Monday, September 30, 2019

Events at Boswell - David Milofsky with Dick Blau, Carol Anshaw with Jane Hamilton, Veronica Roth with Gregory B Sadler, Sarah Dahmen, Dan Kois with Liam Callanan and the Kois kids, and Craig Johnson (ticketed) -

Monday, September 30, 7 pm, at Boswell:
David Milofsky, author of A Milwaukee Inheritance, in conversation with Dick Blau

Milwaukee-raised Milofsky chats about his sixth novel with Dick Blau, Professor Emeritus of Film, Video, Animation, and New Genres at UWM.

Milofsky’s novel is the story of a man who moves back to Milwaukee with his mercurial wife only to inherit a run-down duplex from his mother who, on her deathbed, extracts a promise from him not to evict the money pit’s delinquent occupants. The novel is a slow-burning, finely textured portrait of family dynamics, the secrets between generations, and the ways the shadows of the past can keep us from moving into the future.

Richard Ford says, “A Milwaukee Inheritance is, as advertised, a loving, knowing paean to the Cream City, but also to our great American middle – about which not enough can be written – and as such has its own honest inheritances in Howells, Anderson, Bellow, Gass, Oates, Dybek – all heroes, and among whom David Milofsky’s measured, poignant, plain-spoke Midwestern sentences and intelligence stand out vividly. It’s a novel that welcomes us.”

Tuesday, October 1, 7 pm, at Boswell:
Carol Anshaw, author of Right After the Weather, in conversation with Jane Hamilton

Author of New York Times bestseller Carry the One discusses her long-awaited novel exploring what happens when untested people are put to a hard test, and in its aftermath, find themselves in a newly uncertain world. She’ll chat with Jane Hamilton, Wisconsin author of The Excellent Lombards and The Book of Ruth.

Fall of 2016. Cate’s conspiracy theorist ex-husband is camped out in her spare bedroom as she attempts to settle into a serious relationship and get financially solvent working in Chicago’s theater community. Her yoga instructor best friend is Cate’s model for what adulthood looks like. Then Cate finds strangers assaulting her friend and is forced to take fast, spontaneous action. Cate learns the violence she is capable of, and overnight, her world has changed.

Anshaw’s flawed, sympathetic, and uncannily familiar characters grapple with altered relationships and identities against the backdrop of the new presidency and a country waking to a different understanding of itself. Eloquent, moving, and beautifully observed, Right After the Weather is the work of a master of exquisite prose and a wry and compassionate student of the human condition writing at the height of her considerable powers.

Wednesday, October 2, 7 pm, at Boswell
Veronica Roth, author of The End and Other Beginnings: Stories from the Future, in conversation with Gregory B Sadler

#1 New York Times bestselling Divergent author Veronica Roth visits Boswell with her masterful collection of six futuristic short stories, with two never-before-seen tales from her popular Carve the Mark universe. She’ll chat with Milwaukeean Gregory B Sadler, known as That Philosophy Guy.

Registration is free at To get in the signing line, attendees must upgrade to the book-with-registration option for $20.05, which includes admission, a copy of The End and Other Beginnings, and all taxes and fees. Roth will sign and personalize The End and Other Beginnings and will sign one book brought from home. No posed photos or inscriptions (messages). Please note, signing line upgrade is limited to 150 people. No cancellations for signing line tickets after October 1.

In Roth’s latest collection, each setting is more strange and wonderful than the last, brimming with new technologies and beings. And yet, for all the advances in these futuristic lands, the people still must confront deeply human problems. In these six short stories, Roth reaches into the unknown and draws forth something startlingly familiar and profoundly beautiful. With tales of friendship and revenge, this collection has something for new and old fans alike. Each story begins with a hope for a better end, but always ends with a better understanding of the beginning. Featuring stunning black-and-white illustrations, Roth’s latest is a book collector’s dream.

Thursday, October 3, 7 pm, at Boswell:
Sara Dahmen, author of Tinsmith 1865

Port Washington coppersmith and author visits with Tinsmith 1865, part of her Flats Junction series, the story of Marie, a Polish immigrant who heads west to the unwelcoming Dakota Territories with her tinsmith father and brothers. Dahmen will chat about her book and present some of the metalworking skills her characters need to survive. Folks who buy a copy of Tinsmith 1865 at the event will get a complimentary copper straw, while supplies last.

When her tinsmith father and brothers head West, Polish immigrant Marie Kotlarczyk has no choice but to go along. Family, after all, is family. The Dakota Territories are anything but welcoming to the Kotlarczyks, and as the months trip by, Marie must pick up the hammers she’s secretly desired but also feared. When she faces the skeptical people of Flats Town, the demands of the local Army commander, and her public failures, her inner voice grows destructive, forcing Marie to decide exactly who she is and what it means to be a woman metalsmith.

Port Washington based Sara Dahmen is one of the only female coppersmiths in the country, working as a metalsmith of vintage and modern cookware. She is Cofounder of the American Pure Metals Guild. Her novel, Widow 1881, won the Laramie Award for Western Historical Fiction and was named Fiction Book of the Year by Author's Circle.

Friday, October 4, 7 pm, at Boswell:
Joe Hill, author of Full Throttle

Presenting a special evening with Boswell favorite Joe Hill, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Fireman, Strange Weather, and NOS4A2, now a hit television show on AMC. His latest is a dark and ingenious collection of thirteen compelling short stories that showcase his ability to push genre conventions to new extremes.

This event is free (really!), but registration is required. For this event, your line letter will be assigned when you register at The first 50 people who register with book upgrade will get an A, the next group will get a B. Free registration starts gets you a C line letter. Books will also be for sale at the event.

In Full Throttle, a masterful collection of short fiction, Joe Hill dissects timeless human struggles in thirteen relentless tales of supernatural suspense, including "In the Tall Grass," one of two stories co-written with Stephen King, basis for the terrifying feature film from Netflix. Featuring two previously unpublished stories, and a brace of shocking chillers, Full Throttle is a darkly imagined odyssey through the complexities of the human psyche. Hypnotic and disquieting, it mines our tormented secrets, hidden vulnerabilities, and basest fears, and demonstrates this exceptional talent at his very best.

Saturday, October 5, 7 pm, at Boswell:
Dan Kois, author of How to Be a Family: The Year I Dragged My Kids Around the World to Find a New Way to Be Together, in conversation with Liam Callanan and the Kois kids

Globetrotting dad Dan Kois, Host of the podcast Mom and Dad Are Fighting, travels to Boswell to share his memoir of the year he set out with his family around the world to change their lives together. Kois will be in conversation with Milwaukee’s Liam Callanan, author of Paris by the Book, and they will be joined by Dan’s children, who will add questions to the conversation.

In this eye-opening, heartwarming, and very funny family memoir, the fractious, loving Kois family goes in search of other places on the map that might offer them the chance to live away from home but closer together, from New Zealand, the Netherlands, and Costa Rica to small-town Kansas. The goal? To get out of their rut of busyness and distractedness and to see how other families live. Filled with heart, empathy, and lots of whining, How to Be a Family will make readers dream about the amazing adventures their own families might take.

How to Be a Family brings readers along as the Kois girls-witty, solitary, extremely online Lyra and goofy, sensitive, social butterfly Harper-like through the Kiwi bush, ride bikes to a Dutch school in the pouring rain, battle iguanas in their Costa Rican kitchen, and learn to love a town where everyone knows your name. Meanwhile, Dan interviews neighbors, public officials, and scholars to learn why each of these places work the way they do. Will this trip change the Kois family's lives? Or do families take their problems and conflicts with them wherever we go?

Monday, Ocotber 7, 7 pm, at Boswell:
A ticketed event with Craig Johnson, author of Land of Wolves

Boswell Book Company hosts Craig Johnson, author of the beloved book-series-turned-hit-TV-show, Longmire, for his brand new novel, in which the titular Sheriff returns to Wyoming to try once again to maintain justice in a place with grudges that go back generations.

Tickets cost $29 and include admission, a copy of Land of Wolves, sales tax and ticket fee, available at

In Land of Wolves, the latest in Johnson's New York Times bestselling series, Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire is neck deep in the investigation of what could or could not be the suicidal hanging of a shepherd. With unsettling connections to a Basque family with a reputation for removing the legs of Absaroka County sheriffs, matters are further complicated with the appearance of an oversize wolf in the Big Horn Mountains.

As Walt searches for information about the shepherd, he comes across strange messages from his spiritual guide, Virgil White Buffalo. Virgil usually reaches out if a child is in danger. So when a young boy with ties to the Extapare clan arrives in town, the stakes become even higher. To complicate matters, a renegade wolf has been haunting the Bighorn Mountains, and the townspeople are out for blood. But Walt knows the mysterious animal is not the predator that needs tracking. With both a wolf and a killer on the loose, Longmire follows a twisting trail of evidence, leading to dark and shocking conclusions.

More on the Boswell upcoming events page.

Photo and artist credits:
Dan Kois by Lyra Kois
Craig Johnson credit Judith Johnson

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