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Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014

Emily St. John Mandel tours Milwaukee bookstores

Without a doubt, Station Eleven is not your archetypal YA dystopian novel, despite its post-apocalyptic plot involving a 99% annihilation of the world’s population. Canadian-born New York-based author Emily St. John Mandel’s fourth novel is a deeply
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014
The raw and brutal experiences of war undoubtedly change people, and for Desa Jovanovic, the lead character in Miki Knezevic’s gripping historical novel Behind God’s Back, it is the decision to become a healer that forever changes the course of her life. Growing up in the shadows of
Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

Readings and discussions at Woodland Pattern and Boswell

A decorated pair of Chicago poets will join a UW-Milwaukee doctoral student for a live reading at Woodland Pattern Book Center at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 30. CM Burroughs, Tony Trigilio and Soham Patel are scheduled to headline this free event and each artist will bring their unique
Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014

Professor vents to his ‘Dear Committee Members’

Written entirely in the form of recommendation letters by a down-on-his-luck English professor, Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher is a satirical glimpse into the hallowed halls of academia. The cynical writer behind these letters, Jason Fitger, works at a small Midwestern college facing
Friday, Aug. 15, 2014

Dan Epstein on America’s pastime in the summer of ’76

In America in 1976, Steve Jobs formed the Apple Computer Company, the two-dollar bill was reintroduced and Jimmy Carter defeated incumbent Gerald Ford to take the presidency. And baseball was alive in America. This was the year of the “Big Red Machine,” the year that the love-to-
Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014

Author tackles society’s mixed-up messages at Boswell

 What does it mean to be a “bad” feminist? In Roxanne Gay’s riveting new collection, she states that a “bad” woman’s-libber, in her mind, is someone who is full of all-too-human contradictions. This authentic and raw honesty permeates all of Gay’s stories, from her riveting tale of her own gang rape
Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Julie Melby’s comic memories at Boswell Books

 Quirky putt-putt courses dot the landscape of Wisconsin, and these popular fair-weather establishments have hosted many a family vacationer. Julie Melby’s Tom Thumb mini-golf course, family owned and operated in Waupaca for 30 years, and her clever, outrageously funny My Family
Thursday, July 10, 2014

Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus at Boswell

 Let’s face it: Americans have a ubiquitous connection to “stuff.” While intrepid individuals like Henry David Thoreau and Mahatma Gandhi are revered
Thursday, June 19, 2014

Of magic, unseen enemies and alternative worlds

  Magic comes alive at Boswell Book Co. at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 22, when acclaimed fantasy writers Katherine Addison and Mary Robinette Kowal will appear in conversation with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Jim Higgins