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David Finkel, author of The Good Soldiers and Thank You for Your Service
Wednesday October 22, at 7:00 pm
Please join us for an evening with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, MacArthur "Genius" Grant recipient, and author of The Good Soldiers, David Finkel, as he presents his latest, Thank You for Your Service, an important book filled with great truths, none more powerful than when Finkel writes: "while the truth of war is that it’s always about loving the guy next to you, the truth of the after-war is that you’re on your own."
No journalist has reckoned with the psychology of war as intimately as David Finkel. In The Good Soldiers, his bestselling account from the front lines of Baghdad, Finkel shadowed the men of the 2-16 Infantry Battalion as they carried out the infamous surge, a grueling fifteen-month tour that changed all of them forever. Now, in Thank You for Your Service, Finkel follows many of those same men as they return home and struggle to reintegrate—both into their family lives and into American society at large. Where do soldiers belong after their homecoming? Is it possible, or even reasonable, to expect them to rejoin their communities as if nothing has happened? And, in moments of hardship, who are soldiers expected to turn to if they feel alienated by the world they once lived in? A mesmerizing account of the pain and hope that they carry from day-to-day, Thank You for Your Service is more than a work of journalism—it is an act of understanding, shocking but always riveting, unflinching but deeply humane, that takes us inside the heads of those who must live the rest of their lives with the chilling realities of war.
"Eloquently reported…This is not—nor should it be—an easy book. But it is an essential one." —The New York Times Book Review (Editors’ Choice)
"I’m urging everyone I know to give Thank You for Your Service just a few pages, a few minutes out of their busy lives. The families honored in this urgent, important book will take it from there." —Katherine Boo, author of Behind the Beautiful Forevers
About the Author: David Finkel is the award-winning author of The Good Soldiers. A staff writer for The Washington Post, he is also the leader of the Post’s national reporting team. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting in 2006, and the MacArthur "Genius" Grant in 2012. Finkel lives in Maryland, with his wife and two daughters.
The Friends of the Elm Grove Library present Let Him Go by Local Author Larry Watson at the Sunset Playhouse
Wednesday October 22, at 7:00 pm
The Friends of the Elm Grove Library present their "Elm Grove Reads" selection for 2014, Let Him Go, by local author Larry Watson. With this riveting tale of blood ties and familial love set in North Dakota, Watson reminds us why the American West as a literary genre is worth preserving. The Elm Grove Reads celebration is being held at the Sunset Playhouse (located at 800 Elm Grove Road in Elm Grove). Tickets are $5 and are available at the Elm Grove Library. Books will be available for sale, courtesy of Boswell Book Company. There will be a cash bar, courtesy of the Sunset Playhouse. For more information, or to purchase tickets, contact the Elm Grove Library, (262) 782-6717.
Set in 1951 North Dakota, Let Him Go is the story of George and Margaret Blackledge. A few months ago, their son’s widow took off with their grandson to remarry a man from a somewhat troublesome family, the Weboys. Resolved to find her grandson, who is also the last connection they have to their son, who died years ago, Margaret insists on taking to the road to bring him home. George, a retired sheriff, is hesitant but agrees, and together they leave the Dakota badlands, headed for Montana. The Weboy clan, however, is not going to give up the boy without a fight.
"I loved Let Him Go, so real, and heartbreaking, and tragic. It never let me go as I took a trip with George and Margaret Blackledge. Larry Watson is a master at setting up the gut-wrenching atmosphere and these hard-scrabble characters. My heart went out to them in their desperate situation and their dead end choices. Brilliant!" —Boswellian Jason Kennedy
Jack Bishop, editorial director of America’s Test Kitchen and co-editor of The Cook’s Illustrated Meat Book: An Authoritative Guide to Selecting and Cooking Today’s Meat and Poultry with 450 Recipes
Thursday October 23, at 7:00 pm
It doesn’t matter whether you’ve got burgers, steak, ribs, or roast chicken on the menu—shopping for and cooking meat can be confusing, and mistakes can be costly. Join us for an evening discussion with Jack Bishop, editorial director of America’s Test Kitchen as he presents The Cook’s Illustrated Meat Book, which begins with a 27-page master class in meat cookery that covers shopping, storing, and seasoning meat, including 450 foolproof recipes from America's most-trusted food magazine.
Matching cut to cooking method is another key to success, which is why The Cook’s Illustrated Meat Book includes fully illustrated pages devoted to all of the major cooking methods: sautéing, pan-searing, pan-roasting, roasting, grilling, barbecuing, and more. The editors of Cook’s Illustrated identify the best cuts for these methods and explain point by point how and why you should follow their steps (and what may happen if you don’t). Among the 450 foolproof recipes included in The Cook’s Illustrated Meat Book are recipes for new ways to cook some of your favorite dishes, such as: pan-seared thick cut steak, juicy pub-style burgers, oven roasted BBQ ribs, slow-roasted pork, crispy-skinned chicken breasts, and roast turkey.
Jack Bishop Bio: Jack Bishop is the editorial director of America's Test Kitchen. He joined the staff of Cook's magazine in 1988 and helped with the launch of Cook's Illustrated in 1993. He established the tasting protocols used in America's Test Kitchen and has authored dozens of articles for the magazine. Jack directed the launch of Cook's Country magazine and oversees editorial operations at both magazines. He is a cast member of America's Test Kitchen, Cook's Country, edited The Best Recipe, and established the books division at America's Test Kitchen. He is the author of several cookbooks, including A Year in a Vegetarian Kitchen, Vegetables Every Day, The Complete Italian Vegetarian Cookbook, Pasta e Verdura, and Lasagna. Jack has two daughters with his wife, Lauren Chattman, a cookbook author and former pastry chef.
Will Boast, author of The Epilogue and Hannah Pittard, author of Reunion
Friday October 24, at 7:00 pm
Please join us for an exciting evening with two authors whose books, although one fact and one fiction, delve into the delicate and dicey territory of family secrets. In Will Boast’s memoir, Epilogue, Boast thought he'd lost his family, until a deeply held secret revealed a second chance he never thought he’d have. In Reunion, Hannah Pittard’s "engaging and vigorous" (Chicago Tribune) prose masterfully illuminates the problems that can divide modern families—and the ties that prove impossible to break.
In Epilogue, having already lost his mother and only brother, twenty-four-year-old Will Boast finds himself absolutely alone when his father dies of alcoholism. Numbly settling the matters of his father's estate, Boast is deep inside his grief when he stumbles upon documents revealing a secret his father had intended to keep: He’d had another family before Will’s—a wife and two sons in England. This revelation leads to a flood of new questions. Setting out in search of his half brothers, he attempts to reconcile their family history with his own, testing each childhood memory under the weight of his father's secret. With the piercing gaze of a novelist, Boast transforms the pain and confusion of his family history into an achingly poignant portrait of resilience, revising the stories he's inherited to refashion both his past and his present. Heartbreaking and luminous, Epilogue is the stunning account of a young man's struggle to understand all that he has lost and found, and to forge a new life for himself along the way.
Hannah Pittard, author of the highly acclaimed The Fates Will Find Their Way, Pittard returns with Reunion, a fully-realized novel about a far-flung family reunited for one weekend by their father's death. There is no shortage of novels about dysfunctional families, but this story explores the incredibly complex emotional relationships between adult siblings in a way that rings so authentic and true that the reader feels as if they are part of the family. Written with huge heart and bracing wit, Reunion takes place over four days, as family secrets are revealed, personal foibles are exposed, and Kate—an inveterate liar looking for a way to come clean—slowly begins to acknowledge the overwhelming similarities between herself and the man she never thought she'd claim as an influence, much less a father. Reunion delves into the heart of what family means and how adult siblings can simultaneously share the closest of bonds and feel completely estranged.
Will Boast Bio: Will Boast was born in England and grew up in Ireland and Wisconsin. He won the Iowa Short Fiction Award for his short story collection, Power Ballads, and is a former Wallace Stegner Fellow. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Virginia Quarterly, Best New American Voices, and elsewhere. He divides his time between Chicago and Brooklyn, New York.
Hannah Pittard Bio: Hannah Pittard is the winner of the 2006 Amanda Davis Highwire Fiction Award, the recipient of a 2012 MacDowell Colony Fellowship, and a consulting editor for Narrative Magazine. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia's MFA program and teaches fiction at DePaul University.
Christopher Buehlman, author of Those Across the River, The Necromancer’s House, and his latest novel The Lesser Dead
Monday October 27, at 7:00 pm
We are excited to welcome to Boswell beloved author of Those Across the River and The Necromancer’s House, Christopher Buehlman, reading from and signing copies of his latest genre-bending work, The Lesser Dead, in which he takes takes readers to the dangerous and dirty streets of New York City in 1978 where a gruesome game of cat and mouse between the city’s undead residents and a formidable foe is about to begin.
Joey Peacock has spent the last forty years as an adolescent vampire, perfecting the routine he now enjoys: womanizing in punk clubs and discotheques, feeding by night, and sleeping by day with others of his kind in the macabre labyrinth under the city’s sidewalks. The subways are his playground and his highway, shuttling him throughout Manhattan to bleed the unsuspecting in the Sheep Meadow of Central Park or in the backseats of Checker cabs, or even those in their own apartments who are too hypnotized by sitcoms to notice him opening their windows. It’s almost too easy. Until one night he sees them hunting on his beloved subway. The children with the merry eyes. Vampires…like him…or not like him. Whatever they are, whatever their appearance means, the undead in the tunnels of Manhattan are not as safe as they once were. And neither are the rest of us. Both harrowing and humorous, The Lesser Dead is an expertly-crafted novel from one of the horror genre’s most exciting new voices.
"Buehlman offers up a colony of fierce, brazenly unscrupulous vampires who reclaim the genre from angsty goths and return it to its fearsome and ferocious origins." —Publishers Weekly
About the Author: Christopher Buehlman is the winner of the 2007 Bridport Prize for Poetry and the author of four novels, including The Necromancer’s House, Between Two Fires, and Those Across the River, and several plays. He spends half the year in St. Petersburg, Florida, and the rest on the road.
Craig K. Collins, author of Thunder in the Mountains: A Portrait of American Gun Culture
Wednesday October 29, at 7:00 pm
According to Craig K. Collins, Executive Director of The Center for Gun Analytics (CGA) and author of Thunder in the Mountains: A Portrait of American Gun Culture, more than 32,000 people are killed by guns each year in the United States, with another 82,000 wounded. Please join us for an evening with the dynamic and engaging Craig K. Collins, who will discuss and sign copies of his debut about gun violence, Thunder in the Mountains: A Portrait of American Gun Culture.
The overwhelming brunt of America’s gun epidemic is borne by men and boys. Statistics reveal that 95% of all gun-inflicted homicides in the U.S. involve males as either perpetrators or victims, and 97% of all non-fatal gun injuries in the U.S. involve males as perpetrators or victims. "These data are as sobering as they are tragic," says Collins, who grew up in a family where guns were viewed as utilities: as important to survival in the region as a horse, shovel, or pick and as much a part of life as driving a car. But the day he shot himself in the remote wilderness a hundred miles from the nearest hospital, experiencing unremitting pain and terror, was a defining moment in Collins’ life, a moment that would forever change the way he thought about guns. In Thunder in the Mountains, Collins recounts a rapid succession of accidental shootings among teenage boys in his hometown just before and after his own—shootings that left three of his classmates dead, one permanently brain damaged and one forever scarred.
"Unfortunately, I can speak from experience regarding the nature of gun violence in the West," says Collins. "Gun accidents and suicides were fairly common occurrences in the small towns where I was raised. And they still are to this day."
About the Author: Craig K. Collins is the Executive Director of the Center for Gun Analytics. He was born in Pocatello, Idaho, in 1960, and was raised in small towns throughout the Great Basin—Carson City, Nevada; Winnemucca, Nevada; and Bishop, California. He attended college in San Diego, where he has lived since, and holds a BA in English and an MBA from San Diego State University. After a stint as a journalist, he served as a senior executive for Fortune 500 companies. Later, he founded a series of venture-backed technology start-ups. He has won a number of professional awards for writing, marketing, innovation, and entrepreneurship. Thunder in the Mountains is his first book.
Milwaukeean Pete Fromm, author of As Cool As I Am, presents his latest novel If Not For This
Thursday October 30, at 7:00 pm
We’re pleased to welcome to the Boswell stage celebrated author, Milwaukee native, and four-time winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Literary Award, Pete Fromm, who will read from and sign copies of his latest novel returning to the untamed rivers of the West, If Not For This, a stunning novel of love and the wild places it takes us.
In If Not For This, after meeting at a boatman’s bash on the Snake River, river runners Maddy and Dalt embark on a lifelong love affair. They marry on the banks of the Buffalo Fork, sure they’ll live there the rest of their days. Forced by the economics of tourism to leave Wyoming, they start a new adventure, opening their own river business in Ashland, Oregon: Halfmoon Whitewater. They prosper there, leading rafting trips and guiding fishermen into the wilds of Mongolia and Russia. But when Maddy, laid low by dizzy spells, with a mono that isn’t quite mono, both discovers she is pregnant and is diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, they realize their adventure is just beginning. Navigating hazards that dwarf any of the rapids they’ve faced together, Maddy narrates her life with Dalt the way she lives it: undaunted, courageous, in the present tense. Driven by her irresistible voice, full of wit and humor and defiance, If Not For This is a love story like no other.
"If Not For This is a terrific novel, poignant as hell, but feisty, funny, and romantic, too. Pete Fromm is a powerful, lucid writer, a perfect guide to the unpredictable rivers and people of the interior West, to their deep channels and breathtaking turns." —Jess Walter, author of Beautiful Ruins
"What do you do when you get everything you most desire in this life, but getting through every day requires you to be a superhero? In Pete Fromm’s smart, gorgeous, uplifting and heartbreaking new novel, If Not For This, you consider yourself damn lucky." —Bonnie Jo Campbell, author of Once Upon a River
About the Author: A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Pete Fromm is the author of ten books, including the novel As Cool As I Am and the memoir Indian Creek Chronicles. A four-time winner of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Literary Award, Pete lives with his family in Montana, where he can often be seen walking underneath his canoe to the river.
A Ticketed Event with Patrick Rothfuss, author of The Kingkiller Chronicles and The Slow Regard of Silent Things
Friday October 31, at 7:00 pm at the UWM Union Ballroom, located 2200 East Kenwood Avenue in Milwaukee
Boswell Book Company and the UWM Bookstore are excited to present a ticketed event at the UWM Union Ballroom featuring the genius behind The Kingkiller Chronicles, Wisconsinite Patrick Rothfuss, who will read from, discuss, and sign copies of his latest epic fantasy novel following Auri, one of The Kingkiller Chronicle’s most enigmatic characters. Full of secrets and mysteries, The Slow Regard of Silent Things is the story of a broken girl trying to live in a broken world. Tickets are $22 (includes all taxes and fees), include admission for one and a signed hardcover copy of The Slow Regard of Silent Things, and are available through Brown Paper Tickets. This event is co-sponsored by the UWM Bookstore. The UWM Union Ballroom is located 2200 East Kenwood Avenue in Milwaukee.
Deep below the University, there is a dark place. Few people know of it: a broken web of ancient passageways and abandoned rooms. A young woman lives there, tucked among the sprawling tunnels of the Underthing, snug in the heart of this forgotten place. Her name is Auri, and she is full of mysteries. The Slow Regard of Silent Things is a brief, bittersweet glimpse of Auri’s life, a small adventure all her own. At once joyous and haunting, this story offers a chance to see the world through Auri’s eyes.
"As seamless and lyrical as a song...This breathtakingly epic story is heartrending in its intimacy and masterful in its narrative essence." —Publishers Weekly
"It is a rare and great pleasure to find a fantasist writing...with true music in the words...Wherever Pat Rothfuss goes...he'll carry us with him as a good singer carries us through a song." — Ursula K. LeGuin
About the Author: Patrick Rothfuss currently lives in central Wisconsin where he teaches at the local university. Patrick loves words, laughs often, and dabbles in alchemy. His first novel, The Name of the Wind, was a 2007 Quill Award winner and a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. Its sequel, The Wise Man’s Fear, debuted at #1 on The New York Times bestseller list and won the David Gemmell Legend Award. His novels have also appeared on NPR’s Top 100 Science Fiction/Fantasy Books list and Locus’ Best 21st Century Fantasy Fiction Novels list.
An Evening with Curbside Splendor featuring Erika T. Wurth, author of Crazy Horse’s Girlfriend, and James Tadd Adcox, author of Does Not Love
Saturday November 1, at 7:00 pm
Please join us for an exciting evening at Boswell with two authors from Curbside Splendor, one of our favorite independent Chicago presses! Tackling issues of poverty, alcoholism, and drug abuse, Erika T. Wurth’s poignant debut, Crazy Horse’s Girlfriend, features Margaritte, a sharp-tongued, drug-dealing, sixteen-year-old Native American floundering in a small Colorado town. Set in an archly comedic alternate reality version of Indianapolis completely overrun by Big Pharma, James Tadd Adcox’s debut novel, Does Not Love, chronicles Robert and Viola’s attempts to overcome loss through the miracles of modern pharmaceuticals.
Crazy Horse’s Girlfriend by Erika T. Wurth thoroughly shakes up cultural preconceptions of what it means to be Native American today. Margaritte hates the burnout, futureless kids surrounding her, and is determined to create a different future with her unreliable new boyfriend. Fighting against her surroundings, she dreams of moving far beyond the bright lights of Denver that float on the horizon before the daily suffocation of teen-pregnancy eats her alive.
"Erika T. Wurth writes about a young woman's longing with such heart and soul, it made me want to cry." —Sandra Cisneros, author of The House on Mango Street
James Tadd Adcox’s debut novel, Does Not Love, follows Robert and Viola’s marriage, which is crumbling after a series of miscarriages. Viola finds herself in an affair with the FBI agent who has recently appeared at her workplace, while her husband Robert becomes enmeshed in an elaborate conspiracy designed to look like a drug study.
"James Tadd Adcox is a curator of the curious and the intimate, the real and the surreal. More than anything, Adcox is a writer who knows how to make the reader believe the impossible, in his capable hands, is always possible, and the ordinary, in his elegant words, is truly extraordinary."
—Roxane Gay, author of Bad Feminist and An Untamed State
Erika T. Wurth Bio: Erika T. Wurth is an Apache/Chickasaw/Cherokee raised on the outskirts of Denver, which she describes as a crossroads for many, many Native Americans. She holds an MA in English from University of Toledo, and a PhD in Creative Writing and Literature from University of Colorado. She is currently the writer-in-residence at the Institute of American Indian Arts and teaches creative writing at Western Illinois University. Her work is published in numerous journals, including Boulevard, Fiction, Florida Review, Southern California Review, and Drunken Boat. Her debut poetry collection, Indian Trains, was published by the University of New Mexico's West End Press.
James Tadd Adcox Bio: James Tadd Adcox’s first book, The Map of the System of Human Knowledge, was published in 2012 by Tiny Hardcore Press. His work has appeared in TriQuarterly, the Literary Review, PANK, Barrelhouse, and Another Chicago Magazine.
Local Author Bhupendra O. Khatri, MD, author of Healing the Soul: Unexpected Stories of Courage, Hope, and the Power of Mind
Wednesday November 5, at 7:00 pm
Join us as we tap into the power of positive thinking with Milwaukee-based neurologist and the founding medical director of The Regional MS Center’s Center for Neurological Disorders, Dr. Bhupendra O. Khatri, who will discuss and sign copies of his new book focused on holistic treatment, Healing the Soul: Unexpected Stories of Courage, Hope, and the Power of Mind.
Healing the Soul is a remarkable testament to the power of the human mind and spirit in the face of life’s most difficult challenges. Within its pages are stories of courage, determination, love, and unexplainable medical miracles. In an era of stunning scientific breakthroughs and ever-changing technology, there is still no substitute for the healing touch of a physician who listens, cares, and treats the whole person, not just the disease.
"Healing the Soul is a precious gift in this modern era of too much technology and too little time…" —Michael McQuillen, MD
About the Author: Bhupendra O. Khatri, MD is the founding medical director of The Regional MS Center, Center for Neurological Disorders, among the largest MS centers in the country. He is rated by peers as one of the best neurologists in Milwaukee, and is beloved by his patients. A sought-after speaker, Dr. Khatri often lectures on the power of positive thinking and the subconscious mind on healing.
Milwaukeean Rick Perlstein, author of The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Regan, at the UWM Golda Meir Library
Thursday November 6, at 7:00 pm
Please join us in the Fourth Floor Conference Center of the UWM Golda Meir Library (located at 2311 E. Hartford Avenue in Milwaukee) for a fascinating event with the "chronicler extraordinaire of American conservatism" (Politico), Milwaukeean Rick Perlstein, author of Nixonland and Before the Storm, as he discusses and signs copies of the third volume of his acclaimed political history of conservatism in America, The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan. This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Golda Meir Library and The UWM Libraries.
In The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan, Rick Perlstein not only brings to panoramic life one of the most tumultuous eras in the nation’s history, but reveals how the transition from Nixon to Reagan marked the end of a fraught period of national soul-searching and resurrected what he calls America’s "cult of official optimism," which persists to the present day and across the political spectrum. He writes: "This is a book about how Ronald Reagan came within a hair’s breadth of becoming the 1976 Republican nominee for president…But it is also about much more. In the years between 1973 and 1976, America suffered more wounds to its ideal of itself than at just about any other time in its history." With The Invisible Bridge, Rick Perlstein—one of the most exciting and original voices in narrative history at work today—has written a foundational work for readers who want to grasp what America was really going through in the critical decade of the 1970s, as well as how the current political and cultural landscape came to be.
"Outstanding…Full of the tragic, the infuriating, and the darkly funny, Perlstein captures the frantic nature of the period…in this massive and wide-ranging portrait." —Publisher’s Weekly
About the Author: Rick Perlstein is the author of Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America, The New York Times bestseller picked as one of the best nonfiction books of the year by over a dozen publications, and Before the Storm: Barry Goldwater and the Unmaking of the American Consensus, which won the 2001 Los Angeles Times Book Award for history. His essays and book reviews have been published in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, The Village Voice, and Slate, among other publications. He has received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant for independent scholars. Originally from Milwaukee, he currently lives in Chicago.
An Evening with Dorie Greenspan, author of Around My French Table and Baking Chez Moi: Recipes from My Paris Home to Your Home Anywhere, at Bartolotta’s Lake Park Bistro
Friday November 7, at 6:30 pm
Please join us for a lovely evening discussion and dinner with James Beard Award winner, Dorie Greenspan, at Bartolotta’s Lake Park Bistro, located at 3133 E. Newberry Blvd. in Milwaukee. Tickets are $95 (plus tax and gratuity) and include admission for one to the talk and dinner, and an autographed hardcover of Greenspan’s latest irresistible collection of radically simple desserts from French home cooks to pastry chefs, Baking Chez Moi: Recipes from My Paris Home to Your Home Anywhere. For more information and to reserve tickets, please call Lake Park Bistro: (414) 962-6300. This event is co-sponsored by Wisconsin Foodie.
A "culinary guru" and author of the award-winning Around My French Table and Baking: From My Home to Yours, Dorie Greenspan returns with Baking Chez Moi: From My Paris Home to Your Home Anywhere, an irresistible collection of radically simple desserts from French home cooks and pastry chefs. With her groundbreaking bestseller Around My French Table, Dorie Greenspan changed the way we view French food. Now, in Baking Chez Moi, she explores the fascinating world of French desserts, bringing together a charmingly uncomplicated mix of contemporary recipes, including original creations based on traditional and regional specialties, and drawing on seasonal ingredients, market visits, and her travels throughout the country.
Like the surprisingly easy chocolate loaf cake speckled with cubes of dark chocolate that have been melted, salted, and frozen, which she adapted from a French chef's recipe, or the boozy, slow-roasted pineapple, a five-ingredient cinch that she got from her hairdresser, these recipes show the French knack for elegant simplicity. In fact, many are so radically easy that they defy our preconceptions: crackle-topped cream puffs, which are all the rage in Paris; custardy apple squares from Normandy; and an unbaked confection of corn flakes, dried cherries, almonds, and coconut that nearly every French woman knows. Whether it’s classic lemon-glazed madeleines, a silky caramel tart, or "Les Whoopie Pies," Dorie puts her own creative spin on each dish, guiding us with the friendly, reassuring directions that have won her legions of ardent fans.
About the Author: Inducted into the James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America, Dorie Greenspan was tapped by Julia Child to write The New York Times bestseller Baking with Julia. She is the author of Baking: From My Home to Yours, a James Beard Award winner, and Around My French Table, a New York Times bestseller that was named Cookbook of the Year by the International Association of Culinary Professionals. Her blog, www.doriegreenspan.com, was singled out as one of the top fifty food blogs in the world by The Times of London. She also co-authored Desserts by Pierre Hermé, which won an IACP Award. She lives in Westbrook, Connecticut; New York City; and Paris.
Sapna Thottathil, author of India’s Organic Farming Revolution: What It Means for Our Global Food System
Monday November 10, at 7:00 pm
Boswell is excited to welcome senior program associate for Health Care Without Harm/Physicians for Social Responsibility, Sapna Thottathil, who will discuss and sign copies of her groundbreaking book on the global impact of organic food politics, India’s Organic Farming Revolution: What It Means for Our Global Food System.
In India’s Organic Farming Revolution, Sapna Thottathil calls on us to rethink the politics of organic food by focusing on what it means for the people who grow and sell it—what it means for their health, the health of their environment, and also their economic and political well-being. Taking readers to the state of Kerala in southern India, she shows us a place where the so-called "Green Revolution" program of hybrid seeds, synthetic fertilizers, and rising pesticide use had failed to reduce hunger while it caused a cascade of economic, medical, and environmental problems. Farmers burdened with huge debts from buying the new seeds and chemicals were committing suicide in troubling numbers. Farm laborers suffered from pesticide poisoning and rising rates of birth defects. A sharp fall in biodiversity worried environmental activists, and everyone was anxious about declining yields of key export crops like black pepper and coffee. In their debates about how to solve these problems, farmers, environmentalists, and policymakers drew on Kerala’s history of and continuing commitment to grassroots democracy. In 2010, they took the unprecedented step of enacting a policy that requires all Kerala growers to farm organically by 2020. How this policy came to be and its immediate economic, political, and physical effects on the state’s residents offer lessons for everyone interested in agriculture, the environment, and what to eat for dinner. Kerala’s example shows that when done right, this kind of agriculture can be good for everyone in our global food system.
"This book will make an important contribution to the field of organic literature as well as to the field of such food and agriculture transitions. I am not aware of many efforts to provide the reader with such a comprehensive treatment of such transitions in the context of a specific community."
— Frederick Kirschenmann, author of Cultivating an Ecological Conscience: Essays from a Farmer Philosopher
About the Author: An advocate of sustainable food systems, Sapna E. Thottathil is currently a senior program associate for Health Care Without Harm/Physicians for Social Responsibility, where she promotes sustainable food purchasing by health care institutions and organizes medical professionals around environmental policy. A member of the board of directors for the San Francisco Women’s Environmental Network, she earned her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. In her spare time, Sapna enjoys cooking, gardening, and identifying wildflowers and birds. She lives in Oakland, California.
Miriam Toews, author of A Complicated Kindess, The Flying Troutmans, and All My Puny Sorrows
Tuesday October 11, at 7:00 pm
"If an author’s voice is strong enough, you’ll go wherever she wants to take you:" this is just one line in The New York Times review of Miriam Toews’ latest novel, All My Puny Sorrows. Please join us for a reading and signing with one of Canada’s bestselling and most beloved authors, an author that David Rakoff swears "writes like an angel," Miriam Toews, who penned A Complicated Kindness and The Flying Troutmans, as she presents her latest novel exploring what it means to love someone who wants to die, All My Puny Sorrows.
Elf and Yoli are sisters. While on the surface Elfrieda has an enviable life (she’s a world-renowned pianist, glamorous, wealthy, and happily married) and Yolandi’s a mess (she’s divorced and broke, with two teenagers growing up too quickly), they are fiercely close—raised in a Mennonite household and sharing the hardship of Elf ’s desire to end her own life. After Elf’s latest attempt, Yoli must quickly determine how to keep her family from falling apart, how to keep her own heart from breaking. A work rich with deep human feeling, compassion, wicked humor, and knife-sharp observations, All My Puny Sorrows is Toews at her finest: a story that is as much comedy as it is tragedy, a goodbye grin from the friend who taught you how to live.
"Toews takes her place alongside Alice Munro, Robertson Davies, Margaret Atwood, and Mordecai Richler as the loveliest quintet of Canadian writers." —The Los Angeles Times
"Miriam Toews has a remarkably light touch. She combines a playfully sardonic humor with crushing pathos." —The Times Literary Supplement
About the Author: Miriam Toews is the author of five previous novels: A Complicated Kindness, Summer of My Amazing Luck, A Boy of Good Breeding, The Flying Troutmans, and Irma Voth, and one work of nonfiction, Swing Low: A Life. She lives in Toronto.
A Golda Meir Library Event with Local Author Joe Sweeney, author of Moving the Needle: Get Free, Get Clear, and Get Going in Your Career, Business, and Life!
Wednesday November 12, at 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm
Boswell Book Company is proud to co-sponsor two events in the 4th Floor Conference Center at UWM’s Golda Meir Library (located 2311 E. Hartford Avenue in Milwaukee) featuring The New York Times bestselling local author and former President of the Wisconsin Sports Authority, Joe Sweeney, who will discuss and sign copies of his latest book, Moving the Needle, which provides practical advice and tools to help individuals and business professionals get clear, get free, and get going in their career, business, and life. This event is co-sponsored by UWM Libraries and Friends of the Golda Meir Library.
Moving the Needle provides both the motivation and the game plan many of us need to break out of the rut and get moving to achieve our goals. CEOs, vice presidents, professionals, military personnel, and even college students frequently express frustration at the entrenched status quo, in which initiating progress feels like moving mountains. This book lights a path toward continual improvement, helping readers first find a direction, then make the key transitions that jumpstart forward progress. This highly practical guide outlines a change process that can be applied to professional or personal goals, giving readers a concrete plan for making big things happen. Rather than blindly shooting for the moon, readers will formulate a solid, systematic, actionable plan that can only result in progress. In today’s tenuous business climate, employers, and employees alike can be glued to the ground, unsure of the path they should take, or whether they have the freedom to move forward. Moving the Needle helps readers clarify their current position, identify their optimum position, and formulate a workable strategy for getting from here to there.
About the Author: Joe Sweeney is The New York Times bestselling author of Networking Is a Contact Sport. Over the course of his 30-year career, Joe has served on 28 boards of directors, was president of the Wisconsin Sports Authority and has owned more than 12 companies—including the sports marketing agency, Sports Marketing Group, which he founded when three-time NFL MVP Brett Favre signed on as the first client. Today, in addition to his work as an equity partner and investment banker with Corporate Financial Advisors, Joe founded Pay Forward Enterprises and travels the country as a speaker and business coach. He lives in Fox Point.
Lil’ Rev’s Harmonica Americana CD Release
Wednesday November 12, at 6:30 pm
Local musician Lil’ Rev will talk about the evolution of the harmonica in American Pop Culture, followed by a 50 minute concert featuring music from his new double CD of harmonica music, Harmonica Americana, including many special guests sitting in for an informative, fun night of song, story, and instrumentals. Lil’ Rev’s latest CD, Harmonica Americana, will be available for sale alongside his previous albums, and his collection ukulele-themed poetry and musings on pop culture, Ukulele Nation.
"Listen to this! Lil’ Rev is great!" —Pete Seeger
"Lil’ Rev is the Jewish Pete Seeger: a voice that just pulls you in, a raconteur, and a folksinger in the classic tradition of songs of justice, dignit,y and Jewish heritage." —Rabbi Larry Milder
About the Author: Lil’ Rev (Marc Revenson) has been called a "Wisconsin treasure," (Ann Schmid, UWM Folk Center). Born and raised in Milwaukee, Lil’ Rev was voted "Best Folk Singer" by WAMI in 2004 and inducted into the Old-Time Country Music Hall of Fame in 2003. In addition to ukulele, he plays guitar, harmonica, mandolin, and banjo, and is a songwriter and music historian who teaches and tours nationwide.
A Ticketed Event at Boswell Book Company with Colonel Chris Hadfield, author of You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes: Photographs from the International Space Station in conversation with Wisconsin Public Radio’s Kathleen Dunn
Thursday November 13, at 7:00 pm
Please join us at Boswell for an inspirational ticketed event presented by Wisconsin Public Radio: former commander of the International Space Station, Colonel Chris Hadfield, will discuss with WPR’s Kathleen Dunn (and sign copies of!) his gorgeous new collection You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes: Photographs from the International Space Station. Tickets are $30 (includes all taxes and fees), include admission for one and a signed hardcover copy of You Are Here, and are available through Brown Paper Tickets. A $22 gift card option in lieu of the book is available the night of the event only. This event is co-sponsored by Wisconsin Public Radio with a percentage of each ticket sale going to them.
Colonel Chris Hadfield’s You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes: Photographs from the International Space Station is a gorgeous book of photographs that encapsulates Hadfield’s singular eye for our world as it appears from above. Divided by continent, You Are Here represents one (idealized) orbit of the International Space Station from its former commander. This planetary photo tour—surprising, playful, thought-provoking, and visually delightful—is also punctuated with a fun, fascinating commentary on life in zero gravity. In the spirit of An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, You Are Here opens a singular window on our planet, using remarkable photographs to illuminate the history and consequences of human settlement, the magnificence (and wit) of never-before-noticed landscapes, and the power of the natural forces shaping our world and the future of our species.
"Hadfield is a genius, a man of science and technology, and no first-timer to the universe." —New York Post
"Hadfield proves himself to be not only a fierce explorer of the universe, but also a deeply thoughtful explorer of the human condition, capable of articulating those most universal of inquiries in simple yet profound language...The book itself is absolutely spectacular." —Brain Pickings
About the Author: Chris Hadfield is one of the world’s most seasoned and accomplished astronauts and the author of the #1 international bestseller An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth. Among his many accomplishments, Hadfield most recently served as commander of the International Space Station, where, while conducting a record-setting number of scientific experiments and overseeing an emergency spacewalk, he gained worldwide acclaim for his breathtaking photographs and educational videos about life in space. His music video, a zero-gravity version of David Bowie’s "Space Oddity," received over ten million views in its first three days online. His TED talk, delivered in March 2014, drew more than one million views in its first three weeks.
Bret Anthony Johnston, author of Remember Me Like This
Friday November 14, at 7:00 pm
Please join us for an exciting evening with award-winning author and the chair of Harvard’s creative writing program, Bret Anthony Johnson, who will read from and sign copies of Remember Me Like This, his breathtaking debut novel about a family coming back together after a missing son comes home.
Since Justin Campbell's disappearance four years ago, his family has been stuck in the grooves of grief, unable to comfort themselves, let alone one another. His mother, his father, and his younger brothe, each have been living in a dream world for the last 4 years, coping the best they can. And then the call from the police. Justin has been found and he is okay. It is a miracle. But instead of righting the imbalances within this struggling family, Justin's return only lays bare the effects of his trauma, both on himself and his family, threatening to snap the last threads that hold the Campbells together. Johnston's brilliant debut begins where others novels end, exploring not the crime of the abduction, but all of the unresolved questions about what really happens when a family's prayers have finally been answered and togetherness restored.
"[Johnston's] first novel is so spellbinding, so moving, that one's only complaint is that we had to wait ten years to read it…Johnston is a master at creating honest portraits of family members that could easily be your neighbor. Make no mistake about it: Bret Anthony Johnston is a writer to watch."
"Both devastating and transporting, this is the rare novel a reader lives in, so persuasive is the impact, the insight, the heat of south Texas." —Amy Hempel
About the Author: Bret Anthony Johnston is the author of the award-winning Corpus Christi: Stories, named a Best Book of the Year by The Independent (London) and The Irish Times, and the editor of Naming the World: And Other Exercises for the Creative Writer. His work appears in The Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, The Paris Review, The Best American Short Stories, and elsewhere. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he's the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship and a 5 Under 35 honor from the National Book Foundation. He teaches in the Bennington Writing Seminars and at Harvard University, where he is the Director of Creative Writing.
A Ticketed Dinner at Bacchus with Gabrielle Hamilton, author of Blood, Bones & Butter, and Prune
Monday November 17, at 6:30 pm
Boswell Book Company and Bacchus are happy to welcome James Beard Award-winning and The New York Times bestselling author and chef, Gabrielle Hamilton, owner of Prune restaurant in New York’s East Village. Tickets are $95 (plus tax and gratuity), include admission for one, a meal selected from the recipes in Prune served at Bacchus, and an autographed hardcover copy of Prune. Bacchus is located at 925 East Wells Street in Milwaukee. For tickets, please call Bacchus: (414) 765-1166.
Prune is an extensive collection of the recipes served at New York City’s beloved Lower East Side restaurant over the last fifteen years from one of America's most recognized chefs and established literary talents. Gabrielle Hamilton wrote about several of these recipes in her memoir, Blood, Bones & Butter. This is a unique opportunity to see the enticing recipes behind that dramatic story. Written from the unique perspective of cook to cook, as if Gabrielle were addressing her own line cooks, some seasoned, some green, Prune includes all of the essential elements provided to getting a dish just right. Prune features Gabrielle’s own hand written notes, her singular voice, and uncompromising spirit, in a cookbook that perfectly captures the inner workings of Prune restaurant as well as the amazing chef and writer behind this incredible labor of love.
"On the page and in the kitchen, Ms. Hamilton can be charming, tempestuous, persnickety, vulgar, poetic, provocative and mothering, sometimes all in the course of a single flurry of sentences…[she is a] culinary Cormac McCarthy." —The New York Times
About the Author: Gabrielle Hamilton is the chef/owner of Prune restaurant in New York’s East Village and the author of The New York Times bestselling memoir Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef. She received an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Michigan, and her work has appeared in the New Yorker, The New York Times, GQ, Bon Appétit, Saveur, House Beautiful, and Food & Wine. She has also authored the eight-week "The Chef" column in The New York Times, and her work has been anthologized in eight volumes of Best Food Writing. She has appeared on Martha Stewart and the Food Network, among other TV shows and she has won a James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef NYC. She currently resides in Manhattan.
David Bezmozgis, author of The Betrayers
Monday November 17, at 7:00 pm
Boswell is proud to welcome filmmaker and award-winning writer heralded by The New Yorker as one of the best "20 under 40" fiction writers in 2010, David Bezmozgis, who will read from and sign copies of his latest historical novel, The Betrayers. A piercingly intimate work that’s saturated with intriguing psychological nuance and sharp social commentary, The Betrayers is a story for the ages, an inquest into the nature of fate and consequence, love and forgiveness, and the meaning of loyalty. This event is co-sponsored by the Sam and Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies at UWM and The Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center.
David Bezmozgis’ latest novel, The Betrayers, is an incandescent novel set in present-day Crimea that looks at the point on the historical grid where the future intersects most dramatically and evocatively with the past. Baruch Kotler, a Soviet Jewish dissident who afterward becomes a much-beloved and then disgraced Israeli politician, is the stubborn, self-knowing hero at the heart of our story. When he refuses to back down from a contrary but principled stand regarding the West Bank settlements, his political opponents expose his affair with a mistress decades his junior. He and the fierce young Leora escape the scandal for Yalta, the faded Crimean resort of Kotler’s youth. There, shockingly, Kotler encounters the former friend who denounced him almost forty years earlier to the KGB. In a whirling twenty-four hours, Kotler must face the ultimate reckoning, both with those who have betrayed him and with those whom he has betrayed, including a teenage daughter, a son facing his own moral dilemmas in the Israeli army, and the wife who once campaigned tirelessly for his freedom.
"Philosophical, provocative, and nervy--an interior novel that manages to encompass a breadth of issues." —Kirkus
"Bezmozgis captures timeless moral questions of betrayal and loyalty in the timely context of Crimean and Israeli history and politics." —Shelf Awareness
About the Author: David Bezmozgis is an award-winning writer and filmmaker whose fiction has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper’s, Zoetrope, and Best American Short Stories. He was named one of the New Yorker’s "20 Under 40" writers in 2010. He lives in Toronto.
Kim Wilson, author of At Home with Jane Austen
Tuesday November 18, at 7:00 pm
You are cordially invited to tour the homes and settings of Jane Austen, one of the most widely read and beloved authors in English literature, in local author Kim Wilson’s latest collection, At Home with Jane Austen. Please join us for a discussion and signing of this exciting new book with local author Kim Wilson, co-sponsored by the Jane Austen Society of North America.
With gorgeous photography and illustrations, At Home with Jane Austen explores Austen’s world, her surroundings, and the journeys the popular author took during her lifetime. This book examines the physical world of Jane Austen, an author who is famous for being virtually unknowable, to reveal the inside world of Jane Austen. Author Kim Wilson uses Austen’s life and spaces to illuminate her novels. Wilson uncovers captivating details about Austen, like how and where she wrote: often jotting down ideas or phrases while surrounded by her family and setting aside time every day to revise her work in a private corner of the house.
At Home with Jane Austen also includes new photographs of important locations in Austen’s life in London, Bath, and Steventon. Photographs of the Jane Austen’s House Museum in Chawton, taken especially for this book, include images of the small table where she composed and revised her novels and her portable writing desk: her tools of the trade. Wilson ties Austen’s novels to places where she lived, visited and even attended school, ending with her final months in temporary lodgings in Winchester, England. Jane Austen’s enduring legacy is the final chapter of this beautiful book.
About the Author: Kim Wilson is the author of Tea with Jane Austen and In the Garden with Jane Austen. She lives in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
Wisconsinite Kathleen Ernst, author of Tradition of Deceit
Wednesday November 19, at 7:00 pm
Please join us for an exciting evening with Wisconsinite Kathleen Ernst, former Interpreter and Curator of Interpretations and Collections at Old World Wisconsin, Emmy-winning television writer, and award-winning author of the Chloe Ellefson Mystery Series, as she reads from and signs copies of the latest in the series, Tradition of Deceit, a two-pronged mystery spanning Minneapolis and Milwaukee.
It’s 1983, and museum curator Chloe is travelling to Minneapolis to visit Ariel, an old friend. Over the weekend, Chloe anticipates reconnecting with Ariel and, by helping Ariel, crafting a proposal to restore the abandoned Washburn Mill and convert it into a museum. When Chloe and Ariel immediately stumble upon a dead body stuffed into a grain chute on the mill site, solving a murder is added to their agenda. That same morning, Chloe’s boyfriend Roelke wakes up in Milwaukee to a call alerting him to the death of fellow cop and best friend Rick, who was murdered on duty. As Chloe and Roelke strive to solve the seemingly separate and startling murders, it becomes clear that if they do not piece together the clues from the past and present quickly, they will be at risk of meeting the very same end.
"[A] haunting tale of two murders....[Tradition of Deceit] is more than a mystery. It is a plush journey into cultural time and place." —Jill Florence Lackey, author of Milwaukee’s Old South Side
About the Author: Kathleen Ernst is an award-winning author, educator, and social historian. Her past work as an Interpreter and Curator of Interpretations and Collections at Old World Wisconsin inspired the Chloe Ellefson mysteries. The series won the Lovey Award for Best Traditional Mystery (The Light Keeper’s Legacy), and the Anne Powers Fiction Book Award (The Heirloom Murders).
British Mystery Tea with Tasha Alexander, author of The Counterfeit Heiress: A Lady Emily Mystery, and Charles Finch, author of The Laws of Murder: A Charles Lenox Mystery
Tuesday November 25, at 7:00 pm
You are cordially invited to British Mystery Tea at Boswell with bestselling authors Tasha Alexander and Charles Finch! In Tasha Alexander’s latest, The Counterfeit Heiress, Lady Emily travels to Paris where she struggles to unmask a murderer amid a case of assumed identities and shadowy figures. Meanwhile, in Charles Finch’s latest, The Laws of Murder, Charles Lenox is forced to take on a case of terrible personal consequence: the murder of a friend and colleague. Please join us for thrilling talk and tea!
After an odd encounter at a grand masquerade ball in Tasha Alexander’s The Counterfeit Heiress, Lady Emily becomes embroiled in the murder investigation of one of the guests, a sometime actress trying to pass herself off as the mysterious heiress and world traveler Estella Lamar. Each small discovery, however, leads to more questions. Was the intended victim Miss Lamar or the imposter? And who would want either of them dead? As Emily and Colin try to make sense of all this, a larger puzzle begins to emerge: no one has actually seen Estella Lamar in years, since her only contact has been through letters and the occasional blurry news photograph. Is she even alive? Emily and Colin’s investigation of this double mystery takes them from London to Paris, where, along with their friend Cécile, they must scour the darkest corners of the city in search of the truth.
It’s 1876 in Charles Finch’s latest novel, The Laws of Murder, and Charles Lenox, once London’s leading private investigator, has just given up his seat in Parliament after six years, primed to return to his first love: detection. With high hopes he and three colleagues start a new detective agency, the first of its kind. But as the months pass, and he is the only detective who cannot find work, Lenox begins to question whether he can still play the game as he once did. Then comes a chance to redeem himself, though at a terrible price: a friend, a member of Scotland Yard, is shot near Regent’s Park. As Lenox begins to parse the peculiar details of the death—an unlaced boot, a days-old wound, an untraceable luggage ticket—he realizes that the incident may lead him into grave personal danger, beyond which lies a terrible truth. With all the humanity, glamour, and mystery that readers have come to love, the latest Lenox novel is a shining new confirmation of the enduring popularity of Charles Finch’s Victorian series.
Tasha Alexander Bio: Tasha Alexander attended the University of Notre Dame, where she signed on as an English major in order to have a legitimate excuse for spending all her time reading. She and her husband, novelist Andrew Grant, divide their time between Chicago and the UK.
Charles Finch Bio: Charles Finch is a graduate of Yale and Oxford. He is the author of the Charles Lenox myseries, including The Fleet Street Murders, The September Society, A Stranger in Mayfair, A Burial at Sea, A Death in the Small Hours, and An Old Betrayal. His first novel, A Beautiful Blue Death, was nominated for an Agatha Award and was named one of Library Journal’s Best Books of 2007, one of only five mystery novels on the list. He lives in New York City.
Other Confirmed Author Appearances
Wednesday, December 10, 6:30 pm - Ludmilla Bollow, author of Lulu’s Christmas Story
Tuesday, January 6, 7:00 pm - David Mulroy, translator of Oedipus at Colonus, written by Sophocles
Thursday, February 26, 7:00 pm - Boris Fishman, author of A Replacement Life
Wednesday, March 11, 7:00 pm - Joseph Kanon, author of Leaving Berlin
Thursday, April 16, 7:00 pm - Nicholas Butler, author of Shotgun Lovesongs, at the Shorewood Public Library, located 3920 N. Murray Avenue in Shorewood