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. Please note, all times are Central Standard Time (CST) unless otherwise noted.

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.


in Conversation with Mimi Pond for a Virtual Event
Tuesday, November 24, 7 pm

Four-time Emmy Award-winning comedy writer and creator of Late Night with David Letterman segments like “Stupid Pet Tricks” and “Viewer Mail,” Markoe joins us for a conversation about her first ever graphic memoir. She’ll be joined by memoirist Mimi Pond.

Click this link to register for this virtual event now! And purchase your copy of We Saw Scenery for 20% off list price from Boswell Book Company, too. Limited number of autographed bookplates available.

Markoe unearths her treasured diaries, long kept under lock and key, to illustrate the hilarious story of her preteen and teen years and how she came to realize that her secret power was her humor. Wielding her layered and comically absurd style, Markoe takes readers back through her time as a Girl Scout, where she learned that “scouting” was really more about learning housewifery skills, to her earliest crushes on uniquely awful boys and her growing obsession with television.

Perfect for fans of Roz Chast, Allie Brosh, and Lynda Barry, We Saw Scenery is a laugh-out-loud story of a girl growing up, told from the perspective of the woman she became, and it will speak to all who wanted to understand themselves in the midst of their own maturing. The Washington Post writes that Markoe "taps into not only the challenges of a girl growing up in the 1960s, but also Markoe’s special ability to use traditions and American consumerist culture as fuel for her absurdist humor."

Merrill Markoe was the head writer for the original The David Letterman Show and Co-Creator of NBC's Late Night with David Letterman, for which she won three Emmy Awards. Markoe also won a Writer's Guild award for her writing/performing work on HBO's Not Necessarily the News. She has written for television shows such as Sex and the City, Newhart, and Moonlighting and has written for Rolling Stone, Esquire, and The New York Times, and her cartoon work has appeared in The New Yorker. She was awarded the Paddy Chayevsky Laurel Award for Television Writing Achievement.


A Virtual Event
Wednesday, November 25, 2 pm

Join us for a special pre-Thanksgiving Holiday event featuring the author of The Girls of Atomic City. She joins us for a chat about her brand new book, which offers a new way to look at and understand American history through the story of giving thanks.

Click right here to register for this virtual event now. And purchase your copy of We Gather Together for 20% off list price, too! Ask for yours with an autographed bookplate. And check out the custom Zoomsgiving Zoom backgrounds over on Kiernan's website page, a Guide to Zoomsgiving!

From Kate Andersen Brower, author of The Residence: "We Gather Together reminds us of the importance of gratitude in our own lives, especially during our darkest hours. It uncovers the profound ways in which a seemingly simple holiday has helped shape American history and how it has brought solace during times of upheaval and loss. Kiernan reminds us of the healing power of gratitude."

From Ancient Rome through 21st-century America, Kiernan brings us a biography of an idea: gratitude, as a compelling human instinct and a global concept, more than just a mere holiday. Spanning centuries, We Gather Together is anchored amid the strife of the Civil War, and driven by the fascinating story of Sarah Josepha Hale, a widowed mother with no formal schooling who became one of the 19th century’s most influential tastemakers and who campaigned for decades to make real an annual day of thanks.

Denise Kiernan is a journalist, producer, and the author of The Last Castle and The Girls of Atomic City, instant New York Times bestsellers. The Last Castle was a finalist for the 2018 Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award and the Southern Book Prize. Kiernan has been a featured guest on many radio and television shows, including NPR’s Weekend Edition, PBS NewsHour, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Wondering how to gather together in this season of social distancing? Denise Kiernan's Zoomsgiving page has the answers.


Jim Terry, author of Come Home, Indio: A Memoir
A Virtual Event
Monday, November 30, 7 pm

Boswell Book Company and Lion’s Tooth present an evening with graphic memoirist Terry for a conversation about his honest, charming book which chronicles his attempts to fit in with the Ho-Chunk community of his Native American family in Wisconsin and his schoolmates in the Chicago suburbs.

Click right here to register for this Zoom virtual event. And purchase your copy of Come Home, Indio from Boswell Book Company, or purchase right here from Lion’s Tooth.

Jim Terry grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. His mother was a Native American from the Ho-Chunk nation of Wisconsin, and his father was an Irish American jazz musician from Chicago. In his memoir, we are invited to walk through his life as he struggles to find security and comfort in an often hostile environment.

Terry tries in vain to fit in and eventually turns to alcohol to provide an escape from increasing loneliness and alienation. Terry also shares with the reader in exquisite detail the process by which he finds hope and gets sober, as well as the powerful experience of finding something to believe in and to belong to at the Dakota Access Pipeline resistance at Standing Rock.

Jim Terry is a prolific comic book artist who has worked on such comics as The Crow: Skinning the Wolves, Sundowners, and Vampirella. He travels the ComicCon circuit and has self-published several of his own comic books.


Sarah Williamson, author of Elevator Bird
A Virtual Event
Tuesday, December 1, 5:30 pm

Boswell Book Company and Whitefish Bay Public Library present an event with Milwaukee native Williamson, who will chat about her quirky picture book about kindness, friendship, and a team coming together to make one bird's dream come true. This evening event is kid-friendly, the book is fun for all ages, and so this event will be perfect for families.

Click this link to register now for this virtual event. And purchase your copy of Elevator Bird for 20% off list price from Boswell Book Company.

Williamson is the author and illustrator of numerous picture books and her work has also appeared in The New York Times. In her latest, it takes a strong team to keep the Hotel running smoothly, and Elevator Bird is at the center of it all. Elevator Bird makes everyone’s day brighter. So when he confesses to his friend Mousie that he’s always longed for a room with a view, Mousie springs into action. All his friends at the Hotel hatch a marvelous plan to make sure Elevator Bird has the nest he deserves in this charming tale of friends working together to make a dream come true.

From School Library Journal’s starred review: “There are giggle-inducing asides, details to pore over, and clues to each worker’s personality in vivid details. Just as every job matters at the hotel, every animal has a part to play in this sweet story about showing up for a friend. A beyond charming story about kindness and friendship, sure to bring a smile to the face of every reader.”

Sarah Williamson studied political science at UW-Madison and illustration at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles. She has contributed many illustrations to the New York Times and other clients, and she also works at the New York Times as a freelance art director. Williamson was born and raised in Milwaukee.


Rufi Thorpe, author of The Knockout Queen
in Conversation with Chris Lee for a Virtual Event
Wednesday, December 2, 7 pm

We're so excited to bring you an evening with Rufi Thorpe, author of one of our favorite books of 2020. Thorpe will be in conversation with Boswell's Chris Lee, and yes, despite steep competition, The Knockout Queen is his book of the year.

Click this red sentence and register for this virtual event right now! And purchase a copy of The Knockout Queen for 20% off list price, too!

With storytelling as intoxicating as it is intelligent, Thorpe has created a tragic, unflinching portrait of identity, a fascinating examination of our struggles to exist in our bodies, and an excruciatingly beautiful story of two humans aching for connection. The Knockout Queen has been praised by Jane Hamilton, Chloe Benjamin, Jade Chang, Kevin Wilson, and many other writers and critics, and might just be one of your favorite books of 2020 as well.

Bunny Lampert is the princess of North Shore⁠ - beautiful, tall, blond, with a rich real-estate-developer father and a swimming pool in her backyard. Michael⁠⁠ - with a ponytail down his back and a septum piercing⁠ - lives with his aunt in the cramped stucco cottage next door. When Bunny catches Michael smoking in her yard, he discovers that her life is not as perfect as it seems. And so a unique friendship is born.

Rufi Thorpe is the author of Dear Fang, with Love and The Girls from Corona del Mar, which was long listed for the 2014 International Dylan Thomas Prize and for the 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. She received her MFA from the University of Virginia.


Barbara Joosse, author of Everybody’s Tree
in Conversation with Jenny Chou for a Virtual Event
Thursday, December 3, 10 am

Boswell hosts a morning event with beloved Wisconsin author of books for children. This kid-friendly event will feature Joosse in a virtual setting much like one of our popular author school visits, but it’s open to the public – so while it’s perfect for schools and educators, it’s also a dream event for parents and home-schoolers, too. Joosse will chat with Boswellian Jenny Chou.

Click right here to register for this virtual Zoom event. And purchase a copy of Everybody’s Tree for 20% off list price right now! 

In Everybody’s Tree, Joosse offers up the story of a spruce tree, from the time it is planted in a tree farm to the holiday season when it becomes the centerpiece of a city's holiday celebration. Over the course of eighty years, a spruce tree grows along with the little boy who first selected it at a tree farm. As the tree grows from sapling to magnificent evergreen, the child becomes a father and grandfather. Now at the end of its life, the glorious tree is chosen to be the centerpiece of a city's holiday celebration. The tree journeys from rural countryside to big city center, where everyone, young and old, comes together to celebrate a tree for all.

Barbara Joosse's books for children include the Lulu & Rocky Our City Adventures series and Mama, Do You Love Me? She lives in Port Washington, Wisconsin.


Kevin Henkes, author of Sun Flower Lion
in Conversation with Jane Hamilton for a Virtual Event
Friday, December 4, 3 pm

Boswell Book Company and InkLink Books of East Troy presents a special event with Kevin Henkes in conversation with Wisconsin author Jane Hamilton.

Click right here to register for this event, broadcast via Zoom. Please note that both Boswell and InkLink will have a limited number of signed copies of Sun Flower Lion and the also just-released Lilly & Friends. And purchase from Boswell Book Company: Sun Flower Lion for 20% off list price here, Lilly & Friends right here. Or purchase from InkLink Books via phone at (262) 642-9607 or at inklinkbooks.com.

On a warm morning, a little lion sleeps under a sun that shines so brightly, it looks like a flower. He dreams the flower is as big as the sun. He dreams the flower is a cookie. He lets his imagination soar.

With three visual motifs, three colors, and fewer than 200 words, renowned Caldecott Medalist and #1 New York Times bestseller Kevin Henkes cracks open the wide world and the youngest child’s endless imagination. This irresistible picture book is a must-have for every reader and every family.

Madison’s Kevin Henkes is author and illustrator of more than fifty critically acclaimed and award-winning books and the recipient of the Children’s Literature Legacy Award. He has received multiple Caldecott and Geisel Honors as well as two Newbery Honors for novels. Most recently, he is the author of In the Middle of Fall, A Parade of Elephants, and Sweeping Up the Heart. Jane Hamilton is author of the novels such as The Excellent LombardsA Map of the World, and The Book of Ruth. Her books have twice been named Oprah's Book Club selections.


Daniel Goldin’s Holiday Book Talk for the Friends of the Shorewood Public Library
Saturday, December 5, 11 am

Join the Friends of Shorewood Public Library and Boswell Book Company's proprietor Daniel Goldin for a presentation on the best books to look for during the holiday season. Known for giving interesting and varied suggestions, perfect for discerning readers, Daniel will present book suggestions that are make perfect gifts for adults, kids, and even yourself.

This talk will be presented via Zoom. Visit the Shorewood Library website here for more information about how to tune in.

This year, because the talk is virtual, you can purchase the books discussed on our website (visit us here), over the phone, or during our in-store browsing hours. When you come in or call, tell the bookseller who helps that your purchase is for the Friends of the Shorewood Public Library and a percentage of the sales will be donated to the Friends for qualifying titles. If purchasing online, please type "Friends of Shorewood Public Library" in the order comments field when you check out. Please note, these sales will not count towards Boswell Benefits, but will instead go towards the Friends of the Shorewood Public Library. Be sure to request a gift receipt when necessary. Short discount books, magazines, and gift cards won’t qualify, and all sales must be made by Tuesday, December 8th.


Oscar Cásares, author of Where We Come From
in Conversation with Daniel Goldin and Tessa Bartels for a Virtual Event
Tuesday, December 8, 7:30 pm

Join us for a virtual conversation with Cásares, author of a stunning and timely novel about a Mexican-American family in Brownsville, Texas, that reluctantly becomes involved in smuggling immigrants into the United States. He’ll be in conversation with Goldin of Boswell Book Company and Bartels of the Hispanic Professionals Book Club as part of our read-the-book-first paperback event series.

Click right here to register for this virtual event today! And purchase your copy of Where We Come From for 10% off list price now. Do note, this is a spoiler-friendly paperback event. Though it’s certainly not required, you may want to read the book before the event as the ending may be discussed.

Tackling the crisis of U.S. immigration policy from a deeply human angle, Where We Come From explores through an intimate lens the ways that family history shapes us, how secrets can burden us, and how finding compassion and understanding for others can ultimately set us free.

From The New York Times Book Review: “A profound tale about immigration and life on the border. It’s also a beautiful story about family and the risks we take for a more promising future, whether or not we are born in America.”

Oscar Cásares is author of Brownsville, a collection of stories that was an American Library Association Notable Book, and the novel Amigoland. He is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Copernicus Society of America, and the Texas Institute of Letters. Originally from Brownsville, he teaches creative writing at the University of Texas at Austin.


Lily King, author of Writers & Lovers
in Conversation with Daniel Goldin and Lisa Baudoin for a Virtual Event
Wednesday, December 9, 2 pm

Readings from Oconomowaukee continues with a virtual visit from Lily King, the author of Euphoria. She’ll chat about her latest bestselling novel with bookstore proprietors Goldin and Baudoin.

Click this sentence to register for this Zoom event. And purchase your copy of Writers and Lovers for 20% off list price from Boswell Book Company here, or from Books & Company here.

Writers & Lovers is one of the best reviewed novels of 2020. From Ron Charles, our in-house favorite critic, writing for The Washington Post: “Please don’t do this. Don’t write a novel about trying to write a novel. It’s cliche and insular and lazy. Just don’t do it. Unless it’s this novel - this wonderful, witty, heartfelt novel by Lily King titled Writers & Lovers.”

Blindsided by her mother’s sudden death and wrecked by a recent love affair, Casey Peabody has arrived in Massachusetts in the summer of 1997 without a plan. Her mail consists of wedding invitations and final notices from debt collectors. A former child golf prodigy, she now waits tables in Harvard Square and rents a tiny, moldy room at the side of a garage where she works on the novel she’s been writing for six years. At thirty-one, Casey is still clutching onto something nearly all her old friends have let go of: the determination to live a creative life. When she falls for two very different men at the same time, her world fractures even more. Casey’s fight to fulfill her creative ambitions and balance the conflicting demands of art and life is challenged in ways that push her to the brink.

Lily King is author of the novels The Pleasing Hour, The English Teacher, Father of the Rain, and Euphoria, one of The New York Times Book Review's 10 Best Books of 2014 and winner of the Kirkus Prize.


Elaine Sciolino, author of The Seine: The River That Made Paris
A Virtual Event
Thursday, December 10, 5:30 pm

Alliance Française de Milwaukee and Boswell present an evening with Elaine Sciolino, contributing writer and former Paris bureau chief for The New York Times. Sciolino will chat about her latest, a book that is a love letter to Paris and the river that determined its destiny.

Click here to register for this virtual event today! And purchase your copy of The Seine for 10% off list price now, too!

Edmund White, writing for The New York Times, exclaims, “Sciolino is a graceful, companionable writer… [She] has laid one more beautiful and amusing wreath on the altar of the City of Light.”

Blending memoir, travelogue, and history, master storyteller and longtime foreign correspondent Sciolino explores the Seine through its lively characters - a bargewoman, a riverbank bookseller, a houseboat dweller, a famous cinematographer - and follows it from the remote plateaus of Burgundy through Paris and to the sea. The Seine is a vivid, enchanting portrait of the world’s most irresistible river.

Elaine Sciolino is a contributing writer and former Paris bureau chief for The New York Times. She is the author of the bestselling The Only Street in Paris. She writes from and has lived in Paris since 2002.


in Conversation with Mary Burke for a Virtual Event
Wednesday, December 16, 7 pm

Renowned environmental activist Erin Brockovich joins us virtually for a conversation with Mary Burke. Hosted by Boswell Book Company, the UWM School of Continuing Education Women Leaders ConferenceUWM School of Freshwater Sciences, and Bulding Brave.

Click here to register for this free virtual event now. And purchase your copy of Superman’s Not Coming for 20% off list price online, over the phone, or during in-person browsing hours, too.

Brockovich looks at our present situation with water and shows us how we can take action to make changes in our cities, towns, and villages before it is too late. The need for clean water is as basic to life on planet Earth as hydrogen and oxygen. With her long-awaited book, her first to reckon with conditions on our planet, Brockovich makes clear why we are in the trouble we’re in, and how, in large and practical ways, we each can take actions to bring about change.

From The New York Times Book Review: “The celebrated environmental activist details her continuing fight to keep chemicals out of groundwater, highlighting the stakes and offering advice to concerned citizens.” And from Gabino Iglesias for NPR: “An impeccably researched book that brings science, court cases, depositions, interviews, history, and personal experience to the table to make strong points about the dire state of many of our water systems - and the consequences of it.”

Erin Brockovich is President of Brockovich Research & Consulting and the founder of the Erin Brockovich Foundation, a nonprofit organization created to educate and empower communities in their fight for clean water. She is the coauthor of Take It from Me: Life’s a Struggle but You Can Win and hosts the podcast Superman’s Not Coming on PodcastOne. Mary Burke is founder of Building Brave and has been involved with a variety of nonprofit organizations including Boys & Girls Club, The Road Home, a nonprofit agency serving homeless families, and AVID/TOPS, a nonprofit program dedicated to help teens striving to be the first in their family to attend college.


Lee Goldberg, author of Bone Canyon
in Conversation with Jon Jordan for a Virtual Event
Thursday, January 7, 7 pm

Goldberg rides again! He’ll join us for a chat about the second installment of his Eve Ronin series in which a cold case heats up fast, revealing a deadly conspiracy. He’ll chat with Jon Jordan of Crimespree Magazine.

Click here to register for this virtual event, broadcast via Zoom. And snag your copy of Bone Canyon in paperback for 10% off list price online, by phone, or in-store. Hardcover copies also available here.

Edgar-winning author Meg Gardiner says, “Goldberg puts the pro in police procedural. Bone Canyon is fresh, sharp, and absorbing. Give me more Eve Ronin, ASAP.” And our own Daniel Goldin agrees. He says, “Goldberg, who must write while he sleeps to have so many books and movie scripts, has created a compelling hero whose dedication to justice is constantly being misinterpreted as limelight stealing, and paired her with a please-don’t-let-me-die-on-a-case-before-I-retire mentor/partner who is often more concerned with what’s the next meal. A lot of thrills and a little humor are added to the mix, and the results are thoroughly enjoyable.

A catastrophic wildfire scorches the Santa Monica Mountains, exposing the charred remains of a woman who disappeared years ago. The investigation is assigned to Eve Ronin, the youngest homicide detective in the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, a position that forces her to prove herself again and again. This time, though, she has much more to prove.

Lee Goldberg is a two-time Edgar Award and two-time Shamus Award nominee and the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty novels. He has also written and/or produced many TV shows, including Diagnosis Murder, SeaQuest, and Monk, and is the cocreator of the Mystery 101 series of Hallmark movies. As an international television consultant, he has advised networks and studios all over the world. Jon Jordan is cofounder of Crimespree Magazine and has organized Murder & Mayhem Milwaukee and served as host of Bouchercon.


Nick Petrie, author of The Breaker
in Conversation with Jim Higgins for a Virtual Event
Tuesday, January 12, 7 pm

Peter Ash returns to Milwaukee for his latest adventure! Nick Petrie, winner of the ITW Thriller award and the Barry Award for Best First Novel, also returns, cosponsored by Milwaukee's Boswell Book Company and Oconomowoc's Books and Company. For this event, Nick Petrie will be in conversation with Jim Higgins, Books and Arts Editor of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Click right here to register for this virtual event! And preorder your copy of The Breaker for 20% off list price now right here from Boswell Book Company or from Books & Company here. All books will be autographed, and you can request personalizations prior to the event date, too! Please note requests in the order comments for online orders.

When The Breaker opens, Peter Ash has found a simple, low-profile life in Milwaukee, living with his girlfriend June and renovating old buildings with his friend Lewis. Staying out of trouble is the key to preserving this fragile peace, but when Peter spots a suspicious armed man walking into the crowded Milwaukee Public Market, he can’t just stand by and do nothing.

Peter interrupts a crime, but it wasn’t at all what he’d expected. The young gunman appeared to have one target and one mission, but when he escapes, and his victim vanishes before police arrive, it seems there is more to the encounter than meets the eye. Peter’s hunch is proven correct when a powerful associate from his past appears with an interest in the crime, and an irresistible offer: if he and June solve this mystery, Peter’s record will be scrubbed clean.

Nick Petrie is author of five novels in the Peter Ash series, most recently The Wild One. His debut, The Drifter, was a finalist for the Edgar and the Hammett Awards. He lives in Whitefish Bay.


Claire Holroyde, author of The Effort
A Virtual Event
Wednesday, January 13, 7 pm

Join us for an evening with debut author Holroyde as she chats about her heart-pounding novel of love and sacrifice that follows people around the world as they unite to prevent a global catastrophe. Perfect for readers who loved Station Eleven and Good Morning, Midnight.

Click this sentence to register for this Zoom event. And preorder your copy of The Effort for 20% off list price right now!

Holroyde’s novel is drawn from existing theories and collaborations toward planetary defense and the deadly consequences of deliberate non-cooperation between nations. Publishers Weekly calls it “Twisty… Holroyde displays a keen vision of societal and diplomatic breakdown amid imminent disaster. The deeper themes about human nature make this apocalyptic thriller more than escapist reading.”

When dark comet UD3 was spotted near Jupiter's orbit, its existence was largely ignored. But to individuals who knew better -- scientists like Benjamin Schwartz, manager of NASA's Center for Near-Earth Object Studies - the threat this eight-kilometer comet posed to the survival of the human race was unthinkable. What would happen to Earth's seven billion inhabitants if a similar event were allowed to occur? There are only two options - neutralize the greatest threat the world has ever seen or come to terms with the annihilation of humanity itself.

Claire Holroyde is a writer and graphic designer. Her work has been published as part of Akashic Books’s web series and her interactive narrative collaboration with designer Levi Hammett was featured in Born Magazine.


Mameve Medwed, author of Minus Me
in Conversation with Elinor Lipman for a Virtual Event
Tuesday, January 19, 7 pm

The delightful Mameve Medwed returns to Boswell (virtually) to talk about her poignant and hilarious new novel about the bonds of marriage, the burdens of maternal love, and the courage to face mortality. For this event, Medwed will be in conversation with her longtime friend and Boswell favorite, Elinor Lipman, author of Good Riddance and The Inn at Lake Devine.

Click here to register for this virtual evening event. And preorder your copy of Minus Me for 10% off list price right now!

So many fans of Minus Me! Jody Picoult writes that “Medwed’s lovely novel of marriage, motherhood, love and loss is… a timely reminder that in the worst of times, we sometimes rediscover the very best of ourselves.”

Annie and Sam have successfully taken over a sandwich shop in Passamaquoddy, Maine, home of the legendary Paul Bunyan (recipe only hinted at). But then Annie receives a scary diagnosis from her doctor, and putting off the diagnosis, she decides instead to compose a manual to her husband on how to survive when she's gone. This might not exactly be the best plan of action. And things get more complicated when Annie's Diva Mom arrives in town.

Mameve Medwed is author of five novels, including Mail, How Elizabeth Barrett Browning Saved My Life, which received a Massachusetts Book Award Honors in Fiction, and Of Men and Their Mothers. She has published essays in the anthologies How to Spell Chanukah, My Bookstore, and What My Mother Gave Me. Her short stories, essays, and book reviews have appeared in The New York Times, Playgirl, and The Washington Post.


in Conversation with Meghan Daum for a Virtual Event
Thursday, January 21, 7 pm

Join us for a conversation with Jeff Porter, coeditor Understanding the Essay, for a chat about his new book, Planet Claire: Suite for Cello and Sad-Eyed Lovers, the second entry in Ann Hood's Gracie Bell imprint, which is focused on grief and loss. Porter will chat with Meghan Daum, acclaimed essayist and author of The Problem with Everything.

Click right here to register for this virtual Zoom event now. And purchase a copy of Planet Claire for 10% off list price, too!

Meghan Daum writes that "Planet Claire left me awestruck. I don't know how he did it, but on every page of this incredible book, Jeff Porter manages to convey devastating sadness while also being delightful company." Jeff Porter will be in conversation with Meghan Daum for this event. While recalling A Grief Observed and A Year of Magical Thinking, Planet Claire is also is also playful, quirky, and self-ironic in a way that challenges the genre's traditional solemnity.

Porter tells the story of the untimely death of the his wife and gives us a candid account of the following year of madness and grief. With Claire's death, Jeff Porter tries to imagine life without her but struggles with the bewilderment that follows. The grief is crushing, her death the psychological equivalent of Pearl Harbor.

Jeff Porter is the author of Lost Sound: The Forgotten Art of Radio Storytelling, the memoir Oppenheimer Is Watching Me, and coeditor of Understanding the Essay. His essays and articles have appeared in magazines and literary journals such as the Antioch Review, Shenandoah, and the Missouri Review. He teaches English at the University of Iowa. Meghan Daum is author of five books, including The Unspeakable: And Other Subjects of Discussion, which won the 2015 PEN Center USA Award for creative nonfiction, My Misspent Youth, and Life Would Be Perfect if I Lived in That House.


in Conversation with Marcy Bidney for a Virtual Event
Thursday, January 28, 6:30 pm

Acclaimed author and historian Simon Winchester joins us virtually for a discussion of his brand new book. Cohosted by Boswell Book Company and the UWM American Geographical Society Library. Winchester will be in conversation with Marcy Bidney, Assistant Director for Distinctive Collections for the AGSL. This is a particularly special conversation, as Bidney assisted Winchester during his research process for Land, and at least one map from AGSL is featured in the book.

Tickets for this event cost $23.99 (that's 20% off the list price of Land) plus tax and ticketing fee and include a copy of Land as well as admission for one device to this event, broadcast via Zoom webinar. Visit simonwinchester-boswellagsl.eventbrite.com to purchase your tickets right now. Books available for pickup at Boswell after the January 19 on sale date. For $4 more, we'll ship your book anywhere in the contiguous United States via USPS media mail. Upgrade to USPS priority for $8.

The author of The Professor and the Madman and The Perfectionists explores the notion of property - our proprietary relationship with the land - through human history, how it has shaped us and what it will mean for our future. Land, whether meadow or mountainside, desert or peat bog, parkland or pasture, suburb or city, is central to our existence. It quite literally underlies and underpins everything. Employing the keen intellect, insatiable curiosity, and narrative verve that are the foundations of his previous bestselling works, Simon Winchester examines what we human beings are doing and have done with the billions of acres that together make up the solid surface of our planet.

Winchester examines in depth how we acquire land, how we steward it, how and why we fight over it, and finally, how we can, and on occasion do, come to share it. Ultimately, Winchester confronts the essential question: who actually owns the world’s land - and why does it matter? Publishers Weekly calls Winchester's latest effort "an entertaining and erudite roundup of humanity’s ever-evolving relationship with terra firma."

Simon Winchester is the acclaimed author of many books, including The Map That Changed the World, A Crack in the Edge of the World, and Pacific, all of which were New York Times bestsellers and appeared on numerous best and notable lists. In 2006, Winchester was made an officer of the Order of the British Empire by Her Majesty the Queen. Marcy Bidney is Curator of the American Geographical Society Library. She earned her MLIS from Drexel University and her MA in geography and urban studies from Temple University


Lauren Fox, author of Send for Me
in Conversation with Christina Baker Kline for a Virtual Event
Tuesday, February 2, 7 pm

Milwaukee’s Fox, author of novels like Days of Awe, chats about her long-awaited fourth novel, her first work of historical fiction which moves between Germany on the eve of World War II and present-day Wisconsin and unspools a thread of love, longing, and the powerful bonds of family. She’ll be in conversation with Baker Kline, author of Orphan Train.

Click this red sentence link to register for this Zoom event. And preorder your copy of Send for Me for 20% off list price now! Autographed copies will be available.

Fox’s latest is an exciting departure from her previous work, a sprawling historical drama with a fascinating personal history, as the letters within the book were written by the author’s own grandmother as she sought escape from Germany. Jennifer Rosner, author of The Yellow Bird Sings, calls Fox’s book “stunning in its tender poignancy. A beautifully told story of intergenerational loves and sorrows, the long shadow of memory, and how hope can repair the heartache woven into a family’s DNA.”

Annelise is a dreamer: imagining her future while working at her parents’ popular bakery in Feldenheim, Germany, anticipating all the delicious possibilities yet to come. When anti-Jewish sentiment is on the rise, Annelise and her husband are given the chance to leave for America, but they must go without her parents, whose future and safety are uncertain. Two generations later, in a small Midwestern city, Annelise’s granddaughter is a young woman newly in love. But when she stumbles upon a trove of her grandmother’s letters from Germany, she sees the history of her family’s sacrifices in a new light, and suddenly she’s faced with an impossible choice: the past, or her future.

Lauren Fox is author of the novels Days of Awe, Still Life with Husband, and Friends Like Us. Fox earned her MFA from the University of Minnesota and her work has appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, Marie Claire, and Salon.


Nancy Johnson, author of The Kindest Lie
in Conversation with Shannon Sims for a Virtual Event
Thursday, February 18, 7:30 pm

Boswell presents Nancy Johnson, author of The Kindest Lie, which Catherine Adel West called "a soul-stirring, vividly told saga that demands to be read." For this event, Johnson will be in conversation with Shannon Sims, television anchor at TMJ4.

Click this link to register for this Zoom event today. And preorder your copy of The Kindest Lie for 20% off list price now!

Johnson’s novel has earned lots of early praise, including kind words from Jodi Picoult, who called the book “a deep dive into how we define family, what it means to be a mother, what secrets we owe to those we love, and what it means to grow up Black. Does our past become the skeleton upon which our future fleshes out — or can we erase our beginnings? This beautifully crafted debut will keep you asking these questions and more." And Daniel Goldin calls the book “a provocative and engaging debut. Told from alternating perspectives of Ruth and Midnight, it becomes clear that a lie, however kind, is not what is going to set Ruth free."

The Kindest Lie examines the heartbreaking divide between black and white communities and plumbs the emotional depths of the struggles faced by ordinary Americans in the wake of the financial crisis. Capturing the profound racial injustices and class inequalities roiling society, Nancy Johnson’s debut novel offers an unflinching view of motherhood in contemporary America and the never-ending quest to achieve the American Dream.

A native of Chicago’s South Side, Nancy Johnson worked for more than a decade as an Emmy-nominated, award-winning television journalist at CBS and ABC affiliates in markets nationwide. A graduate of Northwestern University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she manages brand communications for a large nonprofit.


Zak Salih, author of Let’s Get Back to the Party
A Virtual Event
Wednesday, March 3, 7 pm

Boswell Book Company and Outwords Books, Gifts & Coffee present an evening with debut author Zak Salih for a conversation about his novel, which Kirkus Reviews calls “an insightful examination of two of the many ways gay men present themselves in contemporary America.” Perfect for readers of Garth Greenwell and Rebecca Makkai.

Click right here to register for this event, broadcast via Zoom. And purchase your copy of Let’s Get Back to the Party from Boswell Book Company or from Outwords Books – visit Outwords website right here.

It’s just weeks after the historic Supreme Court marriage equality ruling, and all Sebastian wants is to settle down. A high school art history teacher, newly single and desperately lonely, he envies his queer students their freedom to live openly the youth he lost to fear and shame. When he runs into childhood friend Oscar, he can’t help but see it as a second chance. But Oscar has no interest in their shared history. Instead, he’s outraged by what he sees as the death of gay culture: bars overrun with bachelorette parties; friends getting married, having babies.

While Oscar and Sebastian struggle to find their place in a changing world, each is drawn into a cross-generational friendship that treads the line between envy and obsession: Sebastian with one of his students and Oscar with an older icon of the AIDS era. And as they collide again and again, both men must come reckon not just with one another, but with themselves. Daniel Goldin is a fan, and says, “The narrative dances back and forth between the two, inextricably linked in that way of frenemies who share a history and social space, and reminded me of early Alan Hollinghurst. I found Let’s Get Back to the Party a moving, eloquent, and often funny novel that resonates long after its end.”

Zak Salih’s writing has appeared in Crazyhorse, the Millions, the Rumpus, and other publications.


Anuradha D Rajurkar, author of American Betiya
in Conversation with Lauren Fox for a Virtual Event
Tuesday, March 9, 7 pm

Join us for the launch celebration for Milwaukee-area author Rajurkar’s debut novel. She is the winner of SCBWI Wisconsin's Emerging Voices award. She’ll chat with Lauren Fox, Milwaukee author of Send for Me and Days of Awe.

Click this link sentence to register for this Zoom launch event. And preorder your copy of American Betiya for 20% off list price right now! Autographed copies will be available.

American Betiya takes an honest look at the ways cultures can clash in an interracial relationship. Braiding together themes of sexuality, artistic expression, and appropriation, Rajurkar gives voice to a girl claiming ownership of her identity, one shattered stereotype at a time. Kathleen Glasgow, author of Girl in Pieces, says, "American Betiya thoughtfully examines cross-cultural boundaries, first love, the first steps of independence from family, and the power of art to transform and heal. I loved Rani's fierce, heartfelt, and beautifully told journey."

Rani Kelkar, a young woman growing up in Evanston, Illinois, can say she's never lied to her parents in her life. Then she meets Oliver, whose tattoos, charisma, and passion for art, qualities that made him so attractive to Rani - make him her mother’s worst nightmare. They begin dating in secret, but when Oliver's troubled home life unravels, he starts to ask more of Rani than she knows how to give, desperately trying to fit into her world, no matter how high the cost.

Anuradha Rajurkar is a teacher by day and a YA writer by night, who holds two degrees from Northwestern University.


Erica Ruth Neubauer, author of Murder at Wedgefield Manor
Tuesday, March 30, 7 pm

Milwaukee’s Neubauer, author of the smash Boswell bestseller Murder at the Mena House, returns to celebrate the release of the second novel in her series featuring the adventures of amateur detective Jane Wunderly. Click right here to register for this virtual event. And preorder your copy of Murder at Wedgefield Manor now for 20% off list price. All copies will be autographed, and you can request personalization when you order, too!

England, 1926: Wedgefield Manor, deep in the tranquil Essex countryside, provides a welcome rest stop for Jane and her matchmaking Aunt Millie before their return to America. While Millie spends time with her long-lost daughter, Lillian, and their host, Lord Hughes, Jane fills the hours devouring mystery novels and taking flying lessons - much to Millie’s disapproval. But any danger in the air is eclipsed by tragedy on the ground when one of the estate’s mechanics, Air Force veteran Simon Marshall, is killed in a motorcar collision.

The sliced brake cables prove this was no accident, yet was the intended victim someone other than Simon? The house is full of suspects - visiting relations, secretive servants, strangers prowling the grounds at night - and also full of targets. The enigmatic Mr. Redvers, who helped Jane solve a murder in Egypt, arrives on the scene to once more offer his assistance. It seems that everyone at Wedgefield wants Jane to help protect the Hughes family. But while she searches for answers, is she overlooking a killer hiding in plain sight?

Erica Ruth Neubauer spent eleven years in the military, nearly two as a Maryland police officer, and one as a high school English teacher, before finding her way as a writer. She has been a reviewer of mysteries and crime fiction for publications such as Publishers Weekly and Mystery Scene Magazine for several years, and she’s a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America.


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