister grew up a block apart in the southwest Atlanta neighborhood of Wynwood Heights. Years later, though, Justyce walks the illustrious halls of Yale University, while Quan sits behind bars at the Fulton Regional Youth Detention Center. Through a series of flashbacks, vignettes, and letters, Quan’s story takes form. Troubles at home and misunderstandings at school give rise to police encounters and tough decisions. But then there’s a dead cop and a weapon with Quan’s prints on it. What leads a bright kid down a road to a murder charge? Not even Quan is sure.

Nic Stone's novel Dear Martin was a William C Morris Award finalist. Stone is also the author of the teen titles Odd One Out, an NPR Best Book of the Year and a Rainbow Book List Top Ten selection, and Jackpot. Stone is a Spelman College graduate and has worked extensively in teen mentoring. Shana Lucas is an educator in the Glendale-River Hills School District.

Jennifer Niven, author of Breathless
in Conversation with Danielle Paige for a Virtual Event
Wednesday, September 30, 7 pm

Enjoy an evening with the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller All the Bright Places. She’ll talk about her unforgettable new novel about a sensitive girl ready to live her bravest life - sex, heartbreak, family dramas, and all. She'll chat with Dorothy Must Die author Danielle Paige!

This event will be broadcast via Zoom Webinar. Click right here to register today! And purchase your copy of Breathless from Boswell Book Company today!

With graduation on the horizon, budding writer Claudine is focused on three things: college, become a famous author, and the ever-elusive possibility of sex. She doesn't even need to be in love - sex is all she's looking for. Then her dad drops a bombshell: he and Claude's mom are splitting up.

Suddenly, Claude's entire world feels like a lie, and the ground under her feet anything but stable. Claude's mom whisks them both away to a remote, mosquito-infested island off the coast of Georgia, a place where the two of them can start the painful process of mending their broken hearts. Compulsively readable and impossible to forget, Niven's luminous novel is an insightful portrait of a young woman determined to write her own next chapter.

Jennifer Niven author of All the Bright Places and Holding Up the Universe. Niven also oversees Germ, a literary web magazine for high school age and beyond. Danielle Paige is author of the New York Times bestselling series Dorothy Must Die and a brand new series called Stealing Snow.

Naomi Novik, author of A Deadly Education
in Conversation with VE Schwab, author of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
for a Virtual Event
Thursday, October 1, 7 pm CDT

We’re so happy to host a virtual event with Naomi Novik, the New York Times bestselling author of Uprooted and Spinning Silver, for a conversation about her brand new fantasy novel, the story of an unwilling dark sorceress who is destined to rewrite the rules of magic. For this event, Novik will be in be in conversation with V.E. Schwab.

This event is ticketed - purchase tickets today at naominovik-boswell.eventbrite.com. Each ticket costs $22.40 and includes a copy of A Deadly Education and admission to the event. This book is not signed, but is available at 20% off the list price, plus sales tax and ticket fee. You will receive your ticket link shortly before the event. Books may be collected via sidewalk pickup at Boswell, or for $4 more we will ship via USPS media mail to anywhere in the continental United States. Alas, VIP tickets have sold out.

Every sorcerer has a gift. Mastering their gifts in a unique magical academy means a chance of being invited into the enclaves, the world’s magical elite. El Higgins’ talent is for mass destruction: Someday, she could level mountains or destroy untold millions with her power, and this dark talent has alienated her from others. El hopes that one day she will join a prestigious enclave, and that means ingratiating herself with the powerful and the privileged. That includes Orion Lake: rich, beloved, and the most celebrated magician of his generation. But what she comes to learn about Orion opens her eyes to some shocking truths about both herself, the school, and their world.

Naomi Novik is the acclaimed New York Times-bestselling author of the Nebula Award-winning novel Uprooted, Spinning Silver, and the nine-volume Temeraire series, as well as a founder of the Archive of Our Own. Her book A Deadly Education is the first of the Scholomance trilogy.

Victoria “V. E.” Schwab is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty books, including the acclaimed Shades of Magic series, Villains series, Monster of Verity duology, Cassidy Blake series and The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue. Her work has received critical acclaim and been featured in the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Washington Post and more, translated into more than two dozen languages, and has been optioned for television and film. When she’s not haunting Paris streets or trudging up English hillsides, she lives in Edinburgh, Scotland and is usually tucked in the corner of a coffee shop, dreaming up monsters.

Natalie Zina Walschots, author of Hench
in Conversation with Jason Kennedy and Daniel Goldin for a Virtual Event
Friday, October 2, 7 pm

We’re so excited to host an event with the author of the latest novel to take Boswell by storm. Hench is an imaginative book of love, betrayal, revenge, and redemption, told with razor-sharp wit and affection, in which a young woman discovers the greatest superpower, for good or evil, is a properly executed spreadsheet. Walschots will chat with our buyer Jason Kennedy, who’s picked Hench as one of his top books of 2020.

Register for this Zoom event with a click right here. And purchase your copy of Hench for 20% off list price today!

From Jason’s staff recommendation: "Anna is a hench without an evil boss to work for, so she uses a special temp agency that places henches with villains. Her work doesn’t involve any heavy lifting – that’s what the Meat is for. Anna is particularly skilled at boring office work - Excel sheets and whatnot are her forte. After a run-in with Supercollider (think Superman), she's sent to the hospital with a messed up leg and a termination notice from her employer. Broken down but not out, Anna starts to gather her life together again, and for the first time, people start to take notice of her. Walschot created a world where all our assumptions are turned on their heads, and the villains are hiding in plain sight with a smile on their faces."

Jason’s not the only Boswellian who loves Hench. Rachel Copeland says, "Sure, there are superpowered people in this story, but make no mistake: this is the story of an ordinary young woman using her greatest asset, her brain, to gain power and agency." And Jen Steele says, "Hench delightfully twists the perspective on superheroes. You will think twice next time you root for those caped heroes!

Natalie Zina Walschots is author of Thumbscrews, which won the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry, and DOOM: Love Poems for Supervillains. Her writing on the interactive adventure The Aluminum Cat won an IndieCade award, and her poetic exploration of the notes engine in Bloodborne was covered by Kotaku and First Person Scholar. She is also a community manager and game designer.

Helen Phillips, author of The Need
in Conversation with Daniel Goldin for a Virtual Event
Monday, October 5, 5:30 pm

Join us for a special event featuring the National Book Award Longlisted author Helen Phillips for a conversation and Q&A session about her dazzlingly original novel in which a mother of two young children grapples with the dualities of motherhood after confronting a masked intruder in her home.

Click here to register for this Zoom event, and purchase your copy of The Need for 10% off list price today! Do know this paperback event is spoiler-friendly, so questions about about the book's ending may be discussed. Though it’s not necessary, we might suggest reading the book before this evening.

When Molly hears footsteps in the living room, she tries to convince herself it’s the sleep deprivation. She’s been hearing things these days. Startling at loud noises. Imagining the worst-case scenario. It’s what mothers do. But then she catches a glimpse of movement. Suddenly Molly is face-to-face with an intruder who knows far too much about her and her family. As she attempts to protect those she loves most, Molly slips down an existential rabbit hole where she must confront the dualities of motherhood: the ecstasy and the dread; the languor and the ferocity; the banality and the transcendence as the book hurtles toward a mind-bending conclusion.

Helen Phillips is author of The Beautiful Bureaucrat, a New York Times Notable Book of 2015 and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and the story collection Some Possible Solutions, which received the 2017 John Gardner Fiction Book Award. Her collection And Yet They Were Happy was named a notable collection by The Story Prize. Phillips has received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award and the Italo Calvino Prize in Fabulist Fiction, and her work has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, and Tin House. She is an Associate Professor at Brooklyn College.

in Conversation with Ellie Campbell for a Virtual Event
Tuesday, October 6, 7 pm CDT

REDgen and Boswell Book Company present and evening with Dr. Abigail Gewirtz, child psychologist and a leading expert on families under stress. She’ll chat with Ellie Campbell, Director of Marketing and Communication for REDgen.

Click here to register for this Zoom virtual event. And purchase your copy of When the World Feels Like a Scary Place for 10% off list price today!

In our complicated world, big issues make both parents and children anxious. So how should parents talk to their kids about the things that make both parent and child on edge - from family financial issues to school shootings to global warming? Here, an expert child psychologist offers parents scripts for conversations that will help us raise kids who are informed, engaged, and confident.

Gerwitz shows how to use the most basic tool at your disposal - conversation - to give children real help in dealing with the worries, stress, and other negative emotions caused by problems in the world, from active shooter drills to climate change to COVID-19.

Abigail Gewirtz is a Professor in the University of Minnesota's College of Education and Human Development. Gewirtz is Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Psychology, a member of the Executive Committee of the International Union of Psychological Science, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Society for Prevention Research. She has consulted to national and international organizations including the U.S. Congress, and UNICEF, on parenting. Ellie Campbell is Director of Marketing and Communication for REDgen.

Lesley Kagen, author of Every Now and Then
in Conversation with Lauren Fox for a Virtual Event
Wednesday, October 7, 7 pm

Wisconsin’s own New York Times bestselling author of novels such as The Undertaking of Tess and Whistling in the Dark chats about her latest, a heartfelt story about three young girls searching for adventure during the summer of 1960 that’s perfect for fans of Where the Crawdads Sing. Kagen will chat with Shorewood-based Lauren Fox, author of Days of Awe.

Register right here for this Zoom event, and purchase your copy of Every Now and Then today!

Pam Jenoff, author of The Lost Girls of Paris, says, “Kagen paints a tragic and evocative portrait of a childhood summer disrupted by tragedy in 1960s Wisconsin… Both a memorable coming of age tale and suspenseful page-turner. Longtime and new fans of Kagen will delight!”

The summer of 1960 was the hottest ever for Summit, Wisconsin. When three patients escape from Broadhurst Mental Institution, it becomes the summer eleven-year-old best friends Frankie, Viv, and Biz will forever remember as the year evil paid a visit to their small town. Six decades later, Biz, now a bestselling novelist, remembers that long ago summer and how it still haunts her in this story about the ties that bind us, the timelessness of grief and guilt, and the everlasting hope for redemption.

Lesley Kagen is the author of nine previous novels, including The Undertaking of Tess, Good Graces, and The Mutual Admiration Society. Kagen is a Wisconsin-based actress, voice-over-talent, sought-after speaker, child advocate, student storyteller, and writing instructor. Lauren Fox is the author of several novels, including Send for Me, which will be published in February 2021.

in Conversation with Molly Snyder for a Virtual Event
Thursday, October 8, 7 pm

Author of Milwaukee Ghosts and Legends and founder of Gothic Milwaukee, purveyor of our city's most popular haunted, historical walking tours, joins us for a perfect event for every Wisconsonite’s Halloween season. She'll walk us through her latest book chock full of true, shocking tales from Wisconsin's seamy past.

Click here to register for this Zoom event, and purchase your copy of Storied & Scandalous Wisconsin for 10% off list price today!

Lardinois brings together lots of well-researched information into these cohesive tales of terrible fires, vengeful call girls, famous flim-flam men, and eye-brow archingly suspicious deaths. Meet mob boss Frank Balistrieri and discover the havoc he wreaked. Read the stories of red light districts, rum runners, crimes, and tragedies that fill our state’s past. Learn how the great lakes made Prohibition a great party in Wisconsin. Welcome to Wisconsin’s surprisingly seedy underbelly.

Anna Lardinois owns Gothic Milwaukee, is author of Milwaukee Ghosts and Legends, and is creator of Walking Milwaukee, a collection of self-guided tours that explore the best of Cream City’s history and architecture. Molly Snyder is a reporter for OnMilwaukee.

Amy Timberlake, author of Skunk and Badger
in Conversation with Jim Higgins for a Virtual Event
Monday, October 12, 5:30 pm CDT

Newbery Honoree and Wisconsin native Amy Timberlake chats about her brand new book, a fresh take on the classic odd couple story of two opposites who need to be friends. Timberlake will chat with Jim Higgins, Art and Books Editor of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

This event shall be broadcast via Zoom - click right here to register today! And don’t forget to purchase your copy of Skunk and Badger for 20% off list price today!

Skunk and Badger has already earned starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, and Booklist, which calls it "a treasure of a book that promises future misadventures from your new favorite odd couple."

Wallace and Gromit meets Winnie-the-Pooh in this story when Skunk plows into Badger’s life. No one wants a skunk around. They are unwelcome on front stoops. They should not linger in Important Rock Rooms. Skunks should never, ever be allowed to move in. But Skunk is Badger’s new roommate, and there is nothing Badger can do about it. Now, everything Badger knows is upended. Tails are flipped. The wrong animal is sprayed. And why-oh-why are there so many chickens?

Amy Timberlake’s work has received a Newbery Honor, an Edgar Award, a Golden Kite Award, and the China Times Best Book Award. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and holds an MA in English/Creative Writing from the University of Illinois. Timberlake grew up in Hudson, Wisconsin. Jim Higgins is the Book and Arts Editor of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

John Grisham, author of A Time For Mercy
in Conversation with Nick Petrie for a Virtual Event
Wednesday, October 14, 1 pm CDT

Join us for a special virtual conversation with the #1 New York Times bestselling author as he discusses his latest novel, which features the return of Jake Brigance, the hero of one of the most popular novels of our time, A Time to Kill. Grisham will be in conversation with Whitefish Bay's Nick Petrie, author of the Peter Ash thrillers.

Click right here to register for this event, which will be broadcast via Zoom. And purchase your copy of A Time for Mercy from Boswell Book Company for 20% off list price today!

There is a time to kill and a time for justice. Now comes A Time for Mercy. Clanton, Mississippi. 1990. Jake Brigance finds himself embroiled in a deeply divisive trial when the court appoints him attorney for Drew Gamble, a timid sixteen-year-old boy accused of murdering a local deputy. Many in Clanton want a swift trial and the death penalty, but Brigance digs in and discovers that there is more to the story than meets the eye. Jake’s fierce commitment to saving Drew from the gas chamber puts his career, his financial security, and the safety of his family on the line.

In what may be the most personal and accomplished legal thriller of John Grisham’s storied career, we deepen our acquaintance with the iconic Southern town of Clanton and the vivid cast of characters that so many readers know and cherish. The result is a richly rewarding novel that is both timely and timeless, full of wit, drama, and most of all, heart.

John Grisham is author of thirty-five novels, including books like The Firm, The Pelican Brief, and The Client which have cemented his reputation as the master of the legal thriller, and nine of his novels have been adapted into films. Nick Petrie is author of five Peter Ash novels, including The Drifter, which won the ITW Thriller and Barry Awards, and The Breaker, which will be published January 2021.

The Latest Post from the Boswell and Books Blog: Daniel Goldin on Chicago Soul on the Page
From Daniel: Curtis Mayfield, Chaka Khan, The Staple Singers, and Earth, Wind, and Fire all got their start in Chicago. Their families mostly came to the city in the Great Migration, searching for a better life. In the end, most of these music geniuses wound up leaving to get to the next stage of their careers. It is true for writers too. While Gwendolyn Brooks stayed, others like Lorraine Hansberry and Richard Wright moved on to New York, such that the Chicago Black Renaissance has often been overshadowed by Harlem’s.

Chicago’s literary scene still shines today, finding inspiration in Bronzeville and other neighborhoods with a strong history of Black culture that reflect the experience of the folks who grew up there. I think my recent entry into the world came with a nonfiction book, Natalie Y. Moore’s The South Side: A Portrait of Chicago and American Segregation. It’s a look at how segregation and even redlining are not historical artifacts. Moore uses a combination of reporting and memoir to look at the housing boom of the 2000s and why properties in African American neighborhoods crashed faster and harder than others.

Like many books, I read Moore’s book because we were having an event, and we were having an event because either I, the publisher, or the author realized that Chicago is only two hours away and there’s an opportunity to reach another market without the cost of a plane trip and hotel. It was an excellent talk, and I continued to keep my eye out for Chicago writers who might be interested in taking the trip.
Read the full post from Daniel, with many more Chicago books noted, right here on the Boswell and Books blog today!

For more posts from The Boswellians and Boswell and Books blogs, visit our blog post archive right here.