Monday, January 28, 2019

Boswell event forecast: snow, cold, but actually a lot of things going on: Tim Johnston, Nick Petrie, YA Boswell with Brigid Kemmerer, AC Gaughen, Mimi Yu, plus Paul Noth, Liam Callanan, Barbara Ransby, Christina Ward, Gregg Hurwitz

Wow, what a snow. Lots of closings today, but Boswell is open 10-ish am to 6 pm. Now that you don't have to work, you can come to our event with Tim Johnston.

Monday, January 28, now at 2:00 pm, at Boswell:
Tim Johnston, author of The Current

Due to Monday's storm, we're moving our event with Tim Johnston to 2:00 pm. Our thought is that we're not likely to see you at 7:00 pm, and we're not even likely to be open - right now we're at the mercy of nature and the accuracy of weather forecasters. Our mystery book club at 6:00 pm has been cancelled. Special offer - The Current is now 20% off, and if you come to the event and buy a copy of Johnston's hardcover, we'll pay two hours parking at the garage across the street. And please note, they only take dollar bills.

In the dead of winter, outside a small Minnesota town, state troopers pull two young women and their car from the icy Black Root River. One is found downriver, drowned, while the other is found at the scene, half frozen but alive. What happened was no accident, and news of the crime awakens the community’s memories of another young woman who lost her life in the same river ten years earlier, whose killer may still live among them.

Here's a recommendation from Boswell's Tim McCarthy: "Tim Johnston is an excellent writer. The Current is a fine novel of suspense and an intricate study of how people react to tragedy and loss. Two young women are caught in a frightening situation that reopens a ten-year-old crime. The past and present events happen in the same river across two states, and the story has the feel of a strong current. Johnston's descriptions of the river, where lives suddenly change forever, have a gravity like the flowing water, and he captures the survivors' struggle over what they can never get back as time pushes them away from what they had. His use of places and things to reveal characters' emotions is masterful, and his characters' direct, honest dialog about the most difficult problems is compelling. With very few words Johnston quickly shows us the thoughts and actions of people who seem real."

Tim Johnston is author of Descent, Irish Girl, winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize, and the YA novel Never So Green, and he’s won the O. Henry Prize.

Tuesday, January 29, 6:30 pm, at Boswell:
YA Boswell! Featuring Brigid Kemmerer, author A Curse So Dark and Lonely, AC Gaughen, author Imprison the Sky, and Mimi Yu, author The Girl King, in conversation with Jaime and Erin Arkin

Three awesome authors, one night only - It’s a YA Boswell! Party, where adults and teens have a chance to meet their next favorite YA writers, with interviews by Fiction Fare bloggers Erin and Jaime Arkin. Buy a copy of one of the three featured hardcovers and we will cover two hours of parking at the garage across the street.

Brigid Kemmerer, author of the Elemental series and Letters to the Lost, appears with A Curse So Dark and Lonely, her lush retelling of Beauty and the Beast, featuring a kingdom in peril and a heart-stopping romance that’s perfect for fans of Marissa Meyer. Booklist’s starred review called it “an absorbing, emotional roller coaster of a read.”

AC Gaughen, author of Scarlet, the Elementae Series continues with Imprison the Sky - fans of Sarah J. Maas will love with more magic and heart-stopping romance. 18-year-old Aspasia, an Elementae who controls air, gets caught in a battle between Cyrus, who forces her to capture slaves for market, and a queen whose husband experiments on Elementae.

Mimi Yu’s debut, The Girl King, is a richly imagined high fantasy inspired by East Asian history that fans of Sabaa Tahir will love. Lu, an ambitious princess, has her throne stolen by a conniving male cousin. At the same time, her meek sister Minyi is still trying to figure out where she belongs, and Nokhai, a boy born into a nation of shape-shifters, is unable to shift his shape.

Tuesday, January 29, 6:30 pm, at Whitefish Bay Library, 5420 N Marlborough Dr:
Nick Petrie, author of Tear It Down

Whitefish Bay’s own Nick Petrie appears for a special encore presentation of the latest installment in his thrilling Peter Ash series at Whitefish Bay Library.

Daniel Goldin (that's me) offers this recommendation: "Marine veteran Peter Ash is off to Memphis to help his girlfriend June’s photojournalist friend Wanda who is receiving death threats. She’s going to need a lot of help – a truck has just crashed into her house. While he’s helping fix the place up (and trying to keep his claustrophobia in control), Peter’s own truck is stolen by a teenager on the run from a heist, only what Eli is running towards might be even more dangerous than the law that he’s running from. I love how each player has their own sense of justice. There’s no way they can all get what they want, and it all plays out with the suspense turned up to maximum decibels, in this latest entry from the author of The Drifter."

Plus here's Lloyd Sachs in the Chicago Tribune: "Though there are some good action scenes in Tear It Down, Petrie's overall restraint and devotion to character are what set the novel apart. His best new creation is Eli, a skinny teenager under King Robbie's thumb to whom Ash takes a liking, even after the kid pulls a gun on him and steals his vintage Chevy pickup truck. One good reason: He's a prodigious blues guitarist whose future must be protected."

Postponed! Tuesday, January 29, 6:30 pm, at Milwaukee Public Library’s Krug Rare Books Room, 814 W. Wisconsin Ave:
Christopher Sturdevant, author of Cold War Wisconsin

The Milwaukee Public Library's event with Christopher Sturdevant for Cold War Wisconsin has been postponed, due to cold. It will be rescheduled.

RescheduledWednesday, January 30, 6:30 pm, at Boswell
Now scheduled for Saturday, February 2, Noon:
Paul Noth, author of How to Properly Dispose of Planet Earth

It's the coolest book tour out there! Milwaukee native and regular cartoon contributor to The New Yorker, Paul Noth returns to Boswell with the second installment in his hilarious middle grade series of alien adventure. Cosponsored by Milwaukee Public Library Foundation.

Happy Conklin Jr. is probably the only 10-year-old who accidentally sold his entire family to aliens. He managed to save his family, but now he has a bigger problem. Hap wants a girl in his sixth-grade science class to be his lab partner but lacks the courage to even talk to her. As he and his powerful pet lizard work on a solution, he also, unfortunately, opens a black hole in his middle school that will swallow the solar system, unless he’s able to stop it.

New date for Paul Noth - Saturday, February 2, Noon

Paul Noth’s cartoons have appeared regularly in The New Yorker since 2004. He has created short animated films for Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and been an animation consultant for Saturday Night Live. He is the author of How to Sell Your Family to the Aliens.

Postponed! Thursday, January 31, Noon, at Marquette University's Eckstein Hall, 1215 W Michigan St:
Barbara Ransby, author of Making All Black Lives Matter: Reimagining Freedom in the Twenty-First Century

New date to come!

The Marquette Forum presents Barbara Ransby, Professor and Director of the Social Justice Initiative at the University of Illinois at Chicago, who will give the Martin Luther King, Jr lecture, “Black Women and Long Struggle for Racial, Gender and Economic Justice, 1969 to 2019."

Publishers Weekly offered this review of Making All Black Lives Matter: "Historian Ransby delivers an accessible analysis of contemporary American racial-justice organizing, focusing on the Movement for Black Lives and Black Lives Matter...This perceptive resource on radical black liberation movements in the 21st century can inform anyone wanting to better understand why these movements sprang up or how to make social change."
Ransby is also author of the award-winning biography, Ella Baker and the Black Freedom Movement: A Radical Democratic Vision and Eslanda: The Large and Unconventional Life of Mrs. Paul Robeson. Registration is free but today is the deadline. There is also a limited amount of garage parking available for $10. More information and registration here.

Thursday, January 31, 6:30 pm, at Elm Grove Public
Library, 13600 Juneau Blvd:
Liam Callanan, author of Paris by the Book

Celebrate the paperback release at Elm Grove Public Library of Milwaukee author Callanan’s charming novel about a missing person, a grieving family, and a curious clue: a half-finished manuscript set in Paris. Cosponsored by Boswell.

When eccentric novelist Robert Eady abruptly vanishes, he leaves behind his wife, Leah, their daughters, and hidden in an unexpected spot, plane tickets to Paris. So Leah sets off for France with her girls. As the family settles into their new Parisian life, a series of startling discoveries forces Leah to consider that she may not be ready for what solving this mystery might do to her family. Haunting and triumphant, Paris by the Book follows one woman’s journey as she explores the power of family and the magic that hides within the pages of a book.

Paris by the Book, just released in paperback, has already charted on four regional independent bestseller lists in the Midwest, Great Lakes, Mountains and Plains, and the Pacific Northwest. Can't make this event? Liam will also be reading on Thursday, February 7 at Boswell for the United We Read Student and Faculty Reading. He'll also be at Mount Mary College on Monday, February 11, 6:30 pm. Callanan is the author of three other books and is Professor of English at UWM.

Friday, February 1, 7:00 pm, at Boswell:
Christina Ward, author of American Advertising Cookbooks: How Corporations Taught Us to Love Bananas, Spam, and Jell-O

New event date! Christina Ward, author of Preservation: The Art and Science of Canning, Fermentation, and Dehydration and teacher of notoriously raucous preservation and food science classes, explores the world of twentieth century food culture and combines historic cookbook images and intelligent research into an entertaining, accessible history of food.

Connecting cultural, social, and geopolitical aspects, Ward uses her expertise to tell the fascinating, often infuriating story of American culinary culture. Loaded with full-color images, Ward pulls recipes and images from her vast collection of cookbooks and a wide swath of historical advertisements to show the influence of corporations on our food trends.

Christina Ward teaches preservation classes and serves as a volunteer mentor to urban farmers and small-scale food producers. She is a contributing writer to Serious Eats, resident food expert for Fox6 Milwaukee, and former columnist for Edible Milwaukee. She has also written for Remedy Quarterly, Put An Egg On It!, and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Saturday, February 2, 3:00 pm, at Boswell:
Gregg Hurwitz, author of Out of the Dark: An Orphan X Novel, in conversation with Nick Petrie

Author of New York Times bestselling thrillers, screenwriter, and story creator for Marvel and DC comics, Gregg Hurwitz chats with Milwaukee’s Nick Petrie about the latest installment of the Orphan X series, in which Evan Smoak takes on his most impossible target, while facing his deadliest opponent yet. Cosponsored by Crimespree Magazine.

Taken from a group home and trained as part of the Orphan program, an off-the-books operation designed to create assassins, Evan Smoak was Orphan X. Until he disappeared. Now, someone is trying to clean up the Orphan program by killing all the remaining Orphans and their trainers. Evan decided to strike back. His target is the man who started the Orphan program, now the most heavily guarded person in the world: the President of the United States.

But President Bennett knows Orphan X is after him, and he's decided to counter-attack. Bennett activates the one man with the skills and experience to take out Orphan X - the first recruit of the program, Orphan A. Now it's Orphan vs. Orphan, and the future of the country is on the line.

Gregg Hurwitz is author of thrillers like Hellbent and has penned stories for Marvel and DC, written screenplays such as The Book of Henry, and written, developed, and produced television programs like V. Nick Petrie is the Milwaukee-based author of the Peter Ash thriller series, including the Edgar-nominated first novel The Drifter.

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