Monday, September 7, 2020

Boswell events - Susanna Calkins, Kelli Jo Ford, Paula Goldman, Shimah Easter

Here's what's happening at Boswell this week.

Tuesday, September 8, 7:00 pm
Susanna Calkins, author of The Fate of a Flapper
in Conversation with Erica Ruth Neubauer for a Virtual Event 

Susanna Calkins, President of the Sisters in Crime Chicagoland Chapter returns to Boswell virtually for a conversation about the second installment of The Speakeasy Murders, Calkin's Agatha Award-nominated historical mystery series that transports you to the swinging speakeasies and smoky backrooms of Chicago in the 1920s. Calkins will be joined by Milwaukee's own Erica Ruth Neubauer, author of Murder at the Mena House.

Broadcast via Zoom, click here to register to view this event. And get your copy of The Fate of a Flapper for 10% off list price now! Publishers Weekly calls Calkins's latest, "winning... Period slang lends authenticity. Calkins draws a memorable portrait of Prohibition-era Chicago." 

Daniel's take: Once again Calkins uses her skills as a historian to infuse this mystery with the essence of 1920s Chicago. Gina Ricci is a bar girl at a neighborhood speakeasy that has as its front a tea shop and a drugstore with a soda fountain. Deliveries to the drug store often have fake bottoms in the cartons to sneak in booze. But one evening, two young women are the focus of a drunken scene, and the next day, one of them turns up murdered. The cops think it was a drug overdose - the dead girl had a locket for carrying opium - but Gina wonders if something else is afoot, especially when someone else takes ill. Meanwhile, Chicago is subject to a series of bombings - is the speakeasy being pushed to sell out to a larger crime family, or is it anarchists? 

Wednesday, September 9, 7:00 pm
Kelli Jo Ford, author of Crooked Hallelujah
in conversation with Megan Anderson, Deb Lyonsdove, and Elisabeth Lambert for a UWM ACCESS Virtual Event

UWM ACCESS presents an encore virtual event with Kelli Jo Ford, winner of the Plimpton Prize, in conversation. This virtual event is open to the public. Register right here to join this Zoom call. UWM Access members - request your book through the Access coordinator. Books are also for sale at Boswell.

Crooked Hallelujah tells the stories of Justine - a mixed-blood Cherokee woman - and her daughter, Reney, as they move from Eastern Oklahoma's Indian Country in the hopes of starting a new, more stable life in Texas amid the oil bust of the 1980s. However, life in Texas isn't easy, and Reney feels unmoored from her family in Indian Country. Against the vivid backdrop of the Red River, we see their struggle to survive in a world of unreliable men and near-Biblical natural forces, like wildfires and tornados that are intent on stripping away their connections to one another and their very ideas of home.

Daniel's take: I spoke to Kelli Jo Ford in July, but I just felt that there another conversation partner could bring new aspects to the conversation. I'm excited that Lyonsdove, Lambert, and Anderson agreed to be part of this conversation for UWM ACCESS. I know they will bring new insights to Crooked Hallelujah.

Thursday, September 10, 7:00 pm
Paula Goldman, author of Late Love
in Conversation with Susan Firer for a Virtual Event

Boswell is pleased to host a virtual conversation with Milwaukee poet Paula Goldman, who’ll chat about her latest collection with Susan Firer, former Poet Laureate of Milwaukee. Broadcast via Zoom, so please register for this event by clicking this link right here! And don’t forget to purchase your copy of Late Love from Boswell Book Company.

From poet John Koethe: “Goldman's poised and mesmerizing Late Love is intensely verbal; its texture is woven from both short and long lines and sentences. It's also intensely personal and cultural, fusing the incidents and trials of daily and domestic life with the palpable presence of literature and art into a seamless whole, alternating between two poles: 'To see the light, one has to see the dark.'"

Paula Goldman is author of The Great Canopy, winner of the Gival Press Poetry award. Her work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, Cream City Review, and The North American Review. A former reporter for The Milwaukee Journal, Goldman has served as a docent and lecturer at the Milwaukee Art Museum for 25 years. Susan Firer is author of The Transit of Venus, Milwaukee Does Strange Things to People: New and Selected Poems 1979-2007, and The Laugh We Make When We Fall. She has been awarded an NEA Fellowship and was Poet Laureate of Milwaukee from 2008-10.

Friday, September 11, 7 pm
Shimah Easter, author of Simi Means Breathe
A Virtual Pajama Jammy Party

Boswell hosts Easter for a Friday Night Virtual Pajama Jammy party to celebrate her latest picture book, the second in her Embrace U series. Cohosted by UWM ACCESS. To register for this Zoom event, click right here today! And purchase your copy of Simi Means Breathe in hardcover or paperback

Simi loves to play soccer. But sometimes, keeping up with his team can be difficult due to his asthma. Running and playing, heat or cold, and allergens like pollen and pets can all make it difficult for Simi to breathe. Fortunately, with the help of his trusty inhaler, and the support of his awesome coach and teammates, he's able to enjoy his favorite sport and keep growing and learning with his friends.

Shimah Easter brings her background as a nurse to her writing for children. With beautiful illustrations and spunky rhyme, this second book in the Embrace U series (following Ollie's Outie) educates both children and adults about asthma, and reminds those who live with this condition that they are not alone.

More event info on the Boswell upcoming events page. 

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