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Boswell Book Company Newsletter             Monday, April 27, day 2216

It's almost time for National Children's Book Week, and we have three great events scheduled, including two with multi-author panels. Details will be in our next newsletter, with a preview down below. To get you in the mood, here are great recommendations from assorted Boswellians. 

For the youngest, Boswellian Pam Stilp recommends The New Small Person, written and illustrated by Lauren Child. She notes: "When a new small person disrupts Albert's wonderful life as an only child, he does everything he can to ignore this nuisance. Albert really resents having to share a room with his toddler brother. Of course over time, he comes to realize that many things are better when shared. I love the child's perspective in this book - adults are depicted as torsos with legs, and that this is a family of color. The beautiful illustrations done a mixed media collage and the humor will be familiar to kids from the author's beloved Charlie and Lola series." A great read-to-me book!


For kids ages 8 and up, Boswellian Jen Steele recommends The Imaginary, by A.F. Harrold, with illustrations by Emily Gravett. We've had great success with this book, in part due to Jen's recommendation. "Rudger is Amanda's best friend. She found him in her closet once day. So what if he's imaginary and no one else can see him? Even her mother can't see him, though she's kind enough to leave out an extra cookie or bowl of cereal for him. But that's ok. It doesn't make their friendship any less real. As long as Amanda can see Rudger and use her imagination, they'll be just fine, right? Wrong. Mr. Bunting can see Rudger, too! Mr. Bunting is not a good guy. He hunts Imaginaries and he eats them to extend his life. Can Rudger and Amanda stop Mr. Bunting before he eats Rudger, too? Read The Imaginary to find out! It's a funny, dark, and utterly fantastical adventure!"


And here's one for teens. Boswellian Phoebe Dyer is a huge fan of the just-released Rook, by Sharon Cameron. "In the Sunken City that was once Paris, citizens who are slated for execution are being saved from prison by a mysterious vigilante known as the Red Rook, leaving only a red painted feather behind. Across the channel in the Commonwealth, Sophia Bellamy has a lot to juggle with her impending engagement, her father's debt problems, and her brother Tom's injury. Most importantly, she has to keep the fact that she is the Red Rook a secret. But her fiancé is not all that he seems, and the secrets Rene Hasard keeps are crucially important once Albert Leblanc, the man who is determined to find and execute the Red Rook, starts closing in on the Bellamy family. Rook is an engrossing adventure that effectively combines a dystopian future with elements that read like historical fiction...I loved everything about Rook!"


For more great reads, check out our staff rec section next time you visit, and if that won't be for a bit, you can also visit our kids' staff rec pages with selections from board books through chapter books, and on through young adult, teen, and graphic novels.

Mitch Teich in Conversation with Jessica Hagy on The Art of War, Monday, April 27, 7 pm, at Boswell.  

Jessica HagyIt's the perfect meeting of minds. One, a general whose epigrammatic lessons on strategy offer timeless insight and wisdom.  And the other, a visual thinker whose succinct diagrams and charts give readers a fresh way of looking at life's challenges and opportunities. A Bronze Age/Information Age marriage of Sun Tzu and Jessica Hagy, The Art of War Visualized: The Sun Tzu Classic in Charts and Graphs is an inspired mash-up, a work that completely reenergizes the perennial bestseller and makes it accessible to a new generation of students, entrepreneurs, business leaders, artists, seekers, lovers of games and game theory, and anyone else who knows the value of seeking guidance for the future in the teachings of the past. It's as if Sun Tzu got a 21st-century make-over.


Hagy, author and illustrator of How to be Interesting,  is a cutting-edge thinker whose language-comprising circles, arrows, and lines and the well-chosen word or two-makes her an ideal philosopher for our ever-more-visual culture. Her charts and diagrams are deceptively simple, often funny, and always thought-provoking. She knows how to communicate not only ideas but the complex process of thinking itself, complete with its twists and surprises. For The Art of War Visualized, she presents her vision in evocative ink-brush art and bold typography. The result is page after page in which each passage of the complete canonical text is visually interpreted in a singular diagram, chart, or other illustration-transforming, reenergizing, and making the classic dazzlingly accessible for a new generation of readers.


Our evening tonight, April 27, 7 pm, consists of Hagy's presentation, followed by a conversation with Mitch Teich of Milwaukee Public Radio's Lake Effect.  Get inspired!

Bruce J. Hillman on Einstein's Nazi Rival, Tuesday, April 28, 7 pm, at Boswell.

The Man Who Stalked Einstein highlights a little-known but important story about the antagonistic relationship between Albert Einstein and Philipp Lenard that changed the course of history and still influences the science of today.


Einstein and Lenard were opposites in virtually every way. That both men were brilliant scientists and Nobel laureates with opposing views about what constituted important, believable science made some degree of conflict inevitable. Lenard's experimental physics and Einstein's theoretical physics represent two opposing schools of thought that came into conflict throughout Europe. However, the enmity that each felt for the other was based on much more than their science. It was personal.


Lenard was so consumed by his own narcissism, his envy of Einstein's fame, and his hatred for Jews that he sacrificed the integrity of his science and his personal reputation among the community of scientists on the altar of his personal prejudices. For nearly fifteen years, Lenard had led the opposition that finally forced Einstein to flee his native Germany. Driven by professional disagreement, intense envy over the public's adoration of Einstein, and virulent anti-Semitism, Lenard unrelentingly harassed Einstein and publicly denigrated his theory of relativity.


In The Man Who Stalked Einstein, Bruce J. Hillman, MD, Professor and former Chair of Radiology at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, traces the convergence of influences and events that turned Lenard from a productive and highly respected scientist to a man consumed by racial hatred and an early supporter of Adolf Hitler and his Nazi Party. Whether your interests run to the development of theory in physics or World War II and the rise of the Nazis, you'll want to mark your calendar for Tuesday, April 28, 7 pm.

Benjamin Percy's Post-Apocalyptic Take on Lewis and Clark, Wednesday, April 29, 7 pm, at Boswell. 

It's always a treat when former Marquette professor Benjamin Percy returns to Milwaukee. His newest book is The Dead Lands, a darkly reimagined Lewis and Clark saga told in the tradition of Cormac McCarthy's The Road and Stephen King's Dark Tower series. And speaking of Stephen King, he calls The Dead Lands "a case of wonderful writing and compulsive reading," asserting that "[y]ou will not come across a finer work of sustained imagination this year. Good God, what a tale. Don't miss it." 


Benjamin Percy's new thriller, The Dead Lands is a post-apocalyptic saga in which a super flu and nuclear fallout have made a husk of the world we know. A few humans carry on, living in outposts such as the Sanctuary-the remains of St. Louis-a shielded community that owes its survival to its militant defense and fear-mongering leaders. Then a rider comes from the wasteland beyond its walls. She reports on the outside world: west of the Cascades, rain falls, crops grow, civilization thrives. But there is danger too: the rising power of an army that pillages and enslaves every community they happen upon. Against the wishes of the Sanctuary, a small group sets out in secrecy, hoping to expand their infant nation and reunite the States. But the Sanctuary will not allow them to escape without a fight.


Boswellian Sharon Nagel's recommendation notes "Percy's latest book appears to follow the fashion of post-apocalyptic worlds, but again, he elevates the genre with something more, along with his sharp and captivating writing, a retelling of the Lewis and Clark saga. Mina Clark and Lewis Meriwether set out for the west in a bold attempt to connect with survivors of the devastating flu and rebuild their nation."

In this Sunday's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, critic Carole E. Barrowman offers this praise: "Elegiac descriptions and poetic details morph into high-energy action scenes as the travelers battle mutants with their limited arsenal and Lewis' strange magic. Most quests end with the travelers wondering if the journey was worth it. If you ask me, it certainly was." And it's worth attending our event with Percy on Wednesday, April 29, 7 pm.

The Friends of the Villa Terrace Present a Ticketed Event with Charlie Scheips on Decorator Elsie De Wolfe, Thursday, April 30, 5 pm Reception, with Talk at 6 pm.

The Friends of the Villa Terrace present Charlie Scheips, discussing and signing copies of his latest gorgeous book, Elsie de Wolfe's Paris: Frivolity Before the Storm. Reception begins at 5 pm, followed by the presentation at 6 pm, and a signing immediately after. Admission is $20 (our apologies for a previous typo) and goes directly to the Friends to support their work at the museum, as well as this series. The Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum is located at 2220 N. Terrace Avenue in Milwaukee.


The American decorator Elsie de Wolfe (1858-1950) was the international set's preeminent hostess in Paris during the interwar years. She had a legendary villa in Versailles, where in the late 1930s she held two fabulous parties-her Circus Balls-that marked the end of the social scene that her friend Cole Porter perfectly captured in his songs, as the clouds of war swept through Europe. Charlie Scheips tells the story of these glamorous parties using a wealth of previously unpublished photographs and introducing a large cast of aristocrats, beauties, politicians, fashion designers, movie stars, moguls, artists, caterers, florists, party planners, and decorators in a landmark work of social history and a poignant vision of a vanished world.


From Gotham magazine: villa terrace"Scheips utilizes 170 black-and-white and color images-some previously unpublished-to visually illuminate his fascinating narrative of this peerless woman's life, one that intersected with some of the most colorful and important characters of the day on both sides of the Atlantic, including Elsa Maxwell, William Randolph Hearst, Cecil Beaton, Janet Flanner, Gertrude Stein, and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. The tome culminates with de Wolfe's final grand fête, the second Circus Ball, which defined the glamour and decadence of international society before the lights went out all over Europe."


Shorewood-bred Charlie Scheips is a curator, art advisor, artist, writer, and cultural historian who has curated exhibitions in the United States and Europe. He has contributed to Harper's Bazaar, Vogue, and Vanity Fair, and was the founding director of the Condé Nast Archive in New York. Your chance to hear Scheips is Thursday, April 30, starting at 5 pm. 


And please note that our event with Sandy Tolan has been rescheduled to Monday, May 11, at Boswell. 

Walker's Point Center for the Arts Presents Photographer Paul Koudounaris, Friday, May 1, 6 pm.

In Western society, death is usually medicalized and taboo, and the dead are strictly separated from the living, while in much of the rest of the world, and for much of human history, death has commonly been far more integrated into peoples' daily existence, with human remains kept as much a reminder of life, memento vitae, as of death, memento mori. With the remarkable color photographs of Memento Mori: The Dead Among Us, taken at more than 250 sites in thirty countries over a decade, Paul Koudounaris presents a thought-provoking examination of how human remains are used in decorative, commemorative, or devotional contexts around the world today.


From Bolivia's "festival of the little pug-nosed ones," where skulls are festooned with flowers and given cigarettes to smoke and beanie hats to protect them from the weather, to Indonesia's burial caves, where human remains are prominently displayed, to visits with Indonesian families who dress mummies and include them in their household routines, the book's photographs affirm life while confronting the specter of death. A gifted narrator, Koudounaris vividly recounts the stories and traditions that lie behind the macabre pictures-including naturally preserved Buddhist monks in Thailand, memorials to genocide in Cambodia and Rwanda, the Chauchilla necropolis in Peru, and Europe's great ossuaries-reminding us that our own lives are, and forever will be, linked to those of the dead in an endless cycle.


Paul Koudounaris received his doctorate from the art history department at UCLA. His previous books are The Empire of Death, a cultural history of ossuaries and charnel houses, and Heavenly Bodies, a study of lavishly decorated Baroque skeletons originally from the Roman Catacombs. Join Koudounaris at The Walker's Point Center for the Arts, located at 836 South Fifth Street in Milwaukee. Our thanks to Howard Leu and Christina Ward for their help on this event.

Best of the Undergraduate Writers, Part 1: University of Wisconsin Milwaukee and Marquette University, Friday, May 1, 7 pm, at Boswell.

We've asked the creative writing professors at Marquette and UWM for their best undergraduate writers to read at a Boswell program. We've been holding this periodically since 2009, when it was part of our grand opening ceremonies. Here are this year's readers. 


From UWM:


Valerie Vinyard studies Secondary English Education at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. She lives and works in Waukesha, as a tutor and a nanny. She has had her work published in local undergraduate literary magazines such as Furrow and The Windy Hill Review, where she also served as an editor. Besides teaching and writing, she is an amateur photographer, trombonist, and hoop-dancer. 


Ashanti Anderson is a junior psychology major attending University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. Through UWM's domestic exchange program, Ashanti is visiting from Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans, where she will return in May to launch a music-based summer program funded by Keds and TMI (a agency) to improve literacy amongst urban high school students. When not engaging in her own creative processes, whether writing poetry or essays or painting, Ashanti studies the psychological effects of creativity on the brain.


Matthew Farr grew up in Oak Creek. He currently attends UW-Milwaukee, and upon graduating he plans on hiking across America. His poetry can be found online or in print at Verse Wisconsin, Shepherd Express, and Furrow.


Amber Scarborough is graduating from UWM in May with a major in creative writing. Her favorite novel is The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath, and when not writing, she loves watching cat videos, perfecting her winged eyeliner and log rolling. She'd like to thank her parents and friends for always supporting her. She also wants to give a huge thank you to her professor Liam Callanan for nominating her. Amber hopes to continue studying literature in the UK this coming fall.


From Marquette:


Sarah Smithy is a junior Digital Media student at Marquette University. She grew up just outside Milwaukee in the city of Waukesha. Sarah enjoys writing, reading and all other leisurely activities. After graduation, Sarah wants to work in the film and television industry.


Alexandra Whittaker is a senior journalism and Writing-Intensive English double major at Marquette. She has interned for InStyle, Elle, The Wall Street Journal, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Woman's Day. She has also freelanced for USA Today, and Women's Wear Daily during New York Fashion Week. Whittaker is from Naperville, Illinois.


 Michael Welch is a junior with a Writing Intensive English and Public Relations major at Marquette University. He also serves as an editor for the Marquette Literary Review. A native of Chicago, he is planning on applying for graduate school after graduation.


Krystin Kantenwein is a senior Writing-Intensive English student at Marquette University. She lives in the Chicago suburb of Fox Lake, Illinois. Krystin enjoys hiking, photography, and hanging out with friends. After graduation, Krystin plans to attend Concordia University Chicago for a Masters in School Counseling. And to learn how to cook something other than oatmeal.


This is not the easiest event to put together logistically, but goodness, is it rewarding! If you're planning your evening on Friday, May 1, each budding author reads for up to ten minutes. And who knows? Maybe they'll be back when their books are released.

Independent Bookstore Day is Saturday, May 2.

Inspired by Comic Book Day and National Record Store Day, Independent Bookstore Day was the brainchild of several California booksellers, most notably Pete Mulvihill at Green Apple Books. I know that he would say here that there were many people involved in putting this together, and there really were, most notably Hut Landon, the executive director of the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association, but nobody I have seen has been more of an evangelist for the cause than Mulvihill.


And all of us are rewarded with the results. This year's Independent Bookstore Day has an amazing selection of one-of-a-kind limited edition offerings for sale, only at independent bookstores, on May 2, with no pre-orders, web orders, phone orders, or holds. We're celebrating the day old school--arrive here, wait in line, and make your purchase. And yes, there will be quantity restrictions on the items as well.


Among the items for sale:

--An archive quality Chris Ware print

--A Literary Map of the Seas print

--A Guess How Much I Love You bunsie onesie. It's a bunny, get it?

--New collected essays from Roxane Gay

--A boxed set of our favorite book-themed novels

--Two sets of dish towels, one sweet and the other salty

--Christopher Moore throx. If you read his novels, you know what these are.

--the Margaret Atwood wood stencil (pictured)

--A joke collection illustrated by your favorite children's book artists

--Stephen King and Allie Brosh posters

and that's not all.


Can 't wait for the date? Why not get the limited-edition Roz Chast tote to get you in the mood? It's available in red or blue.


At 11 am, Jannis will be presenting a special book-themed storytime. And don't forget, May's regularly scheduled storytime has moved to Sunday, May 3, 11 am. So take your pick, Saturday or Sunday. Both will feature books, rhymes, finger play, and fun! (Please mark your calendar - no storytime on Mother's Day (May 10).


At 2 pm, Sharon has organized a critics vs. authors book-themed quiz game, featuring Mike Fischer, Carole E. Barrowman, Lauren Fox, and Larry Watson. 


And at 7 pm, we'll be hosting Best of the Undergraduate Readers, part two.

From MIAD: Michelle Sharp and Krista Toms. 

From Cardinal Stritch University: Emlyn Dornemann and Raveen Lemon.

From Carroll University: Taylor Belmer and Cory Widmayer.


Come cheer on great young writers from our area schools. 

Storytime with Jannis, Sunday, May 3, 11 am.

This week we feature Lion Lion, written by Miriam Busch and with illustrations by Larry Day, and other books about animals


Here's a little about the book. A little boy is looking for Lion. Lion is looking for lunch. And so our story begins. But look closely. . . . In this tale, nothing is quite as it seems Children will delight in this classic picture book with a mischievous twist.

Due to the Mother's Day holiday, there is no storytime on Sunday, May 10.
Blue Balliett at Whitefish Bay Library, Monday, May 4, 6:30 pm.

Blue Balliett is the award-winning author of the bestselling novels The Wright 3, The Calder Game, The Danger Box, and Hold Fast. Her debut novel, Chasing Vermeer received an Edgar Award, a Book Sense Book of the Year Award, and was named a New York Times notable book of the year. Now she's back with Pieces and Players, which brings together some of Balliet's most beloved characters.


Thirteen extremely valuable pieces of art have been stolen from one of the most secretive museums in the world. A Vermeer has vanished. A Manet is missing. And nobody has any idea where they and the other eleven artworks might be...or who might have stolen them. Calder, Petra, and Tommy are no strangers to heists and puzzles. Now they've been matched with two new sleuths: Zoomy, a very small boy with very thick glasses, and Early, a girl who treasures words...and has a word or two to say about the missing treasure. The kids have been drawn in by the very mysterious Mrs. Sharpe, who may be playing her own kind of game with the clues. And it's not just Mrs. Sharpe who's acting suspiciously-there's a ghost who mingles with the guards in the museum, a cat who acts like a spy, and Whitefish Bay Library bystanders in black jackets who keep popping up. With Pieces and Players, you have all the ingredients for a fantastic mystery sure to delight readers 8 and up!


Kirkus Reviews writes: "Juggling multiple pieces of art and multiple suspect players, Balliett again deftly merges mystery, art, and friendship into another perplexing puzzler." The Whitefish Bay Library is located at 5420 N Marlborough Drive, just south of Winkie's on Silver Spring. For more information, contact the library at (414) 964-4380.

Okla Elliott on the Science Fiction Epic by Aleksandr Vadim (Not Really), Tuesday, May 5, 7 pm, at Boswell.

Please join us at Boswell Book Company as we welcome Chicago author Okla Elliott, who will read from and talk about the recently unearthed*, epic science fiction novel, The Doors You Mark Are Your Own, written by Aleksandr Tuvim*, which Kirkus Reviews is calling "an epic novel of good and evil" and Praying Drunk author Kyle Minor calls "a dystopian masterpiece." The Doors You Mark Are Your Own is the first in a trilogy of post-apocalyptic novels exploring an alternate reality where water is power and revolution is inevitable.


Joshua City is one of seven city-states in a post-apocalyptic world where water is scarce and technology is at mid-twentieth-century Soviet levels. As The Doors You Mark Are Your Own opens, the Baikal Sea has been poisoned, causing a major outbreak of a flesh-eating disease called nekrosis. Against this backdrop of political corruption, violence, and oppression, a struggle for control of Joshua City ensues, and a revolutionary group called The Underground emerges.


Appearing with Okla Elliott are local writers David Bowen, Loretta McCormick, and Molly Boutell, who will be reading from current works. Elliott appears Tuesday, May 5, 7 pm, at Boswell. *It's a grand scheme.--Tuvim is a fictional creation.
James Bradley on China, Wednesday, May 6, 7 pm,. at the Milwaukee Public Library Loos Room at Centennial Hall.  


Here's a special evening with Flags of Our Founders and Flyboys author, James Bradley, who will discuss his latest work, The China Mirage: The Hidden History of American Disaster in Asia , a chronicle of U.S.-China relations from the 19th century through World War II by the son of one of the US Marines raising the American flag on Iwo Jima in the iconic WWII photo. 


In each of his books, James Bradley has exposed the hidden truths behind America's engagement in Asia. Now, in his most engrossing work yet, he introduces us to the prominent Americans-including FDR's grandfather, Warren Delano-who in the 1800s made their fortunes in the China opium trade. As they profitably addicted millions, American missionaries went in search of a myth: noble Chinese peasants eager to Westernize.


From the 19th century to the origins of the Vietnam War, Bradley reveals how American misconceptions about China have distorted our domestic and foreign policies, and led to the avoidable deaths of millions. Kirkus Reviews calls Bradley's work "a strenuous exposé about the initial building of the rickety bridge of fellowship crossing the Pacific."


Bradley recently spoke to Steve Inskeep on NPR's Morning Edition. He notes that while: "The United States finally did restore relations with China after President Richard Nixon's visit in 1972. But James Bradley...contends the two countries still don't understand each other very well. Each, he says, is still grappling with an illusion."
More May Events.

Thursday, May 7, 6:30 pm, at Boswell: National Children's Book Week Middle Grade Panel, featuring SCBWI members Julie Mata, Sandy Brehl, and Emily Demuth.
--Julie Mata is author of Kate Walden Directs Bride of Slug Man
--Sandy Brehl is author of Odin's Promise
--Emily Demuth is co-author of Hattie's War.

Friday, May 8, 7 pm, at Boswell: media personality and young adult author Silvia Acevedo, author of God Awful LoserFunny, rude, and planted smack in modern times, God Awful Loser is a new chapter on the ancient gods' bad - and hugely entertaining - choices. May we never follow in their footsteps.

Saturday, May 9, 2 pm, at Boswell: National Children's Book Week Picture Book Panel, featuring Jamie Swenson, Janet Halfmann, and Kashmira Sheth.
--Jamie Swenson is author of If You Were a Dog
--Janet Halfmann is author of Animal Teachers
--Kashmira Sheth is author of Sona and the Wedding Game.

Saturday, May 9, 4 pm: Scott Douglas Prill, author of Into the Dawn of Time, a debut historical novel set in the Roman empire. 

Monday, May 11, 7 pm, at Boswell: Shorewood native Sandy Tolan, author of Children of the Stone: The Power of Music in a Hard Land. The author of The Lemon Tree chronicles a Palestinian refugee who founded a music school.

Tuesday, May 12, 6:30 pm, at the North Shore Library: Max Brallier, author of Galactic Hot Dogs: Cosmoe's Wiener Getaway, co-sponsored by Dr. Dawg. If only Diary of a Wimpy Kid had more frankfurters...

Tuesday, May 12, 7 pm, at Boswell: Dasha Kelly, author of Almost Crimson. Co-sponsored by the Milwaukee Public Library, a librarian will be on hand to issue library cards remotely. Paul McComas writes: "Its structural genius rivaled only by the depth and complexity of its characterizations, the candor and frequent beauty of its understated yet direct prose style, the simultaneous plausibility and unpredictability of its plot, and the importance of its message of survival, perseverance, and ultimate transcendence."

Wednesday, May 13, 7 pm, at Boswell: Kathie Giorgio, author of Rise from the River and Enlarged Hearts. This event is co-sponsored by Sojourner Family Peace Center

Thursday, May 14, 6:30 pm, at West Allis Public Library: Popular horror writer Jonathan Maberry with his first book for middle graders, Nightsiders: The Orphan Army. From Kirkus: "This first book in an explosive new series is the perfect mix of science fiction and magic."

Friday, May 15,  7 pm, at Boswell: Leslie Parry, author of Church of Marvels. Emma Donoghue writes: "This quite literally marvelous novel takes you on a hallucinatory ride through old New York, until the four threads of its protagonists' lives tangle and tighten like a noose. Irresistible."

Monday, May 18, 7 pm, at Boswell: Jen Lancaster, author of I Regret Nothing: A Memoir. As part of Lancaster's bucket list campaign, we will have an introduction to self-defense by local martial artist, personal trainer, and special guest Paul Boyajian
Tickets Still Available for Elizabeth Berg at the Milwaukee Public Library Literary Lunch on Thursday, May 14, 11 am, at the Wisconsin Club.

Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Berg will be the featured speaker at the Spring Literary Luncheon, hosted by Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library. The event will be held Thursday, May 14, 2015 at the Wisconsin Club, 900 West Wisconsin Avenue. Author signing and raffle will be held starting at 11, lunch begins at Noon.

Elizabeth Berg will discuss her new novel, The Dream Lover, a rich, historical fiction depicting 19th century Paris and the sensational life of the enigmatic writer George Sand. The Dream Lover joins the long list of Berg's well-regarded novels including Open House, which was an Oprah's Book Club selection in 2000 as well as Durable Goods and Joy School, both American Library Association Best Books of the Year. Carol Memmott in the Chicago Tribune calls The Dream Lover: "an illuminating portrait of a magnificent woman whose story is enriched by the delicate brush strokes of Berg's colorful imagination"

Ticket prices are $65 for Individuals, $55 for Friends Members, $125 for Patrons and $750 for a Corporate table of eight. Patron and Corporate ticket prices include Friends membership, preferred seating, and mention in the program. Ticket price includes a hardcover copy of the book.Tickets are available for purchase from the Friends of Milwaukee Public Library by calling 414.286.8720 or online too! Deadline for reservations is Friday, May 8. 
From our friends at Village Books in Bellingham, Washington, information 
about the Chuckanut Writers Conference. Click on image for more info.
Chuckanut Writers Conference
April showers not only bring May flowers, but the annual rite of passage as several Boswellians move on to bigger and better things. A bon voyage offered to Greg, Josh, and Terrail as they embark on their next adventure.

As always, thank you for your patronage and apologies in advance for the typos,
Daniel Goldin with Amie, Anne, Barb, Carly, Conrad,  Jason, Jane, Jannis, Jen, Mel, Pam, Phoebe, Scott, Sharon, Terrail, and Todd