Monday, October 7, 2019

Events this week - Craig Johnson, Jennifer Chiaverini, Courtney Kotlloski and Natalie Sorrentino, Mark Beech, Elizabeth Ames and Kate Wisel, Aarti Namdev Shahani in conversation with Joy Powers

Monday, October 7, 7 pm, at Boswell:
Craig Johnson, author of Land of Wolves

Boswell Book Company hosts Craig Johnson, author of the beloved book-series-turned-hit-TV-show, Longmire, for his brand new novel, in which the titular Sheriff returns to Wyoming to try once again to maintain justice in a place with grudges that go back generations.

Advance registration has closed out for this event, but walk-up admission is available for $29. This includes a copy of the book.

In Land of Wolves, the latest in Johnson's New York Times bestselling series, Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire is neck deep in the investigation of what could or could not be the suicidal hanging of a shepherd. With unsettling connections to a Basque family with a reputation for removing the legs of Absaroka County sheriffs, matters are further complicated with the appearance of an oversize wolf in the Big Horn Mountains.

As Walt searches for information about the shepherd, he comes across strange messages from his spiritual guide, Virgil White Buffalo. Virgil usually reaches out if a child is in danger. So when a young boy with ties to the Extapare clan arrives in town, the stakes become even higher. To complicate matters, a renegade wolf has been haunting the Bighorn Mountains, and the townspeople are out for blood. But Walt knows the mysterious animal is not the predator that needs tracking. With both a wolf and a killer on the loose, Longmire follows a twisting trail of evidence, leading to dark and shocking conclusions.

Tuesday, October 8, 6:30 pm , at Elm Grove Library, 13600 Juneau Blvd:
Sold out! - Jennifer Chiaverini, author of The Christmas Boutique

We are at capacity for our event with Jennifer Chiaverini at the Elm Grove Library. Space may still be available at Chiaverini's Books & Company event in Oconomowoc on November 14. More details here.

Wednesday, October 9, 6 pm, at Boswell:
Courtney Kotloski and Natalie Sorrentino, author and illustrator of From Malena With Love

Celebrate the release of the latest book from Kotloski and Sorrentino with them at Boswell! This installment of the Gnat and Corky series honors kids by bringing forth their stories with whimsical illustrations.

A boy from the Philippines who started the Happy Animals Club. A girl who loves to paint the dreams in her head. A big sister who catches light for her brother with special needs. The stories of these kids and more are told through interviews and brought to life with paint in the hope of bringing light, laughter, understanding, beauty, and joy to the world. From Malena with Love is a story about remembering the lonely, being kind to all creatures, and using the simple power of being thoughtful to fill the world with good and wonderful things.

Courtney Kotloski is a playwright and author and a cofounder of Serendipity Theater (now 2nd Story, Chicago). Her plays have been performed at the New York Fringe Festival, Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, and Second City LA. She has voiced radio and television spots and teaches acting and improve. Natalie Sorrentino is an illustrator who has collaborated with Kotloski on the Gnat and Corky series and illustrated many greeting cards and other media. She is a graduate of Alverno College.

Thursday, October 10, 7 pm, at Boswell:
Mark Beech, author of The People’s Team: An Illustrated History of the Green Bay Packers

Senior Editor of The Players’ Tribune and longtime reporter for Sports Illustrated, Mark Beech commemorates the Packers’s 100th anniversary at Boswell with his definitive and lavishly illustrated history of Green Bay’s NFL team. The People's Team goes on sale Tuesday, October 8.

Not only are the Packers the only fan-owned team in any of North America’s major pro sports leagues, but Green Bay, pop. 104,057, is the smallest city with a big-time franchise. The Packers are, in other words, unlikely candidates to be pro football's preeminent team. And yet nobody in the NFL has won more championships.

Through extensive archival research and unmatched insider access to players and team officials, past and present, Beech tells the complete rags-to-riches history of the Green Bay Packers. The People’s Team paints compelling pictures of a franchise, a town, and a fan base. No other team in pro sports is so bound to the place that gave birth to it. Here is the story of the Packers and of Green Bay, from the days of the French fur traders who settled on the shores of La Baie in the seventeenth century, to the team’s pursuit of its fourteenth NFL championship.

Friday, October 11, 7 pm, at Boswell:
Elizabeth Ames, author of The Other’s Gold, in conversation with Kate Wisel, author of Driving in Cars with Homeless Men

University of Michigan MFA graduate Elizabeth Ames chats about her sparkling debut novel that Vogue named one of its 10 New Books to Read This Summer. She’ll be in conversation with Kate Wisel, author of Driving in Cars with Homeless Men, this year's winner of the Drue Heinz Literature Prize.

The Other’s Gold follows the four friends as each makes a terrible mistake, from their wild college days to their days as new parents. With one part devoted to each mistake, this debut interrogates the way that growing up forces our friendships to evolve as the women discover what they and their loved ones are capable of, and capable of forgiving. A joyful, big-hearted book that perfectly evokes the bittersweet experience of falling in love with friendship, the experiences are at once achingly familiar and yet shine with a brilliance and depth all their own.

National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward calls The Other’s Gold, “a gorgeous book, compulsively readable, so full of texture and heartache, so bruised and beautiful.” And Celeste Ng, author of Little Fires Everywhere, says, “a sharply drawn portrait of lifelong friendship, Elizabeth Ames illuminates the ways our closest friends sustain us over the course of our lives.”

Sunday, October 13, 2 pm, at Milwaukee Public Library’s Centennial Hall, 733 N Eighth St:
Aarti Namdev Shahani, author of Here We Are: American Dreams, American Nightmares

NPR correspondent Shahani talks about her memoir, a heartfelt rendering of the immigrant experience, written as a love letter from an outspoken modern daughter to her soft-spoken Old World father. She’ll be in conversation with Joy Powers, Producer of WUWM’s Lake Effect. Register for this event on the Milwaukee Public Library website.

Who really belongs in America? That question has chased every newcomer and many native-born since the founding of the republic. In this heart-wrenching, vulnerable, and witty memoir, journalist Aarti Shahani digs deep inside her family for an answer she finds in an unlikely place.

The Shahanis came to Flushing, Queens (one of the most diverse zip codes in the country) from India, by way of Casablanca, in the 1980s. They were undocumented for a few years and then, with the arrival of their green cards, they thought they'd made it. Shahani reflects upon how they did and didn't. Here We Are follows the lives of Aarti, the precocious scholarship kid at an elite Manhattan prep school, and her dad, the shopkeeper who mistakenly sells watches and calculators to the notorious Cali drug cartel. Together, the two represent the extremes that coexist in our country and the truths about immigrants that get lost in the headlines.

More on our the Boswell Upcoming Events page.

photo credits!
Craig Johnson credit Judith Johnson
Mark Beech credit Guillermo Hernandez Martinez
Elizabeth Ames credit Adrienne Mathiowetz
Aarti Namdev Shahani credit Nikolai Hammar

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