Monday, September 27, 2021

Boswell this week: Mary Roach, Lauren Fox, María Amparo Escandón, Jon M Sweeney, and Anna Lardinois

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

Monday, September 27, 7 pm
Mary Roach, author of Fuzz: When Nature Breaks the Law
In conversation with Roman Mars for a virtual event
Register for this event here.   
This event is cohosted by Schlitz Audubon Nature Center.

Join us for an evening featuring, per Peter Carlson in The Washington Post, America’s funniest science writer Mary Roach, who will take us along for an irresistible investigation into the unpredictable world where wildlife and humans meet. For this event, Mary Roach will be in conversation with Roman Mars, host and creator of 99% Invisible and author of The 99% Invisible City.

From Erik Larson: "Hilarious! With Fuzz, Mary Roach again takes us into an unfamiliar scientific realm, in this case the science of managing the conflicts between humans and the natural world—lethal leopards, rampaging elephants, jet-downing birds, even killer trees. It’s an ever-widening conflict zone, but one that Ms. Roach gleefully mines for a multitude of bizarre facts that’ll make you snort coffee through your nose." 

From Vicki Constantine Croke's review in The New York Times: "Roach delights in the disgusting details of science. For those of us with, ahem, a taste for scatological humor, she delivers the story of a gull in a crowded nesting area that managed to defecate directly into the mouth of a hooded student. Elsewhere, she tells us that, 'poundage aside, the Canada goose is a frequent crapper.' Rat droppings found all over her balcony at the decrepit lodge in India mystify her. What is the appeal for them? There’s no food, and not much of a view. She concludes: 'It appeared to be simply the place rats go to have a dump.'”

Mary Roach is author of best-selling books of nonfiction such as Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal, and, most recently, Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War. Her writing has appeared in Outside, National Geographic, and The New York Times Magazine.

Tuesday, September 28, 2 pm Lauren Fox, author of Send for Me
A bonus Readings from Oconomowaukee event - fall book talk!
Register for this event here.

Enjoy a Bonus Readings from Oconomowaukee in September, featuring Milwaukee’s Lauren Fox, celebrating the paperback release event for her nationally bestselling novel with a special fall reading conversation featuring recommendations from both store proprietors and the author.

Lauren Fox’s Send for Me was a Today Show Read with Jenna book club pick, an instant New York Times bestseller, and an Indie Next Great Read. We'll be catching up on how everything's gone with the book, plus sharing some of our favorite books. Look for a Lauren Fox recommends display at Boswell. 

An achingly beautiful work of historical fiction that moves between Germany on the eve of World War II and present-day Wisconsin, unspooling a thread of love, longing, and the powerful bonds of family. Based on letters from Lauren Fox's own family, Send for Me is a major departure for this acclaimed author, an epic and intimate exploration of mothers and daughters, duty and obligation, hope and forgiveness.

Lauren Fox earned an MFA from the University of Minnesota and is author of the novels Days of Awe, Still Life with Husband, and Friends Like Us. Her work has appeared in publications including The New York Times, The Rumpus, and Salon.

Wednesday, September 29, 7 pm
María Amparo Escandón, author of LA Weather
in conversation with Tessa Bartels and Daniel Goldin for a virtual event
Register for this event here.

Boswell Book Company and the Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee present an evening with author María Amparo Escandón for a conversation about her fun, fast-paced novel of a Mexican American family wrestling with impending evacuations, secrets, deception, and betrayal. In conversation with Daniel Goldin of Boswell and Tessa Bartels of the HPGM Book Club.

From Publisher's Weekly: "Escandón is a pro at capturing the socioeconomic geography of L.A.; even scenes of mundane life such as a trip to get ice cream provide occasions for the characters to comment on the shifting fortunes of acquaintances after being priced out of up-and-came east side neighborhoods. This is by far one of the most endearing L.A. novels in recent memory." I concur!

From my recommendation: “LA Weather’s outrageous plot twists have a telenovela quality, as the Alvarados contend with just about every complication a family can face, except for maybe locusts. But they make it through (mostly), a little wiser for the journey, and it’s hard not to fall in love with them and all their messiness.” And Boswellian Kay Wosewick adds, “This LA-set story will quickly set its claws and pull you through a manic year in the lives of a well-off Mexican American family. You will smile gleefully as the family completes the eventful year with stronger bonds than ever.” 

From Dorany Pineda's profile in the Los Angeles Times, on Los Angeles: "The American city quickly worked its way into her: its ever-evolving gastronomy, its culture and 'fantastic' weather, its 'fabulous expressions of architecture.' Many of her passions are reflected in the Alvarado family. Sisters Claudia, Olivia and Patricia are, respectively, a professional chef, an architect (who feels guilty for abetting gentrification) and a social media guru. Keila, the matriarch, is a ceramicist - another passion of Escandón’s."

María Amparo Escandón is author of Esperanza’s Box of Saints and González & Daughter Trucking Co and was named a writer to watch by both Newsweek and the Los Angeles Times.

Thursday, September 30, 7 pm
Jon M Sweeney, author of Feed the Wolf: Befriending Our Fears in the Way of Saint Francis
in conversation with Adam Bucko for a now-virtual event.
Register for this event here. Ask for your signed copies. 
This event is cohosted by Family of Four Milwaukee Parishes and Eat, Drink, and Be Catholic.
Milwaukee’s award-winning spiritual writer and Saint Francis scholar Jon M Sweeney joins us for a discussion of his latest work, a consideration of the spiritual practices that can be found in the life and teachings of Saint Francis of Assisi.

Our conversation partner Adam Bucko offers this recommendation: "This book is not just something you read; it is something you put into practice. And when we apply the wisdom of Saint Francis, it has the power not only to heal us, but through us, to heal a hurting world."

And from Shemaiah Gonzalez: "Sweeney's Feed the Wolf takes us deeper into the stories of Saint Francis, offering us inspiration to move our heart and hands away from fear and comfort, and toward listening and gentleness."

Jon M Sweeney is author of thirty books, including The Complete Francis of Assisi, and is considered the authoritative voice on the life and spirituality of Saint Francis. He is also a regular speaker at literary and spirituality conferences.

Saturday, October 2, 11 am
Anna Lardinois, author of The Ghostly Tales of Milwaukee
in person at Boswell
Register for this in-person event here. We will be holding this event outdoors.  
Ask for your signed copy.

Join us for an in-person event that’s great for kids and adults with Anna Lardinois, founder of Gothic Milwaukee, featuring her latest book that’s full of ghost stories from the Brew City. So creepy, fun, and full of mystery!

Milwaukee's haunted history comes to life - even when the main players are dead. Explore the caves below the Miller Brewery to see if they're really haunted. Listen at the Lake Park Lions Bridge to hear the laughter of ghostly children. Or tiptoe through La Belle Cemetery to see if the spirit of a young girl throws herself into Fowler Lake (she usually does). Dive into this spooky chapter book for suspenseful tales of bumps in the night, paranormal investigations, and the unexplained. Just be sure to keep the light on.

Anna Lardinois tingles the spines of Milwaukee locals and visitors through her haunted, historical walking tours known as Gothic Milwaukee. The former English teacher is an ardent collector of stories, an avid walker and a sweet treat enthusiast. She happily resides in a historic home in Milwaukee that, at this time, does not appear to be haunted.

Monday, October 4, 7 pm
Sara Biren, author of Bend in the Road
in conversation with Andrew DeYoung for a Virtual Event 
Register for this event here. Ask for your signed copy!

Boswell presents a special YA, Boswell! evening with Wisconsin author Sara Biren for a conversation about her latest contemporary novel about a teen rock star who returns home to Minnesota and finds himself falling for a local farm girl. In conversation with Andrew DeYoung, author of The Exo Project, winner of the Minnesota Book Award.

Here's a nice review from School Library Journal: "Told in alternating perspectives, Biren's novel is set in the Midwest and is a slow simmer. What appears to be a novel about farming and gardening turns out to focus on relationships and grief. Readers who are musically inclined will appreciate the side story of Gabe's rocky music career. The characters, who are light skinned, are likable and complex in this heartwarming romance that slowly develops between Juniper and Gabe, who seem to have realistic differences.  Fans of Sarah Dessen will find this novel appealing and will reach for others written by Biren."

Sara Biren is author of The Last Thing You Said and Cold Day in the Sun. She earned an MFA in creative writing from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Andrew DeYoung is author of the forthcoming book The Temps.

More on the Boswell upcoming events page.

Photo credits
Mary Roach by Jen Siska
Lauren Fox by Rachel Dickman
María Amparo Escandón by Chris Fortuna
Sara Biren by Mars Ehlers

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