Saturday, March 7, 2020

Here's what's going on March 9-16, 2020, with Boswell - Please note Boswell closes at 6:30 pm to the general public on March 12, 13, 14

Here's what's going on March 9 through 16 in the year 2020 with Boswell.

Monday, March 9, 7 pm, at Turner Hall Ballroom, 1034 N Vel R Phillips Ave:
Dan Pfeiffer, author of Un-Trumping America: A Plan to Make America a Democracy Again, in conversation with Joy Powers of WUWM's Lake Effect

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Yes We (Still) Can, cohost of Pod Save America, and former Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama, Dan Pfeiffer appears at the Turner Hall Ballroom to chat with WUWM Lake Effect Producer Joy Powers about his brand new book, a sharp political playbook for how Democrats can take on Trump. Tickets cost $30 and include admission and a copy of Un-Trumping America, available at

Pfeiffer worked for nearly twenty years at the center of Democratic politics, from the campaign trail to Capitol Hill to Barack Obama's White House. But it was Trump's victory and Republicans' incessant aiding and abetting of Trumpism that has radicalized his thinking. Here, Pfeiffer urges Democrats to embrace bold solutions - from fixing the courts to abolishing the electoral college to eliminating the filibuster - in order to make America more democratic (and Democratic).

Last week I noted that Dan Pfeiffer's July live podcast event at the Riverside was overshadowing our book talk for Un-Trumping America, despite our competitive pricing and more intimate venue. Why not consider attending both events?

Our event with Vaneesa Cook on March 10 for Spiritual Socialists has been cancelled.

Our event with Neal Shusterman on March 12 for The Toll is at capacity.

Thursday, March 12, Friday, March 13, and Saturday, March 14, 7:30 pm, at Boswell Wild Space Dance Company's Off the Page:

Boswell Book Company hosts Wild Space Dance Company for three evenings of site-specific performances inspired by literature and the joy of reading titled Off the Page. Advance tickets cost $25, $18 for students and seniors, available at

Led by Founder/Artistic Director Debra Loewen, Wild Space Dance Company has intrigued audiences for three decades. Known for site-specific works and artistic collaborations, Wild Space takes audiences on adventures through built and natural landscapes, visual art, history and the human condition through wry humor, clever choreography and emotionally-charged dance.

Wild Space Dance Company's mission is to expand the audience for contemporary dance through performance and outreach programs in the greater Milwaukee area and throughout southeastern Wisconsin, reaching diverse communities.

Thursday, March 12, 7 pm, at The Greene Museum, 3367 N Downer Ave:
Jessica Kirzane, translator of Diary of a Lonely Girl, or The Battle Against Free Love

Lecturer in Yiddish at the University of Chicago Jessica Kirzane appears at the Stahl Center with her translation of Miriam Karpilove’s novel, which offers a raw personal criticism of radical leftist immigrant youth culture in early twentieth century New York.

A century before Lena Dunham’s Girls, a Yiddish writer named Miriam Karpilove was already telling the world, in mordant, sometimes hilarious prose, what it was like to be a young Jewish woman in New York City. Diary of a Lonely Girl is a novel of intimate feelings and scandalous behaviors, shot through with a dark humor. From the perch of a diarist writing in first person about her own love life, Miriam Karpilove’s novel offers a snarky, melodramatic criticism of radical leftist immigrant youth culture in early twentieth-century New York City.

Kirzane's translation opens up anew the life of a young Jewish woman in the early years of the last century and boldly explores issues of consent, body autonomy, women’s empowerment and disempowerment around sexuality, courtship, and politics. Karpilove immigrated to the United States from a small town near Minsk in 1905 and went on to become one of the most prolific and widely published women writers of prose in Yiddish. Kirzane’s skillful translation gives English readers long-overdue access to Karpilove’s original and provocative voice.

Monday, March 16, Noon, at the ICC, 631 E Chicago St: Registration closes March 9!
Lori Gottlieb, author of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed

REDgen and Boswell Book Company present a fundraising luncheon with New York Times bestselling author and therapist Lori Gottlieb. Lori Gottlieb is a psychotherapist and author who writes The Atlantic's weekly "Dear Therapist" advice column. She also writes for The New York Times Magazine and appears as a frequent expert on mental health in media such as Today, Good Morning America, and NPR.

With startling wisdom and humor, Gottlieb invites us into her world as both clinician and patient, examining the truths and fictions we tell ourselves and others as we teeter on the tightrope between love and desire, meaning and mortality, guilt and redemption, terror and courage, hope and change.

Registration costs $100 and includes admission, lunch, and a copy of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone. More information at Part of the proceeds from this fundraiser will directly help REDgen grow its programming in schools, local events, and faith communities around the Milwaukee area. Please note that registration closes for this event on March 9.

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