Saturday, February 15, 2020

Boswell events - Lori Rader-Day with Erica Ruth Neubauer, Adam Levin on old Milwaukee signs, Mark Greaney with Nick Petrie

Here is the Boswell list of events for next week.

Thursday, February 20, 7 pm, at Boswell:
Lori Rader-Day, author of The Lucky One, in conversation with Erica Ruth Neubauer

Chicago’s Edgar-nominated author of Under a Dark Sky visits with her chilling new novel about a young woman who recognizes the man who kidnapped her as a child. She’ll chat with Milwaukee author and crime fiction critic, Erica Ruth Neubauer.

The Lucky One is a deep dive into the world of true crime, a perfect thriller for fans of everything from My Favorite Murder to I’ll Be Gone in the Dark. Publishers Weekly says, “Rader-Day creates deeply believable, empathetic characters and puts the power in the hands of women, including older women…The tightly crafted storytelling brings heat back into the familiar cold case plot, digging deep into those aches that never really fade.”

As a child, Alice was stolen from her backyard in a tiny Indiana community. Now, an adult in Chicago, she devotes her spare time volunteering for The Doe Pages, searching for clues that could help reunite families with their missing loved ones. When a face appears on Alice’s screen that she recognizes, she’s stunned to realize it’s the same man who kidnapped her decades ago. On a search for the truth, she enlists the help of friends from The Doe Pages to find her kidnapper. Twisting and compulsively readable, Lori Rader-Day explores the lies we tell ourselves to feel safe.

The Lucky One made Barbara VanDenburgh's USA Today buzz list. And Kirkus Reviews called Rader-Day's latest "Another harrowing nightmare by a master of the sleepless night."

Friday, February 21, 7 pm, at Boswell:
Adam Levin, author of Fading Ads of Milwaukee

As curator of the Old Milwaukee Facebook group, Levin has provided thousands of Milwaukeeans with the preservation of and access to photos and tidbits of the past which help us appreciate the rich history of our Cream City. Now, with his new book of photography and history, Levin captures and shares the fading advertisements and ghost signs that tell the story of Milwaukee as it was in years gone by.

Near Riverside Park, Schlitz still touts its national dominance decades after the brewery's dissolution. A recently restored downtown sign reminds passersby of the John Ernst Café, a once-beloved German eatery. In West Allis, Sealtest makes an expired pitch for its ice cream. On the northwest side of the city, a sign for Roundy's Foods stands as tall, bright, and clear as the day it first went up. Join Milwaukee native and ghost sign hunter Adam Levin as he explores the national brands and local shops of the Cream City's past.

Levin got some recent press in Milwaukee by helping dig out a Gimbels sign for the public market. Here's Michael Horne's Urban Milwaukee report. We had a great first week of sales with Fading Ads of Milwaukee. I'm sure you'd like to weigh in on your favorite fading sign - let everyone know about it at our event on February 21.

Monday, February 24, 7 pm, at Boswell:
Mark Greaney, author of One Minute Out: Gray Man V9, in conversation with Nick Petrie

New York Times bestseller Mark Greaney, author of Mission Critical and a coauthor of Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan novels, visits Boswell with his latest high-stakes thriller featuring the world's most dangerous assassin. He’ll chat with Nick Petrie, Milwaukee author of the Peter Ash series.

Is it ever the wrong time to do the right thing? While on a mission to Croatia, Gray Man Court Gentry uncovers a human trafficking operation with a trail that leads from the Balkans all the way to Hollywood. Gentry is determined to shut it down, but his CIA handlers have other plans, and the criminal ringleader has intelligence about a potentially devastating terrorist attack on the US. The CIA won’t move until they have that intel. It’s a moral balancing act with Gentry at the pivot point.

Greaney’s Gray Man series has earned starred reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly, which says, “Outstanding… Fans will close the book happily fulfilled and eagerly awaiting his next adventure.” And Steve Berry, bestselling author of the Cotton Malone novels, says, “Mark Greaney reigns as one of the recognized masters of action and adventure.”

Here's Jon Land in the Providence Journal on Greaney's latest: "One Minute Out casts Gentry as a younger and even more jaded version of John Le Carre’s seminal George Smiley. In that respect, Greaney’s latest demonstrates how the American action thriller has now fully supplanted the more highbrow efforts of the British spy masters who invented the genre. Court Gentry is this generation’s James Bond, and his latest adventure is not to be missed.

More on our upcoming event page.

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