Welcome to Boswell Book Company's website!

We bet you want to know where we are and how to get a hold of us. Our address is 2559 N Downer Ave, on the same block as the Downer Theatre, up the bluff from Lincoln Memorial Drive. We're north of Ascension Columbia St. Mary's Hospital and south of UWM. We're about three miles northeast of downtown Milwaukee, located on the MCTS Gold Line.

Our phone is (414) 332-1181. If you like old phone trivia, 332 is the old EDgewood exchange. Our general email is info@boswellbooks.com. This is for special orders, upcoming event info, or other questions you may have. 

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 have limited hours on several other holidays. In addition, we sometimes close early for ticketed in-store events.

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.

Nick Petrie, author of The Wild One
Wednesday, January 22, 6:30 pm, at Whitefish Bay Public Library, 5420 N Marlborough Dr

Whitefish Bay Public Library hosts local author Nick Petrie with the latest entry of his bestselling Peter Ash thriller series, in which Ash must find a murdered woman’s son during a frigid arctic storm in the wilds of Iceland.

From the northernmost European capital to a rustbound fishing vessel to a remote farm a stone’s throw from the arctic, Ash must confront his growing PTSD and the most powerful Icelandic snowstorm in a generation to find a killer, save an eight-year-old boy, and keep himself out of an Icelandic prison - or a cold Icelandic grave. Publishers Weekly says, “This kinetic, breathless masterpiece illustrates why Petrie is here to stay.”

Nick Petrie is the author of the Peter Ash series, including Tear it Down, Light it Up, and Burning Bright. His debut The Drifter won both the ITW Thriller award and the Barry Award for Best First Novel, and was a finalist for the Edgar and the Hammett awards.

Friday, January 24, 7 pm, at Boswell

Coauthor of the New York Times bestselling book Why Good Things Happen to Good People, Post presents his memoir of his cross-country journey of spiritual discovery inspired by a dream.

Post was the perfect child and straight-A student until the day he took off in the family car, compelled by a persistent vision – his ‘blue angel dream.’ Crossing America on route 80, a path connected by synchronicities, his unlikely adventure culminated in a shocking encounter which Post perceived as guidance and proof of humanity’s fundamental oneness.

Deepak Chopra says, “In this highly readable and deeply profound book, Post shares his journey to that which is whole, holy, and healed in all of us.”

Stephen G Post is coauthor of Why Good Things Happen to Good People: How to Live a Longer, Happier, Healthier Life by the Simple Act of Giving and has appeared in many newspapers, magazines, and television programs. He is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities award.

Jon M Sweeney, editor of, and Richard Lux and Richard Sklba, authors of Jesus Wasn’t Killed by the Jews: Reflections for Christians in Lent
Wednesday, January 29, 7 pm, at Boswell

Milwaukee author and Catholic scholar Sweeney presents his latest work, a collection of writing from Christian and Jewish scholars in response to the role of Gospel texts, particularly Lenten readings, in fostering anti-Semitism. He’ll be joined by anthology contributors Lux, Professor Emeritus of Scripture Studies at Sacred Heart and founding director of the Lux Center for Catholic-Jewish studies, and Sklba, Bishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.

This event is cosponsored by Milwaukee Jewish-Catholic Conference and Family of Four Milwaukee Parishes.

The Passion narratives contain painful anti-Semitic tropes, particularly the Gospel of John, which is read world-wide every Holy Week. These readings have been used over the centuries to brand the Jewish people as Christ-killers and to justify discrimination and violence. Here, religious scholars and writers address the historical, theological, and exegetical considerations to be addressed by every Christian in order to move beyond this toxic history.

Jon M Sweeney is a scholar and author as well as a biographer of St. Francis and translator of his writings. He is author of over thirty books, including The Pope Who Quit, which has been optioned by HBO, and St. Francis of Assisi: His Life, Teachings, and Practice. Richard Lux is a Founding Director of the Lux Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies and author of several publications, including The Jewish People, The Holy Land, and The State of Israel: A Catholic View. Richard Sklba served as an Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee from 1979 to 2010.

Tracey S Phillips, author of Best Kept Secrets, in conversation with Marianne Flynn Statz
Tuesday, February 4, 7 pm, at Boswell

Wisconsin author Phillips chats about her debut suspense novel with retired City of Madison Police Detective Marianne Flynn Statz.

New York Times bestseller Karen Harper calls Best Kept Secrets “a twisty, tantalizing read. Beautifully put together. Look out… there’s a new female detective (and talented author) in town.” And Sarah Meuleman, author of Find Me Gone, calls it “a thrilling ride!”

The scene of homicide detective Morgan Jewell’s latest case is far too similar to the scene of her childhood best friend’s murder. Years ago, she vowed she would find justice, and now she hopes this is the case she’s been waiting for, the one that will set her back on the killer’s trail. But the closer she gets, the more she’s forced to confront her memories. Did her friend have a secret that got her killed? And did she even know her friend at all? This dark, twisty new novel takes friendship and obsession to the next level.

Tracey S Phillips is a Wisconsin artist and musician.

Lee Goldberg, author of Lost Hills, in conversation with Jon Jordan
Wednesday, February 5, 7:00 pm, at Boswell

Two-time Edgar and Shamus Award nominee and television writer/producer Lee Goldberg returns to Milwaukee with his latest mystery, the first installment in a new series in which a viral-video-star cop’s first case as an LA County homicide investigator takes a horrific, blood-spattered turn. He’ll chat with Jon Jordan, founder of Crimespree.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly says, “Lost Hills is Lee Goldberg at his best. Inspired by the real-world grit and glitz of LA County crime, this book takes no prisoners. And neither does Eve Ronin. Take a ride with her and you’ll find yourself with a heroine for the ages. And you’ll be left hoping for more.” And Boswellian Chris Lee adds, “a snappy procedural that’s a real crackerjack!”

A video of Deputy Eve Ronin's off-duty arrest of an abusive movie star goes viral, and soon the sheriff, desperate for more positive press, makes Eve the youngest female homicide detective in the department's history. She and her burned-out partner are called to the blood-splattered home where horrific carnage screams multiple murder. Eve has to rely on her instincts and tenacity to capture a vicious killer, all while battling her own insecurities and mounting pressure from the media, her bosses, and the bereaved family.

Lee Goldberg is author of more than thirty novels, including the Ian Ludlow thrillers, fifteen Monk mysteries, and the internationally bestselling Fox & O’Hare books, cowritten with Janet Evanovich. He has also written and/or produced many TV shows, including Diagnosis Murder, SeaQuest, and Monk, and is the co-creator of the Hallmark movie series Mystery 101.

United We Read
Thursday, February 6, 7:30 pm, at Boswell

Boswell is pleased to host the February 2020 installment of the UWM English Department’s United We Read Student and Faculty Reading Series.

Each month, United We Read features UWM students and faculty writers presenting original work at unique venues throughout the Milwaukee community.

Friday, February 7, 7 pm, at Boswell

Chicago sportswriter Sweet investigates what was perhaps the most controversial championship game in sports history, the basketball final between the United States and the USSR during the 1972 Olympic Games.

1 – 2 – 3. That’s as long as it took to sear the souls of a dozen young American men, thanks to the craziest, most controversial finish in the history of the Olympics. The U.S. team, whose unbeaten Olympic streak dated back to when Adolf Hitler reigned over the Berlin Games, believed it had won the gold medal that September in Munich, not once, but twice. But it was the third time the final seconds were played that counted.

Of course, the 1972 Olympics are remembered primarily for a far graver matter, when eleven Israeli team members were killed by Palestinian terrorists, stunning the world and temporarily stopping the games. Through interviews with many of the American players and others, Sweet relates the horror of terrorism, the pain of losing the most controversial championship game in sports history to a hated rival, and the consequences of the players’ decision to shun their Olympic medals to this day.

David A.F. Sweet is author of Lamar Hunt: The Gentle Giant Who Revolutionized Professional Sports. He launched columns for WSJ.com and NBCSports.com and has written articles for the Chicago Sun-Times, the Los Angeles Times, and other publications.

Billy Lombardo, author of Morning Will Come, in conversation with Andy Fine
Saturday, February 8, 2:00 pm, at Boswell

Chicago author Lombardo chats about and reads from the newly revised, special edition of his novel, being published as part of Tortoise Books New Chicago Classics series. He’ll be in conversation with UW-Madison graduate Andy Fine.

Originally published as How to Hold a Woman by Dzanc, Lombardo’s first novel is an exquisite portrait of a fractured family. Alan, Audrey, and their two sons are floundering with how to remain human in the face of the worst of all tragedies, the loss of the family’s eldest child.

Morning Will Come is both a product of its time and place, a Chicago that doesn’t quite exist anymore, and a universal, eternal story of family love and contention, a journey through the losses that tear us apart and, with luck, bring us home again to the only other people who understand our pain. It’s a novel about loving one another through the damage, and how loss hangs like a specter over everything, rendering each nuance more precious, more beautiful, for its precariousness.

Billy Lombardo is author of The Logic of a Rose: Chicago Stories, The Man with Two Arms, and Meanwhile, Roxy Mourns. His work has been published in Hypertext Magazine, Chicago Reader, and the Chicago Tribune. Billy is the 2011 Nelson Algren Fiction Award winner. He is the founder and managing editor of Polyphony Lit, a student-run, international literary magazine for high school writers. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College.

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