Monday, January 29, 2018

Event alert: Colson Whitehead at UWM, plus Nick Petrie at Whitefish Bay Library, Rachel Ida Buff on the history of immigrant rights, Ron Larson on Civil War Wisconsin, and Virginia Eubanks at Central Library on digital justice

Here's your Boswell schedule for the week.

Tuesday, January 30, 6:30 pm, at Whitefish Bay Library, 5420 N Marlborough Dr, just south of Silver Spring Dr:
Nick Petrie, author of Light It Up

Author Nick Petrie returns to the library to celebrate the release of Light It Up, his 3rd book in the Peter Ash series.

In this action-packed thriller starring war veteran Peter Ash, a well-planned and flawlessly executed hijacking reveals the hidden dangers of Colorado’s mellowest business, but Ash may find there’s more to this crime than meets the eye.

Of the new book, Jim Higgins of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes: "Petrie is not a military veteran, but he does his homework. In his three published novels to date, he shows both the effect PTSD has on Ash and the Marine's effort to face his own woundedness. Light It Up extends a quality action series with plenty of room ahead both for new adventures and character development."

Registration not required for this event. Visit the library page here for more information.

Wednesday, January 31, 7 pm, at UWM Student Union, Wisconsin Room, 2200 E Kenwood Blvd:
A ticketed event with Colson Whitehead, author of The Underground Railroad

Boswell and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Student Union, present an evening with Colson Whitehead, the Pulitzer-Prize-winning author of The Underground Railroad.

Tickets to the general public are $19 and include admission to the event, all taxes and ticket fees, and a signed paperback edition of The Underground Railroad. Tickets are available at or you can order by phone at 800-838-3006. In addition, UWM students, faculty, and staff can also purchase tickets at the UWM Student Union Box Office at a special discounted price. Limit of two tickets per person.

In addition to the Pulitzer Prize, The Underground Railroad received the National Book Award for fiction, the Carnegie Medal for Excellence, and the Arthur C. Clarke Award. The book was an Oprah book club selection and a #1 New York Times bestseller.

About the Author: Colson Whitehead is also the author of The Noble Hustle, Zone One, Sag Harbor, The Intuitionist, John Henry Days, Apex Hides the Hurt, and The Colossus of New York. A recipient of the MacArthur and Guggenheim fellowships, he lives in New York City.

Thursday, February 1, 7:00 pm, at Boswell:
Rachel Ida Buff, author of Against the Deportation Terror: Organizing for Immigrant Rights in the Twentieth Century

Despite being characterized as a nation of immigrants, the United States has seen a long history of immigrant rights struggles. In her timely book Against the Deportation Terror, Rachel Ida Buff uncovers this multiracial history through the story of the American Committee for the Protection of the Foreign Born (ACPFB). From its origins in the 1930s through repression during the early Cold War, to engagement with new Latinx and Caribbean immigrants in the 1970s and early 1980s, the ACPFB has responded to various, ongoing crises of what they called “the deportation terror.”

Advocates worked against repression, discrimination, detention, and expulsion in migrant communities across the nation at the same time as they supported reform of federal immigration policy. Prevailing in some cases and suffering defeats in others, the story of the ACPFB is characterized by persistence in multiracial organizing even during periods of protracted repression. By tracing the work of the ACPFB and its allies over half a century, Against the Deportation Terror provides important historical precedent for contemporary immigrant rights organizing.

About the Author: Rachel Ida Buff is Professor of History and Coordinator, Comparative Ethnic Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She is the editor of Immigrant Rights in the Shadows of Citizenship and the author of Immigration and the Political Economy of Home: West Indian Brooklyn and American Indian Minneapolis, 1945-1992.

This event cosponsored by Voces de La Frontera and the UWM History Department.

Friday, February 2, 7:00 pm, at Boswell:
Ronald Paul Larson, author of Wisconsin and the Civil War

Wisconsin troops fought and died for the Union on Civil War battlefields across the continent, from Shiloh to Gettysburg. Wisconsin lumberjacks built a dam that saved a stranded Union fleet. The Second Wisconsin Infantry suffered the highest percentage of battle deaths in the Union army.

Back home, in a state largely populated by immigrants and recent transplants, the war effort forced Wisconsin's residents to forge a common identity for the first time. Drawing on unpublished letters and new research, Ron Larson tells Wisconsin's Civil War story, from the famous exploits of the Iron Brigade to the heretofore largely unknown contributions of the Badger State's women, African Americans and Native Americans.

About the Author: Kenosha-native Larson is a veteran of the U.S. Army with a masters in history from Cal State Fullerton. He has worked as an embedded reporter on a number of campaigns, interviewing and photographing both soldiers and civilians, and was the head text researcher for a six-part documentary on the Ace-Award-winning Revolutionary War for TLC.

Monday, February 5, 6:30 pm, at Milwaukee Public Library’s Richard E. and Lucile Krug Rare Books Room, 814 W Wisconsin Ave:
Virginia Eubanks, author of Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor

This event is cosponsored by Community Advocates Public Policy Institute, the Milwaukee Public Library, and Boswell Book Company. Registration is requested for this event at Please note that there is a chance this event may be moved to a larger venue.

Since the dawn of the digital age, decision-making in finance, employment, politics, health and human services has undergone revolutionary change. Today, automated systems control which neighborhoods get policed, which families attain resources, and who is investigated for fraud. While we all live under this new regime of data, the most invasive and punitive systems are aimed at the poor.

Virginia Eubanks systematically investigates the impacts of data mining, policy algorithms, and predictive risk models on poor and working-class people in America. Automating Inequality, in the tradition of The New Jim Crow and $2.00 a Day, is full of heart-wrenching and eye-opening stories. Publication of this book could not be timelier.

About the Author: Virginia Eubanks is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University at Albany, SUNY. She is the author of Digital Dead End: Fighting for Social Justice in the Information Age and co-editor, with Alethia Jones, of Ain’t Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me Around.

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