Wednesday, September 20th
Andrea Potos reads from "Arrows of Light"

7 pm

In Arrows of Light, Andrea Potos lets us dwell in those fragile moments between day and night, love and loss, living and death. In the stillness of a blue scarf lake, the pale ochre walls of Van Gogh's rooms, the light that pours through her Yaya's kitchen windows, Potos takes us to the cusp of the unknowable. Pulled through by the thread of her mother's illness and eventual death, this small, elegant collection shines its gold light on those stunning, ephemeral details -- her mother's coral lipstick, blueberries like small sapphires, laundry flapping on the line like angel wings -- that seem to give us tidings of the world beyond and its fluid relationship with what we know now and will always remember.

Saturday, September 23rd
"Peanut of Blind Faith Farm" by Jim Thompson

2 pm

Sunday, September 24th
Agatha Christie Book Club

3 pm

Wednesday, September 27th
Mystery to Me Bookclub

6 pm

Black Rabbit Hall by Eve Chase

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

6:00 pm

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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.

pssst.... we know that there is a Green Bay Packer game this evening at 7:30. That's why we've teamed up with Brocach down the street. They have great TV viewing along with $3.00 Spotted Cows and 1/2 Wings!  So come hear from Kathleen and then watch the game at Brocach. 


Sunday, October 01st
History's Mysteries Book Club

12:30 pm

Zoo Station by David Downing

Wednesday, October 04th
Joal Derse Dauer and Elizabeth Ridley discuss "Saving Sadie - How a Dog That No One Wanted Inspired the World"

7 pm

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About the Book

Joel Derse Dauer thought she was just donating blankets at the local no-kill shelter when a disabled and despondent dog caught her eye. With three "fur babies" already at home, Joal wasn't looking to adopt another dog, but there was something special about Sadie, a sheperd mix who had been shot in the head and in the back and left for dead in the hills of Kentucky after giving birth. One gaze into those sorrowful eyes and Joal vowed to do everything possible to get the poor girl to walking again. 

The first of three vets offered little hope, and two even recommended euthanasia. But with patience, hope, and plenty of love, Joal noticed a change in her canine companion. And somewhere along the difficult journey, she discovered sweet Sadie transforming her life in ways she never could have imagined. Today, media darlings Joal and Sadie are spreading their message of compassion, acceptance, and kindness around the world. Joyous and inspiring, Saving Sadie is a triumphant story about the power of unconditional love and second chances - for humans and animals alike.  

About the Authors

Saving Sadie: How a Dog That No One Wanted Inspired the World is Joal Derse Dauer's first book for adults. She has had a lifelong passion for animals and has worked as a Transitional Organization Specialist for more than 25 years. Together she and her special-needs dog Sadie travel the country spreading their important messages about disability acceptance, anti-bullying, and strengthening the laws and punishments regarding animal cruelty and abuse. She lives in Muskego, Wisconsin.

Elizabeth Ridley's fifth novel, Searching for Celia, was published by Bold Strokes Books in New York in 2015 and was chosen as one of "the 15 Best LGBT Summer Reads" by The Advocate. Her previous novels are Throwing Roses (The Permanent Press); The Remarkable Journey of Miss Tranby Quirke (Bold Strok Books), Rainey's Lament (The Overlook Press) and Dear Mr. Carson (The Permanent Press). The co-written memoir Saving Sadie is her sixth book. 

A native of Milwaukee, Elizabeth has a bachelor's degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a master's degree in creative writing from the University of East Anglia in England, where she studied under former Poet Laureate Sir Andrew Motion. In 2011 she received a Literary Artist Fellowship from the Wisconsin Arts Board.

Wednesday, October 18th
Steve and Ben Nadler discuss "Heretics" -- a Friends of the UW-Madison Library Event

5 pm -- UW-Madison Memorial Library, Room 126

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.

These contentious and controversial philosophers—from Galileo and Descartes to Spinoza, Locke, Leibniz, and Newton—fundamentally changed the way we look at the world, society, and ourselves, overturning everything from the idea that the Earth is the center of the cosmos to the notion that kings have a divine right to rule. More devoted to reason than to faith, these thinkers defended scandalous new views of nature, religion, politics, knowledge, and the human mind.

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 is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and an illustrator. He lives in Chicago. Follow him on Instagram at @bennadlercomics.

Thursday, October 19th
Debussy's Paris - Piano Portraits of the Belle Époque by Catherine Kautsky

7 pm

Join us for a delightful evening with pianist Catherine Kautsky as she describes writing this book. There will be a keyboard here so we'll be treated to some music too! 

Readers will be taken on a tour of Paris through detailed descriptions of the city's diversions and the music Debussy wrote reflecting them.  Catherine Kautsky explores how key works reveal not only the most appealing aspects of Paris, but also the more disquieting attitudes of the time. In contrast to the childlike innocence of fairy tales, minstrel shows had racist overtones, colonization entailed domination, and the brooding nationalism of the era was rife with hostility. Debussy left no avenue unexplored, and his piano works present a sweeping overview of the passions, vices, and obsessions of the era's Parisians. 

When played today, Debussy's music breathes the story of one of the world's most fascinating cities. Kautsky reveals little known elements of Parisian life during the Belle Époque and weaves the music, the man, the city, and the era into an indissoluble whole. Her portrait will delight anyone who has ever been entranced by Debussy's music or the city that inspired it. 

Catherine Kautsky is chair of keyboard at Lawrence University and has been lauded by the New York Times as "a pianist who can play Mozart and Schubert as though their sentiments and habits of speech coincided exactly with hers..."  She has concertized widely, performing in major halls in New York, Chicago, Washington, and Boston, soloing with the St. Louis Symphony and other orchestras and appearing frequently on public radio

Friday, October 20th
Fresco Opera Presents Opera Storytellers

6 pm

Opera is a series of notes from the soul. Arias performed with the most intimate of instruments: The human voice.  Accompanied by six strings and the history behind the notes, Opera Storytellers presents operatic music like you have never heard it before. Acoustic. Pure. Naked. Opera Storytellers performs this music the way it was intended to be. A connection without interference. Just pure music.  

Tuesday, October 24th
Days of Wine and Chocolate! The Annual Dudgeon Monroe Neighborhood Gathering!

7 pm

Greet Your Neighbors

Meet New Friends

Wednesday, October 25th
Mystery to Me Bookclub

6 pm

Salem's Cipher by Jess Lourey

Thursday, October 26th
Michael Stanley is here to discuss "Dying to Live" - a Detective Kubu Mystery!

7 pm

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'A wonderful, original voice – McCall Smith with a dark edge and even darker underbelly’ - Peter James

‘Under the African sun, Michael Stanley’s Detective Kubu investigates crimes as dark as the darkest of Nordic Noir. Call it Sunshine Noir, if you will – a must read’ - Yrsa Sigurðardóttir

When the body of a Bushman is discovered near the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, the death is written off as an accident. But all is not as it seems. An autopsy reveals that, although he's clearly very old, his internal organs are puzzlingly young. What's more, an old bullet is lodged in one of his muscles... But where is the entry wound? When the body is stolen from the morgue and a local witch doctor is reported missing. Detective Kubu Bengu gets involved. 

Michael Stanley is the writing team of Michael Sears and Stanley Trollip.
Both are retired professors who have worked in academia and business. Sears is a mathematician, specializing in geological remote sensing. Trollip is an educational psychologist, specializing in the application of computers to teaching and learning, and a pilot. They were both born in South Africa.

They have been on a number of flying safaris to Botswana and Zimbabwe, where it was always exciting to buzz a dirt airstrip to shoo the elephants off. They have had many adventures on these trips including tracking lions at night, fighting bush fires on the Savuti plains in northern Botswana, being charged by an elephant, and having their plane’s door pop open over the Kalahari, scattering navigation maps over the desert.. These trips have fed their love both for the bush, and for Botswana.

It was on one of these trips that the idea surfaced for a novel set in Botswana.

A Carrion Death is their first novel.



Sunday, October 29th
Trick Or Treat on Monroe Street!

Noon - 4 pm

Come in Costume! Treats will be here...

This event is happening in conjunction with the Halloween festivities at the Vilas Zoo.


Wednesday, November 01st
Jeremi Suri discusses "The Impossible Presidency - The Rise and Fall of America's Highest Office"

7 pm

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Why have recent presidents failed to bring promised change? This book charts the rise and fall of the American presidency, from the limited role envisaged by the Founding Fathers to its current status as the most powerful job in the world. The presidency is a victim of its own success -- the vastness of the job makes it almost impossible to fulfill the expectations placed upon it. As managers of the world's largest economy and military, contemporary presidents must react to a truly globalized world in a twenty-four-hour news cycle. There is little room left for bold vision. The Impossible Presidency traces America's disenchantment with our recent presidents to the inevitable mismatch between presidential promises and the structural limitations of the office.

Jeremi Suri holds the Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. He is a professor in the university's Department of History and the LBJ School of Public Affairs. He previously held a position in the History Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Thursday, November 02nd
Wisconsin Science Festival Presents....

The Wisconsin Science Festival is presented in cooperation with the Wisconsin Book Festival. Click here for more Festival details.

Location: Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, DeLuca Forum

6 pm 

We Have No Idea by Jorge Cham & Daniel Whiteson

Humanity's understanding of the physical world is full of gaps. Not tiny little gaps you can safely ignore —there are huge yawning voids in our basic notions of how the world works. PHD Comics creator Jorge Cham and particle physicist Daniel Whiteson have teamed up to explore everything we don't know about the universe: the enormous holes in our knowledge of the cosmos. Armed with their popular infographics, cartoons, and unusually entertaining and lucid explanations of science, they give us the best answers currently available for a lot of questions that are still perplexing scientists, including:

* Why does the universe have a speed limit?
* Why aren't we all made of antimatter?
* What (or who) is attacking Earth with tiny, superfast particles?
* What is dark matter, and why does it keep ignoring us? 

It turns out the universe is full of weird things that don't make any sense. But Cham and Whiteson make a compelling case that the questions we can't answer are as interesting as the ones we can.

This fully illustrated introduction to the biggest mysteries in physics also helpfully demystifies many complicated things we do know about, from quarks and neutrinos to gravitational waves and exploding black holes. With equal doses of humor and delight, Cham and Whiteson invite us to see the universe as a possibly boundless expanse of uncharted territory that's still ours to explore.

7 pm

Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan

A landmark work of science, history and reporting on the past, present and imperiled future of the Great Lakes.

The Great Lakes―Erie, Huron, Michigan, Ontario and Superior―hold 20 percent of the world’s supply of surface fresh water and provide sustenance, work and recreation for tens of millions of Americans. But they are under threat as never before, and their problems are spreading across the continent. The Death and Life of the Great Lakes is prize-winning reporter Dan Egan’s compulsively readable portrait of an ecological catastrophe happening right before our eyes, blending the epic story of the lakes with an examination of the perils they face and the ways we can restore and preserve them for generations to come.

For thousands of years the pristine Great Lakes were separated from the Atlantic Ocean by the roaring Niagara Falls and from the Mississippi River basin by a “sub-continental divide.” Beginning in the late 1800s, these barriers were circumvented to attract oceangoing freighters from the Atlantic and to allow Chicago’s sewage to float out to the Mississippi. These were engineering marvels in their time―and the changes in Chicago arrested a deadly cycle of waterborne illnesses―but they have had horrendous unforeseen consequences. Egan provides a chilling account of how sea lamprey, zebra and quagga mussels and other invaders have made their way into the lakes, decimating native species and largely destroying the age-old ecosystem. And because the lakes are no longer isolated, the invaders now threaten water intake pipes, hydroelectric dams and other infrastructure across the country.

Egan also explores why outbreaks of toxic algae stemming from the overapplication of farm fertilizer have left massive biological “dead zones” that threaten the supply of fresh water. He examines fluctuations in the levels of the lakes caused by manmade climate change and overzealous dredging of shipping channels. And he reports on the chronic threats to siphon off Great Lakes water to slake drier regions of America or to be sold abroad.

In an age when dire problems like the Flint water crisis or the California drought bring ever more attention to the indispensability of safe, clean, easily available water, The Death and the Life of the Great Lakes is a powerful paean to what is arguably our most precious resource, an urgent examination of what threatens it and a convincing call to arms about the relatively simple things we need to do to protect it.





Thursday, November 02nd
Jeremi Suri discusses "The Impossible Presidency - The Rise and Fall of America's Highest Office"

5:30 pm - Main Public Library, Community Room

Wisconsin Book Festival presents Jeremi Suri.

Please see description of Professor Suri's book under November 1 event being held at Mystery to Me. 



Saturday, November 04th
Wisconsin Science Festival Presents....

The Wisconsin Science Festival is presented in cooperation with the Wisconsin Book Festival. Click here for more Festival details.

Location: Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, DeLuca Forum

10 am

The Kelloggs - The Battling Brothers of Battle Creek, by Howard Merkel

From the much admired medical historian (“Markel shows just how compelling the medical history can be”—Andrea Barrett) and author of An Anatomy of Addiction (“Absorbing, vivid”—Sherwin Nuland, The New York Times Book Review, front page)—the story of America’s empire builders: John and Will Kellogg.
John Harvey Kellogg was one of America’s most beloved physicians; a best-selling author, lecturer, and health-magazine publisher; founder of the Battle Creek Sanitarium; and patron saint of the pursuit of wellness. His youngest brother, Will, was the founder of the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company, which revolutionized the mass production of food and what we eat for breakfast.
In The Kelloggs, Howard Markel tells the sweeping saga of these two extraordinary men, whose lifelong competition and enmity toward one another changed America’s notion of health and wellness from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries, and who helped change the course of American medicine, nutrition, wellness, and diet.
The Kelloggs were of Puritan stock, a family that came to the shores of New England in the mid-seventeenth century, that became one of the biggest in the county, and then renounced it all for the religious calling of Ellen Harmon White, a self-proclaimed prophetess, and James White, whose new Seventh-day Adventist theology was based on Christian principles and sound body, mind, and hygiene rules—Ellen called it “health reform.”
The Whites groomed the young John Kellogg for a central role in the Seventh-day Adventist Church and sent him to America’s finest Medical College. Kellogg’s main medical focus—and America’s number one malady: indigestion (Walt Whitman described it as “the great American evil”).
Markel gives us the life and times of the Kellogg brothers of Battle Creek: Dr. John Harvey Kellogg and his world-famous Battle Creek Sanitarium medical center, spa, and grand hotel attracted thousands actively pursuing health and well-being. Among the guests: Mary Todd Lincoln, Amelia Earhart, Booker T. Washington, Johnny Weissmuller, Dale Carnegie, Sojourner Truth, Henry Ford, John D. Rockefeller, Jr., and George Bernard Shaw. And the presidents he advised: Taft, Harding, Hoover, and Roosevelt, with first lady Eleanor. The brothers Kellogg experimented on malt, wheat, and corn meal, and, tinkering with special ovens and toasting devices, came up with a ready-to-eat, easily digested cereal they called Corn Flakes.
As Markel chronicles the Kelloggs’ fascinating, Magnificent Ambersons–like ascent into the pantheon of American industrialists, we see the cast changes in American social mores that took shape in diet, health, medicine, philanthropy, and food manufacturing during seven decades—changing the lives of millions and helping to shape our industrial age.

11 am

Flock Together by B.J. Hollars

After stumbling upon a book of photographs depicting extinct animals, B.J. Hollars became fascinated by the creatures that are no longer with us; specifically, extinct North American birds. How, he wondered, could we preserve so beautifully on film what we’ve failed to preserve in life?

And so begins his yearlong journey to find out, one that leads him from bogs to art museums, from archives to Christmas Counts, until he at last comes as close to extinct birds as he ever will during a behind-the-scenes visit at the Chicago Field Museum.

Heartbroken by the birds we’ve lost, Hollars takes refuge in those that remain. Armed with binoculars, a field guide, and knowledgeable friends, he begins his transition from budding birder to environmentally conscious citizen, a first step on a longer journey toward understanding the true tragedy of a bird’s song silenced forever.

Told with charm and wit, Flock Together is a remarkable memoir that shows how “knowing” the natural world—even just a small part—illuminates what it means to be a global citizen and how only by embracing our ecological responsibilities do we ever become fully human. A moving elegy to birds we’ve lost, Hollars’s exploration of what we can learn from extinct species will resonate in the minds of readers long beyond the final page.

12 noon

Close Encounters Man by Mark O'Connell

The wildly entertaining and eye-opening biography of J. Allen Hynek, the astronomer who invented the concept of "Close Encounters" with alien life, inspired Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster classic science fiction epic film, and made a nation want to believe in UFOs.

In June 1947, private pilot Kenneth Arnold looked out his cockpit window and saw a group of nine silvery crescents weaving between the peaks of the Cascade Mountains at an estimated 1,200 miles an hour. The media, the military, and the scientific community—led by J. Allen Hynek, an astronomer hired by the Air Force—debunked this and many other Unidentified Flying Object sightings reported across the country. But after years of denials, Hynek made a shocking pronouncement: UFOs are real.

Thirty years after his death, Hynek’s agonizing transformation from skepticism to true believer remains one of the great misunderstood stories of science. In this definitive biography, Mark O'Connell reveals for the first time how Hynek’s work both as a celebrated astronomer and as the U. S. Air Force’s go-to UFO expert for nearly twenty years stretched the boundaries of modern science, laid the groundwork for acceptance of the possibility of UFOs, and was the basis of the hit film Close Encounters of the Third Kind. With unprecedented access to Hynek’s personal and professional files, O’Connell smashes conventional wisdom to reveal the intriguing man and scientist beneath the legend.

Tracing Hynek’s career, O'Connell examines Hynek’s often-ignored work as a professional astronomer to create a complete portrait of a groundbreaking enthusiast who became an American cult icon and transformed the way we see our world and our universe.

3 pm

Slow Medicine by Victoria Sweet

A radical new understanding of how medicine is best practiced, from the award-winning author of God's Hotel.
Over the years that Victoria Sweet has been a physician, “healthcare” has replaced medicine, “providers” look at their laptops more than at their patients, and costs keep soaring, all in the ruthless pursuit of efficiency. Yet the remedy that economists and policy makers continue to miss is also miraculously simple. Good medicine takes more than amazing technology; it takes time—time to respond to bodies as well as data, time to arrive at the right diagnosis and the right treatment.

Sweet knows this because she has learned and lived it over the course of her remarkable career. Here she relates unforgettable stories of the teachers, doctors, nurses, and patients through whom she discovered the practice of Slow Medicine, in which she has been both pioneer and inspiration. Medicine, she helps us to see, is a craft and an art as well as a science. It is relational, personal, even spiritual. To do it well requires a hard-won wisdom that no algorithm can replace—that brings together “fast” and “slow” in a truly effective, efficient, sustainable, and humane way of healing. 

4 pm 

Geography of Madness by Frank Bures

Why do some men become convinced—despite what doctors tell them—that their penises have, simply, disappeared. Why do people across the world become convinced that they are cursed to die on a particular date—and then do? Why do people in Malaysia suddenly “run amok”?

In The Geography of Madness, acclaimed magazine writer Frank Bures investigates these and other “culture-bound” syndromes, tracing each seemingly baffling phenomenon to its source. It’s a fascinating, and at times rollicking, adventure that takes the reader around the world and deep into the oddities of the human psyche. What Bures uncovers along the way is a poignant and stirring story of the persistence of belief, fear, and hope.




5 pm

Water Will Come by Jeff Goodell

What if Atlantis wasn't a myth, but an early precursor to a new age of great flooding? Across the globe, scientists and civilians alike are noticing rapidly rising sea levels, and higher and higher tides pushing more water directly into the places we live, from our most vibrant, historic cities to our last remaining traditional coastal villages. With each crack in the great ice sheets of the Arctic and Antarctica, and each tick upwards of Earth's thermometer, we are moving closer to the brink of broad disaster.

By century's end, hundreds of millions of people will be retreating from the world's shores as our coasts become inundated and our landscapes transformed. From island nations to the world's major cities, coastal regions will disappear. Engineering projects to hold back the water are bold and may buy some time. Yet despite international efforts and tireless research, there is no permanent solution-no barriers to erect or walls to build-that will protect us in the end from the drowning of the world as we know it.

The Water Will Come is the definitive account of the coming water, why and how this will happen, and what it will all mean. As he travels across twelve countries and reports from the front lines, acclaimed journalist Jeff Goodell employs fact, science, and first-person, on-the-ground journalism to show vivid scenes from what already is becoming a water world.

6 pm

War on Science by Shawn Otto

Winner of the MN Book Award for Nonfiction. 

"Wherever the people are well informed," Thomas Jefferson wrote, "they can be trusted with their own government." But what happens when they are not? In every issue of modern society--from climate change to vaccinations, transportation to technology, health care to defense--we are in the midst of an unprecedented expansion of scientific progress and a simultaneous expansion of danger. At the very time we need them most, scientists and the idea of objective knowledge are being bombarded by a vast, well-funded, three-part war on science: the identity politics war on science, the ideological war on science, and the industrial war on science. 

The result is an unprecedented erosion of thought in Western democracies as voters, policymakers, and justices actively ignore the evidence from science, leaving major policy decisions to be based more on the demands of the most strident voices.  

Shawn Lawrence Otto's provocative new book investigates the historical, social, philosophical, political, and emotional reasons for why and how evidence-based politics are in decline and authoritarian politics are once again on the rise, and offers a vision, an argument, and some compelling solutions to bring us to our collective senses, before it's too late.

Sunday, November 05th
History's Mysteries Book Club

12:30 pm

Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith

Thursday, November 09th
Nasty Women Poets - An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse

7 pm

An anthology of poems from women who proudly celebrate their own nastiness and that of other women who have served as nasty role models; poems by and about women defying limitations and lady-like expectations; women refusing to be "nice girls;" women embracing their inner bitch when the situation demands it; women being formidable and funny; women speaking to power and singing for the good of their souls; women being strong, sexy, strident, super-smart, and stupendous; women who want to encourage little girls to keep dreaming.

GRACE BAUER's most recent book of poems is Mean/Time. Her other books include: The Women at the Well, Nowhere All At Once, Retreats and Recognitions, and Beholding Eye. Professor emeritus of English at Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, Louisiana, JULIE KANE is a former Louisiana Poet Laureate and Fulbright Scholar. Her poetry collections include Rhythm and Booze; Jazz Funeral; and Paper Bullets. She and Grace Bauer previously coedited Umpteen Ways of Looking at a Possum: Critical and Creative Approaches to Everette Maddox.

Featured local poets who will be reading are: Marilyn Taylor, Gillian Nevers, Karla Huston, Allison Townsend and Cathryn Cofell. 
Friday, November 10th
Minnesota Authors Matt Goldman and Wendy Webb

7 pm

A rare murder in a tranquil suburban neighborhood in the dead of winter…the body and house littered with dirt from hundreds of emptied vacuum cleaner bags….A conflicted Jewish Private Investigator named after a Swede who retains his sardonic wit while in search of a very sophisticated killer. It's all deftly there in GONE TO DUST (, the page-turning first murder mystery novel from former Minnesota resident and Emmy award-winning TV writer and producer, Matt Goldman.

Goldman, whose television credits include Seinfeld, the Ellen series, and more (most recently Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency), uses his talents for storytelling, character-building, and dialogue to create a memorable, irreverent PI named Nils Shapiro who explores the cold winter landscape of Minneapolis to solve a twisted tale in a sleepy, well-off suburb. GONE TO DUST is already garnering many rave reviews, including being named Mystery Debut of the Month by Library Journal.

How do you solve a murder with no useable evidence? Private detective Nils Shapiro is focused on forgetting his ex-wife and keeping warm during another Minneapolis winter when a former colleague, neighboring Edina Police Detective Anders Ellegaard, calls with the impossible.  Suburban divorcee Maggie Somerville was found murdered in her bedroom, her body covered with the dust from hundreds of emptied vacuum cleaner bags, all potential DNA evidence obscured by the calculating killer.

Digging into Maggie’s cell phone records, Nils finds that the most frequently called number belongs to a mysterious young woman whose true identity could shatter the Somerville family—but could she be guilty of murder? After the FBI demands that Nils drop the case, Nils and Ellegaard are forced to take their investigation underground, where the case grows as murky as the contents of the vacuum cleaner bags. Is this a strange case of domestic violence or something with far reaching, sinister implications

Infused with a love and humor about the Minnesota landmarks he once frequented, GONE TO DUST is a masterful debut from Matt Goldman. He introduces us to a relatable and fascinating lead in Shapiro, who is not above taking shots at runners, hair product, and well known landmarks in the Twin Cities, from the hipster-neighborhood of Northeast Minneapolis to the cookie-cutter suburban mansions and office parks. But even those not familiar with the area will enjoy the twisty whodunit mystery that Goldman pulls off with a skillful and swift storytelling style. GONE TO DUST is a can’t-be-missed book to read this fall.

About the author

In addition to being a playwright and Emmy Award-winning television writer for Seinfeld, Ellen and others, Matt won an Emmy Award for his work on Wizards of Waverly Place, and was nominated for a Writer's Guild Award for his work on Seinfeld. Goldman brings his signature storytelling abilities and light touch to his debut novel Gone To Dust. He began his career as a stand-up comedian while attending teh University of Minnesota before moving to Los Angeles to write full-time. Learn more about Matt on his website - or follow him @goldman_matthew. 

"If Sarah Waters and Stephen King had a love child, it would be Wendy Webb!"
   —M. J. Rose, NY Times bestselling author

Eleanor Harper's years as a journalist working the crime beat for the city paper have taken their toll. So, when she's offered the Director position at Cliffside Manor's renowned artists' retreat, she jumps at the chance to trade courtrooms and criminals for paintbrushes and poetry—even if she isn't entirely sure why she's been offered the job.

The residency program that Eleanor has been charged with leading at Cliffside has brightened the estate's dark past as a tuberculosis sanatorium, a "waiting room for death." She can hardly wait to be surrounded by writers and artists—the peaceful lakeside grounds just as much a retreat for her as for them.

Eleanor quickly realizes the death, suffering, and rage that filled Cliffside are far from erased by time.

From her first fog-filled moments at the manor, Eleanor is seized by a sense of impending doom. On her first night, she is horrified to find Penny Dare, daughter of the estate's original owner, dead by suicide, her face covered in garish makeup as though it had been done by a child. After the arrival of the new fellows—including the intriguing, handsome photographer Richard Banks—she begins to suspect that her predecessor chose this particular group with a dangerous purpose in mind.

As the chilling mysteries of Cliffside Manor unravel and the eerie sins of the past are exposed, Eleanor must fight to save the fellows—and herself—from sinister forces.

About the Author

Wendy Webb is the award-winning and bestselling author of four novels of gothic suspense, The Tale of Halcyon Crane (2010, Holt), The Fate of Mercy Alban (2012, Hyperion), The Vanishing (2013, Hyperion) and The End of Temperance Dare (2017, Lake Union). Wendy’s first novel was published worldwide and won the Minnesota Book Award for genre fiction in 2011. When her second hit the Indie bestseller list, she established herself as a leading suspense novelist who reviewers are calling the Queen of the Northern Gothic. A career journalist, Wendy’s work has appeared in USA Today, US News and World Report, The Huffington Post, Midwest Living and countless other publications. Her fifth novel, The Strange Reflection of Addie Cassatt, will be released in June, 2018. Wendy lives in Minneapolis with her dog Zeus.

Saturday, November 11th
Women Artists Present....

2 pm

Join local artist Lori Chilefone and local poets Andrea Potos, Katrin Talbot, and Catherine Jagoe as they read from the venerable and delightful 2018 Women Artists Datebook (Sryacuse Cultural Workers as well as from some of their own poetry collections.
Lori Chilefone

Lori's imited edition prints are made from original encaustic collages. A few of her pieces will be available for sale at the event. Here's what she has to say about her work: 

Collage is very much like magnet poetry for me.  It’s a spontaneous process starting with a good crop of subjects and scissors.  With addition and subtraction of this and that, and with attention for the piece unfolding - somewhere along the way personal meaning is revealed. The materials I use are simple and fun to acquire; old printed materials, 100% beeswax and pure pigments. 

My passions are family, collaborating artistically, foraging for wild edibles and partaking in the diverse offerings of Wisconsin’s Chippewa and Red Cedar Valleys. I'm the in-house graphic designer for Next Step Energy, our family business, and support non-commercial radio by serving with the Board of Directors for WHYS 96.3FM - Eau Claire’s Community Radio Station.

Lori received her BFA in Graphic Design from College of Visual Arts (Saint Paul, MN/’92) and currently works freelance as a graphic and fine artist. Recent artistic endeavors: 2018 cover artist for Syracuse Cultural Workers' Women Artists Datebook, illustrating the opening lines of author Michael Perry's book Population: 485, the co-curation of "Land Mine - 30 Perspectives On Our Horizon" (Heyde Center For The Arts- Oct 2016), and a participating artist at Eaux Claires Music Festival (I, II, & III), and in Eau Claire Regional Art Center's 2017 "Community Supported Arts" project.

Current gallery representation: Caradori Pottery, 359 Ferry St., Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Katrin Talbot

Australian-born Katrin Talbot’s collection The Little Red Poem is forthcoming from dancing girl press. She has three other chapbooks, noun’d,  verb  (dancing girl press), Freeze-Dried Love (Finishing Line Press), and St. Cecilia’s Daze (Parallel Press) and was recently nominated for two Pushcart Prizes in Poetry. She was voted Madison Magazine’s Best of 2015 Spoken Word Artist/Poet and once received enough prize money from a national poetry contest to fund a Dairy Queen run. She is delighted to be recently included in a bug anthology and a donut anthology.


Thursday, November 23rd
Closed to Celebrate Thanksgiving
Friday, November 24th
Open Late - 10 am to 8 pm

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Saturday, November 25th
Small Business Saturday

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Sunday, November 26th
Agatha Christie Book Club

3 pm

Monday, November 27th
Open today -- 10am to 7pm
Wednesday, November 29th
Mystery to Me Bookclub

6 pm

Alice Network by Kate Quinn

Thursday, November 30th
Rick Pifer discusses "The Great War Comes to Wisconsin" - A Friends of the UW-Madison Library Event

5 pm

Examine Wisconsin's response to World War I one hundred years ago in The Great War Comes to Wisconsin: Sacrifice, Patriotism, and Free Speech in a Time of Crisis. Often called "The War to End All Wars" or "The Great War," World War I was the first "total war" of the twentieth century, a war so large that it engaged virtually the entire world. This book captures the American homefront experience through a Wisconsin lens: the political debates over war policy, the worry over loved ones fighting overseas, the countless everyday sacrifices, and the impact of a wartime hysteria that drove dissent underground. The book also includes letters and accounts from soldiers fighting the war from Wisconsin's famed 32nd Division.

Richard L. Pifer retired in 2015 from his position as Director of Reference and Public Services for the Wisconsin Historical Society's Library-Archives Division. He received a PhD in American history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His historical research was focused on homefront history in Wisconsin during the First and Second World Wars. Dr. Pifer is also the author of City at War: Milwaukee During World War II.


Sunday, December 03rd
History's Mysteries Book Club

12:30 pm

Sunday, December 03rd
Monroe Street Christmas Walk
Friday, December 15th
Madison Writers' Studio students read from their work-in-progress! Public Welcome

5:30 pm

Cheer on these aspiring authors! 

Saturday, December 16th
Allen Eskens discusses "Deep Dark Descending"

2 pm

A new mystery from the USA Today bestselling author of The Life We Bury, The Guise of Another and The Heavens May Fall. His debut novel, The Life We Bury, has been published in 16 languages and is being developed for a feature film!

About the Book

Homicide Detective Max Rupert never fully accepted his wife's death, even when he believed that a reckless hit and run driver was the cause. But when he learns that in fact she was murdered, he devotes himself to hunting down her killers.

About the Author

Allen Eskens 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 out-state Minnesota where he has been a practicing criminal defense attorney for 25 years. 

Monday, December 25th
Closed to Celebrate the Christmas Holiday
Tuesday, December 26th
Boxing Day -- We're Open!!

10 am - 5 pm

Exercise those gift certificates!