Monday, February 7, 2022

This week - Tara Westover (multi-store bundled event), Nick Petrie (conversation with Milwaukee Public Library), Tessa Hadley for Readings from Oconomowaukee

There is nothing more fun than a week where I've read and enjoyed every featured title. And this week we have three great programs!

Tuesday, February 8, 7 pm
Tara Westover, author of Educated: A Memoir
in conversation with Natalie Portman 
a ticketed (bundled with book) virtual event
Tickets available here

Please join #1 New York Times bestselling author Tara Westover and Academy Award-winning actress Natalie Portman for a special, one-night-only virtual event celebrating the paperback launch of Educated: A Memoir. This book has been a phenomenon, a New York Times bestseller in hardcover for several years! And it's as good as everyone says it is. We're excited to be one of seven stores to be part of this official launch event.

Tickets cost $20 plus fee and include admission to this exclusive event and a paperback copy of Educated. Copies may be picked up at Boswell, or for a fee, shipped via USPS Media Mail. If you have already read Educated and want to join the event, you will have an option to donate your new copy of the book to students and classrooms via Random House and the National Council of Teachers of English, the official literacy partner for this event.

Educated is the unforgettable memoir about a young woman who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara’s older brothers became violent.

When another brother got himself into college, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home.

Tara Westover received her BA from Brigham Young University, an MPhil from Trinity College, Cambridge, and was a visiting fellow at Harvard University. She returned to Cambridge, where she was awarded a PhD in History. Joining Tara in conversation is Natalie Portman, an Academy Award-winning actress, director, author, and activist. In Summer 2022, Portman will be hitting the big screen, returning to the Marvel universe as Jane Foster in Thor: Love and Thunder.

Wednesday, February 9, 6 pm
Nick Petrie, author of The Runaway
A Virtual Event
Register for this event here.

Boswell is a cosponsor of the Milwaukee Public Library welcoming Milwaukee-area author Nick Petrie in conversation about his latest installment in the Peter Ash Series. The Runaway takes things in a new direction as Petrie's first novel in the series to offer a female perspective, a further testament to the deep understanding of the characters he portrays. Cosponsored by Boswell. 

When Peter Ash rescues a stranded woman, he finds she’s in far deeper trouble than he could ever imagine in the powerful new thriller in this bestselling and award-winning series. Bruce DaSilva called The Runaway "another violent, fast-paced thriller in this action-packed series" for the Associated Press. Signed copies of The Runaway available.

Nick Petrie is the author of six previous novels in the Peter Ash series, most recently The Breaker. His debut, The Drifter, won both the ITW Thriller award and the Barry Award for Best First Novel, and was a finalist for the Edgar and the Hammett Awards. He lives in the Milwaukee area.

Thursday, February 10, 2 pm
Tessa Hadley, author of Free Love
in Conversation with Daniel Goldin and Lisa Baudoin 
a virtual Readings from Oconomowaukee event
Register for this event here

Books & Company and Boswell present a virtual afternoon event with Tessa Hadley, the bestselling author of Late in the Day and The Past, for a conversation about Free Love, a compulsive new novel about one woman’s sexual and intellectual awakening in 1960s London. This event is part of the beloved Readings from Oconomowaukee series where we host authors in conversation with two loquacious local bookstore proprietors.

Wow, I knew going into this event that Hadley was likely to get some great reviews, but the sheer number of enthusiastic write ups has been a treat.  From Anthony Cummins in The Observer: "Hadley’s complex sentences are purring marvels of engineering, always weighted just so, cut-glass English with a continental inflection, fond of a comma splice, the dialogue marked with a dash. A brilliant writer of interiority who can also do great scenes, she has a gift, especially, for portraying the state of wanting to be wanted, or simply to be seen – a recurring longing in her fiction, whose characters often have cause to be careful what they wish for."

Of Hadley’s career, Ron Charles of The Washington Post exclaims: “With each new book by Tessa Hadley, I grow more convinced that she’s one of the greatest stylists alive... To read Hadley’s fiction is to grow self-conscious in the best way: to recognize with astonishment the emotions playing behind our own expressions, to hear articulated our own inchoate anxieties.”

Though it's paywalled, it's great to see Frances Wilson, who did an event with Boswell and the Boswell Book Festival for her last biography, review Free Love for the Times Literary Supplement.  

Tessa Hadley is the author of six highly acclaimed novels, including Clever Girl and The Past, as well as three short story collections, most recently Bad Dreams and Other Stories, which won the Edge Hill Short Story Prize. Her stories appear regularly in The New Yorker.

More on the Boswell upcoming events page.

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