Monday, November 4, 2019

Boswell event alert - Ribbons of Scarlet authors at Lynden Scullpture Garden, David Riemer, André Aciman, Tim Johnston, Lisa Moser

Here are the Boswell-related book programs happening this week. I should note that my Friends of Milwaukee Public Library fundraiser talk on Tuesday, November 5 is sold out. My next public gig is my annual holiday book talk for the Friends of the Shorewood Public Library on Saturday, December 7, 11 am.

Tuesday, November 5, 7 pm reception, 7:30 talk, at Lynden Sculpture Garden, 2145 W Brown Deer Rd:
Laura Kamoie, Sophie Perinot, and E Knight, contributors to Ribbons of Scarlet: A Novel of the French Revolution's Women

The Lynden Sculpture Garden Women’s Speakers Series presents an evening with three authors who contributed to a breathtaking epic novel of six women whose paths cross during the French Revolution. Produced by Milwaukee Reads and Boswell Book Company.

Laura Kamoie is author of My Dear Hamilton and America’s First Daughter, as well as two non-fiction books on early America. She holds a doctoral degree in early American history from William and Mary and was Associate Professor of History at the US Naval Academy.

Sophie Perinot is author of The Sister Queens and Médicis Daughter: A Novel of Marguerite de Valois. Her passion for French history began more than thirty years ago when she first explored the storied châteaux of the Loire Valley.

E Knight is an award-winning author of historical women’s fiction. Her love of history began as a young girl when she traipsed the halls of Versailles and ran through the fields in Southern France.

They, along with three more novelists, tell a story of six very different women who were princesses, peasants, harlots and wives, fanatics and philosophers and whose paths cross during the French Revolution. Booklist offers this praise: "An excellent choice for a lively book discussion and readers of historical fiction will appreciate this unique take on an era not often covered in English-language popular fiction.”

Online sales for this event end shortly. Please reserve your spot by calling the Lynden Sculpture Garden at (414) 446-8794.

Wednesday, November 6, 7 pm, at Boswell:
David R Riemer, author of Putting Government in Its Place: The Case for a New Deal 3.0

David R Riemer, Senior Fellow at Milwaukee's Community Advocates Public Policy Institute, tells the story of the house that FDR built and considers how the New Deal, since the 1970’s, has faltered in the face of international competition and new tech’s disruptions. Cosponsored by Community Advocates Public Policy Institute in Milwaukee.

Riemer explains the major gaps, flaws, and mistakes of the New Deal settlement and spells out fundamental, sweeping changes needed to revive it. Riemer’s proposed New Deal 3.0 intends to create greater economic security for all Americans, make the market economy more productive, and enlarge the nation’s wealth, all with the purpose of creating America’s next birth of freedom.

Thursday, November 7, 7 pm, at Boswell:
André Aciman, author of Find Me

Boswell is pleased to host the return of André Aciman to Milwaukee, visiting with Find Me, his sequel to his acclaimed novel-turned-Oscar-winning-film, Call Me By Your Name. Tickets cost $29, including tax and ticket fee, available at Please note that Boswell will close to the general public for browsing at 6 pm on November 7 and reopen after the event. For this event, Aciman will be in conversation with Boswellians Jenny Chou and Daniel Goldin.

In Find Me, Aciman shows us Elio's father, Samuel, on a trip from Florence to Rome to visit Elio, who has become a gifted classical pianist. A chance encounter on the train with a beautiful young woman upends Sami's plans and changes his life forever. Elio soon moves to Paris, where he, too, has a consequential affair, while Oliver, now a New England college professor with a family, suddenly finds himself contemplating a return trip across the Atlantic.

Aciman, who teaches comparative literature at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, is a master of sensibility, of the intimate details and the emotional nuances that are the substance of passion. Find Me brings us back inside the magic circle of one of our greatest contemporary romances to ask if, in fact, true love ever dies.

Friday, November 8, 7 pm, at Boswell:
Tim Johnston, author of The Current

Tim Johnston, the author of the New York Times bestseller Descent, returns to Milwaukee for the paperback release of The Current, his dazzling literary thriller, which traces the indelible impact of a crime on the lives of innocent people over the course of more than a decade. Register for this free event at, or upgrade to a purchase-with-registration for $16.95, including taxes and fees. Everyone who registers and attends the event will be entered into a drawing for one of ten $5 gift cards to be given away during the event.

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 drowned, the other half frozen but alive. This was no accident, and news of the crime awakens the community’s memories of another young woman who drowned in the same river ten years earlier, whose killer may still live among them.

Boswellians love The Current – Tim calls it “an excellent novel of suspense from a fine writer,” and Chris says it’s a “masterful performance that plumbs the depths of life’s extremes,” and Kay just says, “I LOVED it.” And they’re not the only ones. Edgar-winner Dennis Lehane, author of Shutter Island and Mystic River, says, “Tim Johnston’s second novel, The Current, is even better than his first, which is saying something. He’s a terrific writer.” And from the Minneapolis Star Tribune, “Pick up Tim Johnston's suspenseful novel The Current and you risk finding yourself glued to your chair, eyes to the pages, no thought of attending to daily obligations.”

Saturday, November 9, 11 am, at Boswell:
Lisa Moser, author of A Friendship Yarn

Wisconsin author of childrens books like Stories from Bug Garden visits Boswell for a Saturday morning storytime with her brand new picture book about a porcupine, badger, and knotty yarn situation, plus Moser will lead attendees in creating a special yarn craft. Great for adults and kids 3 and up.

Porcupine and Badger have always been the best of friends, so when Porcupine finds some yarn in the woods, she makes a present for Badger. And when Badger finds yarn, she makes a present for Porcupine. The only problem? It’s the same yarn, and to finish the gift, they each must unravel the other’s creation. An act of kindness turns into a fierce standoff as the friendship frays. Can Porcupine and Badger set aside their differences and knit themselves back together?

Boswellian Chris says, "With outstanding artwork that will make you wish you could live in Badger and Porcupine's forest, A Friendship Yarn paints an important portrait of how to put friendship first. My favorite picture book of the fall!"

Monday, November 11, 7 pm, at Boswell:
Goldie Goldbloom, author of On Division

Goldie Goldbloom, author and Chasidic mother of eight, in conversation with Marquette Professor CJ Hribal about her latest work, a deeply affecting novel of one woman's life at a moment of change, set in the world of Brooklyn's Chasidim. Cosponsored by the Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center's Tapestry program.

In Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Surie Eckstein is soon to be a great-grandmother. Her in-laws live on the first floor of their house, her daughter lives on the second. Into this life of counted blessings comes a surprise. Surie is pregnant at fifty-seven. It is an aberration, a shift in the proper order of things, and a public display of private life. Exposed, ashamed, she is unable to share the news, even with her husband. And so for the first time in her life, she has a secret that slowly separates her from the community.

On Division is an excavation of one woman's life, a story of awakening at middle age, and a thoughtful examination of the dynamics of self and collective identity. It is a steady-eyed look inside insular communities that also celebrates their comforts. It is a rare portrait of a long, happy marriage. And it is an unforgettable new novel from a writer whose imagination is matched only by the depth of her humanity.

Goldie Goldbloom’s first novel, The Paperbark Shoe, won the AWP Prize, was named the Literary Novel of the Year by Forward magazine, and is an NEA Big Reads selection. She has been awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and has received multiple grants and awards, including fellowships from Warren Wilson, Northwestern University, the Brown Foundation, the City of Chicago, and the Elizabeth George Foundation. CJ Hribal is Professor of English at Marquette University and author of The Company Car, The Clouds in Memphis, and American Beauty.

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