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Sold out - Bartolotta Catering and Events Present a Cookbook Dinner with Elizabeth Minchilli, author of The Italian Table: Creating Festive Meals for Family and Friends
Tuesday, April 23, 6:30 pm, at The Italian Community Center

Registration has closed for this event. Signed copies may be available after this event at Boswell. No walk-up tickets available.


Christopher Castellani, author of Leading Men
Wednesday, April 24, 7:00 pm, at Boswell

Christopher Castellani, Artistic Director of GrubStreet Writing Center and author of All This Talk of Love, chats with Liam Callanan, UWM Professor of English and author of Paris by the Book about his latest, a glittering novel of desire and ambition, set against the glamorous literary circles of 1950s Italy that illuminates one of the great love stories of the twentieth century - Tennessee Williams and his longtime partner Frank Merlo.

This event is cosponsored by Milwaukee Opera Theatre, who will present a scene reading before the conversation.

Writing for The New York Times, Dwight Garner writes:“Blazing... casts a spell right from the start. This book is a kind of poem in praise of pleasure. Its author knows a great deal about life; better, he knows how to express what he knows. But this is an alert, serious, sweeping novel. To hold it in your hands is like holding, to crib a line from Castellani, a front-row opera ticket.”

Christopher Castellani is Artistic Director of GrubStreet Writing Center. He is author of A Kiss from Maddalena, winner of the Massachusetts Book Award in 2004, The Saint of Lost Things, and All This Talk of Love, a New York Times Editors’ Choice and finalist for the Ferro-Grumley Literary Award, as well as the essay collection The Art of Perspective: Who Tells the Story. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the MacDowell Colony, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Thursday, April 25, 7:00 pm, at Boswell

Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois Chicago, David Ranney shares his experiences working in the factories of southeast Chicago and northwest Indiana, one of the heaviest industrial concentrations in the world.

Ranney walks through the heart of Chicago's South Side, observing the noise, heavy traffic, the 24-hour restaurants and bars, the rich diversity of people on the streets at all hours of the day and night, and the smell of the highly polluted air. Factory life includes stints at a machine shop, a shortening factory, a railroad car factory, a structural steel shop, a box factory, a chemical plant, and a paper cup factory. Along the way there is a wildcat strike, an immigration raid, shop-floor actions protesting supervisor abuses, serious injuries, a failed effort to unionize, and a murder.

Ranney focuses on race and class relations, working conditions, environmental issues, and broader social issues in the 1970s that impacted the shop floor. Forty years later, Ranney returns to Chicago's South Side to reveal what happened to the communities. Living and Dying on the Factory Floor discusses the nature of work, race and class, and our ability to create a just society.

David Ranney is professor emeritus in the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois Chicago. Ranney has also been a factory worker, a labor and community organizer, and an activist academic. He is the author of four books and many other published works.

Boswell Celebrates Independent Bookstore Day with Kevin Henkes, author of Sweeping Up The Heart
Saturday, April 27, 2:00 pm, at Boswell

Saturday, April 27, is Independent Bookstore Day, and Boswell is the perfect place to celebrate all day long. We’ll have all kinds of Independent Bookstore Day exclusives for sale starting at our 10:00 am opening – first come, first serve, no holds – like exclusive book releases, enamel pins, prints, literary tea towels, vinyl, and author-autographed goods.

At 2:00 pm, Wisconsin’s own Kevin Henkes, author and illustrator of more than fifty books, including multiple Caldecott and Newbery Honor titles, will talk about his latest novel, Sweeping Up the Heart, another instant Henkes classic about loss, loneliness, and friendship. We love this book! As much of the book is set in a pottery studio, we’ve partnered with one of the East Side’s hidden gems, Murray Hill Pottery Works, and during the event we’ll highlight their studio, a unique environment dedicated to learning, fun, and the appreciation of clay art.

Instead of going on spring break, Amelia is stuck at home with her father and the babysitter. The week ahead promises to be boring, until Amelia meets Casey at her local art studio. Amelia has never been friends with a boy before, and the experience is both fraught and thrilling. When Casey claims to see the spirit of Amelia’s mother, who died ten years before, the pair embark on an altogether different journey in their attempt to find her.

Kevin Henkes has received multiple Caldecott Honors, Geisel Honors, and two Newbery Honors. He lives in Wisconsin.

Stephen Anderson, author of The Dream Angel Plays the Cello
Monday, April 29, 7:00 pm, at Boswell

Prize-winning Milwaukee poet Stephen Anderson visits Boswell with his new collection of poetry, The Dream Angel Plays the Cello.

Anderson has traveled widely, taking notes, gathering landscapes and images, and his poetry reflects his travels to Europe and the Caribbean, his time spent in residence abroad as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Chile, and a university lecturer in London. Lyrical and often ekphrastic, in his poems you will find Isadora Duncan, Winslow Homer, Wim Venders, Mozart and Lorca, all challenging the current political myopia, offering cultural critique, and turning back to reminiscence on time passing.

Anderson’s poems mingle the qualities of the mystical, philosophical and political. Mostly observations, the poet casts his keen eye on the complexities of the modern world while considering what it is that makes us human. Dream-like and ethereal, Anderson creates a world constructed of the concrete and the transcendent.

Stephen Anderson is a Milwaukee poet and author of Montezuma Resurrected And Other Poems, Navigating in the Sun, and In The Garden Of Angels And Demons. His work has appeared in Southwest Review, Tipton Poetry Journal, and Verse Wisconsin, and many of Anderson’s poems have been featured on WUWM’s Lake Effect.

Anna Quindlen, author of Nanaville: Adventures in Grandparenting, in conversation with Carole E Barrowman
Tuesday, April 30, 7:00 pm, at Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, 19805 W Capitol Dr, in Brookfield's Mitchell Park

The Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, Oconomowoc's Books & Company, and Milwaukee's Boswell Book Company present a grand evening with Anna Quindlen, the acclaimed novelist and journalist known for her candid, frank, and illuminating writing. She’s now appearing for Nanaville: Adventures in Grandparenting, a bighearted book of wisdom, wit, and insight, celebrating the love and joy of being a grandmother.

Tickets are $31 and include admission to the event, all taxes and fees, and a copy of Nanaville, available at quindlenwi.bpt.me.

Before blogs even existed, Anna Quindlen became a go-to writer on the joys and challenges of family, motherhood, and modern life, in her nationally syndicated column. Now she’s taking the next step and going full nana in the pages of this lively, beautiful, and moving book about being a grandmother. Quindlen offers thoughtful and telling observations about her new role, no longer mother and decision-maker, but secondary character and support to the parents of her grandson. She writes, “Where I once led, I have to learn to follow. Eventually a close friend provides words to live by: Did they ask you?”

Everything you love about Anna Quindlen is here in this special new book - her singular voice has never been sharper or warmer. With the same insights she brought to motherhood in Living Out Loud and to growing older in Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, this new nana uses her own experiences to illuminate those of many others.

Anna Quindlen is a novelist and journalist whose work has appeared on fiction, nonfiction, and self-help bestseller lists. She is the author of nine novels, including Object Lessons, One True Thing, and Alternate Side. Her most recent memoir, Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, was a #1 New York Times bestseller. She received the Pulitzer Prize for her work as a columnist at The New York Times. Carole E Barrowman is Director of Creative Writing Studies at Alverno college. She hosts The Morning Blend's book segement and writes a periodic mystery column for Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and with her brother John is coauthor of the Hollow Earth series.

Louis Bayard, author of Courting Mr. Lincoln
Thursday, May 2, 7:00 pm, at Boswell

The prizewinning author of Mr. Timothy and The Pale Blue Eye comes to Boswell with Courting Mr. Lincoln, the surprising novel of a young Abraham Lincoln and the two people who loved him best: a sparky, marriageable Mary Todd and Lincoln’s best friend, Joshua Speed.

According to Liza Mundy, author of Code Girls, “Louis Bayard renders the origin story of the Lincoln-Todd marriage with a wit worthy of Jane Austen and the keen political insight of the best presidential biographers. When it comes to bringing our most revered historical figures to vivid life and returning to them their full humanity, Louis Bayard has no peer. He is, quite simply, a master of the storytelling art.”

Told with rich historical detail, Courting Mr. Lincoln creates a sympathetic, complex portrait of Mary unlike any that has come before, a moving portrayal of the deep and very real connection between the two men, an evocation of the unformed man who would grow into one of the nation’s most beloved presidents.

Louis Bayard has been shortlisted for both the Edgar and Dagger awards for his historical thrillers, which include The Pale Blue Eye and Mr. Timothy. His also author of the young-adult novel Lucky Strikes.

Best of the Undergraduate Writers
Friday, May 3, 7:00 pm, at Boswell

Boswell is happy to once again host our semi-annual celebration of student writers from Milwaukee area colleges and universities, featuring an evening of readings from students of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction.

On Friday, our program will feature writing by Saul Lopez, Aishah Mahmood, Cain Schmitz, and Abby Vakulskas of Marquette University and students of UWM, names to come.

Best of the Undergraduate Writers
Saturday, May 4, 6:00 pm, at Boswell

Boswell is happy to once again host our semi-annual celebration of student writers from Milwaukee area colleges and universities, featuring an evening of readings from students of fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction.

On Saturday, our program will feature writing by Kateri Duncklee and Jessica Hurtgen of Cardinal Stritch University, Lauren Brandmeier and Gabriel Mundo of Carroll University, and Quinn Clark and Brandi Kehl of Mount Mary University.

Jeffrey Siger, author of The Mykonos Mob
Saturday, May 4, 2:00 pm, at Boswell

Siger appears at Boswell with the tenth installment of his internationally bestselling series of Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis mysteries, this time revealing the dark side of a Greek island playground for the world's rich and famous.

When a corrupt former police colonel on Mykonos is gunned down, Kaldis is suddenly face to face with Greece's top crime bosses, all just as surprised and baffled as he is at the assassination. Someone is making a move to take over the island's vice operations.

The New York Times calls Siger’s mysteries, "thoughtful police procedurals set in picturesque but not untroubled Greek locales," and dubbed him Greece's thriller writer of record. The Greek Government’s General Secretariat of Media and Communications selected Siger as one of six authors, and the only American, writing mysteries that serve as a guide to Greece.

Jeffrey Siger is author of the Chief Inspector Andreas Kaldis mystery series, including Murder in Mykonos and An Aegean April, as well as the Inspector Keen Dunliffe mysteries, including Assassins of Athens. He contributes to the Murder Is Everywhere crime-fiction-travel blog and has served as Chair of the National Board of Bouchercon.

Erin Merryn, author of Bailey, No Ordinary Cat
Sunday, May 5, 3:00 pm, at Boswell

Author and activist Erin Merryn comes to Boswell with her new book, Bailey, No Ordinary Cat, about the heartwarming antics that launched Bailey’s internet stardom, as seen in videos shared by Ellen, CBS News, and Good Morning America.

For fans of Grumpy Cat and Cats on Instagram, there's a new cat in town. What makes Bailey more addictive than catnip? In addition to his adorable expressions, Bailey has a penchant for doing things that are characteristically uncatlike. Things like enjoying bubble baths, getting a "pet"-icure, and his unending patience while co-raising his human siblings - yes, there is photographic evidence that Bailey helped with potty-training.

If you have a cat you know how independent they are. Bailey, No Ordinary Cat celebrates the unique spirit of this unforgettable feline through color photographs and captions from the voice of Bailey himself. Cat lovers will be delighted to peek into the life of their favorite celebrity cat with the huge eyes, huge heart, and huge personality.

Erin Merryn is an author, activist, and speaker named Glamour Magazine’s Woman of the Year in 2012 and a People magazine Hero Among Us. Bailey was a tabby cat who enjoyed bubble baths, joy rides in toy cars, and accessorizing with the latest footwear.

Jennifer Robson, author of The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding
Monday, May 6, 7:00 pm reception, 7:30 talk, at Lynden Sculpture Garden, 2145 W Brown Deer Rd

The Lynden Sculpture Garden’s Women’s Speaker Series, cosponsored by Milwaukee Reads and Boswell, are pleased to present Jennifer Robson, author of Somewhere in France, with an enthralling historical novel about one of the most famous wedding dresses of the twentieth century - Queen Elizabeth’s wedding gown - and the fascinating women who made it.

Tickets cost $23, $18 for Lynden members, and include an autographed paperback copy of The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding, light refreshments, and admission to the sculpture garden. Register by phone at (414) 446-8794 or online, at lyndensculpturegarden.org/jenniferrobson19

With The Gown, Robson takes us inside the workrooms where one of the most famous wedding gowns in history was created. Balancing behind-the-scenes details with a sweeping portrait of a society left reeling by the calamitous costs of victory, she introduces three unforgettable heroines and their alternating and intersecting points of view, whose lives are woven together by the pain of survival, the bonds of friendship, and the redemptive power of love.

Jennifer Robson is author of five novels, including Goodnight from London, Moonlight Over Paris, and After the War is Over. She holds a doctorate in British economic and social history from Saint Antony’s College, University of Oxford.

Tim Hennessy, author of Milwaukee Noir
Tuesday, May 7, 7:00 pm, at Boswell

Boswell is pleased to host a release celebration for Milwaukee Noir, the latest entry in Akashic Books award-winning series, set in the Cream City. Featuring anthology editor Tim Hennessy, who will be joined for a panel discussion of the book by anthology contributors Vida Cross, Christi Clancy, Jennifer Morales, Shauna Singh Baldwin, Valerie Laken, Larry Watson, Mary Thorson, and Matthew Prigge.

Fourteen free-wheeling stories document the grit and glory of Milwaukee. The Cream City is going through a renaissance, as abandoned factories are converted to condos and craft breweries push out corner taverns, yet at the same time it is among the most segregated and impoverished cities in the country. Such an environment and atmosphere make excellent fodder for noir fiction.

Of the anthology, Publishers Weekly says, “Hennessy does justice to the harsher aspects of his hometown in this fine anthology… Contributors show that violence is not a prerequisite to crafting a haunting depiction of despair... The selections make the different neighborhoods, seedy or otherwise, come to life, even for those who have never set foot in them.”

Tim Hennessy is a bookseller and author living in Milwaukee. His work has appeared in Midwestern Gothic, Crimespree Magazine, and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Wednesday, May 8, 7:00 pm, at Boswell

Austin Kleon, creator of Steal Like an Artist and Show Your Work visits Boswell with his latest, which shows you how to stay true to and focused on your own creative vision when the world seems out of control.

In ten heavily illustrated, inspiring chapters, Kleon offers advice, stories, and anecdotes that teach how to persist in doing work that helps make a world worth living in. Kleon celebrates timeless advice like getting outdoors and taking a walk (as director Ingmar Bergman told his daughter, “The demons hate fresh air”), paying attention to what you pay attention to, and worrying less about getting things done and more about the worth of what you’re doing.

In Keep Going, Kleon, who the Atlantic calls, “positively one of the most interesting people on the Internet,” offers timeless, practical, and ethical principles for anyone trying to sustain a meaningful and productive life.

Austin Kleon is a writer who draws. He is author of Steal Like an Artist, Show Your Work!, and Newspaper Blackout. His work has been featured on NPR's Morning Edition, PBS Newshour, and in the New York Times. He also speaks for organizations like Pixar, Google, and SXSW.

Wednesday, May 8, 7:00 pm, at Milwaukee Makerspace, 2555 S Lenox St

Milwaukee Makerspace and Boswell present Eric Gorges, host of PBS’s A Craftsman's Legacy. Tickets are $5, plus tax and ticketing fee, with the $5 donated to Milwaukee Makerspace. Available at gorgesmke.bpt.me. Doors open at 6:00 pm. Milwaukee Makerspace will be giving tours of their facility before the event.

Filled with insights about the physical, psychological, and spiritual aspects of craftsmanship, A Craftsman’s Legacy identifies the craftsman’s shared values: taking time to slow down and enjoy the process, embracing failure, knowing when to stop and when to push through, and accepting that perfection is an illusion. Along the way, Gorges tells his own story about leaving the corporate world to focus on what he loves. This is an exhilarating look into the heart and soul of modern-day makers and how they can inspire us all.

What is Milwaukee Makerspace? Let them answer that: "Milwaukee Makerspace, at its heart, is a place for people who like to build, invent, tinker and/or learn new skills and expand their minds. We have a wide range of skill sets in our membership and you're likely to find someone who can talk about most any technical concept with you in a meaningful way. We are a physical space where you can come, 24/7 as a member, and have access to wide array of equipment you are not very likely to have at home. Plus, there are folks around the space that can give you tips and pointers on operating that equipment effectively. We will train you to use the equipment, and ask that you do the same for others."

Eric Gorges has been the host of A Craftsman's Legacy since it began in 2014. After a health crisis caused him to reevaluate his life, he sought out one of the best metal shapers in the country and signed on as his apprentice. In 1999, he struck out on his own, opening the custom motorcycle shop, Voodoo Choppers, in Detroit.

Rescheduled Event Date! Luis Alberto Urrea, author of The House of Broken Angels
Monday, May 9, 7:00 pm, at Boswell

Urrea, Pulitzer finalist for The Devil’s Highway, appears on the paperback tour for his latest novel, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist, that tells the story of a family on the Mexican-American border. Because Urrea was just awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and will be attending the award ceremony in New York City, we have rescheduled this event.

In his final days, beloved and ailing patriarch Miguel Angel de La Cruz has summoned his entire clan for one last birthday party. But as the party approaches, his mother, nearly one hundred, dies, transforming the weekend into a farewell doubleheader. Across two bittersweet days in their San Diego neighborhood, the revelers mingle among the palm trees and cacti and recount the family lore of acts both ordinary and heroic that brought these citizens to a fraught and sublime country and allowed them to flourish in the land they have come to call home.

The House of Broken Angels was selected as a New York Times Notable Book and One of the Best Books of the Year by NPR, American Library Association, and San Francisco Chronicle, among many other outlets, and Pulitzer winner Richard Russo says, “The House of Broken Angels has everything we demand of a great novel - sweep, ambition, generosity, myth, intimacy, and, above all, humanity. Luis Alberto Urrea just gets better and better."

Luis Alberto Urrea is author of The Hummingbird's Daughter, Into the Beautiful North, and the story collection The Water Museum, a PEN/Faulkner Award finalist. He has won the Lannan Literary Award, an Edgar Award, and a 2017 American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature, among many other honors.

Joanne Ramos, author of The Farm
Friday, May 10, 7:00 pm, at Boswell

Former Wisconsinite Joanne Ramos comes to Boswell with her debut novel. Cosponsored by The Philippine Cultural and Civic Center Foundation.

In New York’s Hudson Valley is a luxury retreat boasting every amenity: organic meals, private fitness trainers, daily massages, all for free. In fact, you’re paid big money to stay. The catch? For nine months, you cannot leave the grounds; your movements are monitored, and you are cut off from your former life while you dedicate yourself to the task of producing the perfect baby.

Jane, an immigrant from the Philippines, is in desperate search of a better future. But soon, pregnant, fragile, and consumed with worry for her own family, Jane is determined to reconnect with her life outside the Farm. Heartbreaking, gripping, provocative, The Farm pushes our thinking on motherhood, money, and merit to the extremes, and raises crucial questions about the trade-offs women will make to fortify their futures and the futures of those they love.

Joanne Ramos was born in the Philippines and moved to Racine when she was six. She earned a BA from Princeton University and has been a staff writer at The Economist. She currently serves on the board of The Moth.

Sheri Mabry Bestor, author of Soar High, Dragonfly
Saturday, May 11, 11:00 am, at Boswell

Grafton childrens book author Sheri Mabry Bestor visits Boswell for a special Saturday morning storytime with her new book that explores the fascinating life cycle of dragonflies.

Bestor, author of Good Trick, Walking Stick, returns to the insect world to follow the life cycle of a green darner dragonfly, told simultaneously as a narrative and a collection of scientific facts, from a mother dragonfly laying eggs, to fertilizing its own eggs before leaving to "find warmer days" elsewhere.

Dragonflies are some the world's most beautiful and interesting insects, which children can find right in their backyards. With a simple story and colorful illustrations, Bestor’s scientific look at the dragonfly will captivate little entomologists.

Daniel José Older, author of Freedom Fire V2: Dactyll Hill Squad
Monday, May 13, 6:30 pm, at Boswell

New York Times bestselling author Daniel José Older appears at Boswell with his series that Dav Pilkey calls “an unforgettable historical, high-octane adventure,” blending history and fantasy like never before. This event is great for adults and kids age 8 and up.

Daniel José Older’s work highlights the importance of writing roles for people of color in fantasy and adventure for kids and adults, and his debut YA series, Shadowshaper Cypher, earned the International Latino Book Award and New York Times Notable Book and NPR Best Books of the Year picks, among other accolades. Booklist says of his latest, “History comes alive... Older also continues to shine a light on heroic people of color... Older has middle-graders' number with this dino-charged series. Stampedes are likely!”

Magdalys's powers and her mysterious connection to dinosaurs might be the Union's last hope, but she doesn't want to abandon the search for her brother. Kirkus Reviews starred review says, “Showing great respect for his readers, Older doesn't pull any punches. Readers will be relieved that in a cruelly unjust world [Magdalys] gets a happy ending, though it's clear her story is far from over. Blisteringly paced, thought-provoking adventure.”

Daniel José Older is author of the Dactyl Hill Squad series, the Bone Street Rumba urban fantasy series, Star Wars: Last Shot, and the award winning Young Adult series the Shadowshaper Cypher.

Tuesday, May 14, 4:00 pm, at Boswell

Boswell hosts an afternoon event with the infamously anonymous author of The Name of This Book is Secret, Pseudonymous Bosch, the author whose ridiculously mischievous writing LA Weekly says is, “like Lemony Snicket with a little Monty Python,” whose latest is a funny chapter-book mystery about a third-grade magician and the wisecracking rabbit who is the secret brains behind his act. Perfect for adults and kids 7 and up.

Oliver dreams of being a magician, even though he has terrible stage fright. And now, his friends have gotten him invited to a classmate’s birthday party as the paid entertainment! Desperate for help, he visits The Great Zoocheeni’s Magic Emporium, but comes away with nothing more than a moth-eaten top hat.

Oliver is in for a lucky surprise. Inside that top hat hides a wisecracking rabbit who agrees to help. But at the party, Oliver is accused of robbery! He must solve the mystery of the missing robo-cat to clear his name before he can amaze the crowd with a grand finale.

Pseudonymous Bosch is author of the New York Times bestselling Secret series and the Bad books such as Bad Magic. He is definitely not the alter ego of Raphael Simon, a totally unrelated author.

Tuesday, May 14, 7:00 pm, at Boswell

Former Chancellor of UWM and Professor of History Emeritus, Schroeder recounts the history of UWM, from welcoming its first students in 1956 through 2016, when the prestigious Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education recognized UWM for “highest research activity."

Against a backdrop of intense scrutiny, UWM seemed to fight above its weight class, providing opportunities for a distinctive set of students and steadily forging a reputation as a Milwaukee institution.

In this expansive history, the first in-depth book about the university’s history in more than twenty years, Schroeder chronicles UWM's bold mission as Wisconsin's sole public, urban university, accessible to Milwaukee students underserved by more expensive private colleges and more distant universities. With fine detail and a clear-sighted approach, Schroeder charts the milestones of UWM's sixty-year journey, chronicles the obstacles UWM has faced, and shows how UWM has risen and become stronger with each challenge faced.

John Schroeder is author of five books on 19th century American history, including a biography of Commodore Matthew Calbraith Perry, which won the Roosevelt Prize for American Naval History. He is former Chancellor of UWM and Professor of History Emeritus.

Celeste Ng, author of Little Fires Everywhere
in conversation with WUWM Lake Effect's Bonnie North
Wednesday, May 15, 7:00 pm, at UWM Student Union’s Wisconsin Room, 2200 E Kenwood Blvd

Celeste Ng, in conjunction with UWM's Department of English, Creative Writing Program, Humanities Division, and Asian Faculty and Staff Association, is coming to the UWM Student Union, as part of the paperback publication tour of Little Fires Everywhere. For this event, Ng will be in conversation with Bonnie North, a producer and cohost at WUWM's Lake Effect.

Tickets cost $19 for the general public and are available at celestengmke.bpt.me. Specially priced tickets for the UWM community are available only at the UWM Student Union box office. Each ticket comes with a signed paperback edition of Little Fires Everywhere. Already have the book? It makes a great gift, for birthday, graduation, or holiday. It's never too early, right?

The bestselling Little Fires Everywhere traces the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and the enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. Named a Best Book of the Year by too many publications to list, (okay, here are a few: The Washington Post, Esquire, Entertainment Weekly, People, and NPR) Ng’s novel was recently picked up by Hulu to go into production as a limited series starring Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington. And Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train, says, "witty, wise, and tender. It's a marvel."

Celeste Ng is author of Everything I Never Told You, winner of the Massachusetts Book Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, and the ALA's Alex Award

Susanna Calkins, author of Murder Knocks Twice , in conversation with Erica Ruth Neubauer
Thursday, May 16, 7:00 pm, at Boswell

Author of the award-winning Lucy Campion series chats with Crimespree Magazine’s Erica Ruth Neubauer about the first book in a captivating new series that takes readers into the dark, dangerous, and glittering underworld of a 1920s Chicago speakeasy.

Gina Ricci takes on a job as a cigarette girl to earn money for her ailing father and to prove to herself that she can hold her own at Chicago’s most notorious speakeasy, the Third Door. But when her friend, a socialite photographer, is brutally murdered, with Gina as the only witness, she’s determined to track down his killer. What secrets did Marty capture on his camera, and who would do anything to destroy it?

Renée Rosen, author of White Collar Girl and Windy City Blues, calls Calkin’s Murder Knocks Twice, “A page-turning romp through Prohibition-era Chicago! … Filled with bootleggers, speakeasies, intrigue and murder, you're in for a wild ride once you step inside Calkins' action-packed world at the Third Door.”

Susanna Calkins is author of the Lucy Campion series, holds a PhD in history, and teaches at the college level. Her historical mysteries have been nominated for the Mary Higgins Clark and Agatha awards, among many others, and The Masque of a Murderer received a Macavity. Calkins now lives in the Chicago area.

Jennifer Chiaverini, author of Resistance Women
Sunday May 19, 3:00 pm, at Boswell

Madison-based author Jennifer Chiaverini is back and her latest novel is a textured, nail-biting WWII historical novel based on the true story of Mildred Fish Harnack, an American from Milwaukee who helped lead the resistance in Nazi-era Berlin. Register for the event at resistancewomenmke.bpt.me, or upgrade to book-with-ticket by on-sale date (May 14) and get 20% off on Resistance Women. Chiaverini's novels will be available at the event, but attendees must pre-register to get the discounted price.

Chiaverini’s latest is an intimate and historically sound exploration of the years leading up to and through WWII which draws inspiration from the real life of Mildred Fish Harnack, a Milwaukeean who married German economist Arvid Harnack and led an exciting life in Berlin until the Nazis came to power. She then organized her American and German friends to resist.

Resistance Women is an enthralling, unforgettable story of ordinary people determined to resist the rise of evil, sacrificing their own lives and liberty to fight injustice and defend the oppressed. Publishers Weekly wrote: "This fictionalized version of real-life heroes is told with prose that ranges from forthright to eloquent, and the focus on the road to war and evolving attitudes regarding fascism and Nazism is exceptionally insightful, making for a sweeping and memorable WWII novel."

Jennifer Chiaverini is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous acclaimed historical novels, including Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker and the beloved Elm Creek Quilts series. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Chicago, she lives with her family in Madison, Wisconsin.

Monday, May 20, 6:00 pm doors, 6:30 dinner service, at The Urbanite, 1840 N Farwell Ave

Heaven’s Table BBQ, The Urbanite, and Boswell present a dinner with the award-winning grill master Steven Raichlen, celebrating the release of his latest cookbook. The cost is $50, including dinner, taxes, fees, and gratuity, available at raichlenmke.bpt.me. Chef Jason Alston will feature recipes from Raichlen's new book, including, of course, brisket. The event will feature a cash bar from The Pharmacy. Heaven's Table BBQ is part of the Crossroad Collective, the new food hall at Farwell and North.

America's grill master and the chef the LA Times calls “the Julia Child of BBQ” turns to brisket. Whether barbecued in Texas, brined into corned beef, or braised for a Passover table, brisket ignites passion in meat lovers, grillers, and comfort-food fans. Texas barbecued brisket is just the beginning: There’s also Jamaican Jerk and Korean Grilled Brisket to savor, plus Old School Pastrami, Kung Pao Pastrami, and a perfect Passover Brisket with Dried Fruits and Sweet Wine.

At first glance, brisket is easy. Texas barbecue, for example, requires only three flavorings: salt, pepper, and wood smoke. But easy doesn’t always mean simple. Raichlen shows how to handle, prep, and store meat for maximum tenderness and flavor, and provides extraordinary insight into how to master the art of cooking brisket.

Steven Raichlen is the author of the Barbecue! Bible cookbook series, which includes Project Smoke, The Barbecue Bible, and How to Grill, and winner of 5 James Beard awards and 3 IACP awards. He is known for his public television series Steven Raichlen's Project Smoke, Barbecue University, and Primal Grill, and the French language series Les Incontournables du BBQ and Le Maître du Grill. Raichlen has written for the New York Times, Esquire, and in 2015 was inducted into the Barbecue Hall of Fame. Milwaukee’s Jason Alston is Executive Chef and Owner of Heaven’s Table BBQ, a part of the Crossroads Collective food hall. Previously, he was an executive chef with SURG restaurant group and Marquette University.

Sujata Massey, author of The Satapur Moonstone
Tuesday, May 21, 7:00 pm, at Boswell

Boswell hosts author Sujata Massey, Edgar finalist and winner of the Agatha and Macavity Awards, with her highly anticipated follow-up to the critically acclaimed novel The Widows of Malabar Hill, inspired in part by the woman who made history as India’s first female attorney.

During rainy season in India’s lush, remote Sahyadri mountains, where the princely state of Satapur is tucked away, a curse seems to have fallen upon Satapur’s royal family, whose maharaja died of a sudden illness shortly before his teenage son was struck down in a tragic hunting accident. The state is now ruled by an agent of the British Raj on behalf of Satapur’s two maharanis, the dowager queen and her daughter-in-law.

The royal ladies are in a dispute over the education of the young crown prince, and a lawyer’s counsel is required. However, the maharanis live in purdah and do not speak to men. Just one person can help them: Perveen Mistry, Bombay’s only female lawyer. Perveen is determined to bring peace to the royal house and make a sound recommendation for the young prince’s future, but she arrives to find that the Satapur palace is full of cold-blooded power plays and ancient vendettas. Can she protect the royal children from the palace’s deadly curse? Named a “most anticipated novel” by Bookriot, Goodreads, Crimereads, and more.

Sujata Massey was born in England to parents from India and Germany. She was a features reporter for the Baltimore Evening Sun before becoming a full-time novelist. Her novels have won the Agatha and Macavity awards and been finalists for the Edgar, Anthony, and Mary Higgins Clark prizes. The Widows of Malabar Hill was an international bestseller.

Wednesday, May 22, 7:00 pm, at Boswell

Baseball beat reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Tom Haudricourt pulls back the curtain to provide an up close-up look at the inner workings of the Milwaukee Brewers remarkable 2018 season.

When the Milwaukee Brewers embarked on a rebuilding program in 2015, the expectation was that it would take four or five years to return to competitiveness. That’s the way it went with other rebuilding clubs, but the Brewers somehow got it done in a mere three years. It certainly didn’t hurt when star outfielders Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain were added to the team, a sign that management was all in.

The 2018 Brewers caught fire at exactly the right time, falling just short of the franchise’s first World Series since 1982. But the ’18 Brewers captured the imagination of fans in Milwaukee and across Wisconsin, creating a buzz not heard for decades. Special Brew is an inside look at the decisions, the decision makers and the players who made it all happen, some who were expected to excel, others who seemingly came out of the blue.

Tim Haudricourt covers the Brewers and Major League Baseball for Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He was voted Wisconsin Sports Writer of Year for 2011 and 2012 by National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.

Wednesday, May 22, 7:00 pm reception, 7:30 talk, at Wisconsin Club’s Country Club, 6200 W Good Hope Rd

Celebrate the release of Moving Mountains Every Day, by Daniel Steininger, President and Founder of BizStarts Milwaukee and President of Steininger and Associates, at a cocktail party and book signing. Registration required to attend this event. Please email dan@bizstarts.com.

Business leaders need the tools of creativity and innovation to navigate the never-ending obstacles to running a successful business. Drawing on the lessons he's learned in the corporate world and in his role as chairman of the board of harbor commissioners overseeing the Port of Milwaukee, Steininger shares lessons of how business leaders can successfully lead organizations to creative breakthroughs that drive innovation and success.

Daniel Steininger writes "Innovate or Die" for Biz Times. He is president of Steininger & Associates and president and founder of BizStarts. He also teaches courses on innovation for the UWM School of Continuing Education for business leaders, and served as chairman of the board of harbor commissioners that oversees the Port of Milwaukee.

Thursday, May 23, 7:00 pm, at Boswell

Nora McInerny, the host of Terrible, Thanks for Asking, is coming to Boswell for a conversation with Moe Richardson, cofounder of the real-life Hot Young Widows Club, about a wise, humorous roadmap and caring resource for anyone going through the loss of a loved one - or even a difficult life moment. Register for free at mcinernymke.bpt.me or upgrade to registration with a copy of The Hot Young Widow's Club for signing line priority for $18, including tax and ticketing fee.

In the span of a few weeks, thirty-something Nora McInerny had a miscarriage, lost her father to cancer, and lost her husband due to a brain tumor. What Nora discovered is that, when you’re in these hard moments, it can feel impossible to feel like even a shadow of the person you once were. How do you find that person again? Welcome to The Hot Young Widows Club, Nora’s response to the toughest questions about life’s biggest struggles.

The Hot Young Widows Club isn’t just for people who have lost a spouse, but an essential tool for anyone who has gone through a major life struggle. Based on her own experiences and those of the listeners dedicated to her podcast, Nora offers wise, heartfelt, and often humorous advice to anyone navigating a painful period in their lives.

Nora McInerny is the reluctant cofounder of the Hot Young Widows Club (a program of her nonprofit, Still Kickin), author of the memoirs It's Okay to Laugh, (Crying Is Cool Too) and No Happy Endings, and the host of the award-winning podcast Terrible, Thanks for Asking. She was voted Most Humorous by the Annunciation Catholic School Class of 1998. Moe Richardson is cofounder of the real-life Hot Young Widows Club, a program of the Still Kickin nonprofit organization.

Michael Koryta, author of If She Wakes
Tuesday, May 28, 7:00 pm, at Boswell

Michael Koryta, the author Stephen King called “master” of thriller writing, chats with Milwaukee’s Nick Petrie about If She Wakes, Koryta’s electrifying new novel about two women fighting for their lives against an enigmatic killer. Cosponsored by Crimespree Magazine.

A horrific car crash leaves Tara in a vegetative state. Or so her doctors think. She’s a prisoner of locked-in syndrome: fully alert but unable to move a muscle. Trapped in her body, she learns that someone wants her dead, but what can she do, lying in a hospital bed? Abby Kaplan, an insurance investigator, is hired to look into Tara's case. Despite the fog of her own trauma, Abby can tell Tara's car crash was no accident. When she starts asking questions, things quickly spin out of control, leaving Abby on the run and a mysterious young hit man hard on her heels.

Booklist calls If She Wakes, “instantly gripping, with realistic action, (and) a breath-snatching twist," and Publishers Weekly says, “Adept at creating Hitchcockian moments, Koryta keeps the suspense high throughout.”

Michael Koryta is the New York Times bestselling author of thirteen novels, most recently, How It Happened. His previous novels, including Last Words, Those Who Wish Me Dead, and So Cold the River, were New York Times notable books and nominated for numerous awards, including having won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Koryta is a former private investigator and newspaper reporter. Nick Petrie is the Milwaukee-based author of the award-winning Drifter series of thrillers, including The Drifter, winner of the ITW Thriller Award and the Barry Award for Best First Novel, and most recently, Tear It Down.

Wednesday, May 29, 11:00 am, at Wisconsin Club’s City Club, 900 W Wisconsin Ave

Jon Meacham’s May 9 appearance in Milwaukee has been cancelled due to personal reasons. This year's Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library Literary Luncheon has been rescheduled and will feature the Pulitzer-winning journalist David Maraniss, an Associate Editor for The Washington Post. Tickets cost $85, $75 for Friends members, available here, on the Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library website. For info about the event change, including confirming or canceling reservations, email kapeter@mpl.org, or call (414) 286-8720.

A Good American Family is a riveting book that captures the pervasive fear and paranoia that gripped America during the Red Scare of the 50s through the chilling story of his own family's ordeal. Elliott Maraniss, David’s father, a WWII veteran who had commanded an all-black company in the Pacific, was spied on by the FBI, named as a communist by an informant, called before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1952, fired from his newspaper job, and blacklisted for five years. Yet he never lost faith in America and emerged on the other side with his family and optimism intact.

Publishers Weekly, in a starred review, says, "Clear-eyed and empathetic, Maraniss's engrossing portrait of a patriotic, baseball-loving red reveals the complex human motivations underneath the era's clashing dogmas."

David Maraniss is an Associate Editor at The Washington Post and Distinguished Visiting Professor at Vanderbilt University. He has won two Pulitzer Prizes for journalism and was a finalist three other times. Among his bestselling books are biographies of Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, and Roberto Clemente, and a trilogy that includes RFK Book Prize-winner Once in a Great City and They Marched into Sunlight, winner of the J. Anthony Lucas Prize and Pulitzer Finalist in History.

Wednesday, May 29, 7:00 pm, at Boswell

Founder and Director of the Parish Evaluation Project, Thomas Sweetser reflects upon his conversations with current and former Catholics to offer a picture of the current state of the Catholic Church as experienced by its members.

Jesuit Thomas Sweetser has worked for more than 35 years with Catholic faith communities on evaluation and renewal. In 2011, he set out to interview a broad range of American Catholics about their relationship with the Church. A few years into the new papacy, Sweetser asked the same people again. Had anything changed with Pope Francis? The answers are enlightening for the church's future.

Based on before/after interviews, Can Francis Change the Church? is a helpful resource for everyone concerned about the Church. The value of this book lies in the direct conversations with people from very different walks of life between 20 and 80 years old which touch on hot button questions such as hierarchy, women in the church, and sexual abuse, and offer insights into the nature of a deep desire for authentic spirituality.

Thomas P. Sweetser is Founder and Director of the Parish Evaluation Project. He has taught at the Institute of Pastoral Studies, at Loyola University of Chicago, at the University of Dayton in Ohio, Boston College, University of Seattle, Retreats International, and Loyola University in New Orleans. He is author of numerous books and his articles have appeared in National Catholic Reporter, Commonwealth, and Chicago Studies, among others

Gregory Lee Renz, author of Beneath the Flames
Friday, May 31, 7:00 pm, at Boswell

Former city of Milwaukee firefighter Gregory Lee Renz appears at Boswell with his debut novel, a story of love, race, and life as a firefighter.

When young farmer and volunteer firefighter Mitch Garner blames himself for a fire’s tragic outcome, he becomes convinced his only hope for redemption is to journey to Milwaukee’s inner city to prove himself as a professional firefighter.

Mitch is assigned to the busiest firehouse in the heart of one of the most blighted areas of Milwaukee, and soon, he’s ready to quit. Then he meets Jasmine Richardson, a brash adolescent. Despite Jasmine’s contempt toward Mitch, her courage and devotion to her little sister inspire him to stay and dedicate himself to helping her and the neighboring children overcome the hopelessness of growing up in poverty.

Gregory Lee Renz served as a firefighter for 28 years, retired as Fire Captain, and was inducted into the Police and Fire Hall of Fame. An excerpt of his novel appeared in The Midwest Review.

More Upcoming Events

  • Thursday, June 6, 7:00 pm reception, 7:30 talk, at the Lynden Sculpture Garden, 2145 W Brown Deer Road – Lauren Willig, author of The Summer Country. Tickets available here - Tickets are $31, $26 for Lynden members – purchase here
  • Wednesday, June 12, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Celebrate the 20th anniversary of Detective Aimée Leduc with Cara Black, author of Murder in Bel-Air, cosponsored by Alliance Françaisse de Milwaukee – register for this free event or upgrade to a book-with-registration at carablackmke.bpt.me
  • Thursday, June 13, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Michael Moreci, author of We Are Mayhem, the sequel to Black Star Renegates, in conversation with Book Table of Oak Park’s Javier Ramirez – Moreci has penned books for iconic properties Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, Planet of the Apes, Artemis Fowl, and the just-released Archie Meets Batman ‘66
  • Thursday, June 20, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Milwaukee-based Kelsey Rae Dimberg, author of Girl in the Rearview Mirror, which has this early praise from Megan Abbott: “An exciting, intoxicating debut, it will hold you until its startling final pages”
  • Sunday, July 14, 2:00 pm reception, 2:30 talk, at the Lynden Sculpture Garden, 2145 W Brown Deer Road – Beatriz Williams, author of The Golden Hour. Tickets available here - Tickets are $31, $26 for Lynden members – purchase here
  • Tuesday, July 16, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – David Bell, author of the high concept psychological suspense novel Layover and Somebody’s Daughter
  • Tuesday, July 23, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Marquette University Associate Professor of History Michael Wert, author of Samurai: A Concise History
  • Thursday, August 22, 2:00 pm, at Boswell – Celebrating the latest Door County mystery with a visit from Patricia Skalka, author of Death by the Bay, featuring Detective Sheriff Dave Kubiak
  • Sunday, September 8, time to come, depending on Packers schedule, at Boswell – William Kent Krueger, author of This Tender Land, the long-awaited companion novel to Ordinary Grace - registration info and early bird book purchase option to come

Please remember that while we try to update this page as frequently as possible, all events are subject to change. If you have any concerns, please contact Boswell. Also note that ticketed events do sell out, and all events are subject to capacity. It never hurts to come early.