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Michael Bowen, author of False Flag in Autumn
Monday, November 18, 6:30 pm, at Whitefish Bay Library, 5420 N Marlborough Dr

Milwaukee author appears at the Whitefish Bay Public Library for his latest political thriller that asks why there wasn't an October surprise before the 2018 mid-term elections.

The irrepressible Josie Kendall finds herself in the middle of the novel’s provocative question, but answering it quickly confronts her with an even more dramatic challenge: What about 2020, with control of the White House at stake? Will Josie find the guts to leave the Beltway cocoon, where the weapons are spin, winks, nudges, and strategic leaks, and venture into a darker world where the weapons are actual weapons? Josie knows that you don't do politics with choir girls, but if she wants to end up on the side of the angels, she'll have to find some angels who play a little dirty.

Michael Bowen is a Milwaukee-based author of numerous books, including non-fiction and mysteries such as Badger Game, Damage Control, and Washington Deceased. He is an attorney and graduate of Harvard Law School.


Monday, November 18, 7 pm, at Boswell

Psychologist and author John Duffy chats with Molly Fay of TMJ4’s The Morning Blend about his latest work on the changing teenage brain. Cosponsored by REDgen, whose mission is to advocate for the mental health and wellbeing of all youth. Please register for this free event at redgen-duffy.eventbrite.com.

No parent experienced their teen years the way children do today; children as young as eight-years-old are prematurely self-conscious, over-stressed, and overwhelmed. Duffy provides strategies and tips for actively learning the world of our children, so that when they need us, we can be there armed with understanding.

Kids are growing up with nearly unlimited access to social media and the internet, and unprecedented academic, social, and familial stressors, and children are exposed to information, thought, and emotion that they are developmentally unprepared to process. As a result, saving the typical “teen parenting” strategies for thirteen-year-olds is now years too late. Duffy offers a guide for parents raising children who are growing up quickly and dealing with unresolved adolescent issues that can lead to anxiety and depression.

John Duffy is a clinical psychologist, certified life coach, and author of The Available Parent. He is a regular parenting and relationship expert on Steve Harvey, appears often on WGN radio, and is cited regularly on the Today show, Fox News, Chicago Tribune, and Good Housekeeping, among many others, and is contributor to the Pear app. Molly Faye is an Emmy-winning reporter and host of TMJ4’s The Morning Blend.


Mitch Albom, author of Finding Chika: A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Family, featured speaker for Nehemiah Project’s 50th Anniversary Dinner
Tuesday, November 19, 5:30 pm, at Hilton Milwaukee City Center, 509 W Wisconsin Ave

The Nehemiah Project is a non-profit, youth-focused organization that promotes the physical and emotional well-being of youth through psychological, educational, leadership, and transitional living services. The two group homes for teen boys were started in 1969, originally operated as Transcenter for Youth, and transitioned to the Nehemiah Project in 2002.

The featured speaker at their 50th anniversary dinner is acclaimed writer and speaker Mitch Albom, who will share insights from his latest book, Finding Chika. His first nonfiction work in more than a decade is a poignant memoir that celebrates Chika, a young Haitian orphan whose short life would forever change his heart. Told in hindsight, and through illuminating conversations with Chika herself, this is Albom at his most poignant and vulnerable.

Mitch Albom is a bestselling author, screenwriter, playwright, and nationally syndicated columnist. Albom’s books, including Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven, have collectively sold more than 33 million copies in 42 languages. Albom has founded six charities in and around Detroit, including the first-ever 24-hour medical clinic for homeless children in America, and also operates an orphanage in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti.

Tickets for this event are $125 and include admission, dinner, and a copy of Finding Chika. A book signing will follow the talk. For tickets and more information, please contact Stacy York at (414) 933-8002 or syork@nehemiahprojectinc.org.


Sold Out - Lidia Bastianich, author of Felidia: Recipes from My Flagship Restaurant, in conversation with Kyle Cherek
Tuesday, November 19, 6:30 pm, at Italian Community Center, 631 E Chicago St

Boswell Book Company, Bartolotta Catering and Events, and Milwaukee PBS present award-winning Lidia Matticchio Bastianich’s return to Milwaukee for her brand-new cookbook, in conversation with culinary historian Kyle Cherek.

This event is now sold out. There is no waiting list, but sometimes tickets open up on the website. Check at bastianichmke.bpt.me for availability. Tickets are $45 and include admission, a copy of Felidia, all taxes and fees, and light appetizers. A cash bar will also be available. A portion of all ticket proceeds will be donated to Milwaukee PBS.


Jaquira Díaz, author of Ordinary Girls
Tuesday, November 19, 7 pm, at Boswell

Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at UW-Madison Díaz visits with her searing memoir of growing up in housing projects in Puerto Rico and Miami Beach, one of the most anticipated books of the year according to Time, Publishers Weekly, The Millions, and more.

Growing up in housing projects, Díaz found herself caught between extremes. From her own struggles with depression and sexual assault to Puerto Rico’s history of colonialism, Díaz writes with raw and refreshing honesty, triumphantly mapping a way out of despair toward love and hope, to become her version of the girl she always wanted to be. Diaz’s memoir provides a vivid portrait of a life lived in and beyond the borders of Puerto Rico and its complicated history.

Julia Alvarez, author of In the Time of Butterflies and How the Garcia Girls Lost their Accents, says, “There is more life packed on each page of Ordinary Girls than some lives hold in a lifetime.”

Díaz received the Carl Djerassi Fiction Fellowship from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing and is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at UW-Madison and an Editor at Large for the Kenyon Review. Her work has appeared in Best American Essays, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, and more.


Tuesday, November 19, 7 pm, at UWM Greene Hall, 3347 N Downer Ave 

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Urban Studies Programs and the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council present an evening with journalist Lawrence Lanahan, whose book, based on a Baltimore Public Radio fifty-episode series, received Columbia University’s duPont Award, which honors excellence in broadcast and digital journalism.

In The Lines Between Us, Lawrence Lanahan chronicles how Baltimore became so highly segregated and why its fault lines persist today, using the stories of two individuals, a white suburbanite contemplating a move to West Baltimore, and a black woman who hopes to move from a poor city neighborhood to a prosperous suburb. Together they personify the enormous disparities in access to safe housing, educational opportunities, and decent jobs. As they eventually pack up their lives and change places, bold advocates and activists - in the courts and in the streets - struggle to figure out what it will take to save our cities and communities: Put money into poor, segregated neighborhoods? Make it possible for families to move into areas with more opportunity?

Lawrence Lanahan is an award-winning journalist and author whose work has appeared on Colorlines, NPR’s Morning Edition, and Al-Jazeera America. His fifty-episode series for Baltimore’s public radio station WYPR, also called The Lines Between Us, won Columbia University’s duPont Award. Lanahan grew up in the Baltimore region and has lived for many years in the city of Baltimore, where he has reported on the dynamics of segregation and racial inequality for more than a decade.


Paul Wellington, author of Black Built: History and Architecture in the Black Community, in conversation with Nicholas Robinson of DREAM Builders
Wednesday, November 20, 6 pm, at Tippecanoe Library, 3912 S Howell Ave

Milwaukee author and cofounder of MKE Black, Wellington explores over forty works by Black architects and their impact. He’ll chat with Nicholas Robinson, co-creator of DREAM Builders and one of only eight licensed African American architects in the state.

Please note that copies of Black Built will not be available for purchase at this event. Boswell will have the book for sale in the store or via our website, by clicking the link in this event listing title.

Though architecture is often not associated with Black Culture, it is an integral aspect in defining a community and requires careful consideration of design, context, and resident relationships. Wellington examines how architectural works have helped preserve and restore history and culture.

Paul Wellington holds a Master’s in Architecture from UWM, is cofounder of MKE Black, and a public library supervisor. Nicholas Robinson is a Wisconsin architect and cocreator of DREAM builders.


Boswell’s Fall Game Night
Wednesday, November 20, 6:30 pm, at Boswell

Enjoy sampling new and bestselling games from our collection, including Boswellian favorites like Roadkill, Forbidden Island, and Quicktionary. Boswellians Jen and Aaron will offer a short intro and demos for each game, plus we’ll have giveaways too. Attendees are encouraged to come alone or in groups.

Please note this game night is for folks age 16 and up, and that some of these games involve adult language. Free registration is requested at boswellgamefall19.bpt.me.

 


Holly Black, author of The Queen of Nothing
Thursday, November 21, 7 pm, at Boswell

#1 New York Times bestselling author Holly Black makes her first Milwaukee appearance in six years with her highly anticipated, jaw-dropping finale to The Folk of the Air trilogy. Registration is free for this event at hollyblackmke.bpt.me, but you must upgrade to a copy of The Queen of Nothing to get in the signing line.

Power is much easier to acquire than it is to keep. As the exiled mortal Queen of Faerie, Jude is powerless and reeling from betrayal. Determined to reclaim everything taken from her, Jude must risk venturing back into the treacherous Faerie Court if she wishes to save her sister. When a dormant yet powerful curse is unleashed, panic spreads throughout the land, forcing her to choose between her ambition and her humanity.

Kirkus called this series “A heady blend of courtly double-crossing, Faerie lore, and toxic attraction... Black's writing is both contemporary and classic; her world is, at this point, intensely well-realized, so that some plot twists seem almost inevitable.” And Boswell’s own Rachel Copeland says, “The endings of both The Cruel Prince and The Wicked King left me breathless. I am dying to read the final installment in this series!”

Holly Black is the bestselling author of contemporary fantasy novels for teens and children, including The Folk of the Air trilogy, Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale, and the Spiderwick series. She has been a finalist for the Eisner Award and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award and Mythopoeic Award.


Layne Fargo, author of Temper, in conversation with Kelsey Rae Dimberg
Monday, November 25, 7 pm, at Boswell

Chicago-based author Layne Fargo visits with her debut that’s a razor-sharp page-turner, just named to the New York Times summer reading list. She’ll chat with Milwaukee’s own Kelsey Rae Dimberg, author of Girl in the Rearview Mirror. Prior to the event, Boswell’s in-store mystery book club will meet at 6 pm to discuss Temper.

After years of struggling in the Chicago theater scene, ambitious actress Kira finally lands the role of a lifetime. The catch? Working with a mercurial director known for pushing performers past their limits onstage and off.

As opening night draws near, Kira and the theater’s slippery cofounder both start to realize the director’s dangerous extremes are nothing compared to what they're capable of themselves. An edgy, addictive, and fiendishly clever tale of ambition, deceit, and power, Temper is a timely, heart-in-your-throat psychological thriller.

Layne Fargo has Master’s degrees in theater and library science. She’s a Pitch Wars mentor and a member of the Chicagoland chapter of Sisters in Crime. Kelsey Rae Dimberg is author of Girl in the Rearview Mirror. She holds an MFA from the University of San Francisco.


Translation Night, featuring Lorena Terando author of Spiral of Silence, Jacob Riyeff, author of In the Bosom of the Father, and Caroline Froh
Tuesday, November 26, 7 pm, at Boswell

Enjoy an evening of literature in translation with UWM Associate Professor of Translation and Interpreting Studies Lorena Terando, Marquette Visiting Assistant Professor of English Jacob Riyeff, and former Boswellian Caroline Froh, now a graduate student at the University of Iowa. Cohosted by the University of Marquette English Department and the UWM Translation & Interpreting Studies Program.

Lorena Terando presents her translation of Elvira Sánchez-Blake's shattering testimonial novel, which depicts the impact of Colombia's civil war on three women; an upper-class army wife, a young rebel and mother, and a girl who comes of age at a critical moment in the country's history.

Jacob Riyeff presents his translation of the work of Swami Abhishiktananda, a French Benedictine monk who lived in India for more than two decades and strove to understand and live his Christian faith through the enlightening teachings of Hindu Advaita Vedanta.

And former Boswellian Caroline Froh presents work from a translation-in-progress titled Words of Resistance (Widerworte), a collection of texts by Mariella Mehr. Born in 1947 to the nomadic Jenish people in Switzerland, Mehr was a victim of a forced assimilation which systematically removed Jenish children from their families. Much of Mehr’s work draws from her life and confronts trauma, violence, gender, and life in the margins of society.

Lorena Terando is Associate Professor of Translation and Interpreting Studies at UWM. She is translator of My Life as a Colombian Revolutionary: Reflections of a Former Guerrillera, The Cocaine War in Context: Drugs and Politics, and A Love Story in Five Acts (and other stories). Jacob Riyeff is Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Marquette University, author of the poetry collection Sunk in Your Shipwreck, translator of The Old English Rule of St. Benedict: With Related Old English Texts, and has recently published in Journal of Medieval Religious Cultures. Caroline Froh is a former Boswell bookseller. She holds a BA in English and German literature from Grinnell College and is currently an MFA candidate in Literary Translation at the University of Iowa. A 2019 ALTA Travel Fellow, she is also the recipient of a Stanley Award.


Tuesday, December 3, 7 pm, at Boswell

Boswell presents Jim Biever, former Packers Team Photographer, for a celebration of more than seventy years of one family’s quintessential Green Bay football photography. Register for this free event bievermke.bpt.me or upgrade to a registration-with-purchase and get 10% off 100 Years of Titletown for up to three books. Discount for advance purchases only.

The name Biever is synonymous with Green Bay Packers football. For the better part of eight decades, the late Vernon Biever and his son Jim were there on the sidelines at Lambeau and beyond, capturing the most iconic moments in team history.

In celebration of the Packers' 100th season, 100 Years in Titletown is a stunning showcase of the finest work from the Biever archives, sourced from thousands of film rolls and including rare, never-before-seen images shot by the first family of Packers photography. Jim Biever was the official team photographer of the Packers until his retirement in 2016.


Wednesday, December 4, at UWM Student Union Wisconsin Room, 2200 E Kenwood Blvd

The UW-Milwaukee Alumni Association presents Master Chats, an evening with bestselling author Seth M Siegel in a conversation with WUWM’s Environmental Reporter Susan Bence, who together will explore how our drinking water got contaminated, what it may be doing to us, and what we must do to make it safe.

If you thought America's drinking water problems started and ended in Flint and Milwaukee, think again. From big cities and suburbs to the rural heartland, chemicals linked to cancer, heart disease, obesity, birth defects, and lowered IQ routinely spill from our taps. Many are to blame, from the EPA and Congress to chemical companies and water utilities. And bottled water is often no safer.

The tragedy is that existing technologies could launch a new age of clean, healthy, and safe tap water for only a few dollars a week per person. Siegel shares shocking stories about contaminated water, the everyday heroes that have pushed for change, and what we must do to reverse years of neglect and inaction.

This event is free. Doors open 5:30 pm. Light refreshments will be served. More information and registration can be found at uwm.edu/alumni/event/mcdec2019/.

Seth M Seigel is a lawyer, activist, serial entrepreneur, and author of Let There Be Water: Israel’s Solution for a Water-Starved World. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times. Siegel is currently Senior Water Policy Fellow at the UW-Milwaukee School of Freshwater Sciences.


Wednesday, December 4, 7 pm, at Boswell

Boswell hosts an evening with essayist and small town undertaker Thomas Lynch, the National Book Award finalist for The Undertaking.

For nearly four decades, Lynch has probed relations between the literary and mortuary arts. His life’s work with the dead and the bereaved has informed his exploration of identity and humanity, to which he brings a signature blend of memoir, meditation, gallows humor, and poetic precision.

The Depositions provides an essential selection of essays on fatherhood, Irish heritage, funeral rites, and the perils of bodiless obsequies. The space between Lynch’s hyphenated identities as an Irish American and undertaker-poet is narrowed by the deaths of poets, the funerals of friends, the loss of neighbors, intimate estrangements, and the slow demise of a beloved dog. The press of the author’s own mortality animates the new essays, sharpening a curiosity about where we come from, where we go, and what it means.

Thomas Lynch is author of five collections of poetry, one of stories, and four books of essays. His first, The Undertaking, won the Heartland Prize for Non-Fiction and was a finalist for the National Book Award. His writing has appeared in the Atlantic, Harper's Magazine, and the New York Times, among other publications. He works as a funeral director in Milford, Michigan, and teaches at the Bear River Writer's Conference.


Allen Eskens, author of Nothing More Dangerous
Thursday, December 5, 7 pm, at Boswell

Edgar finalist and author of The Shadows We Hide returns to Boswell with his latest novel, a coming-of-age story set in a small town in the Missouri Ozarks.

After fifteen years of growing up in the Ozark hills with his widowed mother, high-school freshman Boady dreams of glass towers and cityscapes. When a black family moves in across the road, in a community where notions of "us" and "them" carry the weight of history, Boady must rethink his understanding of the world. Secrets hidden in plain sight begin to unfold: a mother who wraps herself in the loss of her husband, a neighbor who carries the wounds of a mysterious past that he holds close, and a quiet boss who is fighting his own hidden battle. Boady begins to see the stark lines of race and class that both bind and divide this small town - and he will be forced to choose sides.

Library Journal’s starred review of Nothing More Dangerous says, “This powerful, unforgettable crime novel is a coming-of-age book to rival some of the best, such as William Kent Krueger's Ordinary Grace or Larry Watson's Montana 1948…A must-read.”

Allen Eskens is the bestselling author of The Guise of Another, The Heavens May Fall, and The Life We Bury, currently in development for a feature film. He is a practicing criminal defense attorney.


Lisa Barr, author of The Untouchables
Thursday, December 5, 7 pm, at Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N Santa Monica Blvd

The Harry and Rose Samson Family JCC present Girls Night In with Lisa Barr, award-winning author and journalist, who will chat about her latest novel about a woman who, after her husband’s affair, jets off to France to rediscover her own joie de vivre. Tickets are $10 for admission, $25 for admission and a copy of The Unbreakables. Details and tickets available at jccmilwaukee.org/events/books-blogs-besties/.

When the Ashley Madison data breach exposes her husband as the top cheater in town, Sophie Bloom is humiliated and directionless. So she jumps into the unknown, fleeing France to meet up with her teenage daughter, who is studying abroad and nursing her own heartbreak. As she sheds her past and travels an obstacle-filled road-less-travelled, Sophie is determined to blossom. Allowing her true self to emerge in the postcard beauty of Provence, Sophie must decide what is broken forever, and what it means to be truly unbreakable.

Pam Jenoff, author of The Orphan’s Tale, says, “Readers will delight in this effervescent cocktail of second chances, female strength, mother-daughter bonding and the truths that set us free. Smart, sure, and sexy, The Unbreakables is unforgettable.”

Lisa Barr has been an editor at The Jerusalem Post and an editor/reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times. Lisa is also the creator and editor of the popular parenting blog, GIRLilla Warfare.


Carol Sklenicka, author of Alice Adams: Portrait of a Writer, with Flora Coker and Martha Bergland
Friday, December 6, 7 pm, at Boswell

Carol Sklenicka, author of the biography of Raymond Carver named a New York Times Book Review Best Book, visits with her latest work, a portrait of writer Alice Adams. She’ll be in conversation with area author Martha Bergland, and the evening will feature a dramatic reading by area actor Flora Coker.

With the same meticulous research and vivid storytelling she brought to Raymond Carver: A Writer’s Life, Sklenicka integrates the drama of Adams’s deeply felt, elegantly fierce life with a cascade of events - the civil rights and women’s movements, the sixties counterculture, and sexual freedom.

This biography’s revealing analyses of Adams’s stories and novels from Careless Love to Superior Women to The Last Lovely City, and her extensive interviews with Adams’s family and friends, among them Mary Gaitskill, Diane Johnson, Anne Lamott, and Alison Lurie, give us the definitive story of a writer often dubbed “America’s Colette.” Alice Adams: Portrait of a Writer captures not just a beloved woman’s life in full, but a crucial span of American history.

Carol Sklenicka is the author of Raymond Carver: A Writer’s Life, which was named of one of the 10 Best Books of 2009 by The New York Times Book Review. Martha Bergland is author of the novels A Farm Under a Lake and Idle Curiosity as well as the biography Studying Wisconsin: The Life of Increase Lapham, Early Chronicler of Plants, Rocks, Rivers, Mounds and All Things Wisconsin. Flora Coker is a Riverwest based actor and was a founder of Milwaukee’s Theater X. She has appeared in productions at the Milwaukee Rep, First Stage, Next Act Theater, and more.


New Date - Goldie Goldbloom, author of On Division
Monday, December 9, 7 pm, at Boswell

Goldie Goldbloom, author and Chasidic mother of eight, in conversation with Marquette Professor CJ Hribal about her latest work, a deeply affecting novel of one woman's life at a moment of change, set in the world of Brooklyn's Chasidim. Cosponsored by the Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center and UWM Sam and Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies.

In Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Surie Eckstein is soon to be a great-grandmother. Her in-laws live on the first floor of their house, her daughter lives on the second. Into this life of counted blessings comes a surprise. Surie is pregnant at fifty-seven. It is an aberration, a shift in the proper order of things, and a public display of private life. Exposed, ashamed, she is unable to share the news, even with her husband. And so for the first time in her life, she has a secret that slowly separates her from the community.

On Division is an excavation of one woman's life, a story of awakening at middle age, and a thoughtful examination of the dynamics of self and collective identity. It is a steady-eyed look inside insular communities that also celebrates their comforts. It is a rare portrait of a long, happy marriage. And it is an unforgettable new novel from a writer whose imagination is matched only by the depth of her humanity.

Goldie Goldbloom’s first novel, The Paperbark Shoe, won the AWP Prize, was named the Literary Novel of the Year by Forward magazine, and is an NEA Big Reads selection. She has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and has received multiple grants and awards, including fellowships from Warren Wilson, Northwestern University, the Brown Foundation, the City of Chicago, and the Elizabeth George Foundation. CJ Hribal is Professor of English at Marquette University and author of The Company Car, The Clouds in Memphis, and American Beauty.


A Holdiay Book Talk with Daniel Goldin
Saturday, December 7, 11 am, at Shorewood Public Library, 3920 N Murray Ave

The Friends of Shorewood Public Library present Boswell Book Company's proprietor Daniel Goldin for a presentation on the best books to look for during the holiday season. Daniel is known for giving interesting and varied suggestions, perfect for discerning readers.

Books will be available for purchase, with a portion of sales supporting the Friends of the Shorewood Public Library. This is the perfect opportunity to shop for book lovers on your list - including yourself. Photo by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.


Tuesday, December 10, 7 pm, at Boswell

Boswell hosts an evening with Brittany Williams, author of the bestselling Instant Loss Cookbook, who chronicles her struggle with obesity and changing her relationship with food. Registration is free at brittanywilliamsmke.bpt.me, or upgrade to a purchase-with-registration option for signing line priority and a special price.

After spending a lifetime struggling with obesity, autoimmune diseases, and chronic fatigue, Williams changed her relationship with food. She cut processed and takeout foods from her diet and eliminated gluten, most grains, and sugar, all without sacrificing the flavors of the foods she loved, and quickly grew legions of fans as she shared her meal plans on InstantLoss.com.

Armed with a collection of 125 all-new delicious recipes for the Instant Pot, air fryer, and more, Williams shows how to make a sustainable lifestyle with kid- and family-friendly meals.

Brittany Williams is the author of Instant Loss Cookbook, founder of InstantLoss.com, and a champion for the whole foods JERF (Just Eat Real Food) movement.


Wednesday, December 11, 7 pm, at Boswell

Inspired by tales of a mythic Round River, a circular stream where “what goes around comes around,” Wisconsin writer John Hildebrand sets off to rediscover his home state.

Wisconsin is in the midst of an identity crisis, torn by new political divisions and the old gulf between city and countryside. Cobbling rivers together, from the burly Mississippi to the slender wilds of Tyler Forks, Hildebrand navigates the beautiful but complicated territory of home. In once prosperous small towns, he discovers unsung heroes - lockmasters, river rats, hotelkeepers, mechanics, environmentalists, tribal leaders, and perennial mayors - struggling to keep their communities afloat.

Booklist writes: “In a narrative that is rhythmic and thoughtful, Hildebrand captures the natural beauty and idiosyncrasies of Wisconsin small towns with ease. Much like a canoe trip with an old friend, Long Way Round is an enjoyable and worthwhile read.”

John Hildebrand is the author of numerous books, including the award-winning Mapping the Farm: The Chronicle of a Family and The Heart of Things: A Midwestern Almanac. His essays have appeared in Harper’s, Audubon, and Sports Illustrated. He is Professor Emeritus of English at UW-Eau Claire.


Thursday, December 12, 2019, 7 pm, at Boswell

Infantry scout-sniper Tom Voss and his sister and coauthor Rebecca Anne Nguyen share Voss’s riveting story of his on-foot journey across America, from Milwaukee to the Pacific Ocean through his burdens of moral injury, and into personal healing and advocacy.

After serving in a scout-sniper platoon in Mosul, Tom Voss came home carrying invisible wounds of war. This was not a physical injury that could heal with medication and time but a “moral injury,” a wound that eventually urged him toward suicide. Desperate for relief from the pain and guilt that haunted him, Voss embarked on a 2,700-mile journey across America.

Walk with these men as they meet other veterans, Native American healers, and spiritual teachers who appear in the most unexpected forms. At the end of their trek, Voss realizes he is just beginning his healing. He pursues meditation training and discovers sacred breathing techniques that shatter his understanding of war and himself, and move him from despair to hope. Voss’s story inspires veterans, their friends and family, and survivors of all kinds.

Tom Voss served as an infantry scout in the 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry Regiment’s scout-sniper platoon. While deployed in Mosul, Iraq, he participated in hundreds of combat and humanitarian missions. Rebecca Anne Nguyen is an author, travel writer, and digital content strategist. She is editor in chief of The Happy Passport travel blog.


Jeanine Basinger, author of The Movie Musical!
Monday, December 16, 7:00 pm, at Boswell

Leading film historian Jeanine Basinger reveals, with her trademark wit and zest, the whole story of the Hollywood musical—in the most telling, most incisive, most detailed, most gorgeously illustrated book of her long and remarkable career. This event is cohosted by Milwaukee Film

Registration is requested but not required for this free event at basingermke.bpt.me. Attendees can upgrade to a book-with-ticket option and get The Movie Musical for 20% off the regular price.

From Jason Heller on the NPR website: “Every page is infused not only with Basinger's knowledge, but her overwhelming adoration for the tuneful, silver-screen tales that changed her own life. The book is a passion project, organically rendered, and shot through with longing for an age where sophistication was as subtle as it was scintillating. The Movie Musical! is more than a love letter to a great American artform; it's a symphony

Jeanine Basinger, who is a part-time Wisconsinite, is the founder of the department of film studies at Wesleyan University and the curator of the cinema archives there. She has written eleven other books on film, including Silent Stars, winner of the William K. Everson Film History Award, and The Star Machine. Patrick McGilligan is a Milwaukee-based film historian who teaches at Marquette University. His latest book is Funny Man: Mel Brooks.


Sunday, December 29, 7 pm drink service, 8 pm talk, at Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge, 1579 S 9th St

Wisconsin native and James Beard nominee Robert Simonson visits Bryant’s Velvet Lounge to cause a stir with the first book in decades to celebrate the history of the most iconic cocktails, the martini. Tickets cost $35, available at martinibook.bpt.me, and each ticket includes an autographed book, one Martini Cocktail, and gratuity.

A classic martini includes gin, vermouth, sometimes bitters, a lemon twist or olive, and lots of opinions – options that Simonson uncovers in his exploration of the long and tangled history of the classic martini and its subtle variations.

With age-old recipes, such as the first martini recipe published in 1888, and modern versions created by some of the world’s best bartenders, sip your way from the Dukes Hotel London to Musso and Frank Grill in Los Angeles and discover everything you need to know about what makes a great martini and how to make them at home. And along the way, enjoy Simonson’s splashes of history and personal notes.

Robert Simonson is author of The Old-Fashioned, A Proper Drink, and 3-Ingredient Cocktails, nominated for a James Beard Award. He writes about cocktails, spirits, bars, and bartenders for the New York Times and is contributing editor and columnist at Punch. His work has also appeared in Saveur, New York magazine, and Lucky Peach and has been nominated for a total of ten Spirited Awards and one IACP Award.


More Upcoming Events
  • Monday, January 13, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Nick Petrie, author of The Wild One, in conversation with Bonnie North of WUWM’s Lake Effect
  • Wednesday, February 5, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Lee Goldberg, author of Lost Hills - the noted mystery writer and screenwriter returns to Boswell, once again in conversation with Jon Jordan
  • Thursday, February 6, 7:30 pm, at Boswell – United We Read, featuring three graduate students in the UW-Milwaukee Creative Writing Program, plus a faculty reader
  • Monday, February 24, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Author of The Gray Man series and co-author of many Tom Clancy novels Mark Greaney, author of One Minute Out, in conversation with Nick Petrie
  • Tuesday, February 25, 7:00 pm reception, 7:30 talk, at Lynden Sculpture Garden, 2145 W Brown Deer Rd in River Hills – The Women’s Speaker Series presents Mary Kubica, author of The Other Mrs - Tickets are $31, $26 for Lynden members, available at the Lynden website
  • Sunday, March 1, 3:00 pm, at Boswell – Indies Introduce Author Mark Rader, author of The Wanting Life - a debut novel set in Green Bay, Door County, Cape Cod, and Rome
  • Tuesday, March 3, 6:30 pm, at The Italian Community Center, 631 E Chicago St – Bartolotta Restaurants and Boswell present Donna Leon, author of Trace Elements, the 29th Guido Brunetti mystery – Tickets include admission, the new book, and light appetizers – Ticket link to come
  • Wednesday, March 18, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Quan Barry, author of We Ride Upon Sticks, the follow-up to She Weeps Each Time You’re Born
  • Saturday, March 21, 2:00 pm, at Boswell – Gene Luen Yang, author of Basketball Dreams, his first graphic memoir – free registration at geneluenyangmke.bpt.me or upgrade to a book-with-registration for 10% off the book and signing line priority
  • Thursday, March 26, 6:30 pm, at The Retreat, 2215 N Dr Martin Luther King Jr Dr – About That, with Megan Giddings, author of Lakewood, a debut novel that is part Handmaid’s Tale, part Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, in conversation with Dasha Kelly Hamilton
  • Friday, April 3, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Back at Boswell! Andrea Bartz, author of The Herd, in conversation with Michael Howard
  • Tuesday, June 2, :00 pm, at Boswell – Celebrating the release of Milwaukee favorite Christina Clancy, author of The Second Home, about which, Chloe Benjamin has offered this praise: “Tender and suspenseful, Clancy's debut explores the nature of home as well as the nature of family itself”

Please visit our Boswell-Run Book Club page for an updated schedule of our book club discussions.

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