Monday, November 11, 2019

Two postponed events this week (Goldie Goldbloom and Neal Shusterman), plus Chris L Terry, BJ Hollars, Michelle Schaub, Michael Bowen, John Duffy

So much to keep track of this week!

Postponed Event
Monday, November 11, 7 pm, at Boswell (now Monday, December 9, 7 pm)
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 and UWM Sam and Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies.

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. Join us for an evening in December when we hope it will be both warmer and less snowy.

Registration Has Ended 
Tuesday, November 12, 11:30 am, at Shully’s Watermark, 146 Green Bay Rd in Thiensville
Elizabeth Berg, author of The Confession Club

Please note that registration has ended for the Ozaukee Family Services Fall Fundraiser Lunch with author Elizabeth Berg at Shully’s Watermark. We hope to have signed copies when The Confession Club goes on sale on November 19.

In The Confession Club, a group of women in Mason, Missouri discover that best friends are made by sharing secrets. It all started as a supper club, a group gathering monthly to share homemade dinners, until the night one woman made a startling revelation. After that, the Confession Club decided to meet weekly to feast not only on dinner, but on admissions of misdeeds, embarrassments, and insecurities.

Ozaukee Family Services offers programs for parents, youth, and seniors, including counseling and support groups. OFS also offers presentations to schools and community organizations to promote healthy lifestyles and empower children and youth with techniques to keep themselves safe and healthy.

New Location! 
Tuesday, November 12, 7 pm, at The Retreat, 2215 N Martin Luther King Dr
Chris L Terry, author of Black Card

The Retreat presents Chris L Terry, in conversation with Milwaukee writer, performer, and creative change agent Dasha Kelly Hamilton for About That: Black Card. Black Card is a novel about a mixed-race punk rock musician who is determined to win back his coveted Black Card. This event is free; no registration required. Doors open at 6 pm for bar and bites.

In an effort to be “black enough,” a mixed-race punk rock musician indulges his own stereotypical views of African American life by doing what his white bandmates call “black stuff.” After remaining silent during a racist incident, the unnamed narrator has his Black Card revoked by Lucius, his guide through Richmond, Virginia, where Confederate flags and memorials are a part of everyday life

Jason Terry writes on NPR's website: "As Terry so cleverly and poignantly points out, the narrator's split personality embodies the soul of America itself. And with deadpan comic timing, sensitive insight, and taut, terse prose, Terry plunges the reader into his turmoil. Like nature, racial identity in America abhors a vacuum. If you don't fill in your own identity, as Black Card illustrates, someone else will."

Postponed, new date to come
Formerly Tuesday, November 12, 7 pm, at Boswell
Neal Shusterman, author of The Toll: Arc of a Scythe V3

Due to a family emergency, Neal Shusterman's event on November 12 is postponed. We should have a new date for this event shortly. Right now we are not accepting new reservations, but existing reservations, including book-with-ticket upgrades, are being held until the new date is announced.

We hope you will be able to attend our rescheduled date, but if not, refunds for the book-with-ticket upgrade are available by contacting Brown Paper Tickets. Please have your order confirmation number handy. Contact information can be found at:

In a world that's conquered death, will humanity finally be torn asunder by the immortal beings it created? Citra and Rowan have disappeared. Endura is gone. It seems like nothing stands between Scythe Goddard and absolute dominion over the world scythedom. With the silence of the Thunderhead and the reverberations of the Great Resonance still shaking the earth to its core, the question remains: Is there anyone left who can stop him? The answer lies in the Tone, the Toll, and the Thunder.

Nothing has changed for this event and the others below.
Thursday, November 14, 7 pm, at Boswell
BJ Hollars, author of Midwestern Strange: Hunting Monsters, Martians, and the Weird in Flyover Country

UW-Eau Claire Professor of English BJ Hollars haunts Boswell with his brand new book, which chronicles his explorations of the mythic oddities of what’s often known as flyover country, including Wisconsin legends like the Beast of Bray Road, the Hodag, and the Val Johnson incident. He’ll deep-dive into his own case files to unearth the truth.

Part memoir and part journalism, Midwestern Strange offers a fascinating, quirky account of flyover folklore that also contends with the ways such oddities retain cultural footholds. Hollars shows how grappling with such subjects might fortify us against the glut of misinformation now inundating our lives. By confronting monsters, Martians, and a cabinet of curiosities, we challenge ourselves to look beyond our presumptions and acknowledge that just because something is weird, doesn’t mean it is wrong.

Hollars’s quest is not to confirm or debunk these mysteries but rather to seek out these unexplained phenomena to understand how they complicate our worldview and to discover what truths might be gleaned by reexamining the facts in our “post-truth” era.

Friday, November 15, 4 pm, at Boswell:
Michelle Schaub, author of Finding Treasure: A Collection of Collections

Poet and author Schaub presents her new book, a treasure trove of clever poems which tell the story of one inquisitive child’s quest to start just the right collection to share at school. This special event will feature a mini-tour, led by Boswell proprietor Daniel Goldin, of chat about his tchotchkes and offer a behind-the scenes tour of his collections, some of which started when he was a kid. Great for adults and kids 4 and up.

While everyone else is excited about presenting their treasures, one creative elementary schooler is stressed about her class’s show-and-tell assignment. How is she supposed to share her collection if she doesn’t collect anything? Polling her parents, visiting with Granny and Grandpa, and searching for the secret behind her siblings’ obsession with baseball cards, she discovers she does, in fact, have something to share: a collection of stories and poems!

Michelle Schaub is the author of Fresh-Picked Poetry: A Day at the Farmers’ Market, and her poems have appeared in And the Crowd Goes Wild, A Global Gathering of Sports Poems, and The Poetry Anthology for Celebrations. She has contributed poems to Highlights High Five, Ladybug magazine, and the SCBWI national bulletin.

Monday, November 18, 6:30 pm, at Whitefish Bay Library, 5420 N Marlborough Dr:
Michael Bowen, author of False Flag in Autumn

Milwaukee author appears at the Whitefish Bay Public Library for his latest political thriller that asks why there wasn't an October surprise before the 2018 mid-term elections.

The irrepressible Josie Kendall finds herself in the middle of the novel’s provocative question, but answering it quickly confronts her with an even more dramatic challenge: What about 2020, with control of the White House at stake? Will Josie find the guts to leave the Beltway cocoon, where the weapons are spin, winks, nudges, and strategic leaks, and venture into a darker world where the weapons are actual weapons? Josie knows that you don't do politics with choir girls, but if she wants to end up on the side of the angels, she'll have to find some angels who play a little dirty.

Michael Bowen is a Milwaukee-based author of numerous books, including non-fiction and mysteries such as Badger Game, Damage Control, and Washington Deceased. He is an attorney and graduate of Harvard Law School.

Monday, November 18, 7 pm, at Boswell:
John Duffy, author of Parenting the New Teen in the Age of Anxiety: A Complete Guide to Your Child's Stressed, Depressed, Expanded, Amazing Adolescence, in conversation with Molly Fay

John Duffy is a clinical psychologist, certified life coach, and author of The Available Parent. He chats with Molly Fay of TMJ4’s The Morning Blend about his latest work on the changing teenage brain. Cosponsored by REDgen, whose mission is to advocate for the mental health and wellbeing of all youth. Please register for this free event at

No parent experienced their teen years the way children do today; children as young as eight-years-old are prematurely self-conscious, over-stressed, and overwhelmed. Duffy provides strategies and tips for actively learning the world of our children, so that when they need us, we can be there armed with understanding.

Kids are growing up with nearly unlimited access to social media and the internet, and unprecedented academic, social, and familial stressors, and children are exposed to information, thought, and emotion that they are developmentally unprepared to process. As a result, saving the typical “teen parenting” strategies for thirteen-year-olds is now years too late. Duffy offers a guide for parents raising children who are growing up quickly and dealing with unresolved adolescent issues that can lead to anxiety and depression.

More on the Boswell upcoming event page

Photo credits!
Goldie Goldbloom credit Shterna Goldbloom

No comments: