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Monday, January 20, 5:30 pm, at America’s Black Holocaust Museum, 401 W North Ave

America’s Black Holocaust Museum and Boswell Book Company present Candacy Taylor for a discussion of her new book, the first to explore the historical role and residual impact of the Green Book travel guide for black motorists. This event is free. Register at candacytaylormke.bpt.me.

Published from 1936 to 1966, the Green Book was hailed as the “black travel guide to America.” At that time, it was very dangerous and difficult for African-Americans to travel because black travelers couldn’t eat, sleep, or buy gas at most white-owned businesses. The Green Book listed hotels, restaurants, gas stations, and other businesses that were safe for black travelers. It was a resourceful and innovative solution to a horrific problem.

It took courage to be listed in the Green Book, and Overground Railroad celebrates the stories of those who put their names in the book and stood up against segregation. It shows the history of the Green Book, how we arrived at our present historical moment, and how far we still have to go when it comes to race relations in America.

Candacy Taylor is an award-winning author, photographer, and cultural documentarian. Her work has been featured in the New Yorker, The Atlantic, and more. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships and grants including The Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Monday, January 20, 7 pm, at Boswell

Boswell hosts certified sports nutritionist Melissa Hartwig Urban, cocreator and CEO of the Whole30 program and a five-time best-selling author, including the #1 bestseller The Whole30. Register for this free event at whole30mke.bpt.me or upgrade to a book-with-registration option and get 10% off the cost of The Whole30 Friends & Family and signing line priority.

Since 2009, millions of people have changed their health, habits, and relationship with food with the Whole30. It has never been easier to make Whole30 meals at home, but navigating social gatherings can feel daunting. Now there's The Whole30 Friends & Family, packed with recipes for all of life’s special moments, from birthdays to baby showers, barbecues to brunches.

All of the recipes are Whole30 compliant, designed to mix and match to create the perfect menu whether you’re hosting or contributing a dish as a guest. And in true Whole30 style, the recipes are creative, colorful, and so flavorful that your guests will never miss the added sugar. These fun, creative meals will make social gatherings a breeze and let you effortlessly share your Whole30 experience with those you love.

Melissa Hartwig Urban specializes in helping people change their relationship with food and create life-long, healthy habits. She is the co-creator and CEO of the Whole30 program, and a five-time New York Times best-selling author.

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.

Wednesday, February 12, 7:00 pm, at Boswell

Former Wisconsin state senator Tim Cullen, a Janesville native, tells the inside story of what happened after General Motors closed its plant in Wisconsin and what it means for the future not only of Janesville, but cities across America.

Cullen, who co-chaired the governor’s task force that tried to save the Janesville plant, provides a sweeping history of the plant from its boom years to the abyss, while noting the struggles African Americans and women faced in getting hired and treated fairly. Along the way, he finds some heroes, including an early African American GM employee, a woman who insisted on gender equity in the plant, and legendary labor leader Walter Reuther.

Cullen worked in the Janesville GM plant as a college student and he was there, decades on, when presidential candidate Barack Obama told a hopeful gathering of GM employees and other stakeholders he could do what he could to ensure its success. Less than a year later, the plant closed. With Disassembled, Tim Cullen reveals what happened.

Tim Cullen graduated from UW-Whitewater and is the third generation of his family to work at General Motors. He went on to become Senate Majority Leader and became Secretary of the Department of Health and Social Services under Governor Tommy Thompson. After working for Blue Cross for two decades, in 2010 was elected to his old state senate seat and served until 2015. Cullen still lives in Janesville and is chair of the board of Common Cause-Wisconsin.

Thursday, February 13, 7:00 pm, at Boswell

Professor of Community and Behavioral Health Promotion at UWM’s Joseph J Zilber School of Public Health Florsheim discusses his latest work, which examines the challenges and joys facing adolescent fathers and how adolescent fathering manifests in the context of the changing family institution, race, gender, and social class.

Over the past six decades, there have been dramatic changes in the dynamics of family life in the United States. Today, about half of all babies born to mothers under the age of 25 will not live with their fathers for much of their childhood. Lost and Found tells the stories of young men as they struggle to become fathers and outlines a strategy for helping young fathers remain constructively involved with their partners and children.

Drawing from their research with over 1,000 young parents in Chicago and Salt Lake City, Florsheim focuses on a group of about 20 young fathers, whose stories, conveyed in their own words, help the reader make sense of what is happening to fatherhood in America. Lost and Found provides concrete recommendations for strengthening fathers' roles and helping young fathers and mothers create stable home environments for their children, whether the parents are together or not.

Paul Florsheim is a Professor in the Joseph J Zilber School of Public Health at UWM, where he continues to work with young fathers and their families. His research on young families has been supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Office of Population Affairs, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

More Upcoming Events
  • Thursday, February 20, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Edgar finalist Lori Rader-Day, author of The Lucky One, in conversation with Erica Ruth Neubauer – a woman kidnapped as a child comes across a case with uncanny similarity to her own
  • Friday, February 21, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Adam Levin, curator of the Old Milwaukee Facebook page and author of Fading Ads of Milwaukee, a compendium of Milwaukee's bygone business advertising history
  • Monday, February 24, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Author of The Gray Man series and co-author of many Tom Clancy novels Mark Greaney, author of One Minute Out, in conversation with Nick Petrie
  • Tuesday, February 25, 7:00 pm reception, 7:30 talk, at Lynden Sculpture Garden, 2145 W Brown Deer Rd in River Hills – The Women’s Speaker Series presents Mary Kubica, author of The Other Mrs - Tickets are $31, $26 for Lynden members, available on the Lynden website
  • Thursday, February 27, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Iowa Writers' Workshop alum Michael Zapata, author of The Lost Book of Adana Moreau, a literary debut about a sci-fi author's lost manuscript and post-Katrina New Orleans
  • Sunday, March 1, 3:00 pm, at Boswell – Indies Introduce Author Mark Rader, author of The Wanting Life - a debut novel set in Green Bay, Door County, Cape Cod, and Rome
  • Tuesday, March 3, 6:30 pm, at The Italian Community Center, 631 E Chicago St – Bartolotta Restaurants and Boswell present Donna Leon, author of Trace Elements, the 29th Guido Brunetti mystery – Tickets include admission, the new book, and light appetizers, for $35, available at donnaleonmke.bpt.me
  • Wednesday, March 4, 7:00pm, at Boswell – Dennis E Staples, author of This Town Sleeps, a dazzling debut novel of a young, gay Ojibwe man living on a reservation in northern Minnesota
  • Tuesday, March 17, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Gabriel Bump, author of Everywhere You Don’t Belong - a heartfelt debut novel about what it means to grow up young and black on the south side of Chicago when it feels like your choices are slim to none.
  • Wednesday, March 18, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Quan Barry, author of We Ride Upon Sticks, the follow-up to She Weeps Each Time You’re Born
  • Friday, March 20, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Robert Hellenga, author of Love, Death and Rare Books, cohosted by Knox College Alumni Club of Milwaukee – a novel of a man who reopens his family’s Chicago antiquarian bookshop
  • Saturday, March 21, 2:00 pm, at Boswell – Gene Luen Yang, author of Dragon Hoops, his first graphic memoir – free registration at geneluenyangmke.bpt.me or upgrade to a book-with-registration for 10% off the book and signing line priority
  • Thursday, March 26, 6:30 pm, at The Retreat, 2215 N Dr Martin Luther King Jr Dr – About That, with Megan Giddings, author of Lakewood, a debut novel that is part Handmaid’s Tale, part Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, in conversation with Dasha Kelly Hamilton
  • Friday, April 3, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Back at Boswell! Andrea Bartz, author of The Herd, in conversation with Michael Howard
  • Saturday, April 4, 3:00 pm, at Boswell – Milwaukee's own Erica Ruth Neubauer, author of Murder at the Mena House, a delightful beginning to a sparkling new historical mystery series
  • Tuesday, April 14, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Divergent author returns to Boswell with her first book for adults, Veronica Roth, author of Chosen Ones
  • Wednesday, April 15, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Associate Professor at UW-Madison Law School Stephen Wright, author of The Coyotes of Carthage, his biting satire of dark money and American politics, set in small-town South Carolina
  • 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
  • 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
  • Tuesday, June 2, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Celebrating the release of Milwaukee favorite Christina Clancy, author of The Second Home, about which, Chloe Benjamin has offered this praise: “Tender and suspenseful, Clancy's debut explores the nature of home as well as the nature of family itself”

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.