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September

Saturday, September 26th
Virtual Storytime: Kevin Henkes

10:30a CT

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About the Book

On a warm morning, a little lion sleeps under a sun that shines so brightly, it looks like a flower. He dreams the flower is as big as the sun. He dreams the flower is a cookie. He lets his imagination soar.

Caldecott Medalist Kevin Henkes uses simple shapes, limited colors, and a pitch-perfect text to tell Lion’s story in this transcendent picture book. Sun Flower Lion introduces emerging readers to short chapters, action verbs, and adjectives, while bright illustrations transform simple shapes into something magical. 

Sun Flower Lion will shine at story time and bedtime and for young children just learning how to read on their own.  

About the Author

Kevin Henkes is an award-winning author and illustrator of many books for children of all ages. He received the Caldecott Medal for Kitten’s First Full Moon; Caldecott Honors for Waiting and Owen; two Newbery Honors—one for Olive’s Ocean and one for The Year of Billy Miller—and Geisel Honors for Waiting and Penny and Her Marble. His other books include Egg, Old Bear, A Good Day, Chrysanthemum, and the beloved Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse. Kevin Henkes lives with his family in Madison, Wisconsin.

Wednesday, September 30th
Virtual Author Visit: Anna Lee Huber

7:00p CT

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About the Book

In the aftermath of the Great War, the line between friend and foe may be hard to discern, even for indomitable former Secret Service agent Verity Kent, in award-winning author Anna Lee Huber's thrilling mystery series.

Peacetime has brought little respite for Verity Kent. Intrigue still abounds, even within her own family. As a favor to her father, Verity agrees to visit his sister in Wiltshire. Her once prosperous aunt has fallen on difficult times and is considering selling their estate. But there are strange goings-on at the manor, including missing servants, possible heirloom forgeries, and suspicious rumors—all leading to the discovery of a dead body on the grounds.

While Verity and her husband, Sidney, investigate this new mystery, they are also on the trail of an old adversary—the shadowy and lethal Lord Ardmore. At every turn, the suspected traitor seems to be one step ahead of them. And even when their dear friend Max, the Earl of Ryde, stumbles upon a code hidden among his late father's effects that may reveal the truth about Ardmore, Verity wonders if they are really the hunters—or the hunted . . .

 

About the Author

Anna Lee Huber is the Daphne award-winning author of the national bestselling Lady Darby Mysteries, the Verity Kent Mysteries, and the Gothic Myths series, as well as the forthcoming anthology The Deadly Hours. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she majored in music and minored in psychology. She currently resides in Indiana with her family and is hard at work on her next novel. Visit her online at www.annaleehuber.com.

October

Saturday, October 03rd
Virtual Author Visit: Briana McDonald

10:30a CT

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About the Book

Rule One: Your loyalty is to the case.

Amateur detective Pepper Blouse has always held true to this rule, even if it meant pushing people away. But when the results of Pepper’s latest case cost her any hope of the girl she likes returning her feelings, she decides that maybe she should lay low for a while.

That is, until her Great Aunt Florence passes away under mysterious circumstances. And even though her dad insists there’s nothing to investigate, Pepper can’t just ignore rule fourteen: Trust your gut.

But there’s nothing in the rulebook that could’ve prepared her for this.

Maybe it’s time to stop playing by the rules.

About the Author

Briana McDonald’s fiction has appeared in Rozyln: Short Fiction by Women Writers, Marathon Literary Review, The Stonecoast Review, and more. She is a book reviewer at The Literary Review and a reader for CLMP’s Firecracker Awards. She is an academic advisor at Columbia University. Pepper’s Rules for Secret Sleuthing is her debut novel. Find out more at BrianaRoseMcDonald.com. 

Wednesday, October 07th
Virtual Author Visit: Rebecca Behrens

7:00p CT

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Alone in the Woods

About the Book

Jocelyn and Alex have always been best friends . . . until they aren’t. Jocelyn’s not sure what happened, but she hopes their annual joint-family vacation in the isolated Northwoods will be the perfect spot to rekindle their friendship.

But Alex still isn’t herself when they get to the cabin, and Jocelyn reaches a breaking point during a rafting trip that goes horribly wrong. When the girls’ inner tube tears, it leaves them stranded and alone on the banks of the Wolf River.

Before they know it, the two are hopelessly lost in a national forest.

Wearing swimsuits and water shoes and with only the contents of their wet bags, the girls face threats from biting blackflies to black bears, poison ivy to hypothermia. Both Jocelyn and Alex will have to use strengths they didn’t know they had in their desperate trek home. But beyond battling the elements during the days and nights they spend lost in the wilderness, they’ll have to overcome their fractured friendship—if they want to make it out of the woods alive.

 

About the Author

Rebecca Behrens is the award-winning author of three critically acclaimed middle-grade novels that explore famous historical figures and fascinating places: When Audrey Met Alice, Summer of Lost and Found, and The Last Grand Adventure. Her thrillingly realistic survival story The Disaster Days is a Junior Library Guild selection, a Bank Street Best Children’s Book, and an ILA Teachers’ Choices selection. Look for her latest middle-grade adventure, Alone in the Woods, in October 2020. Rebecca grew up in Wisconsin, studied in Chicago, and now lives with her husband in New York City. Some of Rebecca’s favorite things are: the beach, history, running, nature, doughnuts, and laughing.

Thursday, October 08th
Virtual Author Visit: Lesley Kagen

7:00p CT

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Every Now and Then

About the Book

The summer of 1960 was the hottest ever for Summit, Wisconsin. For kids seeking relief from the heat, there was a creek to be swum in, sprinklers to run through, and ice cream at Whitcomb's Drugstore. But for Frankie, Viv, and Biz, eleven-year-old best friends, it would forever be remembered as the summer that evil paid a visit to their small town and took their young lives as they'd known them as a souvenir.

Lesley Kagen

About the Author

When I'm not writing, there's nothing I love more than spending time with the loves of my life, my daughter, Casey, and my magical g-babies, Charlie and Hadley. Also enjoy hiking in the woods and on Lake Michigan beaches with my pup, The Amazin' Gracie, riding my bike around my adorable town, reading, of course, committing random acts of kindness—fun!—advocating for better and more available mental health care, meditating, going to the movies, birding—red-tail hawks make me weep—and eating out with pals—I am an absolutely horrendous cook, but a darn good baker.

To read Lesley's full bio, visit her website!

Saturday, October 10th
Monroe Street Stroll

10:00a - 5:00p

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Join us on October 10th, 2020 from 10am to 5pm for a self-guided stroll down Monroe Street. 

There will be fall merchandise, seasonal food & drink, festive decor, and more. SwingTime Music Jazz Band will perform from 1 to 3 pm at the pavilion on West Lawn and Monroe Street. Their performance is sponsored by designCraft Advertising. 

Masks, distancing, and occupancy rules apply. A list of participating businesses along with special offerings will be coming soon!

Thursday, October 15th
Wisconsin Book Festival! October 15-17

October 15-17. Event times vary.

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The Wisconsin Book Festival is ON! Virtually, of course. Check out the line-up of amazing authors and speakers at the festival's official website!

Thursday, October 15th
Virtual Author Visit: Scott Graham and Margaret Mizushima

7:00p CT

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About the Books

Mesa Verde Victim, book six in the National Park Mystery Series, released May 15 in ebook form and releasing August 25 in printed book form, is set in Mesa Verde National Park. Hounded by false accusations of murder, archaeologist Chuck Bender and his family risk their lives to track down an unknown killer on the loose in a rugged canyon on the remote western edge of the park, where ancient stone villages and secret burial sites, abandoned centuries ago by the Ancestral Puebloan people, harbor artifacts so rare and precious they’re worth killing over.

In Hanging Falls, a deluge has flooded the high ground near Hanging Falls—but heavy rains aren’t the only menace descending on Timber Creek. While on a scouting mission to pinpoint trail damage, officer Mattie Cobb and her K-9 partner Robo stumble upon a body floating at the edge of a lake. Robo catches human scent, which leads to an enigmatic forest-dweller who quickly becomes suspect number one.

With help from veterinarian Cole Walker, Mattie identifies the victim, and discovers an odd religious cult whose dress and manners harken back to the 19th century. As the list of suspects grows, an unexpected visit from members of Mattie’s long-lost family sheds new light on her childhood as they help Mattie piece together details of the fateful night when she was abducted at age two.

The tangled threads of the investigation and family dynamics begin to intertwine—but darkness threatens to claim a new victim before Mattie and Robo can track down the killers.

About the Authors

Scott Graham is the author of the nationally acclaimed National Park Mystery Series, featuring archaeologist Chuck Bender and Chuck’s wife, paramedic Janelle Ortega. The series is published by Torrey House Press.

In addition to the National Park Mystery Series, Scott is the author of five nonfiction books, including Extreme Kids, winner of the National Outdoor Book Award.

Scott is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys backpacking, river rafting, skiing, and mountaineering. He lives with his wife, an emergency physician, in Durango, Colorado. He has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine editor, radio disk jockey, and coal-shoveling fireman on the steam-powered Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.

Margaret Mizushima is the author of the award-winning and internationally published Timber Creek K-9 Mysteries. Active within the writing community, Margaret serves as president for the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Mystery Writers of America, was elected the 2019-2020 Writer of the Year by Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, and is also a member of Northern Colorado Writers, Sisters in Crime, and Women Writing the West. She lives in Colorado on a small ranch with her veterinarian husband where they raised two daughters and a multitude of animals. 

Wednesday, October 21st
Virtual Author Visit: Lynn Miller

7:00p CT

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About the Book

Best friends Bettina, Miriam, and Fiona are shocked when their dean of liberal studies dies in a single-car accident amid accusations of mishandling university funds. They suspect murder, especially after learning that the dean’s estranged wife will inherit three million dollars. Events take a surprising turn when they travel from Austin, Texas, to a Chautauqua performance in Silver City, New Mexico, where they join several others, some with questionable motives, including the dean’s wife and her lover. In the close confines of the lodge, the group brings to life remarkable women from history—including Victoria Woodhull, Gertrude Stein, Edith Wharton, Mabel Dodge Luhan, and Virginia Woolf. But when one woman is kidnapped and another disappears, the friends’ lives are forever changed as they realize that the masks we wear often hide chilling truths.

 

About the Author

Lynn C. Miller is the author and coauthor of several books, including The Day After Death: A Novel (UNM Press) and Death of a Department Chair: A Novel. She has performed a number of solo performance pieces and plays about Edith Wharton, Gertrude Stein, Katherine Anne Porter, and Victoria Woodhull.

Thursday, October 22nd
Bookseller Happy/Spooky Hour!

5:00p CT on Crowdcast


Join us online here!

 A quarantine tradition continues!

As we approach the holiday shopping season (we can't believe it either), our booksellers will suggest books for you and your loved ones so  you don't have to cram it all in come December!

Join us for a toast and some books we love!

 

November

Thursday, November 05th
Bookseller Happy Hour!

5:00p CT on Crowdcast

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Let's hope this one really IS a happy hour!

A quarantine tradition continues!

As we approach the holiday shopping season (we can't believe it either), our booksellers will suggest books for you and your loved ones so  you don't have to cram it all in come December!

Join us for a toast and some books we love!

Saturday, November 14th
Virtual Storytime: Lisl H. Detlefsen

10:30a CT

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About the Book

It's fun to watch trains, planes, excavators, and other things that go. It's even more fun to climb aboard. But most fun of all? Being the driver! This zippy read aloud allows kids to imagine themselves as the driver of everyday vehicles like a train, to the most extraordinary of all, a rocket ship.

 

 About the Author

Lisl H. Detlefsen is the author of a growing number of picture books. Her first, TIME FOR CRANBERRIES (Macmillan/Roaring Brook Press, illustrated by Jed Henry) was a Junior Library Guild selection, a 2016 Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People (K–2), and the 2017 Wisconsin Ag in the Classroom Book of the Year.

Lisl lives on a family-owned cranberry marsh near Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin with her husband and two sons. When not in her office or on the marsh, you can find Lisl on the web at www.lislhdbooks.com, on Twitter @lislhd, or on Facebook @lislhdbooks. She is represented by agent Jennifer Mattson of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency.   

Thursday, November 19th
Bookseller Happy Hour!


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A quarantine tradition continues!

Just in time to save you a trip on Black Friday, our booksellers will suggest books for you and your loved ones so  you don't have to cram it all in come December!

Join us for a toast and some books we love!

December

Thursday, December 03rd
Bookseller Happy Hour!

5:00p CT on Crowdcast

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A quarantine tradition continues!

CRUNCH TIME! One week til Hanukkah begins and three weeks til Christmas!

Our booksellers are here to help you with your remote holiday shopping: we will suggest books for you and your loved ones so you don't have to cram it all in come December!

Join us for a toast and some books we love!

Thursday, December 17th
Bookseller Happy Hour!

5:00p CT on Crowdcast

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A quarantine tradition continues...one more time!

On this, the last Bookseller Happy Hour of 2020, we'll talk about our favorite books of the year, titles we're looking forward to in 2021, and some final thoughts on books to help you say goodbye the end of a very unusual year.

Join us for a toast and some books we love!