Events

June

Wednesday, June 28th
Mystery to Me Bookclub

6 pm

Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler

Thursday, June 29th
The Fab Factor! Dorris Burch discusses her book "Don't Be Invisible, Be Fabulous"

6 - 8 pm

Dorris Burch will be here to talk with the Madison Chapter of the Polka Dot Powerhouse!

Public welcome. 

 Dorris Burch's new book shares the voices of 17 courageous women. 

 

The Fab Factor was founded by Dorris Burch, a coaching company for women entrepreneurs to give themselves permission to stand out and be seen in their life and business without sacrificing any part of who they desire to be -- no hiding, no settling! 

 

July

Saturday, July 01st
Marcie Colleen, author of the "Super Happy Bear" series will be at Brick Universe, Monona Terrace

11 am - 1 pm and 2 pm - 4 pm

Monona Terrace (see link below for Brick Universe).

Marcie Colleen is the author of the Super Happy Bear series, illustrated by Steve James (Macmillan). Marcie's husband is a LEGO artist and will be creating a 4 foot tall LEGO statue of Ziggy Bear (one of the characters from Marcie's books). 

To the Super Happy Party Bears, everything is a good thing. Their entire attitude can be summed up in one word: YAY! They love doughnuts, dancing, and above all else―a good party. Not so for the rest of the animals living in the Grumpy Woods. They find the bears terribly annoying. 

To date, there are four books in the Super Happy Party Bears chapter book series (target age group: 5-8): 
Gnawing Around
Knock Knock on Wood
Staying a Hive
Going Nuts
 
Marcie is a proud faculty member at Kidlit Writing School, the Curriculum Developer for Time Traveler Tours & Tales, the Educational Consultant forPicture Book Month and KidLit TV, plus an active member of SCBWI (the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators), 12x12, San Diego Writers, Ink, and Picture the Books (PB Debut Talent of 2017). She tells us that although she will always be a Brooklynite at heart, she now lives with her husband -- LEGO artist, Jonathan Lopes -- and their mischievous sock monkey in San Diego, California.

 

To learn more about Brick Universe, click here. 

Sunday, July 02nd
Marcie Colleen, author of the "Super Happy Bear" series will be at Brick Universe, Monona Terrace
11 am - 1 pm and 2 pm - 4 pm

Monona Terrace (see link below for Brick Universe).

Marcie Colleen is the author of the Super Happy Bear series, illustrated by Steve James (Macmillan). Marcie's husband is a LEGO artist and will be creating a 4 foot tall LEGO statue of Ziggy Bear (one of the characters from Marcie's books). 

To the Super Happy Party Bears, everything is a good thing. Their entire attitude can be summed up in one word: YAY! They love doughnuts, dancing, and above all else―a good party. Not so for the rest of the animals living 
in the Grumpy Woods. They find the bears terribly annoying. 

To date, there are four books in the Super Happy Party Bears chapter book series (target age group: 5-8): 
Gnawing Around
Knock Knock on Wood
Staying a Hive
Going Nuts
 
Marcie is a proud faculty member at Kidlit Writing School, the Curriculum Developer for Time Traveler Tours & Tales, the Educational Consultant forPicture Book Month and KidLit TV, plus an active member of SCBWI (the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators), 12x12, San Diego Writers, Ink, and Picture the Books (PB Debut Talent of 2017). She tells us that although she will always be a Brooklynite at heart, she now lives with her husband -- LEGO artist, Jonathan Lopes -- and their mischievous sock monkey in San Diego, California.

 

To learn more about Brick Universe, click here. 

Tuesday, July 04th
Closed to Celebrate Independence Day!
Saturday, July 08th
Claymates with Lauren Eldridge!

2 pm

It's a launch party!!!  Join the fun and celebrate a local artist. And, not to worry...we'll have plenty of clay for everyone! 

The books is geared toward children ages 6-8 along everyone who loves a good story (and the chance to work with clay!).

What can you do with two blobs of clay? Create something amazing! But don't leave them alone for too long. Things might get a little crazy.

Watch the claymates squish, smash, and sculpt themselves into the funniest shapes they can think of--from a peanut to an elephant to a blowfish and more--in a crazy competition that will keep young readers giggling. But when the claymates mess themselves up beyond repair, they'll have to work together to fix each other before they're caught in the act! Kids will laugh themselves silly at the antics of these very creative blobs of clay--and they'll never look at their art projects the same way again.
 


Dev Petty is the author of the popular picture book I Don't Want to Be a Frog. She used to work in movies, but now she writes picture books, which are like smaller, paper movies when you think about it. Dev is great at word jumbles, makes a pretty good sandwich, and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, which she thinks is the best place ever.

Lauren Eldridge had to take a break from sculpting blocks of cheese into cats and unicorns to write this bio. She first studied landscape architecture in school but later decided to earn a graduate degree in teaching. Lauren now builds city streets and house dragons in her basement in Madison, Wisconsin. Claymates is her debut picture book.

 

Sunday, July 09th
History's Mysteries Book Club

12:30 pm

Murder at Rosamund's Gate by Susanna Calkins

Thursday, July 13th
Doug Moe interviews Dave Watson about "Walkabout Undone"

7 pm

Walkabout Undone is a memoir of Dave's time in Australia. The book chronicles his testing the waters in Melbourne, where he pursued love and became embroiled in academic shenanigans and discovered underlying racism and xenophobia. 

Dave Watson founded a website where he shares interviews with professionals working in the filmmaking industry. He lives in Madison with his wife, two sons, and a guinnea pig named Pippin. 
Saturday, July 15th
Dean Robbins reads from "Margaret and the Moon"

2 pm

Margaret Hamilton loved numbers as a young girl. She knew how many miles it was to the moon (and how many back). She loved studying algebra and geometry and calculus and using math to solve problems in the outside world.

Soon math led her to MIT and then to helping NASA put a man on the moon! She handwrote code that would allow the spacecraft’s computer to solve any problems it might encounter. Apollo 8. Apollo 9. Apollo 10. Apollo 11. Without her code, none of those missions could have been completed.
 
Dean Robbins and Lucy Knisley deliver a lovely portrayal of a pioneer in her field who never stopped reaching for the stars.

 

Saturday, July 15th
Tig Notaro at the Barrymore Theater with her book "I'm Just a Person"

8 pm

Barrymore Theater

For tickets and more information about the event, please click here.

About the Book I'm Just a Person

One of America’s most original comedic voices delivers a darkly funny, wryly observed, and emotionally raw account of her year of death, cancer, and epiphany.

In the span of four months in 2012, Tig Notaro was hospitalized for a debilitating intestinal disease called C. diff, her mother unexpectedly died, she went through a breakup, and then she was diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer. Hit with this devastating barrage, Tig took her grief onstage. Days after receiving her cancer diagnosis, she broke new comedic ground, opening an unvarnished set with the words: “Good evening. Hello. I have cancer. How are you? Hi, how are you? Is everybody having a good time? I have cancer.” The set went viral instantly and was ultimately released as Tig’s sophomore album, Live, which sold one hundred thousand units in just six weeks and was later nominated for a Grammy.

Now, the wildly popular star takes stock of that no good, very bad year—a difficult yet astonishing period in which tragedy turned into absurdity and despair transformed into joy. An inspired combination of the deadpan silliness of her comedy and the open-hearted vulnerability that has emerged in the wake of that dire time, I’m Just a Person is a moving and often hilarious look at this very brave, very funny woman’s journey into the darkness and her thrilling return from it.

Bio

Tig (affectionately named by her brother as a child) was born in Jackson, MS and raised by her single mother in Pass Christian, MS. During hot summer days, her artistic and free-spirited mother would feed the children all three meals at once, then hose down their diapered bodies in highchairs to cut back on cooking and cleaning, leaving more time for her to paint donkeys on the outside of their house. The family eventually moved to Texas, where they gained a new father who provided structure and alas…a house with no donkeys painted on the walls.

While serving time in a Texas high school, Tig failed three grades by entertaining classmates rather than entertaining the notion of a successful academic career. She decided to drop out of school in 9th grade and move to Denver, CO., where she worked briefly in the music industry before moving to LA to lodge herself firmly into the world of comedy.

Thursday, July 20th
Ingrid Swanberg and W.D. Markhardt present "Some Cats"

7 pm 

Ingrid Swanberg & W.D. Markhardt will be reading poetry and presenting artwork from their new chapbook Some Cats, a collaboration exploring the nuances of character and human inter-relationships of some of the many cats they have known, and offering up a wide range of experiences, from wonderment to affection to loss to laughter. Ruth Coelho, a sculptor working in Northern California, writes of Some Cats: “Thereʼs no screen between the reader and the poems and drawings; the work is all completely immediate, expressing pure feeling.”

Ingrid Swanberg writes poetry and prose, and also works in collage. She has been involved in independent small press poetry publishing from the era of hand-assembled mimeo magazines to her current work as editor and publisher of Abraxas and director of Ghost Pony Press (both Madison-based). Her recent poetry collections include Ariadne & Other Poems (Bottom Dog Press, 2013) and Awake (Green Panda Press, 2014). “Simplicity and silence form the central axis of Swanbergʼs work in much the same manner as clarity of gesture and centered thought create the necessary dynamic tension in a Zen adeptʼs meditations.”―Andrea Moorhead

See: www.abraxaspressinc.com & www.ghostponypress.com

W.D. Markhardt works in a wide array of artistic modes, from portraits to figure drawings and paintings, from landscapes to abstracts to sculptures. He has worked in a variety of mediums, including oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel, charcoal, stone, wood, concrete, steel, and plaster. Recently he has been experimenting with making three-dimensional painted canvases, inspired, in part, by Celtic knots. To view some of his work see: www.markhardtstudios.com 

Saturday, July 22nd
Monroe Street Sidewalk Sale

10 am to 5 pm

It's another Monroe Street Sidewalk Sale!! Don't miss the fun. Don't miss the bargains. 

Sunday, July 23rd
Agatha Christie Book Club

3 pm

Poirot

Tuesday, July 25th
Actors from Forward Theater read from "Mousetrap" by Agatha Christie

7 pm

stay tuned for more info!

Wednesday, July 26th
Joan Hess is here to talk with us about "Painted Queen" - an Amelia Peabody Mystery

6:30 pm

We are delighted to host best-selling mystery author Joan Hess. Joan will be here to discuss The Painted Queen - an Amelia Peabody mystery that she completed for her dear friend and fellow mystery writer, Elizabeth Peters

If you'd like to be guaranteed a seat, please RSVP through Eventbrite

 


Elizabeth Peters (Author) 
Elizabeth Peters is a pen name of Barbara Mertz, who earned her Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Chicago's famed Oriental Institute. Over the course of her fifty-year career she wrote more than seventy mystery and suspense novels, and three nonfiction books on Egypt. She was the recipient of numerous writing awards, including grandmaster and lifetime achievement awards from the Mystery Writers of America, Malice Domestic, and Bouchercon. In 2012 she was given the first Amelia Peabody Award, created in her honor, at the Malice Domestic convention. She died in 2013, leaving a partially completed manuscript of The Painted Queen.

Joan Hess (Author) 
Joan Hess is the author of the Claire Malloy Mysteries and the Arly Hanks Mysteries, formally known as the Maggody Mysteries. She is a winner of the American Mystery Award, the Agatha Award, for which she has been nominated five times, and is a member of Sisters in Crime and a former president of the American Crime Writers League. She lives in Austin, Texas.

About the Book

Egypt, 1912. Amelia Peabody and her dashing archeologist husband, Radcliffe Emerson, are once again in danger as they search for a priceless, stolen bust of legendary Queen Nefertiti in this long-awaited, eagerly anticipated final installment of Elizabeth Peters's bestselling series.

Arriving in Cairo for another thrilling excavation season, Amelia Peabody is relaxing in her elegant hotel suite in Cairo, when a man with knife protruding from his back staggers into her chamber and utters a single word-"Murder"-before collapsing on the tiled floor, dead. Among the few possessions he is carrying is a sheet of paper with Amelia's name, and a calling card bearing one word: "Judas." Most peculiarly, the stranger is wearing a gold-rimmed monocle in his left eye.

It quickly becomes apparent that someone has saved Amelia from a would-be assassin-someone who is keeping a careful eye on the intrepid archaeologist. And there can be only one answer: the brilliant master of disguise, Sethos.

But neither assassins nor the Genius of Crime will deter Amelia as she and Emerson head to the excavation site at Armana, where they will witness the discovery of one of the most precious Egyptian artifacts: the iconic bust of Nefertiti, stepmother to King Tutankhamun.

For Amelia, this excavation season will prove to be unforgettable. Throughout her journey, a parade of men in monocles will die under suspicious circumstances, fascinating new relics will be unearthed, a diabolical mystery will be solved, and a brilliant criminal will offer his final challenge . . . and perhaps be unmasked at last.

Wednesday, July 26th
Mystery to Me Bookclub

6 pm

August

Sunday, August 06th
History's Mysteries Book Club

12:30 pm

Valley of the Shadow by Peter Tremayne

Wednesday, August 09th
Lesley Kagen at the Sun Prairie Public Library!

6 pm 

Bestselling and award-winning Wisconsin author, Lesley Kagen, will discuss her amazing career as a writer, actress, & voice-over talent in a program that's sure to "Wow!"  Copies of her books will be available for purchase (through Mystery to Me!), with a fun-filled book signing to follow!  Free and open to the public!  Light refreshments served.

Sponsored by Beyond the Page and the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

Where: Library Community Room

Contact: Library Information Desk 608-825-0702

 

Thursday, August 10th
Allyson K. Abbott and Vickie Fee are here to talk about their new books!

7 pm

A fun evening for sure with two "cozy" mystery authors, Allyson K. Abbott (aka Annelise Ryan) and Vickie Fee! 

Let us know your coming! RSVP on Eventbrite

About the Books

A Toast to Murder by Allyson K. Abbott (Book 5 in the Mack's Bar series)

Mack Dalton has named plenty of murderers since she and her barstool detectives began cracking cold cases. But as a new year looms, time is ticking on the hunt for her craftiest villain yet . . .
 
As Milwaukee counts down to New Year's Eve, bar owner Mackenzie "Mack" Dalton has but one resolution--unmask the dangerous mastermind who has been taunting her and killed bouncer Gary Gunderson. Mack and her fellow barflies have fleshed out a suspect and arranged an invite-only party to put a cork in the murderer's game for good. But when the clock strikes midnight and their suspect is found cold and stiff on the basement stairs, it seems the celebration may have come too soon. Now Mack must rely on her special talents to find the real criminal among the crowd of revelers--or someone won't survive until last call . . .

 

 

Allyson K. Abbott is the author's little insider joke at having to pick yet another pseudonym. It's not coincidence the initials are what they are. Beth Amos, the author's real name, is also published under the pseudonym of Annelise Ryan. Beth has enjoyed a varied writing career that included a stint as a book reviewer and several years of nonfiction freelancing. Now she writes only fiction, and in stark contrast to her "day job" as an ER nurse, where she gets to save lives, the one common factor in her fiction, no matter what name it's written under, is that someone always dies. As Annelise Ryan she writes a mystery series featuring the wry, and often politically incorrect, nurse-turned-coroner, Mattie Winston, published by Kensington Books. Check out her website


One Fete in the Grave by Vickie Fee 

Party planner Liv McKay has outdone herself this time. She’s put together an unforgettable Fourth of July celebration for the town of Dixie, Tennessee—including breathtaking fireworks and an exciting Miss Dixie Beauty Pageant. Maybe a little too exciting.

As the party is winding down, Liv’s sense of triumph fizzles when the body of town councilman Bubba Rowland is discovered on the festival grounds. And now the prime suspect in his murder is Liv’s mother’s fiancé, Earl, who had a flare-up recently with Bubba. To clear Earl’s name, Liv and her best friend Di burst into action to smoke out the real killer before another life is extinguished . . . 

Vickie Fee blesses hearts and makes Jack Daniels whiskey balls that'll scorch your tonils. She grew up in Memphis on a steady diet of Nancy Drew and sweet iced tea, and now lives in Michigan's Upper Peninsula with her husband, John. She is currently at work on Book 4, Til Death Do Us Party (2018). Check out her website

Saturday, August 12th
Join local artist & illustrator Andy Rash to hear about "May I Have a Word"

2 pm

A battle of the magnet letters ensues across the refrigerator door in May I Have a Word when C and K get into a fight about who gets to start the cooler (kooler?) words. When the two letters storm off in opposite directions, everything is turned upside down. SOCKS are now SO, there aren't any CLOCKS to TICK or TOCK, and the world is just out of LUCK--until other letters work to bring C and K back together again.

"This unique, hilarious selection will have readers of all ages laughing out loud. Be prepared for it to be in high demand after one read-aloud."

-School Library Journal

 "Keen and klever with a knack for clear instruction"  -Kirkus Review

"Breezy and boldly visual, it will have children looking at the letters on their own refrigerators with new respect—and it should provide teachers with inspiration for classroom activities, too." —Publishers Weekly

Sunday, August 13th
Craig Johnson (of Longmire fame) visits the store!

6:30 pm

Not long ago we received author Craig Johnson's emailed newsletter telling us that he'd be the Guest of Honor in Green Bay, Wisconsin for the Wisconsin Writers' Police Academy. The Academy website notes that: The 9th annual Writers’ Police Academy offers an exciting and heart-pounding interactive and educational hands-on experience for writers to enhance their understanding of all aspects of law enforcement, firefighting, EMS, and forensics. 

When we saw that Craig was going to be in Wisconsin we couldn't pass up the chance to ask him to drop down to Madison! And he agreed! Craig's new book, The Western Star, isn't going to be released until September 5. We will be printing up special Western Star bookplates for people who preorder the book. Craig will sign the bookplate for you! 

Please RSVP on Eventbrite. Thanks!

Wednesday, August 23rd
Mystery to Me Bookclub

6 pm

Friday, August 25th
William Kent Krueger is here with his new book "Sulfur Springs"

7 pm -- Kent wants to be in the store so we'll be asking for RSVPs for the number of chairs we have available.  There will also be standing room! Go to Eventbrite

Check out William Kent Krueger's website for more information about this new book and about what else he's working on these days. 

About the book

In William Kent Krueger’s latest pulse-pounding thriller, Cork O’Connor’s search for a missing man in the Arizona desert puts him at the center of a violent power struggle along the Mexican border, a struggle that might cost Cork everything and everyone he holds most dear.

On the Fourth of July, just as fireworks are about to go off in Aurora, Minnesota, Cork O’Connor and his new bride Rainy Bisonette listen to a desperate voicemail left by Rainy's son, Peter. The message is garbled and full of static, but they hear Peter confess to the murder of someone named Rodriguez. When they try to contact him, they discover that his phone has gone dead.

September

Saturday, September 09th
Kevin Henkes and Laura Dronzak "In the Middle of Fall"

2 pm --Celebrate another new book with our neighbors Kevin and Laura! 

Everything is yellow, red, orange.
Everything is chilly, frisky, gusty.
Everything is changing, turning.

It’s the middle of Fall.
Can you see it?
Can you taste it?
Can you smell it?
Can you imagine it?

Sunday, September 10th
History's Mysteries Book Club

12:30 pm

Chiefs by Stuart Wood

Tuesday, September 12th
Robert Madrygan is here to discuss his debut novel "Solace of Trees"

7 pm

About the Book

The Solace of Trees tells the story of Amir, a young boy of secular Muslim heritage who witnesses his family’s murder in the Bosnian War. Amir hides in a forest, mute and shocked, among refugees fleeing for their lives. Narrowly escaping death in rural Bosnia, he finds sanctuary in a UN camp. After a charity relocates him to the United States, the retired professor who fosters Amir learns that the boy holds a shameful secret concerning his parents’ and sister’s deaths. Amir’s years in the US bring him healing and a loving place in a new family. In college, as a film studies major, he falls in love⎯and he accepts the request of an Islamic Studies professor to work on a documentary film on the plight of Palestinians. 9/11 comes, and with it, the arrest of the professor. As Amir enters adulthood, his destiny brings him full circle back to the darkness he thought he’d forever escaped.

Described from the perspective of a child victim, The Solace of Trees is the lesser-told story of the tragedy of war, from the Bosnian War to the US policy of government-sponsored abductions. A tale shared by countless victims in countless times and places, The Solace of Trees is at once a page-turner and a work of beauty and insight. It is a sobering look at a hidden cost of war and an affirmation of the human spirit from those who survive the ordeal.

About the author

Robert Madrygin has experienced the meaning of culture, ethnicity, and language from many perspectives. The son of a US military lawyer, he grew up both in the United States and abroad--with his early years spent in postwar Japan, where his father had been appointed to defend the rights of Japanese POWs. Facing profound cultural and social shifts, he navigated his way through an often troubled, isolated childhood that, due to family misfortunes and his father’s career, saw him move from home to home over a dozen times and that for periods of time had him placed in foster care. The Solace of Trees is his first novel. He and his wife live currently in Vermont.

Saturday, September 16th
Monroe Street Festival

10 am to 5 pm

Check out all the fun adventures here on the Monroe Street website

More info to follow...

Tuesday, September 19th
Andrea Potos reads from "Arrows of Light"

7 pm

More information to come!

Saturday, September 23rd
"Peanut of Blind Faith Farm" by Jim Thompson

2 pm

Sunday, September 24th
Agatha Christie Book Club

3 pm

Wednesday, September 27th
Mystery to Me Bookclub

6 pm

Thursday, September 28th
Kathleen Ernst launches her new Chloe Ellefson mystery, "Mining for Justice"

6:00 pm

About the Book

Chloe Ellefson is excited to be learning about Wisconsin’s early Cornish immigrants and mining history while on temporary assignment at Pendarvis, a historic site in charming Mineral Point.

But when her boyfriend, police officer Roelke McKenna, discovers long-buried human remains in the root cellar of an old Cornish cottage, Chloe reluctantly agrees to mine the historical record for answers.

She soon finds herself in the center of a heated and deadly controversy that threatens to close Pendarvis. While struggling to help the historic site, Chloe must unearth dark secrets, past and present . . . before a killer comes to bury her.

Kathleen Ernst is the award-winning, bestselling author of thirty-five published books, which together have now sold over 1.7 million printed, ebook, and audio copies.

Kathleen's work has earned numerous honors, including an Emmy for children's educational programming, a LOVEY Best Traditional Mystery Award, and an Edgar and multiple Agatha national mystery award nominations.

Kathleen's published books fall into three main groups: American Girl mysteries and historical fiction for readers ages 8 and up; Chloe Ellefson mysteries for adults and mature teens; and American Civil War books for adults and young readers. In addition, she has written poetry, a young adult (YA) novel, and a two non-fiction history books.

October

Sunday, October 01st
History's Mysteries Book Club

12:30 pm

Zoo Station by David Downing

Wednesday, October 25th
Mystery to Me Bookclub

6 pm

Thursday, October 26th
Michael Stanley is here to discuss "Dying to Live" - a Detective Kubu Mystery!

7 pm

'A wonderful, original voice – McCall Smith with a dark edge and even darker underbelly’ - Peter James

‘Under the African sun, Michael Stanley’s Detective Kubu investigates crimes as dark as the darkest of Nordic Noir. Call it Sunshine Noir, if you will – a must read’ - Yrsa Sigurðardóttir

When the body of a Bushman is discovered near the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, the death is written off as an accident. But all is not as it seems. An autopsy reveals that, although he's clearly very old, his internal organs are puzzlingly young. What's more, an old bullet is lodged in one of his muscles... But where is the entry wound? When the body is stolen from the morgue and a local witch doctor is reported missing. Detective Kubu Bengu gets involved. 

Michael Stanley is the writing team of Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip.
Both are retired professors who have worked in academia and business. Sears is a mathematician, specializing in geological remote sensing. Trollip is an educational psychologist, specializing in the application of computers to teaching and learning, and a pilot. They were both born in South Africa.

They have been on a number of flying safaris to Botswana and Zimbabwe, where it was always exciting to buzz a dirt airstrip to shoo the elephants off. They have had many adventures on these trips including tracking lions at night, fighting bush fires on the Savuti plains in northern Botswana, being charged by an elephant, and having their plane’s door pop open over the Kalahari, scattering navigation maps over the desert.. These trips have fed their love both for the bush, and for Botswana.

It was on one of these trips that the idea surfaced for a novel set in Botswana.

A Carrion Death is their first novel.

 

 

November

Wednesday, November 01st
Jeremi Suri discusses "The Impossible Presidency - The Rise and Fall of America's Highest Office"

7 pm

Why have recent presidents failed to bring promised change? This book charts the rise and fall of the American presidency, from the limited role envisaged by the Founding Fathers to its current status as the most powerful job in the world. The presidency is a victim of its own success -- the vastness of the job makes it almost impossible to fulfill the expectations placed upon it. As managers of the world's largest economy and military, contemporary presidents must react to a truly globalized world in a twenty-four-hour news cycle. There is little room left for bold vision. The Impossible Presidency traces America's disenchantment with our recent presidents to the inevitable mismatch between presidential promises and the structural limitations of the office.

Jeremi Suri holds the Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. He is a professor in the university's Department of History and the LBJ School of Public Affairs. He previously held a position in the History Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

Sunday, November 05th
History's Mysteries Book Club

12:30 pm

Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith

Wednesday, November 22nd
Mystery to Me Bookclub

6 pm

Thursday, November 23rd
Closed to Celebrate Thanksgiving
Saturday, November 25th
Small Business Saturday

Open 10 am to 5 pm 

Sunday, November 26th
Agatha Christie Book Club

3 pm

December

Sunday, December 03rd
Monroe Street Christmas Walk
Sunday, December 03rd
History's Mysteries Book Club

12:30 pm

Saturday, December 16th
Allen Eskens discusses "Deep Dark Descending"

2 pm

A new mystery from the USA Today bestselling author of The Life We Bury, The Guise of Another and The Heavens May Fall. His debut novel, The Life We Bury, has been published in 16 languages and is being developed for a feature film!

About the Book

Homicide Detective Max Rupert never fully accepted his wife's death, even when he believed that a reckless hit and run driver was the cause. But when he learns that in fact she was murdered, he devotes himself to hunting down her killers.

About the Author

Allen Eskens has a journalism degree from the University of Minnesota and a law degree from Hamline University. After law school, he studied creative writing in the M.F.A. program at Minnesota State University-Mankato, as well as the Loft Literary Center and the Iowa Summer Writer’s Festival. 

Allen grew up on the hills of central Missouri. He now lives with his wife, Joely, in out-state Minnesota where he has been a practicing criminal defense attorney for 25 years.