Monday, November 5, 2018

This week!: Potato Party Monday 11/5 at 4 pm with Laurie Keller and Alan Silberberg, Daniel Mason Monday 11/5 at 7, Barbara Joosse and Renée Graef Wednesday 11/7 at 6:30, Rosemary Wells Thursday 11/8 at 6:30 at Milwaukee's Central Library Betty Brinn Children's Room, Marissa Meyer at Boswell on Thursday 11/8, Bruce Iglauer at Boswell on Monday 11/12

Monday, November 5, 4:00 PM, at Boswell:
It’s a Potato Party! With Laurie Keller, author of Potato Pants!, and Alan Silberberg, author of Meet the Latkes

We’re having a potato party and every spud’s invited! It’s an awesome afternoon with author-illustrators Laurie Keller and Alan Silberberg and their perfect pair of potato themed picture books, activities, and yes, potato-based snacks. Registration has closed, but you're still welcome to attend this event. Hope to see you there.

A potato and his eggplant nemesis struggle to find the perfect pants in a hilarious, heartwarming tale of forgiveness by author-illustrator Laurie Keller. Potato is excited because Lance Vance’s Fancy Pants store is selling POTATO PANTS! Potato rushes over early, and just as he’s about to walk in, who does he see inside? Mean, pushy eggplant who was rude to him the other day. Can these vegetable rivals make peace in the name of fashion?

Alan Silberberg’s Latkes family is just like yours or mine. Except that they’re potato pancakes. And also, they are completely clueless. After they light the menorah and gobble the gelt, Grandpa Latke tells everyone the Hanukkah story, complete with mighty Mega Bees who use a giant dreidel to fight against the evil alien potatoes from Planet Chhh. It’s up to the Latke family dog to set the record straight. But he’ll have to get the rest of the Latkes to listen to him first! For this event, we'll have two presentations, potato snacks, a classic potato print craft, and a dress Potato! paper potato activity sheet.It's hard to describe.

Michigan-based Laurie Keller is author-illustrator of books one, two, and three of the Arnie the Doughnut series, Do Unto Otters, and We Are Growing!, the 2017 Theodor Seuss Geisel Winner. Alan Silberbergis an award-winning author, cartoonist, and children’s TV creator who has worked with Nickelodeon and Disney. He’s the author and illustrator of the middle grade novel Milo: Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze, which won the Sid Fleishman Humor Award.

Monday, November 5, 7:00 PM, at Boswell:
Daniel Mason, author of The Winter Soldier

Author of The New York Times and The Washington Post notable book, The Piano Tuner, Mason comes to Boswell with his latest, which Pulitzer-winner Anthony Doerr calls “a dream of a novel.”

Part mystery, part war story, part romance, The Winter Soldier tells the story of a medical student who enlists when World War I erupts across Europe. In a freezing outpost ravaged by typhus, he finds himself falling in love with the mysterious nurse from whom he must learn a brutal makeshift medicine.

From the gilded ballrooms of Imperial Vienna to the frozen forests of the Eastern Front, from hardscrabble operating rooms to battlefields thundering with Cossack cavalry, The Winter Soldier is the story of war and medicine, of family, of finding love in the sweeping tides of history, and finally, of the mistakes we make, and the precious opportunities to atone.

Daniel Mason is a physician and author of The Piano Tuner and A Far Country. A recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts, he is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford University, where he teaches courses in the humanities and medicine.

Wednesday, November 7, 6:30 PM, at Boswell: Barbara Joosse and Renée Graef, author and illustrator of Lulu and Rocky in Milwaukee

We’re so excited to present a picture book that celebrates Milwaukee and all it has to offer. The acclaimed writer/illustrator team has created a delightful story of Lulu the fox, who has the trip of a lifetime when she and her friend Pufferson the Penguin visit her cousin Rocky.

The invite arrives and the packing begins - across Lake Michigan by ferry they go. Lulu and Pufferson check into The Pfister Hotel, where they are met by Norman the doorman. The Urban Ecology Center, Discovery World, and the Bronze Fonz are just some of the sites on their trip.

Lulu and Rocky in Milwaukee is sure to be a popular gift for the holidays and for years to come. Celebrate its release with us, but if you can’t make it, Barbara and Renée will be appearing at numerous other locations in the Milwaukee area in November and December.

Port Washington-based Barbara Joosse has written fifty books for children, including Mama Do You Love Me? and Better Together: A Book About Family, which she wrote with her daughter Anneke Lisberg. Renée Graef has illustrated more than eighty books for children, including books for American Girl and a series of alphabet books for Sleeping Bear Press. Together they collaborated on a picture book about Cedarburg.

Thursday, November 8, 6:30 PM, at the Betty Brinn Children’s Room at Milwaukee Public Library’s Central Library, 814 W Wisconsin Ave:
Rosemary Wells, author of Hand in Hand and the brand new Sleep, My Bunny

The Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library presents an evening with the beloved children’s book writer and illustrator Rosemary Wells. This event is in conjunction with a new exhibit of artwork from her 2016 release, Hand in Hand. While Central Library is not normally open on Thursday evenings, the Betty Brinn Children’s Room will be open for this special event.

Rosemary Wells has been enchanting kids and adults alike for many years with characters like Max the Bunny and Yoko the Cat. This past spring saw the release of Kit and Kaboodle, the story of a brother-and-sister cat duo who are bedeviled by a mischievous mouse named Spinka. And we’re thrilled to also have a special pre-release appearance of Sleep, My Bunny, a soothing lullaby for the little rabbit in all of us.

Connecticut-based Rosemary Wells has written and/or illustrated more than 120 books for children and has received many awards. She is the creator of the beloved Max and Ruby series, the Felix and Fiona Stories, and other books featuring Sophie the mouse. She is also the illustrator of My Very First Mother Goose and Here Comes Mother Goose, two volumes of traditional nursery rhymes edited by Iona Opie.

Thursday, November 8, 7:00 PM, at Boswell:
Marissa Meyer, author of Archenemies: Renegades Vol. 2

Boswell is thrilled to host an appearance of the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Lunar Chronicles, Marissa Meyer, with her long-awaited second installment of the Renegades series.

Register for free for this event at or upgrade to a ticket with a copy of Archenemies for $21, including taxes and ticket fees. Advance purchase of the book will give you priority in the signing line. Meyer will sign all copies brought to the event, she will only personalize copies of Archenemies, as well as one other title of the attendee's choice. She will sign memorabilia and pose for photos.

The Renegades are a syndicate of prodigies who emerged from the ruins of a crumbled society and established peace and order where chaos reigned. They remain a symbol of hope and courage to everyone, except the villains they once overthrew. Nova has a reason to hate the Renegades, and she is on a mission for vengeance. But as she gets closer to her target, she meets Adrian, a Renegade boy who believes in justice - and in Nova. But Nova's allegiance is to a villain who has the power to end them both. In Archenemies, The Anarchists still have a secret weapon, one that Nova believes will protect her. The Renegades also have a strategy for overpowering the Anarchists, but both Nova and Adrian understand that it could mean the end of Gatlon City and the world as they know it.

Marissa Meyer is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, which includes Cinder, Scarlet, and Winter, as well as the novel Heartless.

Monday, November 12, 7:00 PM, at Boswell:
Bruce Iglauer, author of Bitten by the Blues: The Alligator Records Story

Legendary Chicago blues producer Bruce Iglauer shares his unvarnished memoir of a life immersed in blues music and the business of the blues. This event cosponsored by Paramount Music Association.

In 1970, Bruce Iglauer walked into Florence’s Lounge in the heart of South Side Chicago and was overwhelmed by the joyous, raw blues of Hound Dog Taylor and the HouseRockers. A year later, Iglauer produced Hound Dog’s debut album and pressed a thousand copies. From that album grew Alligator Records, the largest independent blues record label in the world.

Iglauer takes us behind the scenes, offering unforgettable stories of charismatic musicians and classic sessions, and delivering a look at what it’s like to work with the greats of the blues. It’s a vivid portrait of the extraordinary musicians and larger-than-life personalities who brought America’s music to life in the clubs of Chicago’s South and West Sides.

Bruce Iglauer is president and founder of Alligator Records and a Grammy-winning producer inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1997. Iglauer was founder of National Association of Independent Record Distributors and cofounder of Living Blues magazine. He is also a founder of the Chicago Blues Festival and codirector of the Blues Community Foundation. He received the American Association for Independent Music (A2IM) Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.

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