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Boswell and Books & Company are getting together virtually to host Wisconsin author Larry Watson for a special conversation about summer reading. They’ll chat about summer reading, including Watson's new-in-paperback The Lives of Edie Prichard. Watson is an author and a voracious reader, so expect great book recommendations from everyone, plus a special literary salute to Montana.
Click here to register for this virtual event, broadcast via Zoom. And order your paperback copy of The Lives of Edie Pritchard right here from Boswell Book Company, or right here from Books & Company of Oconomowoc.
From Christine Brunkhorst in the Star Tribune: “This is a fast and compelling read, sparse and dusty as the open plain. Watson’s journey is a sensory one, taking us down rippling highways and across weedy fields into basement rec rooms and out into shadowy sunsets. Though some scenes are gritty, the novel’s dialogue and imagery awaken our senses and prove once again that when depicting small-town life in the West, Larry Watson is crushing it.” And from Publishers Weekly: “Like in the best works of Richard Ford and Elizabeth Strout, Watson shows off a keen eye for regional details, a pitch-perfect ear for dialogue, and an affinity for sharp characterization. This triptych is richly rewarding.”
Here’s a little more about the book, a multigenerational story of the West told through the history of one woman trying to navigate life on her own terms. Edie always worked hard. She worked as a teller at a bank, she worked to save her first marriage, and later, she worked to raise her daughter even as her second marriage came apart. Really, Edie just wanted a good life, but everywhere she turned, her looks defined her. It’s been a lifetime of proving that she is allowed to exist in her own sphere. The Lives of Edie Pritchard tells the story of one woman just trying to be herself, even as multiple men attempt to categorize and own her.
Larry Watson is the author of ten critically acclaimed books, including the bestselling Montana 1948. His essays and book reviews have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and other periodicals. He lives in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Edgar nominee Ashley Weaver chats about her delightful new WWII-Era mystery novel, which is set in England and full of spies, murder, romance, and wit, with Milwaukee’s Erica Ruth Neubauer, author of the dashing Jane Wunderly historical mystery series.
Click right here to register now for this virtual event. And order a copy of A Peculiar Combination for 20% off list price now, too. Ask for your signed bookplate.
Electra McDonnell has always known that the way she and her family earn their living is slightly outside of the law. Breaking into the homes of the rich and picking the locks on their safes may not be condoned by British law enforcement, but World War II is in full swing, Ellie's cousins are off fighting against Hitler, and Uncle Mick's more honorable business as a locksmith can't pay the bills any more.
So when Uncle Mick receives a tip about a safe full of jewels in the empty house of a wealthy family, he and Ellie can’t resist. All goes as planned - until the pair are caught redhanded. Ellie expects them to be taken straight to prison, but instead they are delivered to a large townhouse, where government official Major Ramsey is waiting with an offer: either Ellie agrees to help him break into a safe and retrieve blueprints that will be critical to the British war effort, before they can be delivered to a German spy, or he turns her over to the police.
Ashley Weaver is author of the Amory Ames series, which includes novels such as A Deception at Thornecrest, A Most Novel Revenge, and A Dangerous Engagement. She works as the technical services coordinator at the Allen Parish Libraries in Oberlin, Louisiana. Milwaukee’s Erica Ruth Neubauer is author of Murder at Wedgefield Manor and Murder at the Mena House. She’s a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America.
Boswell presents an evening with Angeline Boulley, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, Firekeeper's Daughter, which NPR called "a powerhouse of a debut." For this special event, Boulley will be in conversation with Margaret Noodin, UWM Professor, Director of Electa Quinney Institute, and author of the Boswell bestseller, What the Chickadee Knows. This event will be a celebration of young adult literature, poetry, and the Anishinaabemowin language.
Click here to register for this virtual event. And be sure to purchase your copy of Boulley and Noodin’s books from Boswell, too!
Boulley’s book, a Reese Witherspoon X Hello Sunshine Book Club YA Pick is soon to be adapted at Netflix for TV by the Obama’s production company, Higher Ground. This is a groundbreaking YA thriller about a Native teen who must root out the corruption in her community, perfect for readers of Angie Thomas and Tommy Orange.
Noodin’s poetry collection is a gesture toward a future that includes Anishinaabemowin and other indigenous languages seeing growth and revitalization. This bilingual collection includes Anishinaabemowin and English, with the poems mirroring one another on facing pages. Boswell’s Tim McCarthy says, “It's a literary gift to suddenly find profound inspiration.”
Angeline Boulley, an enrolled member of the Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, is a storyteller who writes about her Ojibwe community in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. She is a former Director of the Office of Indian Education at the U.S. Department of Education. Margaret Noodin is Professor of English and American Indian studies at the UWM, where she is Associate Dean of the Humanities. She is the author of Bawaajimo: A Dialect of Dreams in Anishinaabe Language and Literature and Weweni, a collection of bilingual poems in Anishinaabemowin and English.
Lana Bastašić, the 2020 European Union Prize for Literature winner, chats about her debut novel, Catch the Rabbit, a story of estranged friends who take a road trip through post-war Bosnia and into their illusive shared history. In conversation with Chris Lee of Boswell, who says: “A heart-wrenching, wondrous book. Prepare to be split in two – WOW!”
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This powerful debut is an emotionally rich excavation of the complicated friendship between two women in a fractured, post-war Bosnia. Catch the Rabbit is something like Lewis Carroll meeting Elena Ferrante in a Balkan wonderland. Here’s Chris’s take: “More than a decade ago, Sara left Bosnia, never to return. Now, drawn back by a long-lost childhood friend, she’s on a road trip through the Western Balkans, her own past, and a landscape scarred by social and political violence. Bastašić wrestles questions of obligation and understanding into one woman’s deeply personal reckoning. It’s a story of how a person can misunderstand her friend and herself and then be completely wrecked and rebuilt as she grows to a new understanding of her world.” And from Publishers Weekly: "This unforgettable tour de force surprises at every turn."
It's been twelve years since inseparable childhood friends Lejla and Sara have spoken, but an unexpected phone call thrusts Sara back into a world she left behind, a language she's buried, and painful memories that rise unbidden to the surface. Embarking on a road trip from Bosnia to Vienna in search of Lejla's exiled brother Armin, the two travel down the rabbit hole of their shared past and question how they've arrived at their present, disparate realities.
Lana Bastašić is a Yugoslav-born writer, and Catch the Rabbit was shortlisted for the 2019 NIN award. She majored in English and holds a master's degree in cultural studies.
Grammy-winning musician Richard Marx, the songwriter behind #1 Billboard chart hits such as "Right Here Waiting" and "Hold On to the Nights" for a conversation about his new memoir, Stories to Tell, which offers an enlightening, entertaining look at his life and career. Marx will be in conversation with Duff McKegan, the multi-instrumentalist and founding bass player for Guns N Roses.
Tickets available here at marxmke.eventbrite.com. Each ticket costs $24.30 plus tax and ticket fee and includes admission for one device to the event and a copy of Stories to Tell. Books can be picked up at Boswell, or shipped for an extra fee. This event is presented in partnership with Anderson's Bookshop of Naperville and Downers Grove, IL and Left Bank Books of St. Louis, MO.
Richard Marx’s self-titled 1987 album went triple platinum, and his follow-up, 1989’s Repeat Offender, went quadruple platinum. He has written fourteen number one songs in total, shared a Song of the Year Grammy with Luther Vandross, and collaborated with artists such as NSYNC, Natalie Cole, and Keith Urban.
In his memoir, Marx looks back on his life and career, revealing stories about musicians like Kenny Rogers, Olivia Newton-John, and the trials and tribulations of the hair metal band Vixen. Yet amid the celebrity encounters, Marx offers a more sobering assessment of the music business as he’s experienced it over four decades - the greedy executives, grueling tour schedules, and the reward of connecting with thousands of fans at sold-out shows. He also provides an illuminating look at his songwriting process and talks honestly about how his personal life has inspired his work.
Richard Marx has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, is the only male artist whose first seven singles reached the Top 5 on the Billboard charts, and has written on a number one single in each of the last four decades - an accolade previously only reached by Michael Jackson. He won a 2004 Song of the Year Grammy and has scored fourteen number-one singles, both as a performer and as a songwriter/producer. Duff McKagan is a multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and founding member of bands such as Guns N Roses and Velvet Revolver. He's also written online columns for Seattle Weekly, Playboy, and ESPN as well as a memoir titled It's So Easy: And Other Lies.
Wisconsin author Katherine Addison returns to Boswell virtually for a conversation with Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Books Editor Jim Higgins about her new novel, a stand-alone sequel that returns readers to the fantastical world of The Goblin Emperor.
Click here to register for this virtual, Zoom event. And order your copy of The Witness for the Dead for 20% off right now, too!
John Scalzi, author of Old Man’s War and Redshirts, says, "I've been wanting to return to the world of The Goblin Emperor from the moment I finished that book, and The Witness For the Dead does not disappoint. At once intimate and literally operatic, it's everything I love about Katherine Addison's writing, in ways I didn't know to expect. I loved it."
Addison took the world by storm with her brilliant and sensitive characterizations in The Goblin Emperor. She continues to immerse readers in the lives of her exotic, yet ever-so-human characters in this delicious stand-alone sequel. When the half-goblin emperor sought to learn who killed his father and half-brothers, he turned to an obscure resident of his Court: a Witness for the Dead. Celehar found the truth, though it did him no good to discover it. Now Celehar lives in the city of Amalo, far from the Court though not exactly in exile. He has not escaped from politics, but his position gives him the ability to serve the common people of the city, which is his preference. He lives modestly, but his decency and fundamental honesty will not permit him to live quietly.
Katherine Addison is author of The Goblin Emperor, which won a Locus Award, and The Angel of the Crows. As Sarah Monette, she is the author of the Doctrine of Labyrinths series and co-author, with Elizabeth Bear, of the Iskryne series. Her short fiction has been selected by The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror and The Year’s Best Science Fiction. Addison lives near Madison, Wisconsin.
Boswell and Books & Company present an evening with Christina Clancy, author of The Second Home and her latest novel, a coming-of-age story set in the 70s at the bygone Playboy Club in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. For this event, she will be in conversation with Liam Callanan, author of Paris by the Book.
Click right here to register for this virtual event today! And preorder your copy of Shoulder Season now, too. Ask for your signed copy.
A small town in Wisconsin is an unlikely location for a Playboy Resort, and nineteen-year old Sherri Taylor is an unlikely bunny. Growing up in neighboring East Troy, Sherri plays the organ at the local church and has never felt comfortable in her own skin. But when her parents die in quick succession, she leaves the only home she’s ever known for the chance to be part of a glamorous slice of history. In the winter of 1981, in a costume two sizes too small, her toes pinched by stilettos, Sherri joins the daughters of dairy farmers and factory workers for the defining experience of her life.
From the Midwestern prairie to the California desert, from Wisconsin lakes to the Pacific Ocean, this is a story of what happens when small town life is sprinkled with stardust, and what we lose - and gain - when we leave home. With a heroine to root for and a narrative to get lost in, Shoulder Season is a sexy, evocative tale, drenched in longing and desire, that captures a fleeting moment in American history with nostalgia and heart.
Christina Clancy is author of The Second Home. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Chicago Tribune, and in literary journals like Glimmer Train, Pleiades, and Hobart. She holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and lives in Madison, WI with her family. Liam Callanan is Professor of English at UWM and author of The Cloud Atlas, All Saints, and Listen: Stories.
Boswell is pleased to present another great evening with Anna Lardinois of Gothic Milwaukee. In her latest, Lardinois covers the sensational wrecks and maritime disasters from each of the five Great Lakes.
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It is estimated that over 30,000 sailors have lost their lives in Great Lakes wrecks. For many, these icy, inland seas have become their final resting place, but their last moments live on as a part of maritime history. The tales, all true and well-documented, feature some of the most notable tragedies on each of the lakes. Sailors are a superstitious group, and the stories are sprinkled with omens and maritime protocols that guide decisions made on the water.
Maritime disaster enthusiast Anna Lardinois owns Gothic Milwaukee, the Brew City’s most popular haunted, historical walking tour company. The 11th Pfister Narrator, Lardinois loves to celebrate the best Milwaukee has to offer. Lardinois is author of Milwaukee Ghosts and Legends and Storied and Scandalous Wisconsin.
Debut author Willa C Richards chats about her novel, set in Milwaukee during the 'Dahmer Summer' of 1991, about two sisters - one who disappears and one who is left to pick up the pieces in the aftermath. In conversation with UWM Professor Valerie Laken.
Click here to register for this virtual event, broadcast via Zoom. And preorder your copy of The Comfort of Monsters now for 20% off list price.
A heartbreaking page-turner for fans of Mary Gaitskill and Gillian Flynn, Richards’ novel tells the story of a broken family looking for answers in the face of the unknown, and asks us to reconsider the power and truth of memory.
Teenaged Dee McBride vanished. Thirty years later, her sister Peg is haunted by her sister's disappearance. Their mother, on her deathbed, is desperate to find out what happened. Soon, Peg is drawn back to the past, to those final carefree months when she last saw Dee—the summer the Journal Sentinel called “the deadliest . . . in the history of Milwaukee,” when Jeffrey Dahmer’s heinous crimes dominated the headlines. Digging deep into her memory raises doubts and terrifying questions. Was there anything Peg could have done to prevent Dee’s disappearance? Who was really to blame for the family's loss? And what does it mean to bear witness in a world where even our own stories are inherently suspect?
Willa C Richards is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Truman Capote Fellow. She earned her PhD in English from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her story, “Failure to Thrive,” was published by The Paris Review and won a PEN/Robert J. Dau Prize for Emerging Writers. Valerie Laken is author of Dream House and Separate Kingdoms.
Boswell Book Company and the Whitefish Bay Library welcome Simon Van Booy (virtually) back to Milwaukee for a conversation about his latest novel, a story that begins when a man in 1930s Kentucky loses his 13-year-old daughter in a game of cards. Van Booy is author of Boswell favorite The Illusion of Seperateness.
Click right here to register to attend this virtual Zoom event. And order a copy of Night Came with Many Stars for 20% off list price right now, too!
From Chigozie Obioma, author of The Fisherman, “An ambitious and deeply humane novel about the lives of an American family across multiple generations. Not since Ray Pollock’s Knockemstiff and Denis Johnson’s Jesus’s Son has middle America been so powerfully evoked and brilliantly animated. This is a monumental novel that brings something new and resonant to the classic American multi-generational family novel.” And from Dani Shapiro, author of Inheritance, “I have long loved the work of Simon Van Booy, and this spare, gorgeously-written novel may be his best yet. These unforgettable characters and the intersection of their destinies through time form a pattern as true and human and beautiful as life itself.”
Award-winning author Simon Van Booy's spellbinding novel spans decades as he tells the story of Carol, a young girl in 1930s Kentucky who lives in poverty and struggles with abuse. Just one bet in a card game alters her life forever. Incidents intersect and lives unexpectedly change course in this story of chance and choice that leads home again to a night blessed with light.
Simon Van Booy is author of thirteen books, including Love Begins in Winter, winner of the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, and Everything Beautiful Began After. He has written for the New York Times, NPR, and the BBC. Van Booy attended college in Kentucky on a football scholarship and lived in the state for several years.
InkLink Books of East Troy and Milwaukee's Boswell Book Company join forces once again to present an Ink/Well Virtual Event. Join us for an evening with Elinor Lipman, one of America's funniest novelists, for her mischievous novel of political satire. In conversation with her long-time friend Jane Hamilton, acclaimed author of The Excellent Lombards and A Map of the World.
Click right here to register for this virtual conversation, broadcast via Zoom. And purchase your copy of Rachel to the Rescue for 10% off list price today, too. Ask for your signed bookplate.
Rachel Klein is sacked from her job at the White House after she sends an email criticizing Donald Trump. As she is escorted off the premises she is hit by a speeding car, driven by what the press will discreetly call "a personal friend of the President." Does that explain the flowers, the get-well wishes at a press briefing, the hush money offered by a lawyer at her hospital bedside?
Rachel’s recovery is soothed by comically doting parents, matchmaking room-mates, a new job as aide to a journalist whose books aim to defame the President, and unexpected love at the local wine store. But secrets leak, and Rachel’s new-found happiness has to make room for more than a little chaos. Will she bring down the President? Or will he manage to do that all by himself?
Elinor Lipman is the award-winning author of eleven novels, including The View from Penthouse B and The Inn at Lake Devine, the essay collection I Can't Complain, and Tweet Land of Liberty: Irreverent Rhymes from the Political Circus. Wisconsin author Jane Hamilton is author of novels such as The Book of Ruth, Laura Rider’s Masterpiece, and Disobedience.
We welcome back SA Cosby, author of Boswellian favorite Blacktop Wasteland, for a conversation about his sophomore novel with mystery critic and author Carole E Barrowman. Cosby's latest is the story of a Black father and a white father who join foces to get revenge on the men who murdered their gay sons.
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We loved our event last summer with the dynamic Cosby, so it’s a thrill to have him return for this provocative, fast-paced novel. Here's more about it: Ike Randolph has been out of jail for fifteen years, with not so much as a speeding ticket in all that time. But a Black man with cops at the door knows to be afraid. The last thing he expects to hear is that his son Isiah has been murdered, along with Isiah’s white husband Derek. Isiah was a gay black man in the American South; Ike couldn’t bring himself to attend his son’s wedding. Derek’s father Buddy Lee is also suffering. He’d barely spoken to his son in five years; he was as ashamed of Derek for being gay as Derek was ashamed his father was a criminal. Buddy Lee still has contacts in the underworld, though, and he wants to know who killed his boy.
Ike and Buddy Lee, two ex-cons with little else in common other than a criminal past and a love for their dead sons, band together in their desperate desire for revenge. In their quest to do better for their sons in death than they did in life, alpha-males Ike and Buddy Lee will confront their own prejudices, about each other and their sons, as they rain down vengeance upon those who hurt their boys.
SA Cosby is author of Blacktop Wasteland, a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice and Goodreads Choice Awards semifinalist, as well as the books Brotherhood of the Blade and My Darkest Prayer. He won an Anthony Award for best short story as well. Carole E Barrowman is Director of Creative Studies in Writing at Alverno College and a regular contributor on books to WTMJ4’s The Morning Blend. She is coauthor of the Hollow Earth series and has written comics for DC and Titan.
Join us for a special Readings from Oconomowaukee afternoon featuring Mike Gayle, author of a delightful novel about Jamaican immigrant Hubert, who rediscovers the world he'd turned his back on in this warm, funny novel. Cohosted by Books & Company of Oconomowoc, this is our monthly series readers have been loving in which we host authors for a conversation with bookstore proprietors Daniel Goldin and Lisa Baudoin. Gayle joins us all the way from Birmingham, UK.
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Here’s Daniel’s recommendation for this book: “Hubert Bird is an 84-year-old widower living in Bromley. Every week his daughter Rose calls from Australia, and he entertains her with stories of his friends. Only one problem – he’s lying. So when Rose tells him she’s coming to visit, he realizes he’s got a limited time to make some real friends, perhaps starting with the new neighbor, a single woman, and her daughter. The story jumps back and forth in time, where we learn that he once had a wife named Joyce, a best friend named Gus, and a son named David in his life. What happened to them? And what will happen to Hubert as he’s slowly roped into a town-wide anti-loneliness crusade. This story, equal parts sad, happy, and funny, also shines a light on the indignities that a Jamaican immigrant would have suffered in London. Hubert’s spirit, despite numerous incidents that would break another person, is what keeps him going, the same spirit that makes All the Lonely People compelling reading.
This is the book fans of A Man Called Ove have been waiting for. With the origin of Hubert’s isolation always lurking in the shadows, will he ever get to live the life he's pretended to have for so long? All the Lonely People is by turns a funny and moving meditation on love, race, old age, and friendship that will not only charm and uplift, but also remind you of the power of ordinary people to make an extraordinary difference.
Mike Gayle wrote an advice column for a teenage girls' magazine before becoming Features Editor for another teen magazine. He has written for a variety of publications including the Sunday Times, the Guardian, and Cosmo. He has written thirteen novels, which have been translated into more than thirty languages.
The Lynden Sculpture Garden's Women's Speaker Series, sponsored by Milwaukee Reads and Boswell Book Company, hosts Kristin Harmel, author of novels like The Book of Lost Names, for a virtual, BYOS (bring-your-own-snacks) event. She’ll chat about her latest, an evocative coming-of-age World War II story about a young woman who uses her knowledge of the wilderness to help Jewish refugees escape the Nazis.
Tickets are $5 plus sales tax and ticket fee, or upgrade to admission-with-book for $28. Books can be picked up at Boswell or, for an additional fee, shipped via USPS media mail. $5 from each ticket will be donated to the Lynden Sculpture Garden. Purchase your tickets now at harmellynden.eventbrite.com.
Inspired by incredible true stories of survival against staggering odds, and suffused with journey-from-the-wilderness, The Forest of Vanishing Stars is a heart-wrenching, suspenseful novel. From Heather Webb, author of The Next Ship Home, “With breathtaking natural descriptions, vivid historical details, and a brave heroine worth cheering for who must fulfill a destiny prophesied since birth, this novel is not to be missed!”
After being stolen from her wealthy German parents and raised in the unforgiving wilderness of eastern Europe, a young woman finds herself alone in 1941 after her kidnapper dies. Her solitary existence is interrupted, however, when she happens upon a group of Jews fleeing the Nazi terror. Stunned to learn what’s happening in the outside world, she vows to teach the group all she can about surviving in the forest, and in turn, they teach her some surprising lessons about opening her heart after years of isolation. But when she is betrayed and escapes into a German-occupied village, her past and present come together in a shocking collision that could change everything.
Kristin Harmel is New York Times bestselling author of a dozen novels including The Book of Lost Names, The Winemaker’s Wife, and The Room on Rue Amélie. She is also the cofounder and cohost of the popular web series, Friends and Fiction.
Boswell presents an evening with Milwaukee author, speaker, editor, and writing coach Melander for her latest, a richly illustrated collection of biographies featuring forty people - scientists, explorers, authors, poets, activists - who changed the world by wielding their word. Best for ages eight and up.
Click here to register for this virtual event, broadcast via Zoom. And order you copy of Mightier Than the Sword for 20% off list price right now! Signed copies will be available, and yes, we can take personalization requests, too!
Throughout history, people have picked up their pens and wielded their word - transforming their lives, their communities, and beyond. Representing a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences, Mightier Than the Sword connects over forty inspiring biographies with life-changing writing activities and tips, showing readers just how much their own words can make a difference.
Readers will explore nature with Rachel Carson, experience the beginning of the Reformation with Martin Luther, champion women's rights with Sojourner Truth, and many more. These stories will engage and encourage young people to pay attention to their world, to honor their own ideas and dreams, and to embrace the transformative power of words to bring good to the world.
Rochelle Melander is Founder of Dream Keepers, a writing workshop that encourages young people to write about their lives and dreams for the future. Melander is author of books such as Level Up and Write-a-Thon, the official book of National Book Writing Month.
Boswell Book Company welcomes horror and sci-fi master Chuck Wendig, New York Times bestselling author of Wanderers, for a virtual event featuring his latest, in which a family returns to their hometown and the dark past that still haunts them. He'll chat with Kiersten White, the Bram Stoker Award-winning author of books like the Slayer series and the Camelot Rising trilogy.
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Long ago, Nathan lived in a house in the country with his abusive father and Maddie was a little girl making dolls in her bedroom when she saw something she shouldn’t have. Long ago, something sinister walked in the tunnels and the mountains and the coal mines of their hometown in rural Pennsylvania. Now, Nate and Maddie Graves are married, and they have moved back to their hometown with their son, Oliver. And what happened long ago is happening again – and this time, it is happening to Oliver. Dark dark magic puts them at the heart of a battle of good versus evil and a fight for the soul of the family and perhaps for all of the world.
Stephen Graham Jones, author of The Only Good Indians, says of Wendig’s novel, “The dread, the scope, the pacing, the turns - I haven't felt all this so intensely since The Shining.” And Kirkus Reviews calls it “A grade-A, weirdly comforting, and familiar stew of domestic drama, slasher horror, and primeval evil.”
Chuck Wendig is of books such as Star Wars: Aftermath, the Miriam Black thrillers, and Zer0es, alongside other works across comics, games, and film. He was a finalist for the John W Campbell Award for Best New Writer and served as the co-writer of the Emmy-nominated digital narrative Collapsus. He is also known for his popular blog, terribleminds. Kiersten White is the New York Times bestselling author of books including the And I Darken trilogy, and her upcoming adult debut is Hide. Her novel, The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein is in development with Sony Pictures Television.
We’re pleased to welcome back to Boswell (virtually!) beloved Wisconsinite Nickolas Butler, author of the books Shotgun Lovesongs and Little Faith, for a conversation about his riveting new novel, in which three troubled construction workers get entangled in a dangerous plan to finish building a home against an impossible deadline.
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Early praise for Bulter’s latest outing is already rolling in. CJ Box calls Godspeed “a page-turning, race-against-the-clock novel about fatal obsession, love, violence, addiction, and faith beautifully set in my home state of Wyoming. After you turn the last page it’ll stay with you for a long, long time.” And fellow Midwesterner Peter Geye adds, “Not many writers can turn any subject into gold, but Nick Butler is one of them. This novel is about addiction, ambition, and America at the crossroads of its own demise, and in Butler’s brilliant, capable hands, it ends up feeling like a lived experience.” And how about from Wisconsin’s Larry Watson, who adds, “Readers won’t be able to turn the pages of Godspeed fast enough.”
Why is it being built here, and why so quickly? These are the questions Cole, Bart, and Teddy ask themselves when they are hired to finish a project for a mysteriously wealthy homeowner in the mountains of Wyoming. The masterpiece house promises to put their company on the map, not to mention a bonus that could change the course of their business, and their lives. Up against the fateful deadline and the harsh, looming Wyoming winter, Cole, Bart, and Teddy will risk life, limb, and family. What becomes an obsession for all three quickly builds to tragic consequences.
Wisconsin’s Nickolas Butler is author of Shotgun Lovesongs, The Hearts of Men, and Little Faith, and the story collection Beneath the Bonfire. His writing has appeared in Ploughshares, Narrative, and The New York Times Book Review, among other outlets. A graduate of UW-Madison and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he now lives in rural Wisconsin. Andrew J Graff grew up in Wisconsin's Northwoods, is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and now teaches at Wittenberg University in Ohio.
Elm Grove Public Library and Boswell present Milwaukee-area native Andrea Bartz, author of The Lost Night and The Herd for an event featuring her latest thriller, a novel that travels from Milwaukee to Cambodia for a backpacking trip with deadly consequences.
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Emily is in the mountains of Chile with her best friend, Kristen, on their annual reunion trip. But on the last night of the trip, Emily enters their hotel suite to find blood and broken glass on the floor. Kristen says the cute backpacker she brought back to the room attacked her, and she had no choice but to kill him in self-defense. Even more shocking: The scene is horrifyingly similar to last year’s trip, when another backpacker wound up dead. Back home in Wisconsin, Emily struggles to bury her trauma, diving head-first into a new relationship and throwing herself into work. But when Kristen shows up for a surprise visit, Emily is forced to confront their violent past.
Steph Cha, author of Your House Will Pay, says, “Bartz takes a friendship with boundary issues and adds an extra-special ingredient - the permanent, secret alliance of two people who have gotten away with murder… An observant, suspenseful, and deeply scary novel.” And from Zakiya Dalila Harris, author of The Other Black Girl, “A nail-biting, immersive whirl of a read…Brimming with mysterious twists, turns, and a frenemyship of the most chilling proportions, We Were Never Here is every woman’s worst nightmare - and every thriller-lover’s dream.”
Andrea Bartz is author of The Lost Night and The Herd. Her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, and many other outlets, and she’s held editorial positions at Glamour, Psychology Today, and Self. Jennifer Hillier is the author of Little Secrets, Creep, and Jar of Hearts.
Milwaukee food and travel writer Kristine Hansen chats about Wisconsin Farms and Farmer's Markets: Tours, Trails and Attractions, her new book that covers Badger State farm stays, pick your owns, trail rides, farming museums, county fairs, cheese trails, dairy centers, wine tastings, petting zoos, tree farms, farmer's markets, and so much more. Please note the new date of this event is August 4.
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With its fertile soil and more than a century of agricultural heritage, Wisconsin ranks #2 in the nation for its number of organic farms, second only to California. From the boho-chic Driftless Region to cherry orchards hugging Lake Michigan in Door County, not to mention pizza farms nestled along the Mississippi River, the Dairy State is the ideal vacation for farm-loving travelers in search of authentic culinary experiences. Whether it’s stepping into a cranberry bog or sipping cider fermented from antique apples, this book’s profiles of farms (and its farmers) has that itinerary covered. The agritourism opportunities abound throughout the state.
Kristine Hansen is a nationally recognized food and travel writer who has covered Wisconsin’s cheese producers for Travel + Leisure, Fodors, and Cheese Professor. Her writing has appeared in Time Magazine, Midwest Living, and Milwaukee Magazine. She is the author of Wisconsin Cheese Cookbook: Creamy, Cheesy, Sweet, and Savory Recipes from the State’s Best Creameries.
The August edition of our famed Readings from Oconomowaukee virtual event series, presented in partnership with Books & Company of Oconomowoc, presents the return to southeastern Wisconsin of Madison-based writer Jennifer Chiaverini, author of acclaimed novels such as Resistance Women, Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker, and the Elm Creek Quilts series. She visits for her latest, an enthralling novel of the woman’s suffrage movement.
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Inspired by actual events, The Women’s March offers a fascinating account of a crucial but little-remembered moment in American history, a turning point in the struggle for women’s rights. Twenty-five-year-old Alice Paul returns to her native New Jersey after several years on the front lines of the suffrage movement in Great Britain. Weakened from imprisonment and hunger strikes, she is nevertheless determined to invigorate the stagnant suffrage movement in her homeland. To inspire support for the campaign, Alice organizes a magnificent procession down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC, the day before the inauguration of President-elect Woodrow Wilson, a firm antisuffragist.
Joining the march is thirty-nine-year-old New Yorker Maud Malone, librarian and advocate for women’s and workers’ rights. The daughter of Irish immigrants, Maud has acquired a reputation - and a criminal record - for interrupting politicians’ speeches with pointed questions they’d rather ignore. Civil rights activist and journalist Ida B. Wells-Barnett resolves that women of color must also be included in the march and the proposed amendment. Born into slavery in Mississippi, Ida worries that white suffragists may exclude Black women if it serves their own interests. On March 3, 1913, the glorious march commences, but negligent police allow vast crowds of belligerent men to block the parade route, endangering not only the success of the demonstration but the women’s very lives.
Jennifer Chiaverini is the New York Times bestselling author of acclaimed historical novels and the beloved Elm Creek Quilts series. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Chicago, she lives in Madison.
Join us for a virtual evening with the always-charming Milwaukee-area author David S Pederson to celebrate the release of the latest installment of his Lambda Literary Award-nominated Heath Barrington mystery series. Barrington delves into the spirit world to solve the murder of a spiritualist while discovering dark secrets in another detective's past.
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A traveling spiritualist is found shot to death in an alley late at night with his underwear around his ankles. But the perpetrator is an enigma. Was it the young trick with a drug problem the spiritualist met in the alley? The unusual woman who runs the boarding house where the trick lives? The dead man’s wife, another spiritualist with secrets of her own? The handsome, alcoholic protégé? The beautiful woman who leads the spiritualist’s fan club? Or someone else altogether?
With a list of suspects a mile long, only Detective Heath Barrington will be able to crack the murder. But Heath’s handsome fellow detective, Grant Riker, has an unlikely connection to their prime suspect that reveals a shady past he’s ashamed to admit. With more questions than answers, a séance may be the only way to the truth. Or perhaps the answer is in the cards? While Heath searches for the murderer, he uncovers more dark secrets than he bargained for, and witnesses firsthand the relentless pressure for LGBTQ+ people in the 1940s to stay hidden in the shadows.
David S Pederson is author of seven Heath Barrington mystery novels, which include the Lamda Literary Award finalists Death Checks In and Death Takes a Bow. His novel Death Goes Overboard was selected by the GLBT Round Table of the American Library Association for the 2018 Over the Rainbow book list.
Join us for a Thrillwaukee evening with Megan Abbott for her latest psychological thriller, a mesmerizing new novel set against the hothouse of a family-run ballet studio that’s made the Must Read Summer Books lists from Time, The Washington Post, Crimereads, and many more.
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With their long necks, matching buns, and pink tights, Dara and Marie Durant have been dancers since they can rememberAfter their parents' tragic, the sisters began running the school together, along with Charlie, Dara's husband and once their mother's prized student. Circling around one another, the three have perfected a dance that keeps the studio thriving. But when a suspicious accident occurs, just at the onset of the school's annual performance of The Nutcracker - a season of competition, anxiety, and exhilaration - an interloper arrives and threatens the sisters' delicate balance.
Perfect for fans of Black Swan, Abbott’s novel is like a dark noir fairy tale. From The Washington Post, “Abbott is a legend for good reason. No one combines the style of classic noir with the psyches of sophisticated men and women who are willing to do anything – anything - to succeed better than Abbott. Her latest is a dizzyingly fascinating story of a family-owned dance studio and the weight of unrequited ambition. An instant classic.”
Megan Abbott is author of ten novels, including Dare Me, Give Me Your Hand, and You Will Know Me. She earned a PhD in literature from New York University and her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Believer. She is the co-creator and executive producer of USA's adaptation of Dare Me and was a staff writer on HBO's David Simon show The Deuce.
Boswell presents a special evening with Nick Flynn, celebrating the paperback release of his latest memoir. Flynn will be in conversation with Pulitzer Prize winner and former US Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey.
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When Nick Flynn was a child, his mother set fire to their home. The event loomed large in his imagination for years, but it’s only after having a child of his own that he understands why. He returns with his young daughter to the landscape of his youth, reflecting on how his childhood has him still in its reins, and forms his memories into lyrical, sinister, and wounded bedtime stories.
With the spare lyricism and dark irony of his classic, Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, Flynn excavates the terrain of his traumatic upbringing and his mother's suicide. Now a parent himself, he discovers that he too may be burning his house down. He returns with his young daughter to the landscape of his youth, reflecting on how his "feral childhood" has him still in its reins.
Nick Flynn is author of three previous memoirs, including the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award–winning Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, and four volumes of poetry. Flynn is Professor on Creative Writing at the University of Houston. Natasha Trethewey is a former US Poet Laureate and the author of five collections of poetry, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning book Native Guard and the memoir Memorial Drive. She is currently the Board of Trustees Professor of English at Northwestern University.
Join us for an evening featuring, per Peter Carlson in the Washington Post, America’s funniest science writer Mary Roach, who will take us along for an irresistible investigation into the unpredictable world where wildlife and humans meet.
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What’s to be done about a jaywalking moose? A breaking and entering bear? Murderous trees? Hundred of years ago, animals that broke the law were put on trial. These days, as Roach discovers, the answers are better found in science: the curious science of human-wildlife conflict, a discipline at the crossroads of human behavior and wildlife biology.
Combining little-known forensic science and conservation genetics with a motley cast of laser scarecrows, langur impersonators, and trespassing squirrels, Roach reveals as much about humanity as about nature’s lawbreakers. When it comes to "problem" wildlife, she finds, humans are more often the problem - and the solution. Fascinating, witty, and humane, Fuzz offers hope for compassionate coexistence in our ever-expanding human habitat.
Mary Roach is author of best-selling books of nonfiction such as Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal, and, most recently, Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War. Her writing has appeared in Outside, National Geographic, and the New York Times Magazine.
Milwaukee’s award-winning spiritual writer and Saint Francis scholar Jon M Sweeney joins us for a discussion of his latest work, a consideration of the spiritual practices that can be found in the life and teachings of Saint Francis of Assisi.
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In Feed the Wolf, Sweeney explores fifteen spiritual practices drawn from the essential wisdom of Saint Francis to ease fear and uncertainty in our twenty-first-century lives: touch what is frightening; refuse power; have nothing to lose; spend time in the woods; pray with the moon; turn toward what's simple, and more. The world's most popular saint has illuminated a peaceful path forward for those of us navigating today's precarious times.
Each spiritual lesson from the life of Saint Francis of Assisi begins with an invitation to embrace the wolf - to consider another viewpoint, to befriend our fears, and to discover something new. The path Saint Francis discovered is the way of faith made tangible - and his way was always a way of peace.
Jon M Sweeney is author of thirty books, including The Complete Francis of Assisi, and is considered the authoritative voice on the life and spirituality of Saint Francis. He is also a regular speaker at literary and spirituality conferences.
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