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Boswell Book Company Newsletter             August 30, 2014, Day 1976.

What a fall we have planned for you. We'll describe the first half of the month in detail shortly, followed by a checklist for the rest of the month. But first, we have some books to recommend.

The big release for this coming Tuesday, September 2, is The Bone Clocks, from David Mitchell, known for his novels Cloud Atlas, Black Swan Green, and The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet. Boswellian Conrad Silverberg spells it out:"Mitchell can capture the self-absorbed, tatty slang of a British teenager yearning to break free from parental constraints and dash heedlessly into the world; the alcohol fueled banter of fourth year Cambridge students one-upping each other's studied insults with their buddies in a cozy bar in the dead of night; the world weary self-deprecating musings of a washed up novelist who has failed to live up to the promise of his first book. In short, Mitchell is one of the finest English novelists at work today and is to be greedily anticipated. This delivers the goods." 

Boswellian Mel Morrow has been excited about Jules Feiffer's new graphic novel for months. Kill My Mother was recently featured on the front page of The New York Times Book Review, which has really been stoking demand. Mel writes: "Capturing the sights and sounds of the early 20th century United States, Kill My Mother combines the guts and glitz of an Old Hollywood film with spunky characters reminiscent of a classic radio show. With Shakespearean plot twists that you'll never see coming, Feiffer takes you back to an America between wars, just before Prohibition ended and up through the Second World War, introducing you to fierce female characters whose ambitions are life-altering. You've never read a graphic novel like this before; Kill My Mother is sure to become a modern-day classic!"

Another book that is getting a lot of buzz is Steve Almond's Against Football: One Fan's Reluctant Manifesto, from indie publisher Melville House. Our buyer Jason Kennedy offers this recommendation: "Like Steve Almond, I am huge fan of football, particularly the NFL. So, it was with great hesitation that I picked this book up. I knew that the more we have learned about concussions, the more fire the NFL has come under. I felt it was handled well, but Almond's scathing report of the NFL covering up just how horrible the concussions are has me questioning that judgment. He also tackles other latest issues that seem to glossed over, like racism, violence (both off and on the field), and homophobia. This book has opened up my eyes to a sport I truly love to watch."

And finally, it's already been out for several days, but I'll bet there are still fans out there who need to be reminded that Louise Penny's latest, The Long Way Home, is now on sale. Boswellian Anne K. McMahon writes: "
Many changes have taken place in the lives of the friends who live in Three Pines since we saw them last. All are dealing with the physical and spiritual wounds that resulted from the events described in How the Light Gets In. Clara asks Gamache for help finding her estranged husband Peter when he fails to meet her as promised. A weakened Gamache agrees to help her in spite of his own vulnerability; the resultant search leads these friends to amazing places and reveals much to the reader about these characters that we thought we  already knew. An amazing reading experience!"

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Political Fact and Fiction--Julia Azari and Kathleen Rooney at Boswell on Tuesday, September 2, 7 pm.

Boswell Book Company is excited to present Political Fact and Political Fiction: an event featuring Chicago author Kathleen Rooney, who will discuss and sign copies of her latest novel O, Democracy!, and Marquette Political Science Professor, Julia R. Azari, who will discuss and sign copies of her latest political study, Delivering the People's Message: The Changing Politics of the Presidential Mandate.  


A quarterlife crisis viewed from the ghostly perspective of the Founding Fathers, Kathleen Rooney's latest novel, O, Democracy!, is a hilarious and heartbreaking story about American politics and the difficult business of being a good citizen: walking the tricky line between self-sacrifice and self-sabotage, between doing your part and knowing your place.


In Delivering the People's Message, Julia R. Azari finds that when the presidency enjoys high public esteem and party polarization is low, mandate rhetoric is less frequent and employs broad themes. By contrast, presidents turn to mandate rhetoric when the office loses legitimacy, as in the wake of Watergate and Vietnam and during periods of intense polarization. In the twenty-first century, these two factors have converged. As a result, presidents rely on mandate rhetoric to defend their choices to supporters and critics alike, simultaneously creating unrealistic expectations about the electoral promises they will be able to fulfill.


While we can't promise a political-style debate on the subject, an entertaining and informative evening is likely. Join us Tuesday, September 2, 7 pm. 

Two of Our Favorite Kids Writers Together--Margaret Peterson Haddix and Lisa McMann, Wednesday, September 3, 7 pm, at Boswell.

Margaret Peterson Haddix Between them, the beloved authors Margaret Peterson Haddix and Lisa McMann have done events with Boswell four times, but never together and always at area libraries. On one of her visits, we brought McMann to Boswell for a peek and she said, "It would be so great to have an event at the bookstore," as she was a long time children's bookseller in Michigan before she became a published Lisa McMann author. The result should be a fantastic evening of adventuring and magic featuring both Haddix, and McMann, who will discuss and sign copies of their books in an event great for ages 8 and up!


Margaret Peterson Haddix returns with the seventh installment in The Missing Series, Revealed, which Booklist is calling a "thrill ride through a historical incident" and of which Kirkus promises "the story continues with the suspense fans have come to expect in this entertaining and discreetly educational series." After a mysterious cameo from Charles Lindbergh, it's up to Jonah to save his town in Revealed, the latest book in this The New York Times bestselling series.


Lisa McMann's latest in the Unwanteds Series, which Kirkus Reviews calls "The Hunger Games series meets Harry Potter," is Island of Legends. As Alex grows more confident in his role as the mage of Artime, he expands his skills and brings his first creature to life--with results that are both painful and wonderful. Meanwhile in Quill, Aaron faces threats to his leadership as Gondoleery hones her rediscovered magical abilities and Eva and Liam form a secret alliance against him.


Don't forget, the Haddix and McMann event is Wednesday, September 3, 7 pm, at Boswell. 

Harper Lee's World Through the Eyes of Marja Mills, Thursday, September 4, 7 pm, at Boswell.
Marja Mills, Madison born and raised, was a reporter and feature writer for the Chicago Tribune, where she was a member of the staff that won a Pulitzer Prize for the 2001 series about O'Hare Airport called "Gateway to Gridlock." In 2001, when Chicago picked To Kill a Mockingbird for its city-wide reading program, then Chicago Tribune reporter Marja Mills traveled to Monroeville to do a story, sure she would not meet the elusive author, Harper "Nelle" Lee. She had finished her research when, in an extraordinary and unprecedented move, she was welcomed into the Lee home.

In 2004, with the Lees' blessing at the time, Mills moved into the house next door to the sisters. She spent the next eighteen months there, sharing a coffee at McDonald's and trips to the laundromat with Nelle, feeding the ducks and going out for catfish suppers, and exploring all over lower Alabama with the Lees and their inner circle of friends. the result was The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee, already a New York Times bestseller. Boswellian Anne McMahon is a fan of the book, calling it "delightful."

Upon publication, there has been some controversy over the permision granted, despite a written statement from the Lee sisters in 2011. Marja Mills discussed the controversy at a luncheon that is recapped in this Chicago Tribune article.  Meganne Fabrega writes about The Mockingbird Next Door in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Meet Marja Mills at Boswell on Thursday, September 4, 7 pm.
Julia Mary Gibson Returns to Her Milwaukee Home for "Copper Magic," Friday, September 5, 7 pm, at Boswell.

If you're looking for a little back-to-school magic, we've got the event for you. Join us in welcoming former Milwaukeean and debut young adult author, Julia Mary Gibson, as she talks about and signs copies of her debut novel,  Copper Magic, great for ages 10 and up! Can an unearthed talisman found on the shores of Lake Michigan save 12-year-old Violet's fractured family?


Exploring themes of Native American culture, ecology, and conservation, Gibson's debut historical fiction novel is a brilliant awakening. The year is 1906, and twelve-year-old Violet Blake unearths an ancient talisman--a copper hand--beside the stream where her mother used to harvest medicine. Violet's touch warms the copper hand and it begins to reveal glimpses of another time. Violet is certain that the copper hand is magic, and if anyone is in need of its powers, it's Violet.    


Kirkus Reviews writes that "Gibson examines race, ethnicity, class and tragedy without didacticism or oversimplification, and while all of the characters are well-crafted, the imperfect protagonist is particularly refreshing." Our event is Friday, September 5, 7 pm.  


Daryl Brown on His Father, The Godfather of Soul, Monday, September 8, 7 pm, at Boswell.

Please join us as we welcome Daryl Brown, co-author of Inside the Godfather: Never Before Told Stories of James Brown by His Inner Circle, also known as My Father the Godfather, to Boswell for a talk and signing. If you think you know the soul truth about James Brown, think again. Who better to tell us the inside stories than artist, songwriter, musician, and produce Daryl Brown, son of the legendary James Brown? Daryl played on countless James Brown hits and toured with him extensively.


The Godfather of Soul may be the most misunderstood man in the last century. Confusion emerges as a consequence of the complexities in his life. His contributions toward modern music pale in comparison to the indispensable role he played in modern history. James Brown lifted all races toward the ideals of equality and opportunity. Tragically, while he had the ability to calm the storms of social turmoil, his personal life was a perpetual tempest. Inside the Godfather brings together, for the first time, those from Brown's inner circle. They will correct the distortions of the past and provide for the reader a clear understanding of the brilliance and generosity that was Mr. Dynamite. You will see inside the man. You will never be the same.


Put on your hot pants and join us for our event with Daryl Brown Boswell on Monday, September 8, 7 pm.
Mary Gordon Reads from Her Beautiful New Novellas, Tuesday, September 9, 7 pm, at Boswell.

Legendary author Mary Gordon, who penned The Love of My Youth and Circling My Mother, is coming to Boswell for a reading and signing of her latest, The Liar's Wife: Four Novellas. You won't want to miss this opportunity to meet Mary Gordon as she introduces Milwaukee to the book that has already garnered praise as "emotionally engaging and smoothly flowing" (The New York Times Book Review), "vivid and richly imagined" (Chicago Sun-Times), and "entrancing" (Los Angeles Times).


The beloved author is at her storytelling best in these four wonderful novellas of Americans abroad and Europeans in America. In these tales of relationships at home and abroad, both historical and contemporary, we meet the ferocious Simone Weil during her final days as a transplant to New York City; a vulnerable American grad student who escapes to Italy after her first, compromising love affair; the charming Irish liar of the title novella, who gets more out of life than most of us; and an American high school kid meeting Thomas Mann.  


These stories dazzle on the surface, with beautifully rendered settings and vistas, and dig deep psychologically. At every turn Gordon reveals in her characters' interactions those crucial flashes of understanding that change lives forever. So richly developed it is hard to believe they fit into novella-sized packages, these tales carry us away both as individual stories and as a larger, book-length experience of Gordon's mastery and human sympathy. Join us Tuesday, September 9, 7 pm, at Boswell.  

Vampires at the Oak Creek Library, with Melissa de la Cruz, Wednesday, September 10, 6:30 pm.

Bestselling author of over thirty novels, Melissa de la Cruz, is coming to the Oak Creek Library to read from and sign copies of the first book in her New Blue Bloods Coven series, Vampires of Manhattan, a new paranormal adventure for her adult readers (they call this genre "new adult") that incorporates the memorable characters of Blue Bloods, who, ten years after The Coven's battle with Lucifer, are older, cooler, sexier, and in more danger than ever before!  


On the island of Manhattan lurks a secret society of the city's most wealthy, beautiful, and powerful people; they are the Blue Bloods and they are vampires. Vampires of Manhattan takes place ten years after the Blue Bloods defeated the enemy in the Great War. To celebrate a new era of prosperity, the irresistibly charming and handsome leader of the Blue Bloods, Oliver Hazard-Perry, throws a Four Hundred Year Ball with all of society in attendance. And then, all hell breaks loose...


You know Melissa de la Cruz from her young adult Blue Blood series, The Witches of East End (as seen on Lifetime) and the new Heart of Dread novels, and now you can meet her in person. Join us Wednesday, September 10, 6:30 pm (note time) at the Oak Creek Public Library. The library is located at 8620 S. Howell Avenue in Oak Creek at Drexel; for directions or other questions, contact them at (414) 764-4400.

Mourning Madison Mathematicians Take Center Stage in Stuart Rojstaczer's New Novel, Wednesday, September 10, 7 pm, at Boswell.

Geophysics-professor-turned-author, Stuart Rojstaczer, returns to his home town of Milwaukee for a reading and signing of his debut novel, The Mathematician's Shiva. This comic, bittersweet bildungsroman of middle-age takes on the Jewish Eastern European immigrant experience following the combined darkness of World War II and Stalinism. This event is co-sponsored by the Sam and Helen Stahl Center for Jewish Studies at UWM.   


Alexander "Sasha" Karnokovitch and his family would like to mourn the passing of his mother, Rachela, with modesty and dignity. But Rachela, a famous Polish émigré mathematician and professor at the University of Wisconsin, is rumored to have solved the million-dollar Navier-Stokes Millennium Prize problem. Rumor also has it that she spitefully took the solution to her grave.  


To Sasha's chagrin, a ragtag group of socially challenged mathematicians arrives in Madison and crashes the shiva, vowing to do whatever it takes to find the solution--even if it means prying up the floorboards for Rachela's notes. Sasha must do his best to keep these geniuses in check, keep his patchwork family happy, and figure out who he is now that he no longer exists in relief against his mother's towering presence--all at the same time.  

Want to know more? Andrew Blom has already reviewed this book in the Boston Herald. Hope that whets your appetite for our event on Wednesday, September 10, 7 pm. 

Author and Illustrator Patricia Polacco Back at Boswell for Her New Irish Tale, Thursday, September 11, 7 pm.

Beloved children's book author and illustrator Patricia Polacco appears at Boswell for Fiona's Lace, a gorgeous picture book and heartwarming immigration story. After escaping the difficult times in Ireland and moving to Chicago, an Irish family stays together with the help of Fiona's talent for making one-of-a-kind lace.


Fiona's family finds work in domestic service to pay back their passage, and at night Fiona turns tangles of thread into a fine, glorious lace. Then when the family is separated, it is the lace that Fiona's parents follow to find her and her sister and bring the family back together. And it is the lace that will always provide Fiona with memories of Ireland and of her mother's words: "In your heart your true home resides, and it will always be with you as long as you remember those you love." This generational story from the family of Patricia Polacco's Irish father brims with the same warmth and heart as the classic The Keeping Quilt and The Blessing Cup, which Kirkus Reviews called "deeply affecting" in a starred review, and embraces the comfort of family commitment and togetherness for which Patricia Polacco's books are known.


Publishers Weekly writes: "Polacco's valuable portrait of hardship in Ireland and her descriptions of the unjust working conditions that émigrés encountered in the U.S. ("Remember, they are chargin' us rent for the rattrap we live in-they own it! And they'll bFe levying for your uniform as well") supplies a gritty picture of the immigrant experience. The prestige Fiona's precious skill brings her is a revelation, too." Join us for Patricia Polacco, favorite of teachers and librarians, on Thursday, September 11, 7 pm, at Boswell.
A Special 2 pm Event with Betsy Woodman and Her Series About a Scottish Woman in India, Friday, September 12, at Boswell.

Join us as we welcome Betsy Woodman, who will read from and sign copies of the third volume in her cross-cultural Jana Bibi Series, Emeralds Included. Jana Bibi saved the town from a government dam in Jana Bibi's Excellent Fortunes and foiled an international bird-smuggling ring in Love Potion Number 10. Now Jana faces her biggest challenges yet: preparing for her son's arrival and planning a wedding in the upside-down town of Hamara Nagar. Fans of Alexander McCall or Jan Karon will enjoy these stories of a quirky town and its charming inhabitants.  


Betsy Woodman spent ten formative years in India and studied in France and Zambia, and has a masters degreee in anthopology. She has edited history books and been a frequent book reviewer, and was a writer/editor for Experiencing War, the award-winning radio documentary series for the Library of Congress Veterans History Project.


This event is part of a continuing series of authors being championed by writer Elizabeth Berg. If you have friends in the Chicago area, let them know that Woodman will be appearing in Oak Park, Illinois for the Writing Matters series on September 13. Farther into the future, we will be hosting Berg's next pick, Mark Slouka, on December 12, as he visits for his wonderful novel, Brewster.
Miki Knezevic's Novel of a Serbian Physician's Journey, Friday, September 12, 7 pm, at Boswell.

Milwaukee-born Madison author Miki Knezevic is coming to Boswell for her historical novel, Behind God's Back. The novel integrates history, travel, family life, and a love story from the perspective of Serbian physician Desa Jovanovic, who survives the bombing of Belgrade by the Austrians to France to move on to Tunisia and Macedonia, before returning finally to Belgrade.


Madison author Miki Knezevic was born to immigrant parents in Milwaukee and is a product of Milwaukee Public Schools and Marquette University. As a writer of fiction and nonfiction, she has spent the last 25 years writing ESL textbooks for McGraw-Hill.  


Her first novel has been out for a while, but it's still worth talking about. Kirkus Reviews writes that "Knezevic fleshes out the often confusing political, religious and economic history of the Balkans while detailing (the protagonist) Desa's journey from child to wife, mother and doctor...Not only is this book a vivid description of the history of the era, but a deeply felt saga of love and emotions." Celebrate with Knezevic on Friday, September 12, 7 pm, at Boswell.  

Storytime with Jannis, Sunday, September 14, 11 am.

On September's second Sunday, grab your favorite hat and come on down to Story Time with Jannis, where Jannis will read Hooray for Hat!, by Brian Won, as well as Jon Klassen's award-winning This is Not my Hat. Don't forget that Klassen will be appearing at Boswell with write Mac Barnett for the launch of Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, Tuesday, October 21, 7 pm.

Calling All Origami Yoda Fans! Tom Angleberger at Boswell, Sunday, September 14, 3 pm.

Tom Angleberger began writing his first novel in eighth grade, but never completed it. Since then, he's been a newspaper reporter and columnist, a juggler, a weed boy, a lawn-mower-part assembler, and a biology research assistant, and now a bestselling author! Please join us for an exciting afternoon with the author of the Origami Yoda Series, Tom Angleberger, as he discusses and signs copies of his latest and final book in the series, Emperor Pickletine Rides the Bus, great for ages 8 and up!


After successfully fighting to save their field trip in Princess Labelmaker to the Rescue!, Tommy and the gang prepare for a well-earned day of fun and adventure in Washington, DC...but of course it won't be that easy! This trip to the nation's capital will be full of shifting alliances and betrayals, carsickness and sugar rushes. Trouble starts even before the buses leave school, when Principal Rabbski decrees the field trip an "origami-free zone." Dwight secretly folds a Yoda from a Fruit Roll-Up, but will Fruitigami Yoda be a match for Harvey's sour, hate-filled pickle of darkness? Astronaut ice cream, a supersonic plane, a Johnny Appleseed sighting, and a near arrest are just some of the clues in the sweetest, stookiest, biggest, and craziest Origami Yoda case file yet.


This is event is free and yes, you can bring your previous books from home to get signed on Sunday, September 14, 3 pm. And to keep you busy until then, visit the Origami Yoda website.  

Alternative Cooking in Your Waffle Maker with Daniel Shumski, Monday, September 15, 7 pm, at Boswell.
How many great ideas begin with a nagging thought in the middle of the night that should disappear by morning, but don't? For Daniel Shumski, it was: Will It Waffle?, which also happens to be the name of his new book, subtitled "53 Irresistible and Unexpected Recipes to Make in a Waffle Iron."

Hundreds of hours, countless messes, and 53 perfected recipes later, that answer is a resounding: Yes, it will! Steak? Yes! Pizza? Yes! Apple pie? Emphatically yes. Waffled grilled cheese. Waffled mac and cheese. Fa-waffle (waffled falafel). That's the beauty of  being a waffle iron chef--waffling food other than waffles is not just a novelty but an innovation that leads to a great end product, all while giving the cook the bonus pleasure of doing something cool, fun, and vaguely nerdy.

Joining us for this in-store presentation will be our favorite waffle maker, Julie Pandl. Through her years at Pandl's, and now doing marketing for Boelter SuperStore, she's up for anything when it comes to food. Anyone who has read her wonderful Memoir of the Sunday Brunch will agree. Pandl is helping out with the sampling and demo-ing.

Read more about the journey of Daniel Shumski, from Chicago to Montreal, and from waffle novice to expert, in the recent Chicago Reader. Look at some samples on the Will it Waffle? blog. And don't forget that our event is Monday, September 15, 7 pm, at Boswell, with special guest Julie Pandl working the waffle iron. Of course you've read Memoir of the Sunday Brunch, right?
Chelsea Cain Kicks it Up a Notch in Her New Thriller, Tuesday, September 16, 7 pm, at Boswell.

Still on a high from her wonderful 500+ evening with Chuck Palahniuk at UWM last year, Chelsea Cain, is coming back to Milwaukee in conjunction with the release of One Kick, the first in a nail-biting new series featuring Kick Lannigan. Kick is a young woman whose complicated past (she was famously kidnapped at age six) has given her a very special skill set. With lives hanging in the balance, Kick sets out to be the crusader she has always imagined herself to be in this heart-stopping and entertaining new thrill ride by a stunning talent in the thriller realm. One Kick was named a "Summer Must" by Entertainment Weekly and received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Booklist.


Chelsea Cain is the author of bestselling Archie Sheridan thriller series, which includes Heartsick and Let Me Go. Her steamy Portland-based thrillers have been published in over 30 languages, recommended on The Today Show, and appeared in episodes of HBO's True Blood and ABC's Castle. Stephen King included two of her books in his top ten favorite books of the year, and NPR named Heartsick one of the best 100 thrillers ever written.  


Help kick off a brand new and likely to be equally beloved series at Boswell on Tuesday, September 16, 7 pm. Want more convincing? Read Alison Flood's review in the (UK) Guardian.  

More Upcoming Events. You Won't Want to Miss These...

Wednesday, September 17, 6 pm, at the Haggerty Museum of Art
, 530 N. 13th St, Milwaukee: Kevin Miyazaki and the launch event for Perimeter: A Contemporary Portrait of Lake Michigan, tied into the Haggerty's exhibition of Miyazaki's work.

Thursday, September 18, 4 pm (note time), at the Oak Creek Library, 8620 S. Howell Avenue, at Drexel: Deborah Diesen and Daniel X. Hanna, author and illustrator of The Pout-Pout Fish Goes to School for a special storytime.

Thursday, September 18, 7 pm, at Boswell: Michael Perry, author of Coop, Population 485, and his new book for kids, The Scavengers. This should be a fun evening for kids of all ages, but it's probably best if you are at least eight years old.

Friday, September 19, 7 pm, at Boswell: The UWM Creative Writing Program presents United We Read.

Monday, September 22, 7 pm, at Boswell: Emily St. John Mandel and the Soulstice Theatre, presenting her breakout novel, Station Eleven. The Soulstice will be bookending Emily St. John Mandel's reading with a dramatic performance.

Wednesday, September 24, 7 pm, at Boswell: Chris Guillebeau, author of The Hundred Dollar Startup and The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your Life. For fans of Brené Brown and Susan Cain.

Thursday, September 25, 7 pm, at Boswell: Paige Rawl, author of Positive: A Memoir, the story of a teenager whose revelation of being HIV positive led to bullying, and what she did to combat it Our event is being co-sponsored by ARCW, helping to call attention to the upcoming AIDS Walk Wisconsin. If you are a school who would be interested in partnering with us on a visit from Rawl, let us know. We still have one slot open.

Friday, September 26, 7 pm, at Boswell: Milwaukee-area writer Christine Merritt, author of Once Upon a Time in China: Worms, Cha, and a Harmonious Society.

Saturday, September 27, 7 pm, at Boswell: Madison writer Chloe Benjamin, author of the novel, The Anatomy of Dreams.

Monday, September 29, 6:30 pm, at the Loos Room of Centennial Hall, 733 N. Eighth Street: Milwaukee-area writer J. F. Riordan, author of North of the Tension Line. Co-sponsored by the Milwaukee Public Library.

Tuesday, September 30, 7 pm: Boswell favorite Simon Van Booy, author of The Illusion of Separateness.

Wednesday, October 1, 6:30 pm, at the Shorewood Public Library, 3920 N. Murray Avenue: Scott Westerfeld, author of Afterworlds. A rare visit from the author of the Uglies series. We may have a school slot for this event open. Contact us with your proposal right now.

Wednesday, October 1, 7 pm, at Boswell: Milwaukeean Charles Eigen, editor of Inner Dialogue in Daily Life: Contemporary Approaches to Personal and Professional Development in Psychotherapy.

Thursday, October 2, 7 pm, at Boswell: Popular Milwaukee writer and entrepreneur Larry Widen's launch event for Milwaukee Rock and Roll.

Saturday, October 4, 7 pm, at Boswell: Garth Stein, author of beloved The Art of Racing in the Rain and his new novel, A Sudden Light.
We wish the best to our soon-to-be-former Boswellian friend Peter Feix, who returns to his coffee gig full time, taking on more responsibility. I think the only way to really appropriately thank him is to note that Batman would be proud. We also congratulate Boswellian Jannis on her new position at Atwater School. You'll still see her doing some storytimes and helping out at offsites. And we welcome new Boswellian Scott Espinoza, who comes from bookselling in Madison to work at Boswell while he starts graduate school at UWM. The only constant is change.
Speaking of new, we finally have a new cloth tote bag. It's $16.95 and available for purchase on our website. As always, apologies for the typos and thank you for your patronage,
Daniel Goldin with Amie, Anne, Carly, Conrad, Greg, Jason, Jane, Jannis, Jen, Josh, Mel, Pam, Peter, Scott, Sharon, Terrail, and Todd