Upcoming Events

Due to COVID-19, our in-person events have been cancelled. We're hoping to reschedule as many things as we can -  many events may become virtual, while others still will become featured interviews and essays. If you want to hear about events in your inbox, sign up for our email newsletter or the Boswell and Books blog. And, you can always pre-order or reserve a signed copy of your favorite author's new title if you can't make an event.

Did you miss a virtual event you were excited about? Find recordings of a number of our past virtual events on our Event Video page.


Catherine Adel West, author of Saving Ruby King
In Conversation with La Tashsa Fields for A Virtual Event
Tuesday, September 29, 5:30 pm

Chicago author West joins us for UWM ACCESS event in which she’ll chat about her debut novel, an enthralling epic about a young woman in Chicago’s South Side determined to protect her best friend and a deadly secret that threatens to undermine both of their families.

Click right here to register for this Zoom event, and purchase your copy of Saving Ruby King for 20% off list price today!

West’s unforgettable debut has been named a Most Anticipated Book of 2020 by Ms. Magazine, USA Today, and Parade, which writes, "In the midst of widespread protests and calls to end racial injustice, the conversations and understanding tackled in Saving Ruby King are all significant reflections of this country’s reality today." And Bowell Book Company's Daniel Goldin says, "  don’t necessarily think West was intending to write a thriller, but I thought she did well with the mystery elements, offering twists and double twists that changed my perceptions of the characters and made the story hard to put down. I also really liked the way Catherine Adel West made the Church a character in the story, which reminded me of the church ladies functioning as the Greek chorus in Brit Bennett’s The Mothers. I imagine the church as a symbol of redemption, and sure enough it is the church that brings together at least one set of estranged characters. Saving Ruby King is an intensely satisfying reading experience."

When Ruby King's mother is found murdered in their home, the police dismiss it as another act of violence in a black neighborhood. But for Ruby, it's a devastating loss that leaves her on her own with her violent father. While she receives many condolences, her best friend, Layla, is the only one who understands how this puts Ruby in jeopardy. Their closeness is tested when Layla's father, the pastor of their church, demands that Layla stay away. But what is the price for turning a blind eye? In a relentless quest to save Ruby, Layla uncovers the murky loyalties and dangerous secrets that have bound their families together for generations. Only by facing this legacy of trauma head-on will Ruby be able to break free.

Catherine Adel West graduated with both her BA and MA in journalism from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her work has been published in Gay Magazine, Black Fox Literary Magazine, and more. La Tasha Fields is the President of the Wisconsin State Reading Association.


Jennifer Niven, author of Breathless
in Conversation with Danielle Paige for a Virtual Event
Wednesday, September 30, 7 pm

Enjoy an evening with the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller All the Bright Places. She’ll talk about her unforgettable new novel about a sensitive girl ready to live her bravest life - sex, heartbreak, family dramas, and all. She'll chat with Dorothy Must Die author Danielle Paige!

This event will be broadcast via Zoom Webinar. Click right here to register today! And purchase your copy of Breathless from Boswell Book Company today!

With graduation on the horizon, budding writer Claudine is focused on three things: college, become a famous author, and the ever-elusive possibility of sex. She doesn't even need to be in love - sex is all she's looking for. Then her dad drops a bombshell: he and Claude's mom are splitting up.

Suddenly, Claude's entire world feels like a lie, and the ground under her feet anything but stable. Claude's mom whisks them both away to a remote, mosquito-infested island off the coast of Georgia, a place where the two of them can start the painful process of mending their broken hearts. Compulsively readable and impossible to forget, Niven's luminous novel is an insightful portrait of a young woman determined to write her own next chapter.

Jennifer Niven author of All the Bright Places and Holding Up the Universe. Niven also oversees Germ, a literary web magazine for high school age and beyond. Danielle Paige is author of the New York Times bestselling series Dorothy Must Die and a brand new series called Stealing Snow.


Naomi Novik, author of A Deadly Education
in Conversation with VE Schwab, author of The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue
for a Virtual Event
Thursday, October 1, 7 pm CDT

We’re so happy to host a virtual event with Naomi Novik, the New York Times bestselling author of Uprooted and Spinning Silver, for a conversation about her brand new fantasy novel, the story of an unwilling dark sorceress who is destined to rewrite the rules of magic. For this event, Novik will be in be in conversation with V.E. Schwab.

This event is ticketed - purchase tickets today at naominovik-boswell.eventbrite.com. Each ticket costs $22.40 and includes a copy of A Deadly Education and admission to the event. This book is not signed, but is available at 20% off the list price, plus sales tax and ticket fee. You will receive your ticket link shortly before the event. Books may be collected via sidewalk pickup at Boswell, or for $4 more we will ship via USPS media mail to anywhere in the continental United States. Alas, VIP tickets have sold out.

Every sorcerer has a gift. Mastering their gifts in a unique magical academy means a chance of being invited into the enclaves, the world’s magical elite. El Higgins’ talent is for mass destruction: Someday, she could level mountains or destroy untold millions with her power, and this dark talent has alienated her from others. El hopes that one day she will join a prestigious enclave, and that means ingratiating herself with the powerful and the privileged. That includes Orion Lake: rich, beloved, and the most celebrated magician of his generation. But what she comes to learn about Orion opens her eyes to some shocking truths about both herself, the school, and their world.

Naomi Novik is the acclaimed New York Times-bestselling author of the Nebula Award-winning novel Uprooted, Spinning Silver, and the nine-volume Temeraire series, as well as a founder of the Archive of Our Own. Her book A Deadly Education is the first of the Scholomance trilogy.

Victoria “V. E.” Schwab is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than twenty books, including the acclaimed Shades of Magic series, Villains series, Monster of Verity duology, Cassidy Blake series and The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue. Her work has received critical acclaim and been featured in the New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, Washington Post and more, translated into more than two dozen languages, and has been optioned for television and film. When she’s not haunting Paris streets or trudging up English hillsides, she lives in Edinburgh, Scotland and is usually tucked in the corner of a coffee shop, dreaming up monsters.


Natalie Zina Walschots, author of Hench
in Conversation with Jason Kennedy and Daniel Goldin for a Virtual Event
Friday, October 2, 7 pm

We’re so excited to host an event with the author of the latest novel to take Boswell by storm. Hench is an imaginative book of love, betrayal, revenge, and redemption, told with razor-sharp wit and affection, in which a young woman discovers the greatest superpower, for good or evil, is a properly executed spreadsheet. Walschots will chat with our buyer Jason Kennedy, who’s picked Hench as one of his top books of 2020.

Register for this Zoom event with a click right here. And purchase your copy of Hench for 20% off list price today!

From Jason’s staff recommendation: "Anna is a hench without an evil boss to work for, so she uses a special temp agency that places henches with villains. Her work doesn’t involve any heavy lifting – that’s what the Meat is for. Anna is particularly skilled at boring office work - Excel sheets and whatnot are her forte. After a run-in with Supercollider (think Superman), she's sent to the hospital with a messed up leg and a termination notice from her employer. Broken down but not out, Anna starts to gather her life together again, and for the first time, people start to take notice of her. Walschot created a world where all our assumptions are turned on their heads, and the villains are hiding in plain sight with a smile on their faces."

Jason’s not the only Boswellian who loves Hench. Rachel Copeland says, "Sure, there are superpowered people in this story, but make no mistake: this is the story of an ordinary young woman using her greatest asset, her brain, to gain power and agency." And Jen Steele says, "Hench delightfully twists the perspective on superheroes. You will think twice next time you root for those caped heroes!

Natalie Zina Walschots is author of Thumbscrews, which won the Robert Kroetsch Award for Innovative Poetry, and DOOM: Love Poems for Supervillains. Her writing on the interactive adventure The Aluminum Cat won an IndieCade award, and her poetic exploration of the notes engine in Bloodborne was covered by Kotaku and First Person Scholar. She is also a community manager and game designer.


Helen Phillips, author of The Need
in Conversation with Daniel Goldin for a Virtual Event
Monday, October 5, 5:30 pm

Join us for a special event featuring the National Book Award Longlisted author Helen Phillips for a conversation and Q&A session about her dazzlingly original novel in which a mother of two young children grapples with the dualities of motherhood after confronting a masked intruder in her home.

Click here to register for this Zoom event, and purchase your copy of The Need for 10% off list price today! Do know this paperback event is spoiler-friendly, so questions about about the book's ending may be discussed. Though it’s not necessary, we might suggest reading the book before this evening.

When Molly hears footsteps in the living room, she tries to convince herself it’s the sleep deprivation. She’s been hearing things these days. Startling at loud noises. Imagining the worst-case scenario. It’s what mothers do. But then she catches a glimpse of movement. Suddenly Molly is face-to-face with an intruder who knows far too much about her and her family. As she attempts to protect those she loves most, Molly slips down an existential rabbit hole where she must confront the dualities of motherhood: the ecstasy and the dread; the languor and the ferocity; the banality and the transcendence as the book hurtles toward a mind-bending conclusion.

Helen Phillips is author of The Beautiful Bureaucrat, a New York Times Notable Book of 2015 and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Award, and the story collection Some Possible Solutions, which received the 2017 John Gardner Fiction Book Award. Her collection And Yet They Were Happy was named a notable collection by The Story Prize. Phillips has received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award and the Italo Calvino Prize in Fabulist Fiction, and her work has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, and Tin House. She is an Associate Professor at Brooklyn College.


in Conversation with Ellie Campbell for a Virtual Event
Tuesday, October 6, 7 pm CDT

REDgen and Boswell Book Company present and evening with Dr. Abigail Gewirtz, child psychologist and a leading expert on families under stress. She’ll chat with Ellie Campbell, Director of Marketing and Communication for REDgen.

Click here to register for this Zoom virtual event. And purchase your copy of When the World Feels Like a Scary Place for 10% off list price today!

In our complicated world, big issues make both parents and children anxious. So how should parents talk to their kids about the things that make both parent and child on edge - from family financial issues to school shootings to global warming? Here, an expert child psychologist offers parents scripts for conversations that will help us raise kids who are informed, engaged, and confident.

Gerwitz shows how to use the most basic tool at your disposal - conversation - to give children real help in dealing with the worries, stress, and other negative emotions caused by problems in the world, from active shooter drills to climate change to COVID-19.

Abigail Gewirtz is a Professor in the University of Minnesota's College of Education and Human Development. Gewirtz is Editor in Chief of the International Journal of Psychology, a member of the Executive Committee of the International Union of Psychological Science, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Society for Prevention Research. She has consulted to national and international organizations including the U.S. Congress, and UNICEF, on parenting. Ellie Campbell is Director of Marketing and Communication for REDgen.


Lesley Kagen, author of Every Now and Then
in Conversation with Lauren Fox for a Virtual Event
Wednesday, October 7, 7 pm

Wisconsin’s own New York Times bestselling author of novels such as The Undertaking of Tess and Whistling in the Dark chats about her latest, a heartfelt story about three young girls searching for adventure during the summer of 1960 that’s perfect for fans of Where the Crawdads Sing. Kagen will chat with Shorewood-based Lauren Fox, author of Days of Awe.

Register right here for this Zoom event, and purchase your copy of Every Now and Then today!

Pam Jenoff, author of The Lost Girls of Paris, says, “Kagen paints a tragic and evocative portrait of a childhood summer disrupted by tragedy in 1960s Wisconsin… Both a memorable coming of age tale and suspenseful page-turner. Longtime and new fans of Kagen will delight!”

The summer of 1960 was the hottest ever for Summit, Wisconsin. When three patients escape from Broadhurst Mental Institution, it becomes the summer eleven-year-old best friends Frankie, Viv, and Biz will forever remember as the year evil paid a visit to their small town. Six decades later, Biz, now a bestselling novelist, remembers that long ago summer and how it still haunts her in this story about the ties that bind us, the timelessness of grief and guilt, and the everlasting hope for redemption.

Lesley Kagen is the author of nine previous novels, including The Undertaking of Tess, Good Graces, and The Mutual Admiration Society. Kagen is a Wisconsin-based actress, voice-over-talent, sought-after speaker, child advocate, student storyteller, and writing instructor. Lauren Fox is the author of several novels, including Send for Me, which will be published in February 2021.


in Conversation with Molly Snyder for a Virtual Event
Thursday, October 8, 7 pm

Author of Milwaukee Ghosts and Legends and founder of Gothic Milwaukee, purveyor of our city's most popular haunted, historical walking tours, joins us for a perfect event for every Wisconsonite’s Halloween season. She'll walk us through her latest book chock full of true, shocking tales from Wisconsin's seamy past.

Click here to register for this Zoom event, and purchase your copy of Storied & Scandalous Wisconsin for 10% off list price today!

Lardinois brings together lots of well-researched information into these cohesive tales of terrible fires, vengeful call girls, famous flim-flam men, and eye-brow archingly suspicious deaths. Meet mob boss Frank Balistrieri and discover the havoc he wreaked. Read the stories of red light districts, rum runners, crimes, and tragedies that fill our state’s past. Learn how the great lakes made Prohibition a great party in Wisconsin. Welcome to Wisconsin’s surprisingly seedy underbelly.

Anna Lardinois owns Gothic Milwaukee, is author of Milwaukee Ghosts and Legends, and is creator of Walking Milwaukee, a collection of self-guided tours that explore the best of Cream City’s history and architecture. Molly Snyder is a reporter for OnMilwaukee.


Amy Timberlake, author of Skunk and Badger
in Conversation with Jim Higgins for a Virtual Event
Monday, October 12, 5:30 pm CDT

Newbery Honoree and Wisconsin native Amy Timberlake chats about her brand new book, a fresh take on the classic odd couple story of two opposites who need to be friends. Timberlake will chat with Jim Higgins, Art and Books Editor of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

This event shall be broadcast via Zoom - click right here to register today! And don’t forget to purchase your copy of Skunk and Badger for 20% off list price today!

Skunk and Badger has already earned starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, and Booklist, which calls it "a treasure of a book that promises future misadventures from your new favorite odd couple."

Wallace and Gromit meets Winnie-the-Pooh in this story when Skunk plows into Badger’s life. No one wants a skunk around. They are unwelcome on front stoops. They should not linger in Important Rock Rooms. Skunks should never, ever be allowed to move in. But Skunk is Badger’s new roommate, and there is nothing Badger can do about it. Now, everything Badger knows is upended. Tails are flipped. The wrong animal is sprayed. And why-oh-why are there so many chickens?

Amy Timberlake’s work has received a Newbery Honor, an Edgar Award, a Golden Kite Award, and the China Times Best Book Award. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and holds an MA in English/Creative Writing from the University of Illinois. Timberlake grew up in Hudson, Wisconsin. Jim Higgins is the Book and Arts Editor of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.


John Grisham, author of A Time For Mercy
in Conversation with Nick Petrie for a Virtual Event
Wednesday, October 14, 1 pm CDT

Join us for a special virtual conversation with the #1 New York Times bestselling author as he discusses his latest novel, which features the return of Jake Brigance, the hero of one of the most popular novels of our time, A Time to Kill. Grisham will be in conversation with Whitefish Bay's Nick Petrie, author of the Peter Ash thrillers.

Click right here to register for this event, which will be broadcast via Zoom. And purchase your copy of A Time for Mercy from Boswell Book Company for 20% off list price today!

There is a time to kill and a time for justice. Now comes A Time for Mercy. Clanton, Mississippi. 1990. Jake Brigance finds himself embroiled in a deeply divisive trial when the court appoints him attorney for Drew Gamble, a timid sixteen-year-old boy accused of murdering a local deputy. Many in Clanton want a swift trial and the death penalty, but Brigance digs in and discovers that there is more to the story than meets the eye. Jake’s fierce commitment to saving Drew from the gas chamber puts his career, his financial security, and the safety of his family on the line.

In what may be the most personal and accomplished legal thriller of John Grisham’s storied career, we deepen our acquaintance with the iconic Southern town of Clanton and the vivid cast of characters that so many readers know and cherish. The result is a richly rewarding novel that is both timely and timeless, full of wit, drama, and most of all, heart.

John Grisham is author of thirty-five novels, including books like The Firm, The Pelican Brief, and The Client which have cemented his reputation as the master of the legal thriller, and nine of his novels have been adapted into films. Nick Petrie is author of five Peter Ash novels, including The Drifter, which won the ITW Thriller and Barry Awards, and The Breaker, which will be published January 2021.


Angie Kim, author of Miracle Creek
in Conversation with Daniel Goldin for a Virtual Event
Friday, October 16, 2 pm CDT

Angie Kim joins us for a chat with Daniel Goldin about her Edgar Award-winning novel that is a thoroughly contemporary take on the courtroom drama, drawing on the author's own life as a Korean immigrant, former trial lawyer, and mother of a real-life "submarine" patient.

Click right here to register for this Zoom event today, and purchase your copy of Miracle Creek for 10% off list price today! Do know this paperback event is spoiler-friendly, so questions about about the book's ending may be discussed. Though it’s not necessay, we might suggest reading the book before this evening.

Kim’s thrilling debut novel is perfect for fans of Liane Moriarty and Celeste Ng, a book that examines how far we'll go to protect our families and our deepest secrets. Writing for the the New York Times, Krys Lee calls the novel "a fascinating study of the malleability of truth in the courtroom… Miracle Creek is a brave novel that challenges assumptions of reality."

In rural Virginia, Young and Pak Yoo run an experimental medical treatment device known as the Miracle Submarine - a pressurized oxygen chamber that patients enter for therapeutic "dives" with the hopes of curing issues like autism or infertility. But when the Miracle Submarine mysteriously explodes, killing two people, a dramatic murder trial upends the Yoos' small community. Both a compelling page-turner and an excavation of identity and the desire for connection, Miracle Creek is a brilliant, empathetic debut from an exciting new voice.

Angie Kim moved as a preteen from Seoul, South Korea, to the suburbs of Baltimore. She attended Stanford University and Harvard Law School, then practiced as a trial lawyer. Her stories have won the Glamour Essay Contest and the Wabash Prize in Fiction, and appeared in numerous publications including the New York Times, Salon, and The Asian American Literary Review.


Max Gross, author of The Lost Shtetl
A Virtual Event
Monday, October 19, 7 pm CDT

Join us for a virtual event with Gross, debut author of a remarkable novel, written with the fearless imagination of Michael Chabon and the piercing humor of Gary Shteyngart, about a small Jewish village in the Polish forest that is so secluded no one knows it exists - until now. Cohosted by The Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center and the Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center.

Click right here to register for this Zoom event. And purchase a copy of The Lost Shtetl for 20% off list price.

Gross’s novel has garnered early praise and earned starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and Kirkus. Boswell Book Company’s Chris Lee says, “It’s a myth, it’s a fable, it’s something like a newly discovered religious text. In a world with a seemingly endless supply of novels about the ends-of-the-earth reaching consequences of WWII and the Holocaust, The Lost Shtetl is a wondrous left turn. Gross has written a clever, affecting parable of the ways history, sooner or later, reaches us all.”

For decades, the tiny Jewish shtetl of Kreskol existed in happy isolation, virtually untouched and unchanged. Spared by the Holocaust and the Cold War, its residents enjoyed remarkable peace. It missed out on cars, and electricity, and the internet, and indoor plumbing. But when a marriage dispute spins out of control, the whole town comes crashing into the twenty-first century. Divided between those embracing change and those clinging to its old world ways, the people of Kreskol will have to find a way to come together or risk their village disappearing for good.

Max Gross is a former staff writer for the New York Post and the Forward and is currently the Editor in Chief of the Commercial Observer.


Thomas Maltman, author of The Land
in Conversation with William Kent Krueger for a Virtual Event
Thursday, October 22, 7 pm CDT

Thrillwaukee heads northwest for an evening of criminal Minnesotan masterminds. Maltman chats about his follow up novel to his IndieNext pick Little Wolves, a story of violence set in the heart of a pastoral landscape, with William Kent Krueger, author of Oridnary Grace.

Click here to register for this virtual event. And purchase your copy of The Land for 20% off list price today!

Lief Enger, author of Virgil Wander and Peace Like a River says, “Maltman’s The Land is a gift to readers longing for a tale of lost love, fringe prophets, souls in cold suspension, and ravens that darken the skies of a Northern winter. Set against looming apocalypse and the clicking of a projector showing classic films, The Land is generous, intricate, and propulsive.”

Recovering from a terrible auto accident just before the turn of the millennium, college dropout and hobbyist computer-game programmer Lucien Swenson becomes the caretaker of a house in northern Minnesota. Shortly after moving in, Lucien sets out to find a woman with whom he had an affair, who vanished along with money stolen from the bank where they had worked together. At once a mystery and spiritual noir, The Land explores the dark side of belief, entrenched white supremacy in the Heartland, the uniquely American obsession with end times, and the sacrifices we make for those we love.

Thomas Maltman is author of The Night Birds, which won an Alex Award, a Spur Award, and the Friends of American Writers Literary Award, and, Little Wolves, an Indie Next pick and an All Iowa Reads selection. He earned an MFA from Minnesota State University, Mankato and teaches at Normandale Community College. William Kent Krueger is the Edgar-winning author of the Cork O’Connor series, including titles such as Desolation Mountain and Sulfur Springs. He’s also author of the standalone novels This Tender Land and Ordinary Grace.


A Ticketed Event with
Jess Walter, author of The Cold Millions
in Conversation with Karen Russell for a Virtual Event
Wednesday, October 28, 7 pm CDT

We are pleased to host a ticketed virtual with Jess Walter, the author of the beloved bestseller Beautiful Ruins, for a conversation about his first new novel in eight years. Walter will chat with Karen Russell, author of Swamplandia and Sleep Donation, a haunting novella praised by Stephen King, available in paperback on September 29. What a great pairing!

Tickets are available at jesswalter-boswellmke.eventbrite.com for $23.19 (20% off the price of The Cold Millions), plus sales tax and ticket fee, and include "admission" on one device to the event. The first 60 folks to sign up will get a signed tip-in copy of The Cold Millions. Folks who sign up after that will either get tip-ins or a signed book with bookplate.

Here's Chris Lee's recommendation for The Cold Millions: " Walter’s latest is a grand and sweeping Western saga of the Wobblies free speech fight in Spokane. Over the course of a year, two vagrant brothers, a bawdy vaudeville performer, and firebrand labor activist Elizabeth Gurley Flynn take actions big and small that change the West and America forever. Walter gets deep under the skin of people living during a time of upheaval, in a world that’s ever-shifting, bending, and changing – though he reminds us: when isn’t it? With moral obligations and the arc of history on the line, what’s a young dreamer to do? Which side are you on?" And from Daniel Goldin: "Jess Walter once again creates a web of literary prowess, bravado, and heart, which we so loved in Beautiful Ruins, in his latest. You also might be reminded of The Sisters Brothers, that other contemporary classic of The West by Patrick DeWitt. One thing's for sure - you'll be completely captivated by Gig and Rye's journey."

NPR calls it a “literary miracle.” The Dolan brothers live by their wits, jumping freight trains and lining up for day work at crooked job agencies. While sixteen-year-old Rye yearns for a steady job and a home, his dashing older brother Gig dreams of a better world, fighting alongside other union men for fair pay and decent treatment. Dubious of his brother’s idealism, Rye finds himself drawn to a fearless nineteen-year-old activist and feminist named Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, her passion sweeping him into the workers’ cause. An intimate story of brotherhood, love, sacrifice and betrayal set against the panoramic backdrop of an early twentieth-century America that eerily echoes our own time, The Cold Millions offers a stunning, kaleidoscopic portrait of a nation grappling with the chasm between rich and poor, between harsh realities and simple dreams.

Jess Walter is author of six novels, one book of short stories and one nonfiction book, which includes the #1 New York Times bestseller Beautiful Ruins, the national bestseller The Financial Lives of the Poets, and the National Book Award finalist The Zero. His writing has thrice been selected for Best American Short Stories and has appeared in Esquire, the New York Times, and Harper's. Karen Russell is author of Swamplandia, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, as well as Vampires in the Lemon Grove and the story collection Orange World. Russell has received a MacArthur Fellowship and a Guggenheim award.


Elizabeth Wein, author of The Enigma Game
in Conversation with Carole E Barrowman for a Virtual Event
Sunday, November 8, 3 pm CDT

Boswell hosts a special Thrillwaukee/YA, Boswell! event featuring the author of Code Name Verity, an Edgar winner in the Young Adult category as well as a Printz Honor Book. Her new novel features beloved characters from Code Name Verity and The Pearl Thief.

Click right here to register for this event today! And purchase your copy of The Enigma Game for 20% off list price today.

It's 1940 and 15-year-old Louisa Adair wants to fight back, make a difference, anything to escape the Blitz and the ghosts of her parents, killed by enemy action, so she accepts a position caring for an elderly German woman in a small Scottish village. Louisa befriends a volunteer ambulance driver and a flight squadron leader, and falls into an unparalleled discovery that could lead to a prized Enigma machine that can break enemy code. Their finding could turn the tide of war, but will also put them in the crosshairs of the enemy, but first they have to break the puzzle.

Elizabeth Wein is the New York Times bestselling author of books such as Code Name Verity, Rose Under Fire, and The Pearl Thief. She PhD in Folklore from the University of Pennsylvania. Carole E Barrowman is Professor of English and Director of Creative Studies at Alverno College and coauthor of the Hollow Earth trilogy.


in Conversation with Daniel Goldin for a Virtual Event
Tuesday, November 10, 7 pm CDT

Attention puzzle lovers, have we got an event for you! Boswell proprietor Goldin is a big fan, and he'll be in conversation with the author for this virtual event – via Zoom, so appropriately enough, they’ll even be chatting from box to box.

Click here for the Zoom registration page, and get your copy of Thinking Inside the Box for 20% off list price today!

Raphel's book is a delightful, erudite journey through the crossword subculture and history. It’s been selected as an Editor’s Choice by the New York Times Book Review, which said, "This cultural and personal history of crosswords and their fans, written by an aficionado, is diverting, informative and discursive."

Blending first-person reporting from the world of crosswords with a delightful telling of its rich literary history, Raphel dives into the secrets of this classic pastime. Aboard a crossword- themed cruise, she picks the brains of the enthusiasts whose idea of a good time is a week on the high seas with nothing but crosswords to do, and, visiting the home and office of Will Shortz, New York Times crossword editor, she goes behind the scenes to see for herself how America’s gold standard of puzzles is made. As ingenious as it is fun, Thinking Inside the Box is a love letter not just to the abiding power of the crossword but to the infinite joys and playful possibilities of language itself.

Adrienne Raphel has written for The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and The New Republic, among other publications. Her debut poetry collection, What Was It For, won the Rescue Press Black Box Poetry Prize. She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and a PhD from Harvard.


Charles Baxter, author of The Sun Collective
in Conversation with CJ Hribal for a Virtual Event
Thursday, November 19, 7:30 pm

Join us for a special evening with National Book Award finalist Baxter, whom the Chicago Tribune has called “one of our most gifted writers,” for conversation about his first novel in more than a decade.

Click here to register for this virtual Zoom event, and purchase your copy of The Sun Collective for 20% off list price now!

The Sun Collective is earning advanced praise, with a starred review from Kirkus, which calls it “an exceptional work. There are no easy answers, but there’s promise, even respite in the quasi-magical, the nearly miraculous.” And Booklist says, “Fiction virtuoso Baxter’s artistry and merciless insights are in full, intoxicating flower in this sinuous, dark, and dramatic tale…He has brilliantly choreographed a wholly unnerving plunge into alarming aberrations private and public, festering political catastrophe, and woefully warped love.”

A vision of modern American society and the specters of the consumerism, fanaticism, and fear that haunt it, The Sun Collective captures both the mystery and the violence that punctuate our daily lives. Baxter looks into the timely question of how we might help ourselves and others in need.

Charles Baxter is author of novels such as The Feast of Love, nominated for the National Book Award, First Light, and The Soul Thief, and story collections Believers, Gryphon, and Through the Safety Net. His stories have been included in The Best American Short Stories. Baxter teaches at the University of Minnesota and in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College.


More Upcoming Virtual Events and Cosponsorships

Tuesday, September 22, 4 pm CDT
Rick Perlstein author of Reaganland, in conversation with John Ridley

Nō Studios presents Wisconsin native Perlstein, the bestselling author of Nixonland and The Invisible Bridge, for a conversation about his latest work, the concluding chapter in his definitive chronicle of how conservatism took control of American political power. Perlstein will chat with Nō Studios Founder, Milwaukee native, and Academy Award-winner John Ridley. Cosponsored by Boswell Book Company. Admission is $10; free for NO Studios members. Click here to register for this virutal event

Saturday, October 3, 7 pm CDT
Lois Lowry, author of On the Horizon and The Willoughby's Return

First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee and the Irma Morter Planning Team are pleased to present the annual Irma Morter Lecture with Lois Lowry, author of more than 40 books for children and young adults, including the New York Times bestselling The Giver quartet and popular Anastasia Krupnik series. Cosponsored by Boswell Book Company. This event will be broadcast via Zoom. Click right here to sign up today with your name and email to receive the Zoom link and more information.

Saturday, October 17, 7 pm CDT
Ross Gay, author of Be Holding, with Aimee Nezhukumatathil, author of World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments, and Kelsey Marie Harris, author of Bury Your Horses

Woodland Pattern presents a poetry reading featuring Gay, author of The Book of Delights and Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude, Nezhukumatathil, author of collections which include Oceanic and Lucky Fish, and coauthor with Gay of Lace and Pyrite: Letters from Two Gardens, and Harris, author of the chapbooks Spit (Verb) in My Mouth and Sex Wound. Admission is Give What You Can - Click right here to purchase a ticket at your chosen price levelAnd click here to find more information and an attendance link.


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