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Our new browsing hours are Noon to 6 pm on weekdays and Noon to 5 pm on weekends.  Sidewalk pickup and phone inquiries begin at 10 am daily and continue until 7 pm on weekdays. We limit the store to 10 customers at a time. Masks are required. 

Our website is live and taking orders. You can choose sidewalk pickup, USPS priority mail, or UPS. Media mail is currently available for Wisconsin shipments only. Both USPS and UPS orders now offer tracking for orders placed online. Some priority orders will be diverted to Boswell delivery. We can generally not guarantee same day or next day delivery - if you have a special request, please contact us. Otherwise, sidewalk pickup is the speediest option.

A big thank you for buying your books at Boswell this holiday season.

Second-hand mystery grab bags available here for $20. Or get a bargain bag for $25.


in Conversation with Daniel Goldin and Lisa Baudoin for a Virtual Event
Wednesday, January 27, 2 pm

The January edition of our Readings from Oconomowaukee virtual event series, presented in partnership with Books & Company of Oconomowoc, presents the worldwide bestseller and beloved Scottish author McCall Smith for a chat about his latest, a collection in which he imagines the lives and loves of everyday people pictured in twentieth-century photographs.

Click right here to register for this (free! wow!) virtual event, broadcast via Zoom. And you can purchase your copy of Pianos and Flowers for 20% off list price from either Boswell Book Company online here, by telephone, or web order, or from Books & Company right here.

Pictures capture moments in time, presenting the viewer with a window into another life. But a picture can go only so far. Who are the people in the image? What are their fears? What are their dreams. In these fourteen delightful tales, a young woman finds unexpected love while perusing Egyptian antiquities. A family is forever fractured when war comes to Penang, in colonial Malaysia. Iron Jelloid tablets help to reveal a young man’s inner strength. And twin sisters discover that it’s never too late to forge a new path - even when standing at the altar.

There are big stories behind these simple images. Though at first glance they may appear to represent small moments, these photographs in fact speak volumes, uncovering possibilities of love, friendship, and happiness. With his indomitable charm, McCall Smith takes us behind the lens to explore the hidden lives of those photographed; in so doing, he reveals the humanity in us all.

Alexander McCall Smith is author of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency novels and of a number of other series and stand-alone books. His works have been translated into more than forty languages and have been best sellers throughout the world.

in Conversation with Marcy Bidney for a Virtual Event
Thursday, January 28, 6:30 pm

Acclaimed author and historian Simon Winchester joins us virtually for a discussion of his brand new book. Cohosted by Boswell Book Company and the UWM American Geographical Society Library. Winchester will be in conversation with Marcy Bidney, Assistant Director for Distinctive Collections for the AGSL. This is a particularly special conversation, as Bidney assisted Winchester during his research process for Land, and at least one map from AGSL is featured in the book.

Tickets for this event cost $23.99 (that's 20% off the list price of Land) plus tax and ticketing fee and include a copy of Land as well as admission for one device to this event, broadcast via Zoom webinar. Visit simonwinchester-boswellagsl.eventbrite.com to purchase your tickets right now. Books available for pickup at Boswell after the January 19 on sale date. For $4 more, we'll ship your book anywhere in the contiguous United States via USPS media mail. Upgrade to USPS priority for $8.

The author of The Professor and the Madman and The Perfectionists explores the notion of property - our proprietary relationship with the land - through human history, how it has shaped us and what it will mean for our future. Land, whether meadow or mountainside, desert or peat bog, parkland or pasture, suburb or city, is central to our existence. It quite literally underlies and underpins everything. Employing the keen intellect, insatiable curiosity, and narrative verve that are the foundations of his previous bestselling works, Simon Winchester examines what we human beings are doing and have done with the billions of acres that together make up the solid surface of our planet.

Winchester examines in depth how we acquire land, how we steward it, how and why we fight over it, and finally, how we can, and on occasion do, come to share it. Ultimately, Winchester confronts the essential question: who actually owns the world’s land - and why does it matter? Publishers Weekly calls Winchester's latest effort "an entertaining and erudite roundup of humanity’s ever-evolving relationship with terra firma."

Simon Winchester is the acclaimed author of many books, including The Map That Changed the World, A Crack in the Edge of the World, and Pacific, all of which were New York Times bestsellers and appeared on numerous best and notable lists. In 2006, Winchester was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty the Queen. Marcy Bidney is Curator of the American Geographical Society Library. She earned her MLIS from Drexel University and her MA in geography and urban studies from Temple University.

Lauren Fox, author of Send for Me
in Conversation with J Courtney Sullivan for a Virtual Event
Tuesday, February 2, 7 pm

Milwaukee’s Fox, author of novels like Days of Awe, chats about her long-awaited fourth novel, her first work of historical fiction which moves between Germany on the eve of World War II and present-day Wisconsin and unspools a thread of love, longing, and the powerful bonds of family. She’ll be in conversation with J Courtney Sullivan, author of Friends and Strangers and Saints for All Occasions.

Click this red sentence link to register for this Zoom event. And preorder your copy of Send for Me for 20% off list price now! Autographed copies will be available.

Fox’s latest is an exciting departure from her previous work, a sprawling historical drama with a fascinating personal history, as the letters within the book were written by the author’s own grandmother as she sought escape from Germany. Jennifer Rosner, author of The Yellow Bird Sings, calls Fox’s book “stunning in its tender poignancy. A beautifully told story of intergenerational loves and sorrows, the long shadow of memory, and how hope can repair the heartache woven into a family’s DNA.”

Annelise is a dreamer: imagining her future while working at her parents’ popular bakery in Feldenheim, Germany, anticipating all the delicious possibilities yet to come. When anti-Jewish sentiment is on the rise, Annelise and her husband are given the chance to leave for America, but they must go without her parents, whose future and safety are uncertain. Two generations later, in a small Midwestern city, Annelise’s granddaughter is a young woman newly in love. But when she stumbles upon a trove of her grandmother’s letters from Germany, she sees the history of her family’s sacrifices in a new light, and suddenly she’s faced with an impossible choice: the past, or her future.

Lauren Fox is author of the novels Days of Awe, Still Life with Husband, and Friends Like Us. Fox earned her MFA from the University of Minnesota and her work has appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, Marie Claire, and Salon.

in Conversation with Dasha Kelly Hamilton for a Ticketed Virtual Event 
Wednesday, February 3, 7 pm

Award-winning psychologist Kross, Director of the University of Michigan’s Emotion & Self Control Laboratory, chats about his brand new book, in which he reveals how to overcome the negative voice in your head and go from inner critic to inner coach. He’ll chat with Dasha Kelly Hamilton, Milwaukee poet, author, and creative change agent.

This is a ticketed event. Tickets cost $5, or upgrade to admission plus one copy of Chatter for $22.40 - that's 20% off the book's list price! The first 50 folks to purchase the ticket-with-book option will recieve an autographed bookplate, too. In-store or sidewalk pickup. You can upgrade to have the book shipped to you after the event. Admission, book, and USPS Media Mail costs $26.40, or upgrade to USPS Priority shipping for $30.40. Sales tax and ticket fee not included, shipping to US lower 48 only. Purchase now at ethankrossmke.eventbrite.com.

Author of the bestseller Grit, Angela Duckworth says, “Fresh and riveting, Chatter is a masterpiece - a landmark book that will change the way you think about human nature. Ethan Kross is one part sage, one part mensch, and one part world-class psychological scientist. When I need advice, it’s Ethan I call. Now, through Chatter, everyone has a chance to learn about their inner voice from among the wisest people I know. Required reading for all.”

Tell a stranger that you talk to yourself, and you’re likely to get written off as eccentric. But the truth is that we all have a voice in our head. Kross explores the silent conversations we have with ourselves. Interweaving groundbreaking behavioral and brain research from his own lab with real-world case studies, from a pitcher who forgets how to pitch to a Harvard undergrad negotiating her double life as a spy, Kross explains how these conversations shape our lives, work, and relationships. He warns that giving in to negative and disorienting self-talk - what he calls “chatter” - can tank our health, sink our moods, strain our social connections, and cause us to fold under pressure. Brilliantly argued, expertly researched, and filled with compelling stories, Chatter gives us the power to change the most important conversation we have each day: the one we have with ourselves.

Ethan Kross is an award-winning professor in the University of Michigan’s Psychology Department and its Ross School of Business. He has participated in policy discussion at the White House and has been interviewed about his work on CBS Evening News, Good Morning America, and NPR’s Morning Edition. His research has been featured in The New York Times, The New Yorker, and New England Journal of Medicine and Science. Dasha Kelly Hamilton is Milwaukee’s Poet Laureate. She is Founder of The Retreat creative arts space in Milwaukee and author of Almost Crimson as well as three poetry collections and four albums of spoken word.

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