Events

July

Wednesday, July 24th
Mystery to Me Book Club

6 pm

Jussi Adler-Olsen, The Keeper of Lost Causes: Department Q, book 1

Saturday, July 27th
Monroe Street Sidewalk Sale
Mystery to Me moves outside!

Monroe Street Sidewalk Sale


For this one day celebration of small business on Monroe Street, Mystery to Me is bringing its back room out front. All the books not fit for retail (weird misprints, Advanced Reader Copies, shipping damages) become available for purchase!

Join us outside the store for fun deals and limited-time offers, and then pop inside the store for air-conditioning and that new-book smell!

August

Saturday, August 03rd
Kids Write! Kickoff Event

Hey kids, this one’s for you!

 

Kids Write!

 
Mystery to Me is pleased to invite all rising 3rd-8th graders to enter our "Kids Write!" summer writing contest!
 
Hosted by local author, Christine Keleny, young writers are invited to write and submit a short story to be judged by a panel of Mystery to Me judges. The grand prize? Free books!
The first place winners in each age category (Grades 3/4/5 and Grades 6/7/8) will have their stories read at the awards event on August 24th, a hardcover set of the Agnes Kelly Mysteries and a $15 gift certificate to Mystery to Me! Sign up to compete at the kickoff event on August 3rd at 10:30am, where Ms. Keleny will speak about being a professional author, as well as her secrets for writing a winning story.

If you’re unable to attend the kickoff, stop by the store to fill out a sign-up sheet any time beginning August 4th! For any other questions, please contact charlotte@mysterytomebooks.com.

Good luck, writers! We'll see you on August 3rd!

Thursday, August 08th
Author Visit: Ray Olderman

Author Ray Olderman discusses his memoir, Good as Girl

7:00p at Mystery to Me

Good as a Girl

About the Book

At the age of eight, Ray Olderman vowed to his mother that he’d  be good as a girl. His mother badly wanted a girl and had just given birth to her third son. In this funny and moving story, Ray tells us how he carried the vow throughout his highly varied life and career. We follow his search for the “secret” of how to relate to women and understand the way they see the world–to please his mom. The story takes us on a rich ride through Ray’s experiences from the late 1940s until his mother’s death in the 1990s. Along the way, he forms many friendships with women who help him in his quest.

Good as a Girl offers a unique perspective on class and gender issues. As the years go by, Ray offers his own class-changing view of American social and cultural history. And because he was good friends with girls and women from an early age, he has a different story to tell about gender relations.


Ray Olderman

About the Author
Ray Olderman is an award-winning teacher, writer, and actor. He crossed class lines to move from pin boy to professor, from street kid to professional writer. His published work varies from the pioneering, award-winning Beyond the Waste Land to The Ten-Minute Guide to Business Communications.

Tuesday, August 13th
The Weather Guys LIVE!

The Weather Guys answer all your burning (or freezing!) weather questions!

Reserve your tickets at this link!

7:00p at Mystery to Me

The Weather Guys LIVE!

University of Wisconsin-Madison Professors Steve Ackerman and Jonathan E. Martin are coming to Mystery to Me!

Madisonians will recognize Ackerman and Martin from their Wisconsin Public Radio monthly show and Wisconsin State Journal column. Experts in all things weather and climate, they'll be answering your questions live and in-person for one night only!

After the Q+A, The Weather Guys' recommended reading will be for sale at the counter!

**Admission is by reservation only! Once the event is sold out, you may join the waitlist. Waitlisted parties will receive special waitlist instructions on the day of the event.**

Saturday, August 24th
Kids Write! Awards Ceremony

Mystery to Me Kids Write! Summer Writing Contest Award Ceremony

1:00 PM at Mystery to Me

Kids Write! 

Three weeks after the kickoff event, Mystery to Me and local author, Christine Keleny, will present the winners from each age group!

First place winners receive a hardcover set of Christine Keleny's books, a $15 Mystery to Me gift card, and their stories read aloud for all to hear. Participants and their families are encouraged to invite family and friends to the award ceremony to celebrate all the writers' hard work.

Contact our events manager, Charlotte Colaluca, with any questions: charlotte@myserytomebooks.com.

Wednesday, August 28th
Mystery to Me Book Club

6 pm 

Nick Petrie, Light It Up

September

Friday, September 06th
William Kent Krueger - "This Tender Land"

7 pm

please sign up for this event by following this link

kruegerAbout the Book

1932: Located on the banks of the Gilead River in Minnesota, Lincoln School is home to hundreds of Native American boys and girls who have been separated from their families. The only two white boys in the school are orphan brothers Odie and Albert who, under the watchful eyes of the cruel superintendent Mrs. Brickman, are often in trouble for misdeeds both real and imagined. The two boys’ best friend is Mose, a mute Native American who is also the strongest kid in school. And they find another ally in Cora Frost, a widowed teacher who is raising her little girl, Emmy, by herself.

When tragedy strikes down Mrs. Frost, it’s the catalyst for a series of events that will send Odie, Albert, and Mose to rescue Emmy and flee down the river in a canoe, heading for the mighty Mississippi, leaving a dead body in their wake. Soon they are wanted by the law and they know that Mrs. Brickman will stop at nothing to track them down for dark reasons of her own.

About the Author

Find out more about William Kent Krueger on his author page.

Tuesday, September 10th
Kathleen Ernst - "Fiddling with Fate"

6:30 pm

Please sign up for this event by following this link

ernstAbout the Book

Another Chloe Ellefson Mystery! Chloe has a devil of a time unraveling the mysteries of Norway's fiddle and dance traditions

After her mother's unexpected death, curator Chloe Ellefson discovers hidden antiques that hint at family secrets. Determined to find answers, Chloe accepts a consultant job in Norway, her ancestors' homeland. She's thrilled with the opportunity to explore Hardanger fiddle and dance traditions . . . and her own heritage.

Once their plane lands, however, Chloe and her fiancé, cop Roelke McKenna, encounter only disharmony. Chloe's research reveals strong women and the importance of fiddle music in their lives. But folklore warns against "the devil's instrument" and old evils may yet linger among the fjords and mountains. As Chloe fine-tunes her search for the truth, a killer's desire to stop her builds to a deadly crescendo.

About the Author

Emmy Award-winning writer Kathleen Ernst is the bestselling author of thirty-seven published mysteries, historical fiction, and non-fiction history books for adults and young readers. Read more about Kathleen Ernst on her author page.

Friday, September 13th
Author Talk: Todd Cox

Todd Cox discusses his book, Of Reptiles and Amphibians, with Michael Herold

7:00pm


Reptiles and Amphibians

About the Book:

In Of Reptiles and Amphibians, Todd Michael Cox (Beast, Dizzlemuck) follows a young Wisconsin man as he moves through a life of loss and discovery, depression and hope. From a broken family, to a brother haunted by mental illness, through relationships failed and fulfilling, we journey with him through several moments across the span of his life… and, always, guiding him, there are the animals he loves, the snakes and turtles and frogs and salamanders that, like him, call the Dairy State home… and which he looks to for comfort when life grows dark, seeking in them a sense of both belonging and solitude, understanding and mystery.   

Quiet, thoughtful, subtle, this is a “study in microtones,” as the author puts it in his introduction. It’s also a poem of heartbreak and transcendence, and an ode to finding once again that which has been lost.

 

About the Author:

Todd Michael Cox was born and raised in northern Wisconsin and still makes his home in the Dairy State.  He is the founder of the Snake Anti-Defamation League, a group dedicated to preserving the reputation of the world’s snakes, and is the author of the novels After the Death of the Ice Cream Man, Dizzlemuck, Beast, and Iowa.

Saturday, September 14th
Monroe Street Festival
Mystery to Me presents The Book Rx booth at the Monroe Street Festival!
10:00a - 5:00p

You know them, you love them, you trust them with your reading list. That's right: we're talking about our booksellers!

During the Monroe Street Festival, look out for Mystery to Me's newest pop-up, Book Rx ("rex" as in "recommendations" as well as "prescription"), where our booksellers and a few guest booksellers will write you a book prescription on the spot. If you bring that 'scrip to Mystery to Me and buy the book recommended to you, you'll get 10% on your purchase! Just what the doctor ordered!

More details coming soon....

Tuesday, September 17th
Andrea Potos reads from "Mothershell"

7 pm

Think of a mother cupping a child’s face in her hands, and you have the shell of Mothershell, Andrea Potos’ tender and luminous new collection. Yes, these are poems of loss: her mother’s cancer and treatments, her death and the grief that follows, but these are also poems that celebrate the chord, “the unseen thread” that binds mothers and daughters forever. Potos imagines heaven as an eternal breakfast, mother and daughter drinking our coffee/black and filled to the top. Coffee without bitterness or sweet / but somewhere in the perfection / of the middle. Here are poems that celebrate the power of presence, poems of travel: Ireland, France, Italy, ekphrastic poems that illuminate paintings. In “What the Poem Did,” Potos writes It became a spine/walked me upright/ into the day, and this is what this book does, walks with each of us and sustains us in the long journey of all of our ordinary days.

October

Thursday, October 10th
Mark Pryor discusses his Hugo Marston Mystery Series

7 pm

Mark Pryor is a British mystery writer who writes crime fiction mostly set in Paris, but also in London and Barcelona. The Hugo Marston series features a former FBI profiler who is now the head of security at the US Embassy in Paris. Pryor describes Hugo as "a rather old-fashioned kind of hero." 

There are currently eight books in the series, the first was published in 2012. 

About The Bookseller (Book #1)

"Pryor's steady and engrossing debut combines Sherlockian puzzle solving with Eric Ambler-like spy intrigue. With a cast of characters you want to know better and a storyline cloaked in World War II betrayals...the author winningly blends contemporary crime with historical topics." -- Library Journal Starred Review

About The Book Artist (Book #8, 2019):

Hugo Marston, head of security for the U.S. Embassy in Paris, puts his life in danger when he investigates the murder of a celebrated artist, all the while fending off an assassin looking to settle an old score against him. Hugo Marston accompanies his boss, US Ambassador J. Bradford Taylor, to the first night of an art exhibition in Montmartre, Paris. Hugo is less than happy about going until he finds out that the sculptures on display are made from his favorite medium: books. Soon after the champagne starts to flow and the canapes are served, the night takes a deadly turn when one of the guests is found murdered. Hugo lingers at the scene and offers his profiling expertise to help solve the crime, but the detective in charge quickly jumps to his own conclusions. He makes an arrest, but it's someone that Hugo is certain is innocent. Meanwhile, his best friend, Tom Green, has disappeared to Amsterdam, hunting an enemy from their past, an enemy who gets the upper hand on Tom, and who then sets his sights on Hugo. With an innocent person behind bars, a murder to solve, and his own life in danger, Hugo knows he has no time to waste as one killer tries to slip away, and another gets closer and closer.

 

Pryor has also written two novels set in Austin, Texas, Hollow Man (September, 2015) and Dominic (January 2018). They are psychological thrillers. 

In real life Mark Pryor grew up in Hertfordshire, England, and now lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and three young children. Click on his name here for a link to his bio. 

 

Wednesday, October 23rd
Mystery to Me Book Club

6 pm

Book TBA

Thursday, October 24th
Poetry Night with Jesse Lee Kerchival, Andrea Potos, Robin Chapman & Don Veach

7 pm

More information to follow! 

November

Wednesday, November 27th
Mystery to Me Book Club

6 pm

Book TBA

December

Wednesday, December 25th
No Mystery to Me Book Club

Closed for the Holidays