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September

Thursday, September 29th
Live @ MTM: Sen. Russ Feingold & Peter Prindiville

Time: 6:00p

Where: Mystery to Me (seats are limited, Get Tickets)

Livestream: Crowdcast (RSVP)

Cover of Constitution in Jeopardy

 

About the book

Over the last two decades, a fringe plan to call a convention under the Constitution's amendment mechanism—the nation's first ever—has inched through statehouses. Delegates, like those in Philadelphia two centuries ago, would exercise nearly unlimited authority to draft changes to our fundamental law, potentially altering anything from voting and free speech rights to regulatory and foreign policy powers. Such a watershed moment would present great danger, and for some, great power.

 

In this important book, Feingold and Prindiville distill extensive legal and historical research and examine the grave risks inherent in this effort. But they also consider the role of constitutional amendment in modern life. Though many focus solely on judicial and electoral avenues for change, such an approach is at odds with a cornerstone ideal of the Founding: that the People make constitutional law, directly. In an era defined by faction and rejection of long-held norms, The Constitution in Jeopardy examines the nature of constitutional change and asks urgent questions about what American democracy is, and should be.

 

Senator Russ Feingold

About Russ Feingold

Russ Feingold served nearly two decades in the United States Senate and is president of the American Constitution Society. He is a recipient of the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award and the bestselling author of While America Sleeps.

 

Peter Prindiville

About Peter Prindiville

Peter Prindiville is a non-resident fellow at the Stanford Constitutional Law Center and an attorney based in Washington. He previously was a fellow on the Senate Judiciary Committee and a high school history teacher. 

October

Sunday, October 02nd
Virtual Event: Kevin Henkes

Time: 10:00a

Where: livestreaming on Crowdcast

Cover of Oh Sal

 

About the book

A stand-alone companion to two-time Newbery Honor author Kevin Henkes’s award-winning and acclaimed The Year of Billy Miller and Billy Miller Makes a Wish. This short, humorous, and accessible novel for newly independent readers focuses on Billy’s younger sister, Sal, and the story unfolds during an eventful holiday season at the Miller house. A great choice for fans of Ramona, Ivy + Bean, and Dory Fantasmagory. Illustrated in black-and-white on every page by the author.

It’s Christmas, and the Miller family is celebrating their first holiday with the new baby. Billy is excited that Uncle Jake is visiting, but nothing about this holiday season is making Sal happy. The baby is a noisy nuisance and hogging all of Mama’s attention. Plus, the baby doesn’t even have a name yet. To make matters worse, Sal has lost a gift that Santa gave her!

Will Sal find her present? Will the Millers find a name for the baby? Will Billy always be an obnoxious big brother? 

The holiday season (and life with the Millers) is full of surprises—and warmth, kindness, family, celebration, and love—in the hands of award-winning author Kevin Henkes. Illustrated throughout with black-and-white art by the author, Oh, Sal is an excellent choice for early elementary grades, as well as a terrific family and classroom read-aloud for every time of the year.

Kevin Henkes

 

About the author

“I’ve been writing and illustrating children’s books for thirty years. It’s the only real job I’ve ever had.

When my work is going well, it’s transformative. I feel as if I’ve been removed from ordinary time and am living in some parallel universe, a world of grace and wonder.

Books are often the first exposure to art that children have. Keeping that in mind urges me to make the very best books possible. I know how important the books from my childhood were (and are) to me. Without them, I might not be a writer and artist today.

Sometimes I’ll hear from a parent about how a book of mine has insinuated itself into the heart of his or her child, or how a phrase from one of my books has become part of the family’s daily jargon. I love that. But most of all, I love sitting alone in a quiet room drawing and painting and writing. I love my job.”

Tuesday, October 04th
YA Book Club: The Grimrose Girls

Time: 6:00p

Where: Barriques on Monroe Street

We will be reading The Grimrose Girls by Laura Pohl

Cover for Grimrose Girls

About the book

Four troubled friends,

One murdered girl...

and a dark fate that may leave them all doomed.

After the mysterious death of their best friend, Ella, Yuki, and Rory are the talk of their elite school, Grimrose Academy. The police ruled it a suicide, but the trio are determined to find out what really happened.

When Nani Esvez arrives as their newest roommate, it sets into motion a series of events they couldn't have imagined. As the girls retrace their friend's last steps, they uncover dark secrets about themselves and their destinies, discovering they're all cursed to repeat the brutal and gruesome endings to their stories until they can break the cycle.

This contemporary take on classic fairytales reimagines heroines as friends attending the same school. While investigating the murder of their best friend, they uncover connections to their ancient fairytale curses and attempt to forge their own fate before it's too late.

Wednesday, October 05th
Live @ MTM: Nick Chiarkas in Conversation with Doug Moe

Time: 6:00p

Where: Mystery to Me (Seats are limited, Get Tickets)

Livestream: Crowdcast (RSVP)

Cover for Nunzio's Way

About the book

Nunzio drifted back to his childhood there on the Lower East Side. The narrow, trash-lined streets and alleys weaved together decaying brownstone tenements with common toilets—one per floor. Alone at ten years old after his mother died, he learned to survive in one of the most notorious neighborhoods in the city. He shoveled coal and guarded the produce stored there by the ships docked off South Street, to pay for living in the cellar at 57 Canon Street. After school, Nunzio mostly walked the streets. He recalled the putrid smell of decomposing cats and dogs covered with a trembling blanket of insects, rats, and things he didn’t recognize. And lying in the gutter against the sidewalk on Pike Street was a horse, with old and fresh whip wounds, shrouded in a cloak of flying and crawling insects. Only three years later at the ripe age of thirteen Nunzio killed his first man, a hulking longshoreman people called “the bear.” His life and the lives of four of his friends changed forever. Plenty of other horrors and hardships confronted him throughout his life, but when he closed his eyes, Nunzio saw the horse.

 

Nick Chiarkas

About the author

Nick Chiarkas grew up in the Al Smith housing projects in the Two Bridges neighborhood on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. When he was in the fourth grade his mother was told by the principal of PS-1 that, “Nick was unlikely ever to complete high school, so you must steer him toward a simple and secure vocation.”  

Instead, Nick became a writer, with a few stops along the way: a U.S. Army Paratrooper (101st Airborne Division); a New York City Police Officer; the Deputy Chief Counsel for the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations; the Deputy Chief Counsel and Research Director for the President’s Commission on Organized Crime; and the Director of the Wisconsin State Public Defender Agency. On the way he picked up a Doctorate from Columbia University; a Law Degree from Temple University; and was a Pickett Fellow at Harvard.

How many mothers are told that their children are hopeless? How many kids with potential simply surrender to despair? That’s why Nick wrote Weepers and Nunzio’s Way — for them.

Thursday, October 06th
Live @ MTM: Annelise Ryan

Time: 6:00p

Where: Mystery to Me (seats are limited, Get Tickets)

Livestream: Crowdcast (RSVP)

Cover of Death in Door County

About the book

A Wisconsin bookstore owner and cryptozoologist is asked to investigate a series of deaths that just might be proof of a fabled lake monster in this first installment of a new mystery series by USA Today bestselling author Annelise Ryan.

Morgan Carter, owner of the Odds and Ends bookstore in Door County, Wisconsin, has a hobby. When she’s not tending the store, she’s hunting cryptids—creatures whose existence is rumored, but never proven to be real. It’s a hobby that cost her parents their lives, but one she’ll never give up on.

So when a number of bodies turn up on the shores of Lake Michigan with injuries that look like bites from a giant unknown animal, police chief Jon Flanders turns to Morgan for help. A skeptic at heart, Morgan can’t turn down the opportunity to find proof of an entity whose existence she can’t definitively rule out. She and her beloved rescue dog, Newt, journey to the Death's Door strait to hunt for a homicidal monster in the lake—but if they’re not careful, they just might be its next victims.

 

Annelise Ryan

About the author

USA Today bestselling author Annelise Ryan (a pseudonym for Beth Amos) has been entertaining mystery fiction enthusiasts for more than a decade with her Mattie Winston Mystery series, the spin-off Helping Hands Mystery series, and the Mack's Bar Mysteries she wrote as Allyson K. Abbott. Now she brings her unique combination of wit, humor, murder, and mayhem to Wisconsin’s beautiful Door County with the first in a new series featuring bookstore owner and cryptozoologist, Morgan Carter, who is hired to determine if a series of mysterious Door County deaths might be the result of a Loch Ness-type monster lurking in the depths of Lake Michigan.

Friday, October 07th
Live @ MTM: Kazuaki Tanahashi and Susan O'Leary

Time: 6:00p

Where: Mystery to Me (seats are limited, Get Tickets)

Livestream: Crowdcast (RSVP)

 

Cover of Delight in One Thousand Characters

About the book

A beautifully curated presentation of the Thousand Character Essay, a masterpiece of Chinese calligraphy that has served as the art form's classic manual for over 1,400 years.

This translation of the Chinese poem the Thousand Character Essay, a handwriting and literacy primer that has been used in China for centuries, opens up this important text on Chinese brush calligraphy to English speaking readers.

In addition to the translation of the story, the book includes extensive essays and appendices detailing the history and cultural importance of the poem.

It also features a complete photographic representation of the Ogawa manuscript of the essay (100 ten-character panels showing both formal and cursive script). This book is the perfect companion to Tanahashi's The Heart of the Brush 

 

Kazuaki Tanahashi and Susan O'Leary

About the authors

Kaz is a beloved Buddhist scholar, calligrapher and peace activist. Some of his books are The Heart Sutra, Moon in a Dewdrop, Treasury of the True Dharma Eye: Dogen's Complete Shobogenzo, The Heart of the Brush, Brushmind, and Sky Above, Great Wind: The Life and Poetry of Zen Master Ryokan.

Susan O'Leary is the author of several books, including Breath Taking, a book of poetry on the breath. Part of a team of writers and historians, she received the Independent Press Book of the Year Award for best book in education in 2009, for Wisconsin: Our State, Our Story. 

Saturday, October 08th
Book Signing: Sue Berg

Time: 11:00a - 1:00p

Where: Mystery to Me 

Cover of Driftless Deceit

 

About the book

"I don't have a sister!"

When an unidentified woman is found in a park in La Crosse with a four-year-old child, Jim Higgins, chief investigator for the La Crosse Sheriff's Department, uncovers some unpleasant family history. But before he can begin to process the family revelations, a double homicide at the local mortuary leads Jim and his team on a frantic chase in search of a killer with a history of predatory sexual misconduct. Can the killer be found before others find themselves in the crosshairs of a ruthless killer?

 

About the author

Sue Berg is the author of the Driftless Mystery Series. She is a former teacher, and enjoys many hobbies including writing, watercolor painting, quilting, cooking and gardening. She lives with her husband, Alan, near Viroqua, Wisconsin

Wednesday, October 12th
MTM Book Club: One of Us Is Lying

Time: 6:00p

Where: Garth's Brew Bar

We are reading One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Cover for One of Us Is Lying

About the book

Pay close attention and you might solve this.

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.

 

    Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.

    Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.

    Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.

    Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.

    And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

 

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon's dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?

 

Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

Thursday, October 13th
Live @ MTM: Carol Dunbar

Time: 6:00p

Where: Mystery to Me (seats are limited, Get Tickets)

Livestream: Crowdcast (RSVP)

Cover of The Net Beneath Us

 

About the book

In the aftermath of her husband's logging accident, Elsa Arnasson is determined to carry on while caring for their two small children in the unfinished house he was building for them in the woods of rural Wisconsin. To cope with the challenges of winter and the near-daily miscommunications from her in-laws, she forges her own relationship with the land, learning from and taking comfort in the trees her husband had so loved. If she wants to stay in their home, she must discover her own capabilities and accept help from the people and places she least expects.

Dunbar, drawing from her own lived experiences, vividly describes the wonder and harshness of life off the grid. Told over the course of a year,The Net Beneath Us is a lyrical exploration of loss, marriage, parenthood, and self-reliance; a tale of how the natural world—without and within us—offers us healing, if we can learn where to look.

 

Carol Dunbar

 

About the author

Carol Dunbar is a working writer and former actor, playwright, and coloratura soprano who left her life in the city to move off the grid. Her writing has been published inThe New York Times,The South Carolina Review, and on Wisconsin Public Radio. She works from a solar-powered office in a water tower in the woods of northern Wisconsin where she lives with her husband, two kids, and a giant Alaskan malamute.Her debut novelThe Net Beneath Us releases this fall.

Thursday, October 13th
Wisconsin Science Festival: This Is What It Sounds Like by Susan Rogers

Time: 6:00p

Where: UW-Madison (Discovery Building)

330 N. Orchard St.

Madison, WI 53715 United States

For more details on this event, check out the event page on the Wisconsin Science Festival website.

Cover for This is What It Sounds Like

About the book

This Is What It Sounds Like is a journey into the science and soul of music that reveals the secrets of why your favorite songs move you. But it’s also a story of a musical trailblazer who began as a humble audio tech in Los Angeles to became Prince’s chief engineer for Purple Rain, and then create other No. 1 hits as one of the most successful female record producers of all time.

Now an award-winning professor of cognitive neuroscience, Susan Rogers leads readers to musical self-awareness. She explains that we each possess a unique “listener profile” based on our brain’s natural response to seven key dimensions of any song. Are you someone who prefers lyrics or melody? Do you like music “above the neck” (intellectually stimulating), or “below the neck” (instinctual and rhythmic)? Whether your taste is esoteric or mainstream, Rogers guides readers to recognize their musical personality, and offers language to describe one’s own unique taste. Like most of us, Rogers is not a musician, but she shows that all of us can be musical—simply by being an active, passionate listener.

While exploring the science of music and the brain, Rogers also takes us behind the scenes of record-making, using her insider’s ear to illuminate the music of Prince, Frank Sinatra, Kanye West, Lana Del Rey and many others. She shares records that changed her life, contrasts them with those that appeal to her coauthor and students, and encourages you to think about the records that define your own identity.

Told in a lively and inclusive style, This Is What It Sounds Like will refresh your playlists, deepen your connection to your favorite artists, and change the way you listen to music.

Saturday, October 15th
Wisconsin Science Festival

 

Where: Wisconsin Historical Society Auditorium

816 State. St.

Madison, WI 53706

 

Cover for Here On Lake Hallie

Patti See 

Here on Lake Hallie

10:30 AM

 

Cover for Ripple Effects

 

Ted Rulseh

Ripple Effects

12:00 PM

View event details here

 

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Scott Spoolman

Wisconsin Waters

1:30 PM

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Ruth Connif

Milked

3:00 PM

Saturday, October 15th
Live @ MTM: Story Time with Nan Evenson

Time: 10:00a

Where: Mystery to Me (seats are limited, Get Tickets)

Livestream: Crowdcast (RSVP)

Cover of Good Night Not Really

About the book

Good Night (Not Really) is the first book in the Not Really series. It features Lisa and Charlie in a humorous counting book with darling friends and a surprise ending! (It’s really a good morning book.) And unlike many counting books, this one helps children learn to count forward as well as backward.

I’d like to give a special shout out to my Ukranian illustrator, Karina. Together, we made words and pictures morph into something special.

Wednesday, October 19th
Virtual Event: Mary Dixie Carter

Time: 7:00p

Where: Livestreaming on Crowdcast

Cover for The Photographer

About the book

The Photographer is a slyly observed, suspenseful story of envy and obsession, told in the mesmerizing, irresistible voice of a character who will make you doubt that seeing is ever believing.

Pictures are fixed. It's one point of view, one moment in time. We tend to trust pictures.

As a photographer, Delta Dawn observes the seemingly perfect lives of New York City's elite: snapping photos of their children's birthday parties, transforming images of stiff hugs and tearstained faces into visions of pure joy, and creating moments these parents long for.

 But when Delta is hired for Natalie Straub's eleventh birthday, she finds herself wishing she wasn't behind the lens but a part of the scene—in the Straub family's gorgeous home and elegant life.

That's when Delta puts her plan in place, by babysitting Natalie; befriending her mother, Amelia; and seeking out chances to listen to her father, Fritz. Soon she's bathing in their master bathtub, drinking their expensive wine, and eyeing the beautifully finished garden apartment in their townhouse. It seems she can never get close enough, until she discovers that photos aren't all she can manipulate.

 

Mary Dixie Carter

 

About the author

Mary Dixie Carter’s debut novel The Photographer will be published  in May 2021 by Minotaur Books - St. Martin’s Publishing Group in the US and by Hodder & Stoughton in the UK.

Mary Dixie’s writing has appeared in TIME,  The Economist, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Chicago Tribune,  The Philadelphia Inquirer,  The New York Sun, The New York Observer and other print and online publications.  She worked at The Observer for five years, where she served as the publishing director.  In addition to writing, she also has a background as a professional actor. 

Mary Dixie graduated from Harvard College with an honors degree in English Literature and holds an MFA in Creative Writing from The New School.  She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two young children.

Thursday, October 20th
Live @ MTM: Alison Townsend in Conversation with Marilyn Annucci

Time: 6:00p

Where: Mystery to Me (seats are limited, Get Tickets)

Livestream: Crowdcast (RSVP)

Cover for The Green Hour

About the book

When Alison Townsend purchased her first house, in south-central Wisconsin, she put down roots where she never imagined settling. To understand how she came to live in the Midwest, she takes a journey through personal landscapes, considering the impact of geography at pivotal moments in her life, vividly illuminating the role of mourning, homesickness, and relocations.

With sparkling, lyrical prose, The Green Hour undulates effortlessly through time like a red-winged blackbird. Inspired by five beloved settings—eastern Pennsylvania, Vermont, California, western Oregon, and the spot atop the Wisconsin hill where she now resides—Townsend considers the role that place plays in shaping the self. She reveals the ways that a fresh perspective or new experience in any environment can incite wonder, build unexpected connections, and provide solace or salvation.

Mesmerizingly attentive to nature—its beauty, its fragility, and its redeeming powers—she asks what it means to live in community with wilderness and to allow our identities to be shaped by our interactions with it: our story as its story.

 

Alison Townsend

About Alison Townsend

Alison Townsend’s newest book is a nature-and-place-based memoir-in-essays, The Green Hour: A Natural History of Home. She is also the author of two books of poetry, The Blue Dress, and Persephone in America, which won the Crab Orchard Open Poetry Competition. A collection of short prose, The Persistence of Rivers: An Essay on Moving Water, won the Jeanne Lieby Nonfiction Prize. Her poetry and essays appear widely, in journals such as The Kenyon Review, Parabola, The Southern Review, and Under the Sun, and have been recognized in Best American Poetry, The Pushcart Prize, and Best American Essays 2020.Her awards include a Wisconsin Arts Board Fellowship, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Chancellor’s Regional Literary Award (for contributions to the literature of the Upper Midwest), and the 2020 Rattle Poetry Prize. She’s had residencies at Hedgebrook, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Spring Creek Project, and Write On, Door County. She is Professor Emerita of English at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where she taught creative nonfiction. She and her climate-activist husband live on four acres of prairie and oak savanna in the Wisconsin farm country, the inspiration for The Green Hour.

 

Marilyn Annucci

About Marilyn Annucci

Marilyn Annucci is the author of The Arrows That Choose Us, winner of the 2018 Press 53 Poetry Book Award. She is on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where she teaches a variety of writing courses. Find her at www.marilynannucci.com.

Sunday, October 23rd
Live @ MTM: Gayle Rosengren

Time: 12:00p

Where: Mystery to Me (seats are limited, Get Tickets)

Livestream: Crowdcast (RSVP)

Cover for Mackenzie's Last Run

About the book

Thirteen-year-old MacKenzie (Mac) Lawrence secretly blames himself for his father’s death. In his grief and guilt, he has pulled away from everyone, even his twin sister Tessa. When their mother announces her plans to remarry barely 18 months after Dad’s death, Mac is furious and runs away in an attempt to force her to break off the engagement.

Unfortunately, nothing goes as Mac plans. He ends up seriously injured, miles from home, unable to reach out for help, while clues he inadvertently left behind suggest he’s been kidnapped—possibly by Mom’s fiancé—and set his twin sister Tessa on a desperate search to find him. But she’d better hurry, because the clock is ticking, and Mac is running out of time.

Wednesday, October 26th
Live @ MTM: Amy E. Reichert in Conversation with Ann Garvin

Time: 6:00p

Where: Mystery to Me (seats are limited, Get Tickets)

Livestream: Crowdcast (RSVP)

Cover for Once Upon a December

About the book

With a name like Astra Noel Snow, holiday spirit isn’t just a seasonal specialty—it’s a way of life. But after a stinging divorce, Astra’s yearly trip to the Milwaukee Christmas market takes on a whole new meaning. She’s ready to eat, drink, and be merry, especially with the handsome stranger who saves the best kringle for her at his family bakery.

For Jack Clausen, the Julemarked with its snowy lights and charming shops stays the same, while the world outside the joyful street changes, magically leaping from one December to the next every four weeks. He’s never minded living this charmed existence until Astra shows him the life he’s been missing outside of the festive red brick alley.

After a swoon-worthy series of dates, some Yuletide magic, and the unexpected glow of new love, Astra and Jack must decide whether this relationship can weather all seasons, or if what they’re feeling is as ephemeral as marshmallows in a mug of hot cocoa.

 

Amy Reichert

About Amy E. Reichert

Amy E. Reichert is an author, wife, mom, Wisconsinite, amateur chef, and cider enthusiast. She earned her MA in English Literature and serves on her library's board of directors. She is a member of Tall Poppy Writers. Learn more at: www.amyereichert.com.

 

Ann Garvin

About Ann Garvin

Ann Garvin, Ph.D., is the USA Today best-selling author of I Thought You Said This Would Work, I Like You Just Fine When You're Not Around, The Dog Year and On Maggie's Watch. Her forthcoming book, There's No Coming Back From This, will launch in spring 2023. Ann teaches creative writing in the US and internationally and is the Ann is the founder of the award-winning The Tall Poppy Writers, the only scaled, author-driven marketing cooperative in the U.S. who supports the careers of women writers in all genres.

November

Saturday, November 26th
Small Business Saturday

March

Saturday, March 18th
Live @ Lenz Auditorium: Jacquelyn Mitchard

Time: 2:00 pm 

Where: Lenz Auditorium, 120 Oak Street, Pardeeville, WI, USA (Get Tickets)

Livestream: Crowdcast (RSVP)

Cover of The Good Son

 

About the book

What do you do when the person you love best becomes unrecognizable to you? For Thea Demetriou, the answer is both simple and agonizing: you keep loving him somehow.

Stefan was just seventeen when he went to prison for the drug-fueled murder of his girlfriend, Belinda. Three years later, he’s released to a world that refuses to let him move on. Belinda’s mother, once Thea’s good friend, galvanizes the community to rally against him to protest in her daughter’s memory. The media paints Stefan as a symbol of white privilege and indifferent justice. Neighbors, employers, even some members of Thea's own family turn away.

Meanwhile Thea struggles to understand her son. At times, he is still the sweet boy he has always been; at others, he is a young man tormented by guilt and almost broken by his time in prison. But as his efforts to make amends meet escalating resistance and threats, Thea suspects more forces are at play than just community outrage. And if there is so much she never knew about her own son, what other secrets has she yet to uncover—especially about the night Belinda died?

 

Jacquelyn Mitchard

About the author

Jacquelyn Mitchard is the New York Times bestselling author of 22 novels for adults and teenagers, and the recipient of Great Britain’s Talkabout prize, The Bram Stoker and Shirley Jackson awards, and named to the short list for the Women’s Prize for Fiction. Her first novel, The Deep End of the Ocean, was the inaugural selection of the Oprah Winfrey Book Club, with more than 3 million copies in print in 34 languages. It was later adapted into a major feature film starring Michelle Pfeiffer. Her novel Still Summer has also been adapted for a film still in production. She has also an essay collection, The Rest of Us: Dispatches from the Mother Ship, drawn from her newspaper column syndicated by Tribune Media. Mitchard’s essays also have been published in magazines worldwide, widely anthologized, and incorporated into school curricula. She served on the Fiction jury for the 2003 National Book Awards, and was editor-in-chief of Merit Press, a Young Adult imprint under the aegis of Simon and Schuster.

 

A Chicago native, Mitchard grew up the daughter of a plumber and a hardware store clerk who met as rodeo riders. She is a Distinguished Fellow at the Ragdale Foundation and a DeWitt Clinton Readers Digest Fellow at the Macdowell Colony. She has taught in MFA program for Creative Writing at Vermont College of Fine Arts, Miami University of Ohio and Western New England University and was speechwriter for Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna E. Shalala during the first days of the Clinton administration and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. An avid Italian cook, she lives on Cape Cod with her husband and their nine children. Her newest novel, The Good Son, a story about two women, one whose son was convicted of murdering the other’s daughter, is out from Mira/HarperCollins.