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Boswell is so excited to be part of the tour for Sabaa Tahir’s A Reaper at the Gates, the third volume of the Ember Quartet. This event will be free but registration is required at tahir.bpt.me. Signing restrictions to come. The store will close to the general public if the event size reaches store capacity.
Here’s more about the latest book from Boswellian Jen Steele: “Laia, Elias, and Helene all have a path they are meant to follow and straying from it might lead to grim consequences. With enemies lurking at every turn, Laia of Serra must find the strength to prevent the Nightbringer's destruction of her people and the world. Helene, the Blood Shirke, must persevere through the ongoing threats, not only from the Emperor himself, but from the deadly Commandant in order to protect her family and the Empire itself. As much as Elias loves Laia and wants to protect her, it may not be within his power. Can Elias fulfill his new duties as Soul Catcher without sacrificing all it means to love and be human? A Reaper at the Gates will keep you on the edge of your seat 'til the very end! You will not want to put this book down. I know I didn't.”
Sabaa Tahir grew up in California’s Mojave Desert at her family’s eighteen-room motel. There, she spent her time devouring fantasy novels, raiding her brother’s comic book stash, and playing guitar badly. She began writing An Ember in the Ashes while working nights as a newspaper editor. She likes thunderous indie rock, garish socks, and all things nerd.
Milwaukee loves Cara Black and loves Paris, too, so Black is returning to Boswell with the 18th mystery in her Parisian detective series full of local color and French culture, an atmospheric thriller with a savvy take on international arms dealing. Cosponsored by Alliance Française de Milwaukee and Crimespree Magazine.
A confession fifty years in the making puts everyone’s favorite Parisian détéctive très chic, Aimée Leduc, on a collision course with the Black Hand, a cabal of corrupt Parisian cops, among whose ranks her disgraced father may have once found membership. When a friend’s child is kidnapped while wearing her daughter’s hoodie, Aimée realizes that the case has crossed into the realm of the personal in more ways than one.
Lee Child calls Black’s chic computer-hacker-turned-criminal-investigator Aimée Leduc “one of the very best heroines in crime fiction today!”
Cara Black is the author of eighteen books in The New York Times bestselling Aimée Leduc series. She has received multiple nominations for the Anthony and Macavity Awards, and her books have been translated into German, Norwegian, Japanese, French, Spanish, Italian, and Hebrew. She lives in San Francisco and visits Paris frequently.
Please note that registration is at capacity for John Gurda's talk at Discovery World for Milwaukee: A City Built on Water - this event is sold out. Mr. Gurda will be doing other events during the year for this book, including one at Milwaukee Public Library's Loos Room on Monday, October 1. In addition, he's at the Franklin Public Library on Thursday, September 20 and at the Polish Center of Wisconsin, also in Franklin, on October 2. Visit John Gurda's author event page for additional information. Registration is likely required.
At two Milwaukee-area libraries, a double dose of book club inspiration. Boswell’s Daniel Goldin teams up with a librarian from the Frank L. Weyenberg Library (at 2 pm) and Paulette Brooks from Elm Grove Public Library (at 6:30) to offer recommendations of new and classic titles sure to provide lively book club discussions. And then onto the second act, a talk by Kathleen Rooney, author of the national indie bestseller Lillian Boxfish Takes A Walk and one of our top book club picks for spring and summer.
Lillian Boxfish took 1930s New York by storm, working her way up writing copy for R.H. Macy’s to become the highest paid advertising woman in the country. It was a job that, she says, “in some ways saved my life, and in other ways ruined it.” On New Year's Eve 1984, 85-year-old Lillian Boxfish crosses Manhattan on foot, finding adventure at every turn and recalling a remarkable life.
A love letter to city life in all its guts and grandeur, Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk paints a portrait of a remarkable woman across the canvas of a changing America: from the Jazz Age to the onset of the AIDS epidemic; from the Great Depression to the birth of hip-hop.
Kathleen Rooney is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press and a founding member of Poems While You Wait. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Salon, and The Nation. She was named Best Novelist by the Chicago Reader in 2017.
Pewaukee native Stark returns from Montana with his latest book of American history, Young Washington. Weaving together harrowing wilderness adventures and a broader historic context, Stark’s book offers a brash, unexpected view of the president we thought we knew.
Two decades before he led America to independence, George Washington was a flailing young soldier serving the British Empire in the vast wilderness of the Ohio Valley. Naïve and self-absorbed, the twenty-two-year-old officer accidentally ignited the French and Indian War, a conflict that opened colonists to the possibility of an American Revolution.
Terrifying summer storms and subzero winters helped prepare Washington for Valley Forge. Leading the Virginia troops into battle taught him to and stand with those who looked to him for leadership. Negotiating with colonial allies honed his diplomatic skills. Thwarted in his obsessive young love, he grew to cultivate deeper, enduring relationships. All of this and more transformed Washington from a temperamental striver into a mature leader.
Peter Stark is a historian, adventure writer, and author of The New York Times bestseller Astoria, along with The Last Empty Spaces, Last Breath, and At the Mercy of the River. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is a correspondent for Outside magazine and has written for Smithsonian and The New Yorker.
Cosponsored by Crimespree Magazine, David Krugler, Professor of History at UW-Platteville, brings to Boswell Rip the Angels from Heaven, his novel of American and Soviet espionage at the end of World War II. In this thrilling sequel to The Dead Don’t Bleed, intelligence officer Ellis Voigt fights to prevent the Soviets from infiltrating the Manhattan Project while running from enemies on both sides.
Washington, DC, 1945. Lieutenant Ellis Voigt of the Office of Naval Intelligence is desperate to keep his secrets and escape a web of double-agents and undercover spies who follow his every move. The FBI suspects he is the communist who murdered a Naval officer in a Washington back alley. The Soviets believe he’s holding back information from their contacts, and they’re willing to use any means necessary to extract it.
Voigt is sent to New Mexico on a mission to identify a Soviet spy, tailed by the FBI and the Russians, and he’s running out of people he can trust. As the team at Los Alamos prepares to test an atomic bomb in the desert, Voigt faces the dilemma he’d been trying to avoid: he can keep the bomb out of Soviet hands, or he can save himself, but he might not be able to do both.
David Krugler is a historian and novelist. He is a professor of history at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville, where he has taught since completing his PhD at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His first novel is The Dead Don't Bleed.
Boswell goes behind the scenes of The Great American Read, an eight-part PBS series exploring the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels. The event features a conversation between Boswell’s Daniel Goldin and a Milwaukee PBS representative about the program and how the country’s favorite books were chosen. Light refreshments will be served.
Please register to attend this event at GreatAmericanMKE.bpt.me. The first 40 people to register and attend will receive a $5 gift card to use on a Great American Read book.
The Great American Read investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience. With entertaining and informative documentary segments, and compelling testimonials from celebrities, authors, notable Americans, and book lovers across the country, the series is the centerpiece of an ambitious multi-platform digital, educational and community outreach campaign, designed to get the country reading and passionately talking about books.
Multitalented actor, poet, and now novelist Amber Tamblyn visits Boswell with her debut novel, the blazingly original Any Man, which brings to startling life a specter of sexual violence in the shadowy form of Maude, a serial female rapist who preys on men. Please note this event’s earlier-than-usual start time, scheduled for those who also wish to attend David Cross’s 8:00 pm performance at the Pabst Theater.
This event is free, but registration is required to attend. Please register at tamblyn.bpt.me. Attendees must purchase a copy of Tamblyn's novel Any Man to join the signing line.
In this electric and provocative debut novel, Tamblyn blends poetry, prose, and suspense, mapping the destructive ways society perpetuates rape culture. A violent serial rapist hunts for men at bars, online, at home. Her victims suffer doubt from the police, feelings of shame and alienation, and the haunting of a horrible woman who becomes the phantom on which society projects its greatest fears, fascinations, and even misogyny. All the while the police are without leads and the media hounds the victims, publicly dissecting the details of their attack. As years pass these men learn to heal, by banding together and finding a space to raise their voices.
Bold and timely, Any Man paints a searing portrait of survival and is a tribute to those who have lived the nightmare of sexual assault. Janet Fitch, author of White Oleander and The Revolution of Marina M., calls Tamblyn’s Any Man, “an explosive, shapeshifting piece of literary real estate. Amber Tamblyn’s arresting debut offers a scathing portrait of American celebrity culture and the way in which it transmutes human tragedy into a vicious circus.”
Amber Tamblyn, author of the critically acclaimed poetry collection Dark Sparkler, has been nominated for Emmy, Golden Globe, and Independent Spirit awards. She has published two additional books of poetry, Free Stallion, which won the Borders Book Choice Award for Breakout Writing, and Bang Ditto. Tamblyn is poet in residence at Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls and a contributing writer for The New York Times.
Photographer and Milwaukee native Tara Bogart, whose work was featured in May 2017 at Lawrence University’s Hoffmaster Gallery, visits Boswell with her book of portraits featuring young women photographed from behind that allow the viewer to contemplate details that make each woman an individual.
In 2011, during a visit to Paris' Bibliothèque nationale, Tara Bogart saw the photograph Marie Laurent (1865) by Nadar and was immediately intrigued. The photograph, taken from behind, was of a young woman whose hair was held up by an ornate clip. Bogart couldn’t stop thinking about what that image would look like today. Five months later, she began the series that became A Modern Hair Study.
"While certain ideals are often relevant to different generations,” Bogart says, “the ways in which women adorn and modify themselves often indicate the struggles of a young adult with their own ideology and individuality. After photographing these young women, I can imagine these struggles are timeless."
Tara Bogart has exhibited work at the The Portrait Society Gallery and The Charles Allis Art Museum in Milwaukee, and Hous Projects and Aperture in New York. Her work is in the J. Crew Art Collection and the collection of the Bibliothèque nationale de France in Paris.
Boswell and Wisconsin Public Radio present PEN/Hemingway Award winning author Ottessa Moshfegh in conversation with WPR’s Doug Gordon. Moshfegh’s new novel, My Year of Rest and Relaxation, is the shocking, tender story of a woman’s efforts to sustain a state of deep hibernation over the course of a year on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
Our narrator should be happy. Young, thin, and pretty, she’s a Columbia grad with a hip, easy job and an apartment paid for, like the rest of her needs, by her inheritance. But there’s a dark and vacuous hole in her heart, and it isn’t just the loss of her parents, or the way her Wall Street boyfriend treats her, or her sadomasochistic relationship with her best friend, Reva. It’s the year 2000 in a city aglitter with wealth and possibility; what could be so terribly wrong?
Moshfegh’s bold novel is a powerful answer to that question. Dwight Garner, for The New York Times, writes, “Sampling her sentences is like touching a mildly electrified fence. It’s like watching someone grin with a mouthful of blood.” Blackly funny, merciless, yet compassionate, Moshfegh is one of our major writers working at the height of her powers to show us how reasonable, even necessary, alienation can be. Boswell’s Chris Lee is also a fan, and says the novel is “Amazing. Moshfegh's voice is all her own, raw, flip, tender, cruel, and just barely a little, tiny bit hopeful all at once.”
Ottessa Moshfegh is a fiction writer from New England. Eileen, her first novel, was shortlisted for the NBCC Award and the Man Booker Prize, and won the PEN/Hemingway Award for debut fiction. She is also the author of Homesick for Another World and McGlue, a novella. Her stories have been published in The Paris Review, The New Yorker, Granta, and have earned her a Pushcart Prize, an O. Henry Award, the Plimpton Discovery Prize, and an NEA grant.
More Upcoming Events
- Thursday, July 19, 6:30 pm, at Shorewood Public Library, 3920 N Murray Ave –Thomas Frank, author of Rendezvous with Oblivion: Reports from a Sinking Society
- Thursday, July 19, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Menomonee Falls’s own Richard Ratay, author of Don't Make Me Pull Over!: An Informal History of the Family Road Trip
- Monday, July 23, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Award-winning historian Anna-Lisa Cox, author of The Bone and Sinew of the Land: America's Forgotten Black Pioneers and the Struggle for Equality
- Tuesday, July 24, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Dan Kaufman, author of The Fall of Wisconsin: The Conservative Conquest of a Progressive Bastion and the Future of American Politics ,
- Friday, July 27, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Eric and Stephani Lohman, authors of Raising Rosie: Our Story of Parenting an Intersex Child
- Monday, July 30, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Former Milwaukeean Kelli María Korducki, author of Hard To Do: The Surprising, Feminist History of Breaking Up
- Tuesday, July 31, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Carla Anne Ernst, author of Life Without Pockets: My Long Journey Into Womanhood
- Wednesday, August 1, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – A launch event for Brookfield’s Stef Wade, author of A Place for Pluto
- Thursday, August 9, 7:00 pm reception, 7:30 talk, at the Lynden Sculpture Garden, 2145 W Brown Deer Road – Jenna Blum, author of The Lost Family. Produced by Milwaukee Reads. Ticket is $32, $27 for Lynden members, and includes admission, light refreshments, and a copy of the book. Details at Lynden Sculpture Garden website.
- Friday, August 17, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Former Milwaukeean Erin Buhr, author of Little Walks, Big Adventures: 50+ Ideas for Exploring with Toddlers
- Tuesday, August 21, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Ron Berger, author of Children, Save Yourselves! One Family’s Story of Holocaust Survival , cosponsored by The Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center
- Thursday, August 23, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Conrad Bishop and Elizabeth Fuller, authors of Galahad’s Fool
- Tuesday, August 28, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Rebecca Makkai, author of The Great Believers, in conversation with Mitch Teich of Milwaukee Public Radio’s Lake Effect
- Thursday, September 6, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Lil Rev, in conjunction with his new album Lil Rev Mountain Dulcimer
- Wednesday, September 12, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – UWM Assistant Professor of Film Studies Jocelyn J Szczepaniak-Gillece, author of The Optical Vacuum: Spectatorship and Modernized American Theater Architecture
- Thursday, September 13, 6:30 pm, at University School of Milwaukee, Mellowes Hall, 2100 W Fairy Chasm Rd – The Global Scholars Program presents David Patrikarakos , author of War in 140 Characters: How Social Media Is Reshaping Conflict in the Twenty-First Century. Registration requested – link to come.
- Saturday, September 15, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – David Pederson, author of Death Checks In
- Monday, September 17, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – The Rose Petranech Lecture, feauring Ben Austen, author of High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing, cosponsored by Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity
- Thursday, September 20, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – UWM Associate Professor of Art and Design Nathaniel Stern, author of Ecological Aesthetics: Artful Tactics for Humans, Nature, and Politics
- Saturday, September 22, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Jessica Hopper, author of the new memoir Night Moves
- Thursday, September 27, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Scott G. Bruce, editor of The Penguin Book of Hell
- Sunday, October 21, 3:00 pm, at Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts in Brookfield – a ticketed event with Jodi Picoult, author of A Spark of Light, presented by Oconomowoc’s Books & Company, Boswell, and the Wilson Center. Tickets are $34, available at picoultwi.bpt.me, and include a signed copy of A Spark of Light.
- Tuesday, October 23, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Madison writer Meghan O’Gieblyn, editor of Interior States: Essays , a collection of writings about faith, Christianity, and ambivalence
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.