Past Events

June

Thursday, June 23rd
Virtual Event: Amber Boudreau with Alex Bledsoe

7:00p CT

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Cover of Second Nature by Amber Boudreau

About Second Nature

Mavis Corvid can't remember. Not who she is, not where she came from, nothing. It's been six months. Now she's back on her feet and settling into a new life. She has an apartment, friends, a job working at a garage for a grumpy boss, and an insatiable curiosity about werewolves.

No one knows why the wolves disclosed their existence to the world. As the first anniversary of their reveal approaches, a fight brews between two alphas that could threaten the rest of humanity unless Mavis can remember who she was. She knows she's not a werewolf, but she is something else. 

When pushed from a balcony, Mavis' second nature asserts itself. She shifts to save her skin. Now she'll have to harness her strange abilities as she investigates her disappearance and what happened to the Aldwulf, the alpha of all alphas. However, the past is gone, and Mavis is not the same person she used to be.


Amber Boudreau

About the Author

Amber Boudreau has a background in Geology (yea, science, and facts!) and enjoys reading (mostly fantasy, but anything really), sewing (quilting and piecing), attending conferences, and traveling, but doesn’t mind sticking close to home. She is a lover of all things Terry Pratchett and dragons.

Amber lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her husband of many years (most of them spent together), her delightful and sometimes imperious children, and a menagerie of pets.

Tuesday, June 21st
Make Music Madison on Monroe Street
Thursday, June 16th
Live @ MTM: Dale M. Kushner with Mare Chapman

6:00p CT

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About the Collection

Dale M. Kushner’s new collection M testifies to the heroic dimensions of women’s lives. The urgent voices in these poems, including Mary Magdalene, Eve, the Virgin Mary, and women experiencing violence across centuries and continents, are bearers of the sacred into the profane world of history—of men and war. Addressing both personal and collective struggles through a series of dramatic monologues, the speakers explore both radical and tender moments that break through the myths perpetuated in the name of the feminine. Ultimately, these poems become an enduring map of how resilience is forged from suffering and how desire, loss, and struggle are the spiritual path to transformation.

About the Poet

Dale M. Kushner grew up in Maplewood, New Jersey on a street that was once an orchard and has never lost her affection for trees and other natural wonders. Her novels, poetry, and essays bear witness to the “unspoken” and “unsayable” in our lives, to the silenced voices of women, and the aching questions of identity, belonging, and vulnerability. She views literature as a bridge to empathy that explores the dimensionality of what it means to be human and to endure love and loss.

Her study abroad at the C. G. Jung Institute in Switzerland and depth psychology inform her writing, including Transcending the Past her popular monthly online column for Psychology Today. M is Ms. Kushner’s debut collection of poetry. Her first novel The Conditions of Love was published by Grand Central (2013) and was nominated for the Texas Library Association’s Lariat Award for Outstanding Adult Fiction. She recently completed her second novel with the working title The Lie of Forgetting.

Dale has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, received the Wisconsin Arts Board Grant in the Literary Arts, and has been honored by fellowships to the Wurlitzer Foundation, The Ragdale Foundation, and the Fetzer Institute. Dale was a finalist for the May Swenson Poetry Award, The Prairie Schooner Book Competition and the Dorset Prize from Tupelo Press among others.

Dale’s widely regarded writings on the divine feminine, creativity, and intergenerational trauma are published in anthologies and collected works. Her essay on Mary Magdalene appears in the anthology Strange Attractors: Lives Changed by Chance, edited by Edie Meidav and Emmalie Dropkin, University of Massachusetts Press. Her in-depth article on Carl Jung, “In Extremis: Jung’s Descent into the Language of the Self” appears in Jung’s Red Book For Our Time: Searching for Soul Under Postmodern Conditions, Volume 4 (2020) edited by Murray Stein and Thomas Arzt, Chiron Publications. She teaches workshops that reflect her scholarship in Buddhism, depth psychology, spirituality, and the creative process.

About the Moderator

Mare Chapman, M.A., is a mindfulness-based feminist therapist, mindfulness teacher, consultant, and author.  Building on forty years of clinical experience and thirty years of studying and practicing mindfulness, she is devoted to understanding how cultural conditioning trains women to disconnect from their authenticity, thereby losing their voice and power, and how mindfulness can be applied to transform these habits so women can live fully empowered, vibrant, and healthy lives. Her recently published book, "Unshakeable Confidence, the Freedom to be Our Authentic Selves: Mindfulness for Women", is based on the class she’s been teaching to women in Madison, Wisconsin for over 20 years. Her audio podcasts and guided meditations are available at her website:  www.marechapman.com  

Saturday, June 11th
Virtual Author Panel: Dark Academia

10:00a CT

This event will be livestreamed and recorded on Crowdcast.
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Authors Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé (Ace of Spades), Siena Sterling (Tell Us No Secrets), and Ashley Winstead (In My Dreams I Hold a Knife) discuss the rising trend of dark academic thrillers. Joining us from the UK and here in the US, this is sure to be a creepy, delightful conversation!

About the Authors

Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé is a writer from South London who has dreamt of writing books about black kids saving (or destroying) the world all her life. She is an avid tea drinker, and a collector of strange mugs. Faridah currently studies English Literature at a university in the Scottish Highlands. She is the author of Ace of Spades.

Siena Sterling is an American living in London. Before moving to England, she worked at Doubleday bookstore in New York, in political campaigns, and for the Federal Railroad Administration. TELL US NO SECRETS is her debut thriller.

Ashley Winstead holds a Ph.D. in contemporary American literature from Southern Methodist University and a B.A. in English and Art History from Vanderbilt University. She lives in Houston, TX, where she drinks red wine and dreams up novels. Her debut thriller, IN MY DREAMS I HOLD A KNIFE, is out now and THE LAST HOUSEWIFE will publish in August.

Saturday, June 11th
Book Signing: Matt Goldman

12:00p

Wednesday, June 08th
MTM Book Club!

6:00p @ Garth's Brew Bar

This month we'll be reading and discussing 

The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams!

About the Book

Esme is born into a world of words. Motherless and irrepressibly curious, she spends her childhood in the Scriptorium, an Oxford garden shed in which her father and a team of dedicated lexicographers are collecting words for the very first Oxford English Dictionary. Young Esme's place is beneath the sorting table, unseen and unheard. One day a slip of paper containing the word bondmaid flutters beneath the table. She rescues the slip and, learning that the word means "slave girl," begins to collect other words that have been discarded or neglected by the dictionary men.

As she grows up, Esme realizes that words and meanings relating to women's and common folks' experiences often go unrecorded. And so she begins in earnest to search out words for her own dictionary: the Dictionary of Lost Words. To do so she must leave the sheltered world of the university and venture out to meet the people whose words will fill those pages.

Set during the height of the women's suffrage movement and with the Great War looming, The Dictionary of Lost Words reveals a lost narrative, hidden between the lines of a history written by men. Inspired by actual events, author Pip Williams has delved into the archives of the Oxford English Dictionary to tell this highly original story. The Dictionary of Lost Words is a delightful, lyrical, and deeply thought-provoking celebration of words and the power of language to shape the world.

Saturday, June 04th
Live @ MTM: Mark Ceilley

10:00a

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Cinderelliot: A Scrumptious Fairytale: Ceilley, Mark, Smoka-Richardson,  Rachel, Laberis, Stephanie: 9780762499595: Amazon.com: Books

About the Book

Cinderelliot is stuck at home taking care of his ungrateful stepsister and stepbrother. When Prince Samuel announces a kingdom-wide competition to join the royal staff as his baker, the stepsiblings insist that Cinderelliot bake their entries, leaving no time for he, himself, to compete. Fairy Godfather Ludwig appears and magically helps Cinderelliot bake his best chocolate cake, clean up, and get to the competition via limo. At the bake-off, Prince Samuel falls in love with Cinderelliot's cake, but our hero has to run off as the clock strikes midnight, leaving behind his chef hat. The next day, Prince Samuel searches the kingdom for the owner of the hat and finds that it fits perfectly on Cinderelliot's head. The prince is delighted to find not only his new baker but also the man of his dreams, and Cinderelliot creates a magnificent wedding cake--and the two live scrumptiously ever after.

About the Author

Mark Ceilley has taught Pre-K, Kindergarten, First and Second grades and is currently a Reading Interventionist. He holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University.

In his free time, Mark loves cooking, trying new recipes, reading, watching movies, and attending theater productions and orchestra concerts. He also enjoys traveling and hiking in state parks, yoga, and going to bookstores.

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Friday, June 03rd
First Friday on Monroe Street and we're celebrating our birthday! Open 'til 8pm

Come celebrate with us!  Cake...

Between 5pm and 8pm you'll get 10% off everything in the store (excluding special orders and gift certificates). See you soon! 

May

Thursday, May 26th
Live @ Mystery to Me: Bending Granite with Maury Cotter, Tom Mosgaller, and Kathleen Paris

6:00p

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Bending Granite (Hardcover) - ACTA Publications

About the Book

Bending granite defies the laws of physics but not the limits of our imagination. Granite is rock — hard, solid, tough, resistant to change. Like granite, many of our most durable institutions today — government agencies, schools, businesses, healthcare facilities, community organizations — are designed not to bend easily but rather to do the same things over and over in predictable and orderly ways. They can become impervious to change, however, inflexible in the face of opportunities, better at creating floors, walls, and ceilings of policies, protocols, and standards than adapting to rapidly changing times and abandoning things that no longer work.

The stories in Bending Granite are by difference makers who were passionate about their organizations and persistently and patiently nudged them forward day by day, one improvement at a time. No big bang, no instant pudding, no quick fixes here. Only through tending to purpose, processes, and people were they able to shape but not break the organizations they loved. Theirs are stories of change and continuous improvement.

With humility, humor, and honesty, the contributors describe their first-hand experiences—learned from trial and error and from one another—in a broad range of organizations including manufacturing, education, health, banking, insurance, service industries, military, construction, families, and government.

Zooming out from one medium-sized city in Wisconsin and building on over fifty years of the international momentum for improving quality, Bending Granite takes you behind the curtain to reveal not only the “why” but the “how, who, when, and where” of leading change.

About the Co-editors

Maury Cotter led the University of Wisconsin-Madison's strategy and improvement efforts for twenty-five years. Maury and her office created the capacity for UW-Madison to develop and implement progressive change at the campus level and throughout the institution. Maury has helped build similar internal consulting offices at UC-Berkeley and the OECD in Paris.  Maury co-founded and led the Network for Change and Continuous Innovation (NCCI), an international network for change among universities. She continues to consult and write.

Tom Mosgaller is past president of the American Society for Quality (ASQ) and the Madison Area Quality Improvement Network (MAQIN). Tom’s work experience includes being Director of the Office of Organizational Development and Quality for the City of Madison, VP of HR and Organizational Development for the Marshall Erdman Company, and Director of Change Management for the UW-Madison College of Engineering.  A change agent by nature and a lifelong community organizer, Tom guides people to take charge and address the inequities around them.

Kathleen A. Paris, Ph.D., author, consultant, and facilitator, assists organizations to plan for new realities and improve their systems. Her current focus is on learning and support for leaders at all levels. Kathleen has consulted internationally and is the author of Bringing Your Strategic Plan to Life: A Guide for Nonprofits and Public Agencies.

Wednesday, May 25th
Live @ Mystery to Me: Jim Berkenstadt in conversation with Doug Moe

6:00p

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About the Book

Mysteries in the Music: Case Closed examines the secrets, myths, legends, hoaxes, conspiracies, and the wildly inexplicable events that are such an intriguing part of rock and roll history. Jim Berkenstadt, aka The Rock And Roll Detective®, has spent decades researching the players behind these famous soundtracks and the mysteries hidden within the music itself.

Travel back to the 1950s to uncover “Who Really Discovered Elvis Presley?” Revisit a time in the 1960s when a famous folk troubadour tried to form a supergroup with members of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones. Learn the origin behind big name artists using pseudonyms to mask their true identities. Go behind the scenes of CIA intrigue in Jamaica 1976 to discover whether the spy agency tried to influence an election and arrange for the assassination of reggae superstar Bob Marley. Discover whether The Beach Boys actually stole a song and the copyright from psychotic cult leader Charles Manson, and kept all of the royalties. Finally, uncover the secrets in the making of Nirvana’s Nevermind album, considered by many to be the most influential rock album of the 1990s.

These mysteries have intrigued rock and roll fans for so long because no one has ever asked eyewitnesses the tough questions or dug through the primary sources and documentary evidence left behind... until now. After many decades, the back stories of pop and rock music lore are finally unearthed—and the truth is revealed in Mysteries in Music: Case Closed.

About the Author

Jim Berkenstadt is the Rock And Roll Detective®. A true musical Sherlock Holmes, Berkenstadt uncovers the lost history and mysteries hidden within decades of popular music. He currently serves as Co-Executive Producer and Script Consultant for the Ecosse Studios feature film based upon his Bestseller, The Beatle Who Vanished.

An international authority on Rock And Roll, he served as historical consultant to Olivia Harrison's HBO Emmy winning film, George Harrison: Living in the Material World, directed by Martin Scorsese, and as historical consultant to The Beatles’ company Apple Corps Ltd., and the Estate of George Harrison.

In addition to The Beatle Who Vanished, Berkenstadt has authored Black Market Beatles and Classic Rock Albums: Nirvana - Nevermind. All three books have been inducted into The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives. He also appears as an expert on the Reelz Channel TV series Celebrity Legacies and Celebrity Damage Control.

Thursday, May 12th
YA Book Club

6:00p @ Barriques on Monroe Street

 

Join us to discuss our May Book Club pick: GIRL OVERBOARD!

And a special treat: the author, Sandra Block, will be joining us virtually!!

Girl Overboard by Sandra Block: 9780593483466 | PenguinRandomHouse.com:  Books

Wednesday, May 11th
Mystery to Me Book Club

6:00p @ Garth's Brew Bar!

What we're reading:

DRIVE YOUR PLOW OVER THE BONES OF THE DEAD by Olga Tokaczuk

Amazon.com: Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead: A Novel:  9780525541332: Tokarczuk, Olga, Lloyd-Jones, Antonia: Books

About the Book

In a remote Polish village, Janina devotes the dark winter days to studying astrology, translating the poetry of William Blake, and taking care of the summer homes of wealthy Warsaw residents. Her reputation as a crank and a recluse is amplified by her not-so-secret preference for the company of animals over humans. Then a neighbor, Big Foot, turns up dead. Soon other bodies are discovered, in increasingly strange circumstances. As suspicions mount, Janina inserts herself into the investigation, certain that she knows whodunit. If only anyone would pay her mind . . .

A deeply satisfying thriller cum fairy tale, Drive Your Plow over the Bones of the Dead is a provocative exploration of the murky borderland between sanity and madness, justice and tradition, autonomy and fate. Whom do we deem sane? it asks. Who is worthy of a voice?

Wednesday, May 11th
Live @ MTM! Madison Writers' Studio presents the UW Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellows

6:00p

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Tuesday, May 10th
Live @ MTM: Jerry McGinley with Doug Moe!

6:00p

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A Driftless Murder: McGinley, Jerry: 9780299332846: Amazon.com: Books

About the Book

As he finishes a cup of his morning coffee, retired cop and former detective Pat Donegal gets a curious call from the Kickapoo County Chief Deputy Hennie Duggan. A gruesome discovery of human remains on a ridge portends grisly possibilities that neither man wants to consider. Donegal, physically and emotionally hungover from a rough break-up, is known for his unorthodox methods and a tendency to bend the rules. Even though Duggan chafes at his style, he knows he needs a skilled investigator like Donegal to have his back.

As strange details continue to emerge, the detectives enlist the help of city cop and data expert Shea Sommers. As the team crisscrosses the state to chase a few promising leads, their search expands beyond local guides and neighbors to members of a sinister, secret hunting society. When Duggan mysteriously disappears-and becomes a suspect himself-Donegal must take over the investigation. He soon realizes the case might not only be unsolvable but could land him in prison-or an early grave.


About the Author

Born in the driftless region of southwestern Wisconsin, Jerry McGinley has been publishing poetry and fiction for many years. His most recent book is A DRIFTLESS MURDER (published by University of Wisconsin Press), a mystery set primarily in fictional Kickapoo County. Jim Guhl, author of ELEVEN MILES TO OSHKOSH and SOUTH OF LUCK describes the story this way: “A crime remains unsolved in bucolic Kickapoo County and the public demands answers. Desperation sets in until a pair of mismatched city cops are brought in to work the case. The nonstop action bounces between bluff country and the gritty streets of Milwaukee.” For over thirty years, McGinley taught in Wisconsin at the high school and college level. He founded and edited three creative writing magazines: Yahara Prairie Review, Lake City Lights, and Yahara Prairie Lights. He currently lives in Waunakee with his wife Gail.

April

Saturday, April 30th
Independent Bookstore Day 2022!

10:00a - 5:00p

Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day with Mystery to Me!

Every year on the last Saturday in April, the American Booksellers Association and all its participating members celebrates Independent Bookstore Day! Come visit us and all your other favorite indies! On this very special day, we're celebrating you just as much as we're celebrating being your bookstore. Bookstores are vibrant ecosystems for and by the communities they serve. Come say hello and join us for our many, many special events happening on this day!

Thursday, April 28th
YA Book Club: Good Luck Girls

6:00p at Barriques on Monroe Street!

Join us to discuss our April Book Club pick,
GOOD LUCK GIRLS by Charlotte Nicole Davis!

Wednesday, April 27th
Live at MTM: Libby Fischer Hellman with Michelle Cox

6:00p

This event is live and in-person at Mystery to Me!

Seats are limited. Reserve yours here!


About the Books

Double Blind

With little work during the pandemic, Chicago PI Georgia Davis agrees to help the best friend of fellow sleuth, Ellie Foreman. Susan Siler's aunt died suddenly after her Covid booster, and Susan's distraught mother wants the death investigated.

However, Georgia's investigation is interrupted by a family trip to Nauvoo, Illinois, the one-time Mormon heartland. It's there that her life unexpectedly intersects with the runaway spouse of a Mormon Fundamentalist.

Back in Evanston, after Georgia is almost killed by a hit and run driver, she discovers that she and the escaped woman look remarkably alike. Is someone trying to kill Georgia because of her death investigation? Or is it a case of mistaken identity? And how can Georgia find her doppelganger before whoever wants them both dead tries again?

A Bend in the River

Two sisters, whose family and Mekong River village are destroyed by American forces during the Vietnam War, flee to Saigon where they become estranged because of their divergent values and ideology. Will they reunite after the war? Or is their relationship too fractured?

About the Author

Libby Fischer Hellmann left a career in broadcast news in Washington, DC and moved to Chicago a long time ago, where she, naturally, began to write gritty crime fiction. She soon began writing historical fiction as well. Sixteen novels and twenty-five short stories later, she claims they’ll take her out of the Windy City feet first. She has been nominated for many awards in the mystery and crime writing community and has even won a few. She has been a finalist twice for the Anthony and four times for Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year. She has also been nominated for the Agatha, the Shamus, the Daphne, and she won the The Chicago Writers Association Book of the Year in 2021. In the past she has won the IPPY, Foreword Magazine’s Indie Awards, and the Readers Choice Award multiple times.

Her novels include DOUBLEBLIND, the 6th Georgia Davis thriller. She has also written the six-volume Ellie Foreman series, which she describes as a cross between “Desperate Housewives” and “24;” the hard-boiled 6-volume Georgia Davis PI series, and five other stand-alone historical thrillers set during the Vietnam War, Revolutionary Iran, Cuba, the Sixties, and WW2. Her short stories have been published in a dozen anthologies, the Saturday Evening Post, and Ed Gorman’s “25 Criminally Good Short Stories” collection. Her books have been translated into Spanish, German, Italian, and Chinese. All her books are available in print, ebook, and audiobook formats. Libby also hosts Second Sunday Books, a monthly podcast where she interviews bestselling and emerging authors. In 2006 she was the National President of Sisters in Crime, a 4000 member organization committed to the advancement of female crime fiction authors.

 

About the Moderator

Michelle Cox is the author of the multiple award-winning Henrietta and Inspector Howard series as well as “Novel Notes of Local Lore,” a weekly blog dedicated to Chicago’s forgotten residents.  She suspects she may have once lived in the 1930s and, having yet to discover a handy time machine lying around, has resorted to writing about the era as a way of getting herself back there.

Coincidentally, her books have been praised by Kirkus, Library Journal, Publishers Weekly, Booklist and many others, so she might be on to something.  Unbeknownst to most, Michelle hoards board games she doesn’t have time to play and is, not surprisingly, addicted to period dramas and big band music.  Also marmalade.

Tuesday, April 26th
Live @ MTM: Emily Guy Birken and Joe Saul-Sehy

6:00p CT

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About the Book

From the money nerds behind the award-winning Stacking Benjamins podcast, a new kind of personal finance book to get your house in order.

Rich. Wealthy. Well-heeled. Moneyed. Affluent. Not bad--but why not get Stacked instead? If you've ever dreamed of a basic philosophy of money that'll help you live bigger, be bolder, and laugh harder, you need this book.

In these uncertain times, the basics matter more than ever. But for most of us, concepts such as investing, budgeting, and getting out of debt just don't float our boats (or 150-foot yachts)--and so we put them off longer than we should. Joe Saul-Sehy and Emily Guy Birken are here to tell you that personal finance can be a lot more fun than you think. (No haberdashery, maritime knowledge, or specialized flatware required.)

Learn about everything from side hustles, to hiring a legit financial adviser, to planning for emergencies, to what's new and exciting--and actually worth your time--in financial apps and software. If you're looking for the same old get-rich-quick clichés, avocado toast shaming, or alphabet soup of incomprehensible financial terms, you won't find them here. Instead, Saul-Sehy and Birken take you step by step along the way to financial success, with their signature blend of shrewd financial information and wacky humor.

 

About the Authors

EMILY GUY BIRKEN is a former educator, lifelong money nerd, and a Plutus Award-winning freelance writer who specializes in the scientific research behind irrational money behaviors. Her background in education allows her to make complex financial topics relatable and easily understood by the layperson.

 Her work has appeared on The Huffington Post, Business Insider, Kiplinger's, MSN Money, and The Washington Post online. She is the author of several books, including The 5 Years Before You Retire, End Financial Stress Now, and the brand new book Stacked: Your Super Serious Guide to Modern MoneyManagement, written with Joe Saul-Sehy.

Emily lives in Milwaukee with her family.


JOE SAUL-SEHY is the creator and co-host of the Stacking Benjamins podcast and co-author of STACKED: Your Super-Serious Guide To Modern Money Management.

Current board member at large of The Plutus Foundation.

Former board president and Board Member of Partnership For The Pathway.

While Joe’s “money expert story” includes being a former financial advisor (16 years) and representing American Express and Ameriprise in the media, his real story is how he was a money disaster in his early life, pulled his financial house into order, and left his business at age 40 to pursue an entirely different path.

Joe was the “Money Man” at Detroit television WXYZ-TV, appearing twice weekly. His advice has appeared in Bride, Best Life, and Child magazines, the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Sun-Times, Detroit News and Baltimore Sun newspapers. He’s also appeared online in more than 200 different places, including CNBC.com and WSJ.com.

The Stacking Benjamins Show was called the “Best Personal Finance Podcast” by Kiplinger. Lifehacker listed the show as one of the top 10 of 2021. Joe and the SB team have won five Plutus Awards and the Academy of Podcasters “Best Business Podcast” award (beating well-known shows like The Tim Ferriss Show, How I Built This, and Gimlet’s StartUp).

The Stacking Benjamins Show is created in Joe’s mom’s basement in Texarkana, Texas, where Joe lives with his spouse Cheryl and their cat Cooper.

Thursday, April 21st
YA Book Club

POSTPONED until April 28th!

6:00p at Barriques on Monroe Street

April's Book is...
Good Luck Girls by Charlotte Nicole Davis!

About the Book

The country of Arketta calls them Good Luck Girls--they know their luck is anything but. Sold to a "welcome house" as children and branded with cursed markings. Trapped in a life they would never have chosen. When Clementine accidentally kills a man, the girls risk a dangerous escape and harrowing journey to find freedom, justice, and revenge in a country that wants them to have none of those things. Pursued by Arketta's most vicious and powerful forces, both human and inhuman, their only hope lies in a bedtime story passed from one Good Luck Girl to another, a story that only the youngest or most desperate would ever believe.

When you order the book from Mystery to Me, remember to say you're in the YA Book Club for a10% discount!

Thursday, April 21st
Live @ MTM: Rubén Medina with Iván Vergara

6:00p

Seats are limited! Reserve yours on Eventbrite!

Este evento será en español, ingles, y spanglish
This event will be in Spanish, English, and Spanglish


Sobre la colección / About the Collection

Los Perdidos / The Lost Ones es una selección de viejos y nuevos poemas escritos en español, inglés y spanglish durante las últimas tres décadas que abordan la experiencia de la migración, la pertenencia, las identidades transicionales, el transnacionalismo, la reconstrucción de comunidades y el cruzar/invadir/ navegando nuevas geografías, múltiples idiomas, epistemologías y culturas.

Los Perdidos / The Lost Ones is a selection of old and new poems written in Spanish, English and Spanglish during the last three decades that deal with the experience of migration, belonging, transitional identities, transnationalism, remaking of communities, and crossing/invading/navigating new geographies, multiple languages, epistemologies, and cultures.


About the Author

Rubén Medina is a poet, translator, and scholar. Originally from Mexico City, he lives in the US since 1978, and since 1991 is Professor of Latin American literature at the UW-Madison. In poetry he has published Báilame este viento, Mariana (1980), Amor de lejos…Fools’ Love (Arte Publico 1986), four editions of Nomadic Nation / Nación nómada, Aquel Quetzalcoalt se fue pal’ norte (2018), and recently Los perdidos /The Lost Ones. He received a NEA Fellowship in poetry (1981). His scholarly books include: Autor, autoridad y autorización: escritura y poética de Octavio Paz (1999), Genealogías del presente y del pasado: Literatura y cine meXicanos (2010), a critical edition of Consejos de 1 discípulo de Marx a 1 fanático de Heidegger by Mario Santiago Papasquiaro (2016). In translation: Memorias de una beatnik by Diane Di Prima, and in collaboration with John Burns, he translated a major anthology of beat poetry: Una pandilla de salvajes improvisando a las puertas del infierno (2012). In 2014 he edited Perros habitados por las voces del desierto. Poesía infrarrealista entre dos siglos (Mexico: Aldus), an anthology also published in Perú and Chile. 

About the Editor

Iván Vergara is a poet, musician, editor, and cultural promoter, currently living in Madrid, Spain. He has created a Transatlantic project linking artists, musicians, and poets from Spain, Latin America, and the United States through PLACA (Platform of Chilango and Andaluces Artists), and as editor of Ultramarina C&D, which publish bilingual poetry books in English and Spanish. For almost two decades he has become a leading Transatlantic cultural figure and promoter of alternative art and literature by connecting Latin American, United States and Spain. In each of the areas of his expertise, whether as editor, publishing books in various formats, poet, creating musical projects in which he combines the visual and the aural, given talks and workshops on cartonera books in schools and universities, or promoting Latina/o writers in the U.S. with his project #PoetryOnTheRoad, he has achieved ample notoriety. He is the authored of the poetry collection, Era hombre era mito era bestia.

Wednesday, April 20th
Live at MTM: Doug Moe with Jane Burns

6:00p CT

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About the Book

This is an extraordinary and well-researched book that outlines more than a generation of hopes and dreams and accomplishments of UW-Madison women athletes and the person who made it all possible—Kit Saunders-Nordeen. —Tamara Flarup, longtime UW-Women’s Sports Information Director and member of the University of Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame

Published in the 50th anniversary year of the landmark Title IX gender equity legislation becoming law, The Right Thing to Do is both a chronicle of the rise of women’s intercollegiate athletics in the United States and a biography of one of the movement’s leaders, Kit Saunders-Nordeen, the first director of women’s athletics at the University of Wisconsin.

When Kit arrived on the Madison campus for graduate school in 1964, competitive athletics for women was actively discouraged.

Kit established a vibrant non-varsity women’s sports program at UW. The passage of Title IX in 1972 provided a boost. Kit was named the UW’s first director of women’s intercollegiate athletics in 1974, signaling varsity status for women. Yet in 1979, the UW women’s crew famously changed clothes outside the men’s athletic director’s office – they still didn’t have a locker room.

Against this backdrop of administrative struggle, the young women athletes shined. Stars emerged, national championships were won. The public took notice. In 1990, a women’s volleyball match in Madison drew nearly 11,000 fans.

The story of Kit Saunders-Nordeen and the rise of women’s intercollegiate athletics will stir any reader who cares about sports and fair play – on and off the field.

 

About the Author

Doug Moe is the award-winning author of numerous critically-acclaimed non-fiction books, as well as thousands of newspaper columns and magazine articles. In addition to his books and journalism, he writes corporate, foundation and personal histories, all with a signature storytelling style that has earned him a devoted following across more than four decades.

About the Moderator

A native of Mount Horeb, Jane is a local journalist and former sports writer.

Thursday, April 14th
Virtual Author Visit: Matt Bell with Michelle Wildgen

7:00p CT

Join us for the Crowdcast livestream here!

 

About the Book

From lauded writer and teacher Matt Bell, Refuse to Be Done is encouraging and intensely practical, focusing always on specific rewriting tasks, techniques, and activities for every stage of the process. You won’t find bromides here about the “the writing Muse.” Instead, Bell breaks down the writing process in three sections. In the first, Bell shares a bounty of tactics, all meant to push you through the initial conception and get words on the page. The second focuses on reworking the narrative through outlining, modeling, and rewriting. The third and final section offers a layered approach to polishing through a checklist of operations, breaking the daunting project of final revisions into many small, achievable tasks.

 Whether you are a first time novelist or a veteran writer, you will find an abundance of strategies here to help motivate you and shake up your revision process, allowing you to approach your work, day after day and month after month, with fresh eyes and sharp new tools. 

About the Author

Matt Bell is the author most recently of the novels Appleseed, Scrapper (a Michigan Notable Book) and In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods (a finalist for the Young Lions Fiction Award and an Indies Choice Adult Debut Book of the Year Honor Recipient, as well as the winner of the Paula Anderson Book Award). His stories have appeared in Best American Mystery Stories, Tin House, Conjunctions, Fairy Tale Review, Gulf Coast, and many other publications. A native of Michigan, he now teaches creative writing at Arizona State University.


About the Moderator

Michelle Wildgen is the author of the novels Bread and Butter, But Not For Long, and You’re Not You (both available in paperback from Picador), and is the editor of an anthology, Food & Booze: A Tin House Literary Feast (Tin House Books). You’re Not You has been adapted for film, starring Hilary Swank and Emmy Rossum.

Michelle received her MFA in fiction from Sarah Lawrence College and has taught fiction and nonfiction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, and the Tin House Writers’ Workshop. She is an executive editor at Tin House Magazine and former books editor with Tin House Books.Michelle’s nonfiction has included a weekly column on food television as well as individual essays on a wide range of topics: from American Girl doll Rebecca Rubin, Burt Reynolds’ 1970s fan mail, and obscure Wisconsin card games to the craft of writing, fresh mozzarella, deer-hunting for the neophyte, and the number of times one must endure anaphylactic shock before giving up shellfish for good.

Her fiction, personal essays, and food writing have appeared in publications including The New York Times, O, the Oprah Magazine, RealSimple.com, and anthologies such as Naming the World and Other Exercises for the Creative Writer, Dirty Words, Best New American Voices 2004, Best Food Writing 2004 and 2009, Death by Pad Thai and Other Unforgettable Meals, and journals including StoryQuarterly, TriQuarterly, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. Awards and honors include a scholarship to Bread Loaf, residency at the Hall Farm Center in Vermont, and the Virginia Faulkner Award for Excellence in Writing from Prairie Schooner.

Tuesday, April 12th
Live at MTM: Dave Iverson in conversation with Doug Moe

6:00p CT

Seats are limited! Reserve yours here on Eventbrite!


About the Book

Dave Iverson was a busy broadcast journalist recently diagnosed with Parkinson's disease when he decided to do something he'd never quite imagined: He moved in to take care of his 95-year-old mom. By the end of this decade, 74 million Americans will be over the age of 65, including every member of the Baby Boom generation. The pandemic prompted more Americans to consider caring for their parents at home, but as Iverson learned, the gritty, life-changing reality caregiving delivers requires more than good intentions. He didn't know that his mom's dementia would pose more challenges than his Parkinson's. He didn't know he'd be capable of getting so angry. He didn't know that becoming a caregiver means experiencing love and loss, anger and insight - usually when exhausted and often on the same day. And he didn't know that moving in with his mom would challenge and change him more than any other life experience. For the vast number of families who are confronting--or will soon confront - the journey of eldercare, Winter Stars offers an intimate, unvarnished portrait of the challenges, choices, and life lessons that lie ahead. All royalties from the sale of Winter Stars go to support: The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research; Dance for PD; and Avenidas, a San Francisco Bay Area organization providing caregiver support.

 

About the Author

David Iverson is a writer, documentary film producer/director, and retired broadcast journalist. During his career, he produced and reported more than 20 documentary specials for PBS, including the Frontline film, My Father, My Brother and Me, which explored his family's battle with Parkinson's disease, and the national Emmy award-winning The Thirty Second Candidate. Iverson was a radio and television host for 35 years, first at Wisconsin Public Broadcasting and then at San Francisco's NPR affiliate KQED. He's also served as a special correspondent for the PBS NewsHour. He's currently a contributing editor at the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research, where he was a founding member of the foundation's Patient Council. Winter Stars is Iverson's first book.

Thursday, April 07th
Live @ MTM: Jess L. Parker in conversation with Cynthia Marie Hoffman

6:00p

Seating is limited! Reserve your spot on Eventbrite!

About the Collection

In her contest-winning poetry collection, Star Things, Jess Parker pulls down the cosmos as if a blanket, hangs the firmament itself as if a string of festive lights to illuminate the magic in the worldly mundane. These sixty-one brief yet powerful poems work in a broad array of forms, at once playful and serious, taking risks, toying with readers' expectations and delivering seemingly effortless coups de grâce with a sly wink. Said Josh Norman (Telescopes and Other People), one of our final judges: "Every love, every scraped knee, every abandonment, every moon is at once familiar yet alien." Cynthia Marie Hoffman (Call Me When You Want to Talk About the Tombstones) reckoned that "if the stars' reflection in a pond creates a 'morse code' that communications with the constellations, so do these poems transmit the intricacies of being human in orbit among the stars...holding close to the knowledge that 'we were moondust and will be again.'"

 

About the Poet

Jess L Parker is a poet and lyricist who occasionally wanders off into fiction. Originally from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Jess lives in Madison, WI with her husband, one-year-old son, and Pitbull where she works by day leading a team of strategists. Her debut poetry collection, Star Things, released in October 2021, is winner of the 2020 Dynamo Verlag Book Prize. Jess' work has appeared in Bramble, Poetry Hall, Millwork, Wallop Zine, Kosmos, and elsewhere. Jess holds a B.A. of English and Spanish from Northern Michigan University, an M.A. of Spanish Literature from UW-Madison, and an MBA from Concordia University.

About the Moderator

CYNTHIA MARIE HOFFMAN is the author of the three poetry collections Sightseer, Paper Doll Fetus, and Call Me When You Want to Talk about the Tombstones, as well as the chapbook Her Human Costume. Hoffman is the recipient of a Diane Middlebrook Fellowship in Poetry at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Wisconsin Arts Board, and a Director’s Guest fellowship at the Civitella Ranieri Center in Italy.

Her work has appeared in Fence, diode, The Journal, The Missouri Review Online, and elsewhere. Collections have appeared as an intro feature in Pleiades, a featured chapbook in Mid-American Review, and in the annual Introductions Reading Loop online at Blackbird.

Cynthia has taught creative writing and composition at George Mason University, the University of Wisconsin, and Edgewood College. She works at an electrical engineering firm in Madison, WI, where she lives with her husband and daughter.

Wednesday, April 06th
Author Visit: Cara Black

6:00p at Mystery to Me!

Seating for this event is limited. Reserve yours on Eventbrite!


About the Book

This riveting 20th installment entangles Parisian private investigator Aimée Leduc in a dangerous web of international spycraft and terrorist threats in Paris's 15th arrondissement.

November 2001: in the wake of 9/11, Paris is living in a state of fear. For Aimée Leduc, November is bittersweet: the anniversary of her father's death and her daughter's third birthday fall on the same day. A gathering for family and friends is disrupted when a bomb goes off at the police laboratory--and Boris Viard, the partner of Aimée's friend Michou, is found unconscious at the scene of the crime with traces of explosives under his fingernails.

Aimée doesn't believe Boris set the bomb. In an effort to prove this, she battles the police and his own lab colleagues, collecting conflicting eyewitness reports. When a member of the French secret service drafts Aimée to help investigate possible links to an Iranian Revolutionary guard and fugitive radicals who bombed Interpol in the 1980s, Aimée uncovers ties to a cold case of her father's.

As Aimée scours the streets of the 15th arrondissement trying to learn the truth, she has to ask herself if she should succumb to pressure from Chloe's biological father and move them out to his farm in Brittany. But could Aimée Leduc ever leave Paris?


About the Author

Cara Black is the author of twenty books in the New York Times bestselling Aimée Leduc series as well as the thriller Three Hours in Paris. She has received multiple nominations for the Anthony and Macavity Awards, and her books have been translated into German, Norwegian, Japanese, French, Spanish, Italian, and Hebrew. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and son and visits Paris frequently.

March

Thursday, March 31st
Live at MTM: Leslie Kirk Campbell with Michelle Wildgen

6:00p

This event is live and in-person at Mystery to me!

Seats are limited!
Reserve yours here!

 

The Man with Eight Pairs of Legs (Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction):  Campbell, Leslie Kirk: 9781946448880: Amazon.com: Books 

About the Collection

The Man with Eight Pairs of Legs is about the ways our bodies are marked by memory, often literally, and the risky decisions we make when pushed to the extreme. Winner of the Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction, this collection of short stories is a study in compassion and in passion, a must-read for our times.

 

The Man with Eight Pairs of Legs, Leslie Kirk Campbell — Sarabande 

About the Author

Leslie Kirk Campbell's short fiction has appeared in Ploughshares Solos and won awards at Arts & Letters, Southern Indiana Review, Briar Cliff Review and The Thomas Wolfe Review. The author of Journey into Motherhood (Riverhead), Leslie is the mother of two grown sons and teaches at Ripe Fruit Writing, a creative writing program she founded in San Francisco.

 

MICHELLE WILDGEN 

About the Moderator

Michelle Wildgen is the author of the novels The Angel’s Share (March 2023, Zibby Books), You’re Not You, But Not For Long, and Bread and Butter, and the editor of the food writing anthology Food & Booze. A former executive editor with the award-winning literary journal Tin House, she is a freelance editor and creative writing teacher in Madison, Wis. Since 2013 she and novelist Susanna Daniel have run the Madison Writers’ Studio, offering a variety of creative writing workshops and classes.

Wednesday, March 30th
Live at MTM: Erica Ruth Neubauer

6:00p

This event is live and in-person at Mystery to me!

Seats are limited!

Reserve yours here!

 

About the Book

In Agatha Award-winning author Erica Ruth Neubauer's third wanderlust-inspiring historical mystery, young American widow Jane Wunderly, there are worse fates than adventuring aboard a transatlantic liner with the only man who could change her mind about romance. Unfortunately, her first-class itinerary has an unexpected--and deadly--addition waiting just below deck...

Atlantic Ocean, 1926 Voyaging from Southampton to New York, self-reliant Jane is determined to prove herself a worthy investigator on the stately ship--even awkwardly going undercover as the fashionable wife of her magnetic partner, Mr. Redvers. Few details are known about the rumored German spy the duo have been tasked with identifying among fellow passengers, but new troubles unfold once wealthy newlywed Vanessa FitzSimmons announces the sudden disappearance of her husband at sea...

Miles Van de Meter, the man Vanessa rushed to marry in Monte Carlo, has allegedly vanished into thin air along with his luggage. Redvers guesses the shifty heiress may be weaving tall tales for fun between flutes of champagne, yet Jane isn't convinced--not after the stunning murder of a trusted acquaintance sends them into uncharted waters. Facing two dangerous mysteries and a boat load of suspects, Jane must navigate a claustrophobic quest for answers before the culprits can slip from her grasp on land...or, worse, ensure she and Redvers never reach their destination.


About the Author

Erica Ruth Neubauer is the Agatha Award-winning author of the Jane Wunderly Mysteries, as well as an Anthony Award and Lefty Award finalist. She spent eleven years in the military, nearly two as a Maryland police officer, and one as a high school English teacher, before finding her way as a writer. She has been a reviewer of mysteries and crime fiction for publications such as Publishers Weekly and M ystery Scene Magazine for several years, and she's a member of Sisters in Crime and Mystery Writers of America. Erica Ruth lives in Milwaukee, WI. Visit her at EricaRuthNeubauer.com.

Thursday, March 03rd
Virtual Author Visit: Pat Zietlow Miller with Eliza Wheeler

6:00p

Join us for the Crowdcast livestream here!

About the book

There’s something that I’ve noticed.

Perhaps you’ve seen it, too.

Life is so much better

when it’s me and you.

 From the time we are young, we are drawn to special people—the ones who complete our sentences and who know our favorite color, food, and song. The people who understand us and make us happier than anyone else in the world. After all, no matter how much time passes or how many miles tug us apart, there is no one quite like a best friend.

 From New York Times bestselling creators Pat Zietlow Miller and Eliza Wheeler, this jubilant celebration of friendship and the adventures of childhood will make your heart sing.

 

About the Author

Pat Zietlow Miller is the award-winning picture book author of Be Kind, Sophie’s Squash, Sharing the Bread, The Quickest Kid in Clarksville, and Wherever You Go (illustrated by Eliza Wheeler), among others. She lives in Wisconsin.

 

About the Illustrator

Eliza Wheeler grew up in northern Wisconsin in a family of artists, musicians, and teachers. Her picture book, Miss Maple’s Seeds, debuted on the New York Timesbestseller list. Eliza has illustrated other children’s books, including The Grudge Keeper (Mara Rockliff), Cody and the Fountain of Happiness (Tricia Springstubb) and the Newbery Honor Book Doll Bones (Holly Black).

Tuesday, March 01st
Book Launch: Crossing the Pressure Line with Laura Anne Bird

7:30p at Mystery to Me!

This event is SOLD OUT, but you can join us virtually on Crowdcast!

 

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.

Tuesday, March 01st
Book Launch: Crossing the Pressure Line with Laura Anne Bird

6:00p at Mystery to Me!

Seating is limited!
Reserve your spot for the 6:00p launch party on Eventbrite!

 

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.

February

Saturday, February 26th
LIVE @ MSAC: Andy Kutler with Doug Moe

2:00p

Reserve your seat on Eventbrite!

 

About the Book

After resigning from his agency under an ethical cloud, 46-year-old Dan Cahill commits himself to rebuilding his relationship with Megan, the college-aged daughter in Las Vegas he has long neglected. She persuades a reluctant Cahill to join the student-led campaign of a popular professor competing in the Nevada presidential primary against impossible odds. As they face powerful forces conspiring to clear the field, Cahill's deep-seated disdain for electoral politics collides with Megan's higher ideals. Each of their faiths are tested by political allies and adversaries, all desperate for victory, no matter the costs.

 

About the Author

I’m a proud native of Madison, Wisconsin, patiently waiting for my beloved Brewers to win their first World Series. After migrating to the Washington, D.C. area more than a quarter century ago, I have somehow survived an earthquake, cicadas (twice), an insurrection, and, for a brief, traumatizing period, subpar bagels. It’s been quite a journey, with an incredibly rewarding career in politics, policy, and communications. From Capitol Hill to the Secret Service, I have had the privilege of working for and with exceptionally talented and remarkable public servants. They are truly who inspired me to write Honorable Profession.

Writing, too, has been a wonderful experience, and a journey in its own right. Oprah hasn’t called yet, but I have come to love this form of storytelling, and I’m fortunate I have the bandwidth to keep at it. I’m a good writer, but I aspire to be a better one. Like my father, the man you see in the photo below mine. He was a brilliant historian and superb wordsmith, with an infectious sense of humor. That photo was taken in front of the National Archives in 1996, and that beaming smile can be attributed to a legal triumph against the government that won the public release of the Nixon Oval Office recordings. He was celebrating – not a personal victory, but a victory for history, and the Constitution.

Thursday, February 17th
YA Book Club

6:00p (Location TBD)

 

February's Book is TBD! Check back soon to find out what we're readying!

Wednesday, February 16th
Virtual Author Visit: Rob Osler

7:00p

Join us for the Crowdcast livestream here!

 

About the Book

Perfect for fans of Carl Hiaasen and Armistead Maupin, this light, LGBT mystery follows an unlucky in love—and life—teacher who unwittingly ends up the prime suspect in a disappearance.

Seattle teacher and part-time blogger Hayden McCall wakes sporting one hell of a shiner, with the police knocking at his door. It seems that his new crush, dancer Camilo Rodriguez, has gone missing and they suspect foul play. What happened the night before? And where is Camilo?

Determined to find answers, pint-sized, good-hearted Hayden seeks out two of Camilo’s friends—Hollister and Burley—both lesbians and both fiercely devoted to their friend. From them, Hayden learns that Camilo is a “Dreamer” whose parents had been deported years earlier, and whose sister, Daniela, is presumed to have returned to Venezuela with them. Convinced that the cops won’t take a brown boy’s disappearance seriously, the girls join Hayden’s hunt for Camilo.

The first clues turn up at Barkingham Palace, a pet store where Camilo had taken a part-time job. The store’s owner, Della Rupert, claims ignorance, but Hayden knows something is up. And then there’s Camilo’s ex-boyfriend, Ryan, who’s suddenly grown inexplicably wealthy. When Hayden and Hollister follow Ryan to a secure airport warehouse, they make a shocking connection between him and Della—and uncover the twisted scheme that’s made both of them rich.

The trail of clues leads them to the grounds of a magnificent estate on an island in Puget Sound, where they’ll finally learn the truth about Camilo’s disappearance—and the fate of his family.

 

About the Author

Aside from fiction writing, Rob Osler is a halfway decent tennis player, proficient at making chicken piccata and crab cakes, and threatens to restart playing bridge and the banjo--though not at the same time. He attended college in Washington, where he also earned a master's degree in business. After many years of living in Seattle and San Francisco, he resides in southern California with his long-time partner and a tall, gray cat.

Wednesday, February 02nd
Virtual Author Visit: Lindsay Christians with Francesca Hong

7:00p

Join us for the Crowdcast livestream here!

About the Book

Why do Salvatore's tomato pies have the sauce on the top? Where did chef Tami Lax learn to identify mushrooms in the woods? How did Morris develop its signature ramen? Lindsay Christians's in-depth look at nine creative, intense, and dedicated chefs captures the reason why Madison's dining culture remains a gem in America's Upper Midwest.

 

About the Author

Lindsay Christians is the food editor and arts writer at The Capital Times and cohost of the Corner Table, a podcast about food and drink in Madison. Her writing has appeared in Growler, Eating Well, the Chicago Tribune, and Zagat, among others. Lindsay Christians' Website - www.lindsaychristians.com

About the Guest

Francesca Hong is a second-generation Wisconsinite, mother, community organizer and service industry worker Madison, Wisconsin. Hong cooked at many local restaurants, including Brasserie V, Restaurant Magnus, La Brioche True Food and Graze, before becoming executive chef at Shinji Muramoto’s 43 North. She and Matt Morris opened Morris Ramen in downtown Madison in 2016, the same year she co-founded the Culinary Ladies Collective with Tami Lax and Laila Borokhim. In February 2020, Hong co-organized Femmestival, a festival that celebrates women and nonbinary entrepreneurs, artists and producers. Also in 2020, she was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly to represent the 76th District, making her Wisconsin’s first Asian American representative.

January

Saturday, January 29th
Grown Up Book Fair at The Sylvee

12:00p - 5:00p

Buy your tickets here!


 

Mystery to Me is THRILLED to be a participating bookseller at The Sylvee's first ever Grown Up Book Fair! This is an 18+ event, and it is ticketed! Make sure you get yours before they're all gone!

Learn more about this event at the official event website!

Thursday, January 27th
Virtual Author Visit: Nick Petrie in conversation with Bill Schweigart

7:00p

Join us for the Crowdcast livestream here!

About the Book

War veteran Peter Ash is driving through northern Nebraska when he encounters a young pregnant woman alone on a gravel road, her car dead. Peter offers her a lift, but what begins as an act of kindness soon turns into a deadly cat-and-mouse chase across the lonely highways with the woman’s vicious ex-cop husband hot on their trail. The pregnant woman has seen something she was never meant to see . . . but protecting her might prove to be more than Peter can handle.

In order to save the woman and himself, Peter must use everything he has learned during his time as a Marine, including his knowledge of human nature, in order to escape a ruthless killer with instincts and skills that match—and perhaps exceed—Peter’s own.

 

About the Author

Nick Petrie received his MFA in fiction from the University of Washington and won a Hopwood Award for short fiction while an undergraduate at the University of Michigan. His story “At the Laundromat” won the 2006 Short Story Contest in The Seattle Review, a national literary journal.

His first novel, The Drifter, won the ITW Thriller and Barry Awards, and was nominated for Edgar, Anthony, and Hammett Awards. He won the 2016 Literary Award from the Wisconsin Library Association and was named one of Apple’s 10 Writers to Read in 2017.  Light It Up was named the Best Thriller of 2018 by Apple Books. Both Light it Up and The Wild One were shortlisted for the Barry Award.

His books in the Peter Ash series are The Drifter, Burning Bright, Light It Up, Tear It Down, The Wild One, The Breaker, and The Runaway. A husband and father, he has worked as a carpenter, remodeling contractor, and building inspector.  He lives in Milwaukee, where he is hard at work on the next Peter Ash novel.


About the Interviewer

Bill Schweigart revives a bit of forgotten lore from the shadow of Washington, D.C. for his chilling thriller, THE BEAST OF BARCROFT, which finds a devilish creature stalking the residents of Arlington. Publishers Weekly says “Readers who appreciate a B-movie sensibility, affable characters, and a sense of fun along with their scares will find much to enjoy.” Its sequel, NORTHWOODS, follows Ben McKelvie and Lindsay Clark as they travel to the Northwoods of Wisconsin to investigate sightings of a new and terrifying cryptozoological threat. In THE DEVIL’S COLONY, the final novel in the trilogy, Ben and Lindsay face their deadliest challenge yet when they trace the source of their supernatural threats to a private compound in the New Jersey Pine Barrens called Välkommen. To find out the truth, they must enter the camp incognito, where they will learn that the most dangerous beasts lurk in the human heart. A short story from the world of the Fatal Folklore Trilogy is also be featured in Volume 7 of DARK SCREAMS, Random House’s horror anthology. Bill is a former Coast Guard officer who drew from his experiences at sea to write the taut nautical thriller, SLIPPING THE CABLE. Bill currently lives in Arlington, VA with his wife and daughter, who along with their monstrous Newfoundland and mischievous kitten, provide him with all the adventure he can handle.

Thursday, January 20th
YA Book Club

6:00p at Barriques on Monroe Street!

January 11 UPDATE:
YA Bookclub is postponing this meeting until February!
Thank you for understanding, and enjoy the book!

What we're reading:
A PECULIAR PERIL by Jeff VanderMeer

About the Book

Jonathan Lambshead stands to inherit his deceased grandfather's overstuffed mansion--a veritable cabinet of curiosities--once he and two schoolmates catalog its contents. But the three soon discover that the house is filled with far more than just oddities: It holds clues linking to an alt-Earth called Aurora, where the notorious English occultist Aleister Crowley has stormed back to life on a magic-fueled rampage across a surreal, through-the-looking-glass version of Europe replete with talking animals (and vegetables).

Swept into encounters with allies more unpredictable than enemies, Jonathan pieces together his destiny as a member of a secret society devoted to keeping our world separate from Aurora. But as the ground shifts and allegiances change with every step, he and his friends sink ever deeper into a deadly pursuit of the profound evil that is also chasing after them. 

Friday, January 14th
LIVE @ MSAC: Andy Kutler

7:00p

January 8, 2022 update:
due to the surge in the COVID-19 Omicron variant, this event has been postponed to a later date. Please check back for the new date soon!

 

Register for event on Eventbrite!

About the Book

After resigning from his agency under an ethical cloud, 46-year-old Dan Cahill commits himself to rebuilding his relationship with Megan, the college-aged daughter in Las Vegas he has long neglected. She persuades a reluctant Cahill to join the student-led campaign of a popular professor competing in the Nevada presidential primary against impossible odds. As they face powerful forces conspiring to clear the field, Cahill's deep-seated disdain for electoral politics collides with Megan's higher ideals. Each of their faiths are tested by political allies and adversaries, all desperate for victory, no matter the costs.

 

About the Author

I’m a proud native of Madison, Wisconsin, patiently waiting for my beloved Brewers to win their first World Series. After migrating to the Washington, D.C. area more than a quarter century ago, I have somehow survived an earthquake, cicadas (twice), an insurrection, and, for a brief, traumatizing period, subpar bagels. It’s been quite a journey, with an incredibly rewarding career in politics, policy, and communications. From Capitol Hill to the Secret Service, I have had the privilege of working for and with exceptionally talented and remarkable public servants. They are truly who inspired me to write Honorable Profession.

Writing, too, has been a wonderful experience, and a journey in its own right. Oprah hasn’t called yet, but I have come to love this form of storytelling, and I’m fortunate I have the bandwidth to keep at it. I’m a good writer, but I aspire to be a better one. Like my father, the man you see in the photo below mine. He was a brilliant historian and superb wordsmith, with an infectious sense of humor. That photo was taken in front of the National Archives in 1996, and that beaming smile can be attributed to a legal triumph against the government that won the public release of the Nixon Oval Office recordings. He was celebrating – not a personal victory, but a victory for history, and the Constitution.

Just to the left of where we’re both seated, inscribed in the stonework of the National Archives, are the words that were so dear to him, What Is Past Is Prologue. Those same words offer a small hint as to what my next writing project will be. Stay tuned…

Thursday, January 13th
An Evening of Poetry with the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets

6:00p

Join the Crowdcast livestream here!

 

About the Event

Join us for an evening of selected readings from the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets 2022 Calendar! Contributing poets to the calendar will each read a poem from this year's calendar--as well as another poem of their choice. Sure to be a wonderful evening!

Wednesday, January 12th
Mystery to Me Book Club

6:00p @ Garth's Brew Bar

January 11 UPDATE:
Mystery to Me Bookclub is postponing this meeting until February!
Thank you for understanding, and enjoy the book!

What we're reading:
THE REMARKABLE MRS. ANDERSON by Miklós Bánffy

The Remarkable Mrs. Anderson: Bánffy, Miklós, Sneddon, Thomas, Barcsay,  Thomas: 9781905131891: Amazon.com: Books

About the Book

When a priceless Leonardo is stolen from the Budapest Museum of Fine Arts, the Hungarian government tries to hush things up and the police show themselves to be completely clueless. Thank goodness for Milla Anderson! A gifted reporter for one of Budapest's daily newspapers, she picks up the trail in Palermo--and of course an international gang is soon hot on her heels. When a Hungarian detective is apparently liquidated and the oily Schönberg Belmonte begins insinuating his way into Mrs Anderson's hotel, things start to look very dangerous indeed.

December

Tuesday, December 07th
Virtual Author Visit: Matthew Rothschild with Doug Moe

7:00p CT

Join us for the Crowdcast livestream here!

 

About the Book

Wisconsin, once a progressive stronghold led by Robert La Follette and others, inaugurated far-reaching reforms that broadened public involvement in civic affairs. A wave of innovative social programs aimed at making the state more egalitarian followed. In recent decades, however, the Badger State has become a laboratory for antidemocratic maneuvers that have increased the political influence of the super-rich and corporations while decreasing the power of voters.

From tightening campaign finance laws and banning gerrymandering to rooting out structural racism and moving toward economic equality, each chapter focuses on one of the dozen reforms that are required to heal democracy within the state. Rothschild provides an in-depth rationale for each, dismantling the counterarguments against them and exploring the complexities involved in implementing them. He offers concrete proposals and action items for grassroots organizers and concerned community advocates to restore constituent control of state politics. This pocket-sized handbook is essential for politically aware citizens as well as journalists and watchdogs who see Wisconsin as a crucial battleground state and political bellwether for the nation.

About the Author

Matthew Rothschild is the executive director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign and a former editor and publisher of The Progressive magazine. He is the author of You Have No Rights: Stories of America in an Age of Repression and the editor of Democracy in Print: The Best of The Progressive Magazine, 1909–2009.

Wednesday, December 01st
Virtual Book Launch: Kathleen Ernst

7:00p CT

Join us for the Crowdcast livestream here!

 

About the Book

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

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

 

About the Author

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

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

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

November

Saturday, November 27th
Small Business Saturday!

10:00a - 5:00p

Small Business Saturday!

'Tis the season to shop small and shop local!

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

Thursday, November 04th
Virtual Author Visit: Andrea Debbink

7:00p CT

Join us for the Crowdcast livestream here!

About the Book

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

 

About the Author

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

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

7:00p CT

11/2 Update: This event is SOLD OUT!

To get on the waitlist, please arrive at the Monroe Street Arts Center by 6:45p.

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


About the Book

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

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

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



About the Author

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

October

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

7:00 pm 

Seats are limited! Reserve yours on Eventbrite!

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

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

 

About the Book

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


About the Author

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


About the Moderator

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

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

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

Tuesday, October 26th
Virtual Author Visit: Jamie Swenson and Emilie Boon

7:00p CT

Join us for the Crowdcast livestream here!

 

About the Book

In this raucous, rhyming plea for snow, a group of youngsters imagines the cold-weather delights they'll enjoy once winter arrives. From sledding down hills and skating on ponds to building snow forts and snowmen to sharing crackling fires and mugs of hot cocoa, they want snow and plenty of it! The snow can't arrive soon enough. But once the flakes start to fall, are the youngsters in for more than they bargained for? Readers young and old will enjoy this celebration of winter's snowy activities, recalling past pleasures and imagining future ones.

 

About the Author

Jamie has a delightful About page on her website! Learn more about her here!


About the Illustrator

Born in the Netherlands, I spent most of my childhood in California and Mexico. It was during the ten years living in Mexico that I discovered my artistic eye and love of color. I graduated from high school in Mexico City, and returned to Holland to study at the Royal Academy of Art at The Hague. Here I developed my signature crayon and watercolor technique.

After graduating with a degree in graphic design, I moved to London, where I had the opportunity to work with wonderful editors and wrote and illustrated my first two children’s books. I’ve worked both as an illustrator and author/illustrator and published over 20 books. My books have been translated into Japanese, French, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Dutch and Spanish.  

Each year I visit many elementary schools teaching young children about the process of writing and illustrating picture books. I also teach workshops and conduct picture book making classes for children.  Besides teaching young children, I’ve taught at RISD (CE) and am inspired by my students work no matter what age! I make my home in the Boston area and have a studio in an old mill filled with fabulous artists and designers. Hope you'll take my studio tour!

Thursday, October 21st
YA Book Club!

6:00p

 

October 19th UPDATE: We will meet at Barriques on Monroe Street!
See you there!

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!

Wednesday, October 20th
Virtual Author Visit: Pat Zietlow Miller with Katie Kath

7:00p CT

Join us for the Crowdcast livestream here!


About the Book

From award-winning author Pat Zietlow Miller, a timeless story about creativity, exploration, and friendship

What can you do with a rock?

You can skip them.

You can sort them.

Best of all, you can share them.

Rocks are simple, but the things you can do with them are endless. Rocks can build, sparkle, and tell a story. They can be memories. They can even be a little bit magic. This ode to curiosity and creative play from New York Times bestselling author Pat Zietlow Miller and acclaimed illustrator Katie Kath is bound to inspire. 


About the Author

Pat Zietlow Miller knew she wanted to be a writer ever since her seventh-grade English teacher read her paper about square-dancing skirts out loud in class and said: “This is the first time anything a student has written has given me chills.” (Mrs. Mueller rocks! That's why I dedicated my picture book BE STRONG to her.)

Pat started out as a newspaper reporter and wrote about everything from dartball and deer-hunting to diets and decoupage. Then, she joined an insurance company -- and then another -- and edited their newsletters and magazines.

Now, Pat focuses on her favorite thing -- writing picture books. She's sold 23 books and is always working on more.

Pat has one wonderful husband, two delightful daughters and two pampered cats. She doesn’t watch much TV, but she does love “Chopped.”

Pat lives in Wisconsin. 

About the Illustrator

Katie Kath graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) with an MFA in illustration. She illustrates books, magazines and literary media for children and is the artist for over 14 picture and middle grade books. She regularly works with publishing houses and educational companies, including Abrams, Highlights for Children, Penguin/Random House, Sadlier, The Friend, and Running Press Books. 

Katie has conducted workshops and lectures for both kids and adults at universities, bookstores, libraries, and elementary schools across several states. She also established her local Piedmont Triad chapter of the Urban Sketchers group in 2017.  

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

7:00p CT

Join us for the Crowdcast livestream here!

 

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!

 

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About the Moderator

Marilyn Annucci is the author of The Arrows That Choose Us, winner of the 2018 Press 53 Poetry Book Award. She is on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where she teaches a variety of writing courses.