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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.


A Ticketed Event with Patrick Rothfuss, author of The Kingkiller Chronicles and The Slow Regard of Silent Things
Friday October 31, at 7:00 pm at the UWM Union Ballroom, located 2200 East Kenwood Avenue in Milwaukee

Boswell Book Company and the UWM Bookstore are excited to present a ticketed event at the UWM Union Ballroom featuring the genius behind The Kingkiller Chronicles, Wisconsinite Patrick Rothfuss, who will read from, discuss, and sign copies of his latest epic fantasy novel following Auri, one of The Kingkiller Chronicle’s most enigmatic characters. Full of secrets and mysteries, The Slow Regard of Silent Things is the story of a broken girl trying to live in a broken world. Tickets are $22 (includes all taxes and fees), include admission for one and a signed hardcover copy of The Slow Regard of Silent Things, and are available through Brown Paper Tickets. This event is co-sponsored by the UWM Bookstore. The UWM Union Ballroom is located 2200 East Kenwood Avenue in Milwaukee.

Deep below the University, there is a dark place. Few people know of it: a broken web of ancient passageways and abandoned rooms. A young woman lives there, tucked among the sprawling tunnels of the Underthing, snug in the heart of this forgotten place. Her name is Auri, and she is full of mysteries. The Slow Regard of Silent Things is a brief, bittersweet glimpse of Auri’s life, a small adventure all her own. At once joyous and haunting, this story offers a chance to see the world through Auri’s eyes.

"As seamless and lyrical as a song...This breathtakingly epic story is heartrending in its intimacy and masterful in its narrative essence." —Publishers Weekly

"It is a rare and great pleasure to find a fantasist writing...with true music in the words...Wherever Pat Rothfuss goes...he'll carry us with him as a good singer carries us through a song." — Ursula K. LeGuin

About the Author: Patrick Rothfuss currently lives in central Wisconsin where he teaches at the local university. Patrick loves words, laughs often, and dabbles in alchemy. His first novel, The Name of the Wind, was a 2007 Quill Award winner and a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. Its sequel, The Wise Man’s Fear, debuted at #1 on The New York Times bestseller list and won the David Gemmell Legend Award. His novels have also appeared on NPR’s Top 100 Science Fiction/Fantasy Books list and Locus’ Best 21st Century Fantasy Fiction Novels list.


A Ticketed Event at Boswell Book Company with Colonel Chris Hadfield, author of You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes: Photographs from the International Space Station in conversation with Wisconsin Public Radio’s Kathleen Dunn
Thursday November 13, at 7:00 pm

Please join us at Boswell for an inspirational ticketed event presented by Wisconsin Public Radio: former commander of the International Space Station, Colonel Chris Hadfield, will discuss with WPR’s Kathleen Dunn (and sign copies of!) his gorgeous new collection You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes: Photographs from the International Space Station. Tickets are $30 (includes all taxes and fees), include admission for one and a signed hardcover copy of You Are Here, and are available through Brown Paper Tickets. A $22 gift card option in lieu of the book is available the night of the event only. This event is co-sponsored by Wisconsin Public Radio with a percentage of each ticket sale going to them.

Colonel Chris Hadfield’s You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes: Photographs from the International Space Station is a gorgeous book of photographs that encapsulates Hadfield’s singular eye for our world as it appears from above. Divided by continent, You Are Here represents one (idealized) orbit of the International Space Station from its former commander. This planetary photo tour—surprising, playful, thought-provoking, and visually delightful—is also punctuated with a fun, fascinating commentary on life in zero gravity. In the spirit of An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth, You Are Here opens a singular window on our planet, using remarkable photographs to illuminate the history and consequences of human settlement, the magnificence (and wit) of never-before-noticed landscapes, and the power of the natural forces shaping our world and the future of our species.

"Hadfield is a genius, a man of science and technology and no first-timer to the universe." —New York Post

"Hadfield proves himself to be not only a fierce explorer of the universe, but also a deeply thoughtful explorer of the human condition, capable of articulating those most universal of inquiries in simple yet profound language...The book itself is absolutely spectacular." —Brain Pickings

About the Author: Chris Hadfield is one of the world’s most seasoned and accomplished astronauts and the author of the #1 international bestseller An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth. Among his many accomplishments, Hadfield most recently served as commander of the International Space Station, where, while conducting a record-setting number of scientific experiments and overseeing an emergency spacewalk, he gained worldwide acclaim for his breathtaking photographs and educational videos about life in space. His music video, a zero-gravity version of David Bowie’s "Space Oddity," received over ten million views in its first three days online. His TED talk, delivered in March 2014, drew more than one million views in its first three weeks.


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
  • Friday, 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
  • 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