Monday, December 13, 2021

Our last three events of 2021 - Hannah Morrissey (hybrid), Robert Lloyd (virtual), Rachel Kapelke-Dale (hybrid)

Here's what is happening this week at Boswell.

Monday, December 13, 6:30 pm
Hannah Morrissey, author of Hello, Transcriber
in conversation with Tim Hennessy for a Hybrid Event at Boswell
Register for the virtual broadcast  

Join us for an evening with Milwaukee-area writer Hannah Morrissey, author of a captivating mystery suspense debut featuring a female police transcriber who goes beyond the limits to solve a harrowing case. Morrissey will be in conversation with Tim Hennessy, editor of Milwaukee Noir. Masks required during this event. Please note the author and conversation partner will likely be maskless during the conversation.

Morrissey’s debut novel is inspired by her work as a police transcriber. Every night, while the street lamps shed the only light on Wisconsin's most crime-ridden city, police transcriber Hazel Greenlee listens as detectives divulge Black Harbor's gruesome secrets. As an aspiring writer, Hazel believes that writing a novel could be her only ticket out of this frozen hellscape. And then her neighbor confesses to hiding the body of an overdose victim in a dumpster.

The suspicious death is linked to Candy Man, a notorious drug dealer. Now Hazel has a first row seat to the investigation and becomes captivated by the lead detective, Nikolai Kole. As the investigation unfolds, Hazel will learn just how far she'll go for a good story - even if it means destroying her marriage and luring the killer to her as she plunges deeper into the city she's desperate to claw her way out of. CJ Box says, “Hello, Transcriber is a dark, atmospheric, and compelling debut by a unique talent. I was sucked in immediately and could think of little else until the last page.”

Hannah Morrissey earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from UW-Madison.Tim Hennessy's work has appeared in Midwestern Gothic, Crimespree Magazine, and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He is the editor of Milwaukee Noir.

Readings from Oconomowaukee
Tuesday, December 14, 2 pm
Robert Lloyd, author of The Bloodless Boy
in Conversation with Daniel Goldin and Lisa Baudoin for a Virtual Event
Register for the virtual event here.  

The December edition of the Readings from Oconomowaukee virtual event series, hosted in partnership with our friends at Books & Company of Oconomowoc, presents Robert Lloyd, author of The Bloodless Boy, a new historical, literary thriller that’s perfect for readers of The Alienist or The Name of the Rose. The Bloodless Boy was just named one of the ten best mysteries of the year by Publishers Weekly.

It's New Year's Day, 1678. Twelve years have passed since the Great Fire ripped London. Eighteen since the fall of Oliver Cromwell and the restoration of a King. London is gripped by hysteria, and rumors of Catholic plots and sinister foreign assassins abound. When the body of a young boy drained of his blood is discovered on the snowy bank of the Fleet River, Robert Hooke, the Curator of Experiments at the just-formed Royal Society for Improving Natural Knowledge, and his assistant Harry Hunt, are called in to explain such a ghastly finding - and whether it’s part of a plot against the king. Wary of the political hornet’s nest they are walking into - and using scientific evidence rather than paranoia in their pursuit of truth - Hooke and Hunt must discover why the boy was murdered, and why his blood was taken.

Robert Lloyd, the son of parents who worked in the British Foreign Office, grew up in South London, Innsbruck, and Kinshasa. He studied for a Fine Art degree, starting as a landscape painter, but it was while studying for his MA degree in The History of Ideas that he first read Robert Hooke’s diary, detailing the life and experiments of this extraordinary man. After a 20-year career as a secondary school teacher, he has now returned to painting and writing.

Wednesday, December 15, 6:30 pm
Rachel Kapelke-Dale, author of The Ballerinas
in Conversation with Christina Clancy at Boswell Book Company

Boswell presents an in-person event with Milwaukee native Rachel Kapelke-Dale, author of the novel The Ballerinas, a captivating, voice-driven debut novel about a trio of ballerinas who meet as students at the Paris Opera Ballet School. For this event, Kapelke-Dale will be in conversation with Christina Clancy, author of Shoulder Season. Masks required during this event. Please note the author and conversation partner will likely be maskless during the conversation.

Dare Me meets Black Swan and Luckiest Girl Alive in a captivating, voice-driven debut. Fourteen years ago, Delphine abandoned her soloist spot at the Paris Opera Ballet for a new life in St. Petersburg, taking with her a secret that could upend the lives of her best friends, fellow dancers Lindsay and Margaux. Now 36 years old, Delphine has returned to her former home and to the legendary Palais Garnier Opera House, to choreograph the ballet that will kickstart the next phase of her career and, she hopes, finally make things right with her former friends. But Delphine quickly discovers that things have changed while she's been away, and some secrets can't stay buried forever.

Rachel Kapelke-Dale is the co-author of Graduates in Wonderland and the Vanity Fair Hollywood's column "Advice from the Stars." Kapelke-Dale spent years in intensive ballet training before receiving a BA from Brown University, an MA from the Université de Paris VII, and a PhD from University College London. She currently lives in Paris, but she grew up in Milwaukee. Christina Clancy is the author of The Second Home and Shoulder Season and lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

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