Monday, October 8, 2018

Antiology, Issa-Kohler Haussmann, Laini Taylor, Carol Anderson, Jon Agee, Diana Butler Bass - please note that Megan McDonald is full and Kate Moore is almost, almost sold out.

Because of the Antiology production, most of our events are offsite this week. Please note that we close at 7 pm on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

Monday, October 8, 6:30 PM, at Todd Wehr MSOE Conference Center,1047 N Broadway
This year’s Frank P Zeidler Memorial Lecture features Milwaukee native Issa Kohler-Hausmann, now Associate Professor of Law and Sociology at Yale University, and her new book, Misdemeanorland.
Kohler-Hausmann will discuss her new book and the broad implications of her research of ‘broken windows’ policing and the criminal justice system in New York City and then participate in a panel discussion, with panelists including Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm and Alma Center Founder Terri Strodthoff.
Drawing on three years of fieldwork in and out of the courtroom, in-depth interviews, and analysis of trends in arrests and dispositions of misdemeanors going back three decades, Kohler-Hausmann argues that lower courts have largely abandoned the adjudicative model of criminal law administration in which questions of factual guilt and legal punishment drive case outcomes. Revealing and innovative,Misdemeanorland shows how the lower reaches of our criminal justice system operate as a form of social control and surveillance, often without adjudicating cases or imposing formal punishment.
Issa Kohler-Hausmann is Associate Professor of Law and Sociology at Yale University. She grew up in Milwaukee.

Laini Taylor, author of Muse of Nightmares
Tuesday, October 9, 6:30 PM, at West Allis Public Library, 7421 W National Ave
National Book Award finalist Laini Taylor, author of the hugely popular Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, comes to West Allis Public Library with Muse of Nightmares, the highly anticipated sequel to her novel Strange the Dreamer.
This free event is great for adults and young readers 14 and up. Please register using this link: Please note that there is construction on National Ave. Take Greenfield to 75th and head south the library.
Love and hate, revenge and redemption, destruction and salvation clash in, according to Kirkus Reviews, “a sequel that surpasses the original.” Lazlo and Sarai, one a god, the other a ghost, struggle to grasp the boundaries of their selves as dark-minded Minya holds them hostage, intent on vengeance against Weep. Lazlo faces an unthinkable choice, save the woman he loves, or everyone else, while Sarai feels more helpless than ever. Sometimes, only the direst need can teach us our own depths, and Sarai, the muse of nightmares, has not yet discovered what she's capable of.
Laini Taylor is author of the Printz Honor Book Strange the Dreamer, the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, and the companion novellaNight of Cake & Puppets. Taylor's other works include the Dreamdark books, Blackbringer, and the National Book Award finalist Lips Touch: Three Times.

Milwaukee Opera Theatre presentsAntiology, inspired by Dana Spiotta's Eat the Document
Wednesday, October 10, Thursday, October 11, and Friday, October 12, 7:30 PM doors, 8:00 PM show, at Boswell
Milwaukee Opera Theatre returns to Boswell for three performances of Antiology, musical theater inspired by Dana Spiotta’s novel, a National Book Award finalist, Eat the Document. Featuring music by John Glover, words by Kelley Rourke, and performance by baritone Andrew Wilkowske. Author Spiotta will also be present at each performance to discuss her work and Milwaukee Opera Theater’s response to it.
Tickets are $25 general, $15 students and artists, available The night of each performance, Boswell will close at 7:00 pm. Doors will reopen to ticketholders at 7:30 pm.
Under the purview of Producing Artistic Director Jill Ann Ponasik,Antiology is a musical response to Spiotta’s novel, exploring the language, technology, music, and activism of two eras. Shifting between protest movements in the 70s and their consequences in the 90s, Eat the Document deftly explores the connection between the two different times. Spiotta’s novel about a fugitive radical from the 1970s who has lived in hiding for twenty-five years is a compelling story of activism, sacrifice, and the cost of living a secret.
Founded in 1998, Milwaukee Opera Theatre produces projects ranging from the classic to the contemporary, with a special affinity for locally sourced work. They offer Voice Lab workshops to area singers, and, in partnership with Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra's ACE Program, provide annual support to the "Script & Score" program, in which sixth graders at a Milwaukee-area elementary school write and produce their own original opera. Dana Spiotta is the author of Innocents and Others and Stone Arabia, a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. Spiotta is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Rome Prize for Literature.

Thursday, October 11, 4:00 PM, at Boswell
Boswell presents a special afternoon with award-winning author and illustrator Jon Agee, creator of the beloved books Life on Mars and It’s Only Stanley! for a preview event for Sheboygan Childrens Book Festival, cohost of Agee’s appearance at the store.
This event, perfect for adults and children 4-9, is free with registration, or upgrade to registration with purchase of The Wall in the Middle of the Book for signing line priority for $19
There’s a wall in the middle of the book, and this young knight is sure the wall protects his side of the book from the dangers of the other side, like an angry tiger, a giant rhino, and worst of all, an ogre who would gobble him up in a second! But our knight doesn’t seem to notice the crocodile and growing sea of water emerging on his side.
When he’s almost over his head and calling for help, who will come to his rescue? An individual who isn’t as dangerous as the knight thought, from a side of the book that might just have some positive things to offer after all! The Wall in the Middle of the Book is a timeless story that will strike a chord with adults and kids alike.
Jon Agee is author and illustrator of acclaimed books for children, including the Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor winner It’s Only Stanley!, the ALA Notable Book Little Santa, and the IRA-CBC Children’s Choice book Go Hang a Salami! I’m a Lasagna Hog! Agee attended The Cooper Union School of Art, where he studied painting and filmmaking.

Thursday, October 11, 7:00 PM reception, 7:30 PM talk, at Lynden Sculpture Garden, 2145 W Brown Deer Rd
This event is close to sold out. For ticket availability, please call (414) 446-8794. 

Friday, October 12, 6:30 PM, at Shorewood Public Library, 3920 N Murray Ave
Boswell and Shorewood Public Library present Carol Anderson, author of National Book Critic’s Circle award-winning book White Rage, a 2016 New York Times and Washington Post Notable Book of the Year. Anderson will discuss her latest work, One Person, No Vote, a timely history of voter suppression in America, with a foreword by Congressman John Lewis.
One Person, No Vote, chronicles the rollbacks to African American participation in the vote since the Supreme Court’s 2013 Shelby decision that eviscerated the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Focusing on the aftermath of Shelby, Anderson follows the story of government-dictated racial discrimination unfolding as more and more states adopt voter suppression laws.
Anderson explains how voter suppression works, from photo ID requirements to gerrymandering to poll closures, and explores the organizing, activism, and court battles to restore the basic right to vote to all Americans as the nation gears up for the 2018 midterm elections.
Carol Anderson is the Charles Howard Candler Professor and Chair of African American Studies at Emory University. She is the author ofWhite Rage, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award, as well as Bourgeois Radicals and Eyes off the Prize.

A Judy Moody Tea Party with Megan McDonald, author of Judy Moody and the Right Royal Tea Party
Sunday, October 14, 2:00 PM, at Milwaukee Public Library Loos Room at Centennial Hall, 733 N Eighth St
The Milwaukee Public Library tea party with Megan McDonald is filled to capacity. Registration is closed for this event.

Diana Butler Bass, author of Grateful: The Power of Giving Thanks
Saturday, October 13, 1:30 and 3:00 PM, at Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 1100 N. Astor St
Immanuel Presbyterian Church presents author and scholar of American religion and culture Diana Butler Bass for two lectures cosponsored by Boswell, as part of the church’s Weekend with Diana Butler Bass. To attend Butler Bass’s lectures, or any other part of Immanuel Presbyterian Church’s weekend with Diana Butler Bass, please register using this link.
Bulter Bass explores the themes of her latest book, Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks and considers why gratitude is missing as a modern spiritual practice, offers practical suggestions for reclaiming it, and illuminates the shared practice of gratitude.
Gratitude is partially an individual, emotional response to our circumstances, but research has shown that what we often miss is how much more it is a communal, actionable response. Bass examines this more unexpected experience of gratitude and reveals how people and communities can practice it and thrive, whether or not they are part of a traditional religious community.
Diana Butler Bass is the author of nine books on American religion, including Grounded, Christianity After Religion, and A People’s History of Christianity. She holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Duke University. She was a columnist for the New York Times syndicate and currently blogs for the Huffington Post and The Washington Post.

Matt de la Peña and Christian Robinson, author and illustrator ofCarmela Full of Wishes
Monday, October 15, 7:00 PM, at Boswell
Boswell is pleased to present Matt de La Peña and Christian Robinson, author and illustrator of the Newberry Medal and Caldecott Honor winning Last Stop on Market Street, for their newest collaboration, a moving ode to family, dreamers, and finding hope in unexpected places.
Boswell is partnering with Next Door: Stronger Families Through Education for this event and will be accepting donations of books for children. Together, we hope to put Carmela and other books in the hands of as many young readers as possible. Donate a copy of Carmelaand we’ll put your wish on display in our kids window.
Register for this free event at by visiting or upgrade to a book purchase for $19.00, including all taxes and fees, and an earlier spot on the signing line. Perfect for adults, children ages 4-8, and anyone else who likes award-winning author and illustrator teams! Donate a book to Next Door here. We'll give you 20% off the list price. 
When Carmela wakes up on her birthday, her wish has already come true. She’s finally old enough to join her big brother as he does the family errands. Together, they travel through their neighborhood, past the crowded bus stop, the fenced-off repair shop, and the panadería, until they arrive at the Laundromat, where Carmela finds a lone dandelion growing in the pavement. But before she can blow its white fluff away, her brother tells her she has to make a wish - if only she can think of just the right wish to make.
Matt de la Peña is the author of five picture books and six critically acclaimed young adult novels. In 2016, he was awarded the NCTE Intellectual Freedom Award. He received his MFA in creative writing from San Diego State University and his BA from the University of the Pacific, where he attended school on a full athletic scholarship for basketball. Christian Robinson received a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor and his picture books include the Gaston and Friends series, Leo: A Ghost Story, and Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker. Robinson is also an animator and has worked with The Sesame Street Workshop and Pixar Animation Studios.
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