Monday, August 24, 2020

Boswell events this week - Liza Wiemer, Peter Geye, Megan Giddings, Héctor Colón, Adib Khorram with Nic Stone, Aaron Reynolds, Erin Clarke

Here's what's going on this week virtually at Boswell.

Tuesday, August 25, 7:00 pm
Liza Wiemer, author of The Assignment
In Conversation with Boswell's Jenny Chou for a Virtual Event

Milwaukee author Wiemer chats about her brand new YA novel, inspired by a real-life incident, which explores discrimination and antisemitism and reveals their dangerous impact.This event will be broadcast via Zoom, and registration is required. Register right here for this event! And purchase your copy of The Assignment from Boswell for 20% off list price. This event is cosponsored by the Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center.

When an assignment given by a favorite teacher instructs a group of high school seniors to argue for the Final Solution, a euphemism used to describe the Nazi plan for the genocide of the Jewish people, Logan and Cade are horrified. Their teacher cannot seriously expect anyone to complete an assignment that fuels intolerance and discrimination. Logan and Cade decide they must take a stand. As the school administration addressed the teens’ refusal to participate in the appalling debate, the student body, their parents, and the larger community are forced to face the issue as well. The situation explodes, and acrimony and anger result. What does it take for intolerance, justice, and love to prevail?

The backstory - This is one of those events that's even more exciting because we've been talking to the author about this book for a long time. We watched her write it at the coffee shop. We celebrated when it was acquired by Delacorte. And now the day has come.

Wednesday, August 26, 7:00 pm
Peter Geye, author of Northernmost
in Conversation with Daniel Goldin and Lisa Baudoin for A Virtual Event

Boswell Book Company and Books & Company of Oconomowoc welcome Minnesotan Peter Geye for a virtual Readings from Oconomowaukee chat about his latest, a thrilling ode to the spirit of adventure in which one man’s terrifying story of survival in an Arctic wasteland reverberates profoundly in the life of his distant descendant. He’ll be in conversation with proprietors Goldin of Boswell and Baudoin of Books & Co. Click this sentence to register for this Zoom event today! And purchase your copy of Northernmost for 20% off list price from Boswell Book Company here, or from Books & Company here.

Peter Geye is author of the novels Safe from the Sea, The Lighthouse Road, and Wintering. His latest braids together two remarkable stories of love and survival. In 1897, Odd Einar Eide returns home from a near-death experience in the Arctic only to discover his own funeral underway. More than a century later, Greta Nansen has begun to admit that her marriage is over. Desperately unhappy and unfulfilled, she makes the decision to follow her husband from their home in Minnesota to Oslo, but on impulse, she diverts her travels to Hammerfest: the town of her ancestors, the town where her great-great-grandmother was born and for some reason never returned.

The backstory: Lisa and I are hosting a monthly series called Readings from Oconomwaukee and for at least the first two events, our criteria were authors who were trying to book both stores in this market, and books that we thought we could both read and talk about. Geye, though truly a Minnesotan in all sense of the word, has Wisconsin connections such that we've hosted him for just abut every book. I finished it over the weekend - we're ready!

Thursday, August 27, 5:30 pm
Megan Giddings, author of Lakewood
in conversation with Taylore McBride and Markesha Hilliard for a virtual Event

UWM ACCESS presents a virtual conversation with author Megan Giddings, Features Editor at The Rumpus, who'll chat with Milwaukee educators Taylore McBride and Markesha Hilliard about Lakewood, Giddings's startling debut novel about class and race that evokes a terrifying world of medical experimentation. It's one part Handmaid’s Tale, one part The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. Register for this event by clicking this link now! And purchase your copy of Lakewood from Boswell Book Company today for 20% off list price!

When Lena Johnson’s beloved grandmother dies, and the full extent of the family debt is revealed, the black millennial drops out of college to support her family and takes a job in the mysterious and remote town of Lakewood, Michigan. On paper, her new job is too good to be true. All Lena has to do is lie to her friends and family about the research being done. As the truths of the program reveal themselves, Lena learns how much she’s willing to sacrifice for the sake of her family. Provocative and thrilling, Lakewood is a breathtaking novel that takes an unflinching look at the moral dilemmas many working-class families face, and the horror that has been forced on black bodies in the name of science.

The backstory - if you watch our schedule carefully, you'll note that this is officially our second event with Giddings, following an April virtual event in conversation with Dasha Kelly that we cosponsored. But there was something about this book that stuck with me, notably, that I thought it would resonate with both teens and educators. So when we started working with UWM ACCESS, I made the pitch, and yes, we're hearing back that lots of high school students are loving the book, as is our friend Kristina who is a programming librarian at Milwaukee Public Library. So excited to be working with Mareksha Hilliard and Taylore McBride. We're doing a test tonight if Zoom comes back online.

Thursday, August 27, 7:00 pm
Héctor Colón, author of My Journey From Boxing Ring to Boardroom: 5 Essential Virtues for Life and Leadership 
In conversation with Sharon Hudy for A Virtual Event

Colón, CEO and President of Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, shares his compelling story and an actionable and powerful approach to living and leading. He'll be in conversation with Sharon Hudy, LSSWI Director of Donor Relations and Communications. Register right here for this Zoom event. And purchase your copy of My Journey from Boxing Ring to Boardroom from Boswell Book Company today.

Héctor Colón chronicles his life, from a challenging childhood through his international boxing success to his current position as CEO of one of the Midwest’s largest nonprofit organizations. Far more than just a business memoir, Héctor’s book offers an actionable and powerful approach to living and leading. Entrepreneurs, leaders young and old, and anyone looking for hope in an ever-changing and challenging world will find inspiration in Colón's story. A true servant leader, Héctor shares the lessons and virtues he learned from his boxing career, his business career and his strong connection with God.

The backstory - Kira Henschel's HenschelHAUS works with a lot of locals who have platforms in the community. As the President and CEO of Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, Mr. Colón certainly has that. And you might also recall we have worked with LSS on two previous events.

Friday, August 28, 7:00 pm
Adib Khorram, author of Darius the Great Deserves Better (this is the ticket link)
In conversation with Nic Stone for a virtual event

Join Boswell for an evening with Adib Khorram, who’ll chat about his new companion novel to the award-winning (William C. Morris Debut Award and the Asian/Pacific Book Award for Young Adult Literature) Darius the Great Is Not Okay. Khorram For this special event, Khorram is in conversation with Nic Stone, author of the New York Times bestseller Dear Martin. Spelman College Alum Stone was  Morris Award finalist. Odd One Out was named an NPR Best Book of the Year.

This event will be broadcast via Zoom, and registration is required via Eventbrite. Click here to register right now! You can register for free, or select one of the book-purchase-with-registration options which come with an exclusive set of signed character cards - sidewalk pickup or media mail shipping. Please note, you must purchase a copy of the book through this Eventbrite page to receive the signed cards.

Darius now has it all: a boyfriend, an internship, a spot on the soccer team. It’s everything he’s ever wanted - but what if he deserves better? Since his trip to Iran, a lot has changed. Darius was just starting to feel okay, like he finally knew what it meant to be Darius Kellner. But maybe okay isn't good enough. Maybe Darius deserves better.

Boswellian Jenny Chou, a big fan of Khorram’s first novel, says, “I love the detailed and laugh-out-loud observations Darius makes of the world around him. And Khorram’s writing wields such a powerful impact that reading his work is both a joy and a journey back through the emotionally draining days of high school. Another shining star of a book.” And Kirkus’s starred review says, “This coming-of-age masterpiece packs a multitude of truth and heart.”

Saturday, August 29, 11:00 am
Aaron Reynolds, author of Rescuing Mrs. Birdley
A virtual storytime

Enjoy a virtual storytime with Aaron Reynolds, author of the Caldecott Honor book Creepy Carrots and Nerdy Birdy as he reads and chats about latest picture book, illustrated by Emma Reynolds. Reynolds will read his new story, talk a bit about the book, and take questions from the audience. Broadcast via Zoom, click here to register to view this event. And get your copy of Rescuing Mrs. Birdley for 20% off list price now! Please note the storytime part of the event will likely not be recorded for future viewing, so you'll want to be there live to catch the full event!

In this story, Miranda Montgomery, an animal lover who has learned from television the importance of returning creatures to their native habitat, spots her teacher in a grocery store and attempts to return her to the classroom through a series of Looney Toons-esque plans. This delightfully over-the-top picture book explores the weirdness of seeing a teacher outside of school and will have young readers laughing out loud every time they read. Reynolds's newest as a starred School Library Journal.

The backstory - We're trying to build a virtual storytime series. This is our second and I'm thrilled - Aaron Reynolds is a bigger-than-life personality whose energy will translate well to Zoom.

Monday, August 31, 7:00 pm
Erin Clarke, author of The Well Plated Cookbook: Fast, Healthy Recipes You'll Want to Eat
In conversation with Andi Sciacca, Executive Director of MKE Food School, for A Virtual Event

Milwaukee-based Clarke, creator of the healthy cooking blog Well Plated by Erin, presents her brand new cookbook, in which she creates comfort classics with a lighter spin using fast, budget-friendly, creative recipes, with a special virtual cooking demo and conversation! Register for this Zoom event by clicking right here, and purchase your copy of The Well Plated Cookbook for 20% off list price from Boswell Book Company today!

Known for her incredibly approachable, slimmed-down, and outrageously delicious recipes, Clarke’s blog has been a smash hit in the healthy-eating blogosphere, and with good reason: she never includes an ingredient you can’t find in a regular supermarket, and she hacks her recipes for maximum nutrition by using the “stealthy healthy” ingredient swaps she’s mastered so that you don’t lose an ounce of flavor.

The backstory - We've had amazing response to Clarke's event. Folks have been emailing us all over the country to get copies signed, often requesting personalization, which you, at least for now, can't get anywhere else. And yes, Clarke is coming back to sign and personalize books after the August 31, too. I brought a copy of Well Plated Cookbook home to try out some recipes.

More on the Boswell upcoming events page.

Photo credits - Peter Geye credit the always amazing Michael Lionstar

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