COVID-19 update. All Boswell in-person events are cancelled through May 31. We're hoping at least some of them might wind rescheduled, others may become digital, and still others will become featured interviews and essays. If you want to hear about events in your inbox, sign up for our email newsletter or the Boswell and Books blog. And, you can always pre-order or reserve a signed copy of your favorite author's new title if you can't make an event.
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This American Stroke Month, join the American Heart Association for a virtual (and lifesaving!) Go Red for Women Couch Conversation about the devastating impact of a stroke with moderator Jasmine M Johnson and stroke survivor Vivian L King. Cosponsored by Boswell Book Company. This event will be broadcast as a Zoom webinar. Registration is required to attend - click this link to register today!
Former television broadcast journalist Vivian King was taking a seemingly harmless prescription pill and suddenly suffered a stroke that robbed her of her voice. She battled through neurological intensive care and hours of therapy, leading to a miraculous recovery which astounded even her doctors. When the Words Suddenly Stopped is Vivian's story, and if you have suffered a health emergency that's impacted you, your family and friends, this book is your guide. King shares how she discovered a powerful process that led to her ultimate healing.
Vivian L King is a former television journalist who reported for Milwaukee's TMJ4. She is Founder and Principal at Vivian L King Connections. Jasmine M Johnson is the Diversity Programs Director at ManpowerGroup.
Lynden Sculpture Garden's Women's Speaker Series and Boswell Book Company welcome Mary Alice Monroe for a virtual, BYOS (bring-your-own-snack) conversation with MKE Read's Margy Stratton.
This event will be broadcast via Zoom. Visit the Lynden Sculpture Garden's website right here to register for free and for more information. And click the link in this event description's title to purchase your copy of On Ocean Boulevard.
The New York Times bestselling author of The Summer Guests returns at long last to her beloved Beach House series in this breathtaking novel about one family’s summer of forging new beginnings against the enduring beauty and resilience of the natural world. Like the sea turtles that come ashore annually on these windswept islands, three generations of the Rutledge family experience a season of return, rebirth, and growth. On Ocean Boulevard is Mary Alice Monroe at her very best.
Mary Alice Monroe found her true calling in environmental fiction when she moved to coastal South Carolina and became was captivated by the beauty and fragility of her new home. She is author of A Lowcountry Christmas, which won a 2017 Southern Book Prize in Fiction, The Butterfly’s Daughter, which won the International Book Award for Green Fiction, and The Beach House, which was adapted into a Hallmark Channel Hall of Fame Movie. Margy Stratton is Founder and Executive Producer of Milwaukee Reads, which produces the Women's Speakers Series.
We are thrilled to host the virtual launch event for Wisconsin author Clancy’s debut novel, which is one of our favorite books of the summer. She'll chat with Lauren Fox, Milwaukee author of Days of Awe.
Clancy’s novel is a Boswell Best selection (how could it not be!) and so is 20% off the list price. Pre-order your copy today via the link above. This event will be broadcast via Zoom. Registration is required - click right here to register today!
Tender and compassionate, incisive and heartbreaking, The Second Home is the story of a family you'll quickly fall in love with, and won't soon forget. Pulitzer finalist Rebecca Makkai, author of The Great Believers, says, ”Christina Clancy writes with warmth, wit, and wisdom about fantastically human characters. A novel of family and place and belonging.” And Chloe Benjamin, author of The Immortalists, adds, "Christina Clancy writes with empathy and rich detail...Tender and suspenseful, Clancy's debut explores the nature of home as well as the nature of family itself--given and chosen."
And Boswellians absolutely adore Clancy’s debut, too! From Daniel Goldin: “When Mom and Dad die in a car accident en route to the family’s beloved South Wellfleet vacation home, it’s up to sisters Ann and Poppy (adopted brother Michael has disappeared from the sisters’ lives) to pick up the pieces. But cracks in the family go back to their school days, and the mystery is in exactly what drove the family apart and how exactly it can be put together. And for those of you that love a good house story, it’s hard not to fall in love with that home the family is fighting over. But beyond Cape Cod, Clancy’s debut is also a love letter to Milwaukee, and how can I not love that? Truly The Second Home is a top-notch work of smart escapism, an adroitly written, emotional rollercoaster, and perfect for summer or whenever you vacation.”
Jane Glaser adds: “I love house stories. The Second Home, Christina Clancy's heartfelt new novel, raises so many ideas in a book that’s positioned for summer escapism, making it perhaps the perfect book for reading group discussions.” And from Chris Lee: “The real magic trick of Clancy’s writing is the in-the-moment longings she creates for each character, their desire for the forbidden and lost that you’ll feel tug at your own heart. Like the summer you learned to surf, this novel’s glow will stay with you for a long time to come.”
Christina Clancy holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Glimmer Train, and more. Lauren Fox is the Milwaukee author of the novels Days of Awe, Friends Like Us, and Still Life with Husband. She formerly taught English at Beloit College.
We're pleased to welcome Jennifer Chiaverini (virtually) back to Milwaukee for her latest, a compelling story of love, loss, and sisterhood that's rich in history and suspense.
This virtual event will be broadcast right here via Facebook Live.
Chiaverini, the New York Times bestselling author of Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker, returns to her most famous heroine, Mary Todd Lincoln. In May 1875, Elizabeth Todd Edwards reels from news that her younger sister Mary, former First Lady and widow of President Abraham Lincoln, has attempted suicide. Although they have long been estranged, Elizabeth knows Mary's tenuous mental health has deteriorated through decades of trauma and loss. When the Civil War erupted, the conflict that divided a nation shattered their family. The Todd sisters's fates were bound to their husbands' choices as some joined the Lincoln administration, others the Confederate Army. Now, though discord and tragedy have strained their bonds, Elizabeth knows they must come together as sisters to help Mary in her most desperate hour.
Jennifer Chiaverini is author of acclaimed historical novels such as Resistance Women as well as her beloved Elm Creek Quilts series. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Chicago.
Join Christina Ward, Vice-President of Feral House Publishing as she shares the wonderfully entertaining life and history of Dirty Helen Cromwell, a local legend in Milwaukee. Cosponsored by Boswell Book Company. This event will be broadcast virtually. Visit the Milwaukee Public Library website right here to register for free and get more information. And purchase your copy Good Time Party Girl from Boswell from now until the event date and get 10% off the list price!
Ward has brought back the long-lost autobiography of a woman who lived life with no regrets. Good Time Party Girl offers a rare look into the colorful criminal underworld from New York to San Francisco to Milwaukee and every whorehouse, tavern, and mining camp in between. Helen’s friends were everyone else's enemies - Al Capone, Big Jim Colosimo, and Johnny Torrio. It's the true-life story of a woman who never said "No" and carved out an independent life that transgressed every societal boundary. Ward presents a rarely seen look into the reality of a working-class woman who chose sex-work as a path to the good life.
Christina Ward is author of Preservation: The Art and Science of Canning, Fermentation, and Dehydration and American Advertising Cookbooks - How Corporations Taught Us to Love Spam, Bananas, and Jell-O. She is a contributor to Edible Milwaukee, the Wall Street Journal, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and more.
We’re excited to host a virtual event with Larry Watson, the acclaimed author of Montana, 1948, for a chat about his brand new novel a multigenerational story of the West told through the history of one woman trying to navigate life on her own terms.
This event will be broadcast via Zoom. Registration will be required – link coming soon. Check back on this page.
Edie - smart, self‑assured, beautiful - always worked hard. She worked as a teller at a bank, she worked to save her first marriage, and she worked to raise her daughter even as her second marriage came apart. Edie just wanted a good life, but everywhere she turned, her looks defined her. Two brothers fought over her. Her second husband became unreasonably possessive and jealous. Her daughter resented her. And now, as a grandmother, Edie finds herself harassed by a younger man. 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.
From Kirkus's starred review: "Watson is insightful in his depiction of Edie and those who seek to control her, and his descriptions of small-town Montana life, where guns are frequently a menacing presence, reflect how the potential for violence is ever present beneath the surface of things. The novel crackles with tension, especially the second and third acts; Watson is a born storyteller, and it shows on every understated page. But Edie's story also rings with a hardscrabble poetry... A riveting and tense examination of identity, violence, and female anger."
Larry Watson is author of ten critically acclaimed books, and his fiction has received numerous prizes and awards. His writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. A film adaptation of Watson's novel Let Him Go is currently in production with Kevin Costner and Diane Lane and due to release in 2020. Watson retired from teaching at Marquette University
More Upcoming Virtual Events to Come
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