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Boswell Book Company Newsletter               Day 3492, October 24, 2018

Awesome event update alert! On Saturday, December 1, at 7 pm, p oet, activist, and spoken-word artist Andrea Gibson, author of stirring, introspective poetry collections such as T ake Me With You  and  Pole Dancing to Gospel Hymns, will be at Boswell in conversation with WUWM Lake Effect producer Audrey Nowakowski. Gibson will also perform  poems from the just-released  Lord of the Butterflies.

Register for free at,  or upgrade to a book-with-ticket option for $17, which includes admission to the event, a copy of  Lord of the Butterflies , and priority on the signing line. If we are near capacity for this event, Boswell will close to the general public, so be sure to register today!

Gibson's latest collection is a masterful showcase from the poet who has captured the hearts of millions. With artful, nuanced looks at gender, romance, loss, and family, Lord of the Butterflies is a new peak in Gibson's career. Each emotion is deft and delicate, resting inside of imagery heavy enough to sink the heart, while giving the body wings to soar.

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Andrea Gibson's career began in 1999 with a break-up poem at an open mic in Boulder, Colorado. In 2008, Gibson won the first ever Woman of the World Poetry Slam. Gibson is the author of four previous books of poetry and has released seven spoken-word albums. 
Nowakowski is a producer for WUWM's Lake Effect and her regular segments include Fit For You and film discussions. Don't miss this special evening at Boswell on Saturday, December 1, 7 pm. Register now at
Christopher Sturdevant Remembers the Cold War in Wisconsin at Boswell, Tuesday, October 30, 7 pm

Milwaukee-based Chairman of the Midwest Chapter of the Cold War Museum tells the tales of the Badger State's role in the showdown between East and West with his new book, Cold War Wisconsin.

For decades,
missiles pointed to the skies from Waukesha's back yard, and the threat of a nuclear attack in Milwaukee was very real. See Sturdevant stroll through Wisconsin's nuclear past in this WISN segment.  At Boswell, Sturdevant will recount the stories from Wisconsin during the years that the Cold War gripped the world with fear of nuclear winter. 

Joseph Stalin's daughter sought refuge in the small town of Richland Center, Manitowoc was ground zero for a Sputnik satellite crash, and four ordinary Madison youths landed on the FBI's most wanted list after the Sterling Hall Bombing.

Christopher Sturdevant is a children's librarian in Milwaukee and US Air Force veteran who has represented Team USA in master's level track championships on three continents. Don't miss him at Boswell on Tuesday, October 30, at 7 pm.
Boswell Offers a Murder and Mayhem Milwaukee Sneak Peek with Mindy Mejia and Kate Moretti on Thursday, November 1, 7 pm

Preview this year's Murder and Mayhem in Milwaukee with the criminal conspiracy between Twin Cities writer Mindy Mejia, author of Leave No Trace, and Kate Moretti, author of In Her Bones.

The Minneapolis StarTribune calls Mejia's latest novel, set in the glacial lakes and untouched forests of the Minnesota Boundary Waters wilderness "a triumph" with "a compelling narrator and a gorgeous sense of place." Read the full review here.

Publishers Weekly observes that Moretti's "captivating novel" has "plenty to like" in a story that questions the nature of guilt, obsession, and familial ties and makes a convincing argument that "having a mother who's a serial killer isn't easy." We couldn't agree more. Check out PW's full review here.

Mindy Mejia is author of The Dragon Keeper and Everything You Want Me to Be. Kate Moretti is author of Thought I Knew YouBinds That Tie, and While You Were Gone. Catch their conversation at Boswell on Thursday, November 1, 7 pm.
The Kennan and Vilas Distinguished Lecture Series at UWM hosts Amitav Ghosh on Thursday, November 1, 7 pm

Acclaimed novelist and essayist Amitav Ghosh presents his lecture, "Embattled Earth," at UWM's Peck School of the Arts Recital Hall, 2400 E Kenwood Blvd, in which Ghosh traces  the entangled history of commodities, conflict, and climate change in the Indian Ocean. S ponsored by Institute of World Affairs, Vilas Trust, Department of English, UWM Letters & Sciences, and Boswell.

In Ghosh's The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable, he asserts that the extreme nature of today's climate events make them peculiarly resistant to contemporary modes of thinking and imagining. 

This lecture explores the continuities between the resource conflicts of the past and the future by focusing on two transformative imperial wars: the Anglo-Dutch spice wars of the 17th century and the 1st Opium War of 1840-42. It also poses a question: are the imperatives of empire and military supremacy among the major drivers of climate change?

Amitav Ghosh is author of The Calcutta Chromosome, the Ibis Trilogy, and the essay collection In an Antique Land. He has won the Prix M├ędicis ├ętranger, an Arthur C Clarke Award, and in 2017 he was awarded the inaugural Utah Award in the Environmental Humanities from the University of Utah. Hear him speak at UWM's Peck School of the Arts Recital Hall, 2400 E Kenwood Blvd on Thursday, November 1, 7 pm. More information here.
Poets Austin Smith and Dora Malech Read and Chat at Boswell on Friday, November 2, 7 pm

Join us for an evening of poetry from the Princeton University Press Series of Contemporary Poets, featuring University of Wisconsin graduate Smith, and Malech, who teaches in The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University.

Building on Smith's reputation as an accessible and inventive poet with deep insights about rural America, Flyover Country draws profound connections between the Midwest and the wider world. Inspired by his childhood on a dairy farm in Illinois, tales of rural life lead the way in this collection focused on family, violence, and memories.

Malech's Stet is a collection of serious and playful poems that tap the inventive possibilities of the anagram and other constraining forms, combining lyric invention and wordplay. "Stet," from the Latin for "let it stand," is a proofreading term meaning to retain or return to a previous phrasing. Stet is a work of serious play that brings home the connections and intimacies of language.

Austin Smith grew up on a family dairy farm in northwestern Illinois. He is author of Almanac, and his work has appeared in The New YorkerPoetry, and Ploughshares. He teaches at Stanford University. Dora Malech is author of Say So and Shore Ordered Ocean. Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, and Best American Poetry. She is Assistant Professor in The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University. Hear them read and discuss their work at Boswell on Friday, November 2, at 7 pm.
Murder and Mayhem Returns on Saturday, November 3, 9 am - 5 pm, at Milwaukee's Irish Cultural and Heritage Center

Murder and Mayhem Milwaukee 2018 is almost here! This year's daylong event features a packed slate of author panels and interviews sure to please even the most hardened criminal fiction fans. Tickets for the whole day are $40 plus fees, available here, on the Murder and Mayhem website. And once again, books by the attending authors will be sold by Boswell!

Attending authors this year include Victoria Thompson, the Chicago-area Edgar  nominated author of the Gaslight Mysteries, which have garnered five nominations for the Agatha Award's Best Historical Novel with titles like Murder on Amsterdam Avenue and Murder in Murray Hill. Her latest historic series, The Counterfeit Lady Novels, has just begun with City of Liesabout a young con woman embroiled in intrigue in turn of the century New York.

Also heading north from the Chicagoland area is Julie Hyzy, the New York Times bestselling author of The White House Chef Mystery and Manor House series and winner of the Anthony, Barry, and Derringer awards. Her latest, Virtual Sabotage, is brand new this week. The story of a sinister conspiracy to take over not only the virtual reality world, but the real one as well is a return to her beginnings, when she wrote darker thrillers with a futuristic twist.

Author of hysterical, unconventional whodunits Fred Van Lente will be in attendance with his latest, The Con Artist, in which an illustrator investigates every corner of a comic convention, from zombie obstacle courses to cosplay flash mobs, to solve a murder. Van Lente is cofounder of Evil Twin Comics and writer of comics including The Amazing Spider-Man, Deadpool vs the Punisher, and cowriter of Cowboys and Aliens. He visited Boswell last year with Ten Dead Comedians, a locked-room mystery inspired by contemporary comedy. Boswell's Chris is a fan and says, "this book kills!" 

Don't miss this year's criminally good lineup of authors at Murder and Mayhem Milwaukee, on Saturday, November 3, 9 am - 5 pm, at the Irish Cultural and Heritage Center, 2133 W Wisconsin Avenue.
A Cookbook Author Luncheon with Dorie Greenspan at Bartolotta's Lake Park Bistro, Saturday, November 3, at 12 pm

The team at Bartolotta's Lake Park Bistro has partnered with Boswell to present an author luncheon featuring James Beard Award winning chef Dorie Greenspan at their restaurant at 3133 E Newberry Blvd. Tickets are $68 plus fees and include three courses with pairings and a copy of Everyday Dorie: The Way I Cook. To purchase tickets and for more information, visit Bartolotta's event page.

Dorie Greenspan's recipes are instant classics to the hundreds of thousands who follow her on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. But what makes a Dorie recipe? The dishes are practical, made with common ingredients from the supermarket, farmers market, or pantry. They are easygoing and invite mixing and matching. Many can be served as dinner, or as a side dish, hot, cold, or room temperature. And each one is like a best friend in the kitchen, full of Dorie's infectious love of cooking and her trademark hand-holding directions.

Greenspan is also the On Dessert columnist  for The New York Times Magazine . Check out her most recent entry here, where she waxes nostalgic about the first meal she shared with Julia Child. Dorie won the James Beard Award for her book Baking with Julia. 

Dorie Greenspan is author of Dorie's Cookies, a 2017 James Beard Award-winner for Best Baking and Dessert book, Around My French Table, named Cookbook of the Year by the IACP, and Baking: From My Home to Yours, a James Beard Award winner. Get your tickets here for this delectable luncheon at Bartolotta's Lake Park Bistro, 3133 E Newberry Blvd, on Saturday, November 3, at 12 pm.
Three Recommendations from Boswell Booksellers

To begin this week we have a recommendation from Boswell's Daniel Goldin, who suggests reading technology ethnographer Alex Rosenblat's new book Uberland: How Algorithms Are Rewriting the Rules of Work. Daniel says, "Is Uber a transportation company or a technology company? We know their passengers are customers (with all the manipulation and data mining that goes along with that), but what about their drivers? Are they independent contractors, consumers, or heaven forbid, employees? Uber argues for each alternative, depending on the situation. Technology ethnographer Rosenblat breaks those arguments down, focusing on bait and switch recruiting, misleading fares, skimmed tips, and algorithm-based processes that take the 'independent' out of contractor. If you're interested, as I am, in what technology is doing to our lives, it's must reading."

Bookseller Kay Wosewick recommends The Collector's Apprentice. Kay says, "Dive into the rapidly evolving art world of the 1920s with BAShapiro's latest book. The Paris art scene is vividly drawn with the likes of Henri Matisse and Gertrude Stein. Better yet, complex ideas about influences and confluences within the remarkable Post-Impressionist art world are folded seamlessly into the dialogue. You'll be swept into a quiet tale of intrigue starring a rather traumatized young lady from Europe, a savvy con artist from America, and a wealthy American amassing a huge collection of contemporary European art. The story will take you for a couple of unexpected spins before letting you go well satisfied."

Boswell's Jenny Chou is always on top of the latest YA novels to hit our shelves, and this week she's recommending Boswell Best selection Dry by Neal and Jarrod Shusterman. Jenny says, "Dry is a far too plausible YA dystopian/thriller about the day California runs out of water. While I was reading, all I could think was this could really happen! The pacing is non-stop, but it's the constantly shifting loyalties of the four vividly drawn teen characters that make the pages turn. Survival is foremost in their minds in a world where telling lies and stealing are the new normal. But are they willing to forfeit their humanity for a bottle of water? What about a sip? Readers will contemplate what their own choices might be as they take in what desperation can do to a person. Particularly interesting is the relationship between popular Alyssa and her smart but odd neighbor, Kelton, whose family has spent years stocking their house for doomsday. Frightening, tense, and surprising!"
More Upcoming Events!

Monday, November 5, 4 pm, at Boswell - It's a Potato Party! With Laurie Keller, author of Potato Pants!, and Alan Silberberg, author of Meet the Latkes. Register for free at

Monday, November 5, 7:00 PM, at Boswell - Daniel Mason, author of The Winter Soldier

 Thursday, November 8, 6:30 pm, at the Betty Brinn Children's Room at Milwaukee Public Library's Central Library, 814 W Wisconsin Ave - Rosemary Wells, author of Hand in Hand and the brand new Sleep, My Bunny, hosted by The Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library

Monday, November 12, 7:00 PM, at Boswell
 - Bruce Iglauer, author of Bitten by the Blues: The Alligator Records Story, cohosted by Paramount Music Association

Thursday, November 15, 4 pm, at Milwaukee County War Memorial Center - The Mercy Housing Live in Hope Reception, featuring Peter Edelman, author of Not a Crime to be Poor: The Criminalization of Poverty in America. Registration at

Here's a last-minute reminder for two events this week.

Wednesday, October 24, 6:30 PM, at American Geographical Society Library at UWM, 2311 E Hartford Ave - Nathaniel Philbrick, author of In the Hurricane's Eye: The Genius of George Washington and the Victory at Yorktown. Registration has ended, but space is still available. Please join us

Thursday, October 25, 7 pm, at UWM Union Wisconsin Room, 2200 E Kenwood - Roxane Gay, author of Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body. General public tickets available at Tickets for UWM and non-UWM students available at the UWM Student Union Information Desk. Free for UWM students
According to Kassia St Clair's The Secret Lives of Color, blue is most people's favorite color. We've seen this play out in our sales of tee shirts and mugs - it is almost always the first color to sell out. And look at book jackets! Many of your favorite books are cloaked in blue, and there are even associations between the particular hue and book genre.  Funny books often feature a blue-tinged aqua, while historical novels, particularly ones set during World War II, are often on a field of navy.

All your blue books will look smart poking out of our new royal  blue tote bag, as seen with Jen. Along with classic black, eye-popping purple, bright red, and Harry W Schwartz green, this tote will tell the world you love books and particularly love books from this particular Milwaukee book store. We've now got a special Boswell Stuff page where you can find our mugs, glasses, tees (adult and toddler), and totes in one place.
Thanks to Chris for putting together this email newsletter. As always, thank you for your patronage and apologies for the typos,
Daniel Goldin with Aaron, Amie, Anne, Barb, Chris, Conrad, Jane, Jason, Jen, Jenny, Kay, Lynn, Margaret, Olivia, Parker, Peter, Rose, Scott, Thom, and Tim