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Bartolotta Restaurants and Boswell Books Company present an author dinner with Elizabeth Minchilli, founder of the Eat Italy App and author of The Italian Table. Tickets cost $85, $75 for Italian Community Center members, and include a four-course meal and a copy of The Italian Table. More information and tickets can be found on the Bartolotta events page.
Minchilli delivers both the fantasy and reality of Italian meals as they would be eaten on location with her unique approach to a beloved cuisine. Combining menus and recipes with visual experience and inspiration, as well as insight into the traditions of the food and celebrations, she gives home cooks and hosts step-by-step guidance on how to re-create these fabulous meals at their own tables.
With more than one hundred vibrant images drawn from Minchilli’s extensive travels to locations ranging from Ariccia to Venezia, and from cozy and elegant tramezzino bars to outdoor porchetta picnics or a summer seafood shack feast, Michilli presents dishes and explorations from her book that’s perfect for armchair travelers as well as home cooks.
Elizabeth Minchilli has lived in Rome for over 30 years and written 9 books, including Eating Rome: Living the Good Life in the Eternal City. Her culinary writing online has won the Saveur Award, the Italy Magazine Award, and she created the Eat Italy App. Read more about Michilli in this Journal Sentinel profile from Kristine M. Kierzek.
Christopher Castellani, Artistic Director of GrubStreet Writing Center and author of All This Talk of Love, chats with Liam Callanan, UWM Professor of English and author of Paris by the Book about his latest, a glittering novel of desire and ambition, set against the glamorous literary circles of 1950s Italy that illuminates one of the great love stories of the twentieth century - Tennessee Williams and his longtime partner Frank Merlo.
This event is cosponsored by Milwaukee Opera Theatre, who will present a scene reading before the conversation.
Writing for The New York Times, Dwight Garner writes:“Blazing... casts a spell right from the start. This book is a kind of poem in praise of pleasure. Its author knows a great deal about life; better, he knows how to express what he knows. But this is an alert, serious, sweeping novel. To hold it in your hands is like holding, to crib a line from Castellani, a front-row opera ticket.”
Christopher Castellani is Artistic Director of GrubStreet Writing Center. He is author of A Kiss from Maddalena, winner of the Massachusetts Book Award in 2004, The Saint of Lost Things, and All This Talk of Love, a New York Times Editors’ Choice and finalist for the Ferro-Grumley Literary Award, as well as the essay collection The Art of Perspective: Who Tells the Story. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois Chicago, David Ranney shares his experiences working in the factories of southeast Chicago and northwest Indiana, one of the heaviest industrial concentrations in the world.
Ranney walks through the heart of Chicago's South Side, observing the noise, heavy traffic, the 24-hour restaurants and bars, the rich diversity of people on the streets at all hours of the day and night, and the smell of the highly polluted air. Factory life includes stints at a machine shop, a shortening factory, a railroad car factory, a structural steel shop, a box factory, a chemical plant, and a paper cup factory. Along the way there is a wildcat strike, an immigration raid, shop-floor actions protesting supervisor abuses, serious injuries, a failed effort to unionize, and a murder.
Ranney focuses on race and class relations, working conditions, environmental issues, and broader social issues in the 1970s that impacted the shop floor. Forty years later, Ranney returns to Chicago's South Side to reveal what happened to the communities. Living and Dying on the Factory Floor discusses the nature of work, race and class, and our ability to create a just society.
David Ranney is professor emeritus in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois Chicago. Ranney has also been a factory worker, a labor and community organizer, and an activist academic. He is the author of four books and many other published works.
Saturday, April 27, is Independent Bookstore Day, and Boswell is the perfect place to celebrate all day long. We’ll have all kinds of Independent Bookstore Day exclusives for sale starting at our 10:00 am opening – first come, first serve, no holds – like exclusive book releases, enamel pins, prints, literary tea towels, vinyl, and author-autographed goods.
At 2:00 pm, Wisconsin’s own Kevin Henkes, author and illustrator of more than fifty books, including multiple Caldecott and Newbery Honor titles, will talk about his latest novel, Sweeping Up the Heart, another instant Henkes classic about loss, loneliness, and friendship. We love this book! As much of the book is set in a pottery studio, we’ve partnered with one of the East Side’s hidden gems, Murray Hill Pottery Works, and during the event we’ll highlight their studio, a unique environment dedicated to learning, fun, and the appreciation of clay art.
Instead of going on spring break, Amelia is stuck at home with her father and the babysitter. The week ahead promises to be boring, until Amelia meets Casey at her local art studio. Amelia has never been friends with a boy before, and the experience is both fraught and thrilling. When Casey claims to see the spirit of Amelia’s mother, who died ten years before, the pair embark on an altogether different journey in their attempt to find her.
Kevin Henkes has received multiple Caldecott Honors, Geisel Honors, and two Newbery Honors. He lives in Wisconsin.
Prize-winning Milwaukee poet Stephen Anderson visits Boswell with his new collection of poetry, The Dream Angel Plays the Cello.
Anderson has traveled widely, taking notes, gathering landscapes and images, and his poetry reflects his travels to Europe and the Caribbean, his time spent in residence abroad as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Chile, and a university lecturer in London. Lyrical and often ekphrastic, in his poems you will find Isadora Duncan, Winslow Homer, Wim Venders, Mozart and Lorca, all challenging the current political myopia, offering cultural critique, and turning back to reminiscence on time passing.
Anderson’s poems mingle the qualities of the mystical, philosophical and political. Mostly observations, the poet casts his keen eye on the complexities of the modern world while considering what it is that makes us human. Dream-like and ethereal, Anderson creates a world constructed of the concrete and the transcendent.
Stephen Anderson is a Milwaukee poet and author of Montezuma Resurrected And Other Poems, Navigating in the Sun, and In The Garden Of Angels And Demons. His work has appeared in Southwest Review, Tipton Poetry Journal, and Verse Wisconsin, and many of Anderson’s poems have been featured on WUWM’s Lake Effect.
The Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, Oconomowoc's Books & Company, and Milwaukee's Boswell Book Company present a grand evening with Anna Quindlen, the acclaimed novelist and journalist known for her candid, frank, and illuminating writing. She’s now appearing for Nanaville: Adventures in Grandparenting, a bighearted book of wisdom, wit, and insight, celebrating the love and joy of being a grandmother.
Tickets are $31 and include admission to the event, all taxes and fees, and a copy of Nanaville, available at quindlenwi.bpt.me.
Before blogs even existed, Anna Quindlen became a go-to writer on the joys and challenges of family, motherhood, and modern life, in her nationally syndicated column. Now she’s taking the next step and going full nana in the pages of this lively, beautiful, and moving book about being a grandmother. Quindlen offers thoughtful and telling observations about her new role, no longer mother and decision-maker, but secondary character and support to the parents of her grandson. She writes, “Where I once led, I have to learn to follow. Eventually a close friend provides words to live by: Did they ask you?”
Everything you love about Anna Quindlen is here in this special new book - her singular voice has never been sharper or warmer. With the same insights she brought to motherhood in Living Out Loud and to growing older in Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, this new nana uses her own experiences to illuminate those of many others.
Anna Quindlen is a novelist and journalist whose work has appeared on fiction, nonfiction, and self-help bestseller lists. She is the author of nine novels, including Object Lessons, One True Thing, and Alternate Side. Her most recent memoir, Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, was a #1 New York Times bestseller. She received the Pulitzer Prize for her work as a columnist at The New York Times.
The prizewinning author of Mr. Timothy and The Pale Blue Eye comes to Boswell with Courting Mr. Lincoln, the surprising novel of a young Abraham Lincoln and the two people who loved him best: a sparky, marriageable Mary Todd and Lincoln’s best friend, Joshua Speed.
According to Liza Mundy, author of Code Girls, “Louis Bayard renders the origin story of the Lincoln-Todd marriage with a wit worthy of Jane Austen and the keen political insight of the best presidential biographers. When it comes to bringing our most revered historical figures to vivid life and returning to them their full humanity, Louis Bayard has no peer. He is, quite simply, a master of the storytelling art.”
Told with rich historical detail, Courting Mr. Lincoln creates a sympathetic, complex portrait of Mary unlike any that has come before, a moving portrayal of the deep and very real connection between the two men, an evocation of the unformed man who would grow into one of the nation’s most beloved presidents.
Louis Bayard has been shortlisted for both the Edgar and Dagger awards for his historical thrillers, which include The Pale Blue Eye and Mr. Timothy. His also author of the young-adult novel Lucky Strikes.
Boswell is happy to once again host our semi-annual celebration of student writers from Milwaukee area colleges and universities, featuring an evening of readings from students of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction.
On Friday, our program will feature writing by Saul Lopez, Aishah Mahmood, Cain Schmitz, and Abby Vakulskas of Marquette University and students of UWM, names to come.
Boswell is happy to once again host our semi-annual celebration of student writers from Milwaukee area colleges and universities, featuring an evening of readings from students of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction.
On Saturday, our program will feature writing by Kateri Duncklee and Jessica Hurtgen of Cardinal Stritch University, Lauren Brandmeier and Gabriel Mundo of Carroll University, and Quinn Clark and Brandi Kehl of Mount Mary University.
Siger appears at Boswell with the tenth installment of his internationally bestselling series of Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis mysteries, this time revealing the dark side of a Greek island playground for the world's rich and famous.
When a corrupt former police colonel on Mykonos is gunned down, Kaldis is suddenly face to face with Greece's top crime bosses, all just as surprised and baffled as he is at the assassination. Someone is making a move to take over the island's vice operations.
The New York Times calls Siger’s mysteries, "thoughtful police procedurals set in picturesque but not untroubled Greek locales," and dubbed him Greece's thriller writer of record. The Greek Government’s General Secretariat of Media and Communications selected Siger as one of six authors, and the only American, writing mysteries that serve as a guide to Greece.
Jeffrey Siger is author of the Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis mystery series, including Murder in Mykonos and An Aegean April, as well as the Inspector Keen Dunliffe mysteries, including Assassins of Athens. He contributes to the Murder Is Everywhere crime-fiction-travel blog and has served as Chair of the National Board of Bouchercon.
Author and activist Erin Merryn comes to Boswell with her new book, Bailey, No Ordinary Cat, about the heartwarming antics that launched Bailey’s internet stardom, as seen in videos shared by Ellen, CBS News, and Good Morning America.
For fans of Grumpy Cat and Cats on Instagram, there's a new cat in town. What makes Bailey more addictive than catnip? In addition to his adorable expressions, Bailey has a penchant for doing things that are characteristically uncatlike. Things like enjoying bubble baths, getting a "pet"-icure, and his unending patience while co-raising his human siblings - yes, there is photographic evidence that Bailey helped with potty-training.
If you have a cat you know how independent they are. Bailey, No Ordinary Cat celebrates the unique spirit of this unforgettable feline through color photographs and captions from the voice of Bailey himself. Cat lovers will be delighted to peek into the life of their favorite celebrity cat with the huge eyes, huge heart, and huge personality.
Erin Merryn is an author, activist, and speaker named Glamour Magazine’s Woman of the Year in 2012 and a People magazine Hero Among Us. Bailey was a tabby cat who enjoyed bubble baths, joy rides in toy cars, and accessorizing with the latest footwear.
The Lynden Sculpture Garden’s Women’s Speaker Series, cosponsored by Milwaukee Reads and Boswell, are pleased to present Jennifer Robson, author of Somewhere in France, with an enthralling historical novel about one of the most famous wedding dresses of the twentieth century - Queen Elizabeth’s wedding gown - and the fascinating women who made it.
Tickets cost $23, $18 for Lynden members, and include an autographed paperback copy of The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding, light refreshments, and admission to the sculpture garden. Register by phone at (414) 446-8794 or online, at lyndensculpturegarden.org/jenniferrobson19
With The Gown, Robson takes us inside the workrooms where one of the most famous wedding gowns in history was created. Balancing behind-the-scenes details with a sweeping portrait of a society left reeling by the calamitous costs of victory, she introduces three unforgettable heroines and their alternating and intersecting points of view, whose lives are woven together by the pain of survival, the bonds of friendship, and the redemptive power of love.
Jennifer Robson is author of five novels, including Goodnight from London, Moonlight Over Paris, and After the War is Over. She holds a doctorate in British economic and social history from Saint Antony’s College, University of Oxford.
Boswell is pleased to host a release celebration for Milwaukee Noir, the latest entry in Akashic Books award-winning series, set in the Cream City. Featuring anthology editor Tim Hennessy, who will be joined for a panel discussion of the book by anthology contributors Vida Cross, Christi Clancy, Jennifer Morales, Shauna Singh Baldwin, Valerie Laken, Larry Watson, Mary Thorson, and Matthew Prigge.
Fourteen free-wheeling stories document the grit and glory of Milwaukee. The Cream City is going through a renaissance, as abandoned factories are converted to condos and craft breweries push out corner taverns, yet at the same time it is among the most segregated and impoverished cities in the country. Such an environment and atmosphere make excellent fodder for noir fiction.
Of the anthology, Publishers Weekly says, “Hennessy does justice to the harsher aspects of his hometown in this fine anthology… Contributors show that violence is not a prerequisite to crafting a haunting depiction of despair... The selections make the different neighborhoods, seedy or otherwise, come to life, even for those who have never set foot in them.”
Tim Hennessy is a bookseller and author living in Milwaukee. His work has appeared in Midwestern Gothic, Crimespree Magazine, and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Austin Kleon, creator of Steal Like an Artist and Show Your Work visits Boswell with his latest, which shows you how to stay true to and focused on your own creative vision when the world seems out of control.
In ten heavily illustrated, inspiring chapters, Kleon offers advice, stories, and anecdotes that teach how to persist in doing work that helps make a world worth living in. Kleon celebrates timeless advice like getting outdoors and taking a walk (as director Ingmar Bergman told his daughter, “The demons hate fresh air”), paying attention to what you pay attention to, and worrying less about getting things done and more about the worth of what you’re doing.
In Keep Going, Kleon, who the Atlantic calls, “positively one of the most interesting people on the Internet,” offers timeless, practical, and ethical principles for anyone trying to sustain a meaningful and productive life.
Austin Kleon is a writer who draws. He is author of Steal Like an Artist, Show Your Work!, and Newspaper Blackout. His work has been featured on NPR's Morning Edition, PBS Newshour, and in the New York Times. He also speaks for organizations like Pixar, Google, and SXSW.
Milwaukee Makerspace and Boswell present Eric Gorges, host of PBS’s A Craftsman's Legacy. Tickets are $5, plus tax and ticketing fee, with the $5 donated to Milwaukee Makerspace. Available at gorgesmke.bpt.me. Doors open at 6:00 pm. Milwaukee Makerspace will be giving tours of their facility before the event.
Filled with insights about the physical, psychological, and spiritual aspects of craftsmanship, A Craftsman’s Legacy identifies the craftsman’s shared values: taking time to slow down and enjoy the process, embracing failure, knowing when to stop and when to push through, and accepting that perfection is an illusion. Along the way, Gorges tells his own story about leaving the corporate world to focus on what he loves. This is an exhilarating look into the heart and soul of modern-day makers and how they can inspire us all.
What is Milwaukee Makerspace? Let them answer that: "Milwaukee Makerspace, at its heart, is a place for people who like to build, invent, tinker and/or learn new skills and expand their minds. We have a wide range of skill sets in our membership and you're likely to find someone who can talk about most any technical concept with you in a meaningful way. We are a physical space where you can come, 24/7 as a member, and have access to wide array of equipment you are not very likely to have at home. Plus, there are folks around the space that can give you tips and pointers on operating that equipment effectively. We will train you to use the equipment, and ask that you do the same for others."
Eric Gorges has been the host of A Craftsman's Legacy since it began in 2014. After a health crisis caused him to reevaluate his life, he sought out one of the best metal shapers in the country and signed on as his apprentice. In 1999, he struck out on his own, opening the custom motorcycle shop, Voodoo Choppers, in Detroit.
Urrea, Pulitzer finalist for The Devil’s Highway, appears on the paperback tour for his latest novel, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist, that tells the story of a family on the Mexican-American border. Because Urrea was just awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and will be attending the award ceremony in New York City, we have rescheduled this event.
In his final days, beloved and ailing patriarch Miguel Angel de La Cruz has summoned his entire clan for one last birthday party. But as the party approaches, his mother, nearly one hundred, dies, transforming the weekend into a farewell doubleheader. Across two bittersweet days in their San Diego neighborhood, the revelers mingle among the palm trees and cacti and recount the family lore of acts both ordinary and heroic that brought these citizens to a fraught and sublime country and allowed them to flourish in the land they have come to call home.
The House of Broken Angels was selected as a New York Times Notable Book and One of the Best Books of the Year by NPR, American Library Association, and San Francisco Chronicle, among many other outlets, and Pulitzer winner Richard Russo says, “The House of Broken Angels has everything we demand of a great novel - sweep, ambition, generosity, myth, intimacy, and, above all, humanity. Luis Alberto Urrea just gets better and better."
Luis Alberto Urrea is author of The Hummingbird's Daughter, Into the Beautiful North, and the story collection The Water Museum, a PEN/Faulkner Award finalist. He has won the Lannan Literary Award, an Edgar Award, and a 2017 American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, among many other honors.
Former Wisconsinite Joanne Ramos comes to Boswell with her debut novel. Cosponsored by The Philippine Cultural and Civic Center Foundation.
In New York’s Hudson Valley is a luxury retreat boasting every amenity: organic meals, private fitness trainers, daily massages, all for free. In fact, you’re paid big money to stay. The catch? For nine months, you cannot leave the grounds; your movements are monitored, and you are cut off from your former life while you dedicate yourself to the task of producing the perfect baby.
Jane, an immigrant from the Philippines, is in desperate search of a better future. But soon, pregnant, fragile, and consumed with worry for her own family, Jane is determined to reconnect with her life outside the Farm. Heartbreaking, gripping, provocative, The Farm pushes our thinking on motherhood, money, and merit to the extremes, and raises crucial questions about the trade-offs women will make to fortify their futures and the futures of those they love.
Joanne Ramos was born in the Philippines and moved to Racine when she was six. She earned a BA from Princeton University and has been a staff writer at The Economist. She currently serves on the board of The Moth.
Grafton childrens book author Sheri Mabry Bestor visits Boswell for a special Saturday morning storytime with her new book that explores the fascinating life cycle of dragonflies.
Bestor, author of Good Trick, Walking Stick, returns to the insect world to follow the life cycle of a green darner dragonfly, told simultaneously as a narrative and a collection of scientific facts, from a mother dragonfly laying eggs, to fertilizing its own eggs before leaving to "find warmer days" elsewhere.
Dragonflies are some the world's most beautiful and interesting insects, which children can find right in their backyards. With a simple story and colorful illustrations, Bestor’s scientific look at the dragonfly will captivate little entomologists.
Boswell hosts an afternoon event with the infamously anonymous author of The Name of This Book is Secret, Pseudonymous Bosch, the author whose ridiculously mischievous writing LA Weekly says is, “like Lemony Snicket with a little Monty Python,” whose latest is a funny chapter-book mystery about a third-grade magician and the wisecracking rabbit who is the secret brains behind his act. Perfect for adults and kids 7 and up.
Oliver dreams of being a magician, even though he has terrible stage fright. And now, his friends have gotten him invited to a classmate’s birthday party as the paid entertainment! Desperate for help, he visits The Great Zoocheeni’s Magic Emporium, but comes away with nothing more than a moth-eaten top hat.
Oliver is in for a lucky surprise. Inside that top hat hides a wisecracking rabbit who agrees to help. But at the party, Oliver is accused of robbery! He must solve the mystery of the missing robo-cat to clear his name before he can amaze the crowd with a grand finale.
Pseudonymous Bosch is author of the New York Times bestselling Secret series and the Bad books such as Bad Magic. He is definitely not the alter ego of Raphael Simon, a totally unrelated author.
Former Chancellor of UWM and Professor of History Emeritus, Schroeder recounts the history of UWM, from welcoming its first students in 1956 through 2016, when the prestigious Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education recognized UWM for “highest research activity."
Against a backdrop of intense scrutiny, UWM seemed to fight above its weight class, providing opportunities for a distinctive set of students and steadily forging a reputation as a Milwaukee institution.
In this expansive history, the first in-depth book about the university’s history in more than twenty years, Schroeder chronicles UWM's bold mission as Wisconsin's sole public, urban university, accessible to Milwaukee students underserved by more expensive private colleges and more distant universities. With fine detail and a clear-sighted approach, Schroeder charts the milestones of UWM's sixty-year journey, chronicles the obstacles UWM has faced, and shows how UWM has risen and become stronger with each challenge faced.
John Schroeder is author of five books on 19th century American history, including a biography of Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry, which won the Roosevelt Prize for American Naval History. He is former Chancellor of UWM and Professor of History Emeritus.
Celeste Ng, in conjunction with UWM's Department of English, Creative Writing Program, Humanities Division, and Asian Faculty and Staff Association, is coming to the UWM Student Union, as part of the paperback publication tour of Little Fires Everywhere. For this event, Ng will be in conversation with Bonnie North, a producer and cohost at WUWM's Lake Effect.
Tickets cost $19 for the general public and are available at celestengmke.bpt.me. Specially priced tickets for the UWM community are available only at the UWM Student Union box office. Each ticket comes with a signed paperback edition of Little Fires Everywhere. Already have the book? It makes a great gift, for birthday, graduation, or holiday. It's never too early, right?
The bestselling Little Fires Everywhere traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. Named a Best Book of the Year by too many publications to list, (okay, here are a few: The Washington Post, Esquire, Entertainment Weekly, People, and NPR) Ng’s novel was recently picked up by Hulu to go into production as a limited series starring Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington. And Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train, says, "witty, wise, and tender. It's a marvel."
Celeste Ng is author of Everything I Never Told You, winner of the Massachusetts Book Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, and the ALA's Alex Award
More Upcoming Events
- Monday, May 13, 6:30 pm, at Boswell – A YA Boswell! event with Daniel José Older, author of Freedom Fire, the second book in the Dactyl Hill Squad (for ages 9 and up), as well as The Shadowshaper Cyphyer series (ages 12 and up)
- Thursday, May 16, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Susanna Calkins, author of Murder Knocks Twice, a new series set in the underworld of 1920s Chicago - in conversation with Erica Ruth Neubauer
- Monday, May 20, at The Urbanite, 1840 N Farwell Ave on the East Side – Heaven’s Table BBQ presents dinner with Stephen Raichlen, author of The Brisket Chronicles: How to Barbecue, Braise, Smoke, and Cure the World's Most Epic Cut of Meat - $50 ticket at raichlenmke.bpt.me includes dinner, taxes and fees, gratuity, and a paperback copy of Brisket
- Tuesday, May 21, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Edgar Award finalist Sujata Massey, author of The Satapur Moonstone, the second novel featuring 1920s Bombay attorney Perveen Mistry
- Wednesday, May 22, 7:00 pm, at The Wisconsin Club’s Country Club, 6200 W Good Hope Rd – Daniel Steininger, author of Moving Mountains Every Day: Lessons for Business Leaders in Creativity and Innovation - Registration required for this event.
- Tuesday, May 22, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Journal Sentinel Brewers reporter Tom Haudricourt, author of Special Brew: An Inside Look at the 2018 Milwaukee Brewers
- Thursday, May 23, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – “Terrible, Thanks for Asking” podcaster Nora McInerny, author of The Hot Young Widows Club: Lessons in Survival from the Front Lines of Grief - Register for free or upgrade to book purchase at mcinerny.bpt.me
- Tuesday, May 28, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Michael Koryta, author of If She Wakes and How It Happened, in conversation with Nick Petrie
- Wednesday, May 29, 11:00 am signing, Noon lunch, at The Wisconsin Club’s City Club, 900 W Wisconsin Ave – The Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library present David Maraniss, author of A Good American Family: The Red Scare and My Father for the annual Friends Literary Lunch - Purchase tickets here - $85, or $75 for MPL friends.
- Wednesday, May 29, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Founder and current director of The Parish Evaluation Project Thomas Sweetser, author of Can Francis Change the Church?: How American Catholics Are Responding to His Leadership
- Friday, May 31, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Fire and Police Hall of Fame inductee Gregory Lee Renz, author of Beneath the Flames, his debut novel
- Tuesday, June 4, 6:30 pm, at Boswell – Madison journalist and children’s book writer Dean Robbins, whose new book is The Astronaut Who Painted the Moon: The Story of Alan Bean - a program for adults and kids
- Monday, June 10, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Marianne Teitelbaum, author of Healing the Thyroid with Ayurveda: Natural Treatments for Hashimoto's, Hypothyroidism, and Hyperthyroidism, cosponsored by Bodhi Ayurveda
- Tuesday, June 11, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Journalist Monte Reel, author of A Brotherhood of Spies: The U-2 and the CIA's Secret War , in conversation with Journal Sentinel reporter Meg Jones
- Thursday, June 13, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Michael Moreci, author of We Are Mayhem, the sequel to Black Star Renegates, in conversation with Book Table of Oak Park’s Javier Ramirez – Moreci has penned books for iconic properties Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, Planet of the Apes, Artemis Fowl, and the just-released Archie Meets Batman ‘66
- Tuesday, June 18, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Dani Shapiro, author of The New York Times bestseller Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love, cosponsored by the Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center and the Sam and Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies at UWM. Registration recommended for this event at shapiromke.bpt.me
- Thursday, June 20, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Milwaukee-based Kelsey Rae Dimberg, author of Girl in the Rearview Mirror, which has this early praise from Megan Abbott: “An exciting, intoxicating debut, it will hold you until its startling final pages”
- Monday, June 24, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Dean Strang, author of Keep the Wretches in Order: America's Biggest Mass Trial, the Rise of the Justice Department, and the Fall of the IWW , in conversation with Lake Effect’s Mitch Teich
- Tuesday, June 25, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Book coach and teacher Rochelle Melander, author of Level Up: Quests to Master Mindset, Overcome Procrastination, and Increase Productivity
- Monday, July 15, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Merle Conti Professor of History at University of Wisconsin-Madison Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen, author of The Ideas That Made America: A Brief History
- Tuesday, July 16, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – David Bell, author of the high concept psychological suspense novel Layover and Somebody’s Daughter
- Wednesday, July 17, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Linda L Godrey, author of I Know What I Saw: Modern-Day Encounters with Monsters of New Urban Legend and Ancient Lore, in conversation with Milwaukee's Tea Krulos
- Tuesday, July 23, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Marquette University Associate Professor of History Michael Wert, author of Samurai: A Concise History
- Wednesday, July 24, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Charles Benjamin Schudson, author of Independence Corrupted: How America's Judges Make Their Decisions
- Thursday, August 1, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Ben L Califf, author of Organumics: An Epigenetic Framing of Consciousness, Life, and Evolution
- Tuesday, August 20, 7:00 pm, at Urban Ecology Center at Riverside Park, 1500 E Park Pl – Mark Hineline, author of Ground Truth: A Guide to Tracking Climate Change at Home - admission is pay what you can
- Thursday, August 22, 2:00 pm, at Boswell – Celebrating the latest Door County mystery with a visit from Patricia Skalka, author of Death by the Bay, featuring Detective Sheriff Dave Kubiak
- Sunday, September 8, time to come, depending on Packers schedule, at Boswell – William Kent Krueger, author of This Tender Land, the long-awaited companion novel to Ordinary Grace - registration info and early bird book purchase option to come
- Tuesday, September 17, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Timothy Faust, author of Health Justice Now: Single Payer and What Comes Next
- Thursday, September 19, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Sarah A. Seo, author of Policing the Open Road: How Cars Transformed American Freedom , cosponsored by UWM Urban Studies Program
- Thursday, October 3, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Journalist Michael Deibert, author of When the Sky Fell: Hurricane Maria and the United States in Puerto Rico, cosponsored by The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies UWM
- Tuesday, October 15, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Texas Christian University Associate Professor of Psychology Sarah E Hill, author of This Is Your Brain on Birth Control: The Surprising Science of Women, Hormones, and the Law of Unintended Consequences
- Saturday, November 2, 6:00 pm, at Boswell – Aaron Cohen, author of Move on Up: Chicago Soul Music and Black Cultural Power , featuring DJ Eric Blowtorch
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.