Events

May

Thursday, May 25th
Doug Moe interviews Emile Nadeau about "The Cooperative Society"

7 pm 

The Cooperative Society presents the hypothesis that we may be on the threshold of a new stage of history, one characterized by cooperation, democracy, the equitable distribution of resources, and a sustainable relationship with nature. 

“An outstanding job of explaining the context for change and, just as importantly, the urgent need for such a change.” Charles Gould, Director-General
International Co-operative Alliance

“A refreshing and hopeful analysis of major trends in human behavior.”
Judy Ziewacz, President and CEO
The National Cooperative Business Association/CLUSA

“Lays out major drivers of our socio/political/economic environment, [and] develops a useful framework for measuring and monitoring these factors over time.” Walden Swanson, Founder and Director Emeritus CoMetrics 

E.G. Nadeau has an undergraduate degree in sociology from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has been researching, developing, teaching, and writing about cooperatives and community development for more than 45 years, beginning with his work as a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal in 1970. 

Saturday, May 27th
Darcy Miller talks about her debut middle-grade novel, "Roll"

2 pm

About the Book

Roll is a hilariously funny and poignant debut novel, perfect for fans of Jerry Spinelli, Kat Yeh, Gary Schmidt, and Rebecca Stead.

When Lauren (but call him “Ren,” pretty please) Hall sees birds falling from the sky, he knows something is wrong. But just as he’s starting to worry, he realizes that the birds are plummeting toward the ground on purpose.

Turns out they’re Birmingham Roller Pigeons, and his new neighbor Sutton is training them for a competition.

Sure, it’s strange, but Ren’s best and only friend Aiden has picked this summer to start hanging with the popular kids. So Ren starts training pigeons with Sutton—what’s the worst that could happen? A bird falls on his head?

You’ll have to read Roll to find out.

About the Author

Darcy Miller's debut novel, Roll, releases with HarperCollins on May 23. She lives with her husband and two sons in Wisconsin, and is the daughter of a competitve roller pigeon flyer. 

Sunday, May 28th
Agatha Christie Book Club

3 pm

Sparkling Cyanide

Tuesday, May 30th
Madison Writers' Studio students read from their work

5:30 pm

Public Welcome

June

Friday, June 02nd
Victoria Houston is here to share "Dead Spider"

7 pm

Victoria Houston is back!  

In the next installment to the Loon Lake mystery series, Lewellyn Ferris and Doc Osborne must solve a murder that shatters the picturesque Wisconsin lake town community at the height of summer.

On a lovely Sunday afternoon in late June, the annual Loon Lake Youth Fishing Tournament is coming to a close. People are happy, kids are full of ice cream, and teenagers are setting off firecrackers so loud that no one hears a gunshot.

When the crowd thins out, an attractive young wife makes a grisly discovery: A single bullet to the head has killed her much-older husband—the richest man in Wisconsin.

Meanwhile, as Police Chief Lewellyn Ferris gets the murder investigation underway, her good friend and deputy coroner, “Doc” Osborne, is alarmed to hear that his oldest grandchild, fifteen-year-old Beth, has been caught in a drug sting.



And Loon Lake’s idyllic summer is further shattered when numerous elderly patients in the local nursing home discover they have been robbed.

“Victoria Houston’s love for her Wisconsin setting—and her wonderful characters—is evident on every page of her fine series” (New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman).

Saturday, June 03rd
Author Scott Turow is at the Madison Public Library!

7 pm

Hosted in partnership with the Wisconsin Book Festival

Thanks to the sponsors for this event, the first 75 people in line receive a free copy of TESTIMONY! 

In partnership with the Wisconsin Book Festival, Mystery to Me is happy to co-host author Scott Turow. His newest book is Testimony --- "TESTIMONY is Scott Turow's most ambitious and complex work—which takes us from the gritty familiarity of his beloved Kindle County into a mysterious world of international intrigue. It's the best kind of thriller, one that stimulates the mind as well as thrilling the heart."  —Jeffrey Toobin, New York Times bestselling author of American Heiress

About the Book

In the bestselling tradition of PRESUMED INNOCENT—the 1987 debut novel that made him "one of the major writers in America" (NPR)—comes what may be Scott Turow's best thriller yet.

Bill ten Boom has walked out on everything he thought was important to him: his career, his wife, Kindle County, even his country. Still, when he is tapped to examine the disappearance of an entire Gypsy refugee camp—unsolved for ten years—he feels drawn to what will become the most elusive case of his career.

In order to uncover what happened during the apocalyptic chaos after the Bosnian War, Boom must navigate a host of suspects ranging from Serb paramilitaries to organized crime gangs to the U.S. government, while also maneuvering among the alliances and treacheries of those connected to the case: Morgan Merriwell, a disgraced U.S. Major General; Ferko Rincic, the massacre's sole survivor; and Esma Czarni, an alluring barrister with secrets to protect.

A master of the legal thriller, Scott Turow has returned with his most irresistibly confounding and satisfying novel yet.

Scott Turow is the author of ten best-selling works of fiction including INNOCENTPRESUMED INNOCENT and THE BURDEN OF PROOF, and two non-fiction books including ONE L, about his experience as a law student. His books have been translated into more than 40 languages, sold more than 30 million copies world-wide and have been adapted into a full length film and two television miniseries. He frequently contributes essays and op-ed pieces to publications such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Playboy, and The Atlantic.

 

 

Sunday, June 04th
History's Mysteries Book Club

12:30 pm

Savage Girl by Jean Zimmerman

 

Wednesday, June 07th
Madison Writers' Studio students read from their work

5:30 pm

Hear from many talented writers! 

Public Welcome.

Thursday, June 08th
Poetry with Shoshauna Shy and Alice D'Allesio

7 pm

Shoshauna Shy

Author of five books of poetry and a recipient of an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Wisconsin Library Association, Shoshauna Shy's poems have been published in The Seattle Review, Cimarron Review, The Briar Cliff Review, Rattle, Poetry Northwest and by nearly 200 other journals and presses. One of her poems was selected for the Poetry 180 Library of Congress program launched by Billy Collins, and she was a finalist for the Tom Howard/Margaret Reid poetry prize sponsored by Winning Writers in 2015. Shoshauna works for the Wisconsin Humanities Council and helped to create, coordinate and facilitate poetry programs for the annual Wisconsin Book Festival in downtown Madison for a decade. She founded the Poetry Jumps Off the Shelf program under the umbrella of Woodrow Hall Editions, and is also a flash fiction author - but that's another story!




 

Alice D'Alessio

Alice D’Alessio is the author of three previous poetry collections, including A Blessing of Trees, which was awarded the Posner Prize for best poetry book of 2004 by the Council of Wisconsin Writers, Days We Are Given, awarded a first prize and publication by Earth’s Daughters, and Conversations With Thoreau, published by the UW Parallel Press.  She grew up on the east coast and currently resides in Middleton.


 



Friday, June 09th
Steve and Ben Nadler discuss their graphic

7 pm

Steve and Ben Nadler discuss their graphic narrative, The Heretics!

This entertaining and enlightening graphic narrative tells the exciting story of the seventeenth-century thinkers who challenged authority—sometimes risking excommunication, prison, and even death—to lay the foundations of modern philosophy and science and help usher in a new world. With masterful storytelling and color illustrations, Heretics! offers a unique introduction to the birth of modern thought in comics form—smart, charming, and often funny.


Steven Nadler is the William H. Hay II Professor of Philosophy and Evjue-Bascom Professor in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His books include Spinoza: A Life, which won the Koret Jewish Book Award, and Rembrandt's Jews, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He lives in Madison. Ben Nadler, a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, is an illustrator. He lives in Chicago.

Wednesday, June 14th
Doug Moe interviews Jerome Buting about "Illusion of Justice" -- at Central Library, Room 301

7 pm

Note -- we are offering this event in partnership with the Wisconsin Book Festival.

The event will be at Madison's Central Library in the Community Room -- Room 301.  

Let us know you're coming! Click here. 

Over his career, Jerome F. Buting has spent hundreds of hours in courtrooms representing defendants in criminal trials. When he agreed to join Dean Strang as co-counsel for the defense in Steven A. Avery vs. State of Wisconsin, he knew a hard fight lay ahead. But, as he reveals in ILLUSION OF JUSTICE: Inside Making a Murderer and America’s Broken System, no-one could have predicted just how tough and twisted that fight would be—or that it would become the center of the Netflix documentary sensation Making a Murderer, which made Steven Avery and his nephew, Brendan Dassey, household names and thrust America’s criminal justice system into the spotlight.

Their ongoing saga—which will be covered in a second season of Making a Murderer—has sparked as much debate about the integrity of our criminal justice system as it has about whether Avery and Dassey are guilty or innocent. “Beyond the Netflix documentary, there is much more to say about the Avery investigation and trial, its flaws, and how they can be seen in other fascinating, if less celebrated, cases that I’ve worked on,” Buting explains. “Taken together, they show us what is wrong with our system. Just as importantly, they provide a roadmap to urgently-needed reforms. We all count on the presumption of innocence, and all of us need to protect this bedrock of our society.” Jerry Buting wrote ILLUSION OF JUSTICE to make a case for criminal justice reform that looks at the Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey trialsand beyond to show what the world feels like to people who are standing alone and accused. “As a defense lawyer,” he says, “my place is by their side.”

Interwoven with his account of the Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey trials is Buting’s own story, from his early career as a public defender to his success overturning wrongful convictions working with the Innocence Project, which provides a compelling expert view into the high-stakes arena of criminal defense law; the difficulties of forensic science; and a horrifying reality of biased interrogations, coerced or false confessions, faulty eyewitness testimony, official misconduct, and more.

Combining narrative reportage with critical commentary and personal reflection, he explores his professional and personal motivations, including a battle with a rare cancer that almost cost him his life; career-defining cases, including his shocking fifteen-year-long fight to clear the name of another man wrongly accused and convicted of murder; and what must happen if our broken system is to be saved.

Taking a place beside Just Mercy and The New Jim Crow, ILLUSION OF JUSTICE is a tour-de-force from a relentless and eloquent advocate for justice who is determined to fulfill his professional responsibility and, in the face of overwhelming odds, make America’s judicial system work as it is designed to do.

Jerome F. Buting is a shareholder in the Brookfield, Wisconsin, law firm of Buting, Williams & Stilling, S.C. He received his undergraduate degree in forensic studies from Indiana University and his law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was board director of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and chair of the Wisconsin State Bar Criminal Law Section. He lectures worldwide and is frequently sought by national TV and radio show hosts for his legal expertise. He is also the recipient of the Fierce Advocate Award from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the James Joyce Award from University College Dublin, and the Trinity College Dublin Praeses Elit Award. 

Thursday, June 15th
Daniel Sharfstein is here to discuss "Thunder in the Mountains"

7 pm

In his penetrating new book, Thunder in the Mountains, Daniel J. Sharfstein shows how the meaning of freedom was not only contested in the South after the Civil War but extended all the way to the Pacific Northwest....Sharfstein’s account not only makes for absorbing reading; it adds immeasurably to our understanding of the complicated, interwoven lives of those who fought for “progress” east and west....Those who know little about General Howard, other than that he was a founder of Howard University, will be especially interested in following his story to the end.”—Henry Louis Gates, Alphonse Fletcher University Professor, Harvard University

Daniel J. Sharfstein is an associate professor of law at Vanderbilt University. A graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School, he has been awarded fellowships for his research on the legal history of race in the United States from Harvard, New York University, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has written for The Yale Law Journal, The New York Times, The Economist, The Washington Post, and other publications. He lives with his family in Nashville, Tennessee.

Friday, June 16th
Poetry with Jeanie and Steve Tomasko

7 pm

Insects seem to creep their way into Steve Tomasko’s poems (even his love poems). He doesn’t think that’s a bad thing. His wife, Jeanie, long ago stopped screaming when a dragonfly lands on her. She doesn’t think that’s a bad thing. But they both still get creeped out by spiders. Steve and Jeanie edited the 2015 Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar. Steve has had poems published here and, occasionally, there. He’s been rejected by some of the best journals around. His first (and so far only) chapbook, “and no spiders were harmed” was published in Dec. 2015 by Red Bird Chapbooks.  

Jeanie Tomasko is the 2014 recipient of the Lorine Niedecker Poetry Award from The Council for Wisconsin Writers. Her story/poem book “(Prologue)” is the recipient of an Editor’s Choice award from Concrete Wolf Chapbook Series. She has four other published books of poetry including “Tricks of Light,” “Sharp as Want,” “Violet Hours,” and the just out, “Collect of the Day.” When they get a chance, she and Steve like to commune with Lake Superior. Jeanie endeavors to always have a bottomless honey jar, garlic from the garden, and bees in the front-yard hyssop.

Sunday, June 18th
Closed today to celebrate dads everywhere!
Wednesday, June 21st
Make Music Madison with Bill and Bobbie Malone (at 702WI)

7 pm

Bill and Bobbie Malone will be singing and playing their wonderful music at 702 WI (AKA 702 East Johnson and Blount). Their recent books and CDs will also be available for sale. Mystery to Me is proud to be teaming up with the folks at 702 WI to be part of Make Music Madison! 

Wednesday, June 21st
Mystery to Me Bookclub

6 pm

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 are welcome. 

More info to follow. 

 

July

Sunday, July 09th
History's Mysteries Book Club

12:30 pm

The Devil's Making by Sean Haldane

Sunday, July 23rd
Agatha Christie Book Club

3 pm

Poirot

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 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! 

Check out William Kent Krueger's website for more information about his new book. 

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

Sunday, September 10th
History's Mysteries Book Club

12:30 pm

Chiefs by Stuart Wood

Thursday, September 14th
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.

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.