Monday, December 3, 2018

In Between Holiday Shopping: Sanford D. Horwitt with Mary Spicuzza on Abner Mikva, Doug Armstrong at Whitefish Bay Library, type designer and illustrator Jessica Hische, Mark Concannon shares Wisconsin veterans' stories, Daniel's Holiday Book Talk at Shorewood Public Library

Things to do while you're holiday shopping

Tuesday, December 4, 7:00 PM, at Boswell:
Sanford D. Horwitt, author of Conversations with Abner Mikva: Final Reflections on Chicago Politics, Democracy’s Future, and a Life of Public Service, in conversation with Mary Spicuzza

Former speechwriter and senior congressional aide to Congressman Mikva, Milwaukee native Sanford D. Horwitt appears at Boswell to discuss his biography of the influential Chicago politician’s long life and career of public service with Milwaukee Journal Sentinel staff reporter Mary Spicuzza.

Abner Mikva's memoir chronicles his career in Chicago and nationally and details the many controversies he faced as a member of the US House and as a judge: battles with the NRA, the Nazi march in Skokie, Congressional gridlock, and US Supreme Court activism. His career culminated in a Presidential Medal of Freedom awarded by a young politician he once mentored, Barack Obama.

Conversations with Abner Mikva lets us listen in as the veteran political reformer and unreconstructed liberal reflects on the world as it was, how it’s changed, and what matters. Mikva is eloquent, deeply informed, and endlessly interesting. In this intimate, unfiltered encounter, he remains an optimist, inspired and inspiring to the very end of a remarkable life of public service.

Sanford D. Horwitt is author of Let Them Call Me Rebel: Saul Alinsky, His Life and Legacy and Feingold: A New Democratic Party. Horwitt served as a speechwriter for Congressman Mikva and senior congressional aide. A graduate of Northwestern, he is policy advisor to civic engagement organizations. Horwitt is a native of Milwaukee.

Wednesday, December 5, 6:30 PM, at Whitefish Bay Public Library, 5420 N Marlborough Dr:
Douglas Armstrong, author of Color of The Sun

Former reporter, editorial writer, and columnist for The Milwaukee Journal, Whitefish Bay author Douglas Armstrong appears at Whitefish Bay Public Library with the latest novel in his series about newsroom life in the era of love beads, tear gas, and manual typewriters.

The murder of a newspaper reporter in 1967 pulls his colleagues deep into the contentious issues of race in America and the secrets of a troubled family. Did a nine-year-old boy pull the trigger? Alternately solemn and irreverent, Color of The Sun looks back at an era when the civil rights movement rocked the social underpinnings of a nation, including newspaper journalism.

Critics call Douglas Armstrong’s Life on The Sun “authentic, frenzied, and suspenseful.” In 2010, his debut novel,.0417 won the Council for Wisconsin Writer’s Award.

Douglas Armstrong was a reporter, critic, and columnist for The Milwaukee Journal who was on the scene during the anti-war and civil rights protests of the 1960s. He is author of two novels in The Sun series as well as Even Sunflowers Cast Shadows. His short fiction has appeared in magazines such as Ellery Queen and Boys Life. He serves on the board of his local library and school district and is a member of the Mystery Writers of America, the Council for Wisconsin Writers, and the Milwaukee Press Club.

Thursday, December 6, 6:30 PM, at Boswell:
Jessica Hische, author of Tomorrow I’ll Be Brave

Boswell presents a special evening with graphic artist and award-winning illustrator Jessica Hische for her debut picture book, which encourages kids to try new things, do their best, and be brave. For bibliophiles, Hische's art will be instantly recognizable from her work creating the beautiful Penguin Drop Caps classic series.

Registration is free at An upgrade to a book-with-ticket option is also available for $19 and includes admission, a copy of Tomorrow I’ll Be Brave, and all taxes and fees.

At a time with so much uncertainty, this simple and uplifting book of beautiful illustrations reminds children to be positive and active in making each day the best that it can be. Journey through a world filled with positive and beautifully hand-lettered words of widsom, inspiration, and motivation. As this book reminds readers, tomorrow is another day, full of endless opportunities - all you have to do is decide to make the day yours.

Jessica Hische works as a letterer, illustrator, type designer, and relentless procrastiworker who’s twice been named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list. Clients include Wes Anderson, The New York Times, and Chronicle Books.

Friday, December 7, 7:00 PM, at Boswell:
Mark Concannon, author of Mettle and Honor: Wisconsin Stories from the Battlefield

Former Fox 6 Milwaukee journalist and four-time Emmy Award winner Mark Concannon debuts his book, Mettle and Honor, which shares the battlefield stories of Wisconsin veterans.

Concannon captures the myriad emotions of war - a clear sense of duty, the fear of young soldiers in combat, the humor resulting from the absurdities of military life, and the unique sense of pride that one can only realize from serving their country. His book is part of the WMC, Wisconsin War Memorial Center’s Veterans Story Project, which features interviews with dozens of vets that capture an important oral history and provides a remarkable anthology of the exceptional experiences of Wisconsin soldiers.

Mark Concannon is a four-time Emmy Award winning journalist who spent 23 years as a decorated journalist with Fox 6 in Milwaukee. Mark is now President of Concannon Communications.

Saturday, December 8, 11:00 am, at Shorewood Public Library, 3920 N Murray Ave:
A holiday book talk with Daniel Goldin

The Friends of Shorewood Public Library present Boswell Book Company's proprietor Daniel Goldin, offering gift suggestions for the holiday season. This talk will feature fiction and nonfiction, books for adults and kids, from national bestsellers and award winners to Boswell discoveries.

The mission of the Friends, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, is to provide financial and volunteer support to the Shorewood Public Library. As an advocate for the library, the Friends strives to ensure that it remains a vital and essential part of village life.

This talk will be held at the Shorewood Village Center, one floor down from the Shorewood Public Library. No registration required. A percentage of sales at the talk will be donated back to the Friends of the Shorewood Public Library for future projects.

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