Monday, April 17, 2017

Events: Devorah Heitner at USM, poet Rebecca Dunham, Megan Miranda in conversation with Ruth Jordan, Chip Duncan, Joseph Kuefler and cupcakes, David Pederson, and next week, Jen Sincero

Here's what's happening.

Monday, April 17, 6:30 pm, at University School Milwaukee, 2100 E Fairy Chasm Rd, River Hills:
Boswell is selling books for Devorah Heitner, author of Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World

Devorah Heitner, PhD is the founder and director of Raising Digital Natives, a resource for parents and schools seeking advice on how to help children thrive in a world of digital connectedness.

Many parents feel that their kids are addicted, detached, or distracted because of their digital devices. Media expert Devorah Heitner, however, believes that technology offers huge potential to our children—if parents help them. Screenwise offers a realistic and optimistic perspective on how to thoughtfully guide kids in the digital age. Using the foundation of their own values and experiences, parents and educators can learn about the digital world to help set kids up for a lifetime of success in a world fueled by technology.

This is part of USM’s speaker series. This event will be held in Mellowes Hall at the Upper School. Registration is requested.

Tuesday, April 18, 7:00 pm, at Boswell:
Rebecca Dunham, author of Cold Pastoral: Poems

Rebecca Dunham is the Creative Writing Program Coordinator and Professor of English at UWM. Her collection Glass Armonica was winner of Milkweed Editions' 2013 Lindquist and Vennum Prize. Dunham is also author of The Flight Cage and The Miniature Room, winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize.

Cold Pastoral is a searing, urgent collection of poems that brings the lyric and documentary together in unparalleled ways—unmasking and examining the specter of man-made disaster. The explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig. Hurricane Katrina. The Flint water crisis. Thousands dead, lives destroyed, and a natural world imperiled by human choices.

Wednesday, April 19, 7:00 pm, at Boswell:
Megan Miranda, author of The Perfect Stanger
This event is cosponsored by Crimespree Magazine

Megan Miranda, bestselling author of All the Missing Girls visits Boswell for her second novel of suspense, The Perfect Stranger. She will be in conversation with Crimespree Magazine's Ruth Jordan, who has received the Raven Award from the Mystery Writers of America for her contributions to the field.

Confronted by a restraining order and the threat of a lawsuit, failed journalist Leah Stevens needs to get out of Boston when she runs into an old friend, Emmy Grey, who has just left a troubled relationship. Emmy proposes they move to rural Pennsylvania, where Leah can get a teaching position and both women can start again. But their new start is threatened when a woman with an eerie resemblance to Leah is assaulted by the lake, and Emmy disappears days later.

Determined to find Emmy, Leah cooperates with Kyle Donovan, a handsome young police officer on the case. As they investigate her friend’s life for clues, Leah begins to wonder: did she ever really know Emmy at all? With no friends, family, or digital footprint, the police begin to suspect that there is no Emmy Grey. Soon Leah’s credibility is at stake, and she is forced to revisit her past: the article that ruined her career. To save herself, Leah must uncover the truth about Emmy Grey—and along the way, confront her old demons, find out who she can really trust, and clear her own name.

Thursday, April 20, 7:00 pm, at Boswell:
Chip Duncan, author of Half a Reason to Die

Chip Duncan is a Milwaukee-based writer and documentary filmmaker with a penchant for overseas assignments. His professional journeys have taken him to many extraordinary places including Afghanistan, Bhutan, Ethiopia, Sudan, and Myanmar. His previous work includes Enough to Go Around: Searching for Hope in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Darfur, as well as numerous films broadcast worldwide.

Half a Reason to Die is a collection of eight original short stories based on real life events in the author’s life as a writer and documentary filmmaker. The stories span the globe, from meeting a military doctor in Afghanistan to speaking with a homeless Vietnam vet. First person narratives supplied by storytellers with journalistic backgrounds provide a unifying thread that runs throughout the collection.

Friday, April 21, 4:00 pm, at Boswell:
Joseph Kuefler, author of Rulers of the Playground featuring dirt cupcakes from Miss Cupcake

Joseph Kuefler, the author-illustrator of Beyond the Pond, visits Boswell with a stunning picture book about friendship and kindness on the playground, and in life, in Rulers of the Playground. We'll have dirt cupcakes for the first 36 kids who attend the event. If there are any left after the talk, adults are also invited to bite into a delicious, gummy wormed cupcake.

One morning, Jonah decided to become ruler of the playground. Everyone pinkie promised to obey Jonah’s rules. Everyone except for Lennox, because she wanted to rule the playground, too.

This hilariously deadpan tale of playground politics has received great reviews, here’s what Boswellian Jen has to offer, “Jonah and Lennox both want to be rulers of the playground. However, the other kids aren't too thrilled with the Rulers, especially Augustine and her dog, Sir Hamilton Humphrey. Lines are drawn, pinkie promises are made, and sides are taken in this delightful new picture book by Joseph Kuefler.”

Saturday, April 22, 7:00 pm, at Boswell:
David S. Pederson, author of Death Goes Overboard

Join us in welcoming back to Boswell David S. Pederson, author of Death Comes Darkly, for his second mystery based in Milwaukee, Death Goes Overboard.

Gregor Slavinsky went overboard. Or did he? He was murdered. Or was he? It's up to Detective Heath Barrington and his partner, police officer Alan Keyes, to find out as they search for clues and a missing twenty-five thousand dollars aboard an old lake steamer and throughout 1947 Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They are up against gangsters, con artists, and a very seductive Grant Riker, a fellow policeman who could come between Heath and Alan, upsetting their romance. The three of them race the clock to find the truth amidst lies, secrets, and possible scandal, while riding the waves of a potential love triangle.

Tuesday, April 25, 7:00 pm at Boswell:
A ticketed event with Jen Sincero, author of You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth
This event is cosponsored by WWBIC: Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative Corporation

Jen Sincero is a bestselling author, success coach, and motivational speaker who has spent over a decade traveling the world helping people transform their lives and their bank accounts via her public appearances, private sessions, coaching seminars, and her books, including the bestselling book, You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life. And now comes the perfect sequel to this bestselling phenomenon, You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth.

You Are a Badass at Making Money is a step-by-step guide to helping people overcome their blocks, push past their fears, and start making the kind of money they’ve never made before. Sincero goes in-depth on how powerful our thoughts are and how our bank accounts are mirrors for our beliefs about money. Sincero boils all her wisdom down into manageable, bite-sized tips so her readers can put them into practice and get real results.

Tickets are $27 and include admission to the event and a copy of You Are a Badass at Making Money. On the night of the event only, an $19 Boswell gift card is available in lieu of the book. Sincero will personalize your copy of You Are a Badass at Making Money, will sign books brought from home, and will pose for photos. Tickets can be purchased online at Brown Paper Tickets or by phone at 800-838-3006.

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