Upcoming Events

Due to COVID-19, our in-person events have gone virtual. 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

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 paperback copy of Minus Me for 10% off list price right now!

So many fans of Minus Me! Jodi 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 treatment, 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. Elinor Lipman's latest novel is Rachel to the Rescue.

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

Join us for a conversation with Jeff Porter, coeditor of 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.

A Ticketed Virtual Event
Monday, January 25, 7 pm

The Lynden Sculpture Garden Women’s Speakers Series returns virtually with an event featuring Jennifer Robson, author of The Gown and Moonlight in Paris, who returns to Milwaukee for her latest novel. Cohosted by The Lynden Sculpture Garden, Milwaukee Reads, and Boswell Book Company.

Tickets for admission to this event cost $5 plus sales tax and ticket fee, or you can upgrade to admission-with book for the cost of the book in hardcover ($27.99) or paperback ($17.99). Books can be picked up at Boswell or for an additional fee, shipped out via USPS media mail. $5 from your admission only or hardcover ticket purchase, or $3 from the paperback ticket level, will be donated back to Lynden Sculpture Garden. Visit jenniferrobsonlynden.eventbrite.com.

Robson tells the story of a young Jewish woman must pose as a Christian farmer's wife to survive the Holocaust. Inspired by true events, this tale of terror, hope, love, and sacrifice evokes the most perilous days of World War II.

It is the autumn of 1943, and life is becoming increasingly perilous for Italian Jews like the Mazin family. With Nazi Germany now occupying most of her beloved homeland, and the threat of imprisonment and deportation growing ever more certain, Antonina Mazin has but one hope to survive: to leave Venice and her beloved parents and hide in the countryside with a man she has only just met. As Antonina and Nico come to know each other, their feelings deepen, transforming their relationship into much more than a charade. Yet both fear that every passing day brings them closer to being torn apart.

Jennifer Robson is the internationally bestselling author of The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding, Goodnight from London, and Somewhere in France. She holds a doctorate in British economic and social history from Saint Antony’s College, University of Oxford, where she was a Commonwealth Scholar and an SSHRC Doctoral Fellow.

DW Hanneken, author of The Home Front
in Conversation with Shannon Ishizaki for a Virtual Event 
Tuesday, January 26, 7 pm

Join us for a virtual event featuring Greenfield-based author DW (Dave) Hanneken in conversation with Orange Hat Publishing’s Shannon Ishizaki. They’ll chat about Hanneken’s debut historical novel, set in Wisconsin during World War II, which has been billed as Bridges of Madison County meets The English Patient.

Click right here to register for this event, broadcast via Zoom. And purchase your copy of The Home Front from Boswell Book Company now!

Writing for the Shepherd Express, Dave Luhrssen says, "The details of 1940s farm life are vivid enough for a Hollywood screenplay." And Kirkus Reviews calls The Home Front, “an engaging tale with a likable female lead and some surprises... A variety of tensions keep the engrossing narrative moving.”

Set in rural Wisconsin during 1944-1945, Hanneken’s novel centers on Maggie Wentworth, a wife, mother, and farmer who struggles to keep her life in balance after her physically abusive husband enlists in the Army and is shipped to Europe during WWII. On one hand, she's happy he left. On the other, she’s been left behind to deal with the challenges of an aging father, a young son, and the temptation of an attractive German POW who is harvesting apples on her farm.

DW Hanneken wrote countless award-winning television commercials during his twenty-five year career in the ad business. The Home Front is his first novel. Shannon Ishizaki is Founder and Owner of Orange Hat Publishing and its imprint, TEN16 Press.

in Conversation with Daniel Goldin and Lisa Baudoin for a Virtual Event
Wednesday, January 27, 2 pm

The January edition of our Readings from Oconomowaukee virtual event series, presented in partnership with Books & Company of Oconomowoc, presents the worldwide bestseller and beloved Scottish author McCall Smith for a chat about his latest, a collection in which he imagines the lives and loves of everyday people pictured in twentieth-century photographs.

Click right here to register for this (free! wow!) virtual event, broadcast via Zoom. And you can purchase your copy of Pianos and Flowers for 20% off list price from either Boswell Book Company online here, by telephone, or web order, or from Books & Company right here.

Pictures capture moments in time, presenting the viewer with a window into another life. But a picture can go only so far. Who are the people in the image? What are their fears? What are their dreams. In these fourteen delightful tales, a young woman finds unexpected love while perusing Egyptian antiquities. A family is forever fractured when war comes to Penang, in colonial Malaysia. Iron Jelloid tablets help to reveal a young man’s inner strength. And twin sisters discover that it’s never too late to forge a new path - even when standing at the altar.

There are big stories behind these simple images. Though at first glance they may appear to represent small moments, these photographs in fact speak volumes, uncovering possibilities of love, friendship, and happiness. With his indomitable charm, McCall Smith takes us behind the lens to explore the hidden lives of those photographed; in so doing, he reveals the humanity in us all.

Alexander McCall Smith is author of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency novels and of a number of other series and stand-alone books. His works have been translated into more than forty languages and have been best sellers throughout the world.

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 J Courtney Sullivan 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 J Courtney Sullivan, author of Friends and Strangers and Saints for All Occasions.

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.

in Conversation with Dasha Kelly Hamilton for a Ticketed Virtual Event 
Wednesday, February 3, 7 pm

Award-winning psychologist Kross, Director of the University of Michigan’s Emotion & Self Control Laboratory, chats about his brand new book, in which he reveals how to overcome the negative voice in your head and go from inner critic to inner coach. He’ll chat with Dasha Kelly Hamilton, Milwaukee poet, author, and creative change agent.

This is a ticketed event. Tickets cost $5, or upgrade to admission plus one copy of Chatter for $22.40 - that's 20% off the book's list price! The first 50 folks to purchase the ticket-with-book option will recieve an autographed bookplate, too. In-store or sidewalk pickup. You can upgrade to have the book shipped to you after the event. Admission, book, and USPS Media Mail costs $26.40, or upgrade to USPS Priority shipping for $30.40. Sales tax and ticket fee not included, shipping to US lower 48 only. Purchase now at ethankrossmke.eventbrite.com.

Author of the bestseller Grit, Angela Duckworth says, “Fresh and riveting, Chatter is a masterpiece - a landmark book that will change the way you think about human nature. Ethan Kross is one part sage, one part mensch, and one part world-class psychological scientist. When I need advice, it’s Ethan I call. Now, through Chatter, everyone has a chance to learn about their inner voice from among the wisest people I know. Required reading for all.”

Tell a stranger that you talk to yourself, and you’re likely to get written off as eccentric. But the truth is that we all have a voice in our head. Kross explores the silent conversations we have with ourselves. Interweaving groundbreaking behavioral and brain research from his own lab with real-world case studies, from a pitcher who forgets how to pitch to a Harvard undergrad negotiating her double life as a spy, Kross explains how these conversations shape our lives, work, and relationships. He warns that giving in to negative and disorienting self-talk - what he calls “chatter” - can tank our health, sink our moods, strain our social connections, and cause us to fold under pressure. Brilliantly argued, expertly researched, and filled with compelling stories, Chatter gives us the power to change the most important conversation we have each day: the one we have with ourselves.

Ethan Kross is an award-winning professor in the University of Michigan’s Psychology Department and its Ross School of Business. He has participated in policy discussion at the White House and has been interviewed about his work on CBS Evening News, Good Morning America, and NPR’s Morning Edition. His research has been featured in The New York Times, The New Yorker, and New England Journal of Medicine and Science. Dasha Kelly Hamilton is Milwaukee’s Poet Laureate. She is Founder of The Retreat creative arts space in Milwaukee and author of Almost Crimson as well as three poetry collections and four albums of spoken word.

A Virtual Event
Tuesday, February 9, 7 pm CST

The Urban Ecology Center and Boswell Book Company present Anders Morley for a discussion of his memoir of the year he decided to strap on cross-country skis to travel across Canada in the winter alone.

Click right here to register for this virtual event. While event is free, those who register may also choose to contribute to the Urban Ecology Center to help fund their programming. To do so, visit urbanecologycenter.org. And purchase a copy of This Land of Snow for 10% off list price now!

A passionate skier since he was a child, Morley dreamed of going on a significant adventure, something bold and of his own design. This Land of Snow is about that journey and a man who must come to terms with what he has left behind, as well as how he wants to continue living after his trip is over. It is an honest, thoughtful, and humorous reckoning of an adventure filled with adrenaline and exuberance, as well as mistakes and danger. Along the way readers gain insight, both charming and fascinating, into Northern outdoor culture and modern-day wilderness living, the history of northern exploration and Nordic skiing, the right to roam movement, winter ecology, and more.

Writing for Booklist, Brenda Barrera calls This Land of Snow a “captivating memoir about backcountry adventures and one man’s journey of self-discovery - and an eloquent ode to the harsh beauty of winter.”

Anders Morley contributes regularly to New Hampshire magazine, and his work has appeared in a variety of other publications including The Globe and Mail, Northern Woodlands magazine, and The Aurorean.

Rónán Hession, author of Leonard and Hungry Paul
in Conversation with Daniel Goldin for a Virtual Event
Friday, February 12, 2 pm

Boswell presents an afternoon with Rónán Hession, finalist for the Irish Book Awards Newcomer of the Year award as well as the British Book Awards 2020 Debut Book of the Year. Hession will chat with Boswell proprietor Daniel Goldin.

Click right here to register for this virtual event now. And purchase your copy of Leonard and Hungry Paul for 20% off list price. You can also preorder the paperback for 10% off list price – available May 11th!

In this charming and truly unique debut, popular Irish musician Rónán Hession tells the story of two single, thirty-something men who still live with their parents and who are, well, nice. They take care of their parents and play board games together. They like to read. They take satisfaction from their work. They are resolutely kind. And they realize that none of this is considered normal.

Daniel Goldin says, “Leonard and Hungry Paul is a delightful book with a gentle sense of humor - and sometimes not-so-gentle - I laughed out loud more than once. Perfect for fans of A Man Called Ove and The Rosie Project. It was recommended to me by two customers, and now I’m recommending it to you!”

Rónán Hession is an Irish writer, musician, and social worker based in Dublin. As Mumblin' Deaf Ro, he has released three albums of songs, and his most recent album, Dictionary Crimes, was nominated for the Choice Music Prize for album of the year. Leonard and Hungry Paul is his first novel.

Rebecca Sacks, author of City of a Thousand Gates
in Conversation with Daniel Goldin and Lisa Baudoin for a Virtual Event
Tuesday, February 16, 7 pm

Readings from Oconomowaukee, the monthly virtual event series we’ve partnered with Books & Company of Oconomowoc to produce, continues with a conversation with author Rebecca Sacks, whose new book is a magnificent and haunting novel of present-day Israel and Palestine, following a diverse cast of characters whose interwoven stories reveal complicated, painful truths about life in this conflicted land steeped in hope, love, hatred, terror, and blood on both sides. She’ll chat with bookstore proprietors Goldin and Baudoin.

Click right here to register for this virtual event now! And purchase a copy of City of a Thousand Gates for 20% off list price from Boswell Book Company right here online, or from Books & Company right here.

In their starred review of this novel, Booklist says City of a Thousand Gates is “a stunning first novel… imbued with foreboding at every turn…Through her vibrant characters, Sacks paints a moving and powerful portrait of those who love the region passionately despite its many tensions and dangers.” And Etaf Rum, author of A Woman is No Man, says, “A beautifully written, brave, and incredibly compassionate novel. I couldn’t put it down.”

Brave and bold, this gorgeously written novel introduces a large cast of characters from various backgrounds in a setting where violence is routine and where survival is defined by boundaries, walls, and checkpoints that force people to live and love within and across them. City of a Thousand Gates brilliantly evokes the universal drives that motivate these individuals to think and act as they do - desires for security, for freedom, for dignity, for the future of one’s children, for land that each of us, no matter who or where we are, recognize and share.

Rebecca Sacks earned degrees from the Programs in Writing at the UC, Irvine and Dartmouth College. She received a Canada Council for the Arts grant as well as the Joseph F McCrindle Foundation’s Henfield Prize for fiction. She has been awarded fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Juniper Summer Writing Institute, and the Mellon-Sawyer Documenting War Seminar Series. While living in Israel, her dispatches from Tel Aviv and Jerusalem have been published in journals such as the Paris Review Daily.

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.

David Bader, Deirdre Britt, and Priscilla Pardini, for An Independent Spirit: The Quiet, Generous Life of Helen Daniels Bader
A Virtual Event
Thursday, February 25, 7 pm

Boswell Book Company and Bader Philanthropies present a discussion featuring Priscilla Pardini, author of the book joined by David Bader and Deirdre Britt, Helen Daniels Bader’s son and niece, respectively.

Click right here to register for this virtual event now. And purchase your copy of An Independent Spirit right here.

An Independent Spirit: The Quiet, Generous Life of Helen Daniels Bader brings into sharp focus the story of one of Milwaukee's most beloved and magnanimous benefactors. Enhanced with 280 images - most from family collections - it details Helen Bader's remarkable touching journey - one steeped in a lifetime of humility, determination, resistance and empathy for others, that played out amid years of personal disappointment and sorrow. Rising to the challenges thrown her way, Helen set an example that persists today as a model well worth emulating.

Her legacy is significant. The $100 million Helen Bader Foundation was established in 1991, two years after her death; over the next 24 years, it awarded $250 million in grants to enhance the well-being of the impoverished and disadvantaged. That mission continues today at Bader Philanthropies, Inc. Her life - and specifically her belief in the value of social work - is further immortalized through the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

David Bader is Vice President of Bader Philanthropies, Inc. and a Director on the Board. A registered architect working in Eastern Pennsylvania, Bader is also President of Fat Badger Bakery, an online vegan cookie company. Deirdre Britt serves as Chair for the Helen Daniels Bader Advisory Committee, as well as Board Secretary. Her background includes managerial positions with Hallmark Cards. Britt is actively involved in the visual arts and has served with a number of community arts nonprofits. Priscilla Pardini is a freelance writer and editor based in Milwaukee and a former education reporter for the Milwaukee Journal. She is the author of Women Making a Difference: American Association of University Women in Milwaukee, 1894-2012 and On Her Own; The Life of Betty Brinn.

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 the national SCBWI 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 - the 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.

in Conversation with Dan Egan for a Virtual Event
Thursday, March 11, 7 pm

Acclaimed science journalist Michelle Nijhuis discusses her new and vibrant history of the modern conservation movement, as told through the lives and ideas of the people who built it. This event is cosponsored by Schlitz Audubon Nature Center and Boswell Book Company and Nijhuis will chat with Dan Egan, author of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes. Cohosted by Schlitz Audubon Nature Center. 

Click right here to register for this virtual event today! And purchase your copy of Beloved Beasts for 20% off list price, too. The first 20 people to order the book will also receive autographed book plates and a Beloved Beasts Field Notebook!

In the late nineteenth century, as humans came to realize our rapidly industrializing and globalizing societies were driving other animal species to extinction, a movement to protect and conserve them was born. In Beloved Beasts, Nijhuis traces the movement’s history: from early battles to save charismatic species such as the American bison and bald eagle to today’s global effort to defend life on a larger scale.

Nijhuis’s book describes the vital role of scientists and activists such as Aldo Leopold and Rachel Carson and reveals the origins of vital organizations like the Audubon Society and the World Wildlife Fund. As the destruction of other species continues and the effects of climate change escalate, Beloved Beasts charts the ways conservation is becoming a movement for the protection of all species—including our own.

Michelle Nijhuis is a project editor at the Atlantic, a contributing editor at High Country News, and an award-winning reporter whose work has been published in National Geographic and the New York Times Magazine. She is coeditor of The Science Writers' Handbook. Dan Egan is a reporter at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and has twice been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He is the Brico Fund Senior Water Policy Fellow in Great Lakes Journalism at UWM’s School of Freshwater Sciences.

Jackie Polzin, author of Brood
in Conversation with Jane Hamilton for a Virtual Event
Thursday, March 18, 7 pm

The March installment of the Ink/Well virtual event series, featuring authors in conversation with Wisconsin’s own Jane Hamilton, hosts Jackie Polzin for a chat about her funny, nakedly honest, and beautifully observed debut novel.

Click right here to register for this virtual event, broadcast via Zoom. And purchase your copy of Brood for 20% off list price right here online, via telephone, or during in-person browsing hours from Boswell Book Company. Or purchase your copy from InkLink Books here on their website or call 262-642-9207.

Over the course of a single year, our nameless narrator heroically faces the seemingly endless challenges that caring for another creature entails. From the forty-below nights of a brutal Minnesota winter to a sweltering summer which brings a surprise tornado, she battles predators, bad luck, and the uncertainty of a future that may not look anything like the one she always imagined.

An exquisite new literary voice in the vein of Jenny Offill and Elizabeth Strout depicts one woman’s attempt to keep her four chickens alive while reflecting on a recent loss. This stunning meditation on life and longing will stand beside such modern classics as H is for Hawk and Gilead. From Boswellian Tim McCarthy: “Let the book peck at you for a while and you’ll be rewarded. Mix in Minnesota’s climate extremes and a changing neighborhood. You’ll get a growing sense that you’re reading something very special, richly human. There’s nothing quite like it.”

Jackie Polzin is an author from St Paul, Minnesota. Brood is her first novel. Jane Hamilton is author of novels such as The Excellent Lombardos, The Book of Ruth, and A Map of the World.

Erica Ruth Neubauer, author of Murder at Wedgefield Manor
in Conversation with Tim Hennessy for a Virtual Event
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. Tim Hennessy is the editor of Milwaukee Noir.

Boswell Event Cosponsorships
Ronald H Balson, author of Eli's Promise
Tuesday, February 9, 7:30 pm
Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center presents a conversation with the National Jewish Book Award winner Balson, author of a decades-spanning novel that will captivate readers with its story of the Holocaust and its aftermath. This masterful work of historical fiction spans three eras, from Nazi-occupied Poland to the American Zone of post-war Germany, to Chicago during the height of the Vietnam war. Balson considers the human cost of war, the mixed blessings of survival, and the enduring strength of family bonds. Registration information to come. Visit the Jewish Community Center website here for more information.

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