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Join us for a virtual YA, Boswell! event featuring Joan He, author of one of our favorite YA novels of the year - The Ones We’re Meant to Find. He will chat about her book, gripping and heartfelt YA sci-fi with mind-blowing twists, with Boswellian Jenny Chou.
Click here to register now for this virtual event. And be sure to order your copy of The Ones We’re Meant to Find right now, too!
Set in a climate-ravaged future, He's beautifully written novel follows the story of two sisters, separated by an ocean, desperately trying to find each other. Cee has been trapped on an abandoned island for three years with no memories from her life prior. All she knows is that somewhere out there, beyond the horizon, she has a sister named Kay, and it’s up to Cee to cross the ocean and find her. A world away, Kasey wants escape from the science and home she once trusted. The Metropolis - Earth's last unpolluted place - is meant to be sanctuary for those committed to planetary protection, but it’s populated by people willing to do anything for refuge, even lie. Now, she'll have to decide if she’s ready to use science to help humanity, even though it failed the people who mattered most.
Perfect for fans of Rick Yancey and Marie Lu, The Ones We're Meant to Find is, per Booklist, "exhilarating and heartbreaking!" And here’s Jenny Chou’s take: "In Joan He’s enthralling, futuristic page-turner, the relationship between two sisters holds the destiny of earth in the balance. In a twisty, unpredictable way that’s reminiscent of We Were Liars, nothing is as it seems in this unforgettable book."
Joan He studied psychology and Chinese history at the University of Pennsylvania and is the New York Times-bestselling author of The Ones We're Meant to Find and Descendant of the Crane.
William Morrow and Company Publishing hosts a virtual event with James Beard Award-winning cookbook author and, per The New York Times, "culinary guru" Dorie Greenspan for an evening featuring her latest, a book that celebrates the sweet, the savory, and the simple. It's also one of the books we've chosen to feature in our 2021 Holiday Gift Guide! Greenspan will be in conversation with fellow baker and dessert lover Claire Saffitz, author of the cookbook Dessert Person.
This event is virtual and free to attend, but registration is required - please click here to visit the Crowdcast event website and register now. And you can order your copy of Baking with Dorie now for 20% off list price. This event is presented in partnership with booksellers across the country, including Left Bank Books of St. Louis, Anderson’s Bookshop of Naperville and Downer's Grove, Bank Square Books/Savoy Bookshop & Café of Mystic, CT, Wellesley Books of Wellesley, MA, Omnivore Books of San Francisco, Bold Fork of Washington, DC, and Rakestraw Books of Danville, CA. Hooray for teamwork!
Baking with Dorie isn't just a delicious New York Times bestseller. It's also one of Eater's Best Cookbooks of Fall 2021 and was featured in Bon Appetit's Cookbook Gift Guide: 2021 Edition. Say "Dorie Greenspan" and folks think "baking." In her latest, every recipe is signature Dorie: so easy that beginners can ace every technique in this book and made with everyday ingredients. The recipes are unexpected, and there are 'Sweethearts' throughout: mini collections of Dorie’s all-time favorites. Don’t miss the meringue Little Marvels or the Double-Decker Caramel Cake! Like all of Dorie’s recipes, they lend themselves to being remade, refashioned, and riffed on.
The renowned author of thirteen cookbooks, Dorie Greenspan has been inducted into the James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America. Greenspan is author of 13 previous cookbooks, including Dorie's Cookies, Around My French Table, and Baking Chez Moi. She's won five James Beard Awards and two IACP awards. Claire Saffitz is a food writer and chef, and was a contributing editor at Bon Appétit magazine and starred in several series on the Bon Appétit YouTube channel.
Join the Friends of Shorewood Public Library and Boswell Book Company's proprietor Daniel Goldin for a presentation on the best books to look for during the holiday season. Daniel is known for giving interesting and varied suggestions, perfect for discerning readers. The talk will feature a variety of books for adults and kids, focusing of course on this season's best gift books. Plus, this year, the Annual Holiday Book Sale will include a special treat – Daniel will announce the Shorewood Reads 2022 book and author!
This year’s Holiday Book Talk will be held virtually, via Zoom. To tune into this event and find more information, click this sentence to visit the Shorewood Public Library website now. 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!
Boswell Book Company is pleased to present an evening with Ann Patchett for a conversation about her latest book, These Precious Days: Essays. For this event, Patchett will be in conversation with Amor Towles, author of A Gentleman in Moscow and his latest novel, The Lincoln Highway. Cohosted by Watermark, McLean and Eakin, Square Books, Anderson's Bookshop, Left Bank Books, Novel: a Bookstore, and The Novel Neighbor.
To attend this virtual event, purchase your tickets at patchettmke.eventbrite.com by clicking here right now. Admission is $5 plus tax and ticket fee, or upgrade to a copy of the book for $26.99 plus tax and fee. $5 from each ticket will be donated to BINC, the Book Industry Charitable Foundation. More at bincfoundation.org.
In These Precious Days, Patchett offers a collection of essays on appreciating life as it is lived and not asking how the story ends. It's about friends and family, dogs, marriage, writing and reading, and, of course, the store she owns with Karen Hayes, Parnassus Books. The book features a full-color dual-sided dust jacket featuring two paintings by Sooki Raphael, created while the painter lived with Patchett and her husband. Sooki's story is the centerpiece of this collection, a classic profile of friendship.
Here’s Daniel Goldin’s take on Patchett’s latest: “At first, I thought this book was a follow-up to This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage, and why not? Patchett wrote this was the case in her introduction, which laid out why, when an author writes essays, they don’t worry about dying in the middle of writing them the way many do with novels. Sure enough, there are meditations on knitting, flying (or rather her husband flying and Patchett passengering), writing (of course), and my personal favorite, a salute to Snoopy. But the more I read, the more I see two themes took root: the value of friendship and the transience of life, which come together in the also well-known title essay. And in that way, the book started reminding me more of Patchett’s first nonfiction book, Truth and Beauty, about her friendship with the poet Lucy Grealey. And that’s a good thing – the result is a powerful, heartfelt collection."
Ann Patchett is the author of eight novels, four books of nonfiction, and two books for children. She has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and has won numerous prizes, including the PEN/Faulkner Award and the Orange Prize for Fiction, and her work has been translated into more than thirty languages.
Boswell Book Company and Books & Company are pleased to bring you #1 New York Times bestselling author Jodi Picoult for an evening featuring her brand new novel in which, as she is in the habit of so masterfully doing, Picoult offers a new story for our times, a moving novel about the resilience of the human spirit in a moment of crisis.
This in-person event will be held at the Oconomowoc Arts Center, 641 East Forest Street in Oconomowoc. Each ticket costs $35 and includes admission to the event, a signed copy of Wish You Were Here, and all taxes and fees. Click right here to visit the Oconomowoc Arts Center website and purchase your tickets now!
Please note - Vaccine Cards required. Books will be pre-signed; Ms. Picoult will not be signing after the event. Masks must be worn at all times inside. Please note that per the publisher, a recent COVID test will not be accepted in lieu of vaccination.
With her always-careful touch and an eye on understanding what's happening now, Picoult has written a novel of the COVID-19 pandemic as we are still emerging from it. Emily Henry, author of the hit Beach Read, says, "Wish You Were Here is a transporting and transcendent novel about seeking out glimmers of light in the darkness, and following them wherever they lead. Jodi Picoult is that rare, one-in-a-million writer whose books both squeeze your heart and expand your mind. Her latest is wise, surprising, and utterly extraordinary."
Caroline Leavitt, the bestselling author of With or Without You, adds, "In Wish You Were Here, Jodi Picoult does something brilliant, cracking open something extraordinary. I am just overwhelmed by this book. I actually finished it at three in the morning and started reading it again."
Jodi Picoult is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of twenty-seven novels, including The Book of Two Ways, Small Great Things, and A Spark of Light. With her daughter Samantha van Leer, she's coauthored two young adult novels, Between the Lines and Off the Page.
Join us for an evening with Milwaukee-area writer Hannah Morrissey, author of a captivating mystery suspense debut featuring a female police transcriber who goes beyond the limits to solve a harrowing case. Morrissey will be in conversation with Tim Hennessy, editor of Milwaukee Noir.
Registration required. Masks required at all times in Boswell. To attend in-person at Boswell, click here and register at hannahmorrisseymke.eventbrite.com now. Or, to view this event virtually from home, click here and register. No matter which way you watch, you surely should order your copy of Hello, Transcriber now, too!
Morrissey’s debut novel is inspired by her work as a police transcriber. Every night, while the street lamps shed the only light on Wisconsin's most crime-ridden city, police transcriber Hazel Greenlee listens as detectives divulge Black Harbor's gruesome secrets. As an aspiring writer, Hazel believes that writing a novel could be her only ticket out of this frozen hellscape. And then her neighbor confesses to hiding the body of an overdose victim in a dumpster.
The suspicious death is linked to Candy Man, a notorious drug dealer. Now Hazel has a first row seat to the investigation and becomes captivated by the lead detective, Nikolai Kole. As the investigation unfolds, Hazel will learn just how far she'll go for a good story - even if it means destroying her marriage and luring the killer to her as she plunges deeper into the city she's desperate to claw her way out of. CJ Box says, “Hello, Transcriber is a dark, atmospheric, and compelling debut by a unique talent. I was sucked in immediately and could think of little else until the last page.”
Hannah Morrissey earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from UW-Madison.Tim Hennessy is a bookseller in Milwaukee, and his work has appeared in Midwestern Gothic, Crimespree Magazine, and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The December edition of the Readings from Oconomowaukee virtual event series, hosted in partnership with our friends at Books & Company of Oconomowoc, presents Robert Lloyd, author of The Bloodless Boy, a new historical, literary thriller that’s perfect for readers of The Alienist or The Name of the Rose. The Bloodless Boy was just named one of the ten best mysteries of the year by Publishers Weekly.
Click right here to register for this virtual event, which will be broadcast via Zoom. And be sure to order your copy of The Bloodless Boy now, too! Click here to purchase from Boswell, or click here to purchase from Books & Company.
It's New Year's Day, 1678. Twelve years have passed since the Great Fire ripped London. Eighteen since the fall of Oliver Cromwell and the restoration of a King. London is gripped by hysteria, and rumors of Catholic plots and sinister foreign assassins abound. When the body of a young boy drained of his blood is discovered on the snowy bank of the Fleet River, Robert Hooke, the Curator of Experiments at the just-formed Royal Society for Improving Natural Knowledge, and his assistant Harry Hunt, are called in to explain such a ghastly finding - and whether it’s part of a plot against the king. Wary of the political hornet’s nest they are walking into - and using scientific evidence rather than paranoia in their pursuit of truth - Hooke and Hunt must discover why the boy was murdered, and why his blood was taken.
Robert Lloyd, the son of parents who worked in the British Foreign Office, grew up in South London, Innsbruck, and Kinshasa. He studied for a Fine Art degree, starting as a landscape painter, but it was while studying for his MA degree in The History of Ideas that he first read Robert Hooke’s diary, detailing the life and experiments of this extraordinary man. After a 20-year career as a secondary school teacher, he has now returned to painting and writing.
Boswell presents an in-person event with Milwaukee native Rachel Kapelke-Dale, author of the novel The Ballerinas, a captivating, voice-driven debut novel about a trio of ballerinas who meet as students at the Paris Opera Ballet School. For this event, Kapelke-Dale will be in conversation with Christina Clancy, author of Shoulder Season.
This event is in-person. Masks are required. Due to limited capacity, registration is required to attend – click here to register to attend in-person now! If you'd like to watch the virtual broadcast of this event, please click here to register for the Zoom webinar. Please watch for any scheduling changes. Make sure to order your copy of The Ballerinas now, too!
Dare Me meets Black Swan and Luckiest Girl Alive in a captivating, voice-driven debut. Fourteen years ago, Delphine abandoned her soloist spot at the Paris Opera Ballet for a new life in St. Petersburg, taking with her a secret that could upend the lives of her best friends, fellow dancers Lindsay and Margaux. Now 36 years old, Delphine has returned to her former home and to the legendary Palais Garnier Opera House, to choreograph the ballet that will kickstart the next phase of her career and, she hopes, finally make things right with her former friends. But Delphine quickly discovers that things have changed while she's been away, and some secrets can't stay buried forever.
Andrea Bartz, author of We Were Never Here, calls Kapelke-Dale’s debut, "Deftly constructed, crackling with tension… a stunner of a novel, with electric prose. I tore through this unforgettable thriller."
Rachel Kapelke-Dale is the co-author of Graduates in Wonderland and the Vanity Fair Hollywood's column "Advice from the Stars." Kapelke-Dale spent years in intensive ballet training before receiving a BA from Brown University, an MA from the Université de Paris VII, and a PhD from University College London. She currently lives in Paris, but she grew up in Milwaukee. Christina Clancy is the author of The Second Home and lives in Madison, Wisconsin.
Boswell is happy to host a virtual evening featuring Sullivan and Blaschko, two Notre Dame Professors of Philosophy who’ve joined forces in a new book to ask (and answer!) the big questions about the search for faith and happiness. In conversation with John Koethe, Distinguished Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at UWM.
Click here to register now for this virtual event. And be sure to order your copy of The Good Life Method from us now.
Sullivan and Blaschko teach God and the Good Life, a course that is hugely popular both on campus and with alumni at Notre Dame, and Sullivan has received a Mellon Grant to develop this curriculum for institutions around the country. Now they invite us into the classroom in their book to work through issues like what justifies our beliefs, whether we should practice a religion and what sacrifices we should make for others - as well as to investigate what figures such as Aristotle, Plato, Marcus Aurelius, and WEB Du Bois have to say about how to live well.
The Good Life Method is a winning guide to tackling the big questions of being human with the wisdom of the ages. From Publishers Weekly’s starred review: "A wise and accessible guide… entertaining and insightful… Those pondering the perennial question of how to live a good life should start here."
Meghan Sullivan is the Wilsey Family College Chair in Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, director of the God and the Good Life Program, and director of the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study. Paul Blaschko is an Assistant Teaching Professor of Philosophy at Notre Dame and heads up curriculum design and digital pedagogy for the God and the Good Life Program. Locally notably, Blaschko completed an MA in philosophy at the UWM. John Koethe is the author of books on Wittgenstein and philosophical scepticism, and eleven books of poetry, most recently Walking Backwards: Poems 1966 - 2016.
It’s a thrill to welcome hometown hero Nick Petrie back to Boswell for the release day celebration of his latest Peter Ash thriller, The Runway. In his latest, Ash rescues a woman who’s stranded in Nebraska only to find that both of them are soon in far deeper trouble than he ever imagined.
This event will be held in-person at Boswell and broadcast virtually, via Zoom. Registration is required, and please note, masks must be worn at all times in Boswell. To atted in-person, click here and register at petriemke.eventbrite.com. To view virtually from home, click here to register on Zoom. No matter how you attend, be sure to preorder your copy of The Runaway now. Books will be autographed and we can take personalization requests.
War veteran Peter Ash is driving through northern Nebraska when he encounters a young pregnant woman alone on a gravel road, her car dead. Peter offers her a lift, but what begins as an act of kindness soon turns into a deadly cat-and-mouse chase across the lonely highways with the woman’s vicious ex-cop husband hot on their trail. The pregnant woman has seen something she was never meant to see, but protecting her might prove to be more than Peter can handle.
How about a little praise? Entertainment Weekly says, "No crime-fiction character has ever measured up to Jack Reacher - until, that is, I met Peter Ash… Petrie's writing is smooth, almost melodic, and he's very, very good at ratcheting up stomach-churning tension." And Kirkus offers this starred review: “Downright frightening fun…This is one hellacious ride for crime fiction fans.”
Whitefish Bay native and resident Nick Petrie is the author of six novels in the Peter Ash series, most recently The Breaker. His debut, The Drifter, won both the ITW Thriller award and the Barry Award for Best First Novel, and was a finalist for the Edgar and the Hammett Awards.
Join us for a special virtual evening with Jacquelyn Mitchard, the beloved author of The Deep End of the Ocean (the very first Oprah Book Club pick!) and Cage of Stars, and former Milwaukee Journal Sentinel columnist. In conversation with Karen Dionne, author of The Marsh King's Daughter and The Wicked Sister.
Click here to register now for this virtual event, broadcast via Zoom webinar. And be sure to order your copy of The Good Son now, too! This event is cosponsored by our friends at Books & Company of Oconomowoc.
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Jacquelyn Mitchard comes the gripping, emotionally charged novel of a mother who must help her son after he is convicted of a devastating crime. What do you do when the person you love best becomes unrecognizable to you? For Thea Demetriou, the answer is both simple and agonizing: you keep loving him somehow.
Stefan was just seventeen when he went to prison for the drug-fueled murder of his girlfriend, Belinda. Three years later, he’s released to a world that refuses to let him move on. Thea struggles to understand her son. At times, he is still the sweet boy he has always been; at others, he is a young man tormented by guilt and almost broken by his time in prison. But as his efforts to make amends meet escalating resistance and threats, Thea suspects more forces are at play than just community outrage. And if there is so much she never knew about her own son, what other secrets has she yet to uncover about the night Belinda died? Kristin Hannah, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Nightingale, says, “Rich and complex, The Good Son is a compelling novel about the aftermath of a crime in a small, close-knit community.”
Jacquelyn Mitchard is author of twelve novels for adults, seven novels for teenagers, and five children's books. Her short stories, articles, essays and book reviews have been widely published. Mitchard is a frequent lecturer and a professor of fiction and creative nonfiction at Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier.
Boswell presents an evening with Juneau Black, the pen name of writing duo Sharon Nagel and Jocelyn Cole, the creators of Shady Hollow, a woodland mystery series conceived at Boswell and now published by the Anchor imprint of Penguin Random House.
This event will be held in-person at Boswell and broadcast simultaneously via Zoom. Note, masks must be worn at all times in Boswell, and registration is necessary to attend. In-Person registration link coming soon! To view the event virtually, click here to register via Zoom. No matter how you join us, be sure to preorder your copy of Shady Hollow today!
In the first book in the Shady Hollow series we are introduced to the village of Shady Hollow, a place where woodland creatures live together in harmony - until a curmudgeonly toad turns up dead and the local reporter has to solve the case! Reporter Vera Vixen is a relative newcomer. The fox has a nose for news, so when she catches wind that the death might be a murder, she resolves to get to the bottom of the case, no matter where it leads. As she stirs up still waters, the fox exposes more than one mystery, and discovers that additional lives are in jeopardy.
New York Times bestselling author Alan Bradley calls Shady Hollow, "Watership Down meets Mickey Spillane. A mystery of rare and sinister charm." And Wisconsinite Amy E Reichert, author of novels such as The Kindred Spirits Supper Club, says, “Get ready to fall in love with Shady Hollow and its quirky cast of animal characters. Charming and clever, Juneau Black will take readers on a delightful ride as the mystery unfolds. I can’t wait to read more!”
As noted above, Juneau Black is the pen name of authors Jocelyn Cole and Sharon Nagel. They share a love of excellent bookshops, fine cheeses, and good murders (in fictional form only). Though they are two separate people, if you ask either of them a question about their childhood, you are likely to get the same answer. This is a little unnerving for any number of reasons!
Books & Company and Boswell present a virtual afternoon event with Tessa Hadley, the bestselling author of Late in the Day and The Past, for a conversation about Free Love, a compulsive new novel about one woman’s sexual and intellectual awakening in 1960s London. This event is part of the beloved Readings from Oconomowaukee series where we host authors in conversation with two loquacious local bookstore proprietors.
Exploring the cultural shift of the late 60s, this new novel tells the story of a 40-something woman in 1967 London who explodes her family's life in the wake of her sexual and intellectual awakening. The story follows her as well as the three other members of her family as their very ordinary lives change in very different ways in reaction to her departure. You may think you've read this story before, but Hadley is such an amazing writer that she makes it fresh through her beautiful writing and the way she animates the inner life of her characters.
Of Hadley’s career, Ron Charles of The Washington Post exclaims: “With each new book by Tessa Hadley, I grow more convinced that she’s one of the greatest stylists alive... To read Hadley’s fiction is to grow self-conscious in the best way: to recognize with astonishment the emotions playing behind our own expressions, to hear articulated our own inchoate anxieties.”
Tessa Hadley is the author of six highly acclaimed novels, including Clever Girl and The Past, as well as three short story collections, most recently Bad Dreams and Other Stories, which won the Edge Hill Short Story Prize. Her stories appear regularly in The New Yorker.
Boswell presents an evening with poet and novelist Quan Barry, author of We Ride Upon Sticks, the novel that was called “spellbinding” by O, The Oprah Magazine, for a conversation about her latest, a luminous novel that moves across a windswept Mongolia, as estranged twin brothers make a journey of duty, conflict, and renewed understanding.
Click here to register now for this virtual event, which shall be broadcast via Zoom. And be sure to order your copy of When I’m Gone, Look for Me in the East now, too!
Are our lives our own, or do we belong to something larger? When I’m Gone, Look for Me in the East is a far-flung examination of our individual struggle to retain our convictions and discover meaning in a fast-changing world, as well as a meditation on accepting what simply is. Proving once again that she is a writer of immense range and imagination, Barry carries us across a terrain as unforgiving as it is beautiful and culturally varied as twin brothers travel from the western Altai mountains to the eerie starkness of the Gobi Desert to the ancient capital of Chinggis Khaan.
From the starred Booklist review: "An imaginative tour de force... Evincing the same dazzling talents that won high critical praise for We Ride upon Sticks, Barry vastly expands readers’ horizons, both geographical and metaphysical… Readers’ most transformative experience comes by reflecting - through Chulun’s thoughts, strangely tangled with Mun’s - on the Four Noble Buddhist Truths and the Eight-Fold Path… Though the narrative focuses on Mongolian Buddhism, readers learn how Buddhists everywhere have suffered as Chinese communists have persecuted the faith rooted in Tibet."
Born in Saigon and raised in Massachusetts, Quan Barry is author of the novels She Weeps Each Time You’re Born and We Ride Upon Sticks (winner of the 2020 ALA Alex Award), and four books of poetry, including Water Puppets (winner of the AWP Donald Hall Prize for Poetry and a PEN Open Book finalist). Barry’s first play, The Mytilenean Debate, premiers in the spring of 2022. She is the Lorraine Hansberry Professor of English at the UW–Madison.
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