Monday, August 2, 2021

Event Alert - Kristine Hansen with Lori Fredrich (in person), Jennifer Chiaverini (Readings from Oconomowaukee virtual), plus Andrea Bartz next Monday

Boswell events for this week. There have been a few changes since two events were first announced:
--Kristine Hansen's event was originally virtual, but is now in-store. Masks required for attendees.
--Andrea Bartz's event was originally at the Elm Grove Library, but is now virtual.
Pivot, pivot, pivot!

Wednesday, August 4, 7 pm
Kristine Hansen, author of Wisconsin Farms and Farmers Markets: Tours, Trails and Attractions
in conversation with Lori Fredrich
in person at Boswell Book Company
Register for this event here. Masks required of attendees. Ask for your signed copy.

Kristine Hansen is a nationally recognized food and travel writer who has covered Wisconsin’s cheese producers for Travel + Leisure, Fodors, and Cheese Professor. Her writing has appeared in Time Magazine, Midwest Living, and Milwaukee Magazine. She is the author of Wisconsin Cheese Cookbook: Creamy, Cheesy, Sweet, and Savory Recipes from the State’s Best Creameries.

For the release of Wisconsin Farms and Farmer's Markets: Tours, Trails and Attractions, she talks with Lori Fredrich of OnMilwaukee about her new book, which covers Badger State farm stays, pick your owns, trail rides, farming museums, county fairs, cheese trails, dairy centers, wine tastings, petting zoos, tree farms, farmer's markets, and so much more.

With its fertile soil and more than a century of agricultural heritage, Wisconsin ranks #2 in the nation for its number of organic farms, second only to California. From the boho-chic Driftless Region to cherry orchards hugging Lake Michigan in Door County, not to mention pizza farms nestled along the Mississippi River, the Dairy State is the ideal vacation for farm-loving travelers in search of authentic culinary experiences. Whether it’s stepping into a cranberry bog or sipping cider fermented from antique apples, this book’s profiles of farms (and its farmers) has that itinerary covered. The agritourism opportunities abound throughout the state.

Thursday, August 5, 2 pm
Jennifer Chiaverini, author of The Women's March: A Novel of the 1913 Woman Suffrage Procession
in Conversation with Daniel Goldin and Lisa Baudoin for a Virtual Event
Register for this event here. Ask for your signed copy.

Jennifer Chiaverini is the New York Times bestselling author of acclaimed historical novels, such as Resistance Women and Mrs Lincoln's Dressmaker. She joins us for the popular Readings from Oconomowaukee virtual event series, presented in partnership with Books & Company to discuss her latest novel, set during the woman’s suffrage movement.

Inspired by actual events, The Women’s March offers a fascinating account of a crucial moment in American history, a turning point in the struggle for women’s rights. 25-year-old Alice Paul returns to her native New Jersey after several years on the front lines of the suffrage movement in Great Britain. Weakened from imprisonment and hunger strikes, she is nevertheless determined to invigorate the stagnant suffrage movement in her homeland. To inspire support for the campaign, Alice organizes a magnificent procession down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC, the day before the inauguration of President-elect Woodrow Wilson, a firm antisuffragist.

Joining the march is 39-year-old New Yorker Maud Malone, librarian and advocate for women’s and workers’ rights. The daughter of Irish immigrants, Maud has acquired a reputation - and a criminal record - for interrupting politicians’ speeches with pointed questions they’d rather ignore. Civil rights activist and journalist Ida B Wells-Barnett resolves that women of color must also be included in the march and the proposed amendment. Born into slavery in Mississippi, Ida worries that white suffragists may exclude Black women if it serves their own interests. On March 3, 1913, the glorious march commences, but negligent police allow vast crowds of belligerent men to block the parade route, endangering not only the success of the demonstration but the women’s very lives.

offers this recommendation: "Chiaverini adeptly evokes the obstacles they all face, from Wilson's opposition to inadequate police protection and internal divisions over appeasing bigoted southern white women. Although some expressions feel overly modern, this politically aware novel about a historic quest for democratic justice compels readers to contemplate everything that has and hasn't changed regarding voting rights and gender and racial equality."

And Kirkus Reviews notes: "Chiaverini's latest work of historical fiction weaves together the actions of these three real women, effective character choices for highlighting the disparate groups advocating for social and legal change while also speaking to the tensions regarding race, class, and rhetorical arguments that prevent these groups from working together smoothly (if at all)."

Next week preview
Monday, August 9, 7 pm
Andrea Bartz, author of We Were Never Here
In Conversation with Jennifer Hillier for a Virtual Event
Register for this event here.

Andrea Bartz is author of The Lost Night and The Herd. Her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, and Cosmopolitan. Now Elm Grove Public Library and Boswell present Milwaukee-area native Andrea Bartz, author of The Lost Night and The Herd for an event featuring her latest thriller, We Were Never Here, a novel that travels from Milwaukee to Cambodia for a backpacking trip with deadly consequences. For this event, Bartz will be in conversation with fellow novelist Jennifer Hillier.

Emily is in the mountains of Chile with her best friend, Kristen, on their annual reunion trip. But on the last night of the trip, Emily enters their hotel suite to find blood and broken glass on the floor. Kristen says the cute backpacker she brought back to the room attacked her, and she had no choice but to kill him in self-defense. Even more shocking: The scene is horrifyingly similar to last year’s trip, when another backpacker wound up dead. Back home in Wisconsin, Emily struggles to bury her trauma, diving head-first into a new relationship and throwing herself into work. But when Kristen shows up for a surprise visit, Emily is forced to confront their violent past.

Publishers Weekly
writes: "Bartz does a good job dramatizing the increasingly creepy relationship between the two women as the twisty plot builds to a slightly confusing conclusion. Suspense fans will look forward to seeing more from this talented author." And Kirkus Reviews notes: "Up to the unexpected climax and beyond, Bartz's writing will keep readers on their toes, questioning everything and looking for hidden meanings in every communication between Emily and Kristen...A slow-burn thriller that gradually suffocates both the protagonist and the reader - in a good way."

A major announcement regarding this book to come!  

Photo credit 
Andrea Bartz by Bill Wadman

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