Monday, June 3, 2019

Boswell events - Dean Robbins, Lauren Willig, plus what you need to know about the free David Sedaris signing after the sold-out ticketed event on Wednesday

Let's get right to the heart of this week, shall we?

Wednesday, June 5, 7 pm, at Boswell:
Reading Portion Sold Out - David Sedaris, author of Calypso

David Sedaris is coming to Boswell. David Sedaris's tickets for the reading portion sold out in the week. Folks who have tickets also get to be first online. Is there an advance waiting list? No, but sometimes seats open up, due to cancellation. Attendees had the ability to cancel through Tuesday. Tickets are $19.00 and include a paperback of Calypso. The ticket link is Limited to two tickets to order. ID required at check-in.

After Sedaris’s talk (around 8:30 pm), Boswell will open again to the public for a free and open-to-all signing. Anyone who would like to meet Sedaris, get a book signed, or just say hi is welcome to do so free of charge. We will stay open as long as it takes to get through the signing line. Yes, long into the night! Sedaris spends quality time with every attendee who waits in line.

You'll have to wait whenever you arrive, but we can pretty much guarantee he'll still be signing at 9 pm. You can call us (414) 332-1181 and ask how long the line is.

Can you bring books from home to be signed? Yes. Can you bring Sedaris a hand-made card? Absolutely? That said, Mr. Sedaris does not pose for photos and there are no photos or videos allowed at his events. Please use your inner camera for this event - it's called a memory.

Tuesday, June 4, 6:30 pm, at Boswell:
Dean Robbins, author of The Astronaut Who Painted the Moon: The True Story of Alan Bean

Madison-based childrens book author Dean Robbins comes to Boswell to take a journey to the moon with Alan Bean, the fourth astronaut to walk on the lunar surface and the only one to paint its beauty firsthand. Kids are welcome at this event, but the talk is targeted to adults - educators and parents and science geeks and Dean Robbins fans.

As a boy, Alan wanted to fly planes. As a young navy pilot, Alan wished he could paint the view from the cockpit. So he took an art class to learn patterns and forms. But no class could prepare him for the beauty of the lunar surface some 240,000 miles from Earth. In 1969, Alan became the fourth man and first artist on the moon. He took dozens of pictures, but none compared to what he saw through his artistic eyes. Alan's paintings allowed humanity to experience what it truly felt like to walk on the moon.

Robbins's tale of this extraordinary astronaut is masterful with illustrations that are whimsical and unexpected. With back matter that includes photos of the NASA mission, images of Alan's paintings, and a timeline of lunar space travel, this is one adventure readers won't want to miss.

Thursday, June 6, 7 pm reception, 7:30 talk, at Lynden Sculpture Garden, 2145 W Brown Deer Rd:
Lauren Willig, author of The Summer Country

Milwaukee Reads presents the Lynden Sculpture Garden's Women's Speaker Series, featuring Lauren Willig and her sweeping, dramatic Victorian epic of lost love, lies, jealousy, and rebellion set in colonial Barbados. Tickets cost $31, $26 for Lynden members, and include an autographed copy of The Summer Country, light refreshments, and admission to the sculpture garden - come early and stroll the grounds. Tickets are available online, at or by phone, at (414) 446-8794. Online registration usually closes out the day before the event.

In 1854, Emily Dawson and her cousin arrive on the island of Barbados in the British West Indies, he to secure contracts for the family shipping company and she to take possession of Peverills, the plantation she unexpectedly inherited from their late grandfather. Publishers Weekly says, "The physical and emotional passions of the characters keep the stakes high and the pages turning, making this a powerful exploration of slavery and reformation on Barbados."

Love Lauren Willig? You'll also want to register for Beatriz Williams's Lynden appearance on July 14. Info at

sneak peek at next week -
Monday, June 10, 7 pm, at Boswell:
Marianne Teitelbaum, author of Healing the Thyroid with Ayurveda: Natural Treatments for Hashimoto's, Hypothyroidism, and Hyperthyroidism

Marianne Teitelbaum, recipient of the Prana Ayushudi Award, addresses thyroid disease from the perspective of the Ayurvedic tradition. Cosponsored by Bodhi Ayurveda.

In a comprehensive guide for practitioners and those concerned with thyroid health, Teitelbaum integrates the ancient medicine of Ayurveda with modern scientific findings. Based on the treatment of thousands of patients, Teitelbaum shares success stories of thyroid healing and the scientific studies that support the author’s Ayurvedic thyroid protocols, showing that optimum thyroid health as well as overall health are within everyone’s reach.

Revealing how the thyroid is the victim of many factors that conspire to create ill health, Teitelbaum focuses not only on treating thyroid problems and symptoms but also on diagnosing them at their earliest, most reversible stages. She outlines the basic principles of Ayurveda, including pulse diagnosis, a key tool for early detection, and explains the successful treatment protocols she has developed over more than 30 years of Ayurvedic practice.

More upcoming events on our upcoming events page

Photo credits:
--Lauren Willig - Amanda Suanne

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