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in Conversation with Lori Fredrich
In Person at Boswell Book Company
Wednesday, August 4, 7 pm

Milwaukee food and travel writer Kristine Hansen chats about Wisconsin Farms and Farmer's Markets: Tours, Trails and Attractions, her new book that covers Badger State farm stays, pick your owns, trail rides, farming museums, county fairs, cheese trails, dairy centers, wine tastings, petting zoos, tree farms, farmer's markets, and so much more. Hansen will chat with Lori Fredrich of OnMilwaukee.

This event will be live and in-person. Due to our limited in-person capacity for events, registration is requested - click here to register now! If we are close to capacity, admission will be prioritized for those who have registered. And order your copy of Wisconsin Farms and Farmers Markets for 10% off list price, too. Ask for your signed copy.

With its fertile soil and more than a century of agricultural heritage, Wisconsin ranks #2 in the nation for its number of organic farms, second only to California. From the boho-chic Driftless Region to cherry orchards hugging Lake Michigan in Door County, not to mention pizza farms nestled along the Mississippi River, the Dairy State is the ideal vacation for farm-loving travelers in search of authentic culinary experiences. Whether it’s stepping into a cranberry bog or sipping cider fermented from antique apples, this book’s profiles of farms (and its farmers) has that itinerary covered. The agritourism opportunities abound throughout the state.

Kristine Hansen is a nationally recognized food and travel writer who has covered Wisconsin’s cheese producers for Travel + Leisure, Fodors, and Cheese Professor. Her writing has appeared in Time Magazine, Midwest Living, and Milwaukee Magazine. She is the author of Wisconsin Cheese Cookbook: Creamy, Cheesy, Sweet, and Savory Recipes from the State’s Best Creameries.


in Conversation with Daniel Goldin and Lisa Baudoin for a Virtual Event
Thursday, August 5, 2 pm

The August edition of our famed Readings from Oconomowaukee virtual event series, presented in partnership with Books & Company of Oconomowoc, presents the return to southeastern Wisconsin of Madison-based writer Jennifer Chiaverini, author of acclaimed novels such as Resistance Women, Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker, and the Elm Creek Quilts series. She visits for her latest, an enthralling novel of the woman’s suffrage movement.

Please click here to register for this virtual event, broadcast via Zoom. And you can purchase your copy of The Women’s March for 20% off list price from either store – click here to order from Boswell, or click here to order from Books & Company.

Inspired by actual events, The Women’s March offers a fascinating account of a crucial but little-remembered moment in American history, a turning point in the struggle for women’s rights. Twenty-five-year-old Alice Paul returns to her native New Jersey after several years on the front lines of the suffrage movement in Great Britain. Weakened from imprisonment and hunger strikes, she is nevertheless determined to invigorate the stagnant suffrage movement in her homeland. To inspire support for the campaign, Alice organizes a magnificent procession down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC, the day before the inauguration of President-elect Woodrow Wilson, a firm antisuffragist.

Joining the march is thirty-nine-year-old New Yorker Maud Malone, librarian and advocate for women’s and workers’ rights. The daughter of Irish immigrants, Maud has acquired a reputation - and a criminal record - for interrupting politicians’ speeches with pointed questions they’d rather ignore. Civil rights activist and journalist Ida B. Wells-Barnett resolves that women of color must also be included in the march and the proposed amendment. Born into slavery in Mississippi, Ida worries that white suffragists may exclude Black women if it serves their own interests. On March 3, 1913, the glorious march commences, but negligent police allow vast crowds of belligerent men to block the parade route, endangering not only the success of the demonstration but the women’s very lives.

Jennifer Chiaverini is the New York Times bestselling author of acclaimed historical novels and the beloved Elm Creek Quilts series. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Chicago, she lives in Madison.


Andrea Bartz, author of We Were Never Here
In Conversation with Jennifer Hillier for a Virtual Event
Monday, August 9, 7 pm

Elm Grove Public Library and Boswell present Milwaukee-area native Andrea Bartz, author of The Lost Night and The Herd for an event featuring her latest thriller, a novel that travels from Milwaukee to Cambodia for a backpacking trip with deadly consequences.

This event is now virtual. Register here for this event.

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Emily is in the mountains of Chile with her best friend, Kristen, on their annual reunion trip. But on the last night of the trip, Emily enters their hotel suite to find blood and broken glass on the floor. Kristen says the cute backpacker she brought back to the room attacked her, and she had no choice but to kill him in self-defense. Even more shocking: The scene is horrifyingly similar to last year’s trip, when another backpacker wound up dead. Back home in Wisconsin, Emily struggles to bury her trauma, diving head-first into a new relationship and throwing herself into work. But when Kristen shows up for a surprise visit, Emily is forced to confront their violent past.

Steph Cha, author of Your House Will Pay, says, “Bartz takes a friendship with boundary issues and adds an extra-special ingredient - the permanent, secret alliance of two people who have gotten away with murder… An observant, suspenseful, and deeply scary novel.” And from Zakiya Dalila Harris, author of The Other Black Girl, “A nail-biting, immersive whirl of a read…Brimming with mysterious twists, turns, and a frenemyship of the most chilling proportions, We Were Never Here is every woman’s worst nightmare - and every thriller-lover’s dream.”

Andrea Bartz is author of The Lost Night and The Herd. Her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, and many other outlets, and she’s held editorial positions at Glamour, Psychology Today, and Self. Jennifer Hillier is the author of Little Secrets, Creep, and Jar of Hearts. 


in Conversation with Chris Herring for a Virtual Event
Tuesday, August 10, 7 pm

Boswell Book Company presents a virtual event with sports writer Mirin Fader for a discussion of her new book, which charts the inspiring story of Giannis Antetokounmpo and his rise to superstardom. In conversation with Chris Herring, Senior Writer for Sports Illustrated.

Click here to register for this virtual event, broadcast via Zoom. And order your copy of Giannis now, too, for 20% off list price!

As the face of the NBA's new world order, Giannis Antetokounmpo has overcome unfathomable obstacles to become a symbol of hope for people all over the world, the personification of the American Dream. But his backstory remains largely untold, and Fader unearths new information about the childhood that shaped him. Fader tells a deeply human story of how an unknown, skinny, Black-Greek teen, who played in the country's lowest pro division and was seen as a draft gamble, transformed his body and his game into MVP material.

Journalist Jemele Hill offers this praise: “Mirin Fader gives readers a gorgeous portrayal of one of the most unique talents to ever play professional basketball. But Giannis is more than just the comprehensive story of a once-in-a-generation athlete. It is the story of how American promise intersects with iron will and heartwarming vulnerability.”

Mirin Fader is a staff writer for The Ringer and has written for Bleacher Report as well. Her work has been honored by the Pro Writers Basketball Association, the AP Sports Editors, and the Los Angeles Press Club, and her work has been featured in the Best American Sports Writing series. Chris Herring is author of Blood in the Garden. He spent five years covering the NBA for ESPN and FiveThirtyEight and covered the Knicks for The Wall Street Journal. He teaches at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism.


David S Pederson, author of Death Foretold
A Virtual Event
Wednesday, August 11, 7 pm

Join us for a virtual evening with the always-charming Milwaukee-area author David S Pederson to celebrate the release of the latest installment of his Lambda Literary Award-nominated Heath Barrington mystery series. Barrington delves into the spirit world to solve the murder of a spiritualist while discovering dark secrets in another detective's past.

Click here to register for this virtual, Zoom event. And you can order your copy of Death Foretold from Boswell, too! Autographed copies will be available.

A traveling spiritualist is found shot to death in an alley late at night with his underwear around his ankles. But the perpetrator is an enigma. Was it the young trick with a drug problem the spiritualist met in the alley? The unusual woman who runs the boarding house where the trick lives? The dead man’s wife, another spiritualist with secrets of her own? The handsome, alcoholic protégé? The beautiful woman who leads the spiritualist’s fan club? Or someone else altogether?

With a list of suspects a mile long, only Detective Heath Barrington will be able to crack the murder. But Heath’s handsome fellow detective, Grant Riker, has an unlikely connection to their prime suspect that reveals a shady past he’s ashamed to admit. With more questions than answers, a séance may be the only way to the truth. Or perhaps the answer is in the cards? While Heath searches for the murderer, he uncovers more dark secrets than he bargained for, and witnesses firsthand the relentless pressure for LGBTQ+ people in the 1940s to stay hidden in the shadows.

David S Pederson is author of seven Heath Barrington mystery novels, which include the Lamda Literary Award finalists Death Checks In and Death Takes a Bow. His novel Death Goes Overboard was selected by the GLBT Round Table of the American Library Association for the 2018 Over the Rainbow book list.


Megan Abbott, author of The Turnout
in Conversation with Erin Lewenauer for a Virtual Event
Thursday, August 12, 7 pm

Join us for a Thrillwaukee evening with Megan Abbott for her latest psychological thriller, a mesmerizing new novel set against the hothouse of a family-run ballet studio that’s made the Must Read Summer Books lists from Time, The Washington Post, Crimereads, and many more. She'll chat with area writer and critic Lewenauer.

Click right here and register now for this Zoom event. And order your copy of The Turnout now, too! Ask for your signed tip-in copy.

With their long necks, matching buns, and pink tights, Dara and Marie Durant have been dancers since they can rememberAfter their parents' tragic, the sisters began running the school together, along with Charlie, Dara's husband and once their mother's prized student. Circling around one another, the three have perfected a dance that keeps the studio thriving. But when a suspicious accident occurs, just at the onset of the school's annual performance of The Nutcracker - a season of competition, anxiety, and exhilaration - an interloper arrives and threatens the sisters' delicate balance.

Perfect for fans of Black Swan, Abbott’s novel is like a dark noir fairy tale. From The Washington Post, “Abbott is a legend for good reason. No one combines the style of classic noir with the psyches of sophisticated men and women who are willing to do anything – anything - to succeed better than Abbott. Her latest is a dizzyingly fascinating story of a family-owned dance studio and the weight of unrequited ambition. An instant classic.”

Megan Abbott is author of ten novels, including Dare Me, Give Me Your Hand, and You Will Know Me. She earned a PhD in literature from New York University and her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Believer. She is the co-creator and executive producer of USA's adaptation of Dare Me and was a staff writer on HBO's David Simon show The Deuce.


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