Milwaukee Bookseller Launches Newsletter for Kids

Boswell Book Company, a mainstay in Milwaukee for book lovers, which in addition to selling an eye-popping array of books in good ol’ hard copy format, supports writers in a variety of ways. One is to offer its store at 2559 North Downer Avenue as a venue for authors to do new-book launches, presentations and readings about their books. Another is to publish a newsletter announcing those events. Now BBC has published its first newsletter for kids.

Among the featured authors making appearances in the coming weeks  are writer-illustrator and transplant to Milwaukee Andy Rash, who on Friday, Oct. 2, will be introducing his new picture book, Archie the Daredevil Penguin. and Liza Wiemer, who is launching her YA debut novel Hello.

Here is BBC’s announcement for both in its newsletter for kids:

Penguin Power with Andy Rash, Friday, October 2, 7 pm, at Boswell.

Local author and illustrator Andy Rash is coming to Boswell for a talk and signing great for all ages in which he’ll introduce his latest picture book, Archie the Daredevil Penguin, a comic-book style story filled with daring feats and faithful friends that readers will flock to. Archie the Daredevil Penguin is lauded as “silly and charming” by Kirkus andPublisher’s Weekly is calling it a “read-aloud winner.”
Here’s proprietor Daniel Goldin’s take on Archie the Daredevil Penguin: “Archie is one amazing penguin! He’s tobagganed through Craggy Pass and tiptoed through the Leopard Seal Bunks. And now he is preparing for his greatest challenge yet, creating an invention to fly across to Iceberg Nine for a fish fry. As he comes up with one wild idea after another, the truth comes out that Archie can’t swim. While cartoon penguins call to mind such classics as Tennessee Tuxedo and Chilly Willy, and more contemporary icons like Mumble from Happy Feet, Archie is more like a kind-hearted Wile E. Coyote. Rash’s penguins have a charming style all their own, and the dialogue is filled with droll asides that lightly address the fears of many kids. Fun for everyone, but if you know someone afraid of swimming, even better!”
Andy Rash will offer a talk not just about Archie but on the writing and creative process. While kids are welcome to this event, adults will also enjoy this presentation on Friday, October 2, 7 pm.
Say “Hello” to Liza Wiemer When She Launches Her First Book for Teens at Boswell on Wednesday, October 28, 7 pm.

Boswell Book Company is proud to host local author Liza Wiemer’s launch of her debut young-adult novel, Hello?, the story of five Wisconsin teens’ stories woven into a compelling narrative of friendship and family, loss and love, heartbreak and healing, serendipity, and ultimately hope, perfect for ages 14 and up. Liza Wiemer will donate a copy of Hello? to a local school for every 10 copies purchased at Boswell.

Tricia: A girl struggling to find her way after her beloved grandma’s death.
Emerson: A guy who lives his life to fulfill promises, real and hypothetical.
Angie: A girl with secrets she can only express through poetry.
Brenda: An actress and screenplay writer afraid to confront her past.
Brian: A potter who sets aside his life for Tricia, to the detriment of both.
Hello? has gotten raves from fellow YA authors such as Huntley Fitzpatrick, who called Wiemer’s novel “A triumph of writing and humanity…the characters stayed with me long after I read the book.” And Martina Boone offered this praise: “Brave, beautiful, and wholly original, this story about tantalizing connections and heartbreaking relationships will haunt you, fill you with hope, and leave you smiling.”

Wiemer has been championing teen fiction since we opened 2357 days ago. Now it’s her turn to share the voices of five Wisconsin teens’ stories, weaving a compelling narrative of friendship and family, loss and love, heartbreak and healing, serenity, and ultimately hope. Celebrate Hello? on Wednesday, October 28, 7 pm, at Boswell.


Among other events to be held at both Boswell’s Downer Avenue store and area libraries, the newsletter includes recommended reading for preteens and teenagers, information about its monthly story time for kids and a special presentation for teachers.

Here’s the link to the entire newsletter.

Read about children’s authors who have received Council for Wisconsin Writers contest awards at

More CWW news and information is at


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