Events

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October

Thursday, October 28th
LIVE @ MSAC: Lori Rader-Day in conversation with Susanna Calkins

7:00 pm 

Seats are limited! Reserve yours on Eventbrite!

Our soft return to live events continues! Mystery to Me is proud to join forces with Monroe Street Arts Center to host this event live and in person. Please note that attendees will be required to wear a mask over their mouth and nose for the duration of the event.

**Books will be available for purchase at the event!**

 

About the Book

Bridey Kelly has come to Greenway House--the beloved holiday home of Agatha Christie--in disgrace. A terrible mistake at St. Prisca's Hospital in London has led to her dismissal as a nurse trainee, and her only chance for redemption is a position in the countryside caring for children evacuated to safety from the Blitz. Greenway is a beautiful home full of riddles: wondrous curios not to be touched, restrictions on rooms not to be entered, and a generous library, filled with books about murder. The biggest mystery might be the other nurse, Gigi, who is like no one Bridey has ever met


About the Author

Lori Rader-Day is the author of Death at Greenway, The Lucky One, Under a Dark Sky, The Day I Died, Little Pretty Things, and The Black Hour. She is a three-time Mary Higgins Clark Award nominee, winning the award in 2016. Lori lives in Chicago.


About the Moderator

I write historical mysteries. My first series, the award-winning Lucy Campion Mysteries, is set in 17th century London. My second series, the award-nominated Speakeasy Mysteries, is set in a Prohibition-Era Chicago speakeasy.

I hold a PhD in history and currently work at Northwestern University. Born and raised in Philadelphia, I live in the Chicago area with my husband and two sons.

I am also the current president of the Sisters in Crime Chicagoland Chapter.

November

Tuesday, November 02nd
Virtual Author Visit: George Hesselberg with Doug Moe

7:00p CT

9/28 Update: This event will now be LIVE at the Monroe Street Arts Center! Seats are limited, so please reserve yours at this Eventbrite link!

And if you'd rather stay home or can't join us in person, you can still tune in at the Crowdcast livestream here!


About the Book

In a lively collection of feature obituaries and related news stories, longtime newspaper reporter George Hesselberg celebrates life, sharing the most fascinating stories that came from decades of covering the obit and public safety beats.

In more than forty years at the Wisconsin State Journal, Hesselberg frequently found himself writing about fatal accidents, crime investigations, and the deaths of the wealthy, famous, or notorious. But he was most drawn to the curious, the unknown, and the unsung--the deaths that normally wouldn't make much of a splash, if any mention at all, in the news columns of a daily paper.

Digging deeper, he uncovered the extraordinary among the ordinary, memorializing the lives of a sword designer, a radio villain, a pioneering female detective, a homeless woman who spoke fluent French, a beloved classroom tarantula, and many more. Their stories are alternately amusing, sad, surprising, and profound. Together they speak to a shared human experience and inspire us to see the people around us with new eyes, valuing the lives while they are still being lived.A



About the Author

A daily newspaper reporter for 42 years, George Hesselberg has chased stories from every angle on every beat in Madison, Wisconsin. Tornadoes? Inept crooks? Missing cats? Peculiarities that defy ordinary fact-finding? Hesselberg has tracked them all for the Wisconsin State Journal as a crime, investigative, feature, political and just general get-out-there-and-cover it reporter and columnist. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Hesselberg speaks and Norwegian. He lived in Oslo for a time, and has worked as a bartender, grave-digger, peanut-brittle salesman, translator, steel roofer, cheesemaker, sign-painter, stage hand and night watchman at the Norwegian telephone company. He grew up in Bangor, Wisconsin, on the La Crosse River. His new book, "Dead Lines: Slices of Life from the Obit Beat," collects many of his stories about people (and a few animals, and one tarantula) whose lives don't usually get noticed. Except by Hesselberg, who wrote their profiles on deadline.

Thursday, November 04th
Virtual Author Visit: Andrea Debbink

7:00p CT

Join us for the Crowdcast livestream here!

About the Book

We share this beautiful planet we call home with countless living creatures, from monarch butterflies and falcons to koalas and dolphins. And just like us, animals everywhere are faced with the growing threat of climate change.Featuring seven categories of animals, this handbook offers a roadmap for change and an invitation to explore the outdoors with fascinating facts, hope-filled stories, and hands-on STEAM activities. Each section includes biographies of adventurers, scientists, and artists from all over the world who used their passion and skills to become bold allies for nature.As the second of two illustrated middle grade guides, The Wild World Handbook: Creatures seeks to empower young readers to appreciate and protect Planet Earth and its inhabitants.

 

About the Author

I’m an editor and children’s author who specializes in immersive nonfiction storytelling for middle-grade readers—from historical biographies to contemporary topics like environmental stewardship, natural history, and food science. As a former American Girl magazine editor, I also have a knack for creating fun and whimsical content for young readers like DIYs and crafts, seasonal recipes, and STEM projects. When I’m not writing or reading, I’m dreaming up picture books (look for my debut picture book in 2022) and exploring the outdoors with my kayak and camera.

Saturday, November 27th
Small Business Saturday!

10:00a - 5:00p

Small Business Saturday!

'Tis the season to shop small and shop local!

Come burn off that leftover turkey and pumpkin pie with us, and get your holiday bookshopping done!

December

Wednesday, December 01st
Virtual Book Launch: Kathleen Ernst

7:00p CT

Join us for the Crowdcast livestream here!

 

About the Book

When Pomeranian immigrant Hanneke Bauer reaches Wisconsin in 1855, she believes her dearest dreams are coming true. After reuniting with her husband Fridolin at his farm near Watertown, she will help create a true home. Instead, she receives the shocking news that he is dead.

Hanneke quickly learns that Wisconsin life is not as bucolic as it seems. Alone and destitute, Hanneke is determined to discover the details of his death. Her efforts prompt animosity from Fridolin’s friends, anger the deputy sheriff, and entangle her in the rising tide of anti-immigrant sentiment. Finding herself in danger, Hanneke races to learn the truth about her husband’s secrets and lies…before a killer can silence her forever.

 

About the Author

Kathleen Ernst is a social historian, educator, and bestselling author. Kathleen’s thirty-eight traditionally published books encompass mysteries, historical fiction, and non-fiction for adults and young readers. Her children’s mysteries include ten books for American Girl. Currently she writes the Chloe Ellefson Mysteries for adults about a museum curator whose knowledge of the past helps solve contemporary crimes.

Honors for Kathleen’s work include four Agatha nominations, one Edgar nomination, a Lovey Award for Best Traditional Mystery, the American Heritage Women in the Arts Recognition Award for Literature from the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, a Major Achievement Award from the Council For Wisconsin Writers, the Sterling North Legacy Award for Children’s Literature, and an Emmy Award for Children’s Instructional Programming.

Kathleen lives in Middleton, Wisconsin, with her husband Scott (AKA “Mr. Ernst”) and feline muse Eliza Jane. Although Kathleen has called the Badger State home for nearly four decades, she grew up in Maryland, in a family that considered books as fundamental to life as food and water. She started writing as a child and never stopped. Today, she finds researching books as much fun as writing them, and loves meeting and hearing from readers most of all.

March

Tuesday, March 01st
Book Launch: Laura Anne Bird's CROSSING THE PRESSURE LINE

7:00p at Mystery to Me!

Mystery to Me makes an official return to LIVE EVENTS (!) with author Laura Anne Bird's debut middle grade novel: CROSSING THE PRESSURE LINE!
Join us at Mystery to Me for an unforgettable evening of books and hugs!

About the Book

Twelve-year-old Clare Burch has just lost the person she loves most in the world. She wonders if her feelings of sorrow and self-blame over her grandfather’s death will ever go away.

Out of the blue, a special request sends Clare on a journey from her home in Chicago to the Northwoods of Wisconsin. She knows that she must honor Grandpa Anthony’s last wishes, even though they completely upend her summertime plans. 

Clare heads to rural Alwyn with her little blind dog and a duffel bag full of worries. What will she do without her best friends and swim team? Who will take her fishing and spoil her with candy now that her grandfather is gone? And most important, is she strong enough to let him go, forever?

During her summer up north, Clare stumbles upon the answers to her many questions. Even more, as she makes peace with why she couldn’t save Grandpa Anthony, she ends up rescuing someone else from danger.

Above all, Clare learns to listen to the courageous voice inside—and she discovers just how tough she really is.

 

About the Author

A Milwaukee native, Laura Anne Bird graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in English. She lives in Madison with her husband, three teenagers, and little blind dachshund. When she’s not reading, writing, or reviewing books, she loves to exercise and explore the outdoors. Crossing the Pressure Line is her first novel. You can find her on Instagram @laura_at_the_library.