Friday, November 16th
Allen Eskens: "The Shadows We Hide"

7 pm


About the Book

In this sequel to the national bestseller The Life We Bury, Joe Talbert returns to investigate the murder of the father he never knew, and to reckon with his own family's past. Full of childhood dreams about who his father might have been, Joe is shocked to find that none of the town's residents have much to say about his father's murder-other than that it was long overdue. Joe discovers that his father was a loathsome man who cheated his neighbors, threatened his daughter, and squandered his wife's inheritance after she, too, passed away--an inheritance that may now be his.     

About the Author

Allen Eskens (author page) is the bestselling author of The Life We BuryThe Guise of AnotherThe Heavens May FallThe Deep Dark Descending, and The Shadows We Hide. He is the recipient of the Barry Award, Minnesota Book Award, Rosebud Award (Left Coast Crime), and Silver Falchion Award and has been a finalist for the Edgar® Award, Thriller Award, Anthony Award, and Audie Award. His books have been translated into 21 languages and his novel, The Life We Bury is in development for a feature film.

Allen 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 greater Minnesota where he recently retired after practicing criminal law for 25 years.

Saturday, November 17th
READERS BEWARE!! Author Jon Etter discusses his new middle grade novel "A Dreadful Fairy Book"

3 pm -- Bring the kids! 

Author Jon Etter has written a middle-grade comedy/fantasy reluctantly narrated by the prim-and-proper Quentin Q. Quacksworth. A Dreadful Fairy Book follows the adventure of Shade, a grumpy, bookish sprite who would rather spend her time inside reading instead of flying, playing acorn-toss, or helping with Grand Projects like her fellow sprites in Pleasant Hollow. When her house burns down, she reluctantly goes on a quest to find a legendary library. Along the way she meets and teams up with a variety of misfit fairies, including a dandy troll who refuses to live under bridges, a questing beast who doesn't like to be chased, a card-sharping brownie who doesn't do homework, and amute, kleptomaniac pixie, and must face all manner of perils including goblin gangs, giant rats, and a hideously scarred elf noblewoman who wants her dead. Thrilling adventure and laugh-out-loud funny for ALL AGES!

“Jon Etter brings a down-to-earth humanity and wry wit to his writing, giving even his most fantastic tales heart and laughs.” —Hy Bender, author of The Sandman Companion and contributing humor writer for The New York Times, Mad Magazine, Spy, and American Film. 

Saturday, November 17th
Hank Phillippi Ryan - "Trust Me"

6 pm


About Trust Me

Everyone's talking about it--notorious party girl Ashlyn Bryant is
accused of an unspeakable crime. But If Ashlyn is innocent, why doesn't she say so on the witness stand? Convinced of Ashlyn's guilt, journalist Mercer Hennessey fanatically
writes the true story of this provocative case. Everyone agrees--only the despicable Ashlyn could have committed this
crime. But did she?
One obsessed journalist. One troubled mom. Two smart women facing off in
a high stakes psychological cat and mouse game  prove their truth about
a terrible crime. But which one is the cat? And which one is the mouse?
I dare you to find the liar.


About the Author


Hank Phillippi Ryan is the on-air investigative reporter for Boston’s WHDH-TV. She's won 34 EMMYs, 14 Edward R. Murrow awards and dozens of other honors for her groundbreaking journalism.

A nationally bestselling author of 10 mystery novels, Hank has also won multiple prestigious awards for her crime fiction: five Agathas, three Anthonys, the Daphne, two Macavitys, and the coveted Mary Higgins Clark Award. Her novels are Library Journal's Best Thrillers of 2014, 2015 and 2016. National reviews have called Hank a "master at crafting suspenseful mysteries" and "a superb and gifted storyteller."

Thursday, November 22nd
Closed all day for Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! We're closed all day, but open again tomorrow, Friday November 23!


Saturday, November 24th
Small Business Saturday

10 am - 5 pm 

Prize drawings and more!

Small Business Saturday

Sunday, November 25th
Agatha Christie Book Club

3 pm

Five Little Pigs, or Murder in Retrospect - Poirot

Tuesday, November 27th
Pete Souza Ticketed Signing Event for "Shade - A Tale of Two Presidents"

6 pm to 9 pm

Tickets are on sale here. 


SHADE (Little, Brown and Company; October 16, 2018) is a portrait in contrasts, telling the tale of two presidencies through a series of powerful visual juxtapositions—with Souza’s unforgettable images of President Obama delivering new power and meaning when framed by tweets, headlines, quotes, and other material from the first 500 days of the Trump administration. The book responds to fan demand for a book that captures Souza’s voice on Instagram, and will include more than one hundred photographs that did not appear in his previous book. More than a sharp compendium of clapbacks, SHADE is a touchstone to an era of greater integrity in our politics. Souza’s work is a stirring reminder of the highest American values we share, giving us the courage to stand up and speak out for what we believe in. 


Pete Souza was the Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama and the Director of the White House Photo Office. Previously Souza was an Assistant Professor of Photojournalism at Ohio University, the national photographer for the Chicago Tribune, a freelancer for National Geographic, and an Official White House Photographer for President Reagan. His books include the New York Times bestseller The Rise of Barack Obama, which documents the president’s meteoric ascent from his first day in the United States Senate through the 2008 Pennsylvania presidential primary, and the #1 New

York Times bestseller Obama: An Intimate Portrait. Souza is currently a freelance photographer based in Washington, DC, and is a Professor Emeritus at Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication.

Wednesday, November 28th
Mystery to Me Book Club

6:00 pm

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

Thursday, November 29th
Sara Paretsky - "Shell Game"

6:30 pm

Please RSVP for this event via this link

“As long as Paretsky’s hotheaded, quick-wisaratted sleuth is on the job, imperiled young women…will always have a champion.” - New York Times Book Review

In Shell Game,no one can be trusted and nothing is what it seems, except for the indomitable detective and her thirst for justice. 

About the Author

Sara Paretsky is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty previous novels, including the renowned V.I. Warshawski series. She is one of only four living writers—alongside John le Carré, Peter Lovesey, and Lawrence Block—to have received both the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America and the Cartier Diamond Dagger from the Crime Writers Association of Great Britain. She lives in Chicago with her husband.

Friday, November 30th
Madison Writers' Studio

5:30 pm

Students read from their recent work. 

Public Welcome 


Saturday, December 01st
Holiday Glow and Monroe Street Re-Opening

10 am - 5 pm

Monroe Street will celebrate the completion of 10 months of roadwork at this year's Holiday Glow on Monroe on Saturday, December 1 from 10:00-5:00.

A festive procession with the vintage Badger Trolley will drive up and down Monroe Street starting at 10:00 at HotelRED. City officials, members of the Monroe Street Merchants Association board and representatives from Speedway Sand and Gravel will join Santa on the trolley, which will be led by Cooper Mini reindeer from MINI of Madison. Santa will get off at Monroe Commons (1800 block) to greet children at 11:00, and the trolley will give rides to the public until 2:00. There will also be a kids treasure hunt called "Where's Wingra" and books for sale at our store!

If you did not make it to the store for prize drawings on Small Business Saturday, now is your chance!

holiday glow

Sunday, December 02nd
History's Mysteries Book Club

12.30 pm

A Morbid Taste for Bones by Ellis Peters

Tuesday, December 04th
Kevin Revolinski: Wisconsin's Best Beer Guide - 4th edition

6 - 8 pm

at Brasserie V

book signing!

beerguideSomewhere in Wisconsin there is a pint of beer with your name on it. Your mission: Find it! Don't make Wisconsin beer come looking for you! Set out on a pils-grimage to pay homage to the great people and places that bring you Wisconsin's finest liquid joy. From a tiny homemade brewery hidden on the Northwoods all the way up to megabrewer MillerCoors, this road-trip manual takes you on a thirst-quenching adventure while stopping at all the fish fries and fresh cheese curds along the way. Inside you will find: Listings and directions for all the current breweries History and facts about brewing and drinking A calendar of beer festivals and listings for brew clubs Signature pages to record your visits Special offers from participating brewers (often free beer) Things to do/eat/see a short stumble away from the brewery Lots of pretty pictures to make that reading part less stressful Get this book into your glove compartment. You never know when you might need it! Support Wisconsin brewers by knocking back a few the next time you're in town!

More information on the book's Facebook page

Thursday, December 06th
Margaret George discusses "Splendor Before the Dark"

7 pm  (note: originally scheduled for November 13)

Ascending to the throne was only the beginning… Now Margaret George, the author of The Confessions of Young Nero, weaves a web of politics and passion, as ancient Rome’s most infamous emperor cements his place in history.

With the beautiful and cunning Poppaea at his side, Nero Augustus commands the Roman empire, ushering in an unprecedented era of artistic and cultural splendor. Although he has yet to produce an heir, his power is unquestioned.

But in the tenth year of his reign, a terrifying prophecy comes to pass and a fire engulfs Rome, reducing entire swaths of the city to rubble. Rumors of Nero’s complicity in the blaze start to sow unrest among the populace–and the politicians… 

For better or worse, Nero knows that his fate is now tied to Rome’s–and he vows to rebuild it as a city that will stun the world. But there are those who find his rampant quest for glory dangerous. Throughout the empire, false friends and spies conspire against him, not understanding what drives him to undertake the impossible. 

Nero will either survive and be the first in his family to escape the web of betrayals that is the Roman court, or be ensnared and remembered as the last radiance of the greatest dynasty the world had ever known.

About the Author

Margaret George is the New York Times bestselling author of seven novels of biographical historical fiction, including The Confessions of Young Nero; Elizabeth I; Helen of Troy; Mary, Called Magdalene; The Memoirs of Cleopatra; Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles

Sunday, December 09th
Maddy Hunter -- "Catch Me if Yukon"

3 pm


As tour escort Emily Miceli leads her globetrotting band of Iowa seniors into the wilds of Alaska, she discovers that in the land of the midnight sun, grizzlies aren’t the only killers on the prowl. When a tour member turns up dead on a mountainous hiking trail, Emily blames herself for the mishap, until she learns that something far more sinister might be to blame. But the legend of Bigfoot is just a myth, isn’t it? From whale-watching in the glacial waters near Seward to ziplining in the primal forests of Denali, Emily finds herself locked in a game of cat and mouse with a killer who’s too clever to be mere myth.


Maddy Hunter has endured disastrous vacations on several continents! For more information, visit Maddy's website.

Friday, December 21st
Madison Writers' Studio

5:30 pm

Students read from their recent work.

Public Welcome


Thursday, January 31st
Nick Petrie - "Tear It Down"

7 pm

nick petrie

In the new edge-of-your-seat adventure from national bestselling author Nick Petrie, Peter Ash pursues one case--and stumbles into another--in the City of the Blues.

Iraq war veteran Peter Ash is restless in the home he shares with June Cassidy in Washington State. June knows Peter needs to be on the move, so she sends him to Memphis to help her friend Wanda Wyatt, a photographer and war correspondent who's been receiving peculiar threats. When Peter arrives in Memphis, however, he finds the situation has gone downhill fast--someone has just driven a dump truck into Wanda's living room. But neither Wanda nor Peter can figure out why.


Saturday, March 23rd
Pat Zietlow Miller & Eliza Wheeler -- "When You Are Brave"

1:30 pm       What does it mean to be brave? When should you try?

New York Times best-selling author of Be Kind -- Pat Zietlow Miller will be at the store with illustrator Eliza Wheeler for their new book When You Are Brave -- An inspiring picture book affirmation about having courage even in difficult times, because some days, when everything around you seems scary, you have to be brave. 

About the Author

Pat Zietlow Miller knew she wanted to be a writer ever since her seventh-grade English teacher read her paper about square-dancing skirts out loud in class and said: “This is the first time anything a student has written has given me chills.” (Thanks, Mrs. Mueller! You rock!)

Pat started out as a newspaper reporter and wrote about everything from dartball and deer-hunting to diets and decoupage. Then, she joined an insurance company and edited its newsletter and magazine. Now, she writes insurance information by day and children’s books by night.  Pat has one wonderful husband, two delightful daughters and two pampered cats.  Pat lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

About the Illustrator

Eliza Wheeler grew up in Northern Wisconsin in a family of teachers, musicians, and artists. Drawing was her favorite form of play as a child, her emotional outlet as a teen, and her passion as an adult. Some of the strongest influences on her creativity have been the wild Wisconsin seasons, canoeing the Brule River, picking blueberries with her Grandmother, and digging through the snow with her brothers.