Monday, June 10, 2019

Boswell events this week: Marianne Teitelbaum, Monte Reel with Meg Jones, Cara Black, plus Michael Moreci to be rescheduled

The first thing we should note is that Michael Moreci, author of numerous novels, comic books, and the Black Star Renegade series, has had to postpone his visit on Thursday, June 13 for his latest work, We Are Mayhem, due to family illness. We're hoping to reschedule this event and should have a new date shortly. We also hope that like our originally scheduled event, Moreci will be in conversation with long-time Chicago bookseller Javier Ramirez, currently at Oak Park's beloved Book Table.

But still happening...

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 this 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.

This event came to us through Carol Nace at Bodhi Ayurveda, who will be saying a few words at this event. We really like to have a strong partner for our health and wellness events, and we're grateful for Bodhi to help get the word out. Our Boswell customers are showing their interest too - advance sales have been quite strong for the book, with Healing the Thyroid with Ayurveda hitting our bestseller list for three weeks in advance of the event.

Tuesday, June 11, 7 pm, at Boswell:
Monte Reel, author of A Brotherhood of Spies: The U-2 and the CIA’s Secret War, in conversation with Meg Jones

Monte Reel, former foreign correspondent for The Washington Post and author of Between Man and Beast, chats about his thrilling historical narrative of the top-secret Cold War-era spy plane operation that transformed the CIA and brought the U.S. and the Soviet Union to the brink of disaster. Reel is in conversation with Meg Jones, reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Bonus - Thanks to The Safe House, Milwaukee's spy-themed bar, one lucky attendee will get a chance to win a $25 Safe House gift card.

Reviews have been great for this book. Booklist called Reel's history: "A richly detailed, well-researched, and engagingly written book that takes us behind the scenes of one of the twentieth-century's most nail-bitingly tense episodes." And Edward Kosner in The Wall Street Journal offered this praise: "An old-fashioned tale of the American ingenuity, resourcefulness and grit that remade intelligence gathering . . . Casts intriguing light on this familiar history. The rock-steady, nuanced leadership of Ike and JFK in these crises, supported by deeply experienced advisers desperately seeking to avert nuclear war, is a sobering contrast to today's White House melodramas."

Monte Reel's writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, and Harper’s, and he currently writes for Bloomberg Businessweek as part of its Projects and Investigations staff. Meg Jones is a reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and author of World War II Milwaukee. Calling all lovers of Meg Jones's work in the Journal Sentinel - you know this is going to be a great conversation.

Wednesday, June 12, 7 pm, at Boswell:
Cara Black, author of Murder in Bel-Air

We're celebrating the 20th anniversary of Aimée Leduc's adventures in Paris with a visit from Cara Black, whose latest mystery novel is Murder in Bel-Air. This 19th installment finds PI Leduc in a dangerous web of international spycraft, post-colonial Franco-African politics, and neighborhood secrets in Paris's 12th arrondissement.

Our evening is cosponsored by Alliance Française de Milwaukee and Crimespree Magazine and will feature blood orange tartlets from North Shore Boulangerie. Pre-register for this event by Tuesday at Reigstration not required to attend the event, but we're grateful for those who did. Also, if you pre-ordered the book, you can pick it up any time before the event itself, at the event, or up to six months afterwards.

Booklist loves this book!: "Aimée Leduc's nineteenth adventure is one of her best, both because the plot is notably rich, incorporating the complex relationship between France and its former colony, Côte d'Ivoire, and because the ongoing domestic drama in the extended Leduc household has become a thoroughly involving serial novel of its own. In a manner similar to how Donna Leon builds Guido Brunetti's family life into the fabric of her series, Black tells a parallel story in every book about single-mother Aimée's relationships in the present and her lingering parental issues, whose roots are in the past and involve both her dead father (killed under suspicion of being a corrupt cop) and American mother, Sydney (vanished for years but now back in Paris, swearing to no longer be a CIA agent)."

Cara Black is the author of nineteen books in the New York Times bestselling Aimée Leduc series. She has received multiple nominations for the Anthony and Macavity Awards, and her books have been translated into German, Norwegian, Japanese, French, Spanish, Italian, and Hebrew. If you love Donna Leon and would like to do more European travel in your mystery reading, Cara Black is perfect for you.

This is where we'd normally list the Michael Moreci event. See top of post for information about its postponement. Here's some info about events early next week.

Monday, June 17, 7 pm, at Boswell:
Victor Grossman, author of A Socialist Defector: From Harvard to Karl-Marx-Allee

Journalist and author Victor Grossman appears at Boswell to discuss his autobiography, which recounts the circumstances that impelled him to flee a military prison sentence during the icy pressures of the McCarthy Era.

Cosponsored by the Milwaukee Turners,  A Socialist Defector is the story, told in rare, personal detail, of an activist and writer who grew up in the U.S. free-market economy, spent 38 years in the GDR’s nationally owned, centrally administered economy, and continues to survive, given whatever the market can bear in today’s united Germany.

Victor Grossman, born Stephen Wechsler, joined the Communist Party as a Harvard student. He was pardoned by the U.S. Army in 1994 and, in 2003, published an autobiography, Crossing the River: A Memoir of the American Left, the Cold War, and Life in East Germany.

Tuesday, June 18, 7 pm, at Boswell:
Dani Shapiro, author of of Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love

Acclaimed memoirist Dani Shapiro, author of Hourglass, is coming to Boswell for her New York Times bestselling book. Cosponsored by the Sam and Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies at UWM and the Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center. Publishers Weekly writes: With thoughtful candor, she explores the ethical questions surrounding sperm donation, the consequences of DNA testing, and the emotional impact of having an uprooted religious and ethnic identity. This beautifully written, thought-provoking genealogical mystery will captivate readers from the very first pages."

Registration is free at or upgrade to a registration-with-book option for $26.35, including taxes and fees. Registration-with-book upgrade gets signing line priority.

More event info on our upcoming event page.

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