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If you'd like to know what's going on at Boswell (or with Boswell, if the actual event is somewhere else), click on our "upcoming events" link on the top left of the website. Here are our upcoming ticketed events: 

Christopher Moore, author of The Serpent of Venice
Thursday May 1, at 7:00 pm

This event is co-sponsored by Theatre Gigante, which will open for Christopher Moore, presenting a short play at 6:45 pm.

Get ready for a night of raucous hilarity with one of the most entertaining authors you’ll ever meet: Christopher Moore returns to Milwaukee to present The Serpent of Venice, the sequel to Fool and another satirical take on the Bard of Avon starring everybody’s favorite fool, Pocket of Dog Snogging, in a glorious and farcical mash–up of William Shakespeare and Edgar Allan Poe. Tickets are available on the Brown Paper Tickets website. Ticket cost is $28 (plus taxes and fees) and includes admission for one person and an autographed copy of The Serpent of Venice. This event is co-sponsored by Theatre Gigante. There is a $20 gift card option in lieu of the book, available on the night of the event only.

The setting is Venice, a long time ago. And three prominent Venetians await their most loathsome and foul dinner guest, the erstwhile envoy from the Queen of Britain: the rascal–Fool Pocket. This trio of cunning plotters—the merchant, Antonio; the senator, Montressor Brabantio; and the naval officer, Iago—have lured Pocket to a dark dungeon, promising an evening of sprits and debauchery with a rare Amontillado sherry and Brabantio’s beautiful daughter, Portia. But their invitation is, of course, bogus. The wine is drugged. The girl isn’t even in the city limits. Desperate to rid themselves once and for all of the man who has consistently foiled their grand quest for power and wealth, they have lured him to his death. (How can such a small man, be such a huge obstacle?). But this Fool is no fool…and he’s got more than a few tricks (and hand gestures) up his sleeve. Greed, revenge, deception, lust, and a giant (but lovable) sea monster combine to create another hilarious and bawdy tale from modern comic genius, Christopher Moore.

Here’s what Boswellian Jason has to say about The Serpent of Venice: "The foul-mouthed, funny, and acrobatic Pocket from Fool is back, and now, he's running around and scheming in Venice trying to stop a Crusade, of all things. It is greed that lines the pockets of Pocket's enemies, and they also just hate his friendly standing with the doge and Othello, whose ears he can influence. Christopher Moore takes us on another Shakespearean romp that involves a deadly sea creature, a pound of flesh, double dealings, stolen money, three locked chests, Marco Polo, and a lot of people dying who don't stay dead. It was marvelous, and had me laughing out loud the entire time."

About the Author
: Christopher Moore is the author of twelve previous novels: Practical Demonkeeping, Coyote Blue, Bloodsucking Fiends, Island of the Sequined Love Nun, The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove, Lamb, Fluke, The Stupidest Angel, A Dirty Job, You Suck, Fool, Bite Me, and Sacré Bleu. He divides his time between Hawaii and San Francisco, California.




Garrison Keillor, author of The Keillor Reader
Monday May 5, at 7:00 pm

Boswell Book Company and the UWM Bookstore are proud to present the multitalented master storyteller, Garrison Keillor, for a ticketed event at the UWM Union Ballroom, co-sponsored by Wisconsin Public Radio and Milwaukee Public Radio. Best known as the founder and host of A Prairie Home Companion, Keillor will present and discuss his latest book, The Keillor Reader, a stunning collection of his many, varied pursuits. Tickets for this event are available on the Brown Paper Tickets website. Ticket cost is $30 (including all taxes and fees) and includes admission for one person and an autographed copy of The Keillor Reader. Tickets are also available at the UWM Bookstore for $30/$27 for those with a valid UWM student ID. The UWM Union Ballroom is located in the Student Union on the UWM Campus, 2200 E. Kenwood Blvd. in Milwaukee. There is no gift card option for this event.

When, at thirteen, he caught on as a sportswriter for the Anoka Herald, Garrison Keillor set out to become a professional writer, and so he has done, recognized today as one of America’s best loved storytellers as well as an occasional comedian, essayist, editor, newspaper columnist, screenwriter, and poet. The Keillor Reader is a remarkable single volume that brings together the full range of his work including monologues from A Prairie Home Companion, stories from The New Yorker and The Atlantic, excerpts from novels, and newspaper columns, and presents pieces never before published, including the essays "Cheerfulness" and "What We Have Learned So Far."

About the Author: Garrison Keillor is the founder and host of A Prairie Home Companion, celebrating its fortieth anniversary in 2014. He is the author of nineteen books of fiction and humor, the editor of the Good Poems collections, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Born in Anoka, Minnesota, he began his radio career as a freshman at the University of Minnesota, from which he graduated in 1966. He went to work for Minnesota Public Radio in 1969, and on July 6, 1974, he hosted the first broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion in St. Paul. Today, some 4 million listeners on more than 600 public radio stations coast to coast and beyond tune in to the show each week. Honored with Grammy, ACE, and George Foster Peabody awards, the National Humanities Medal, and election to the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Keillor’s many books include Lake Wobegon Days, The Book of Guys, Pilgrims: A Wobegon Romance, and Guy Noir and the Straight Skinny. In 2007, he opened an independent bookstore, Common Good Books, in St. Paul.



Whether it's because of a 6 am newspaper review or a midnight recommendation from a friend, you can order the great books you want, from us, online 24/7. That includes eBooks.

Or, come visit and let our booksellers, with their encyclopedic knowledge of books past, present and even future, make customized recommendations based on your reading tastes. Not chatty? Browse our shelves and ever-changing displays to your heart's content (or until we close for the evening). Know that a book is coming out from your favorite author and want it the day it lands? Pre-order from us and we'll have it waiting for you.

Speaking of your favorite authors: Since 2009, we have been presenting Pulitzer and Man Booker Prize winning authors, bestselling scribes (before and after hitting that #1 spot), and local writers launching first (second, or third) books. We partner with local businesses to offer fine arts previews and fine foods, and even bring authors to schools and libraries throughout the city (and beyond!). Don't miss out! Subscribe to our twice-monthly e-newsletter via the column to the right or visit us on Facebook. You can request autographed copies of books by any author we have coming, though we try to have signed copies available after the event, too.

For more details on authors and their books check out our upcoming events page for a complete list of confirmed appearances. Also be sure to check out our budding schedule of author appearances for kids, young adults and teens, many of which are held at area libraries.

A handful of our events are ticketed. Tickets are normally the cost of the featured author's book. It's like buying the book and seeing the author for free! We use Brown Paper Tickets, a non-profit service that donates 5% of their funds to charities. Click on the BPT logo to be taken to all our ticketed events. 

If you can’t make it in, or it’s before/after hours, be sure to check out Daniel’s (daily post) blog, Boswell and Books, or the booksellers’ (occasional post) blog, The Boswellians. Thanks for checking us out. We hope to see you in the store soon.

Daniel Goldin, with Amie, Anne, Carly, Conrad, Greg, Hannah, Jane, Jannis, Jason, Jen, Josh, Mel, Pam, Peter, Sharon, and Terrail.