Monday, October 21, 2019

What's happening at Boswell this week? Paul Hendrickson in conversation with Catherine Boldt, Ann Patchett at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center, Samin Nosrat in conversation with Kyle Cherek at UWM, Tim O'Brien in conversation with Liam Callanan, Alan Kent Anderson, Martha Brosio

What's happening at Boswell this week?

Monday, October 21, 7 pm, at Boswell:
Paul Hendrickson, author of Plagued by Fire: The Dreams and Furies of Frank Lloyd Wright, in conversation with Catherine Boldt, Education Outreach Doecent at Taliesin

Paul Hendrickson, author of the the National Book Critics Circle finalist and New York Times bestseller Hemingway's Boat, visits Boswell for a conversation about his latest work. Free registration is requested at Advance registration has ended for this book, but don't worry, we have room for walk-ups.

Hendrickson offers an illuminating, pathbreaking biography that will change the way we understand the life, mind, and work of the premier American architect. Revealing Wright's facades along with their cracks, Hendrickson forms a fresh and more human understanding of the man with prodigious research, unique vision, and his ability to make sense of a life in ways at once unexpected, poetic, and undeniably brilliant.

Hendrickson's latest got great reviews in The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal.

Tuesday, October 22, 7 pm, at Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, not moved but at a new address of 3270 Mitchell Park Dr, still in Brookfield:
Ann Patchett, author of The Dutch House

The Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts, Oconomowoc's Books & Company, and Milwaukee's Boswell Book Company present an evening with PEN/Faulkner and Orange Prize-winning novelist Ann Patchett. Tickets are $33 and include admission to the event, all taxes and fees, and a copy of The Dutch House, available at Ticket sales end Tuesday morning. Walk-up tickets will be available.

From Helen McAlpin at NPR: "Ann Patchett may well be the most beloved book person in America - not just for her irresistibly absorbing novels and memoirs (including The Patron Saint of Liars, Bel Canto and This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage) but for becoming a patron saint of readers and publishers when she opened Parnassus Books in her hometown of Nashville, Tenn. And despite a few small reservations, this is the story of a happy book critic: The Dutch House is another wonderful read by an author who embodies compassion."

And here's our own Jane Glaser: "Who has not passed by their childhood home and "scrolled through the years,” recalling impressions that bring to mind the universal questions of family identity, complete with its losses, forgiveness, hope, and love? An intimate journey into the heart of the Conroy family, whose dream it is to live the perfect life in a suburban Philadelphia mansion, Dutch House, is shaken when Mrs. Conroy abandons her husband and children, 10-year-old Maeve and 3-year-old Danny. Layering the past with the present over five decades and three generations, readers will come to care for this family, recognizing that the powerful grip that connects them to the Dutch House has the pull to not only divide them but to also unite them. This is Ann Patchett at her brilliantly insightful best. Destined to be my favorite read of 2019!" Addendum: don't scoff at destiny - The Dutch House is officially favorite book of 2019.

Tuesday, October 22, 7 pm, at UWM Student Union, Wisconsin Room, 2200 E Kenwood Blvd:
Samin Nosrat, author of Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking

The UWM Distinguished Lecture Series presents an evening with chef, television host, and author Samin Nosrat, in conversation with culinary historian Kyle Cherek. Cosponsored by Boswell, who will be on hand to sell books.

Tickets for the general public will be available online and at the UWM Student Union Information Desk beginning September 30. $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Tickets for UWM students are free. For non-UWM students, $5 in advance, $8 at the door, and for UWM Campus Community, $8 in advance, $10 at the door. More information available at

Called “a go-to resource for matching the correct techniques with the best ingredients” by The New York Times and “the next Julia Child” by NPR’s All Things Considered, Nosrat has been cooking professionally since 2000, when she first stumbled into the kitchen at Chez Panisse restaurant.

Wednesday, October 23, 7 pm, at Boswell:
Tim O’Brien, author of Dad’s Maybe Book, in conversation with Liam Callanan

Tim O’Brien, National Book Award-winning author of The Things They Carried, shares his first book in more than two decades, a collection of wisdom from a life in letters, lessons learned in wartime, and the challenges, humor, and rewards of raising two sons. O'Brien is also author of In the Lake of the Woods, winner of the James Fenimore Cooper Prize. He was awarded the Pritzker Literature Award for lifetime achievement in military writing in 2013.

Tickets cost $29, and include admission, a signed copy of Dad’s Maybe Book, and all tax and fees, available at Ticket sales will end Wednesday morning, but walk-up ticket sales are available.

Matt Gallagher of Time offers this praise: "For my generation of writers of war, this book, and this story in particular, are lodestars. For how to write, how to seek, when to tell and when to hold. I can’t think of one of my contemporaries whose work hasn’t been shaped by it in some way. What Crane and Stein were to Hemingway, what Hemingway was to Salinger and Vonnegut and Heller, what those authors were to O’Brien, O’Brien is to us." Don't miss this rare chance to see Tim O'Brien!

Friday, October 25, 7 pm, at Boswell:
Alan Kent Anderson, author of When Bad Lands: How Not to Numb Out, Freak Out, or Bottom Out - Buddhist Style

Alan Kent Anderson has been a musician, educator, writer, and a student of meditation and mindfulness for over 30 years. Alan has been teaching mindfulness, music, and self-regulation skills in public schools and is the founder of Arts and Mindfulness for Academic Progress. Prior to teaching, he played jazz professionally for 20 years, and toured, performed, and recorded with Paul Cebar, playing American roots music.

Change. Sometimes it wells up from within and we enter gracefully. At other times it is utterly choiceless and the past, present, and future get burned up in the most unforgiving flames. Anderson offers a path through change that is not a shortcut to clean up the surface or soften the edges. Rather, it is a mirror for courageously seeing ourselves with humor and heart.

Michael Carroll, author of Awake at Work, says, "this insightful and playful text explains how mindfulness-awareness meditation introduces the possibility of living a fearlessly compassionate life. For those interested in 'going deeper' with their mindfulness practice, this book is for you." And Arno Michaelis, author of My Life After Hate, adds that Anderson has done “a brilliant job of compiling wisdom both ancient and modern, while offering new insights and practical techniques to realize the miracle of basic goodness.”

Monday, October 28, 7 pm, at Boswell:
Martha Brosio, author of The Last Ten Days - Academia, Dementia, and the Choice to Die: A Loving Memoir of Richard A Brosio, PhD

Milwaukee-based author Martha Brosio visits Boswell with her heartrending memoir of love, scholarship, dignity, courage, and the choices one is forced to make when given the devastating diagnosis of a terminal illness. Cosponsored by University of Michigan Club of Milwaukee - The Last Ten Days is their book club choice book. The event will feature a reading from Martha's granddaughter, followed by a conversation.

Spanning sixty years, Brosio recounts the story of her life with her husband, Richard, a scholar and college professor. From teenage sweethearts who went their separate ways after high school, to reconnecting and marriage, Martha and Richard enjoyed a vibrant life together until tragedy struck, when Richard was diagnosed with Primary Progressive Aphasia, a type of dementia similar to Alzheimer’s that affects the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain.

Determined to have a dignified death at the time and in the manner of his own choosing, Richard hastened his death two years after his diagnosis by voluntarily stopping eating and drinking, seeking only palliative and hospice care until the end. Brosio’s book highlights Richard’s teaching, writing, and their life together. Sad, yet inspirational, it is a joyful celebration of their lives together.

More event info on our upcoming events page.

Photo credits!
Paul Hendrickson by Tim Samuelson
Tim O'Brien by Meredith O'Brien

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