Monday, November 2, 2020

Upcoming events - Edgar winner Elizabeth Wein, Elizabeth Berg, Darlene Wesenberg Rzezotarski's Milwaukee sculptures

What's happening, Boswell edition

Thursday, November 5, 7 pm
Darlene ‘Lolly’ Wesenberg Rzezotarski, author of Memorable Milwaukee: Legendary Tales Depicted in Clay, in conversation with Virginia Small 

Join us for a virtual conversation with Wesenberg Rzezotarski, sculpture artist and creator of Memorable Milwaukee: Legendary Tales Depicted in Clay. Click here to register for this Zoom virtual event. Autographed copies of Memorable Milwaukee are available now for 10% off list price! Be sure to note that you want a signed copy in the order comments when buying online.

For the past decade Rzezotarski has been working on a series of sculptures based on Milwaukeeans who are generally lost in the pages of history. This book is a labor of love for the city she loves. Twenty intricate sculptures are featured, along with accompanying text that put the art in context of Milwaukee's history. Among the folks immortalized are Father James Groppi and Vel Phillips crossing the 16th Street bridge, Lizzie Black Kander baking sunshine cakes for the Settlement House Cookbook, and environmental artist Mary Nohl.

Want to own one of Rzezotarski's sculptures? Her works are available through Gallery of Wisconsin Art. Sunday, November 8, 3 pm

Elizabeth Wein, author of The Enigma Game, in conversation with Carole E Barrowman. The Enigma Game goes on sale November 3.

Boswell hosts a special Thrillwaukee/YA, Boswell! event featuring the author of Code Name Verity, an Edgar winner in the Young Adult category as well as a Printz Honor Book. Her new novel features beloved characters from Code Name Verity and The Pearl Thief. Click right here to register for this event today! And purchase your copy of The Enigma Game for 20% off list price today. Ask for your signed bookplate with purchase.

It's 1940 and 15-year-old Louisa Adair wants to fight back, make a difference, anything to escape the Blitz and the ghosts of her parents, killed by enemy action, so she accepts a position caring for an elderly German woman in a small Scottish village. Louisa befriends a volunteer ambulance driver and a flight squadron leader, and falls into an unparalleled discovery that could lead to a prized Enigma machine that can break enemy code. Their finding could turn the tide of war, but will also put them in the crosshairs of the enemy, but first they have to break the puzzle.

Publishers Weekly writes that "Wein again seamlessly weaves extensive research into a thriller populated by fully dimensional characters." And the Kirkus starred review offers: "In many ways a small story about big things - fitting in a novel thematically focused on the ways individuals matter—this is historical fiction at its finest, casting a light on history (with some minor liberties, noted in the extensive backmatter) as well as raising questions still relevant today, particularly around class and race, nationality and belonging; unexpected connections across those gulfs lead to moments of love and heartbreak for readers and characters alike."

Monday, November 9, 7 pm
Elizabeth Berg, author of I’ll Be Seeing You: A Memoir, in conversation with Daniel Goldin and Lisa Baudoin 

The November installment of our Readings from Oconomowaukee Virtual Event Series, presented with Books & Company of Oconomowoc, features a fan favorite – Elizabeth Berg, the bestselling author of novels like The Confession Club and The Story of Arthur Truluv. She’ll chat with bookstore proprietors Goldin and Baudoin about her brand new memoir, which tells the moving love story of caring for her parents in their final years. Click here to register for this Zoom virtual event. And purchase your copy of I’ll Be Seeing You from Boswell or Books & Co. for 20% off list price today!

Berg’s father was an Army veteran, a tough man in every way but one: his love and tenderness for his wife. Their marriage was a romance that lasted nearly seventy years; she grew up watching her father kiss her mother upon leaving home, and kiss her again the instant he came back. But then her father developed Alzheimer’s disease, and her parents were forced to move into a facility that could offer help. It was time for their children to offer practical advice, emotional support, and direction, to the best of their ability - to parent the people who had long parented them. It was a hard transition, mitigated at least by flashes of humor and joy. But the mix of emotions made each day feel like walking through a minefield. Berg charts the passage from anguish and loss to the understanding of the ways love can heal, transform, and lead to graceful acceptance.

Lisa and I have already read and enjoyed I'll Be Seeing You, which is now on sale. We'll have a lot to talk about. One thing I was really struck by was how Berg had to deal with her mom's unhappiness regarding change and taking care of her husband, something she had in effect doing their entire marriage. Berg herself had issues with her dad, which turned around when she wrote about it in her first novel, Durable Goods. But sometimes it's hard to go back and remember that bad relationship and how it affected other people, after yours has changed for the better. I've seen this myself!

More upcoming events at

Photo credits - Elizabeth Wein by David Ho, Elizabeth Berg by Teresa Crawford

No comments: