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Political Fact and Political Fiction, featuring Kathleen Rooney, author of O, Democracy!, and Julia R. Azari, author of Delivering the People’s Message: The Changing Politics of the Presidential Mandate
Tuesday September 2, at 7:00 pm

Boswell Book Company is excited to present Political Fact and Political Fiction: an event featuring Chicago author Kathleen Rooney, who will discuss and sign copies of her latest novel O, Democracy!, and Marquette Political Science Professor, Julia R. Azari, who will discuss and sign copies of her latest political study, Delivering the People’s Message: The Changing Politics of the Presidential Mandate.

A quarterlife crisis viewed from the ghostly perspective of the Founding Fathers, Kathleen Rooney’s latest novel, O, Democracy!, is a hilarious and heartbreaking story about American politics and the difficult business of being a good citizen: walking the tricky line between self-sacrifice and self-sabotage, between doing your part and knowing your place.

In Delivering the People’s Message, Julia R. Azari finds that when the presidency enjoys high public esteem and party polarization is low, mandate rhetoric is less frequent and employs broad themes. By contrast, presidents turn to mandate rhetoric when the office loses legitimacy, as in the wake of Watergate and Vietnam and during periods of intense polarization. In the twenty-first century, these two factors have converged. As a result, presidents rely on mandate rhetoric to defend their choices to supporters and critics alike, simultaneously creating unrealistic expectations about the electoral promises they will be able to fulfill.

Kathleen Rooney Bio: Kathleen Rooney is a founding editor of Rose Metal Press as well as a founding member of Poems While You Wait. Her first book is Reading with Oprah: The Book Club That Changed America, and her first poetry collection, Oneiromance (an epithalamion) won the 2007 Gatewood Prize from the feminist publisher Switchback Books. She is the author of the verse novel Robinson Alone, the essay collection For You, For You I Am Trilling These Songs, and the memoir Live Nude Girl: My Life as an Object. With Elisa Gabbert, she is the author of That Tiny Insane Voluptuousness and the forthcoming chapbook The Kind of Beauty That Has Nowhere to Go. She lives in Chicago where she is a Visiting Assistant Professor at DePaul University.

Julia R. Azari Bio: Julia R. Azari is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Marquette University. She is coeditor of The Presidential Leadership Dilemma: Between the Constitution and a Political Party.


Margaret Peterson Haddix, author of Revealed, with Lisa McMann, author of Island of Legends
Wednesday September 3, at 7:00 pm

Boswell Book Company is excited to present a fantastic evening of adventuring and magic featuring two outstanding authors—Margaret Peterson Haddix, author of Revealed, and Lisa McMann, author of Island of Legends—who will discuss and sign copies of their books in an event great for ages 8 and up!

Margaret Peterson Haddix returns with the seventh installment in The Missing Series, Revealed, which Booklist is calling a "[t]hrill ride through a historical incident" and of which Kirkus promises "[t]he story continues with the suspense fans have come to expect in this entertaining and discreetly educational series." After a mysterious cameo from Charles Lindbergh, it’s up to Jonah to save his town in the latest book in this The New York Times bestselling series.

Lisa McMann’s latest in the Unwanteds Series, which Kirkus Reviews calls "The Hunger Games meets Harry Potter," is Island of Legends. As Alex grows more confident in his role as the mage of Artime, he expands his skills and brings his first creature to life—with results that are both painful and wonderful. Meanwhile in Quill, Aaron faces threats to his leadership as Gondoleery hones her rediscovered magical abilities and Eva and Liam form a secret alliance against him.

Margaret Peterson Haddix Bio: Margaret Peterson Haddix is the author of many critically and popularly acclaimed YA and middle-grade novels, including those in the 39 Clues Series, the Shadow Children Series, and The Palace Chronicles. A graduate of Miami University of Ohio, she worked for several years as a reporter for The Indianapolis News. She also taught at the community college level in Danville, Illinois. She lives with her family in Columbus, Ohio.

Lisa McMann Bio: Lisa McMann is The New York Times bestselling author of the Wake Trilogy, Cryer’s Cross, Dead to You, the Visions series, and the middle grade dystopian fantasy series The Unwanteds. She lives with her family in the Phoenix area.


Marja Mills, author of The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee
Thursday September 4, at 7:00 pm

Join us for an exciting event with Madison born and raised former reporter and Pulitzer Prize winning author, Marja Mills, as she discusses and signs copies of her unique debut memoir about becoming friends with To Kill a Mockingbird author Harper Lee, The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee, which Booklist calls "a uniquely intimate, ruminative, and gently illuminating biographical memoir."

A memoir like no other, Marja Mills’ The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee is at once historic and delightful. Readers accompany Mills as she unexpectedly meets and develops an extraordinary friendship with Harper Lee, one of America’s best loved yet most reclusive writers. In 2001, when Chicago picked To Kill a Mockingbird for its city-wide reading program, then Chicago Tribune reporter Marja Mills traveled to Monroeville to do a story, sure she would not meet the elusive author. She had finished her research when, in an extraordinary and unprecedented move, she was welcomed into the Lee home. She first met Alice and a few days later, at Nelle’s request, the author herself. It was the beginning of a long conversation—and a wonderful friendship.

"[A] charming portrait of a small Southern town and its most famous resident." —Kirkus Reviews

"A must-read for fans…Nelle’s sweet friendship with Mills elicits a forthcoming portrait of the author, her family, her time, and her South that is thoughtful, witty, and rich in feeling." —Publishers Weekly

About the Author: Marja Mills is a former reporter and feature writer for the Chicago Tribune, where she was a member of the staff that won a Pulitzer Prize for a 2001 series about O’Hare Airport entitled "Gateway to Gridlock." The Mockingbird Next Door is her first book. Mills was born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin. She is a 1985 graduate of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service; a lifelong interest in other cultures led to studies in Paraguay, Spain, and Sweden. Mills lives in downtown Chicago and often spends time in Madison and her father’s hometown of Black River Falls, Wisconsin.


Julia Mary Gibson, author of Copper Magic
Friday September 5, at 7:00 pm

If you’re looking for a little back-to-school magic, we’ve got the event for you. Join us in welcoming former Milwaukeean and debut young adult author, Julia Mary Gibson, as she talks about and signs copies of her debut novel, Copper Magic, great for ages 10 and up! Can an unearthed talisman found on the shores of Lake Michigan save 12-year-old Violet’s fractured family? Exploring themes of Native American culture, ecology, and conservation, Gibson’s debut historical fiction novel is a brilliant awakening.

The year is 1906, and twelve-year-old Violet Blake unearths an ancient talisman—a copper hand—beside the stream where her mother used to harvest medicine. Violet’s touch warms the copper hand and it begins to reveal glimpses of another time. Violet is certain that the copper hand is magic—and if anyone is in need of its powers, it’s Violet.

"A book whose timeless magic makes me want to protect it as loyally and fiercely as Violet protects the copper hand…Julia Mary Gibson’s quiet masterpiece is an effortless alloy of magic and science." —Elizabeth Wein, author of Code Name Verity

About the Author: Julia Mary Gibson was born the child of radical activist poets in the time of the Freedom Rides and the Vietnam War. She grew up to be a communard, welfare mother, waitress, secretary, visual effects producer, and mentor to unwed teens. She lives in sight of the Hollywood sign in California. Copper Magic is her first novel.


Daryl Brown, co-author of Inside the Godfather: Never Before Told Stories of James Brown by His Inner Circle
Monday September 8, at 7:00 pm

Please join us as we welcome Daryl Brown, son of James Brown and co-author of Inside the Godfather: Never Before Told Stories of James Brown by His Inner Circle, to Boswell for a talk and signing. If you think you know the soul truth about James Brown, think again! Inside the Godfather: Never Before Told Stories of James Brown by His Inner Circle is a groundbreaking book about sex, drugs, rock’n’roll, lies, adultery, racism, murder, religion, politics, deceit, lust, and bribery—but most importantly, it sets the record straight about James Brown: The Godfather of Soul.

The Godfather of Soul may be the most misunderstood man in the last century. Confusion emerges as a consequence of the complexities in his life. His contributions toward modern music pale in comparison to the indispensible role he played in modern history. James Brown lifted all races toward the ideals of equality and opportunity. Tragically, while he had the ability to calm the storms of social turmoil, his personal life was a perpetual tempest. Inside the Godfather brings together, for the first time, those from Brown’s inner circle. They will correct the distortions of the past and provide for the reader a clear understanding of the brilliance and generosity that was Mr. Dynamite. You will see inside the man. You will never be the same.

Daryl Brown Bio: Music icon James Brown's son Daryl Brown is an artist, songwriter, musician, and producer born in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Daryl played on countless James Brown smash hit songs and twice toured the world with his dad. Daryl has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman, BET, MTV, and The American Music Awards and has appeared in films including Jackie Chan's The Tuxedo.


Mary Gordon, author of The Liar’s Wife: Four Novellas
Tuesday September 9, at 7:00 pm

Legendary author Mary Gordon, who penned The Love of My Youth and Circling My Mother, is coming to Boswell for a reading and signing of her latest, The Liar’s Wife: Four Novellas. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to meet Mary Gordon as she introduces Milwaukee to the book that has already garnered praise as "emotionally engaging and smoothly flowing" (The New York Times Book Review), "vivid and richly imagined" (Chicago Sun-Times), and "entrancing" (Los Angeles Times).

The beloved author is at her storytelling best: four wonderful novellas of Americans abroad and Europeans in America. In these tales of relationships at home and abroad, both historical and contemporary, we meet the ferocious Simone Weil during her final days as a transplant to New York City; a vulnerable American grad student who escapes to Italy after her first, compromising love affair; the charming Irish liar of the title novella, who gets more out of life than most of us; and an American high school kid meeting Thomas Mann. These stories dazzle on the surface, with beautifully rendered settings and vistas, and dig deep psychologically. At every turn Gordon reveals in her characters' interactions those crucial flashes of understanding that change lives forever. So richly developed it is hard to believe they fit into novella-sized packages, these tales carry us away both as individual stories and as a larger, book-length experience of Gordon's mastery and human sympathy.

"The virtuosic Gordon presents a quartet of enfolding novellas that examine the revelations and paradoxes of cross-cultural encounters and relationships between mentors and protégés….The sheer bliss of reading Gordon’s consummate prose is deepened by her stunning insights into moral tangles and abrupt comprehension as she mixes the comic and the profound in her considerations of innocence and defilement, self-sacrifice and greatness, insularity and the bracing tussle of the world….Beloved and much-honored, Gordon is at her captivating finest in a book primed to catch fire." —Booklist

About the Author: Mary Gordon is the author of six novels, including Final Payments, Pearl, and The Love of My Youth; the memoirs The Shadow Man and Circling My Mother; and The Stories of Mary Gordon, which was awarded the Story Prize. She has received numerous other honors, including a Lila Wallace-Reader′s Digest Writers′ Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and an Academy Award for Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She teaches at Barnard College and lives in New York City.


An Oak Creek Library Event with Melissa de la Cruz, author of The Vampires of Manhattan
Wednesday September 10, at 6:30 pm

Bestselling author of over thirty novels, Melissa de la Cruz, is coming to the Oak Creek Library to read from and sign copies of the first book in her New Blue Bloods Coven series, Vampires of Manhattan, a new paranormal adventure for her adult readers that incorporates the memorable characters of Blue Bloods, who—ten years after The Coven’s battle with Lucifer—are older, cooler, sexier, and in more danger than ever before! The Oak Creek Public Library is located at 8620 S. Howell Avenue in Oak Creek; for directions or other questions, contact them at (414) 764-4400.

On the island of Manhattan lurks a secret society of the city’s most wealthy, beautiful, and powerful people; they are the Blue Bloods and they are vampires. Vampires of Manhattan takes place ten years after the Blue Bloods defeated the enemy in the Great War. To celebrate a new era of prosperity, the irresistibly charming and handsome leader of the Blue Bloods, Oliver Hazard-Perry, throws a Four Hundred Year Ball with all of society in attendance. And then, all hell breaks loose…

"Fans…will be plenty satisfied by the dishy, Gossip Girl-style story and eager for further installments." —Booklist

About the Author: Melissa de la Cruz is the beloved author of over thirty adult and young adult novels, including the Blue Bloods Series. A bestselling author, de la Cruz is a former fashion and beauty editor whose work has been published in The New York Times, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, and Allure. Additionally, she has appeared as an expert on fashion, trends, and fame for CNN, E!, and Fox News. She lives in Los Angeles and Palm Springs with her husband and daughter.


Stuart Rojstaczer, author of The Mathematician’s Shiva
Wednesday September 10, at 7:00 pm

Milwaukee-born geophysics-professor-turned-author, Stuart Rojstaczer, returns to the East Side for a reading and signing of his debut novel, The Mathematician’s Shiva, a comic, bittersweet bildungsroman of middle-age set in Wisconsin, which takes on the Jewish Eastern European immigrant experience following the combined darkness of World War II and Stalinism evocative of Michael Chabon’s The Yiddish Policemen’s Union and Jonathan Safran Foer’s Everything Is Illuminated. This event is co-sponsored by the UWM Sam and Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies.

Alexander "Sasha" Karnokovitch and his family would like to mourn the passing of his mother, Rachela, with modesty and dignity. But Rachela, a famous Polish émigré mathematician and professor at the University of Wisconsin, is rumored to have solved the million-dollar Navier-Stokes Millennium Prize problem. Rumor also has it that she spitefully took the solution to her grave. To Sasha’s chagrin, a ragtag group of socially challenged mathematicians arrives in Madison and crashes the shiva, vowing to do whatever it takes to find the solution—even if it means prying up the floorboards for Rachela’s notes. Sasha must do his best to keep these geniuses in check, keep his patchwork family happy, and figure out who he is now that he no longer exists in relief against his mother’s towering presence—all at the same time.

"The Mathematician's Shiva is a brilliant and compelling family saga full of warmth, pathos, history, and humor, not to mention a cast of delightfully quirky characters, and a math lesson or two; all together, a winning equation! When Rojstaczer writes about mathematics, you'd think he was writing about poetry." —Jonathan Evison, The New York Times bestselling author of West of Here and The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving

About the Author: Stuart Rojstaczer was born in Milwaukee, WI, and has degrees from the University of Wisconsin, the University of Illinois, and Stanford University. For many years, he was a professor of geophysics at Duke University. He has written for The New York Times and The Washington Post, and his scientific research has been published in many journals, including Science and Nature. He lives in Northern California.


Betsy Woodman, author of Emeralds Included: A Jana Bibi Adventure
Friday September 12, at 2:00 pm

Join us as we welcome Betsy Woodman, who will read from and sign copies of the third volume in her cross-cultural Jana Bibi Series, Emeralds Included. Jana Bibi saved the town from a government dam in Jana Bibi’s Excellent Fortunes and foiled an international bird-smuggling ring in Love Potion Number 10, but in Emeralds Included, Jana faces her biggest challenges yet: preparing for her son’s arrival and planning a wedding in the upside-down town of Hamara Nagar!

In the third installment of the Jana Bibi Series, Betsy Woodman takes us back to the Jolly Grant house for the arrival of Jana’s son, Jack, from Scotland, and his Hungarian bride-to-be, Katarina Esterhazy. The whole gang is excited to welcome their international visitors—and Jana is determined to repair the house to Jack’s high standards and those of her grandfather, from whom she inherited the eccentric building. But this puts a strain on Jana, both emotionally and financially, and she risks her most prized and valuable possession—the (surprisingly real!) emeralds she got from the Treasure Emporium—to help her through it.

About the Author: Betsy Woodman spent ten formative years in India and studied in France and Zambia. A graduate of Smith College, she earned a Master’s degree in Anthropology from Brandeis University. She has edited history books and been a frequent book reviewer, and was a writer/editor for Experiencing War, the award-winning radio documentary series for the Library of Congress Veterans History Project. Her interest in languages, music, and cross-cultural connections are in evidence in the Jana Bibi Series. She now lives in her native New Hampshire.


Madison Author Miki Knezevic, author of Behind God’s Back
Friday September 12, at 7:00 pm

Milwaukee-born Madison author Miki Knezevic is coming to Boswell to read from and sign copies of her 20th century historical novel, Behind God’s Back, about a Serbian female physician's journey through two world wars and the communist era in the Balkans. An enticing novel of life in Europe and particularly in Belgrade between 1914 and l962, Behind God’s Back integrates history, travel, family life, and a love story from the perspective of Serbian physician Desa Jovanovic, who survives the bombing of Belgrade by the Austrians to France to move on to Tunisia and Macedonia, before returning finally to Belgrade.

"In this ambitious novel, Knezevic fleshes out the often confusing political, religious and economic history of the Balkans while detailing Desa's journey from child to wife, mother and doctor…Not only is this book a vivid description of the history of the era, but a deeply felt saga of love and emotions." —Kirkus Reviews

About the Author: Miki Knezevic was born to immigrant parents in Milwaukee and is a product of Milwaukee Public Schools and Marquette University. She is a fiction and non-fiction writer. For the last 25 years, she and a partner have been writing ESL textbooks for McGraw-Hill. Knezevic lives in Madison, Wisconsin and is an avid traveler, photographer, reader, snorkeler, and Packer fan. She is married with children and grandchildren.


Story Time with Boswellian Jannis!
Sunday September 14, at 11:00 am

Grab you favorite hat and come on down to Story Time with Boswellian Jannis! This month, Jannis is reading Hooray for Hat! by Brian Won, as well as Jon Klassen’s This Is Not My Hat. Hats off to September, and hooray for a Story Time great for ages 18 months and up!










Tom Angleberger, author of Emperor Pickletine Rides the Bus: An Origami Yoda Book
Sunday September 14, at 3:00 pm

Please join us for an exciting talk with the author of the bestselling Origami Yoda Series, Tom Angleberger, as he discusses and signs copies of his latest and final book in the series, Emperor Pickletine Rides the Bus, great for ages 8 and up!

After successfully fighting to save their field trip in Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue!, Tommy and the gang prepare for a well-earned day of fun and adventure in Washington, DC…but of course it won't be that easy! This trip to the nation's capital will be full of shifting alliances and betrayals, carsickness and sugar rushes. Trouble starts even before the buses leave school, when Principal Rabbski decrees the field trip an "origami-free zone." Dwight secretly folds a Yoda from a Fruit Roll-Up, but will Fruitigami Yoda be a match for Harvey's sour, hate-filled pickle of darkness? Astronaut ice cream, a supersonic plane, a Johnny Appleseed sighting, and a near arrest are just some of the clues in the sweetest, stookiest, biggest, and craziest Origami Yoda case file yet.

About the Author: Tom Angleberger is the author of the bestselling Origami Yoda Series. He is also the author of Horton Halfpott and Fake Mustache, both Edgar Award nominees, and The Qwikpick Papers. He is married to author/illustrator Cece Bell and lives in Christiansburg, Virginia.


Daniel Shumski, author of Will It Waffle?: 53 Irresistible and Unexpected Recipes to Make in a Waffle Iron
Monday September 15, at 7:00 pm

Join us as we welcome Daniel Shumski, the founder of waffleizer.com and author of the exciting new book, Will It Waffle?: 53 Irresistible and Unexpected Recipes to Make in a Waffle Iron, where he’ll be talking waffles, waffle-izing your favorite recipes, sharing samples (provided by local author Julia Pandl), and signing copies of this unique and fun book!

How many great ideas begin with a nagging thought in the middle of the night that should disappear by morning, but don’t? For Daniel Shumski, it was: Will it waffle? Hundreds of hours, countless messes, and 53 perfected recipes later, that answer is a resounding: Yes, it will! Steak? Yes! Pizza? Yes! Apple pie? Emphatically yes. And that's the beauty of being a waffle iron chef—waffling food other than waffles is not just a novelty but an innovation that leads to a great end product, all while giving the cook the bonus pleasure of doing something cool, fun, and vaguely nerdy (or giving a reluctant eater—your child, say—a great reason to dig in). Waffled bacon reaches perfect crispness without burned edges, cooks super fast in the two-sided heat source, and leaves behind just the right amount of fat to waffle some eggs. Waffled Sweet Potato Gnocchi, Pressed Potato and Cheese Pierogi, and Waffled Meatballs all end up with dimples just right for trapping their delicious sauces. A waffle iron turns leftover mac ‘n’ cheese into Revitalized Macaroni and Cheese, which is like a decadent version of a grilled cheese sandwich with its golden, buttery, slightly crisp exterior and soft, melty, cheesy interior.

About the Author: Daniel Shumski, a journalist, teacher, and obsessive food lover, is the founder of waffleizer.com, a blog that's caught the attention of the Huffington Post, Entertainment Weekly's website, Serious Eats, Tasting Table, Lifehacker, and other web and television media. He lives in Montreal, Canada.


Chelsea Cain, author of One Kick
Tuesday September 16, at 7:00 pm

The New York Times bestselling author of the Archie Sheridan thriller series, Chelsea Cain, is coming to Boswell to read from and sign copies of One Kick, the first in a nail-biting new series featuring Kick Lannigan, a young woman whose complicated past has given her a very special skill set. With lives hanging in the balance, Kick sets out to be the crusader she has always imagined herself to be in this heart-stopping and entertaining new thrill ride by a stunning talent in the thriller realm.

Famously kidnapped at age six, Kick Lannigan captured America’s hearts when she was rescued five years later. Now twenty-one, she finds herself unexpectedly entangled in a missing-child case that will force her from the secure world she has meticulously built over the past decade. Trained as a marksman, lock picker, escape artist, and bomb maker by her abductor, Kick could not return to the life of the average young girl after her release. In lieu of therapy, she mastered martial arts, boxing, and knife throwing, learned how to escape from the trunk of a car, jimmy a pair of handcuffs, and walk without making a sound. She trained herself to be safe. But she can’t run from her past. When two local children go missing in three weeks, Kick is approached by an enigmatic former weapons dealer with a proposition. John Bishop is determined to use his fortune and contacts to uncover kids’ whereabouts, and he is convinced Kick can help. Armed with a sharp tongue, a Glock 37, and a litany of survival skills, Kick will do whatever it takes to find the missing children. Little does she know that the answers she and Bishop seek may be hidden in the dark corners of her mind.

One Kick launches the Kick Lannigan Series. Named a "Summer Must" by Entertainment Weekly, One Kick has received starred reviews in PW and Booklist, made PW’s "Top Ten Thrillers for Fall," and is an Indie Next List pick. Time Magazine gives it 5:1 odds of being "The Book of the Summer."

About the Author: Chelsea Cain is the author of The New York Times bestselling Archie Sheridan thriller series, including Heartsick, Sweetheart, Evil at Heart, The Night Season, Kill You Twice, and Let Me Go. Her Portland-based thrillers, described by The New York Times as "steamy and perverse," have been published in over 30 languages, recommended on The Today Show, and appeared in episodes of HBO’s True Blood and ABC’s Castle. Stephen King included two of her books in his top ten favorite books of the year, and NPR named Heartsick one of the best 100 thrillers ever written. According to Booklist, "Popular entertainment just doesn’t get much better than this."


A Haggerty Museum of Art Book Launch with Milwaukeean Kevin Miyazaki, author of Perimeter: A Contemporary Portrait of Lake Michigan
Wednesday September 17, at 6:00 pm

Boswell Book Company and the Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University are proud to sponsor the launch of Milwaukeean Kevin Miyazaki’s gorgeous collection of photographs and personal stories from people drawn to Lake Michigan, Perimeter: A Contemporary Portrait of Lake Michigan, at Haggerty Museum of Art, which is located at 530 N. 13th Street in Milwaukee.

Commissioned by the Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University to create an artwork reflecting on the importance of freshwater, Milwaukee-based photographer Kevin J. Miyazaki embarked on a two-week, 1,800-mile drive around Lake Michigan. He traveled its perimeter, through Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan, to produce what he calls "a contemporary portrait of Lake Michigan." Miyazaki set up his portable studio on beaches, in parks, on boat docks, and in backyards, photographing those he met along the way. From residents, environmental scientists, and artists to a Native American water rights advocate, surfers, and commercial fishermen, Lake Michigan holds a powerful place in the life of each. Many shared their thoughts with him on why this body of water is important to all. Miyazaki also photographed the water as he went, creating waterscapes of the ever-changing lake affected by weather and time. Perimeter gathers these images together, creating a diverse portrait of both people and a place, encapsulating Lake Michigan's significance to those who are drawn to it.

"A wonderfully perceptive interrogation of landscape, portraiture, cartography, and place." —Mary Louise Schumacher, art and architecture critic, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

About the Author: Kevin J. Miyazaki is a Milwaukee-based editorial and fine art photographer. His work has appeared in such publications as Martha Stewart Living, Travel + Leisure, Midwest Living, and The New York Times Magazine. His series Camp Home, in which he documents the reuse of Japanese internment camp barracks from World War II, has been exhibited at the Photo Center NW and SOIL Gallery in Seattle, the RayKo Photo Center in San Francisco, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, and the James Watrous Gallery in Madison.


An Oak Creek Library Event with Deborah Diesen and Dan Hanna, author and illustrator of The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School
Thursday September 18, at 4:00 pm

Join us at the Oak Creek Library for a talk and signing of Deborah Diesen and Dan Hanna’s latest, The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School, featuring the star from The New York Times bestselling picture book, The Pout-Pout Fish, in a new adventure great for ages two and up that’s sure to turn pouts into smiles! Mr. Fish is nervously awaiting his first day of school, and he frets about not knowing how to write his name, how to draw shapes, and how to do math—until he’s reassured that school is the perfect place to learn how to master all of these new skills. Great for ages 2 and up! The Oak Creek Library is located at 8620 S. Howell Avenue in Oak Creek.

"Winning artwork…Hanna’s cartoonish undersea world swims with hilarious bug-eyed creatures that ooze personality." —Kirkus Reviews

"Fans of this series will appreciate Diesen's rhythmic—and ultimately reassuring—text, and Hanna's sunny illustrations contain many clever details." —Booklist

Deborah Diesen’s Bio: Deborah Diesen currently works for a nonprofit organization and has also worked as a librarian and a bookseller. She lives in Grand Ledge, Michigan.

Dan Hanna’s Bio: Dan Hanna has over ten years of experience in the animation industry, and his work has appeared on the Cartoon Network. He lives in Oxnard, California.


Beloved Wisconsinite Michael Perry, author of Visiting Tom and Truck, presents his debut middle-grade novel The Scavengers
Thursday September 18, at 7:00 pm

From beloved Wisconsin author Michael Perry (Visiting Tom; Truck) comes The Scavengers, an imaginative post-apocalyptic Laura Ingalls Wilder wilderness story. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Perry’s signature irreverent hilarity when he comes to Boswell to discuss Maggie (aka "Ford Falcon"), the brave young heroine of this Holes-meets-City-of-Ember middle-grade novel that has the perfect mix of humor and heart set in a world where one person’s junk is another person’s key to survival. Great for ages 8 and up!

When the world started to fall apart, the government gave everyone two choices: move into the Bubble Cities...or take their chances outside. Twelve-year-old Maggie and her family chose the latter. They live in the world that was left behind. Deciding it’s time to grow up and grow tough, Maggie rechristens herself “Ford Falcon”—a name taken from the beat-up car she finds at a nearby junkyard. This is where Ford’s family goes to scavenge for things they can use and barter with. Thus far, they have been able to survive this brave new world by working together. But when Ford returns one day to discover her home ransacked and her family missing, she must find the strength to survive on her own and rescue her loved ones. This wholly original tween novel combines a page-turning adventure, heartfelt family story, and triumphant journey of self-discovery. With Scavengers, Michael Perry achieves the perfect mix of humor and heart in a world where one person’s junk is another person’s key to survival.

"Unique and interesting cast of characters. Maggie is a strong, brave, adventurous, and resourceful role model for younger readers." —School Library Journal

About the Author: Michael Perry is a humorist and The New York Times bestselling author of the adult memoirs Population 485, Truck: A Love Story, Coop, and Visiting Tom. This is his first novel for children. Michael lives in Eau Claire, WI, with his wife and two children.


United We Read, featuring writers from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Creative Writing Program
Friday September 19, at 7:00 pm

Please join us at Boswell as we welcome a selection of graduate students and faculty from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Creative Writing Program, who will read from their own original work. Details and list of readers forthcoming.


Emily St. John Mandel, author of The Lola Quartet and Station Eleven
Monday September 22, at 7:00 pm

Boswell Book Company and Soulstice Theatre are proud to present The Lola Quartet author Emily St. John Mandel who returns to Boswell for a talk and staged reading of Station Eleven, a novel that Kirkus calls "[an] ambitious take on a post-apocalyptic world where some strive to preserve art, culture, and kindness…think of Cormac McCarthy seesawing with Joan Didion…," and The Vacationers author Emma Straub says is perfect for "dozens of the readers in me—the Hollywood devotee, the comic book fan, the cult junkie, the love lover, [and] the disaster tourist."

Here’s what Boswellian Daniel Goldin has to say about Station Eleven: "In this powerful new novel, the end of civilization might not come via nuclear war or environmental catastrophe, but by a flu virus so lethal that there is simply nobody around to keep civilization going. By the time we’re in shape to recover, it’s too late to stop out-of-control fires, or contain lawlessness, let alone turn back on electricity, the internet, or gas pumps. In this post-apocalyptic world, small outposts remain, congregated around abandoned fast food restaurants and airplane terminals with little to bring joy and beauty to their lives aside from a periodic visit from the Traveling Symphony, a group of Shakespeare-performing classical musicians. One day, the Symphony comes to St. Deborah by the Water, only to find that the village has been taken over by a cult, and things turn particularly dangerous when one of the villagers becomes a stowaway. And then one of the performers, Kirsten, slowly learns that she and the ruthless cult leader might have more in common than she imagined. And in fact almost all the characters in this story are connected by an unlikely source—an actor named Arthur Leander, whose on-stage death opened the story. Station Eleven is an entrancing thriller/fantasy epic/comic satire/domestic drama, and while the setup might have reminded you of The Hunger Games, the result is more A Visit from the Goon Squad."

About the Author: Emily St. John Mandel was born and raised on the west coast of British Columbia, Canada. She studied contemporary dance at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre and lived briefly in Montreal before relocating to New York. All four of her novels—Station Eleven, Last Night in Montreal, The Singer's Gun, and The Lola Quartet—are Indie Next Picks. The Singer's Gun was the 2014 winner of the Prix Mystere de la Critique in France. Her short fiction and essays have been anthologized in numerous collections, including Best American Mystery Stories 2013. She is a staff writer for The Millions. She lives in New York City with her husband.


Chris Guillebeau, author of The $100 Startup presents his latest book The Happiness of Pursuit
Wednesday September 24, at 7:00 pm

Please join us for an inspiring evening with the author of The $100 Startup and founder of Pioneer Nation, Unconventional Guides, and the Travel Hacking Cartel, Chris Guillebeau, who will discuss and sign copies of his latest, The Happiness of Pursuit, a book about finding purpose and meaning by committing to a life-changing project or quest. Be warned: A. J. Jacobs, author of The Year of Living Biblically says "If you like complacency and mediocrity, do not read this book. It’s dangerously inspiring."

Chris Guillebeau specializes in helping people break out of the "box" of their everyday lives. His most recent book, The $100 Startup, explained how to create income on one’s own terms and not necessarily abide by a 9-to-5, "work for the man" model. But while liberation from "the grind" is one step in pursuing a life of purpose, it’s far from the only way. Indeed, genuine fulfillment typically requires a quest or challenge that is big and ambitious, that involves surpassing the limits most people accept as part of their boring, routine-filled lives and making an actual difference. Chris has undertaken a successful quest of his own, having visited every country in the world by age 35. But the quests or projects discussed in this book need not involve travel at all. What they do involve is commitment and progressive accomplishment, losing oneself in an accretive task—whether it be a physical journey, an artistic enterprise, a philanthropic feat, even an act of political protest. Chris has surveyed thousands who’ve undertaken such quests and really drilled down to discover how they went about it, the common mistakes, what happened when they hit the wall, and how they coped when the quest was over. His specialty is well-researched, easy-to-follow advice that helps readers bridge the gap between "impossible dream" and "everyday reality."

"The Happiness of Pursuit is smart, honest, and dangerous. Why dangerous? Because it is as practical as it is inspiring. You won’t just be daydreaming about your quest—you’ll be packing for it!" —Brené Brown, author of Daring Greatly

About the Author: Chris Guillebeau is a New York Times bestselling author and modern-day explorer. During a lifetime of self-employment that included a four-year commitment as a volunteer executive in West Africa, Chris Guillebeau visited every country in the world (193 in total) before his 35th birthday. He is the author of three books, The Art of Non-Conformity, which was translated into more than twenty languages, The $100 Startup, which has sold more than 300,000 copies worldwide, and The Happiness of Pursuit. Every summer in Portland, Oregon, Guillebeau hosts the World Domination Summit, a gathering of creative, remarkable people, and is the founder of Pioneer Nation, Unconventional Guides, the Travel Hacking Cartel, and numerous other projects.


Paige Rawl, author of Positive: A Memoir
Thursday September 25, at 7:00 pm

Boswell Book Company and the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin are excited to welcome national youth advocate, anti-bullying crusader, powerful HIV/AIDS educator, and author, Paige Rawl, to Boswell for a discussion and signing of her new memoir Positive. Great for ages 13 and up, you won’t want to miss this inspiring speaker as she tells her deeply personal and completely universal story about overcoming bullying by choosing to be Positive.

Paige has been HIV+ since birth, but growing up that was never The Thing that defined her. It was just one facet of her life, like competing in beauty pageants or making the honor roll. And then in middle school, in a moment in which she was attempting to console a friend, Paige disclosed her HIV+ status. Relentlessly bullied from that point forward, Paige suffered from stress-related seizures, she cut herself, and her normally athletic frame withered to a mere 81 pounds. One night, desperate for escape, Paige swallowed fifteen sleeping pills—one for each year of her life to date. That could have been the end of her story. Instead, it was only the beginning. Positive is a dazzling memoir in which Paige tells how she managed to overcome the trauma of persistent bullying by choosing compassion over cruelty, and resolved to fight daily on behalf of others in her place.

Here’s what Boswellian Jannis Mindel has to say about this incredible memoir: "Paige Rawl spent the early years of her childhood unaware of her HIV positive status. Her daily doses of medicine were as much a part of life as cheerleading and playing on the soccer team. After her mother finally tells her about her disease, Paige reveals her status to her best friend. Her life thereafter would never be the same. The bullying started almost immediately and with ferocity. The school did nothing to help Paige or her mother but rather told her she was causing too much drama. The stress became so severe she suffered from frequent seizures and eventually found herself attempting suicide. But with the help of her mother, close friends, and a camp for HIV/AIDS children, she was able to move forward and forgive. This is a moving, personal, and very powerful story of the effects of bullying."

About the Author: Paige Rawl is a national youth advocate, anti-bullying crusader, and powerful HIV/AIDS educator. She is currently a student at Ball State University, where she plans to study molecular biology.



Local Author Christine M. Merritt, author of Once Upon a Time in China: Worms, Cha, and a Harmonious Society
Friday September 26, at 7:00 pm

Please join us as we welcome parasitologist and local author, Christine M. Merritt, as she discusses and signs copies of her memoir, Once Upon a Time in China: Worms, Cha, and a Harmonious Society, which relates her experiences during her two years as the first westerner to teach in a medical school in mainland China and the only foreign faculty member of the Medical School in Soochow University, Suzhou.

Teaching at the Medical School afforded Christine M. Merritt the opportunity for an inside look at daily life for Chinese students, their thinking, hopes and dreams, social issues, family life, the Communist Party, and much more. She traveled in search of ancient China and her travels took her to Miao villages in the mountains, eco-museums in Guizhou, Confucius’s birthplace and people living in caves. She found the Chinese to be a warm, generous hearted people with a great sense of humor who invited her to stay with their families in their hometowns. Merritt lived, shopped, and ate with the Chinese and they shared their family histories, sexual orientation, love life, and the wonderful myths and legends of China.

About the Author: Christine Merritt spent nearly two years in China, teaching parasitology to international students in the Medical School at Soochow University, Suzhou. The Chinese told her she was the first westerner ever to teach in a medical school in mainland China. She was also the only foreign faculty member on campus. These unique experiences are detailed in her 2014 book, the travel-memoir; Once Upon A Time in China: Worms, Cha and a Harmonious Society.



Madison Author Chloe Benjamin, author of The Anatomy of Dreams
Saturday September 27, at 7:00 pm

We’re excited to welcome Madison author and "great new talent" (Lorrie Moore, author of Bark: Stories), Chloe Benjamin, as she reads from and signs copies of her debut The Anatomy of Dreams, which Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures author Emma Straub calls "a wholly original tale" that exposes the slippery nature of trust—and the immense power of our dreams.

It’s 1998, and Sylvie Patterson, a bookish student at a Northern California boarding school, falls in love with a spirited, elusive classmate named Gabe. Their headmaster, Dr. Adrian Keller, is a charismatic medical researcher who has staked his career on the therapeutic potential of lucid dreaming: by teaching his patients to become conscious during sleep, he helps them to relieve stress and heal from trauma. Over the next six years, Sylvie and Gabe become consumed by Keller’s work, following him from the redwood forests of Eureka, California, to the enchanting New England coast. But when an opportunity brings the trio to the Midwest, Sylvie and Gabe stumble into a tangled relationship with their mysterious neighbors—and Sylvie begins to doubt the ethics of Keller’s research, recognizing the harm that can be wrought under the guise of progress.

"A vibrant, ambitious novel that wrestles with the big complexities of early adulthood—the impossibility of fully knowing a partner, the quixotic desire for meaningful work, and the surprisingly sudden nature of obsession. Chloe Benjamin’s impressive debut shimmers and surprises with its wonderfully original fusion of compelling quirk and surreal mystery." — Dean Bakopoulos, author of My American Unhappiness.

"A sly, promising, and ambitious debut." —Publishers Weekly

About the Author: Chloe Benjamin is a graduate of Vassar College and The University of Wisconsin-Madison MFA program. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Atlantic, Pank, Whiskey Island, and The Washington Independent Review of Books. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin.



A Milwaukee Public Library Event with J. F. Riordan, author of North of the Tension Line
Monday September 29, at 6:30 pm

Please join us in the Milwaukee Public Library’s Loos Room at Centennial Hall, located 733 N. Eighth Street in Milwaukee, for an evening with former English teacher and professional singer, J. F. Riordan, as she reads from and signs copies of the first book in her debut series, North of the Tension Line, evocative of the work of Alexander McCall Smith, Jan Karon, Miss Read, and Jane Austen. Please register for this event by calling (414) 286-3011.

Fiona Campbell is a newcomer to tiny Ephraim, Wisconsin. Populated with artists and summer tourists, Ephraim has just enough going on to satisfy Fiona’s city tastes, but she is fascinated and repelled by what lies at the furthest tip of the Door County peninsula: Washington Island, a place utterly removed from the hubbub of modern life. North of the Tension Line is the first in a series following Fiona, a fierce female protagonist, and an accompanying cast of eccentric characters. At turns comic, romantic, and thought provoking, this book is part compelling romance and part-comedy-of-manners. Adults and young adults alike will enjoy Fiona’s foray into the vicious politics of small town life, her encounters with a ruthless neighbor and the captain of a haunted ferry, and her eventual discovery of the peculiar spiritual renewal of life as it is "north of the tension line."

About the Author: J. F. Riordan was born in New Jersey and moved first to Michigan, then Wisconsin as a child. At sixteen, after two years of high school, she went to the University of New Mexico to study voice and ultimately became a professional singer. After years of travel, she returned to the Midwest, finished her college degree, and became certified to teach high school English. She taught for three years in the inner city before taking a position as a program officer for a foundation. She lives in exile from Washington Island with her husband and two dogs. North of the Tension Line is her first novel.



Simon Van Booy, author of The Illusion of Separateness
Tuesday September 30, at 7:00 pm

We are most excited to welcome to Boswell award-winning author Simon Van Booy, who penned Love Begins in Winter, for a reading and signing of his latest novel, The Illusion of Separateness, which was inspired by true events and moves between WWII and the present to relate the harrowing and enchanting tale of six strangers whose lives are inextricably linked.

Whether they are pursued by Nazi soldiers, old age, shame, deformity, disease, or regret, the varied characters of Simon Van Booy’s utterly compelling The Illusion of Separateness discover in their darkest moments of fear and isolation that they are not alone, that they were never alone, that every human being is a link in an unseen chain. This gripping, emotional novel intertwines the stories of several compelling characters: a deformed German infantryman, a lonely British film director, a young, blind museum curator, Jewish-American newlyweds separated by war, a lost child on the brink of starvation, and a caretaker at a retirement home for actors in Santa Monica. The same world moves beneath each of them, and one by one, through seemingly random acts of selflessness, they discover the vital parts they have played in each other’s lives, a realization that shatters the illusion of their separateness.

Here’s what Boswellian Sharon has to say about Simon Van Booy’s The Illusion of Separateness: "An act of mercy that takes place on a field in France during World War II is the nucleus of this book. All the other characters and events are connected in a gorgeous tapestry that is slowly and masterfully revealed to the reader. This novel is based on a true story and is a lovely illustration that separateness is indeed an illusion, and that we are all connected. Rilke said something along the line of ‘Words can only point at emotions.’ This is quite accurate as I read this most amazing of novels almost a month ago and have only lately been about to talk about it in full sentences. Seriously, I have rarely been so affected by a book in recent memory."

About the Author: Simon Van Booy is the author of four novels, including The Secret Lives of People in Love; Love Begins in Winter, winner the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award; and Everything Beautiful Began After, which won the ABA’s Honor Award in Adult Fiction. He is also the editor of three philosophy books: Why We Fight; Why We Need Love; and Why Our Decisions Don’t Matter. He lives in New York City, where he teaches at the School of Visual Arts and is involved in the Rutgers Early College Humanities for young adults living in underserved communities. A finalist for the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise, his work has been translated into thirteen languages.



Garth Stein, author of The Art of Racing in the Rain and A Sudden Light
Saturday October 4, at 7:00 pm

We’re excited to welcome to Boswell celebrated and bestselling author of The Art of Racing in the Rain, Garth Stein, who will read from and sign copies of his latest novel, A Sudden Light, in which a boy trying to save his parents’ marriage uncovers a vast legacy of family secrets. You won’t want to miss your chance to meet this charming and engaging author!

In the summer of 1990, fourteen-year-old Trevor Riddell gets his first glimpse of Riddell House. Built from the spoils of a massive timber fortune, the legendary family mansion is constructed of giant whole trees and is set on a huge estate overlooking Seattle’s Puget Sound. Trevor’s bankrupt parents have begun a trial separation, and his father, Jones Riddell, has brought Trevor to Riddell House with a goal: to join forces with his sister, Serena, dispatch the ailing and elderly Grandpa Samuel to a nursing home, sell off the house and property for development, divide up the profits, and live happily ever after. But as Trevor explores the house’s secret stairways and hidden rooms, he discovers a spirit lingering in Riddell House whose agenda is at odds with the family plan. Only Trevor’s willingness to face the dark past of his forefathers will reveal the key to his family’s future. Spellbinding and atmospheric, A Sudden Light is rich with unconventional characters, scenes of transcendent natural beauty, and unforgettable moments of emotional truth that reflect Garth Stein’s outsized capacity for empathy and keen understanding of human motivation—a triumphant work of a master storyteller at the height of his power.

"Wow! I devoured A Sudden Light, a grand, gorgeous, multi-generational epic of the Pacific Northwest. Garth Stein has given us another singular, soulful, and wise narrator for the ages, who tells us a story full of mystery and yearning. I adored this book." —Maria Semple, The New York Times bestselling author of Where’d You Go, Bernadette

About the Author: Garth Stein is the author of The New York Times bestselling novel The Art of Racing in the Rain (and its tween adaptation, Racing in the Rain), How Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets, Raven Stole the Moon, and a play, Brother Jones. Before turning to writing full-time, he was a documentary filmmaker, directing, editing, and/or producing several award-winning films, including The Lunch Date, winner of the Academy award for live action short in 1990, and The Last Party, starring Robert Downey, Jr. He is the cofounder of Seattle7Writers.org, a nonprofit collective of sixty-two Northwest authors dedicated to fostering a passion for the written word. Garth Stein lives in Seattle with his family and his dog, Comet.


Other Confirmed Author Appearances
  • Wednesday, October 1, 6:30 pm - Scott Westerfeld, author of Afterworlds at the Shorewood Public Library, located located 3920 N. Murray Avenue in Shorewood
  • Wednesday, October 1, 7:00 pm - Charles Eigen, author of Inner Dialogue in Daily Life: Contemporary Approaches to Personal and Professional Development in Psychotherapy
  • Thursday, October 2, 7:00 pm - Larry Widen, author of Milwaukee Rock and Roll
  • Tuesday, October 7, 7:00 pm - Daniel Maguire, author of Christianity Without God: Moving Beyond the Dogmas and Retrieving the Epic Moral Narrative
  • Wednesday, October 8, 7:00 pm - Jim Winship, author of Coming of Age in El Salvador, co-sponsored by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
  • Monday, October 10, 7:00 pm - Steven Pinker, author of The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century
  • Sunday, October 12, 3:00 pm - Jennifer Holland, author of Unlikely Heroes, with an introduction by Anne Reed and co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Humane Society
  • Tuesday, October 14, 7:00 pm - Jon Klassen and Mac Barnett, authors of Sam and David Dig a Hole, great for ages 4 and up!
  • Wednesday, October 15, 7:00 pm - Deborah Crombie, author of To Dwell in Darkness
  • Saturday, October 18, 2:00 pm - Randy Soudah, author of Freddy and Betty and the Halloween Rescue
  • Saturday, October 18, 7:00 pm - Jim Peterik, author of Through the Eye of the Tiger: The Rock ‘n’ Roll Life if of Survivor’s Founding Member
  • Monday, October 20, 7:00 pm - He Said, She Said, with Wendelin Van Draanen, author of Sammy Keyes and the Kiss Goodbye, and Mark Huntley Parsons, author of Road Rash
  • Thursday, October 23, 7:00 pm - Jack Bishop, editorial director of America’s Test Kitchen, presenting The Cook’s Illustrated Meat Book: An Authoritative Guide to Selecting and Cooking Meat and Poultry with 450 Recipes
  • Friday, October 24, 7:00 pm - Will Boast, author of Epilogue
  • Wednesday, October 29, 7:00 pm - Craig K. Collins, author of Thunder in the Mountains: A Portrait of American Gun Culture
  • Thursday, October 30, 7:00 pm - Pete Fromm, author of If Not for This
  • Wednesday, November 5, 7:00 pm - Kelly Cherry, author of A Kind of Dream, and Jessie Lee Kerchival, author of Space: A Memoir
  • Friday, November 7, 6:30 pm - Dorie Greenspan, author of Baking Chez Moi: Recipes from My Paris Home to Your Home Anywhere at Bartolotta’s Lake Park Bistro, co-sponsored by Wisconsin Foodie
  • Tuesday, November 11, 7:00 pm - Miram Toews, author of All My Puny Sorrows
  • Wednesday, November 12, 6:30 pm - Lil Rev Release Party for Harmonica Americana
  • Thursday, November 13, 7:00 pm - A Ticketed Event 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, and co-sponsored by Wisconsin Public Radio (tickets are $28 and will be available soon at www.brownpapertickets.com)
  • Friday, November 14, 7:00 pm - Bret Anthony Johnston, author of Remember Me Like This
  • Wednesday, November 19, 7:00 pm - Kathleen Ernst, author of Tradition of Deceit