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Cancelled - Christian Picciolini, author of Breaking Hate: Confronting the New Culture of Extremism
Sunday, March 29, 2 pm, at Congregation Shalom, 7630 N Santa Monica Blvd

We regret to announce that our cosponsored event with award-winning television producer, public speaker, author, peace advocate, and former violent extremist Chrisian Picciolini has been cancelled. This event was sponsored by  Nathan & Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center and Congregation Shalom.

Of Breaking Hate, Library Journal writes: "This nail-biting narrative will immerse readers wanting to understand the roots and brutality of white supremacy. It will serve as a helpful resource for counselors seeking anecdotal examples of radical politics in action."

Cancelled - Linda Frank, author of The Nice Little Blonde Girl
Tuesday, March 31, 7 pm, at Boswell

Our event with Linda Frank, author of the Lily Kovner novels, has been postponed. This event, cosponsored by the Sam and Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies,will be rescheduled.

Lily Kovner, nicknamed the "Jewish Miss Marple," accidentally spies a familiar-looking painting hanging in shabby restaurant in Vatican City. Simon, her significant other, has been summoned to examine a previously unknown manuscript, attributed to a famous Talmudic scholar, unaccountably stored there. The Nice Little Blonde Girl transports readers across Europe and back through the decades as Lily follows historical and personal breadcrumbs to uncover startling truths.

Cancelled - Korinthia A Klein, author of Just Friends, Just War
Wednesday, April 1, 7 pm, at Boswell

Our event with Korrinthia Klein, owner of Korinthian Violins in Bay View, has been postponed. We hope to reschedule our event for Just Friends, Just War in June

Korinthia A Klein is author of the novels Almost There and Seducing Cat, and her work has been anthologized in This I Believe: On Love. With her husband she owns and operates Korinthian Violins in Bay View.


Thursday, April 2, 7 pm, at Schlitz Audubon Nature Center, 1111 E Brown Deer Rd

Our cosponsored event with Charles Hagner, State Director of Bird City Wisconsin and author of the wonderful new birding guide, has been postponed indefinitely.

We hope to have this event with Schlitz Audubon Nature Center rescheduled in the future.


Cancelled - Women’s Club of Milwaukee Mystery Lunch, featuring Erica Ruth Neubauer, author of Murder at the Mena House, Kelsey Rae Dimberg, author of Girl in the Rearview Mirror, and Susanna Calkins, author of Murder Knocks Twice
Friday, April 3, 11:30 am social, Noon lunch, at Women’s Club of Wisconsin, 813 E Kilbourn Ave

Please be aware that our WCW Mystery Luncheon with Erica Ruth Neubauer, Kelsey Rae Dimberg, and Susanna Calkins has been cancelled.



Cancelled - Andrea Bartz, author of The Herd, in conversation with Michael Howard
Friday, April 3, 7 pm, at Boswell

Sadly, we must note that our event with Andrea Bartz at Boswell on April 3, as well as the event on April 4 at the Elm Grove Public Library, have both been cancelled.

From Angie Kim, bestselling author of Miracle Creek: "Andrea Bartz has created another deliciously twisty thriller that is so much more than a page-turner. At its heart, The Herd is an ambitious novel about the complex dynamics of an exclusive all-female coworking space - empowering yet cut-throat, open yet exclusive. Filled with insights and biting social commentary about the commoditization of female ambition, The Herd is sure to be one of the spring's buzziest must-reads."

Cancelled - Erica Ruth Neubauer, author of Murder at the Mena House
Saturday, April 4, 3 pm, at Boswell

We're thrilled about the publication of Erica Ruth Neubauer's debut mystery, Murder at the Mena House, but we're sad to say this event has been postpones.

The novel still releases March 31. Of the new book, Chris Lee writes "Here’s a mystery that’s a cut above the rest of its class, and with a first adventure this pitch-perfect, you’ll want to book passage ASAP to follow Jane Wunderly to the ends of the earth."


Cancelled - Paula Goldman, author of Late Love
Sunday, April 5, 3 pm, at Boswell

Milwaukee poet Goldman, former reporter for The Milwaukee Journal, has written a collection of elegant and intelligent poems where the quotidian collides with the highbrow unpredictable way. This event, cohosted by the JCC Tapestry program, has been postponed indefinitely.

Paula Goldman is author of The Great Canopy, winner of the Gival Press Poetry award. Her work has appeared in Cream City Review, Prairie Schooner, and The North American Review and has been anthologized in Boomer Girls. She holds an MA from Marquette University and an MFA from Vermont College and has served as a docent and lecturer at the Milwaukee Art Museum.

Cancelled - Derrick Barnes, author of Who Got Game? Baseball: Amazing but True Stories!
Monday, April 6, 4 pm, at Boswell

Sadly, our event with Derrick Barnes, author of Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut, a Newbery, Caldecott, and Coretta Scott King Author and Illustrator Honor book, has been cancelled, due to the closing of area schools, which Barnes was visiting.

If you're interested in Who Got Game? Baseball, School Library Journal calls Barnes's latest a home run: "Supported with colorful illustrations, the book's conversational tone is pitch perfect. A highly recommended first purchase. Readers will be sucked into this unique collection of "amazing but true stories."

Cancelled - Doug Bradley, author of Who’ll Stop the Rain: Respect, Remembrance, and Reconciliation in Post-Vietnam America, with special guest Bill Christofferson
Wednesday, April 8, 7 pm, at Boswell

Wisconsinite Doug Bradley, coauthor of We Gotta Get Out of This Place: The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War and cofounder of Vets House in Madison, has written a follow-up book, Who'll Stop the Rain: Respect, Remembrance, and Reconciliation in Post-Vietnam America.

This event has been postponed indefinitely. We hope to reschedule.

Thursday, April 9, 7 pm, at Hotel Pfister 424 E Wisconsin Ave

The book club event with the creator of the Modern Mrs. Darcy blog, the What Should I Read Next podcast, has been cancelled. Bogel is author of I'd Rather Be Reading: The Delights and Dilemmas of the Reading Life.

Bogel's popular book lists and reading guides have established her as a tastemaker among readers, authors, and publishers. Now, in Don't Overthink It, she offers readers strategies to avoid negative thought patterns, streamline decisions they're often prone to overthink, and proactively bring more peace, joy, and love into their lives.

Monday, April 13, 7 pm, at Boswell

Alas, our event with Elana Levine, author of Her Stories: Daytime Soap Opera and US Television History has been cancelled.

In Her Stories, UWM Professor of Media, Cinema, and Digital Studies Levine traces the history of daytime television soap operas, from The Guiding Light to Passions, as an innovative and highly gendered mass cultural form. Available for purchase from Boswell.

Cancelled - Steven Wright, author of The Coyotes of Carthage
Wednesday, April 15, 7 pm, at Boswell

Alas, our UW-Madison Law Professor Steven Wright is cancelled. His debut novel is a blistering, satirical exploration of American politics set in a small South Carolina town about a political operative running a dark money campaign for corporate clients. Boswellian Chris Lee calls it, “A grimly hilarious assessment of one microcosm of the American body politic; literary ironies abound.”

Steven Wright is a clinical associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School, where he codirects the Wisconsin Innocence Project. From 2007 to 2012 he served as a trial attorney in the Voting Section of the United States Department of Justice. He has written numerous essays about race, criminal justice, and election law for the New York Review of Books.

More Upcoming Events
  • Cancelled - Saturday, April 11, 6:00 pm, at Boswell – A ticketed event with Elizabeth Gilbert, author of City of Girls, cohosted by United Performing Arts Fund – tickets are $23, including paperback edition of City of Girls. Please note, this event is sold out. There is no waiting list, but spaces sometimes open up due to cancellation. For more information, visit gilbertmke.bpt.me.
  • Cancelled - Thursday, April 16, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Danielle Trussoni, author of Ancestor, a new novel of gothic horror from The New York Times horror columnist
  • Cancelled - Friday, April 17, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Best of the Undergraduate Writers, featuring students from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Marquette University
  • Cancelled - Saturday, April 18, 6:00 pm, at Boswell – Best of the Undergraduate Writers, featuring students from Alverno College, Cardinal Stritch University, Carroll University, MIAD, and Mount Mary University
  • Cancelled - Wednesday, April 22 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Celebrate Boswell’s 11th anniversary at Hotel Boswell with Emily St John Mandel, author of The Glass Hotel - tickets start at $29, $24 for the early bird option, at glasshotelmke.bpt.me 
  • Cancelled - Thursday, April 23, 6:30 pm, at The Retreat, 2215 N Martin Luther King Jr Dr – Jeni McFarland, author of The House of Deep Water, in conversation with Dasha Kelly Hamilton – Publishers Weekly calls it a “fine debut. . . Handled with realistic nuance. McFarland's layered tale will appeal to readers who liked Tayari Jones's An American Marriage
  • Cancelled - Friday, April 24, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Alas, our event with Sebastian Barry, author of A Thousand Moons, has been cancelled. There’s a small chance the visit will be rescheduled to coincide with the book’s paperback release in 20201
  • Cancelled - Tuesday, April 28, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Port Washington coppersmith Sara Dahmen, author of Copper, Iron, and Clay: A Smith's Journey - a gorgeous, full-color illustrated love letter to our most revered cookware and the artistry and workmanship behind them - note that this event will be rescheduled
  • Cancelled - Wednesday, April 29, noon, at Potawatomi Hotel and Casino – The League of Women Voters of Milwaukee County and Boswell present a ticketed luncheon with Madeleine Albright, author of Hell and Other Destinations: A 21st-Century Memoir, celebrating Wisconsin's ratification of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote – tickets are $85 at albrightmke.bpt.me – please note there is no signing or meet-and-greet following this event
  • Cancelled - Wednesday, April 29, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Peter Geye, author of Northernmost, in conversation with Boswell’s Chris Lee –a thrilling ode to the Nordic spirit of adventure and the vagaries of loss and love
  • Cancelled - Saturday, May 2, 1:00 pm, at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, 3270 Mitchell Park Dr in Brookfield – Books and Company and Boswell present Sue Monk Kidd, author of The Book of Longings - Tickets are $32 at suemonkkiddwi.bpt.me, and include a signed copy of The Book of Longings – signing restrictions for this event apply
  • Cancelled - Saturday, May 2, 6:00 pm, at Boswell – YA, Boswell! with Nicole Kronzer, author of Unscripted, a novel about a 17-year-old in Improv Camp
  • Cancelled -Monday, May 4, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Tin House national bestselling author Kristen Arnett, author of Mostly Dead Things, about a young lesbian who takes over her father’s taxidermy shop after his suicide – see our book club page for a bonus event
  • Cancelled - Tuesday, May 5, 7:00 pm reception, 7:30 talk, at Lynden Sculpture Garden, 2145 W Brown Deer Rd – The Women’s Speaker Series presents Wade Rouse, writing as Viola Shipman, author of The Heirloom Garden, in conversation with Amy Taylor – tickets are $23, $18 for Lynden members, available at lyndensculpturegarden.org/violashipman
  • Cancelled - Saturday, May 9, 2:00 pm, at North Shore Boulangerie, 4401 N Oakland Ave – Cara Black, the New York Times bestselling author of the Aimée Leduc investigations, for her first stand-alone thriller, Three Hours In Paris. $36, at threehoursinparismke.bpt.me, includes admission, French sweet and savory snacks, a copy of Three Hours in Paris, and all taxes and fees. Cosponsored by Alliance Française de Milwaukee. Limited capacity - only 50 seats available! Get your tickets today!
  • Cancelled -Tuesday, May 12, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Myles Hopper, author of My Father’s Shadow, cohosted by Red Oak Writing
  • Cancelled - Tuesday, May 19, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Wisconsin writer Claire Swinarski, author of What Happens Next?, launching her debut middle grade novel
  • Thursday, May 21, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Joshua Hren, author of In the Wine Press, as well as editor-in-chief of Wiseblood Books
  • Cancelled - Thursday, May 21, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Elizabeth Wetmore, author of Valentine, in conversation with Rebecca Makkai – Elizabeth Gilbert writes: “Wetmore has ripped the brutal, epic landscape of West Texas out of the hands of men, and has handed the stories over (finally!) to the girls and women who have always suffered, survived, and made their mark in such a hostile world.”
  • Cancelled - Friday, May 29, 11:30 check in, noon lunch, at Lake Park Bistro, 3133 W Newberry Blvd – Alex George, author of The Paris Hours, which has already won praise from Christina Baker Kline, Melanie Benjamin, and Meg Waite Clayton – lunch with the author, cosponsored by Alliance Française de Milwaukee, details to come
  • Saturday, May 30, 6:00 pm, at Boswell – Elizabeth Wein, author of The Enigma Game, a companion novel to the Printz and Edgar-Award-winning YA novel, Code Name Verity
  • Tuesday, June 2, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Celebrating the release of Milwaukee favorite Christina Clancy, author of The Second Home, with praise from Chloe Benjamin: “Tender and suspenseful, Clancy's debut explores the nature of home as well as the nature of family itself”
  • Wednesday, June 3, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – UWM Professor of Political Science Kennan Ferguson, author of Cookbook Politics, on how cookbooks politicize in terms of form, content, representation, production, and intention
  • Sunday, July 12, 2:00 pm, at Boswell – A DNC preview event with Phenomenal Woman Action Campaign founder Meena Harris, author of Kamala and Maya’s Big Idea, a children’s book about the author’s aunt, Kamala Harris – registration info to come
  • Thursday, July 23, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – David S Pederson, author of Death Overdue, the latest Heath Barrington mystery from the Lambda Award nominee
  • Thursday, August 13, 2:00 pm, at Boswell – An Irish Fest preview event with Carlene O’Connor, author of Murder in an Irish Cottage
  • Thursday, August 20, :00 pm, at Boswell – Milwaukee-area writer Laura Jamison, author of All the Right Mistakes, the story of five college friends whose lives are upended when one of them writes a bestselling self-help manual chronicling the gaffes of the others
  • Monday, August 24, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Madison writer John Galligan, author of Dead Man Dancing, the follow-up to Bad Axe Country – see our book club page for a bonus event
  • Tuesday, August 25, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – YA, Boswell! with Liza Wiemer, author of The Assignment, a novel inspired by true events that explores the dangerous impact of discrimination and antisemitism

Please visit our Boswell-Run Book Club page for an updated schedule of our book club discussions.

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 arrive early.