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Cohost of the Locked on Bucks podcast and staff writer for The Athletic, Eric Nehm combines his encyclopedic knowledge of Bucks history and his passion for basketball into a list of the Bucks fans’ most memorable moments, biggest personalities, and must-do activities.
Milwaukee Bucks fans have seen it all. They know the joy of a championship season and the despair of finishing last in the conference. They’ve welcomed legendary players with open arms and seen future stars slip through their fingers. With half a century of basketball in the books and a talented young core, the Bucks’ history makes a great story, and one that keeps getting better.
From the early years of the Milwaukee Arena to the one-of-a-kind play of superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo, Nehm covers everything that makes Bucks Basketball unique. 100 Things Bucks Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die will rekindle the fandom of diehards while introducing new fans to the rich history of the franchise. Loaded with facts, stats and anecdotes, this great new title will bring value to readers of all stripes.
Eric Nehm is a former producer and writer for ESPN Milwaukee, current staff writer for The Athletic, and cohost of the podcast Locked on Bucks.
Native Milwaukeean and Urban Milwaukee’s City Streets history and culture columnist Baehr discusses how the Irish influenced the political, educational, religious, and sports landscape of Milwaukee and their impact on other ethnic groups, overcoming early poverty and bigotry to help make Milwaukee the city that it is today.
Irish-Milwaukee history begins with the first Irish immigrants who arrived during Milwaukee's founding in the mid-1830s. Irish laborers helped shape the city by cutting down bluffs, filling in marshes, digging a canal, and creating streets. They were joined in the late 1840s by more Irishmen who were fleeing the Great Famine and starvation in Ireland.
It's a history populated with heroic figures like Patrick O'Kelly, the city's first Catholic priest and the founder of Milwaukee's first Catholic church. There was John O'Rourke, the first editor of the Milwaukee Sentinel, and Timothy O'Brien, who emerged as a hero during the cholera epidemics. Other colorful characters are the scoundrel Robert B. Lynch, kind-hearted Hannah Kenneally, firefighting hero Patsy McLaughlin, and militia leader John McManman.
Carl Baehr is the City Streets columnist for Urban Milwaukee and author of the Gambrinus Prize-winning book Milwaukee Streets: The Stories Behind Their Names.
John Gurda, Milwaukee’s preeminent historian, will appear at Boswell for a special afternoon book signing. Please note, Gurda will only be signing books at this event. There is no talk or presentation.
An autographed and personalized copy of Milwaukee: A City Built on Water, or the brand new Fourth Edition, including an all new chapter, of The Making of Milwaukee each make the perfect holiday gift for any Milwaukeean, whether they’re brand new to the metro or a lifelong Cream City resident. Boswell will have more of Gurda’s titles available as well.
John Gurda is a Milwaukee-born writer and historian who has been studying his hometown since 1972. His book, The Making of Milwaukee, was the basis for an Emmy Award-winning documentary series that premiered on Milwaukee Public Television in 2006. In addition to his work as an author, Gurda is a lecturer, tour guide, and local history columnist for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Arno Michaelis and Pardeep Singh Kaleka, cofounders of Serve 2 Unite, open up about their powerful friendship between a Sikh and a former skinhead that’s resulted in a mission to fight against hate and discrimination in this conversation, titled Forgiveness is Vengeance and moderated by former WPR host Kathleen Dunn.
When white supremacist Wade Michael Page murdered six people and wounded four in a Sikh Temple in Wisconsin in 2012, Pardeep Kaleka was devastated. The temple leader, now dead, was his father. Meanwhile, Arno Michaelis, founder of one of the largest racist skinhead organizations in the world, had spent years of his life committing terrible acts in the name of white power. When he heard about the attack, waves of guilt washed over him, and he knew he had to take action and fight against the very crimes he used to commit.
The cofounders of the anti-hate group Serve 2 Unite, which is dedicated to establishing a healthy sense of identity, purpose, and belonging that diverts young people from violent extremist ideologies, gun violence, school shootings, bullying, and substance abuse, along with other forms of self-harm, Michaelis and Kaleka detail their journey to a partnership to battle hatred and violence.
Arno Michaelis is author of My Life After Hate and has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and on BBC. Pardeep Singh Kaleka has appeared on NBC, CNN, and NPR. Together they cofounded the anti-hate organization Unite 2 Serve.
Elmbrook Schools present a visit from David and Nic Sheff, whose dual memoirs were the source material for the acclaimed film Beautiful Boy, starring Steve Carrell and Timothée Chalamet, which won the Founder's Award at the Chicago International Film Festival. David, author of Beautiful Boy, and Nic, author of Tweak, have written the ultimate resource for learning about the realities of drugs and alcohol for middle grade readers.
Registration is required for this free event at sheffelmbrook.bpt.me. Cosponsored by Your Choice, offering alcohol and drug prevention education, intervention, and support, and REDgen, promoting balance and resiliency in the lives of children and teens. Cosponsor Boswell Book Company will be selling copies of High and other books written by the Sheffs. While kids are welcome at this event, the talk will be targeted to parents, educators, and mental health professionals. A talk from the Sheffs will be followed by a book signing.
In their first collaborative effort, father and son draw upon their personal experience and in-depth research to create the ultimate resource for teens and tweens to learn about the realities of drug and alcohol use and addiction. High tells it as it is, with testimonials from peers who have been there and families who have lived through the addiction of a loved one, along with the cold, hard facts about what drugs and alcohol do to bodies. From navigating peer pressure to stress outlets to the potential consequences of experimenting, Nic and David Sheff lay out the facts so that middle grade readers can educate themselves.
Kirkus Reviews notes that High "never assigns blame to users, and it discusses such topics as marijuana legalization and opioid addiction without bias." And Booklist notes, the Sheffs' "powerful story will hopefully inspire young people in similar circumstances to seek help."
David Sheff is author of the #1 New York Times bestselling book Beautiful Boy, and his writing has appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and Playboy. Time named him to their list of the World's Most Influential People. Nic Sheff is the author of Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines, We All Fall Down: Living with Addiction, and the young adult novel Schizo. He is a contributor to The Fix and recently wrote an episode of Netflix's 13 Reasons Why.
Petrie, Milwaukee’s hometown hero, returns to Boswell for a special launch celebration of the latest edge-of-your-seat entry into the award-winning Peter Ash series, which he’ll discuss with WUWM Lake Effect’s incomparable Bonnie North.
Peter Ash is in Memphis to help Wanda, a war correspondent who’s been receiving peculiar threats. It seems someone has just driven a dump truck into Wanda’s living room. At the same time, a young street musician is roped into a heist that doesn’t go as planned. Now he’s holding a sack full of Rolexes and running for his life. When his getaway car breaks down, he steals a new one at gunpoint - Peter’s pickup truck. Peter likes the kid’s attitude but soon discovers the desperate musician is in worse trouble than he knows. And Wanda’s troubles are only beginning.
Peter is stuck between Memphis gangsters looking for revenge and a Mississippi ex-con and his hog-butcher brother looking for a valuable piece of family history that goes all the way back to the Civil War as he pursues one case and stumbles into another in the City of the Blues.
Whitefish Bay-based Nick Petrie is author of three novels in the Peter Ash series. His debut, The Drifter, won the ITW Thriller award and the Barry Award for Best First Novel and was a finalist for the Edgar and the Hammett awards. His other novels include Burning Bright and Light It Up. Bonnie North is a cohost and producer of WUWM’s Lake Effect. She has more than twenty years of experience as director, technician, and stage manager in professional and community theaters. Prior to joining WUWM, she managed a group of linguists that provided translation services for US and NATO stabilization forces and the overall linguist program for Kosovo, Macedonia, Bulgaria, and Romania.
Lawrence University alum, Iowa Writer’s Workshop graduate, and Pushcart Prize-winner Vijay visits Shorewood Public Library to talk about her sweeping, elegant debut novel.
The Far Field follows a complicated flaneuse across the Indian subcontinent. In the wake of her mother’s death, a privileged, restless young woman from Bangalore sets out for a remote Himalayan village in the troubled northern region of Kashmir. Her journey brings her face to face with Kashmir’s politics and the tangled history. Village life turns volatile, old hatreds threaten to erupt into violence, and the wandering woman is forced to make a series of choices that could hold dangerous repercussions for the very people she has come to love.
With rare acumen and evocative prose, Vijay masterfully examines Indian politics, class prejudice, and sexuality through the lens of an outsider, offering a profound meditation on grief, guilt, and the limits of compassion.
Madhuri Vijay was born in Bangalore. She is a graduate of Lawrence University and the Iowa Writer’s Workshop. Her story “Lorry Raja” won the 2011 Narrative 30 Below Story Contest and was selected for The Pushcart Prize Series and The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2013.
More Upcoming Events
- Wednesday, January 16, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – a talk from playwright Marie Kohler, author of the play The Girl of the Limberlost
- Thursday, January 17, 2:00 pm, at Boswell – Diane S. Forman, author of The Diane Chronicles
- Thursday, January 25, 5:00 pm, Marquette University’s Weasler Auditorium, 1506 W Wisconsin Ave – The Marquette Forum, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the College of Engineering present Anna Clark, author of The Poisoned City: Flint's Water and the American Urban Tragedy, cosponsored by Center for the Advancement of the Humanities, Friends and Alumni of Marquette English, and the Office of Student Development – no registration required
- Tuesday, January 29, 6:30 pm, at Whitefish Bay Public Library, 5420 N Marlborough Dr – Nick Petrie, author of Tear It Down
- Wednesday, January 30, 6:30 pm, at Boswell – New Yorker cartoonist Paul Noth, author of How to Properly Dispose of Planet Earth, the follow up to How to Sell Your Family to the Aliens. For adults and kids ages eight and up.
- Thursday, January 31, 6:30 pm, at Elm Grove Public Library, 13600 Juneau Blvd – Liam Callanan, celebrating the paperback release of Paris by the Book
- Friday, February 1, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Christina Ward, author of American Advertising Cookbooks: How Corporations Taught Us to Love Bananas, Spam, and Jell-O - At long last!
- Saturday, February 2, 3:00 pm, at Boswell – Gregg Hurwitz, author of Out of the Dark, the fourth Orphan X novel - in conversation with Nick Petrie and cosponsored by Crimespree Magazine
- Wednesday, February 6, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Madison novelist Susan Gloss, author of The Curiosities and Vintage
- Saturday, February 9, 2:00 pm, at Boswell – Two-time Newbery Honor author Gary D. Schmidt, author of Pay Attention, Carter Jones, best for adults and kids 10 and up
- Tuesday, February 19, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Susan Angel Miller, author of Permission to Thrive: My Journey from Grief to Growth, cosponsored by the Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center
- Wednesday, February 20, 6:30 pm, at Boswell – YA, Boswell! with publishing veteran and author Lizzy Mason, whose debut novel is The Art of Losing, in conversation with former Boswellian Phoebe Dyer, now at Bloomsbury USA
- Tuesday, March 5, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Nickolas Butler, author of Little Faith and Shotgun Lovesongs, in conversation with Mitch Teich of Milwaukee Public Radio’s Lake Effect
- Wednesday, March 6, time to come, at Boswell – Storytime and activities with Sherri Duskey Rinker, author of Celebrate You!, as well as Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site
- Friday, March 8, 7 pm, at Boswell – Kristine Hansen, author of Wisconsin Cheese Cookbook: Creamy, Cheesy, Sweet, and Savory Recipes from the State’s Best Creameries, in conversation
- Monday, March 11, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – A high-school yearbook-themed evening of fun with novelist Elinor Lipman, author of Good Riddance, in conversation with Boswell’s Daniel Goldin
- Tuesday, March 12, 4:00 pm, at Boswell– Soman Chainani, author of A Crystal of Time, the fifth installment of The School for Good and Evil series. Best for adults and kids ages eight and up.
- Friday, March 15, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Former Milwaukeean Andrea Bartz, author of the debut thriller The Lost Night, in conversation with Mike Howard of El Dorado Games - note new date
- Monday, March 18, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Joseph Scapellato, author of The Made-Up Man, in conversation with Marquete’s C.J. Hribal
- Tuesday, April 23, time to come, at Italian Community Center, 631 E Chicago Ave – Dinner with Elizabeth Minchilli, author of The Italian Table: Creating Festive Meals for Family and Friends - check back for pricing and ticket link
Please remember that while we try to update this page as frequently as possible, all events are subject to change. If you have any concerns, please contact Boswell. Also note that ticketed events do sell out, and all events are subject to capacity. It never hurts to come early.