Thursday, March 30th
Rebecca Dunham is here to read from "Cold Pastoral"

7 pm 

Rebecca Dunham grew up on the coast of southern Maine and earned her B.A. from the University of Virginia, an M.A. from Hollins University, an M.F.A. in Poetry from George Mason University, and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Missouri.

She has published three books of poetry. Glass Armonica was published by Milkweed Editions in 2013, after winning the 2013 Lindquist & Vennum Prize. Her other collections are The Miniature Room (Truman State University Press, 2006), winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize, and The Flight Cage (Tupelo Press, 2010). Her fourth - and newest - collection of poems is Cold Pastoral from Milkweed Editions.

Other awards and honors include a 2014 Sustainable Arts Fellowship and residency at the Vermont Studio Center, the 2012 So to Speak Poetry Prize, a 2007 NEA Fellowship, the 2005-2006 Jay C. and Ruth Halls Fellowship in Poetry at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, the 2011 Poetry Prize, and the 2005 Indiana Review Prize for Poetry. Poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, AGNI, The Journal, FIELD, The Antioch Review, The Iowa Review, Kenyon Review, Third Coast, Crazyhorse, and Colorado Review.

In Spring 2015, she was the Arts and Sciences Distinguished Visiting Writer at Bowling Green State University. She is currently Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. 


Sunday, April 02nd
History's Mysteries Book Club

12:30 pm

Book Club discusses Hangman's Daughter by Oliver Potzsch

Thursday, April 06th
Margaret George talks with us about her new book "The Confessions of Young Nero"

7 pm 

About the Book

New York Times bestselling author Margaret George has brought history to vivid life with her chronicles of queens and kings. Now, she turns her gaze to an Emperor…

Built on the backs of those who fell before it, Julius Caesar’s imperial dynasty is only as strong as the next person who seeks to control it. In the Roman Empire no one is safe from the sting of betrayal: man, woman—or child.

As a boy, Nero’s royal heritage becomes a threat to his very life, first when the mad emperor Caligula tries to drown him, then when his great aunt attempts to secure her own son’s inheritance. Faced with shocking acts of treachery, young Nero is dealt a harsh lesson: it is better to be cruel than dead.

While Nero idealizes the artistic and athletic principles of Greece, his very survival rests on his ability to navigate the sea of vipers that is Rome. The most lethal of all is his own mother, a cold-blooded woman whose singular goal is to control the empire. With cunning and poison, the obstacles fall one by one. But as Agrippina’s machinations earn her son a title he is both tempted and terrified to assume, Nero’s determination to escape her thrall will shape him into the man he was fated to become—an Emperor who became legendary.

With impeccable research and captivating prose, The Confessions of Young Nero is the story of a boy’s ruthless ascension to the throne. Detailing his journey from innocent youth to infamous ruler, it is an epic tale of the lengths to which man will go in the ultimate quest for power and survival.

About Margaret

Margaret George writes biographical novels about outsized historical characters: Henry VIII, Mary Queen of Scots, Cleopatra, Mary Magdalene, Helen of Troy, and Elizabeth I. Her latest, The Confessions of Young Nero, will be published in March. All six of her novels have been New York Times bestsellers, and the Cleopatra novel was made into an Emmy-nominated ABC-TV miniseries.

She especially enjoys the research she has done for the novels, such as racing in an ancient Greek stadium, attending a gladiator training school in Rome, and studying the pharmacology of snake poison.

Tuesday, April 11th
Lori Rader-Day returns to Mystery to Me with her new mystery "The Day I Died" and she's joined by authors Susanna Calkins and Patricia Skalka!

7 pm

It's Lori's Wisconsin Launch Party -- yes, some of the book takes place in Wisconsin.... 

Lori Rader-Day’s debut mystery, The Black Hour, won the 2015 Anthony Award for Best First Novel and was a finalist for the 2015 Mary Higgins Clark Award. Her second novel, Little Pretty Things, won the 2016 Mary Higgins Clark Award and was a nominee for the Anthony Award for Best Paperback Original. Little Pretty Things was named a 2015 “most arresting crime novel” by Kirkus Reviews and one of the top ten crime novels of the year by Booklist. Her third novel, The Day I Died, will be released by Harper Collins William Morrow on April 11, 2017 (yes... that's the day she'll be here). She lives in Chicago.

About the book..

A gripping, unforgettable tale of a mother’s desperate search for a lost boy.

Anna Winger can know people better than they know themselves with only a glance—at their handwriting. Hired out by companies wanting to land trustworthy employees and by the lovelorn hoping to find happiness, Anna likes to keep the real-life mess of other people at arm’s length and on paper. But when she is called to use her expertise on a note left behind at a murder scene in the small town she and her son have recently moved to, the crime gets under Anna’s skin and rips open her narrow life for all to see. To save her son—and herself—once and for all, Anna will face her every fear, her every mistake, and the past she thought she’d rewritten.


Susanna Calkins lives outside Chicago with her husband and two sons. She works at Northwestern University. She continues to be wildly successful with her mystery series featuring a chambermaid turned printer's apprentice -- Lucy Campion doesn't seek out crime, and yet death and murder always seem to find her. 

"An enjoyably complex mystery with a clever heroine neatly interweaves detailed historical background with fascinating characters." - Kirkus

"Calkins’ fourth in the Lucy Campion series illustrates seventeenth-century English medical practice and class structure in the course of spinning an involving tale. Solid historical mystery, with intriguing hints about the future." - Booklist


Patricia Skalka is the author of the David Kubiak Door County mysteries! Patricia Skalka is the author of Death Stalks Door CountyDeath at Gills Rock, and Death in Cold Water, the first three books in the popular Dave Cubiak Door County Mystery series.

Skalka, a Chicago writer, turned to fiction following a successful career in nonfiction. Her many credits include: Staff Writer for Reader’s Digest, freelancer, ghost writer, writing instructor and book reviewer. 

Wednesday, April 12th
Nick Petrie will be at the Monona Public Library with his books, "Burning Bright" and "The Drifter"

6 pm

Celebrate library week at the Monona Public Library! 

Nick Petrie will talk about his newest - and award-winning - mystery, Burning Bright

Nick received his MFA in fiction from the University of Washington, won a Hopwood Award for short fiction while an undergraduate at the University of Michigan, and his story "At the Laundromat" won the 2006 Short Story Contest in the The Seattle Review, a national literary journal. A husband and father, he runs a home-inspection business in Milwaukee. Burning Bright, the follow-up to his debut The Drifter, was just released in January 2017. 

Sunday, April 16th
Closed today to Celebrate the Bunny...
Thursday, April 20th
Doug Moe interviews fellow journalist Dennis McCann about "This Storied River"

7 pm

In This Storied River, longtime journalist Dennis McCann takes us on an intimate tour of the Upper Mississippi—from Dubuque, Iowa, to the Minnesota headwaters, and dozens of places in between. Far more than a travel guide, This Storied River celebrates the Upper Mississippi’s colorful history and the unique role the river has played in shaping the Midwest.

McCann explores the stories of people and places linked by the Mighty Mississippi's past, informed by newspaper accounts, local historical society documents, and the shoe-leather research of an experienced reporter with a deep love for his subject. Each chapter includes a short list of must-see sites for the modern-day explorer.

Dennis McCann has written often about Mississippi River events in his twenty-five years at the Milwaukee Journal and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. In 1994, he spent four days on  paddleboats slowly making their way from the Quad Cities to La Crosse, Wis., as part of the re-creation of the 1854 Grand Excursion, the first government-led effort to get the Upper Mississippi opened for commerce, farming and other uses. He is the author of the Society Press books This Superior Place: Stories of Bayfield and the Apostle Islands and Badger Boneyards: The Eternal Rest of the Story.

Friday, April 21st
Poetry with Catherine Jagoe and Robin Chapman

7 pm

Catherine Jagoe's first full-length poetry book, Bloodroot, explores this British-American poet's complex and evolving relationship with the concept of home. Bloodroot won the Settlement House American Poetry Prize, created to honor the importance of the immigrant legacy. The author is a translator, essayist and poet whose work has been featured on The Writer's Almanac and Wisconsin Public Radio's Wisconsin Life series.

Robin Chapman's ninth collection of poems is Six True Things, an account of her childhood growing up in the Manhattan Project town of Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Her work has appeared recently in Writer's Almanac, Ascent, Flyway, and Alaska Quarterly Review. She is also a painter, with work on view at Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters Steenbock Gallery, 1922 University Ave. Feb. 1-Mar. 18.

Saturday, April 22nd
Doug Moe interviews Melanie McManus about her book "Adventures Hiking the Ice-Age Trail!"

2 pm

In thirty-six thrilling days, Melanie Radzicki McManus hiked 1,100 miles around Wisconsin, landing her in the elite group of Ice Age Trail thru-hikers known as Thousand-Milers. In prose that is alternately harrowing and humorous, McManus takes you with her on an "into-the-wild" Ice Age experience through Wisconsin's forests, prairies, wetlands, farms, and far-flung small towns.
Monday, April 24th
A History of Badger Baseball with Steven D. Schmitt -- Doug Moe interviews!

We're at HotelRED

6 pm -- Cash Bar

A History of Badger Baseball: The Rise and Fall of America's Pastime at the University of Wisconsin7 pm -- Doug Moe interviews author Steven D. Schmitt about his book A History of Badger Baseball -- The RIse and Fall of America's Favorite Pastime at the University of Wisconsin

For more than a century, the University of Wisconsin fielded baseball teams. This comprehensive history combines colorful stories from the archives, interviews with former players and coaches, a wealth of historic photographs, and the statistics beloved by fans of the game. The earliest intercollegiate varsity sport at Wisconsin, the baseball team was founded in 1870, less than a decade after the start of the Civil War. It dominated its first league, made an unprecedented trip to Japan in 1909, survived Wisconsin's chilly spring weather, two world wars, and perennial budget crises, producing some of the finest players in Big Ten history—and more than a few major leaguers. Fan traditions included torchlight parades, kazoos, and the student band playing "A Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight" as early as 1901.

Tuesday, April 25th
Doug Moe Interviews Lauren Grodstein about her book "Our Short History"

7 pm

“In Our Short HistoryLauren Grodstein breaks your heart, then miraculously pieces it back together so it’s bigger–and stronger–than before. This novel will leave you appreciating both the messiness of life and the immense depths of love.” —Celeste Ng, author of Everything I Never Told You

About the Book

Karen Neulander, a successful New York political consultant, has always been fiercely protective of her son, Jacob, now six. She’s had to be: when Jacob’s father, Dave, found out Karen was pregnant and made it clear that fatherhood wasn’t in his plans, Karen walked out of the relationship, never telling Dave he intention was to raise their child alone.

But now Jake is asking to meet his dad, and with good reason: Karen is dying. When she finally calls her ex, she’s shocked to find Dave ecstatic about the son he never knew he had. First, he can’t meet Jake fast enough, and then, he can’t seem to leave him alone.

With just a few more months to live, Karen resists allowing Dave to insinuate himself into Jake’s life. As she tries to play out her last days in the “right” way, Karen wrestles with the truth that the only thing she cannot bring herself to do for her son–let his father become a permanent part of his life–is the thing he needs from her the most. With heart-wrenching poignancy, unexpected wit, and mordant humor, Lauren Grodstein has created an unforgettable story about parenthood, sacrifice, and life itself. 

Lauren Grodstein is the author of four novels, including the New York Times bestseller A Friend of the Family and the Washington Post Book of the Year The Explanation for Everything. L

Lauren’s work has been translated into French, Turkish, German, Hebrew, and other languages, and her essays and reviews have been widely published.  She directs the MFA Program at Rutgers University-Camden and lives in New Jersey with her husband, son, and dog.

Wednesday, April 26th
Mystery to Me Bookclub -- Cancelled to attend the Sara Paretsky event!

6 pm

Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald (we'll be discussing this book in May!).

Wednesday, April 26th
Sara Paretsky talks about her newest V.I. Warshawski novel,"Fallout"

7 pm 

Join us at HotelRED to hear from author Sara Paretsky 

Please reserve a place via Eventbrite (link here). 

Before there was Lisbeth Salander or Stephanie Plum, there was V I Warshawski. Sara Paretsky revolutionized the mystery world in 1982 when she introduced V I in Indemnity Only. By creating a believable investigator with the grit and the smarts to tackle problems on the mean streets, Paretsky challenged a genre in which women typically were either vamps or victims. Hailed by critics and readers, Indemnity Only was followed by fifteen more best-selling Warshawski novels.  The New York Times writes that Paretsky “always makes the top of the list when people talk about female operatives,” while Publishers Weekly says, “Among today’s PIs, nobody comes close to Warshawski.”


V.I.’s new case will lead her from her native Chicago... and into Kansas, on the trail of a vanished film student and a faded Hollywood star.

Accompanied by her dog, V.I. tracks her quarry through a university town, across fields where missile silos once flourished -- and into a past riven by long-simmering racial tensions, a past that holds the key to the crimes of the present. But as the mysteries stack up, so does the body count. And in this, her toughest case, not even V.I. is safe.



Thursday, April 27th
Doug Moe interviews Amy Goldstein about her book "Janesville, an American Story"

7 pm 

Join Doug Moe as he interviews Amy Goldstein about her new book Janesville, an American Story.  


About the Book

Washington Post reporter's intimate account of the fallout from the closing of a General Motors' assembly plant in Janesville, Wisconsin--Paul Ryan's hometown--and a larger story of the hollowing of the American middle class. 

This is the story of what happens to an industrial town in the American heartland when its factory stills--but it's not the familiar tale. Most observers record the immediate shock of vanished jobs, but few stay around long enough to notice what happens next, when a community with a can-do spirit tries to pick itself up. Pulitzer Prize winner Amy Goldstein has spent years immersed in Janesville, Wisconsin where the nation's oldest operating General Motors plant shut down in the midst of the Great Recession, two days before Christmas of 2008. Now, with intelligence, sympathy, and insight into what connects and divides people in an era of economic upheaval, she makes one of America's biggest political issues human. Her reporting takes the reader deep into the lives of autoworkers, educators, bankers, politicians, and job re-trainers to show why it's so hard in the twenty-first century to recreate a healthy, prosperous working class. 
For this is not just a Janesville story or a Midwestern story. It's an American story.

Amy Goldstein has been a staff writer for thirty years at The Washington Post, where much of her work has focused on social policy. Among her awards, she shared the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting. She has been a fellow at Harvard University at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.Janesville: An American Story is her first book. She lives in Washington, DC.

Saturday, April 29th
Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day! Special Author Event Too...

10 - 5 pm 

Exclusive literary items on sale all day plus a visit with two great local authors, Alex Bledsoe and Matt Geiger (see below)!

Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country on the last Saturday in April. Every store is unique and independent, and every party is different. Check out the exclusive books and literary items available only at Indie stores on that day. Not before. Not after. Not online. Bookstores participating in Independent Bookstore Day are more than just places that sell books – they provide rich cultural experiences for readers, support and nurture their local authors, and serve as gathering points, refuges, and social centers in their communities.

The 2017 IBD author ambassador Emma Straub says, “Independent bookstores are my first stops in any new city, a quick check of the pulse in any literary community. They are ports in the storm, passageways to magical lands, escape hatches out of bad moods. Even when I don't think I need a book, because the stack beside my bed is teetering toward the ceiling, I always need a bookstore. And then I usually need a book, too.”


3 pm  --  Join us for a rousing discussion with authors Alex Bledsoe and Matt Geiger

Alex Bledsoe will be here to talk with us about his newest Tufa novel, Gather Her Round

In critically-acclaimed Alex Bledsoe’s Tufa novel, Gather Her Round, a monster roams the woods of Cloud County, while another kind of evil lurks in the hearts of men.

Love and tragedy are not strange bedfellows among the Tufa. Young Kera Rogers disappears while hiking in the woods by Needsville. When her half-eaten remains are discovered, the blame falls upon a herd of wild hogs, a serious threat in this rural community. In response, the county’s best trackers, including game warden Jack Cates and ex-military Tufa Bronwyn Chess are assembled to hunt them down.


Matt Geiger will talk with us about his book Geiger Counter.

Matt Geiger's award-winning stories reveal the sublime in the mundane and the comical in the banal. There is existential dread. There is festivity amid detritus. There are moments of genuine introspection on what it means to be human. And it's all laugh-out-loud funny when told by a humorist who is determined to live an examined life, even if he's not always entirely sure what he's looking at.


Friday, May 05th
Todd Michael Cox is here to talk about his new novel "Iowa"

7 pm

About the Book

After a chance meeting with the enigmatic and outspoken John Thomas Bantam, a third-party candidate for President of the United States, small-time union rep Greg Helter decides to leave his dull and safe Midwestern life and become the campaign manager for Bantam’s lost-cause Gadfly Party. He hires a former college friend to be the controversial candidate’s bodyguard, a menacing but intelligent mountain of a man named Jasper Callister with whom Helter shares the memory of a violent and disturbing event, and who may be harboring the combined anger and dissatisfaction of an entire nation within his giant body. With lonely and haunted amateur writer Lisa Yates riding along as the campaign’s embedded journalist, Helter soon finds himself on an increasingly strange journey across the Hawkeye State, seeking votes and personal redemption… and a cure for the madness of modern life. A product of our soured times, as well as an artful commentary upon them, Iowa is a beautifully written novel of anger and endangered hope, a deeply personal and yet outward-looking work that reads like a cross between Edward Abbey and Hunter Thompson, but with the unique blend of poetic sensitivity and honest realism readers have come to expect from Todd Michael Cox

About the Author

Todd Michael Cox was born and raised in northern Wisconsin and still makes his home in the Dairy State.  He received a degree in creative writing from UW-Oshkosh, which is also where he cast his first vote (in the 1992 presidential election).  A lover of wildlife and wild places, he has been featured on Wisconsin Public Radio, where he talked about his blog, Wisconsin Unhuggables, and is the founder of the Snake Anti-Defamation League, a group dedicated to preserving the reputation of the world’s snakes.  He is a musician, composer, and sometime-puppeteer.  His spoken-word project Ripe For Shaking has been included on ATTOHO (After They Tore Our Heads Off), a CD compilation from the Journal of Experimental Fiction, and has been played on New Zealand radio.  He is also the author of the novels After the Death of the Ice Cream Man, Dizzlemuck, and Beast.


Sunday, May 07th
History's Mysteries Book Club

12:30 pm

Whistling in the Dark by Lesley Kagen

Wednesday, May 10th
Paul Offitt, MD will be at WID (Wisconsin Institute For Discovery) to discuss his new book "Pandora's Lab"

7 pm

Dr. Paul Offitt -- Presented in partnership with the Wisconsin Book Festival and the Wisconsin Institute For Discovery

"Another rousing, pull-no-punches piece from a physician set on educating the public about the fallibility of scientists."

Kirkus Review

What happens when ideas presented as science lead us in the wrong direction? History is filled with brilliant ideas that gave rise to disaster, and this book explores the most fascinating—and significant—missteps: from opium’s heyday as the pain reliever of choice to recognition of opioids as a major cause of death in the U.S.; from the rise of trans fats as the golden ingredient for tastier, cheaper food to the heart disease epidemic that followed; and from the cries to ban DDT for the sake of the environment to an epidemic-level rise in world malaria. These are today’s sins of science—as deplorable as mistaken ideas from the past such as advocating racial purity or using lobotomies as a cure for mental illness. These unwitting errors add up to seven lessons both cautionary and profound, narrated by renowned author and speaker Paul A. Offit. Offit uses these lessons to investigate how we can separate good science from bad, using some of today’s most controversial creations—e-cigarettes, GMOs, drug treatments for ADHD—as case studies. For every “Aha!” moment that should have been an “Oh no,” this book is an engrossing account of how science has been misused disastrously—and how we can learn to use its power for good.
Thursday, May 11th
Doug Moe interviews David Montgomery about his book "Growing a Revolution - Bringing our Soil Back to Life"

7 pm

book cover

About the Book

A MacArthur Fellow’s impassioned call to make agriculture sustainable by ditching the plow, covering the soil, and diversifying crop rotations.

 The problem of agriculture is as old as civilization. Throughout history, great societies that abused their land withered into poverty or disappeared entirely. Now we risk repeating this ancient story on a global scale due to ongoing soil degradation, a changing climate, and a rising population.

But there is reason for hope. David R. Montgomery introduces us to farmers around the world at the heart of a brewing soil health revolution that could bring humanity’s ailing soil back to life remarkably fast. Growing a Revolution draws on visits to farms in the industrialized world and developing world to show that a new combination of farming practices can deliver innovative, cost-effective solutions to problems farmers face today.

David R. Montgomery is a professor of geomorphology at the University of Washington. He lives in Seattle with his wife, Anne Biklé, and Loki, their guide-dog dropout.

Friday, May 12th
Mare Chapman is here to talk about "Unshakeable Confidence"

6 pm

With astounding clarity, Mare Chapman identifies the gender conditioning women receive from the moment the doctor exclaims, “It’s a girl!”  Based on Chapman’s ‘Mindfulness for Women’ course, this warm and practical book guides the reader through an intimate journey, showing how women form disempowering beliefs that cause them to lose themselves in relationships, and how to regain connection with their true selves through mindfulness. The ultimate destination is unshakeable confidence: the deep, stable inner trust to handle whatever is happening—the awful, hard, seemingly unbearable things in life, as well as the outrageously amazing and wonderful.

“Every so often a book comes along that has the potential to change your life…Unshakeable Confidence reflects the author’s profound understanding of the roots of women’s suffering and provides a wise and practical guide to rediscovering self-love. A pure gem of a book!”
–Dale M. Kushner, author of The Conditions of Love

Friday, May 19th
Robert Alexander and Alison Townsend

7 pm

The Persistence of Rivers:  An Essay on Moving Water, by Alison Townsend won The Florida Review Prose Chapbook award, and is being published in a joint venture with Burrow Press.  

Alison Townsend shapes the memories within this book like the meditative and meandering rivers that inspired them. The Persistence of Rivers evokes the naturalism of Thoreau and Dillard, yet Townsend’s prose remains masterfully singular in its subject, lyricism, and poignancy. Spanning decades from the 1950s to the present, the book considers the impact of rivers at pivotal moments in Townsend’s life, examining issues of landscape, loss, memory, healing, and the search for home.

Alison Townsend is the author of two books of poetry, The Blue Dress: Poems and Prose Poems, and Persephone in America, as well as two poetry chapbooks. Her writing has received a Pushcart Prize, The Crab Orchard Open Poetry Competition Prize, a Wisconsin Literary Arts Grant, and many other awards. Her poetry appears in numerous journals and has been anthologized in collections such as Best American Poetry 2006 and the 2010 Pushcart Prize. Her essays also appear widely and have been listed as notable in Best American Essays 2014, 2015, and 2016. Professor Emerita of English and Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, she lives in the farm country outside Madison.

Robert Alexander grew up in Massachusetts. He attended the University of Wisconsin, and for several years taught in the Madison public schools. After receiving his Ph.D. in English from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, he worked for many years as a freelance editor. From 1993–2001, he was a contributing editor at New Rivers Press, also serving from 1999-2001 as New Rivers’ creative director. He is currently co-editor, with Nickole Brown, of the Marie Alexander Poetry Series at White Pine Press. He has published two books of prose shorts and a book of creative nonfiction about the American Civil War, and has edited or coedited five literary anthologies. His narrative history of the Northwest Ordinance is forthcoming in 2017. For more information, please see his website: 


Saturday, May 20th
Lindsey Becker discusses her debut middle-grade novel "Star Thief"

2 pm

The constellations come to life in this imaginative fantasy adventure debut.
Honorine's life as a maid at the Vidalia mansion is rather dull, dusting treasures from faraway places and daydreaming in front of maps of the world. But everything changes when she catches two brutish sailors ransacking Lord Vidalia's study, and then follows a mysterious girl with wings out into the night....

Suddenly, Honorine is whisked into the middle of a battle between the crew of a spectacular steamship and a band of mythical constellations. The stars in the sky have come to life to defend themselves against those who want to harness their powers. Much to her surprise, Honorine is the crux of it all, the center of an epic clash between magic and science, the old ways and the new. But can this spirited young girl bring both sides of a larger-than-life fight together before they unleash an evil power even older than the stars?

Wednesday, May 24th
Mystery to Me Bookclub

6 pm 

Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

Thursday, May 25th
Doug Moe interviews Emile Nadeau about "The Cooperative Society"

7 pm 

The Cooperative Society presents the hypothesis that we may be on the threshold of a new stage of history, one characterized by cooperation, democracy, the equitable distribution of resources, and a sustainable relationship with nature. 

“An outstanding job of explaining the context for change and, just as importantly, the urgent need for such a change.” Charles Gould, Director-General
International Co-operative Alliance

“A refreshing and hopeful analysis of major trends in human behavior.”
Judy Ziewacz, President and CEO
The National Cooperative Business Association/CLUSA

“Lays out major drivers of our socio/political/economic environment, [and] develops a useful framework for measuring and monitoring these factors over time.” Walden Swanson, Founder and Director Emeritus CoMetrics 

E.G. Nadeau has an undergraduate degree in sociology from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has been researching, developing, teaching, and writing about cooperatives and community development for more than 45 years, beginning with his work as a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal in 1970. 

Sunday, May 28th
Agatha Christie Book Club

3 pm

Sparkling Cyanide


Friday, June 02nd
Victoria Houston is here to share "Dead Spider"

7 pm

Victoria Houston is back!  

In the next installment to the Loon Lake mystery series, Lewellyn Ferris and Doc Osborne must solve a murder that shatters the picturesque Wisconsin lake town community at the height of summer.

On a lovely Sunday afternoon in late June, the annual Loon Lake Youth Fishing Tournament is coming to a close. People are happy, kids are full of ice cream, and teenagers are setting off firecrackers so loud that no one hears a gunshot.

When the crowd thins out, an attractive young wife makes a grisly discovery: A single bullet to the head has killed her much-older husband—the richest man in Wisconsin.

Meanwhile, as Police Chief Lewellyn Ferris gets the murder investigation underway, her good friend and deputy coroner, “Doc” Osborne, is alarmed to hear that his oldest grandchild, fifteen-year-old Beth, has been caught in a drug sting.

And Loon Lake’s idyllic summer is further shattered when numerous elderly patients in the local nursing home discover they have been robbed.

“Victoria Houston’s love for her Wisconsin setting—and her wonderful characters—is evident on every page of her fine series” (New York Times bestselling author Laura Lippman).

Saturday, June 03rd
Author Scott Turow is at the Madison Public Library!

time TBD

In partnership with the Wisconsin Book Festival, Mystery to Me is happy to co-host author Scott Turow. His newest book is Testimony --- "TESTIMONY is Scott Turow's most ambitious and complex work—which takes us from the gritty familiarity of his beloved Kindle County into a mysterious world of international intrigue. It's the best kind of thriller, one that stimulates the mind as well as thrilling the heart."  —Jeffrey Toobin, New York Times bestselling author of American Heiress

About the Book

In the bestselling tradition of PRESUMED INNOCENT—the 1987 debut novel that made him "one of the major writers in America" (NPR)—comes what may be Scott Turow's best thriller yet.

Bill ten Boom has walked out on everything he thought was important to him: his career, his wife, Kindle County, even his country. Still, when he is tapped to examine the disappearance of an entire Gypsy refugee camp—unsolved for ten years—he feels drawn to what will become the most elusive case of his career.

In order to uncover what happened during the apocalyptic chaos after the Bosnian War, Boom must navigate a host of suspects ranging from Serb paramilitaries to organized crime gangs to the U.S. government, while also maneuvering among the alliances and treacheries of those connected to the case: Morgan Merriwell, a disgraced U.S. Major General; Ferko Rincic, the massacre's sole survivor; and Esma Czarni, an alluring barrister with secrets to protect.

A master of the legal thriller, Scott Turow has returned with his most irresistibly confounding and satisfying novel yet.

Scott Turow is the author of ten best-selling works of fiction including INNOCENTPRESUMED INNOCENT and THE BURDEN OF PROOF, and two non-fiction books including ONE L, about his experience as a law student. His books have been translated into more than 40 languages, sold more than 30 million copies world-wide and have been adapted into a full length film and two television miniseries. He frequently contributes essays and op-ed pieces to publications such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Playboy, and The Atlantic.



Sunday, June 04th
History's Mysteries Book Club

12:30 pm

Savage Girl by Jean Zimmerman


Friday, June 09th
Steve and Ben Nadler discuss their graphic

7 pm

Steve and Ben Nadler discuss their graphic narrative, The Heretics!

This entertaining and enlightening graphic narrative tells the exciting story of the seventeenth-century thinkers who challenged authority—sometimes risking excommunication, prison, and even death—to lay the foundations of modern philosophy and science and help usher in a new world. With masterful storytelling and color illustrations, Heretics! offers a unique introduction to the birth of modern thought in comics form—smart, charming, and often funny.

Steven Nadler is the William H. Hay II Professor of Philosophy and Evjue-Bascom Professor in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His books include Spinoza: A Life, which won the Koret Jewish Book Award, and Rembrandt's Jews, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He lives in Madison. Ben Nadler, a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, is an illustrator. He lives in Chicago.

Thursday, June 15th
Daniel Sharfstein is here to discuss "Thunder in the Mountains"

7 pm

In his penetrating new book, Thunder in the Mountains, Daniel J. Sharfstein shows how the meaning of freedom was not only contested in the South after the Civil War but extended all the way to the Pacific Northwest....Sharfstein’s account not only makes for absorbing reading; it adds immeasurably to our understanding of the complicated, interwoven lives of those who fought for “progress” east and west....Those who know little about General Howard, other than that he was a founder of Howard University, will be especially interested in following his story to the end.”—Henry Louis Gates, Alphonse Fletcher University Professor, Harvard University

Daniel J. Sharfstein is an associate professor of law at Vanderbilt University. A graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School, he has been awarded fellowships for his research on the legal history of race in the United States from Harvard, New York University, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has written for The Yale Law Journal, The New York Times, The Economist, The Washington Post, and other publications. He lives with his family in Nashville, Tennessee.

Wednesday, June 21st
Mystery to Me Bookclub

6 pm

Thursday, June 29th
The Fab Factor! Dorris Burch discusses her book "Don't Be Invisible, Be Fabulous"

6 - 8 pm

Dorris Burch will be here to talk with the Madison Chapter of the Polka Dot Powerhouse!

Public are welcome. 

More info to follow. 



Sunday, July 09th
History's Mysteries Book Club

12:30 pm

The Devil's Making by Sean Haldane

Sunday, July 23rd
Agatha Christie Book Club

3 pm


Wednesday, July 26th
Mystery to Me Bookclub

6 pm


Sunday, August 06th
History's Mysteries Book Club

12:30 pm

Valley of the Shadow by Peter Tremayne

Wednesday, August 23rd
Mystery to Me Bookclub

6 pm

Friday, August 25th
William Kent Krueger is here with his new book "Sulfur Springs"

7 pm -- Kent wants to be in the store so we'll be asking for RSVPs for the number of chairs we have available.  There will also be standing room! 

Check out William Kent Krueger's website for more information about his new book. 

About the book

In William Kent Krueger’s latest pulse-pounding thriller, Cork O’Connor’s search for a missing man in the Arizona desert puts him at the center of a violent power struggle along the Mexican border, a struggle that might cost Cork everything and everyone he holds most dear.

On the Fourth of July, just as fireworks are about to go off in Aurora, Minnesota, Cork O’Connor and his new bride Rainy Bisonette listen to a desperate voicemail left by Rainy's son, Peter. The message is garbled and full of static, but they hear Peter confess to the murder of someone named Rodriguez. When they try to contact him, they discover that his phone has gone dead.


Sunday, September 10th
History's Mysteries Book Club

12:30 pm

Chiefs by Stuart Wood

Thursday, September 14th
Robert Madrygan is here to discuss his debut novel "Solace of Trees"

7 pm

About the Book

The Solace of Trees tells the story of Amir, a young boy of secular Muslim heritage who witnesses his family’s murder in the Bosnian War. Amir hides in a forest, mute and shocked, among refugees fleeing for their lives. Narrowly escaping death in rural Bosnia, he finds sanctuary in a UN camp. After a charity relocates him to the United States, the retired professor who fosters Amir learns that the boy holds a shameful secret concerning his parents’ and sister’s deaths. Amir’s years in the US bring him healing and a loving place in a new family. In college, as a film studies major, he falls in love⎯and he accepts the request of an Islamic Studies professor to work on a documentary film on the plight of Palestinians. 9/11 comes, and with it, the arrest of the professor. As Amir enters adulthood, his destiny brings him full circle back to the darkness he thought he’d forever escaped.

Described from the perspective of a child victim, The Solace of Trees is the lesser-told story of the tragedy of war, from the Bosnian War to the US policy of government-sponsored abductions. A tale shared by countless victims in countless times and places, The Solace of Trees is at once a page-turner and a work of beauty and insight. It is a sobering look at a hidden cost of war and an affirmation of the human spirit from those who survive the ordeal.

About the author

Robert Madrygin spent his early years in postwar Japan, where his father, a US military lawyer, defended the rights of Japanese POWs. Numerous moves followed across the US and Europe. As an adult Madrygin lived with his wife and three children in Ecuador and Barcelona. He built a successful business and yet worked also in India managing a worldwide holistic conference and in post-Tsunami Thailand. In spring 2017 he will visit Bosnia and Herzegovina. He and his wife live in Brattleboro, Vermont.

Sunday, September 24th
Agatha Christie Book Club

3 pm

Wednesday, September 27th
Mystery to Me Bookclub

6 pm

Thursday, September 28th
Kathleen Ernst launches her new Chloe Ellefson mystery, "Mining for Justice"

6:30 pm

About the Book

Chloe Ellefson is excited to be learning about Wisconsin’s early Cornish immigrants and mining history while on temporary assignment at Pendarvis, a historic site in charming Mineral Point.

But when her boyfriend, police officer Roelke McKenna, discovers long-buried human remains in the root cellar of an old Cornish cottage, Chloe reluctantly agrees to mine the historical record for answers.

She soon finds herself in the center of a heated and deadly controversy that threatens to close Pendarvis. While struggling to help the historic site, Chloe must unearth dark secrets, past and present . . . before a killer comes to bury her.

Kathleen Ernst is the award-winning, bestselling author of thirty-five published books, which together have now sold over 1.7 million printed, ebook, and audio copies.

Kathleen's work has earned numerous honors, including an Emmy for children's educational programming, a LOVEY Best Traditional Mystery Award, and an Edgar and multiple Agatha national mystery award nominations.

Kathleen's published books fall into three main groups: American Girl mysteries and historical fiction for readers ages 8 and up; Chloe Ellefson mysteries for adults and mature teens; and American Civil War books for adults and young readers. In addition, she has written poetry, a young adult (YA) novel, and a two non-fiction history books.