Past Events


Tuesday, September 19th
Blair Mathews reads from Echo and Wind Horse

6:30 pm

In Echo, the poetry by Blair Mathews and the paintings by Bruce Murray perform a call-and-response across the pages, each piece enhancing and illuminating the other. The result is an elegant collection of language and image that exposes the human condition like snow melting after deep winter.

Wind Horse is a video featuring Blair's Haiku with Zen Ink by Kimmy Tran

Saturday, September 16th
Monroe Street Festival

10 am to 5 pm

Check out all the fun adventures here on the Monroe Street website

Our booksellers like to refer to this event as Hoopla on the Street! Come by and see why! 

Sidewalk sale plus...


Friday, September 15th
We're Open Late Tonight.... Just Because!

Store Hours today:

10 am - 8 pm

Friday, September 15th
Amy Goldstein discusses her book "Janesville" - a Madison College Event

2:30 pm -- Room D 1650 b&c, Madison College Truax Campus

Pulitzer Prize winner Amy Goldstein is a staff writer at The Washington Post, where she has covered social policy issues, including health care reform, Medicare and Medicaid, Social Security, welfare, and housing for 30 years.
The presentation introduces her book, Janesville: An American Story, which focuses on a small Wisconsin city that loses largest employer during the Great Recession. The book explores the larger story of the hollowing of the American middle class and what happens when a community with a can-do spirit tries to pick itself up after a loss. 
Friday, September 15th
Open until 8pm Tonight!

Celebrate the season and tomorrow's Festival! 

Thursday, September 14th
Mother Courage with Fermat's Theater

7 pm

An informal discussion of "Mother Courage," Fermat's adaptation and a short reading and a song reflecting on how the issues of the play - civilians caught in a seemingly endless war (it is set in The Thirty Years War) - resonate with the many many wars in today's world.

For more information about the play and about Fermat's Theater, visit their new website here

Wednesday, September 13th
State of Craft Beer!

7 pm

RSVPs are appreciated. Click here to let us know you'll be joining us. Thanks.

Join Doug Moe and the rest of us at Mystery to Me to hear from Matthew Janzen about his journey through the Wisconsin beer industry. Matt will be joined by a fellow beer lovers: Garth Beyer, who is currently working to open a Craft Beer Bar in Madison and Ryan Brown who works at the Monroe Street Wine & Hop Shop and is starting the Working Draft Beer Company on the near-Eastside of Madison with a great team of people from the Wine and Hop Shop and Underground Food Collective. 


State of Craft Beer is a journey through Wisconsin that captures the people and places behind the state’s extensive craft beer industry. The photos and stories explore every aspect of the brewing process, documenting the fields and factories that supply breweries with everything from hops and barley to brewing equipment and tap handles.


About the Author

As a copywriter at a Milwaukee-based advertising agency, Matthew Janzen wrote ads for clients of all sizes and tax codes — but his passion was beer. So he kicked that steady paycheck out the door, grabbed a camera, and hit the roads of Wisconsin to learn more about the craft beer scene than he could gather from newspapers and liquor stores alone. Two years later, he published a book — produced entirely in Wisconsin — about the hard-working brewing community, and all the industries in the state that keep it buzzing with excitement. Now Matt’s on a mission to pay off the credit cards that afforded him this refreshing opportunity. Consider buying him a beer next time you see him.

About the Beer Lovers

Garth Beyer is a Madison-based beer writer and Public Relations Strategist focused on telling stories and running through trend-making PR strategies. He's an avid homebrewer and recently took the Cicerone (beer equivalent of a Sommelier) exam to become 1 of 40 certified Cicerone's in Wisconsin. All the while he's working to open a Craft Beer Bar in Madison to support the hundreds of breweries in Wisconsin and thousands in the U.S.

Ten years ago, Ryan Browne began homebrewing while studying at The University of Alabama for his MFA in Poetry. Since then he has published a collection of poetry, taught in Alabama state prisons, and officiated Wisconsin high school football playoffs. Now he is starting Working Draft Beer Company on the near-Eastside of Madison with a great team of people from the Wine and Hop Shop and Underground Food Collective. 

Tuesday, September 12th
Robert Madrygan is here to discuss his debut novel "Solace of Trees"

7 pm

Register for this event on Eventbrite! Click here. 

About the Book

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

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

About the author

Robert Madrygin has experienced the meaning of culture, ethnicity, and language from many perspectives. The son of a US military lawyer, he grew up both in the United States and abroad--with his early years spent in postwar Japan, where his father had been appointed to defend the rights of Japanese POWs. Facing profound cultural and social shifts, he navigated his way through an often troubled, isolated childhood that, due to family misfortunes and his father’s career, saw him move from home to home over a dozen times and that for periods of time had him placed in foster care. The Solace of Trees is his first novel. He and his wife live currently in Vermont.

Sunday, September 10th
History's Mysteries Book Club

12:30 pm

Chiefs by Stuart Wood

Sunday, September 10th
Kevin Henkes and Laura Dronzek "In the Middle of Fall"

2 pm --Celebrate another new book with our neighbors Kevin and Laura! 

Everything is yellow, red, orange.
Everything is chilly, frisky, gusty.
Everything is changing, turning.

It’s the middle of Fall.
Can you see it?
Can you taste it?
Can you smell it?
Can you imagine it?


If you would like to be guaranteed a chair at the event, please click here to register. Thanks! 

Friday, September 08th
Judith Walzer Leavitt talks with Doug Moe about her book "Brought to Bed - Childbearing in America 1750 - 1950"

7 pm

Journalist Doug Moe will interview Judith Leavitt about the new edition of her book Brought to Bed.  

About the Book

This event is a celebration of the publication of the 30th anniversary edition of Brought to Bed: Childbearing in America 1750 - 1950.  The book is based on personal accounts by birthing women and the medical attendants and reveals how childbirth has changed from colonial times to the late twentieth century. Judith Walzer Leavitt's classic study focuses on the traditional woman-centered home-birthing practices, their replacement by male doctors, and the movement from the home to the hospital. Leavitt narrates the shifting power of childbearing woment and their physicians, as well as changes in infant and maternal morality. She also discusses how women have attempted to retrieve some of the traditional women- and family-centered aspects of childbirth. The 30th anniversary edition includes a new preface that reviews the burgeoning writing on the history of childbirth since its publication.  

About the Author

Judith Walzer Leavitt is the Rupple Bascom and Ruth Bleier Professor Emerita of History of MedicineHistory of Science, and Women's Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She is the author of The Healthiest City: Milwaukee and the Politics of Health Reform, Typhoid Mary: Captive to the Public's Health, and Make Room for Daddy: The Journey from the Waiting Room to the Delivery Room. 

She is a past president of the American Association for the History of Medicine, and an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Leavitt received her B.A. from Antioch College in 1963, and her M.A.T., M.A., and PhD in history from the University of Chicago in 1975.


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

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

Check out William Kent Krueger's website for more information about this new book and about what else he's working on these days. 

About the book

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

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

Wednesday, August 23rd
Skype with Tara Lazar, author of "7 ate 9"

10:30 am

Join the Madison Reading Project and Mystery to Me to SKYPE with author Tara Lazar

"6 has a problem.

Everyone knows that 7 is always after him. Word on the street is that 7 ate 9. If that’s true, 6’s days are numbered. Lucky for him, Private I is on the case. But the facts just don’t add up.

It’s odd.

Will Private I put two and two together and solve the problem . . . or is 6 next in line to be subtracted?"


About the author Tara Lazar:

Street magic performer. Hog-calling champion. Award-winning ice sculptor. These are all things Tara Lazar has never been. Instead, she writes quirky, humorous picture books featuring magical places that everyone will want to visit.

Wednesday, August 23rd
Mystery to Me Bookclub

6 pm

Raven Black by Ann Cleeves

Sunday, August 13th
Craig Johnson (of Longmire fame) visits the store!

6:30 pm

Not long ago we received author Craig Johnson's emailed newsletter telling us that he'd be the Guest of Honor in Green Bay, Wisconsin for the Wisconsin Writers' Police Academy. The Academy website notes that: The 9th annual Writers’ Police Academy offers an exciting and heart-pounding interactive and educational hands-on experience for writers to enhance their understanding of all aspects of law enforcement, firefighting, EMS, and forensics. 

When we saw that Craig was going to be in Wisconsin we couldn't pass up the chance to ask him to drop down to Madison! And he agreed! Craig's new book, The Western Star, isn't going to be released until September 5. We will be printing up special Western Star bookplates for people who preorder the book. Craig will sign the bookplate for you! 

Please RSVP on Eventbrite. Thanks!

Saturday, August 12th
Join local artist & illustrator Andy Rash to hear about "May I Have a Word"

2 pm

A battle of the magnet letters ensues across the refrigerator door in May I Have a Word when C and K get into a fight about who gets to start the cooler (kooler?) words. When the two letters storm off in opposite directions, everything is turned upside down. SOCKS are now SO, there aren't any CLOCKS to TICK or TOCK, and the world is just out of LUCK--until other letters work to bring C and K back together again.

"This unique, hilarious selection will have readers of all ages laughing out loud. Be prepared for it to be in high demand after one read-aloud."

-School Library Journal

 "Keen and klever with a knack for clear instruction"  -Kirkus Review

"Breezy and boldly visual, it will have children looking at the letters on their own refrigerators with new respect—and it should provide teachers with inspiration for classroom activities, too." —Publishers Weekly

Saturday, August 12th
Play Like A Girl by Ellie Roscher with Kenyan Soccer School director!

5:30 pm

Growing up and living in the Kibera slums of Nairobi, Kenya, Abdul Kassim was well aware of the disproportionate number of challenges faced by women due to the extreme gender inequalities that persist in the slums. After being raised by his aunts, mother, and grandmother and having a daughter himself, he felt that he needed to make a difference. In 2002, Abdul started a soccer team for girls called Girls Soccer in Kibera (GSK), with the hope of fostering a supportive community and providing emotional and mental support for the young women in the town. The soccer program was a success, but the looming dangers of slum life persisted, and the young women continued to fall victim to the worst kinds of human atrocities. Indeed, it was the unyielding injustice of these conditions that led Abdul to the conclusion that soccer alone was not enough to create the necessary systemic change.

In 2006, after much work, the Kibera Girls Soccer Academy (KGSA) was established with their first class of 11 girls and 2 volunteer teachers. Today, KGSA is composed of 20 full-time staff, provides a host of artistic and athletic programs for more than 130 students annually, and continues to expand. By providing academics inside and outside of the classroom along with artistic and athletic opportunities, KGSA inspires the young women of Kibera to become advocates for change within their own communities and for Kenya as a whole.

Play Like a Girl tells the Kibera Girls Soccer Academy story through Abdul’s voice and vision and the stories of key staff and students. Author Ellie Roscher conducted two summers of research at the school. Play Like a Girl has been a long time in the making.

In August the current director of the school Richard Teka, former student Asha Jaffar and the foundation director Shannon Murphy will be in Madison, Wisconsin -- their first trip to the United States and an excellent opportunity to connect with the Madison community about Ellie's book and the Academy. 

Thursday, August 10th
Allyson K. Abbott and Vickie Fee are here to talk about their new books!

7 pm

A fun evening for sure with two "cozy" mystery authors, Allyson K. Abbott (aka Annelise Ryan) and Vickie Fee! 

Let us know your coming! RSVP on Eventbrite

About the Books

A Toast to Murder by Allyson K. Abbott (Book 5 in the Mack's Bar series)

As Milwaukee counts down to New Year's Eve, bar owner Mackenzie "Mack" Dalton has but one resolution--unmask the dangerous mastermind who has been taunting her and killed bouncer Gary Gunderson. Mack and her fellow barflies have fleshed out a suspect and arranged an invite-only party to put a cork in the murderer's game for good. But when the clock strikes midnight and their suspect is found cold and stiff on the basement stairs, it seems the celebration may have come too soon. Now Mack must rely on her special talents to find the real criminal among the crowd of revelers--or someone won't survive until last call . . 

Allyson K. Abbott is the author's little insider joke at having to pick yet another pseudonym. It's not coincidence the initials are what they are. Beth Amos, the author's real name, is also published under the pseudonym of Annelise Ryan. Beth has enjoyed a varied writing career that included a stint as a book reviewer and several years of nonfiction freelancing. Now she writes only fiction, and in stark contrast to her "day job" as an ER nurse, where she gets to save lives, the one common factor in her fiction, no matter what name it's written under, is that someone always dies. As Annelise Ryan she writes a mystery series featuring the wry, and often politically incorrect, nurse-turned-coroner, Mattie Winston, published by Kensington Books. Check out her website

One Fete in the Grave by Vickie Fee 

Party planner Liv McKay has outdone herself this time. She’s put together an unforgettable Fourth of July celebration for the town of Dixie, Tennessee—including breathtaking fireworks and an exciting Miss Dixie Beauty Pageant. Maybe a little too exciting.As the party is winding down, Liv’s sense of triumph fizzles when the body of town councilman Bubba Rowland is discovered on the festival grounds. And now the prime suspect in his murder is Liv’s mother’s fiancé, Earl, who had a flare-up recently with Bubba. To clear Earl’s name, Liv and her best friend Di burst into action to smoke out the real killer before another life is extinguished . . . Vickie Fee blesses hearts and makes Jack Daniels whiskey balls that'll scorch your tonils. She grew up in Memphis on a steady diet of Nancy Drew and sweet iced tea, and now lives in Michigan's Upper Peninsula with her husband, John. She is currently at work on Book 4, Til Death Do Us Party (2018). Check out her website

Wednesday, August 09th
Lesley Kagen at the Sun Prairie Public Library!

6 pm 

Bestselling and award-winning Wisconsin author, Lesley Kagen, will discuss her amazing career as a writer, actress, & voice-over talent in a program that's sure to "Wow!"  Copies of her books will be available for purchase (through Mystery to Me!), with a fun-filled book signing to follow!  Free and open to the public!  Light refreshments served.

Sponsored by Beyond the Page and the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

Where: Library Community Room

Contact: Library Information Desk 608-825-0702


Sunday, August 06th
History's Mysteries Book Club

12:30 pm

Valley of the Shadow by Peter Tremayne


Wednesday, July 26th
Mystery to Me Bookclub

6 pm

Wednesday, July 26th
Joan Hess is here to talk with us about "Painted Queen" - an Amelia Peabody Mystery (Doug Moe interviews!)

6:30 pm

We are delighted to host best-selling mystery author Joan Hess. Joan will be here to discuss The Painted Queen - an Amelia Peabody mystery that she completed for her dear friend and fellow mystery writer, Elizabeth Peters

If you'd like to be guaranteed a seat, please RSVP through Eventbrite


Elizabeth Peters (Author) 
Elizabeth Peters is a pen name of Barbara Mertz, who earned her Ph.D. in Egyptology from the University of Chicago's famed Oriental Institute. Over the course of her fifty-year career she wrote more than seventy mystery and suspense novels, and three nonfiction books on Egypt. She was the recipient of numerous writing awards, including grandmaster and lifetime achievement awards from the Mystery Writers of America, Malice Domestic, and Bouchercon. In 2012 she was given the first Amelia Peabody Award, created in her honor, at the Malice Domestic convention. She died in 2013, leaving a partially completed manuscript of The Painted Queen.

Joan Hess (Author) 
Joan Hess is the author of the Claire Malloy Mysteries and the Arly Hanks Mysteries, formally known as the Maggody Mysteries. She is a winner of the American Mystery Award, the Agatha Award, for which she has been nominated five times, and is a member of Sisters in Crime and a former president of the American Crime Writers League. She lives in Austin, Texas.

About the Book

Egypt, 1912. Amelia Peabody and her dashing archeologist husband, Radcliffe Emerson, are once again in danger as they search for a priceless, stolen bust of legendary Queen Nefertiti in this long-awaited, eagerly anticipated final installment of Elizabeth Peters's bestselling series.

Arriving in Cairo for another thrilling excavation season, Amelia Peabody is relaxing in her elegant hotel suite in Cairo, when a man with knife protruding from his back staggers into her chamber and utters a single word-"Murder"-before collapsing on the tiled floor, dead. Among the few possessions he is carrying is a sheet of paper with Amelia's name, and a calling card bearing one word: "Judas." Most peculiarly, the stranger is wearing a gold-rimmed monocle in his left eye.

It quickly becomes apparent that someone has saved Amelia from a would-be assassin-someone who is keeping a careful eye on the intrepid archaeologist. And there can be only one answer: the brilliant master of disguise, Sethos.

But neither assassins nor the Genius of Crime will deter Amelia as she and Emerson head to the excavation site at Armana, where they will witness the discovery of one of the most precious Egyptian artifacts: the iconic bust of Nefertiti, stepmother to King Tutankhamun.

For Amelia, this excavation season will prove to be unforgettable. Throughout her journey, a parade of men in monocles will die under suspicious circumstances, fascinating new relics will be unearthed, a diabolical mystery will be solved, and a brilliant criminal will offer his final challenge . . . and perhaps be unmasked at last.

Tuesday, July 25th
Actors from Forward Theater read from "Mousetrap" by Agatha Christie

7 pm

stay tuned for more info!

Sunday, July 23rd
Agatha Christie Book Club

3 pm


Saturday, July 22nd
Monroe Street Sidewalk Sale

10 am to 5 pm

It's another Monroe Street Sidewalk Sale!! Don't miss the fun. Don't miss the bargains. 

Saturday, July 22nd
Storytime with Corina Rogers reading from "Backwards Dog!"

11 am

Take a break from the Monroe Street Sidewalk Sale to hear from local author Corina Rogers as she tells the story of Backwards Dog!

About the Book

Charley wasn't the usual stick catchin', ball fetchin', throw caution and hour head out the window kind of dog, but when his friends caught him napping with CATS, that was too much. After some deep, down dog reflection, they realized what Charley had always known -- he was a Backwards Dog and that was okay. Children, parents, and dogs the world over will enjoy Charley's approach to life and appreciate that it is our differences that create our glorious harmony. 

About the Author and her inspiration...

Corina Rogers is a high school social studies teacher and lives in the only Waunakee in the world with her husband, three teenagers and their British Lab, named Charley. Backwards Dog is her first published children's book. Charley is thankfully not the only Backwards Dog in the world and looks forward to treats and bringing joy to all he meets. 


Friday, July 21st
Monroe Street Sidewalk Sale

10 - 5 

Friday and Saturday! 

Stop by for great deals.


Thursday, July 20th
Ingrid Swanberg and W.D. Markhardt present "Some Cats"

7 pm 

Ingrid Swanberg & W.D. Markhardt will be reading poetry and presenting artwork from their new chapbook Some Cats, a collaboration exploring the nuances of character and human inter-relationships of some of the many cats they have known, and offering up a wide range of experiences, from wonderment to affection to loss to laughter. Ruth Coelho, a sculptor working in Northern California, writes of Some Cats: “Thereʼs no screen between the reader and the poems and drawings; the work is all completely immediate, expressing pure feeling.”

Ingrid Swanberg writes poetry and prose, and also works in collage. She has been involved in independent small press poetry publishing from the era of hand-assembled mimeo magazines to her current work as editor and publisher of Abraxas and director of Ghost Pony Press (both Madison-based). Her recent poetry collections include Ariadne & Other Poems (Bottom Dog Press, 2013) and Awake (Green Panda Press, 2014). “Simplicity and silence form the central axis of Swanbergʼs work in much the same manner as clarity of gesture and centered thought create the necessary dynamic tension in a Zen adeptʼs meditations.”―Andrea Moorhead

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W.D. Markhardt works in a wide array of artistic modes, from portraits to figure drawings and paintings, from landscapes to abstracts to sculptures. He has worked in a variety of mediums, including oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel, charcoal, stone, wood, concrete, steel, and plaster. Recently he has been experimenting with making three-dimensional painted canvases, inspired, in part, by Celtic knots. To view some of his work see: 

Wednesday, July 19th
Marnie Mamminga discusses "On a Clear Night - Essays from the Heartland"

7 pm 

Best-selling North Woods memoirist Marnie Mamminga will discuss this dazzling collection of essays on the extraordinarily ordinary rhythms of the Midwest—from the anxiety of taking a teenager out for driving lessons, the nostalgic pleasure of watching the Cubs at Wrigley Field, the heartache of moving an aging parent into a nursing home, and the quiet bliss of sitting on a cabin’s porch, listening for loons and wolves under the Northwoods’ starry sky.

Marnie Mamminga, author of Return to Wake Robin: One Cabin in the Heyday of Northwoods Resorts is a freelance writer and columnist who has vacationed every summer of her life on Big Spider Lake near Hayward, Wisconsin. Born and raised in the Chicago area, she earned a master’s degree in English at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign and has published articles in the "Chicago Tribune," "Reader's Digest," the "Christian Science Monitor," "Lake Superior Magazine," and "Chicken Soup for the Soul." She lives near Chicago.

Saturday, July 15th
Dean Robbins reads from "Margaret and the Moon"

2 pm

Margaret Hamilton loved numbers as a young girl. She knew how many miles it was to the moon (and how many back). She loved studying algebra and geometry and calculus and using math to solve problems in the outside world.

Soon math led her to MIT and then to helping NASA put a man on the moon! She handwrote code that would allow the spacecraft’s computer to solve any problems it might encounter. Apollo 8. Apollo 9. Apollo 10. Apollo 11. Without her code, none of those missions could have been completed.
Dean Robbins and Lucy Knisley deliver a lovely portrayal of a pioneer in her field who never stopped reaching for the stars.


Saturday, July 15th
Tig Notaro at the Barrymore Theater with her book "I'm Just a Person"

8 pm

Barrymore Theater

For tickets and more information about the event, please click here.

About the Book I'm Just a Person

One of America’s most original comedic voices delivers a darkly funny, wryly observed, and emotionally raw account of her year of death, cancer, and epiphany.

In the span of four months in 2012, Tig Notaro was hospitalized for a debilitating intestinal disease called C. diff, her mother unexpectedly died, she went through a breakup, and then she was diagnosed with bilateral breast cancer. Hit with this devastating barrage, Tig took her grief onstage. Days after receiving her cancer diagnosis, she broke new comedic ground, opening an unvarnished set with the words: “Good evening. Hello. I have cancer. How are you? Hi, how are you? Is everybody having a good time? I have cancer.” The set went viral instantly and was ultimately released as Tig’s sophomore album, Live, which sold one hundred thousand units in just six weeks and was later nominated for a Grammy.

Now, the wildly popular star takes stock of that no good, very bad year—a difficult yet astonishing period in which tragedy turned into absurdity and despair transformed into joy. An inspired combination of the deadpan silliness of her comedy and the open-hearted vulnerability that has emerged in the wake of that dire time, I’m Just a Person is a moving and often hilarious look at this very brave, very funny woman’s journey into the darkness and her thrilling return from it.


Tig (affectionately named by her brother as a child) was born in Jackson, MS and raised by her single mother in Pass Christian, MS. During hot summer days, her artistic and free-spirited mother would feed the children all three meals at once, then hose down their diapered bodies in highchairs to cut back on cooking and cleaning, leaving more time for her to paint donkeys on the outside of their house. The family eventually moved to Texas, where they gained a new father who provided structure and alas…a house with no donkeys painted on the walls.

While serving time in a Texas high school, Tig failed three grades by entertaining classmates rather than entertaining the notion of a successful academic career. She decided to drop out of school in 9th grade and move to Denver, CO., where she worked briefly in the music industry before moving to LA to lodge herself firmly into the world of comedy.

Thursday, July 13th
Doug Moe interviews Dave Watson about "Walkabout Undone"

7 pm

Walkabout Undone is a memoir of Dave's time in Australia. The book chronicles his testing the waters in Melbourne, where he pursued love and became embroiled in academic shenanigans and discovered underlying racism and xenophobia. 

Dave Watson founded a website where he shares interviews with professionals working in the filmmaking industry. He lives in Madison with his wife, two sons, and a guinnea pig named Pippin. 
Wednesday, July 12th
Old Farm Country Cookbook by Jerry Apps and Susan Apps-Bodilly

7 pm at the Middleton Public Library

Story master Jerry Apps returns witha a warm-hearted Apps family anthology, Old Farm Country Cookbook: Recipes, Menus, and Memories. Joined by his daughter Susan Apps-Bodilly, Jerry shares the memories that footnote the family recipes plucked straight from matriarch Eleanor Apps's well-worn, Depression Era recipe box. From canned chicken and fresh peas in milk sauce to ring bologna and wild blueberry cobbler, this realistic study of food and farm life from the 1930's - 50's guides us through a time when food was local, farming was a family affair, and homemade ice cream tasted better than anything you could buy at the store. 

Jerry Apps has been a rural historian and environmental writer for more than forty years. He is a former county extension agent and professor for the University of Wisconsin-Madison College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He is the author of many books on rural history, country living, and environmental issues, including Old Farm: A History and Garden Wisdom: Lessons Learned from 60 Years of Gardening. Jerry and his wife Ruth, divide their time between their home in Madison and their farm, Roshara in Waushara County. 

Susan Apps-Bodilly has been an elementary and middle school teacher for more than twenty years. She is the author of One Room Schools: Stories from the Days of 1 Room, 1 Teacher, 8 Grades. Susan lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her husband Paul.  When she is not reading, teaching, or writing, she loves biking or hiking in the woods with her family. 

Sunday, July 09th
History's Mysteries Book Club

12:30 pm

Murder at Rosamund's Gate by Susanna Calkins

Saturday, July 08th
Claymates with Lauren Eldridge!

2 pm

It's a launch party!!!  Join the fun and celebrate a local artist. And, not to worry...we'll have plenty of clay for everyone! 

The books is geared toward children ages 6-8 along everyone who loves a good story (and the chance to work with clay!).

What can you do with two blobs of clay? Create something amazing! But don't leave them alone for too long. Things might get a little crazy.

Watch the claymates squish, smash, and sculpt themselves into the funniest shapes they can think of--from a peanut to an elephant to a blowfish and more--in a crazy competition that will keep young readers giggling. But when the claymates mess themselves up beyond repair, they'll have to work together to fix each other before they're caught in the act! Kids will laugh themselves silly at the antics of these very creative blobs of clay--and they'll never look at their art projects the same way again.

Dev Petty is the author of the popular picture book I Don't Want to Be a Frog. She used to work in movies, but now she writes picture books, which are like smaller, paper movies when you think about it. Dev is great at word jumbles, makes a pretty good sandwich, and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, which she thinks is the best place ever.

Lauren Eldridge had to take a break from sculpting blocks of cheese into cats and unicorns to write this bio. She first studied landscape architecture in school but later decided to earn a graduate degree in teaching. Lauren now builds city streets and house dragons in her basement in Madison, Wisconsin. Claymates is her debut picture book.


Tuesday, July 04th
Closed to Celebrate Independence Day!
Sunday, July 02nd
Marcie Colleen, author of the "Super Happy Bear" series will be at Brick Universe, Monona Terrace
11 am - 1 pm and 2 pm - 4 pm

Monona Terrace (see link below for Brick Universe).

Marcie Colleen is the author of the Super Happy Bear series, illustrated by Steve James (Macmillan). Marcie's husband is a LEGO artist and will be creating a 4 foot tall LEGO statue of Ziggy Bear (one of the characters from Marcie's books). 

To the Super Happy Party Bears, everything is a good thing. Their entire attitude can be summed up in one word: YAY! They love doughnuts, dancing, and above all else―a good party. Not so for the rest of the animals living 
in the Grumpy Woods. They find the bears terribly annoying. 

To date, there are four books in the Super Happy Party Bears chapter book series (target age group: 5-8): 
Gnawing Around
Knock Knock on Wood
Staying a Hive
Going Nuts
Marcie is a proud faculty member at Kidlit Writing School, the Curriculum Developer for Time Traveler Tours & Tales, the Educational Consultant forPicture Book Month and KidLit TV, plus an active member of SCBWI (the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators), 12x12, San Diego Writers, Ink, and Picture the Books (PB Debut Talent of 2017). She tells us that although she will always be a Brooklynite at heart, she now lives with her husband -- LEGO artist, Jonathan Lopes -- and their mischievous sock monkey in San Diego, California.


To learn more about Brick Universe, click here. 

Saturday, July 01st
Marcie Colleen, author of the "Super Happy Bear" series will be at Brick Universe, Monona Terrace

11 am - 1 pm and 2 pm - 4 pm

Monona Terrace (see link below for Brick Universe).

Marcie Colleen is the author of the Super Happy Bear series, illustrated by Steve James (Macmillan). Marcie's husband is a LEGO artist and will be creating a 4 foot tall LEGO statue of Ziggy Bear (one of the characters from Marcie's books). 

To the Super Happy Party Bears, everything is a good thing. Their entire attitude can be summed up in one word: YAY! They love doughnuts, dancing, and above all else―a good party. Not so for the rest of the animals living in the Grumpy Woods. They find the bears terribly annoying. 

To date, there are four books in the Super Happy Party Bears chapter book series (target age group: 5-8): 
Gnawing Around
Knock Knock on Wood
Staying a Hive
Going Nuts
Marcie is a proud faculty member at Kidlit Writing School, the Curriculum Developer for Time Traveler Tours & Tales, the Educational Consultant forPicture Book Month and KidLit TV, plus an active member of SCBWI (the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators), 12x12, San Diego Writers, Ink, and Picture the Books (PB Debut Talent of 2017). She tells us that although she will always be a Brooklynite at heart, she now lives with her husband -- LEGO artist, Jonathan Lopes -- and their mischievous sock monkey in San Diego, California.


To learn more about Brick Universe, click here. 


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

6 - 8 pm

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

Public welcome. 

 Dorris Burch's new book shares the voices of 17 courageous women. 


The Fab Factor was founded by Dorris Burch, a coaching company for women entrepreneurs to give themselves permission to stand out and be seen in their life and business without sacrificing any part of who they desire to be -- no hiding, no settling! 


Wednesday, June 28th
Mystery to Me Bookclub

6 pm

Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler

Friday, June 23rd
F.J Bergmann reads from her new collection of poetry "A Catalogue of Further Suns"

7 pm

Check out this comment from a poetry judge about Jeanne Bergmann's new book of poetry! 

"As I moved through A Catalogue of the Further Suns I found myself, as a member of the human species, alienized. I found myself alien-ating. I found myself in a labyrinth of mirrors that reflected back and forth among the histories of colonization and mass extinction, and the futures of colonization and mass extinction. While reading these poems I slipped, for fractions of fractions of moments, just the tiniest distance outside of my human brain—and observed it from without—something I’ve wanted to do my whole life. This speculative poetry brings to mind Norman Dubie’s The Spirit Tablets at Goa Lake, and Danielle Pafunda’s Iatrogenic: Their Testimonies, and the wormholes within wormholes in William Blake’s mythopoetic—in other words, this book is a profoundly worthwhile WTF.”


Thursday, June 22nd
David Krugler is here to discuss "Dead Don't Bleed" -- now in paperback!

7 pm

Join David Krugler as he discusses The Dead Don't Bleed, a a gripping World War II mystery set in Washington, D.C., a young naval intelligence officer goes undercover to solve a murder and prevent the Soviets from stealing the secrets of America’s atomic bomb project. Now in Paperback! 


A "mesmerizing historical thriller"--Stop, You're Killing Me!, November 1, 2016

"An intriguing, highly atmospheric debut novel . . . a highly talented crime novelist"--Ray Walsh, Lansing State Journal, September 23, 2016

"With an unexpected twist at the end, The Dead Don't Bleed is a satisfying thriller I can easily imagine on the big screen"--Kristina Blank Makansi, Historical Novel Review, Issue 77, August 2016

Featured as a Fresh Pick on Fresh Fiction's Suspense Monday, August 1, 2016 

"Not only does Krugler handle the historical aspects of the story with ease and grace, but his characters resonate well . . . Fast paced but not hurried, the story will draw the reader along, making it hard to stop once you've started"--Katherine Petersen, Fresh Fiction, June 30, 2016

"Voigt--a man with secrets of his own--stands out as one of the most intriguing characters in espionage fiction . . . expect the unexpected in this thumping good read"--Jay Strafford, Richmond Times-Dispatch, June 25, 2016

"A thrill-packed ride with a truly stunning ending"--Vick Mickunas, "A Good Old-Fashioned Spy Novel," Dayton Daily News, June 11, 2016

"Krugler’s portrait of wartime Washington, particularly the rivalries within ONI and the enmity between the FBI and ONI, is thoroughly absorbing"--Booklist, May 15, 2016

Starred review, Publishers Weekly, April 11, 2016


David Krugler grew up in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. After graduating from Creighton University, where he studied creative writing, he earned a M.A. and Ph.D. in history from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He now teaches American history at the University of Wisconsin—Platteville. He has published books on several different topics: Cold War propaganda, nuclear warfare, and racial conflict in the United States. The Dead Don’t Bleed (Pegasus Crime, 2016), a World War II spy thriller set in Washington, D.C., is his first novel. 


Wednesday, June 21st
Make Music Madison with Bill and Bobbie Malone (at 702WI)

7 pm

Bill and Bobbie Malone will be singing and playing their wonderful music at 702 WI (AKA 702 East Johnson and Blount). Their recent books and CDs will also be available for sale. Mystery to Me is proud to be teaming up with the folks at 702 WI to be part of Make Music Madison! 

Sunday, June 18th
Closed today to celebrate dads everywhere!
Friday, June 16th
Poetry with Jeanie and Steve Tomasko

7 pm

Insects seem to creep their way into Steve Tomasko’s poems (even his love poems). He doesn’t think that’s a bad thing. His wife, Jeanie, long ago stopped screaming when a dragonfly lands on her. She doesn’t think that’s a bad thing. But they both still get creeped out by spiders. Steve and Jeanie edited the 2015 Wisconsin Poets’ Calendar. Steve has had poems published here and, occasionally, there. He’s been rejected by some of the best journals around. His first (and so far only) chapbook, “and no spiders were harmed” was published in Dec. 2015 by Red Bird Chapbooks.  

Jeanie Tomasko is the 2014 recipient of the Lorine Niedecker Poetry Award from The Council for Wisconsin Writers. Her story/poem book “(Prologue)” is the recipient of an Editor’s Choice award from Concrete Wolf Chapbook Series. She has four other published books of poetry including “Tricks of Light,” “Sharp as Want,” “Violet Hours,” and the just out, “Collect of the Day.” When they get a chance, she and Steve like to commune with Lake Superior. Jeanie endeavors to always have a bottomless honey jar, garlic from the garden, and bees in the front-yard hyssop.

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

7 pm

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

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

Wednesday, June 14th
Doug Moe interviews Jerome Buting about "Illusion of Justice" -- at Central Library, Room 301

7 pm

Note -- we are offering this event in partnership with the Wisconsin Book Festival.

The event will be at Madison's Central Library in the Community Room -- Room 301.  

Let us know you're coming! Click here. 

Over his career, Jerome F. Buting has spent hundreds of hours in courtrooms representing defendants in criminal trials. When he agreed to join Dean Strang as co-counsel for the defense in Steven A. Avery vs. State of Wisconsin, he knew a hard fight lay ahead. But, as he reveals in ILLUSION OF JUSTICE: Inside Making a Murderer and America’s Broken System, no-one could have predicted just how tough and twisted that fight would be—or that it would become the center of the Netflix documentary sensation Making a Murderer, which made Steven Avery and his nephew, Brendan Dassey, household names and thrust America’s criminal justice system into the spotlight.

Their ongoing saga—which will be covered in a second season of Making a Murderer—has sparked as much debate about the integrity of our criminal justice system as it has about whether Avery and Dassey are guilty or innocent. “Beyond the Netflix documentary, there is much more to say about the Avery investigation and trial, its flaws, and how they can be seen in other fascinating, if less celebrated, cases that I’ve worked on,” Buting explains. “Taken together, they show us what is wrong with our system. Just as importantly, they provide a roadmap to urgently-needed reforms. We all count on the presumption of innocence, and all of us need to protect this bedrock of our society.” Jerry Buting wrote ILLUSION OF JUSTICE to make a case for criminal justice reform that looks at the Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey trialsand beyond to show what the world feels like to people who are standing alone and accused. “As a defense lawyer,” he says, “my place is by their side.”

Interwoven with his account of the Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey trials is Buting’s own story, from his early career as a public defender to his success overturning wrongful convictions working with the Innocence Project, which provides a compelling expert view into the high-stakes arena of criminal defense law; the difficulties of forensic science; and a horrifying reality of biased interrogations, coerced or false confessions, faulty eyewitness testimony, official misconduct, and more.

Combining narrative reportage with critical commentary and personal reflection, he explores his professional and personal motivations, including a battle with a rare cancer that almost cost him his life; career-defining cases, including his shocking fifteen-year-long fight to clear the name of another man wrongly accused and convicted of murder; and what must happen if our broken system is to be saved.

Taking a place beside Just Mercy and The New Jim Crow, ILLUSION OF JUSTICE is a tour-de-force from a relentless and eloquent advocate for justice who is determined to fulfill his professional responsibility and, in the face of overwhelming odds, make America’s judicial system work as it is designed to do.

Jerome F. Buting is a shareholder in the Brookfield, Wisconsin, law firm of Buting, Williams & Stilling, S.C. He received his undergraduate degree in forensic studies from Indiana University and his law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was board director of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and chair of the Wisconsin State Bar Criminal Law Section. He lectures worldwide and is frequently sought by national TV and radio show hosts for his legal expertise. He is also the recipient of the Fierce Advocate Award from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the James Joyce Award from University College Dublin, and the Trinity College Dublin Praeses Elit Award. 

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

7 pm

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

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

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

Thursday, June 08th
Poetry with Shoshauna Shy and Alice D'Allesio

7 pm

Shoshauna Shy

Author of five books of poetry and a recipient of an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Wisconsin Library Association, Shoshauna Shy's poems have been published in The Seattle Review, Cimarron Review, The Briar Cliff Review, Rattle, Poetry Northwest and by nearly 200 other journals and presses. One of her poems was selected for the Poetry 180 Library of Congress program launched by Billy Collins, and she was a finalist for the Tom Howard/Margaret Reid poetry prize sponsored by Winning Writers in 2015. Shoshauna works for the Wisconsin Humanities Council and helped to create, coordinate and facilitate poetry programs for the annual Wisconsin Book Festival in downtown Madison for a decade. She founded the Poetry Jumps Off the Shelf program under the umbrella of Woodrow Hall Editions, and is also a flash fiction author - but that's another story!


Alice D'Alessio

Alice D’Alessio is the author of three previous poetry collections, including A Blessing of Trees, which was awarded the Posner Prize for best poetry book of 2004 by the Council of Wisconsin Writers, Days We Are Given, awarded a first prize and publication by Earth’s Daughters, and Conversations With Thoreau, published by the UW Parallel Press.  She grew up on the east coast and currently resides in Middleton.


Wednesday, June 07th
Madison Writers' Studio students read from their work

5:30 pm

Hear from many talented writers! 

Public Welcome.