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The University School of Milwaukee Speaker Series and Boswell Book Company present Tough, author of How Children Succeed and Helping Children Succeed, talking about his latest work, a mind-changing inquiry into higher education in the United States which asks, does college still work? Registration required for this free event on the University School of Milwaukee website.
The landscape of higher education has shifted. Tough exposes the hidden truths of how the system works and whom it works for while introducing the people who really make higher education go: admissions directors trying to balance the class and budget, College Board officials scrambling to defend the SAT in the face of mounting evidence that it favors the wealthy, researchers working to unlock the mysteries of the college-student brain, and educators trying to transform potential dropouts into successful graduates.
With insight, humor, and passion, Paul Tough takes us on a journey from Ivy League seminar rooms to community college welding shops, from giant public flagship universities to tiny experimental storefront colleges. Whether you are facing your own decision about college or simply care about the American promise of social mobility, The Years That Matter Most will change the way you think, not just about higher education, but about the nation itself.
Paul Tough is author of Helping Children Succeed, How Children Succeed, and Whatever It Takes: Geoffrey Canada’s Quest to Change Harlem and America. He has been a Reporter and Producer for This American Life and an Editor for Harper’s and the New York Times Magazine, where he is currently a contributing writer.
Alas, this event is regsistered to full capacity and spaces are no longer available. Standby space may be available the day of the event.
Dylan Thuras adventures back to Milwaukee for an event celebrating the brand new edition of his explorer’s guide that the New York Times calls “a wanderlust-whetting cabinet of curiosities on paper.” And what better place for this event than the AGSL, Milwaukee’s own geographer’s treasure trove?
The evening will feature Thuras’s slide show presentation and a trivia contest, plus the American Geographical Society Library will have a special mini-exhibit of maps connected to the book. Register for free at dylanthurasmke.bpt.me, or upgrade to a purchase-with-registration option at a special preorder price, which includes taxes and fees.
Boswell presents an evening with Jim Wallis, Founder of Sojourners, a faith in action organization pursing racial justice, environmental stewardship, and peace, at Immanuel Presbyterian Church. Wallis will discuss his latest book, Christ in Crisis. Through his writing, Wallis offers a path to spiritual healing and solidarity, aimed to mend the divide separating Americans today.
Please register for this free event at jimwallismke.bpt.me. Boswell will be selling copies of Christ in Crisis at the event, and attendees have the option to reserve a copy with registration - payment due at the event.
With a practical and empathetic approach, Wallis addresses questions of power, truth, fear, and discipleship, applying lessons from the biblical stories to contemporary issues like race, immigration, and political discourse. As Wallis has done throughout his career, he offers comfort, compassion, and a constructive field guide for the modern era.
Jim Wallis is a theologian, activist, pastor, and New York Times best-selling author of thirteen books including God’s Politics: How the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn’t Get It. Wallis is the founder of Sojourners and served on President Obama's White House Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and was former vice chair of and currently serves on the Global Agenda Council on Values of the World Economic Forum.
Author of the Washington Island-set North of the Tension Line series, Riordan chats about her first collection of essays.
Riordan’s essays are easy to pick up and hard to put down. By turns deeply spiritual and gently comic, these brief meditations range from the inconveniences of modern life to the shifting nature of grief. Whether it’s an unexpected revelation from a trip to the hardware store, a casual encounter with a tow-truck driver, the changing seasons, or a conversation with a store clerk grieving for a dog, Riordan captures and magnifies the passing beauty of the ordinary and the extraordinary that lingers near the surface of daily life.
JF Riordan is author of the North of the Tension Line series of novels. She studied voice at University of New Mexico, continued her music studies in Chicago and Milwaukee, and ultimately became a professional singer. She lives in exile from Washington Island.
Wisconsin native Timothy Faust has travelled around the United States, talking to people about health inequality in their neighborhoods. With his new book, he offers a concise explanation of the benefits of single-payer health care and widening the definition of health care itself.
In Health Justice Now, Faust explains what single payer is, why we don’t yet have it, and how it can be won. He identifies the actors that have misled us for profit and political gain, dispels the myth that healthcare needs to be personally expensive, shows how we can smoothly transition to a new model, and reveals the slate of humane and progressive reforms that we can only achieve with single payer as the springboard.
Single payer healthcare is not complicated: the government pays for all care for all people. It’s cheaper than our current model, and most Americans and their doctors already want it. So Faust asks, what’s the deal with our current healthcare system, and why don’t we have something better?
Timothy Faust’s writing has appeared in Splinter, Jacobin, and Vice, among other outlets, and he has worked as a data scientist in the healthcare industry, before which he enrolled people in ACA programs in Florida, Georgia, and Texas.
Historic Downer Avenue’s Haunted Halloween returns with fun for the whole family. Enjoy the amazing Halloween-themed artistry of our chalk artists, stroll along with our accordion player, and pick your pumpkin at St. Mark's Church! For more information, visit downeravenue.com/documents/11-haunted-halloween.
Downer businesses will compete in a pumpkin carving contest voted on by attendees. For the kids, there will be trick-or-treating, face painting, and twisted balloon shapes. For the adults, a mini-pub crawl sponsored by MKE Brewing, featuring seasonal favorite brews, with beer sales proceeds going to benefit the Riverwest Pantry.
Boswell hosts a conversation with award-winning comics artist Landis Blair and mortician-turned-author Caitlin Doughty about Blair’s new book of gleefully macabre vignettes as delightful as they are deadly.
This event is free, but registration is requested at landisblairmke.bpt.me, and will be required if we reach capacity. Or, upgrade to purchase-with-registration for a copy of The Envious Siblings. Please note that while Caitlin Doughty will not be part of the post-event signing, signed copies of her new book, Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?, will be available for sale at the event. See ticketing website for restrictions.
Inspired by the dark imagination of Edward Gorey, Envious Siblings is a twisted and hauntingly funny debut. Blair interweaves absurdist horror and humor into brief, rhyming vignettes at once transgressive and hilarious. In Blair’s surreal universe, a lost child watches as bewhiskered monsters gobble up her fellow train passengers; a band of kids merrily plays a gut-churning game with playground toys; and two sisters, grinning madly, tear each other apart. Boswell’s Chris Lee says, “Landis creates a demented world of ghoulish delights at once sharply cynical and delightfully surprising. This book is even more fun and dangerous than a dinner party with a rhyming tiger and his cheery bear and gator friends.”
Chicago-based Landis Blair illustrated the prize-winning graphic novel The Hunting Accident and Caitlin Doughty’s From Here to Eternity, and has published illustrations in The New York Times, Chicago magazine, and Medium. Caitlin Doughty is a mortician, activist, and funeral industry rabble-rouser who founded the The Order of the Good Death. Her books Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and From Here to Eternity were both New York Times bestsellers.
Paul Hendrickson, author of the the National Book Critics Circle finalist and New York Times bestseller Hemingway's Boat, visits Boswell for a conversation about his latest work.
Free registration is requested at hendricksonmke.bpt.me. Upgrade to a purchase-with-registration for 20% off the list price. This price applies to preorders only. Special bonus - choose the early bird option before October 1 and you can pick up the book before the event.
Hendrickson offers an illuminating, pathbreaking biography that will change the way we understand the life, mind, and work of the premier American architect. Revealing Wright's facades along with their cracks, Hendrickson forms a fresh and more human understanding of the man with prodigious research, unique vision, and his ability to make sense of a life in ways at once unexpected, poetic, and undeniably brilliant.
Paul Hendrickson is author of Sons of Mississippi, which won the 2003 National Book Critics Circle Award, NBCC Award-finalist Looking for the Light: The Hidden Life and Art of Marion Post Wolcott, and the National Book Award finalist The Living and the Dead: Robert McNamara and Five Lives of a Lost War. Catherine Boldt is an Education Outreach Docent at Taliesin known for the disability accessible tours she gives at Frank Lloyd Wright's Spring Green Estate.
The Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, Oconomowoc's Books & Company, and Milwaukee's Boswell Book Company present an evening with PEN/Faulkner and Orange Prize-winning novelist Ann Patchett. She returns with The Dutch House, a richly moving story that explores the indelible bond between two siblings, the house of their childhood, and a past that will not let them go.
Tickets are $33 and include admission to the event, all taxes and fees, and a copy of The Dutch House, available at patchettwi.bpt.me.
At the end of the Second World War, Cyril Conroy combines luck and a single canny investment to propel his family from poverty to enormous wealth. His first order of business is to buy the Dutch House, a lavish estate in the suburbs outside of Philadelphia. Meant as a surprise for his wife, the house sets in motion the undoing of everyone he loves. Told by Cyril’s son Danny, as he and his older sister, the brilliantly acerbic and self-assured Maeve, are exiled from the house where they grew up by their stepmother. The two wealthy siblings are thrown back into the poverty their parents had escaped from and find that all they have to count on is one another. It is this unshakeable bond between them that both saves their lives and thwarts their futures.
Set over the course of five decades, The Dutch House is a dark fairy tale about two smart people who cannot overcome their past. Despite every outward sign of success, Danny and Maeve are only truly comfortable when they’re together. Throughout their lives they return to the well-worn story of what they’ve lost with humor and rage. But when at last they’re forced to confront the people who left them behind, the relationship between an indulged brother and his ever-protective sister is finally tested.
Ann Patchett is the author of seven novels, The Patron Saint of Liars, Taft, The Magicians Assistant, Bel Canto, Run, State of Wonder, and Commonwealth. She was the editor of Best American Short Stories 2006, and has written three books of nonfiction, Truth & Beauty, What Now?, and, most recently, This is the Story of a Happy Marriage. Patchett is the co-owner of Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tennessee.
The UWM Distinguished Lecture Series presents an evening with chef, television host, and author Samin Nosrat. Cosponsored by Boswell, who will be on hand to sell books.
Tickets for the general public will be available online and at the UWM Student Union Information Desk beginning September 30. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Tickets for UWM students are free. For non-UWM students, $5 in advance, $8 at the door, and for UWM Campus Community, $8 in advance, $10 at the door. More information available at uwm.edu/studentinvolvement/campus-traditions/distinguished-lecture-series-dls/.
Called “a go-to resource for matching the correct techniques with the best ingredients” by The New York Times and “the next Julia Child” by NPR’s All Things Considered, Nosrat has been cooking professionally since 2000, when she first stumbled into the kitchen at Chez Panisse restaurant.
Samin Nosrat is a writer, teacher, chef, and New York Times columnist. Salt Fat Acid Heat is her first book and has recently been adapted into a Netflix series.
Tim O’Brien, National Book Award-winning author of The Things They Carried, shares his first book in more than two decades, a collection of wisdom from a life in letters, lessons learned in wartime, and the challenges, humor, and rewards of raising two sons.
Tickets cost $29, and include admission, a signed copy of Dad’s Maybe Book, and all tax and fees, available at timobrienmke.bpt.me. There’s also an early bird special, where you can get the ticket for $24, still including all taxes and fees, if you purchase it by August 31.
In 2003, already an older father, O’Brien resolved to give his young sons what he wished his own father had given to him - a few scraps of paper signed “Love, Dad.” Maybe a word of advice and some scattered glimpses of their rapidly aging father, a man they might never really know. For the next fifteen years, the author talked to his sons on paper, as if they were adults, imagining what they might want to hear from a father who was no longer among the living.
O’Brien traverses the great variety of human experience and emotion, moving from soccer games to warfare to risqué lullabies, from alcoholism to magic shows to history lessons to bittersweet bedtime stories, but always returning to a father’s soul-saving love for his sons. The result is Dad’s Maybe Book, a funny, tender, wise, and enduring literary achievement that will squeeze the reader’s heart with joy and recognition.
Tim O’Brien received the National Book Award for Going After Cacciato. Among his other books are The Things They Carried, Pulitzer Finalist and a New York Times Book of the Century, and In the Lake of the Woods, winner of the James Fenimore Cooper Prize. He was awarded the Pritzker Literature Award for lifetime achievement in military writing in 2013.
Wisconsin author, musician, and cofounder of the Windhorse Retreat Center in Plymouth, Alan Anderson offers a guide to the seven skills that will help guide people through their own challenging and rewarding journeys.
Change. Sometimes it wells up from within and we enter gracefully. At other times it is utterly choiceless and the past, present, and future get burned up in the most unforgiving flames. Anderson offers a path through change that is not a shortcut to clean up the surface or soften the edges. Rather, it is a mirror for courageously seeing ourselves with humor and heart.
Michael Carroll, author of Awake at Work, says, "this insightful and playful text explains how mindfulness-awareness meditation introduces the possibility of living a fearlessly compassionate life. For those interested in 'going deeper' with their mindfulness practice, this book is for you." And Arno Michaelis, author of My Life After Hate, adds that Anderson has done “a brilliant job of compiling wisdom both ancient and modern, while offering new insights and practical techniques to realize the miracle of basic goodness.”
Alan Anderson has been a musician, educator, writer, and a student of meditation and mindfulness for over 30 years. Alan has been teaching mindfulness, music, and self-regulation skills in public schools and is the founder of Arts and Mindfulness for Academic Progress. Prior to teaching, he played jazz professionally for 20 years, and toured, performed, and recorded with Paul Cebar, playing American roots music.
Milwaukee-based author Martha Brosio visits Boswell with her heartrending memoir of love, scholarship, dignity, courage, and the choices one is forced to make when given the devastating diagnosis of a terminal illness. Cosponsored by University of Michigan Club of Milwaukee - The Last Ten Days is their book club choice book.
Spanning sixty years, Brosio recounts the story of her life with her husband, Richard, a scholar and college professor. From teenage sweethearts who went their separate ways after high school, to reconnecting and marriage, Martha and Richard enjoyed a vibrant life together until tragedy struck, when Richard was diagnosed with Primary Progressive Aphasia, a type of dementia similar to Alzheimer’s that affects the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain.
Determined to have a dignified death at the time and in the manner of his own choosing, Richard hastened his death two years after his diagnosis by voluntarily stopping eating and drinking, seeking only palliative and hospice care until the end. Brosio’s book highlights Richard’s teaching, writing, and their life together. Sad, yet inspirational, it is a joyful celebration of their lives together. Martha Brosio is an author from Milwaukee. She graduated from the University of Michigan.
Boswell hosts authors Eastman and Friedman for an evening exploring The Mythic Midwest: Wisconsin Dells and Beyond.
Madison author Eastman, a native of Wisconsin’s Driftless hills, chats about her book, which Poets & Writers named one of the best literary nonfiction debuts of 2019. The Painted Forest is an oft-surprising collection of essays that explores the myths we make about who we are and where we’re from, uncovering strange and little-known “home places” - not only the picturesque hills and valleys of the author’s childhood in rural Wisconsin, but also tourist towns throughout the under-imagined and overly-caricatured Midwest.
Friedman, Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the Museum of Wisconsin Art, presents his comprehensive photographic history of the Dells. Spanning the earliest extant photos of the area to the works of contemporary photographers, including many new and never-before-seen photographs, Friedman presents the interplay of art and tourism that has made the Dells what they are today in a volume sure to delight history enthusiasts and seasonal vacationers alike.
Krista Eastman's writing has earned recognition from Best American Essays and appeared in The Georgia Review, The Kenyon Review (KROnline), New Letters, and other journals. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin. J Tyler Friedman is Associate Curator of Contemporary Art at the Museum of Wisconsin Art. He specializes in the philosophy of art and has contributed essays to numerous publications, including previous exhibition catalogs from MOWA.
Milwaukee author and Christian scholar Sweeney offers an introduction to St. Francis's life and teachings of faith. Cohosted by Eat, Drink, and Be Catholic.
St. Francis of Assisi is one of the most venerated Christian figures. His profound teachings, deep love of nature, and commitment to simplicity have resonated with generations of followers. Sweeney offers a simple and universal introduction to Francis’s life, his key teachings, and the spiritual practices that enriched his faith and the lives of those who follow his legacy.
Sweeney is one of the most popular interpreters of St. Francis, and draws attention to the emphasis placed on the importance of living a simple, truthful life, making Francis’s spiritual practices just as impactful and relevant in the modern day as they were centuries ago. St. Francis is the perfect guide for anyone looking to learn more about the saint or hoping to incorporate his wisdom into their own spiritual lives.
Jon M Sweeney is a scholar and author as well as a biographer of St. Francis and translator of his writings. He is author of over thirty books, including The Pope Who Quit, which has been optioned by HBO.
Author and journalist Cynthia Anderson tells the moving story of the refugees in Lewiston, Maine, a chronicle of struggle, transformation, and who belongs in America. Cosponsored by Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan.
Over the past 15 years, Lewiston, Maine has improbably become one of the most Muslim towns in America. About 6,000 of the city's 36,000 inhabitants are African refugees and asylum seekers, many of them Somali. Anderson tells the story of this fractious yet resilient mill town.
In Lewiston, progress is real but precarious. Anderson takes the reader deep into the lives of both immigrants and lifelong Mainers: a single Muslim mom, an anti-Islamist activist, a Congolese asylum seeker, a Somali community leader. Their lives unfold in these pages as anti-immigrant sentiment rises across the US and national realities collide with those in Lewiston. Home Now gives a poignant account of America's evolving relationship with religion and race, and provides a sensitive refutation of the idea that we'd be better off without change.
Cynthia Anderson is author of River Talk, a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2014 and New England Book Festival award-winner. Anderson’s writing has appeared in the Christian Science Monitor, Boston Magazine, and Huffington Post, among others. Anderson lives with her family in Maine and Massachusetts. She teaches writing at Boston University.
Fall of 2016. Cate’s conspiracy theorist ex-husband is camped out in her spare bedroom as she attempts to settle into a serious relationship and get financially solvent working in Chicago’s theater community. Her yoga instructor best friend is Cate’s model for what adulthood looks like. Then Cate finds strangers assaulting her friend and is forced to take fast, spontaneous action. Cate learns the violence she is capable of, and overnight, her world has changed.
Anshaw’s flawed, sympathetic, and uncannily familiar characters grapple with altered relationships and identities against the backdrop of the new presidency and a country waking to a different understanding of itself. Eloquent, moving, and beautifully observed, Right After the Weather is the work of a master of exquisite prose and a wry and compassionate student of the human condition writing at the height of her considerable powers.
Carol Anshaw is the author of Aquamarine, Seven Moves, and Lucky in the Corner. She has received the Ferro-Grumley Award, the Carl Sandburg Award, and a National Book Critics Circle Citation for Excellence in Reviewing. Jane Hamilton is author of the Oprah's Book Club selections The Book of Ruth and A Map of the World, among her other novels. Her nonfiction has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Elle. She's married to an apple farmer and lives in Wisconsin.
UW-Madison graduate Cohen tells the remarkable story of the explosion of soul music in Chicago. The evening will also feature soul records spun by Cohen and DJ Eric Blowtorch.
Chicago’s place in the history of soul music is rock solid, but for Chicagoans, soul music in its heyday was more than just a series of hits: it was a marker and a source of black empowerment. Soul music and black-owned businesses thrived together as record producers and song-writers broadcasted optimism for black America’s future through their sophisticated, jazz-inspired productions.
Soul music also accompanied the rise of African American advertisers and the campaign of Chicago’s first black mayor. This empowerment was set in stark relief by the social unrest roiling in Chicago and across the nation: as Chicago’s homegrown record labels produced rising stars singing songs of progress and freedom, Chicago’s black middle class faced limited economic opportunities and deep-seated segregation, all against a backdrop of nationwide deindustrialization. Cohen shows us how soul music became the voice of inspiration and change for a city in turmoil.
Aaron Cohen covers the arts for numerous publications and teaches at the City Colleges of Chicago. He is author of Aretha Franklin’s Amazing Grace, an entry in the 33 1/3 series.
Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library Members are invited to a special evening with Daniel Goldin, proprietor of Boswell Book Company.
Daniel will share anecdotes about his experiences as an independent book store owner, answer questions from guests, and divulge his all-time favorite books. Wine and light appetizers will be provided.
Tickets cost $20 each, available at supportmpl.org/evening_with_daniel_goldin.php.
The Lynden Sculpture Garden Women’s Speakers Series presents an evening with three authors who contributed to a breathtaking epic novel of six women whose paths cross during the French Revolution. Produced by Milwaukee Reads and Boswell Book Company.
Tickets cost $24, $19 for Lynden members, and include admission, light refreshments, and a copy of Ribbons of Scarlet, available at lyndensculpturegarden.org/RibbonsofScarlet, or by calling (414) 446-8794.
Blue-blooded Sophie de Grouchy believes in democracy, education, and equal rights for women, and marries the only man in Paris who agrees. But her student Louise Audu is hungrier for bread and vengeance than learning. When the Bastille falls and Louise leads a women’s march to Versailles, the monarchy is forced to bend, but not without a fight. The king’s pious sister Princess Elisabeth takes a stand to defend her brother, spirit her family to safety, and restore the old order, even at the risk of her head.
When fanatics use newspapers to twist the revolution’s ideals into a new tyranny, even the women who toppled the monarchy are threatened by the guillotine. Putting her faith in the pen, brilliant political wife Manon Roland tries to write a way out of France’s blood-soaked Reign of Terror, while pike-bearing Pauline Leon and steely Charlotte Corday embrace violence as the only way to save the nation. With justice corrupted by revenge, all the women must make impossible choices to survive, unless unlikely heroine Emilie de Sainte-Amaranthe can sway the man who controls France’s fate: the fearsome Robespierre.
Laura Kamoie is author of My Dear Hamilton and America’s First Daughter, as well as two non-fiction books on early America. She holds a doctoral degree in early American history from William and Mary and was Associate Professor of History at the US Naval Academy. Sophie Perinot is author of The Sister Queens and Médicis Daughter: A Novel of Marguerite de Valois. Her passion for French history began more than thirty years ago when she first explored the storied châteaux of the Loire Valley. E Knight is an award-winning author of historical women’s fiction. Her love of history began as a young girl when she traipsed the halls of Versailles and ran through the fields in Southern France.
Milwaukee author and public policy advisor tells the story of the house that FDR built and considers how the New Deal, since the 1970’s, has faltered in the face of international competition and new tech’s disruptions. Cosponsored by Community Advocates Public Policy Institute in Milwaukee.
Riemer explains the major gaps, flaws, and mistakes of the New Deal settlement and spells out fundamental, sweeping changes needed to revive it. Riemer’s proposed New Deal 3.0 intends to create greater economic security for all Americans, make the market economy more productive, and enlarge the nation’s wealth, all with the purpose of creating America’s next birth of freedom.
David R Riemer spent his career working across political aisles to create public policy in Wisconsin. He is a former Founding Director and now Senior Fellow at the Community Advocates Public Policy Institute in Milwaukee.
Boswell is pleased to host the return of André Aciman to Milwaukee, visiting with Find Me, his sequel to his acclaimed novel-turned-Oscar-winning-film, Call Me By Your Name. Tickets cost $29, including tax and ticket fee, available at acimanmke.bpt.me. Early bird alert – purchase tickets by October 28 for just $26, and you can pick your book up in advance. Please note that Boswell will close to the general public at 6 pm on November 7.
In Find Me, Aciman shows us Elio's father, Samuel, on a trip from Florence to Rome to visit Elio, who has become a gifted classical pianist. A chance encounter on the train with a beautiful young woman upends Sami's plans and changes his life forever. Elio soon moves to Paris, where he, too, has a consequential affair, while Oliver, now a New England college professor with a family, suddenly finds himself contemplating a return trip across the Atlantic.
Aciman is a master of sensibility, of the intimate details and the emotional nuances that are the substance of passion. Find Me brings us back inside the magic circle of one of our greatest contemporary romances to ask if, in fact, true love ever dies.
André Aciman is author of Eight White Nights, Out of Egypt, and Enigma Variations, and is the editor of The Proust Project. He teaches comparative literature at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
Tim Johnston returns to Milwaukee for the paperback release of his dazzling literary thriller, which traces the indelible impact of a crime on the lives of innocent people over the course of more than a decade. Register for this free event at timjohnstonmke.bpt.me, or upgrade to a purchase-with-registration for $16.95, including taxes and fees. Everyone who registers and attends the event will be entered into a drawing for one of ten $5 gift cards to be given away during the event.
In the dead of winter, outside a small Minnesota town, state troopers pull two young women and their car from the icy Black Root River. One is drowned, the other half frozen but alive. This was no accident, and news of the crime awakens the community’s memories of another young woman who drowned in the same river ten years earlier, whose killer may still live among them.
Boswellians love The Current – Tim calls it “an excellent novel of suspense from a fine writer,” and Chris says it’s a “masterful performance that plumbs the depths of life’s extremes,” and Kay just says, “I LOVED it.” And they’re not the only ones. Edgar-winner Dennis Lehane, author of Shutter Island and Mystic River, says, “Tim Johnston’s second novel, The Current, is even better than his first, which is saying something. He’s a terrific writer.” And from the Minneapolis Star Tribune, “Pick up Tim Johnston's suspenseful novel The Current and you risk finding yourself glued to your chair, eyes to the pages, no thought of attending to daily obligations.”
Tim Johnston is author of the New York Times bestseller Descent, young adult novel Never So Green, and the story collection Irish Girl, winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction.
Wisconsin author of childrens books like Stories from Bug Garden visits Boswell for a Saturday morning storytime with her brand new picture book about a porcupine, badger, and knotty yarn situation, plus Moser will lead attendees in creating a special yarn craft. Great for adults and kids 3 and up.
Porcupine and Badger have always been the best of friends, so when Porcupine finds some yarn in the woods, she makes a present for Badger. And when Badger finds yarn, she makes a present for Porcupine. The only problem? It’s the same yarn, and to finish the gift, they each must unravel the other’s creation. An act of kindness turns into a fierce standoff as the friendship frays. Can Porcupine and Badger set aside their differences and knit themselves back together?
Boswellian Chris says, "With outstanding artwork that will make you wish you could live in Badger and Porcupine's forest, A Friendship Yarn paints an important portrait of how to put friendship first. My favorite picture book of the fall!"
Lisa Moser is the author of ten children's books, including The Monster in the Backpack, Squirrel's World, and Squirrel’s Fun Day. She graduated from the University of Iowa.
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.
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.
The Sherman Phoenix presents Chris L Terry, author of the satirical story of a mixed-race punk rock musician who is determined to win back his coveted Black Card, in conversation with Milwaukee writer, performer, and creative change agent Dasha Kelly Hamilton.
In an effort to be “black enough,” a mixed-race punk rock musician indulges his own stereotypical views of African American life by doing what his white bandmates call “black stuff.” After remaining silent during a racist incident, the unnamed narrator has his Black Card revoked by Lucius, his guide through Richmond, Virginia, where Confederate flags and memorials are a part of everyday life.
Hanif Abdurraqib, author of Go Ahead in the Rain, says, “Terry has managed to capture, all at once, the complications of being black, being young, and being in love. This is a detailed ride about finding one's way to the inside, and finding that the inside isn't all you thought it would be. This book is a mirror, inside of which I saw so many selves.”
Chris L Terry has an BA in English from VCU and an MFA from Columbia College Chicago. His debut novel, Zero Fade, was named a Best Book of the Year by Slate and Kirkus Reviews. Dasha Kelly Hamilton is founder of Still Waters Collective, author of two novels, and has released four spoken-word recordings. She was the Pfister Narrator in 2012 and has been named Artist of the Year by the City of Milwaukee.
Boswell presents New York Times bestselling author Neal Shusterman, appearing for the final installment in his Arc of a Scythe trilogy, in which dictators, prophets, and tensions rise.
We’re throwing Shusterman a pizza party, and yes, that means pizza for everyone who attends. Registration is free for this event at shustermanmke.bpt.me. Upgrade to a copy of The Toll for signing line priority.
In a world that's conquered death, will humanity finally be torn asunder by the immortal beings it created? Citra and Rowan have disappeared. Endura is gone. It seems like nothing stands between Scythe Goddard and absolute dominion over the world scythedom. With the silence of the Thunderhead and the reverberations of the Great Resonance still shaking the earth to its core, the question remains: Is there anyone left who can stop him? The answer lies in the Tone, the Toll, and the Thunder.
Neal Shusterman is the bestselling author of more than thirty award-winning books for children, teens, and adults, including the Unwind dystology, the Skinjacker trilogy, Downsiders, Challenger Deep, which won the National Book Award, and Dry, his bestselling novel written with his son Jarrod. He also writes screenplays for motion pictures and television shows.
BJ Hollars haunts Boswell with his brand new book, which chronicles his explorations of the mythic oddities of what’s often known as flyover country, including Wisconsin legends like the Beast of Bray Road, the Hodag, and the Val Johnson incident. He’ll deep-dive into his own case files to unearth the truth.
Part memoir and part journalism, Midwestern Strange offers a fascinating, quirky account of flyover folklore that also contends with the ways such oddities retain cultural footholds. Hollars shows how grappling with such subjects might fortify us against the glut of misinformation now inundating our lives. By confronting monsters, Martians, and a cabinet of curiosities, we challenge ourselves to look beyond our presumptions and acknowledge that just because something is weird, doesn’t mean it is wrong.
Hollars’s quest is not to confirm or debunk these mysteries but rather to seek out these unexplained phenomena to understand how they complicate our worldview and to discover what truths might be gleaned by reexamining the facts in our “post-truth” era.
BJ Hollars is Associate Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and author of This Is Only a Test, From the Mouths of Dogs: What Our Pets Teach Us about Life, Death, and Being Human, and Thirteen Loops: Race, Violence, and the Last Lynching in America. Hollars is the founder and executive director of the Chippewa Valley Writers Guild.
Poet and author Schaub presents her new book, a treasure trove of clever poems which tell the story of one inquisitive child’s quest to start just the right collection to share at school.
This special event will feature a mini-tour, led by Boswell proprietor Daniel Goldin, of some of his own collections. Great for adults and kids 4 and up.
While everyone else is excited about presenting their treasures, one creative elementary schooler is stressed about her class’s show-and-tell assignment. How is she supposed to share her collection if she doesn’t collect anything? Polling her parents, visiting with Granny and Grandpa, and searching for the secret behind her siblings’ obsession with baseball cards, she discovers she does, in fact, have something to share: a collection of stories and poems!
Michelle Schaub is the author of Fresh-Picked Poetry: A Day at the Farmers’ Market, and her poems have appeared in And the Crowd Goes Wild, A Global Gathering of Sports Poems, and The Poetry Anthology for Celebrations. She has contributed poems to Highlights High Five, Ladybug magazine, and the SCBWI national bulletin. She is the author of This and That Sports and Vehicles of WWI.
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.
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.
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.
Tickets, available at bastianichmke.bpt.me, 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.
Since it opened its doors on Manhattan's Upper East Side in 1981, Felidia has been revered as one of the best Italian restaurants in the country. In these pages, Lidia and longtime Executive Chef Fortunato Nicotra share 115 of the recipes that capture the spirit of the Felidia menu past and present. From pastas and primi to appetizers and meats, and from breads and spreads to sides and soups, these are some of Lidia's absolute favorite dishes, lovingly adapted for home cooks to recreate in their own kitchens.
Lidia Mattichio Bastianich is the author of fourteen previous cookbooks and the Emmy award-winning host of public television's Lidia's Kitchen, which also airs internationally. She is also a judge on MasterChef Junior Italy and Italy's highly rated daily program La Prova del Cuoco. Lidia owns Felidia, Becco, and several other restaurants, and is a partner in the acclaimed Eataly. Kyle Cherek is a culinary historian, food essayist, and former host of the Emmy Award-winning television show Wisconsin Foodie on PBS. Cherek has twice been awarded the Wisconsin Broadcast Association Award for his essays on food culture.
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.
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.Text goes here
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.
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.
#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.
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.
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, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Jim Biever, co-photographer of 100 Years in Titletown: Celebrating a Century of Green Bay Packers Football, featuring the photos of Jim and his father, Vernon Biever. Register for this free event at bievermke.bpt.me.
- Wednesday, December 4, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Thomas Lynch, author of The Dispositions: New and Selected Essays on Being and Ceasing to Be
- Thursday, December 5, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Allen Eskens, author of Nothing More Dangerous - a blend of mystery and coming-of-age novel set in 1970s Missouri
- Thursday, December 5, 7:00 pm, at the Harry and Rose Samson Jewish Community Center, 6255 N Santa Monica Blvd – Lisa Barr, author of The Unbreakables - Ticket info to come
- Friday, December 6, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Carol Sklenicka, author of Alice Adams: Portrait of a Writer - featuring a dramatic reading with Flora Coker, followed by Sklenicka in conversation with Martha Bergland
- Saturday, December 7, 11:00 am, at Shorewood Public Library, 3920 N Murray Ave – The Friends of the Shorewood Public Library Holiday Book Talk, featuring picks from Boswell Proprietor Daniel Goldin
- Thursday, December 12, 7:00 pm, at Boswell – Milwaukee natives Tom Voss and Rebecca Anne Nguyen, coauthors of Where War Ends: A Combat Veteran’s 2,700-Mile Journey to Heal
- Sunday, December 29, 7:00 pm bar service begins, 8:00 talk, at Bryant’s Cocktail Lounge, 1579 S 9th St in Milwaukee – A ticketed event with Robert Simonson, author of The Martini Cocktail: A Meditation on the World's Greatest Drink, with Recipes - Tickets are $35 plus ticket fee at martinibook.bpt.me and include admission, one cocktail, and a copy of The Martini Cocktail
- 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
- 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
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