Sunday, February 4, 2018

Sara Blaedel, Gillian Phillip/Erin Hunter, Jack Gantos, Gregory Blake Smith, Craig S. Chapman, Virginia Eubanks plus next Monday's WisRWA panel. These events are full: Jessica Lahey, Nadine Burke Harris and info to come on Virginia Eubanks

The Boswell Events-a-Plenty Blog Post

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, cosponsored by Community Advocates Public Policy Institute

Registration has closed for this event. This event has reached capacity.

Tuesday, February 6, 6:30 pm, at Racine Public Library, 75 Seventh St, 53403:
Sara Blædel, author of The Undertaker’s Daughter

Boswell is pleased to be cosponsor of an event with award-winning Danish crime writer Sara Blaedel, author of the Louise Rick series. Her first novel set in the United States will be launched at the Racine Public Library, being that Racine is the setting for her new series featuring undertaker Ilka Nichols Jensen.

Already widowed by the age of forty Jensen, a school portrait photographer, leads a modest, regimented, and uneventful life in Copenhagen. Until unexpected news rocks her quiet existence: Her father, who walked out suddenly and inexplicably on the family more than three decades ago, has died. And he's left her something in his will: his funeral home. In Racine, Wisconsin.

Clinging to this last shred of communication from the father she hasn't heard from since childhood, Ilka makes an uncharacteristically rash decision and jumps on a plane to Wisconsin. Desperate for a connection to the parent she never really knew, she plans to visit the funeral home and go through her father's things--hoping for some insight into his new life in America - before preparing the business for a quick sale.

Sara Blaedel was voted Denmark's most popular novelist four times, and is also recipient of the Golden Laurel, Denmark's most prestigious literary award. This event is free and open to the public.  Light refreshments will be available. For more information, contact the Racine Public Library at (262) 636-9217.

Tuesday, February 6, 3:45 pm, at University School of Milwaukee, 2100 W Fairy Chasm Rd, 53217:
Jessica Lahey, author of The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed

Alas, this event, sponsored by REDgen and University School of Milwaukee, has sold out. We are not able to accomodate any more attendees in the evening session. An afternoon session for teachers is still open. Register here

What's the best way to motivate students to own their education and develop resilience? Research has shown that the key to all these things is intrinsic motivation, or motivation that comes from within. Lahey summarizes the current research on autonomy-supportive parenting and teaching, competence, rewards, desirable difficulties, praise, and failure. At this teacher session, bestselling author Jessica Lahey will discuss all of this and her book The Gift of Failure.

Wednesday, February 7, 4:30 pm, at Boswell:
Gillian Philip, author of Bravelands #2: Code of Honor

Heed the call of the wild with the second book in a new action-packed animal fantasy, best for kids eight and up. Set in the African savannah, and told from three different animals’ points of view, Bravelands will thrill readers who love Spirit Animals and Wings of Fire, as well as the legion of dedicated fans who’ve made Erin Hunter, the name behind Warriors, a bestselling phenomenon.

The code of the wild has been broken. The elephant leader known as Great Mother has been murdered. Now a young baboon, elephant, and lion must come together to discover the truth, before the fragile balance of Bravelands is destroyed forever.

Gillian Philip, one of the Erin Hunters, was born in Glasgow, lived for twelve years in Barbados, and now lives in the north of Scotland with her husband, twin children, three dogs, two sociopathic cats, a slayer hamster, three chickens, and a lot of nervous fish.

Wednesday, February 7, 7:00 pm, at Boswell, in conversation with Ruth Jordan of Crimespree magazine:
Sara Blaedel, author of The Undertaker's Daughter

Crimespree magazine is one of the preeminent publications devoted to mysteries and thrillers, and it's based right here in Milwaukee. In addition, each fall Milwaukee hosts Murder + Mayhem, an action-packed, all-day mystery extravaganza at the Irish Cultural Center, filled with interviews, panel discussions, and signings with dozens of writers. For this, Ruth Jordan (at left), in partnership with her husband Jon, received the Mystery Writers of America Raven Award for outstanding achievement in the mystery field outside the realm of creative writing.

We’re excited to bring Murder + Mayhem to Boswell with a special appearance of Denmark crime writer sensation Sara Blaedel, author of the international bestselling Louise Rick series, in conversation with Ruth. Blaedel’s novel is the first to feature Ilka Nichols Jensen, a school photographer turned undertaker when she inherits a funeral home from her estranged father in Racine, Wisconsin. One of her first charges is to ready the victim of an unsolved murder begging to be solved, but it turns out there’s bigger funny business afoot at the Home – why is everyone involved so desperate to sell the business to a competitor?

Thursday, February 8, 4:30 pm, at Boswell:
Jack Gantos, author of Writing Radar: Using Your Journal to Snoop Out and Craft Great Stories

From Newbery Medal winner and National Book Award finalist Jack Gantos comes advice on how to be the best brilliant writer in this funny and practical writing guide for children ages 9 and up. With the signature wit and humor that have garnered him legions of fans, award-winning author Jack Gantos instructs young writers on using their writing radar to find story ideas in their own lives. Charting his own misadventures as an adolescent writer, Gantos inspires readers to build confidence and establish good writing habits as they create, revise, and perfect their stories.

Pop-out text boxes highlight key tips, alongside dozens of Gantos's own hilarious illustrations and original stories. More than just a how-to guide, Writing Radar is a celebration of the power of storytelling and an ode to the characters who, many unwittingly, inspired Gantos's own writing career.

Jack Gantos has written books for people of all ages. His works include Hole in My Life, a Michael L. Printz Honor memoir; Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key, a National Book Award Finalist; and Dead End in Norvelt, a Newbery Award winner. The seeds for Jack’s writing career were planted in sixth grade, when he read his sister’s diary and decided he could write better than she could. He began to collect anecdotes he overheard, mostly from eavesdropping outside the teachers’ lounge, later including many of these anecdotes in his books.

This event is free and open to the public. Signing restrictions may be put in place, depending on the size of the crowd.

Thursday, February 8, 7:00 pm, at Boswell:
Gregory Blake Smith, author of The Maze at Windermere, in conversation with novelist Jane Hamilton

In The Maze at Windermere, which Ron Charles in The Washington Post called a “staggeringly brilliant novel,” Gregory Blake Smith weaves intersecting worlds into a brilliant tapestry, charting a voyage across the ages into the maze of the human heart. This event is cosponsored by the Milwaukee Carleton Club.

A reckless wager between a tennis pro with a fading career and a drunken party guest - the stakes are an antique motorcycle and an heiress’s diamond necklace—launches a narrative odyssey set in Newport, Rhode Island, that braids together three centuries of aspiration and adversity. A witty and urbane bachelor of the Gilded Age embarks on a high-risk scheme to marry into a fortune; a young writer soon to make his mark turns himself to his craft with harrowing social consequences; an aristocratic British officer during the American Revolution carries on a courtship that leads to murder; and, in Newport’s earliest days, a tragically orphaned Quaker girl imagines a way forward for herself and the slave girl she has inherited.

Here’s Jane Hamilton’s enthusiastic recommendation: “The Maze at Windermere is thrilling. This novel restored my faith and made me laugh out loud. It's rare that a novel comes along that is broad ranging, so very funny, profound, provocative, literary, and page-turning, and also word perfect. I went right back to the beginning when I'd finished, marveling again at the radiant mind of Gregory Blake Smith.”

Gregory Blake Smith is the award-winning author of three previous novels, including The Divine Comedy of John Venner, a New York Times Notable Book. His short story collection, The Law of Miracles, won the Juniper Prize and the Minnesota Book Award. Smith is currently the Lloyd P. Johnson-Norwest Professor of English and the Liberal Arts at Carleton College.

Friday, February 9, 7:00 pm, at Boswell: Craig S. Chapman, author of Battle Hardened: An Infantry Officer's Harrowing Journey from D-Day to V-E Day

Craig S. Chapman tells the story of an American soldier's growth from a Second Lieutenant eager to prove his worth in battle to a skilled and resolute commander over the course of the Northern European Campaign. Chapman delves deep into the personal recollections and mental state of his father Bill as he fought against the Nazis, enduring frontline combat and witnessing horror on a massive scale. Lieutenant Chapman maintains his sanity by isolating his emotions from the chaos of the battlefield, and the young officer turns into a hard-edged warrior who dispassionately orders men to risk their lives yet still manages to hold onto his humanity.

As a devoted son, Craig Chapman pressured his father to write down his war experiences in his own voice but he resisted the idea. Bill Chapman, who went on to be a senior executive at Milwaukee’s Johnson Controls and the volunteer executive director at Discovery World, could talk openly about what he went through but he did not want to dwell on that part of his life. Eventually, Bill brushed off Craig's efforts with a curt remark that Craig should write his war stories, given that he had heard them so many times. Bill died a few years later.

Craig S. Chapman retired after 34 years as an Account Executive, Network Data Specialist and IT Project Manager for GE, AT&T and Lightwave Consulting Group. He also had a secondary career as an officer in the North Carolina National Guard.

Saturday, February 10, 3:00 pm, at Marquette University Campus. Varsity Theatre at Capacity - Overflow Seating at Weasler Auditorium:
Nadine Burke Harris, MD, author of The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity

REDgen, Marquette University, and Boswell Book Company present an afternoon with pioneering physician Nadine Burke Harris. This event is conjunction with the publication of The Deepest Well: Healing the Long-Term Effects of Childhood Adversity, which reveals how childhood stress leads to lifelong health problems and what we can do to break the cycle. Varsity Theatre seating sold out. Overflow seating available at Weasler Auditorium. Registration is required for this event. Please register here. 

Nadine Burke Harris, MD, is founder and CEO of the Center for Youth Wellness in San Francisco's Bayview-Hunters Point. She is the subject of a New Yorker profile and was the recent recipient of a prestigious Heinz Award in 2016, among many other honors. Her TED talk, "I Was Thinking Too Small," previewed the subject of The Deepest Well, her first book.

Monday, February 12, 7:00 pm, at Boswell:
The Wisconsin chapter of the Romance Writers of America present an evening of romance, with Sonali Dev, author of A Distant Heart; Lori Handeland (Austin), author of Beauty and the Bounty Hunter; Ann Voss Peterson, author of Dead Too Soon; Jennifer Rupp, writing as Jennifer Trethewey, author of Tying the Scot; and reviewer and Read-a-Romance founder Bobbi Dumas

Meet great Midwest writers and learn the latest about America’s favorite reading genre, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Founded in 1984, the Wisconsin chapter of the Romance Writers of America is a professional organization of romance authors, supporting both published and aspiring writers. They offer a chance to network with other writers, meet with agents and publishers, improve writing skills, and learn the tools to build a successful romance writing career.

Sonali Dev writes Bollywood-style love stories that let her explore issues faced by women around the world while still indulging her faith in a happily ever after. Dev’s novels have been featured on Library Journal, NPR, Washington Post, and Kirkus best books lists. She won the American Library Association’s award for best romance in 2014, is a RITA Finalist and RT Reviewer Choice Award Nominee, and is a winner of the RT Seal of Excellence. Sonali lives in the Chicago suburbs with her family.

Bobbi Dumas reads, reviews, blogs and advocates for romance and women’s fiction in a variety of places, including NPR, Kirkus and her own pro-Romance event, She believes that romance novels are (mostly) by women, for women, about women and of interest to women, and offer more hope, female agency, and positive change than any other literary genre.

Lori Handeland is The New York Times bestselling author of The Nightcreature novels, The Phoenix Chronicles, and The Luchettis. A two-time winner of Romance Writers of America's prestigious RITA award, she has also written the western historical romance series Once Upon a Time in the West under the name Lori Austin. Lori lives in southern Wisconsin.

Ann Voss Peterson is the author of over thirty novels and has millions of books in print all over the globe. Winner of the prestigious Daphne du Maurier Award and a Rita finalist, Ann is known for her adrenaline-fueled thrillers and romantic suspense novels, including the Codename: Chandler spy thrillers she writes with J.A. Konrath and her own thriller series featuring small-town Wisconsin police chief Val Ryker.

Jennifer Rupp, writing as Jennifer Trethewey, is an actor-turned-writer who has moved her performances (Renaissance Theaterworks, Comedysportz) from the stage to the page. In 2013 she traveled to Scotland for the first time, where she instantly fell for the language, humor, intense sense of pride, and breathtaking landscape. Her love for Scotland was translated into her first series of historical romance novels, the Highlanders of Balforss. The sexy, adventurous first book of the series, Tying the Scot, is now available.

Don't forget that Boswell will also be at the Riverside Theater event with Vice President Joseph Biden on Sunday, February 11, 7:30 pm. Tickets still available for this event, which has Bidden in conversation with Governor Jim Doyle. Visit their website for more info.

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