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September

Wednesday, September 15th
Virtual Author Visit: Sue Berg with Doug Moe

7:00p CT

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About the Book

A migrant worker is discovered buried in a local quarry with an antique gold coin in his pocket near La Crosse, Wisconsin. Lt. Jim Higgins begins to unravel a murder that will take him back into Wisconsin's early history. During the investigation, Higgins meets a local archaeological savant and treasure hunter who tells him a wild tale about a U.S. Army payroll that was stolen on the way to Fort Crawford in Prairie du Chien in 1866. The payroll has never been recovered. Is the coin on the dead man part of the stolen treasure?

Higgins hesitates to base his investigation on a wild tale, but he has nothing else to go on. As his team desperately attempts to make sense of the facts, the killer strikes again. The investigative team realizes the wild tale may be the only explanation for the two murders. In a race against time, Jim struggles to identify the killer-and find the elusive gold treasure.


About the Author

Sue Berg grew up with family stories; stories about hunting and fishing adventures, slightly irreverent relatives, and family sagas of immigrant descendants. Growing up with four brothers in the little Wisconsin town of Glenwood City, she tagged along as the odd-girl out and participated in wild risk-taking and saucy adventure-all at the hands of her daring siblings. Later, after a career in teaching and the trials and eventual successes of raising four children to adulthood, the smoke cleared. Through all the ups and downs, Sue continued to read a variety of literature. Completely by accident, she came across the book, Shut Up and Write! by Judy Bridges, founder of Red Bird Studio in Milwaukee. The advice struck a chord in her. She sat down at her computer five years ago and began writing. Driftless Gold is the story that wouldn't leave her alone and Judy's sage wisdom that launched her career as a writer. Driftless Gold is Sue's first novel. Previously in 2011, she published a family memoir entitled Solid Roots and Strong Wings. Sue lives with her husband in the Driftless area. When she's not writing, she enjoys quilting, watercolor painting, camping, gardening, hiking, and sitting around campfires with her four children and eight grandchildren.

Thursday, September 16th
Virtual Author Visit: Katie Lattari

7:00p CT

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About the Book

1988. A group of outcasts gather at a small, prestigious arts camp nestled in the Maine woods. They're the painters: bright, hopeful, teeming with potential. But secrets and dark ambitions rise like smoke from a campfire, and the truths they tell will come back to haunt them in ways more deadly than they dreamed.

2018. Esteemed art professor Max Durant arrives at his protege's remote home to view her graduate thesis collection. He knows Audra is beautiful and brilliant. He knows being invited into her private world is a rare gift. But he doesn't know that Audra has engineered every aspect of their weekend together. Every detail, every conversation. Audra has woven the perfect web.

Because only Audra knows what happened that summer in 1988. Max's secret, and the dark things that followed.

A searing psychological thriller and gripping story of trauma, dark academia, complicity, and revenge, Dark Things I Adore unravels the realities behind campfire legends--the horrors that happen in the dark, the girls who become cautionary tales, and the guilty who go unpunished.

Until now.


About the Author

Katie Lattari [Luh-tairy] holds degrees from the University of Maine and the University of Notre Dame. Her first novel, American Vaudeville, a small indie press work, was published in 2016 and had previously been a semi-finalist in Subito Press's annual fiction contest in 2013. Her short fiction has been published in such places as NOO Journal, The Bend, Stolen Island, Cabildo Quarterly, Pennsylvania English, The Writing Disorder, and more. Her short story "No Protections, Only Powers" was a finalist in the Neoverse Short Story Writing Competition and later anthologized in Threads: A Neoverse Anthology. This coming September 14, 2021, her debut thriller Dark Things I Adore will be published by Sourcebooks Landmark. Advance praise for Dark Things I Adore includes remarks by Sarah Langan, author of Good Neighbors, who says: "A smart, nuanced exploration of victims and villains, inspiration and theft, and the intersection of these things in every artist. Pay attention to Katie Lattari. She's the real deal." A native of Brooklyn, New York, Katie now lives in Bangor, Maine, with her husband Kevin, and their cat, Alex. 

Wednesday, September 22nd
Virtual Author Visit: Emily Balsley

7:00p CT

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About the Book

From Christina Tosi, the playful creator of the popular bakery Milk Bar, this is the story of a girl whose delicious dream comes to life, filling the world with color, creativity, and joy. Original recipe included!

Everything in Samesville is exactly the same, from the people and their clothes to the houses and their doors.

So one night before going to bed, Sammi tucks a recipe card under her pillow and wishes that things were not the same. And when she wakes up, that white, black, gray sameness is gone, replaced with things that are bolder and brighter and wilder than ever before!

With her newly colorful world and a new recipe book, she gathers her friends and makes the most magical cake, beautiful and different--just like Sammi and her friends.

Things will never be the same again.

 

About the Illustrator

I’m an artist by day and night. (Who needs sleep?) I’m a mom to a sweet, creative daughter and wife to a loving, yogi husband. When I’m not drawing or hanging with the fam,

I love riding my bike, doing DIY house projects, boxing, perusing instagram and chilling with my friends. I’m a Wisconsin girl at heart and am proud to call Madison, USA my home. I’m forever an optimist and always have WAY too many things on my to-do list. I love BLTs, creamy soup and pepperoni pizza. I could put pom-poms or polka dots on

everything and I love color. Tomato red, Pepto Bismol pink, and sky blue are frequent players, though, when it comes to color, anything goes!

 

About the Author

First, a little bit about me. I majored in math and fell into baking. I was raised by strong women who taught me to be unapologetically intense and passionate about, well, anything and everything that fed my heart. So, even though I suppose I could have been a baller mathematician, I ended up storming the professional kitchens of NYC. 

My greatest happy place over the last decade has been building a bakery empire. You may have heard of it…it’s called Milk Bar. I am very much Milk Bar and Milk Bar is very much me. But, there’s more to me than that.

I’m an obsessive. An over achiever. Give me a to-do list and I will not stop until it’s complete. I am relentless to a fault. I am a giver. A doer. A lover. A learner. A daydreamer. A wanderlust. I dare to never grow old. I’m a long distance runner who loves the pursuit of every seemingly impossible challenge. I adore the human spirit in all its imperfect ways and I love celebrating people exactly as they are. My brain is constantly in motion. Creativity is my fiercest fuel.

I believe in leaving it all on the court and ALWAYS bringing baked goods to share.

Thursday, September 23rd
Virtual Author Visit: Ankie Foell

7:00p CT

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About the Book

An Indelible Journey tells the story of Ankie Foell, born of Dutch parents in a small Sumatran village in the former Dutch East Indies. She takes us through a childhood in the tropics, interrupted by three and a half years in a Japanese concentration camp, followed by a challenging transition and adolescence in the Netherlands, with another painful separation from her parents. Never feeling completely at home in the Netherlands, she emigrated to the United States, where she found her niche and career as a concert pianist and pedagogue and the opportunity to live and perform throughout the world, even in her birth country, now known as Indonesia. Woven through this story is Ankie's reflection and introspective analysis of how her life and identity have been influenced by her many journeys through Europe, Asian and North America, and particularly her childhood in the tropics. She describes her life through the eyes of an artist, at times bemoaning that she would prefer to express her thoughts and feelings at the piano keyboard. The story reveals her strong affinity to nature, and a belief that there is a confluence of experiences and influences of music, nature, and the lives of children. Her intensive personal experiences, in the world of nature, abandoned or impoverished children and music, hep the the reader understand this belief.

About the Author

Ankie Foell, youngest of five children and of Dutch parents, first saw the light on the Indonesian island of Sumatra.  She was only eight when WWII broke out in the Pacific region.  Consequently, she spent three and a half years in a Japanese concentration camp on Java along with her mother and four siblings, while her father had earlier been taken prisoner.  She quickly learned and understood not to complain, be patient, making the best of it during this dire situation of fear, hunger, and anxiety.  Decades later, Ankie believes that this experience was important in helping her cope with personal and societal issues, including the Covid-19 pandemic.  Moving after the war to the Netherlands was a cultural shock, but fortunately she could quickly get back to her beloved piano. Her first public appearance was at age thirteen when she won first prize at the Rotterdam Piano Youth Competition.  She received her diploma in piano performance and pedagogy from the Amsterdam Conservatory of the Muziek Lyceum and an advanced music degree from the UW music department in Madison, Wisconsin.  

Ankie often joined her husband, former UW-Madison professor Wesley Foell, in visiting and living in various European and Asian countries, where she performed and taught piano to talented youngsters, including Buddhist, Islamic and Hindu students. The exposure to these different cultures gives her a world view which also nurtured her love for the music of Debussy and Messiaen.  These composers wove into their music features such as Balinese and Javanese gamelan, the Hindu decitalas (rhythms from different provinces of India), Hindu raga melodies, and the mysticism of the Buddhist philosophy. 

Since the 1980s, the Foells have sponsored children through an international children’s charity program, SOS Children’s Villages International.  Ankie has been a long-time supporter of this program through her concerts and fund raising in the U.S., Asia and Europe, including bringing to Madison the Norwegian actress, Liv Ullmann, to help support and publicize SOS.  She loves the outdoors and throughout her life has been an avid hiker and mountaineer, including treks in Nepal.  Ankie frequently manages to combine this avocation with visiting a local SOS children’s village. She is a strong believer in the adage, Children are our future. And also in the words of Alphonse de Lamartine, ”Music is the literature of the heart; it commences where speech ends.” 

October

Tuesday, October 05th
Virtual Author Visit and Storytime with Kevin Henkes!

7:00p CT

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About the Book

Caldecott Medalist and #1 New York Times–bestselling author Kevin Henkes explores what it means to be at home in this stunning picture book. Brimming with interactive, call-and-response questions, A House is a timeless and irresistible must-have for both very young children and emergent readers—as well as the entire family.

Where is the door to the house? Do you see any clouds? What does the house look like when it is sunny outside? When it is raining? And what will the house turn into when its family returns? A home.

Kevin Henkes employs interactive questions, declarative sentences, basic shapes, and a limited color palette in this brilliant and classic picture book. A House introduces young readers to shapes, numbers, the weather, and the parts of a house with a rhythmic, repetitive text and remarkable illustrations. A story about home, family, community, and belonging, A House is an excellent choice for emergent readers, for social and emotional development, and for storytime sharing.

 

About the Author

Kevin Henkes is the author and illustrator of more than fifty critically acclaimed and award-winning picture books, beginning readers, and novels, and he is the recipient of the Children’s Literature Legacy Award for his lasting contribution to literature for children. He received the Caldecott Medal for Kitten’s First Full Moon in 2005, and Waiting won a Caldecott Honor and Geisel Honor in 2016. Kevin Henkes is also the creator of a number of picture books featuring his mouse characters, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Lilly’s Big Day and Wemberly Worried, the Caldecott Honor Book Owen, and the beloved Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse. His most recent mouse character, Penny, was introduced in Penny and Her Song; her story continued in Penny and Her Doll , Penny and Her Marble (a Geisel Honor Book), and Penny and Her Sled. Bruce Handy, in a New York Times Book Review piece about A Good Day, wrote, “It should be said: Kevin Henkes is a genius.” Kevin Henkes received two Newbery Honors for novels—one for The Year of Billy Miller and the other for Olive’s Ocean. Also among his fiction for older readers are the novels Junonia, Bird Lake Moon, The Birthday Room, and Sun & Spoon. Kevin Henkes has been published by Greenwillow Books since the release of his first book, All Alone, in 1981. His fiftieth book, the picture book Egg, was published in January 2017. Most recently, he is the author of In the Middle of Fall, Winter Is Here, A Parade of Elephants, Sweeping Up the Heart, Penny and Her Sled, Summer Song, and Sun Flower Lion.

Tuesday, October 12th
Virtual Author Visit: Deborah Tuerkheimer

7:00p CT

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About the Book

In this landmark book, a former prosecutor, legal expert, and leading authority on sexual violence examines why we are primed to disbelieve allegations of sexual abuse--and how we can transform a culture and a legal system structured to dismiss accusers

Sexual misconduct accusations spark competing claims: her word against his. How do we decide who is telling the truth? The answer comes down to credibility. But as this eye-opening book reveals, invisible forces warp the credibility judgments of even the well- intentioned among us. We are all shaped by a set of false assumptions and hidden biases embedded in our culture, our legal system, and our psyches.

In Credible, Deborah Tuerkheimer provides a much-needed framework to explain how we perceive credibility, why our perceptions are distorted, and why these distortions harm survivors. Social hierarchies and inequalities foster doubt that is commonplace and predictable, resulting in what Tuerkheimer calls the "credibility discount"--our dismissal of claims by certain kinds of speakers--primarily women, and especially those who are more marginalized.

The #MeToo movement has exposed how victims have been badly served by a system that is designed not to protect them, but instead to protect the status quo. Credibility lies at the heart of this system. Drawing on case studies, moving first-hand accounts, science, and the law, Tuerkheimer identifies widespread patterns and their causes, analyzes the role of power, and examines the close, reciprocal relationship between culture and law--guiding us toward accurate credibility judgments and equitable treatment of those whose suffering has long been disregarded.

#MeToo has touched off a massive reckoning. To achieve lasting progress, we must shift our approach to belief. Credible helps us forge a path forward to ensuring justice for the countless individuals affected by sexual misconduct.

 

About the Author

Deborah Tuerkheimer is a professor at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. She earned her undergraduate degree from Harvard College and her law degree from Yale Law School. She served for five years as an assistant district attorney in the New York County District Attorney's Office, where she specialized in domestic violence and child abuse prosecution.

Wednesday, October 13th
Mystery to Me Book Club!

6:00p at Garth's Brew Bar

The Mystery to Me Book Club returns!

As we return, this club will focus less exclusively on mysteries, and branch out into the wide world of wonderful books! Fiction, non-fiction, mysteries, and books in translation!

The first book back is THE ANGEL OF THE CROWS by Katherine Addison! Order your copy from us today, and be sure to mention that you'll be joining the MTM Book Club for 10% this title!

This book club will meet at Garth's Brew Bar down the street from Mystery to Me!

Thursday, October 14th
Virtual Author Visit: Joy Ann Ribar

7:00p CT

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About the Book

Summer in Deep Lakes sprouts a homegrown murder on the O'Connor farm. Frankie Champagne's hunt for clues lands her deep in sheep doo-doo, especially after rare stones surface in unexpected places. Crime-solving is no picnic for the baker/vintner as she hops from farm to field to bakery, trying to keep up with the tourist season and track a killer, too.

 

About the Author

Joy Ann Ribar is a Wisconsin native who embraces her Scandinavian roots-wine-tasting and food-munching from every culture. A semi-retired English educator, Joy teaches writing classes at Madison College. She earned a Journalism degree from UW-Madison and a Master's in Education from UW-Oshkosh. She and her husband, John, run a backyard buffet for winged creatures, plus the occasional furry critter. Someday, they plan to sell everything, buy an RV, and escape Wisconsin winters. See more at JoyRibar.com

Tuesday, October 19th
Virtual Author Visit: Andrea Potos with Marilyn Annucci

7:00p CT

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About the collection

"In this fleeting world of joy and sorrow, these startlingly lovely poems by Andrea Potos are salutary, like taking a quick, deep, clarifying breath. If only one could ever have by one’s side such a poet—a wise poet who, despite the darkest odds, reminds us to never even consider choosing anything other than hope. This is a summer book to keep in one’s proverbial winter coat."  --Richard Jones, Editor of Poetry East

 

About the Author

Andrea Potos is author of several poetry collections, including Marrow of Summer (Kelsay Books), Mothershell  (Kelsay Books), A Stone to Carry Home (Salmon Poetry), An Ink Like Early Twilight (Salmon Poetry), and Arrows of Light (Iris Press).  She is currently at work on another collection called Her Joy Becomes. She has received the William Stafford Prize in Poetry, and several Outstanding Achievement Awards in Poetry from the Wisconsin Library Association.  Her poems can be found widely in print and online, most recently in Spirituality & Health Magazine, Poetry East, One Art, Buddhist Poetry Review, and others.   Andrea lives in Madison, Wisconsin and was a longtime bookseller in independent bookstores, including Mystery to Me!

Thursday, October 21st
YA Book Club!

6:00p

The inaugural meeting of our Young Adult Book Club!

Led by booksellers Hannah and Charlotte, this book club is meant for an 18+ crowd who unabashedly love all things YA. We'll read across genres (fantasy! sci fi! really big high school feelings!) and let it sweep us away.

For our first read, we'll be reading Kendare Blake's forthcoming chiller, ALL THESE BODIES!

Location TBD (trying to find a safe spot outside of the shop where we can maybe even enjoy a glass of wine...)

Pre-order your copy today, and be sure to mention that you'll be joining us for YA Book Club to get your 10% discount!

November

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

7:00p CT

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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.

Wednesday, November 03rd
Virtual Author Visit: Andrea Debbink

7:00p CT

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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.

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.