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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.


Celebrate Grinch-mas and Grow Your Heart Three Sizes with the Grinch! at our 25 Days of Grinch-mas Launch Party!
Tuesday December 2, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

We’re turning Boswell Book Company into Who-ville for our 25 Days of Grinch-mas Launch Party* featuring the Grinch! Join us for Grinch-themed games and goodies as we count down the 25 Days to Grinch-mas. Get your picture taken with the Grinch! Pick up your Grow Your Heart Bingo Card so you can begin "growing your heart" in December by doing good deeds in your community. Each good deed earns one space on your Grow Your Heart Bingo Card; when you complete five good deeds for five spaces in a row (like bingo!), bring your card back to Boswell Book Company and trade it in for a special prize. You won’t want to miss this festive event!

* This party is guaranteed to grow your heart at least three sizes.



A Congregation Sinai Event with Richard Davidson, co-author of The Emotional Life of Your Brain: How Its Unique Patterns Affect the Way You Think, Feel, and Live
Tuesday December 2, at 7:30 pm

Join us at Congregation Sinai (located 8223 N. Port Washington Rd. in Fox Point) for an exciting event with director of the W. M. Keck Laboratory and the Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience at the UW-Madison and the co-author of The Emotional Life of Your Brain, Dr. Richard J. Davidson.

Please register for this event by calling 414-352-2970.

Boswell will be selling books; this event is co-sponsored by the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at The Waisman Center of UW-Madison.


Carol "Orange" Schroeder, co-author of Eat Smart in Denmark, with Joan Peterson of Eat Smart Guides
Wednesday December 3, at 7:00 pm

Please join us for an exciting event with Carol "Orange" Schroeder, proprietor of Madison-based Orange Tree Imports and co-author of Eat Smart in Denmark, a new guide connecting menus and markets to geography, history, and regional pride. Orange will be joined by Joan Peterson of Eat Smart Guides and Ginkgo Press, Inc.

Danish cuisine has been in the gastronomic spotlight since Noma was voted the best restaurant in the world for three years running. Noma is part of the New Nordic Cuisine movement, making use of fresh local ingredients to create variations on traditional food and drink. This new book provides tips on how and what to order in Denmark as well as a culinary history of the country and an introduction to its quickly growing local foods trend.

"This is a book that every tourist should get when they arrive in Denmark, because it will make their enjoyment of Danish food that much better." — Jarl Frijs-Madsen, Denmark Consul General, New York

About the Author: Carol "Orange" L. Schroeder has a BA in Danish studies from Tufts University, including a year at the University of Copenhagen, and an MA in Scandinavian studies from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. In addition to running the award-winning gift and gourmet shop Orange Tree Imports for almost forty years, she is the author of Danish Literature in English Translation and several translations.



Local Author Rev. Dr. Scott Stoner, author of Your Living Compass
Thursday December 4, at 7:00 pm

Minister, psychotherapist, local author, and founding Director of the Samaritan Family Wellness Center, Rev. Dr. Scott Stoner, will join us at Boswell Book Company to discuss and sign copies of his new book Your Living Compass, which engages readers in a 10-week, self-guided wellness retreat, with daily ten-minute readings, plus small, meaningful action steps designed to improve readers’ lives, relationships, and work. Perfect for fans of Barbara Brown Taylor and Steven Covey!

Living Compass is a church-based faith and wellness program designed for individuals and small groups. Deeply spiritual and exceedingly practical, Your Living Compass joins the national Living Compass network, which includes a website, workshop series, wellness resources (including a free Living Well with Living Compass app), social media, and a new multi-million-dollar wellness center located in the offices of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago.

About the Author: Scott Stoner, director of the Samaritan Foundation for Church and Family Wellness, is the founder of the Living Compass faith and wellness ministry. As an Episcopal priest, pastoral counselor, licensed marriage and family therapist, spiritual director, and retreat leader for thirty-one years, he has led more than 45,000 hours of individual and family wellness conversations, plus hundreds of retreats. He lives in Shorewood, Wisconsin.


Local Author Kate Funk, the mastermind behind The Best Cat Book Ever: Super-Amazing, 100% Awesome
Tuesday December 9, at 7:00 pm

What do you get when combine a BFA in photography from MIAD and an unimpressed black cat? A Super-Amazing, 100% Awesome time!! Meet us at Boswell for a hilarious night with local author and MIAD graduate, Kate Funk, author of The Best Cat Book Ever, featuring her kitty sidekick, AC, dressed as a unicorn, a garden gnome, a ninja, the Abominable Snowman, and many more. You don’t want to miss this talk and signing, complete with full-color slides of AC loving his costumed life! For more information on this event, please visit the event's Facebook page.

Move over Grumpy Cat—here comes THE most super-amazing, 100% awesome, BEST cat book...ever! What’s better than Kate Funk’s The Best Cat Book Ever: Super-Amazing, 100% Awesome photos? Nothing, that’s what. Do you like cats? Do you really, really like cats? Do you like cats who look like they are seriously pissed off? Do you like cats who are seriously p*ssed off AND dressed in hilarious costumes? Are you impressed by this photographer’s ability to get her cat to pose as such things as an abominable snowman, Medusa, a jazzercise instructor, and a dinosaur? If you answered "yes" to these questions—you’re in luck, because this book has all of those things, and more!

About the Author: Kate Funk lives and works in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her kitty sidekick, AC. She earned her BFA in photography at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. She now spends most of her time making cat costumes, dreaming up scenes, and spray painting sets, all while ingesting copious amounts of sugar and watching far too much television. When not posing for pictures, AC spends his days napping, giving the stink eye to anyone who disrupts his naps, and getting tummy rubs from Kate.


A North Shore Library Event with Local Author Ludmilla Bollow, author of Lulu’s Christmas Story: A True Story of Faith and Hope During the Great Depression
Wednesday December 10, at 6:30 pm

Please join us at the North Shore Library, located at 6800 N. Port Washington Road in Glendale, for an evening event suffused with Christmas spirit! Award-winning playwright, novelist, and local author, Ludmilla Bollow, will be discussing and signing copies of her touching new memoir, Lulu’s Christmas Story: A True Story of Faith and Hope During the Great Depression, in which she recounts the year before her family’s toughest Christmas.

Lulu’s Christmas Story by Ludmilla Bollow begins with a young girl named Lulu living in a small Wisconsin town during the Great Depression. In these trying times, Lulu can’t wait for Christmas to come around. Her anticipation transforms into anxiety when her father loses his job, doubts about Santa surface, and the Shirley Temple doll of her dreams seems ever out of reach. Her mother reveals her own brutal Christmas experiences as an orphan, adding even more worries to the already troubling mix. But Lulu’s deep faith and vibrant hope keep her looking forward to each new day and believing tirelessly in the glorious gift of Christmas. Lulu’s spirit of love and joy is contagious, serving as a radiant, guiding light through this tale of family life in times of seemingly insurmountable hardship—her story is bound to be a heartwarming holiday favorite among readers young and old.

About the Author: Ludmilla Bollow was born and raised in Wisconsin. She is a freelance writer, a published novelist, and a prize-winning playwright whose plays have been performed in over ninety theaters in the U.S. She has been a board member of the Wisconsin Regional Writers Association and the Wisconsin Council for Writers, and she is a member of both the Dramatist Guild and the International Center for Women Playwrights. Her short stories, poetry, and articles have been published in magazines and journals in the U.S., England, and India. Lulu’s Christmas Story is Bollow’s second book and first memoir. She lives in Glendale, Wisconsin with her husband.


Renee Rosen, author of What the Lady Wants
Thursday December 11, at 7:00 pm

Please join us for an event with the author of Dollface, Renée Rosen, as she reads from and signs copies of her latest historical novel about Marshall Field, the age of the robber barons, and falling in love in the wake of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, What the Lady Wants, an elegant tribute to an important era in American history.

On the night of the Great Chicago Fire, 17-year-old Delia Spencer watches as the flames rise and consume her beloved hometown. While she couldn’t imagine how much her life and the world around her would change, she would be equally shocked to find that the agent of change was the man she met that same night, Marshall Field. Leading the way in rebuilding after the fire, Marshall Field’s success grew out of his famous instinct to "give the lady what she wants," and it was a charm and intensity that won Delia’s heart. His first step in transforming the city was in reopening his well-known dry goods store as something the world had never seen before; a glamorous palace of a department store. He, along with his partners Potter Palmer and George Pullman, usher in the age of robber barons, the American royalty of their generation. But behind the opulence, their private lives are riddled with scandal and heartbreak. Delia and Marshall first turn to each other out of loneliness in their separate ruined marriages, but as their love deepens, they stand together, despite disgrace and ostracism, through an age of devastation and opportunity.

"Rosen skillfully charms, fascinates, frustrates, and moves her readers in this turn of the century tale...What the Lady Wants contains all the hedonism, decadence, success, and tragedy of the great American novel." —Erika Robuck, author of Hemingway’s Girl and Fallen Beauty

About the Author: Renée Rosen is the author of Dollface and the young adult novel Every Crooked Pot. A graduate of American University in D.C., Renée has contributed to many magazines and newspapers, including Chicago Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, Complete Woman, DAME, and Publisher’s Weekly. She lives in Chicago, where she is currently working on a new novel.


Mark Slouka, author of Brewster
Friday December 12, at 7:00 pm

Please join us at Boswell for an exciting evening with Mark Slouka, author of the Alex-award-winning book Brewster, a powerful story about an unforgettable friendship between two teenage boys and their hopes for escape from a dead-end town. A Guggenheim and NEA fellowship recipient, Mark Slouka’s work has been called "relentlessly observant, miraculously expressive" (The New York Times Book Review). Reverberating with compassion, heartache, and grace, Brewster is an unforgettable coming-of-age story from one of our most compelling novelists.

The year is 1968. The world is changing, and sixteen-year-old Jon Mosher is determined to change with it. Racked by guilt over his older brother’s childhood death and stuck in the dead-end town of Brewster, New York, he turns his rage into victories running track. Meanwhile, Ray Cappicciano, a rebel as gifted with his fists as Jon is with his feet, is trying to take care of his baby brother while staying out of the way of his abusive, ex-cop father. When Jon and Ray form a tight friendship, they find in each other everything they lack at home, but it’s not until Ray falls in love with beautiful, headstrong Karen Dorsey that the three friends begin to dream of breaking away from Brewster for good. Freedom, however, has its price. As forces beyond their control begin to bear down on them, Jon sets off on the race of his life—a race to redeem his past and save them all.

"A masterpiece of winter sorrow…Slouka’s real triumph here is capturing the amber of grief, the way love and time have crystallized these memories into something just as gorgeous as it is devastating." —Ron Charles, Washington Post

"What Slouka also draws, with unerring accuracy, is the primacy of friendship and loyalty among teens who feel they are powerless. Slouka gives them a voice here, one filled with equal parts humor and pain." —Booklist

About the Author: Mark Slouka is the internationally recognized author of six books. Both his fiction and nonfiction have been translated into sixteen languages. His stories have twice been selected for inclusion in Best American Short Stories, and his essays have appeared three times in Best American Essays. His stories, "Crossing" and "The Hare's Mask," have also been selected for the PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories. His 2011 collection of essays, Essays from the Nick of Time, received the PEN/Diamonstein-Speilvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. A contributing editor to Harpers Magazine since 2001, his work also appears in Ploughshares, Orion Magazine, Bomb, The Paris Review, Agni, and Granta. A Guggenheim and NEA fellowship recipient, he has taught literature and writing at Harvard, Columbia, and the University of Chicago. He lives in Brewster, NY.


Local Author David Mulroy, translator of Oedipus at Colonus, written by Sophocles
Tuesday January 6, at 7:00 pm

Please join us as we welcome Professor Emeritus of Classics at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, local author, and best-selling translator, David Mulroy, as he discuss and signs copies of his translation of Sophocles’ Oedipus at Colonus. This event will include dramatized readings of Dr. Mulroy’s translation by actors from Milwaukee’s Vanity Theatre Company.

Oedipus at Colonus is the third in Sophocles’ trilogy of plays about the famous king of Thebes and his unhappy family. It dramatizes the mysterious death of Oedipus, by which he is transformed into an immortal hero protecting Athens. This was Sophocles’ final play, written in his mid-eighties and produced posthumously. Translator David Mulroy’s introduction and notes deepen the reader’s understanding of Oedipus’ character and the real political tumult that was shaking Athens at the time that Sophocles wrote the play. Oedipus at Colonus is at once a complex study of a tragic character, an indictment of Athenian democracy, and a subtle endorsement of hope for personal immortality. As in his previous translations of Oedipus Rex and Antigone, Mulroy combines scrupulous scholarship and textual accuracy with a fresh poetic style. He uses iambic pentameter for spoken passages and short rhymed stanzas for choral songs, resulting in a text that is accessible and fun to read and perform.

"David Mulroy’s verse translation is metrical and clarifying, his lines passionate, dynamic, and efficient, moving swiftly toward their fated end. The play’s tragic personae are drawn so sharply they seem exposed, as to an X-ray. It is as if Mulroy has a cell phone that connects him directly to the classical world. This is a superb contribution to Ancient Greek studies." —Kelly Cherry, author of A Kind of Dream: Stories

About the Author: David Mulroy is a professor emeritus of classics at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. His translations include Oedipus Rex, Antigone, and The Complete Poetry of Catullus.


Rory Fanning, author of Worth Fighting For : An Army Ranger's Journey Out of the Military and Across America
Friday January 9, at 7:00 pm

Please join us for an exciting discussion with US Army Ranger, Rory Fanning, who walked across the US for fallen comrade Pat Tillman and found his voice as a war resister, as he discusses and signs copies of his memoir about his deployment and reintegration into civilian society, Worth Fighting For: An Army Ranger’s Journey Out of the Military and Across America.

Here’s what Boswellian Mel had to say about Worth Fighting For: "With elements of personal, travel, and deployment memoirs, as well as sociology, philosophy, and history studies, Worth Fighting For chronicles Fanning's difficult reintegration to civilian life, including his cross-country walk to raise money for the Pat Tillman Foundation. Unlike any memoir I've ever read, Worth Fighting For invites readers to walk 3,087 miles in the shoes of a man who discovered during his service that he would no longer willingly shed blood, sweat, or tears to support the system built upon—and breaking—the backs of so many people at home and abroad. Mile after mile, page after page, readers are treated to a critical view of the country from the perspective of a man who served, survived, and rededicated himself to the well-being of others in civilian service upon his return from war. Adding a powerful and much-needed voice to current debates ranging from race relations in the US to de-militarization, if you want a complete picture of what it means to serve this country, read Rory Fanning's Worth Fighting For."

About the Author: Rory Fanning walked across the United States for the Pat Tillman Foundation in 2008–2009, following two deployments to Afghanistan with the 2nd Army Ranger Battalion. He is a housing activist living in Chicago, Illinois. Rory works for Haymarket Books and Worth Fighting For is his first book.


A Ticketed Urban Ecology Center Event with Dr. Patty Loew, author of Seventh Generation Earth Ethics: Native Voices of Wisconsin
Tuesday January 20, at 7:00 pm

Please join us at the Urban Ecology Center (located 1500 E. Park Place in Milwaukee) as we relive the toils and triumphs of caring for the earth from Wisconsin’s Native American Communities—and the philosophy that drives them—with Dr. Patty Loew, who will discuss and sign copies of her new book Seventh Generation Earth Ethics: Native Voices of Wisconsin, in which she profiles a dozen influential members from Wisconsin’s Indian Nations each of whom employ the "Seventh Generation Philosophy" to make environmental decisions based upon how those decisions will impact the land for seven generations to come, some 240 years into the future. Tickets are $10 ($5 for UEC members).

Loew, who adds a personal anecdote in each chapter describing her relationship with the subject, is donating all royalties from this book to the Wisconsin Indian Education Association (WIEA). Also author of the best-selling Indian Nations of Wisconsin, Loew says Seventh Generation Earth Ethics is the "result of thirty years of working as a journalist and historian in Wisconsin’s Native American communities." Leaders featured include tribal genealogists, land stewards, preservers of language and culture, treaty rights advocates like James Schlender (Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe), artists like Truman Lowe (Ho-Chunk), educators like Dorothy "Dot" Davids (Stockbridge-Munsee Community Band of Mohican Indians), anti-mining advocates like Walter Bresette (Red Cliff Ojibwe) and Hilary Waukau (Menominee).

About the Author: Patty Loew, Ph.D., is an enrolled member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe and a recipient of the Outstanding Service Award of the Great Lakes Intertribal Council. She is a professor in the department of life sciences communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and affiliated faculty with the American Indian studies program. She has written dozens of scholarly and general-interest articles on Native topics and produced several award-winning documentaries that have appeared on commercial and public television stations throughout the country. For twenty years she hosted statewide news and public affairs programs for Wisconsin Public Television. Dr. Loew donates 100% of the royalties she would otherwise receive as author of Indian Nations of Wisconsin to the Wisconsin Indian Education Association for scholarships.


The Women’s Speaker Series at the Lynden Sculpture Garden welcomes Margaret Hawkins, author of Lydia’s Party
Wednesday January 28, at 7:00 pm

Please join us for the next Women’s Speaker Series ticketed event at the Lynden Sculpture Garden: an evening with Margaret Hawkins, Senior Lecturer at the School of Art Institute of Chicago, who will read from and sign copies of her latest novel, Lydia’s Party, about six friends who have bonded over two decades and come together for their annual Christmas Party and protagonist Lydia’s surprise announcement. Tickets are $22 ($18 for members), include a copy of the book, and are available through the Lynden Sculpture Garden website. The Lynden Sculpture Garden is located at 2145 W. Brown Deer Road in River Hills. This event will begin with a reception at 7 pm (wine and refreshments provided by MKELocalicious) with the talk and signing following, and is co-sponsored by MKE Reads and Bronze Optical.

Lydia is having a party. It’s the party that she hosts every year for a group of six women friends who have come to value the annual midwinter fête as a cherished ritual in their lives. Over a table laden with Lydia’s famous spicy chicken stew, a sumptuous spread of potluck dishes, at least one case of wine, and a decadent number of desserts, the women revel in sharing newsy updates, simmering secrets, and raucous laughter. Twenty years ago, these friends bonded over their budding careers, their love of art and food, their romances, their dogs, and now they think they know all there is to know about one another. On this particular evening, however, Lydia prepares to make a shattering announcement. This exquisitely written novel delivers a funny and tender portrait of friendship, love, aging, romance, grief, and unexpected happiness. It is a story that will warm your heart—even in the middle of winter.

"Hawkins’s smart, crackling novel is a snowy, midwestern Mrs. Dalloway, with Elizabeth Berg-ish charm and Hawkins’s own edgy, artfully particularized humor…As Lydia and her circle pull together in her time of need, Hawkins considers the profound gift of friendship and the ways art and life converge to forge meaning and preserve truth and memories." —Booklist

About the Author: Margaret Hawkins is a Senior Lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is the author of two previous novels, A Year of Cats and Dogs and How to Survive a Natural Disaster, and a memoir about her sister, After Schizophrenia: The Story of My Sister’s Reawakening.


Wisconsinite Quan Barry, author of She Weeps Each Time You’re Born
Tuesday February 17, at 7:00 pm

Boswell Book Company is proud to welcome award-winning author and professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Quan Barry, who will read from and sign copies of her stunning debut novel, She Weeps Each Time You’re Born, the tumultuous history of modern Vietnam as experienced by a young girl born under mysterious circumstances a few years before reunification—and with the otherworldly ability to hear the voices of the dead.

At the peak of the war in Vietnam, a baby girl is born on the night of the full moon along the Song Ma River. This is Rabbit, who will journey away from her destroyed village with a makeshift family thrown together by war. Here is a Vietnam we've never encountered before: through Rabbit's inexplicable but radiant intuition, we are privy to an intimate version of history, from the days of French Indochina and the World War II rubber plantations through the chaos of postwar reunification. With its use of magical realism—Rabbit's ability to "hear" the dead—the novel reconstructs a turbulent historical period through a painterly human lens. This luminous fiction debut is the moving story of one woman's struggle to unearth the true history of Vietnam while simultaneously carving out a place for herself within it.

Here’s what Boswellian Todd had to say about the book: "Barry reveals a Vietnamese people who are easy to imagine as characters in a post-apocalyptic novel a la The Road—except the sting is that these are images of people from our past, those who survived war and being carted about their country. Spanning 30 years, the novel features an artful narrator who poetically reveals the landscape while unwinding the life of Rabbit: daughter, friend, lover, ghost-whisperer, and more to those around her. It’s easy to revel in Barry’s language and story—lingering on description like it was dessert, attending scenes that coalesce as footage of a life of endless searching for what calls."

"Quan Barry’s She Weeps Each Time You’re Born is lyrical, luminous, and suspenseful all at once. Rabbit’s experience of wartime and reconciliation in Vietnam is one that I haven’t yet encountered in fiction, and it is rendered with shocking clarity and pathos on the page. Like Rabbit’s Goddess of Mercy, who has many manifestations, this is a Vietnam of myriad faces, myriad aspects, beautiful and terrible all at once." —Jesmyn Ward, author of Salvage the Bones

About the Author: Born in Saigon and raised on Boston's north shore, Quan Barry is a professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the author of four poetry books; her third book, Water Puppets, won the AWP Donald Hall Poetry Prize and was a PEN/Open Book finalist. She has received two NEA Fellowships in both fiction and poetry, and her work has appeared in such journals as The Georgia Review, The Kenyon Review, Ms., and The New Yorker. Barry lives in Wisconsin.


David Treuer, author of Prudence
Friday February 20, at 7:00 pm

Boswell Book Company is proud to welcome the son of an Ojibwe Indian mother and an Austrian Jewish father who fled the Holocaust, David Treuer, who will read from and sign copies of his latest novel, Prudence, which pushes the boundaries of identity as it crosses boundaries of race, gender, and sexual orientation to tell a haunting story of love, loss, and desire in World War II-era America in the vein of classics like Atonement and The English Patient.

On a sweltering day in August 1942, Frankie Washburn returns to his family’s rustic Minnesota resort for one last visit before he joins the war as a bombardier, headed for the darkened skies over Europe. Awaiting him at the Pines are those he’s about to leave behind: his hovering mother; the distant father to whom he’s been a disappointment; the Indian caretaker who’s been more of a father to him than his own; and Billy, the childhood friend who over the years has become something much more intimate. But before the homecoming can be celebrated, the search for a German soldier, escaped from the POW camp across the river, explodes in a shocking act of violence, with consequences that will reverberate years into the future for all of them and that will shape how each of them makes sense of their lives. With Prudence, Treuer delivers his most ambitious and captivating novel yet. Powerful and wholly original, it’s a story of desire and loss and the search for connection in a riven world; of race and class in a supposedly more innocent era. Most profoundly, it’s about the secrets we choose to keep, the ones we can’t help but tell, and who—and how—we’re allowed to love.

"A wondrous and mesmerizing narrative—intricate, seductive, and wholly gratifying." —Toni Morrison

About the Author: David Treuer is Ojibwe from the Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota. The author of three previous novels and two books of nonfiction, he has also written for The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Esquire, Slate, and The Washington Post, among others. He has a Ph.D. in anthropology and teaches literature and creative writing at the University of Southern California. David Treuer lived—on and off—in Milwaukee from 1996 to 1999, east-side and west-side. He was lucky enough to get his very first teaching job at UMN. He wrote much of his second novel (an urban tale) while living in Milwaukee. And he is very excited to come back to a city that remains very close to his heart.


Other Confirmed Author Appearances
  • Thursday, February 19, 7:00 pm - Brittany Cavallaro, author of Girl-King
  • 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, March 12, 7:00 pm - Jennifer Chiaverini, author of Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule, at the Frank L. Weyenberg Library, located 11345 North Cedarburg Road in Mequon
  • Thursday, March 26, 7:00 pm - Liam Callanan, author of Listen & Other Stories
  • Tuesday, April 7, 7:00 pm - Mark Wisniewski, author of Watch Me Go
  • Thursday, April 16, 7:00 pm - Nicholas Butler, author of Shotgun Lovesongs, at the Shorewood Public Library, located 3920 N. Murray Avenue in Shorewood