Monday, April 8, 2019

Boswell presents Lee Goldberg with Jon Jordan, Evan and Steven Moffic, Dan Kaufman at UWM, Kathleen Glasgow, Martin E Franklin, KLH Wells, Aaron Boyd, Justin Kerns with contributors James Causey, Todd Lazarski, Robert Earl Thomas, and Paige Towers, plus Kim Suhr and Friends at NO Studios

Pick a day, any day, and we've got a great author (or authors) for you to check out.

Monday, April 8, 7:00 pm, at Boswell:
Lee Goldberg, author of Killer Thriller

Two-time Edgar and Shamus award nominee and writer/producer of television shows like Monk and Diagnosis Murder, Lee Goldberg chats with Crimespree Magazine’s Jon Jordan about Killer Thriller, the action-packed story of hapless Ian Ludlow, a writer drawn into a treacherous plot.

Booklist loves Goldberg’s fictional fun, and says, “The pleasure here is watching Goldberg mock the thriller form while creating a first-rate one, boiling with chases, fights, sweaty-palm tension, snappy dialogue, and glamorous, exotic locations - this time, post-Maugham Hong Kong and its stunning outdoor escalators. It's really a sophisticated exercise in metafiction: commenting on narrative while creating it.”

Lee Goldberg is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty novels, including True Fiction, fifteen Monk mysteries, and Fox and O'Hare series, cowritten with Janet Evanovich. He has also written and produced television series, including SeaQuest, Monk, and The Glades, and has advised television networks and studios around the world.

Jon Jordan, with his wife Ruth Jordan, founded Crimespree Magazine. He helps organize Milwaukee’s annual Murder and Mayhem crime fiction conference.

Tuesday, April 9, 7:00 pm, at Boswell:
Evan Moffic, author of First the Jews: Combating the World’s Longest-Running Hate Campaign and Steven Moffic, editor of Islamophobia and Psychiatry: Recognition, Prevention, and Treatment

Evan Moffic is a Rabbi, author, and speaker whose work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune and The Washington Post. Steven Moffic, MD, retired from Medical College of Wisconsin, received an Administrative Psychiatry Award from the American Psychiatric Association.

Together they offer ‘Son and Father, Rabbi and Psychiatrist: The Moffics Look at the Overlap of Religion and Psychiatry,’ in which they’ll consider the challenges of our time through the lens of religion and psychiatry, as part of the Harry and Rose Samson Family JCC’s Tapestry series. Their conversation will be moderated by Laura Reizner Emir, who serves on the board of the Milwaukee Jewish Community Relations Council.

First the Jews offers new insights and unparalleled perspectives on some of the most recent, pressing developments in the contemporary world. Evan Moffic considers anti-Semitism and the historical pattern of discrimination to other groups that often follows new waves of discrimination against Jewish communities. With a hopeful and collaborative tone, he suggests actions for all people of faith to combat words and actions of hate while lifting up practical ways Christians and Jews can work together.

With Islamophobia and Psychiatry, Steven Moffic helps to offer a vital resource for all clinicians and clinicians in training who may encounter patients struggling with these issues, addressing three related but distinct areas of interest: Islamophobia as a destructive force, Islam as a religion that is threatened by stigma and misinformation, and the novel intersection of these forces with the field of psychiatry.

Wednesday, April 10, 6:00 pm, at UWM Golda Meir Library Conference Center, 2311 E Hartford Ave:
Dan Kaufman, author of The Fall of Wisconsin: The Conservative Conquest of a Progressive Bastion and the Future of American Politics

The UWM College of Letters and Science Center for 21st Century Studies presents a special talk from journalist Dan Kaufman titled 'The Fall of Wisconsin: The Legacy of Divide-and-Conquer Politics and the Aftermath of the 2018 Elections.'

In his talk, journalist Dan Kaufman will examine this attempt to transform Wisconsin’s political culture, which culminated in Donald Trump’s Wisconsin victory in the 2016 election. Kaufman will focus special attention on the citizen activists who fought these efforts, as well as national Democratic Party leaders who largely ignored them.

He will also delve into the history of Wisconsin’s progressive tradition and that legacy’s profound influence on the nation. The first workman’s compensation program, the first unemployment insurance program, the first progressive income tax all came from Wisconsin, while much of Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal, including the Social Security Act, was drafted by Wisconsinites loyal to the Wisconsin Idea, an ethos that placed a moral obligation on the University of Wisconsin to improve the lives of the state’s citizens.

Registration is not required for this event. Paid parking is available at the UWM Union garage at a surface lot just north of the Library.

Wednesday, April 10, 6:30 pm, at Boswell:
YA Boswell!, with Kathleen Glasgow, author of How to Make Friends with the Dark

Meet the author of the breakout New-York-Times-bestselling novel Girl in Pieces as she chats with Boswellian Jenny Chou about How to Make Friends with the Dark, her new novel.

Here's Jenny Chou's take on How to Make Friends with the Dark: "My heart ached for protagonist Tiger Tolliver on every page, but I was so caught up in the lives of the engaging characters that I could not put this book down. Tiger and her mom have only each other, and that’s their family. While their bond is tight, they argue one morning about a dress, the same sort of trivial argument that plays out in homes across the country on any given day. But Tiger’s mother dies suddenly that evening, leaving Tiger broken and guilty. Her grief is all-consuming, and her journey into the foster care system frightening. Scattered throughout the book are little flickers of grace and moments of compassion that I clung to as a reader, even as Tiger was too bereft to even dream of life without her mom.

"This isn’t a hopeful novel that asks readers to make peace with death. Instead, it’s a book about survival that asks us to recognize that small moments of joy, such as the soft touch of a horse’s mane, are still possible. Yes, your heart will break, but read How to Make Friends With the Dark for the gorgeous prose and the characters you’ll be glad you met."

Karen M McManus, author of One of Us is Lying, calls Glasgow’s latest, “A rare and powerful novel… dives deep into the heart of grief and healing with honesty, empathy, and grace.” And Kirkus Reviews says, “a first-person experience of the void left behind when the most important person in a young woman’s life is suddenly gone. It’s visceral and traumatic, pulsing with ache. A gritty, raw account of surviving tragedy one minute at a time.”

Thursday, April 11, 7:00 pm, at Boswell:
Martin E Franklin, author of Treating OCD in Children and Adolescents: A Cognitive-Behavioral Approach

Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at University of Pennsylvania’s School of Medicine offers a glimpse into methods and practices for helping children overcome Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Cosponsored by Rogers Behavioral Health.

One of the foremost experts, Franklin offers a framework for helping children overcome obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD) using proven techniques of cognitive-behavioral therapy. Since the 1990s, Franklin has conducted research on psychopathology and treatment response in individuals with anxiety and related conditions across the developmental spectrum.

With knowledge and tools to engage 6- to 18-year-olds and their parents and implement individualized interventions, Treating OCD in Chidlren and Adolescents focuses on exposure and response prevention. Franklin helps provide real-world clinical guidance illustrated with vivid case examples.

Martin E Franklin is Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, where he is also Director of the Child and Adolescent Obsessive–Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Tic, Trichotillomania, and Anxiety Group. Franklin is also Clinical Director of Rogers Behavioral Health - Philadelphia, where he oversees partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient programs for anxiety/OCD and depression in youth.

Friday, April 12, 7:00 pm, at Boswell:
KLH Wells, author of Weaving Modernism: Postwar Tapestry Between Paris and New York

KLH (Kay) Wells, Assistant Professor of Art History at UWM, presents an unprecedented study that reveals tapestry’s role as a modernist medium and a model for the movement’s discourse on both sides of the Atlantic in the decades following World War II. Cosponsored by the Portrait Society Gallery.

With a revelatory analysis of how the postwar French tapestry revival provided a medium for modern art and a model for its discourse and marketing on both sides of the Atlantic, Weaving Modernism presents a fascinating reexamination of modernism’s relationship to decoration, reproducibility, and politics.

Wells situates tapestry as part of a broader “marketplace modernism” in which artists participated, conjuring a lived experience of visual culture in corporate lobbies, churches, and even airplanes, as well as in galleries and private homes. This extensively researched study features previously unpublished illustrations and little-known works by such major artists as Helen Frankenthaler, Henri Matisse, Robert Motherwell, Pablo Picasso, and Frank Stella.

Saturday, April 13, 3:00 pm, at Boswell:
Aaron Boyd, illustrator of The Story of Civil Rights Hero John Lewis

Boswell is thrilled to host Milwaukee illustrator and Boswellian Aaron Boyd with his most recent book, a new entry in the innovative Story chapter-book biographies about a living legend of American history, John Lewis.

The son of an Alabama sharecropper, John Lewis experienced the injustice of segregation early in life. Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Lewis joined with civil rights leaders who believed in fighting segregation peacefully and persevered with dignity and a devotion to nonviolence at the forefront of major civil rights protests. In 1986, Lewis was elected to represent Georgia in the United States Congress, where he continues to serve today.

Lewis's passionate belief in justice is a beacon for all who wish to make our country a better place. The Story of Civil Rights Hero John Lewis celebrates the life of a living legend of American history.

Aaron Boyd has illustrated numerous picture books, including Calling the Water Drum, Luigi and the Barefoot Races, and Melena’s Jubilee, and his work has been recognized by the Children's Africana Book Award and the International Literacy Association. He lives in Milwaukee.

Sunday, April 14, 3:00 pm, at Boswell:
Boswell Celebrates Milwaukee Day with Justin Kern, editor of The Milwaukee Anthologywith Anthology contributors James Causey, Todd Lazarski, Robert Earl Thomas, and Paige Towers

Boswell celebrates Milwaukee Day with The Milwaukee Anthology, featuring anthology editor Kern and readings by anthology contributors. Kern, whose work has been published in previous Belt anthologies, now edits one celebrating the Cream City and environs.

The Milwaukee Anthology is a book on hope and hurt in one of America's toughest ZIP codes. In these pages are the stories of a Grecian basketball superstar in the making, of Sikh temple services that carry on after one of America's most notorious mass shootings, and of an astronaut's wish for kids in the same school halls where he formed a dream of space.

It’s about Riverwest, Sherman Park, and the South Side, Hmong New Year's shows, the 7 Mile Fair, and the Rolling Mill commemoration, a book about a place on the lake that can make you say "yes" and wonder "why" in the same thought.

Read more about The Milwaukee Anthology in Jim Higgins's Journal Sentinel feature.

also on Sunday, April 14, 3:00 pm, at NO Studios, 1037 W McKinley Ave
Kim Suhr moderating 'The Stories Behind the Stories,' with Liam Callanan, Dasha Kelly, Jessie Garcia, and Jennifer (Rupp) Trethewey

Share an afternoon with five of Milwaukee's literary illuminati. Laugh, ask questions, listen to excerpts, and find out more about their different paths to publication. Books will be available for purchase and signing. All proceeds from this event will go towards the Financial Aid Fund for youth Creative Writing Camps and Red Oak Writing.

Admission is $10 or free for NO Studios members. Register at the NO Studios website for this event.

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