Past Events


Tuesday, February 19th
Dudgeon Monroe Neighborhood Gathering

7 pm to 8:45 pm

Join your neighbors in celebrating each other! We will taste beer and wine and enjoy refreshments and good conversation. Non-alcoholic beverages will be included. Compliments of DMNA.


Friday, February 15th
Stu Levitan: "Madison in the Sixties"

7 pm

with Doug Moe

stuAn engrossing time-machine for readers, Madison in the Sixties details the ten tumultuous years that changed Madison, WI and its Big 10 university forever, including civil rights and anti-war movements, the drama of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Monona Terrace proposal, major public works projects, the economic and cultural impact of Baby Boomers, and more.

Stu Levitan has been a mainstay of Madison media and government since 1975. An award-winning print and broadcast journalist, he has written extensively for local and national programs on radio and television. In addition to Madison: The Illustrated Sesquicentennial History, Vol. 1, Levitan has written numerous magazine and newspaper features on the history of Madison and the UW for On Wisconsin, Isthmus, The Capital Times and Madison Magazine. 

Wednesday, February 13th
John Roach - "While I Have Your Attention"

7 pm

with Doug Moe

roachAbout the Author

(Source: Wikipedia). John Roach is a television and film producer and screenwriter. He is president of JRP, a video production and film production company based in Madison, Wisconsin. John and Mary Sweeney co-wrote the screenplay for The Straight Story, a motion picture directed by David Lynch. The screenplay was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award, and the film’s lead actor Richard Farnsworth received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. 

Prior to forming his own Madison-based company in 1985, John was a producer at CBS and ABC in Chicago for six years. His credits include six Chicago Emmys, a National Iris Award for Best Television Special and a national CableACE nomination. He received the Peter Lisagor Award for Special News Production, plus recognition from the Organization of American Women in TV and Radio for his documentary work. His first book Way Out Here in the Middle was published in 2003.

About While I Have Your Attention

In this second edition of his greatest hits, Roach shares a collection of some of his favorite and most popular columns, which reveal as much about his edgy irreverence as they do of his soulful sentiment.

Saturday, February 09th
Susan Gloss: "The Curiosities"

6:30 - 9:30 pm

Livingston Inn

752 E Gorham St, Madison

The book is set in a fictional artists' colony in Mansion Hill! Surprise. The launch event is held at the Livingston Inn... RSVPs are required. (link here).

susanAbout the Author

Susan Gloss is the author of the USA Today bestselling novel Vintage, as well as its companion novel, The Curiosities, coming February 5, 2019 from William Morrow/HarperCollins. She is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where she majored in English and Spanish, and the University of Wisconsin Law School. She lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with her family. She’s also a proud member of the Tall Poppy Writers, a community of women writers from around the country and globe.

About the Book

Nell Parker has a PhD in Art History, a loving husband named Josh, and a Craftsman bungalow in the university town of Madison, Wisconsin. But in secret, Nell’s heart is still reeling from the tragic way in which they lost the one baby they managed to conceive. Rather than pausing to grieve, she pushes harder for testing and fertility treatments, hiding the high cost from her husband. Although he’s in the dark about their mounting debt, Josh urges Nell to apply for jobs, believing his wife needs something else to focus on other than a baby that may never be. Read more on Gloss' author page.

Thursday, February 07th
Doug Moe interviews Nick Petrie - "Tear It Down" (please register via Eventbrite)

7 pm

Please let us know you're coming by registering on Eventbrite. It's free! 

nick petrie

In the new edge-of-your-seat adventure from national bestselling author Nick Petrie, Peter Ash pursues one case--and stumbles into another--in the City of the Blues.

Iraq war veteran Peter Ash is restless in the home he shares with June Cassidy in Washington State. June knows Peter needs to be on the move, so she sends him to Memphis to help her friend Wanda Wyatt, a photographer and war correspondent who's been receiving peculiar threats. When Peter arrives in Memphis, however, he finds the situation has gone downhill fast--someone has just driven a dump truck into Wanda's living room. But neither Wanda nor Peter can figure out why.





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.

His books in the Peter Ash series are The Drifter, Burning Bright, Light It Up, and Tear It Down. A husband and father, he has worked as a carpenter, remodeling contractor, and building inspector.

He lives in Milwaukee.

Wednesday, February 06th
James Roberts and Marilyn Taylor: "Love Affairs at the Villa Nelle"

7 pm

About the Authors

Join co-editors Marilyn L. Taylor & James P. Roberts plus contributors Richard Merelman, Margaret Benbow and Paul Creswell and others will read from Love Affairs at the Villa Nelle.

There will be an Open Mic afterwards as time allows (2 poem limit). 

From the Back Cover

Based in communal dance rather than individual song, spiraling back repeatedly to the same refrains, often moving from obsession to acceptance through the simple movements of repetition, perhaps the villanelle teaches us something about sharing and returning, integrating, and learning to let go: good lessons for our time. -- Annie Finch, named one of the central figures in contemporary American poetry by the Dictionary of Literary Biography. 

Sunday, February 03rd
History’s Mysteries Book Club

12:30 pm

In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen 


Thursday, January 31st
Dr. Joshua Mezrich discusses his book "When Death Becomes Life" -- at the Middleton Public Library

7 pm

Please RSVP via the Middleton Public Library Website

At the University of Wisconsin, Dr. Joshua Mezrich creates life from loss, transplanting organs from one body to another. In this intimate, profoundly moving work, he illuminates the extraordinary field of transplantation that enables this kind of miracle to happen every day. When Death Becomes Life is a thrilling look at how science advances on a grand scale to improve human lives. Mezrich examines more than one hundred years of remarkable medical breakthroughs, connecting this fascinating history with the inspiring and heartbreaking stories of his transplant patients. Combining gentle sensitivity with scientific clarity, Mezrich reflects on his calling as a doctor and introduces the modern pioneers who made transplantation a reality—maverick surgeons whose feats of imagination, bold vision, and daring risk taking generated techniques and practices that save millions of lives around the world.

Wednesday, January 30th
Mystery to Me Book Club

6 pm

Cold Dish by Craig Johnson

Wednesday, January 23rd
Edgar Villanueva: "Decolonizing Wealth"

7 pm

Interview by Angela Russell

decolonizingAbout the Book

In Decolonizing Wealth: Indigenous Wisdom to Heal Divides and Restore Balance,
Edgar Villanueva weaves a provocative analysis of the dysfunctional colonial dynamics at play in philanthropy and finance, and offers a prescription for restoring balance and healing our divides using the guidance of indigenous wisdom.

About the Author

Edgar Villanueva is a nationally-recognized expert on social justice philanthropy. Edgar currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of Native Americans in Philanthropy and is a Board Member of the Andrus Family Fund, a national foundation that works to improve outcomes for vulnerable youth. In addition to working in philanthropy for many years, he has consulted with numerous nonprofit organizations and national and global philanthropies on advancing racial equity inside of their institutions and through their investment strategies. Read more about Edgar on his author page.

Sunday, January 06th
History’s Mysteries Book Club

12:30 pm

Naked Sun by Isaac Asimov


Friday, December 21st
Madison Writers' Studio

5:30 pm

Students read from their recent work.

Public Welcome

Sunday, December 16th
Carolling at Mystery to Me

1 - 2 pm

Holiday singing at Mystery to Me Bookstore! Let Chromatix A Cappella brighten up your Sunday afternoon with a few snowy songs. Feel fee to browse and hum along!


To find out more about Chromatix, visit their website.

Sunday, December 09th
Maddy Hunter -- "Catch Me if Yukon"

3 pm


As tour escort Emily Miceli leads her globetrotting band of Iowa seniors into the wilds of Alaska, she discovers that in the land of the midnight sun, grizzlies aren’t the only killers on the prowl. When a tour member turns up dead on a mountainous hiking trail, Emily blames herself for the mishap, until she learns that something far more sinister might be to blame. But the legend of Bigfoot is just a myth, isn’t it? From whale-watching in the glacial waters near Seward to ziplining in the primal forests of Denali, Emily finds herself locked in a game of cat and mouse with a killer who’s too clever to be mere myth.


Maddy Hunter has endured disastrous vacations on several continents! For more information, visit Maddy's website.

Thursday, December 06th
Margaret George discusses "Splendor Before the Dark"

7 pm  (note: originally scheduled for November 13)

Ascending to the throne was only the beginning… Now Margaret George, the author of The Confessions of Young Nero, weaves a web of politics and passion, as ancient Rome’s most infamous emperor cements his place in history.

With the beautiful and cunning Poppaea at his side, Nero Augustus commands the Roman empire, ushering in an unprecedented era of artistic and cultural splendor. Although he has yet to produce an heir, his power is unquestioned.

But in the tenth year of his reign, a terrifying prophecy comes to pass and a fire engulfs Rome, reducing entire swaths of the city to rubble. Rumors of Nero’s complicity in the blaze start to sow unrest among the populace–and the politicians… 

For better or worse, Nero knows that his fate is now tied to Rome’s–and he vows to rebuild it as a city that will stun the world. But there are those who find his rampant quest for glory dangerous. Throughout the empire, false friends and spies conspire against him, not understanding what drives him to undertake the impossible. 

Nero will either survive and be the first in his family to escape the web of betrayals that is the Roman court, or be ensnared and remembered as the last radiance of the greatest dynasty the world had ever known.

About the Author

Margaret George is the New York Times bestselling author of seven novels of biographical historical fiction, including The Confessions of Young Nero; Elizabeth I; Helen of Troy; Mary, Called Magdalene; The Memoirs of Cleopatra; Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles

Tuesday, December 04th
Kevin Revolinski: Wisconsin's Best Beer Guide - 4th edition

6 - 8 pm

at Brasserie V

book signing!

beerguideSomewhere in Wisconsin there is a pint of beer with your name on it. Your mission: Find it! Don't make Wisconsin beer come looking for you! Set out on a pils-grimage to pay homage to the great people and places that bring you Wisconsin's finest liquid joy. From a tiny homemade brewery hidden on the Northwoods all the way up to megabrewer MillerCoors, this road-trip manual takes you on a thirst-quenching adventure while stopping at all the fish fries and fresh cheese curds along the way. Inside you will find: Listings and directions for all the current breweries History and facts about brewing and drinking A calendar of beer festivals and listings for brew clubs Signature pages to record your visits Special offers from participating brewers (often free beer) Things to do/eat/see a short stumble away from the brewery Lots of pretty pictures to make that reading part less stressful Get this book into your glove compartment. You never know when you might need it! Support Wisconsin brewers by knocking back a few the next time you're in town!

More information on the book's Facebook page

Sunday, December 02nd
History's Mysteries Book Club

12.30 pm

A Morbid Taste for Bones by Ellis Peters

Saturday, December 01st
Holiday Glow and Monroe Street Re-Opening

10 am - 5 pm

Monroe Street will celebrate the completion of 10 months of roadwork at this year's Holiday Glow on Monroe on Saturday, December 1 from 10:00-5:00.

A festive procession with the vintage Badger Trolley will drive up and down Monroe Street starting at 10:00 at HotelRED. City officials, members of the Monroe Street Merchants Association board and representatives from Speedway Sand and Gravel will join Santa on the trolley, which will be led by Cooper Mini reindeer from MINI of Madison. Santa will get off at Monroe Commons (1800 block) to greet children at 11:00, and the trolley will give rides to the public until 2:00. There will also be a kids treasure hunt called "Where's Wingra" and books for sale at our store!

If you did not make it to the store for prize drawings on Small Business Saturday, now is your chance!

holiday glow


Friday, November 30th
Madison Writers' Studio

5:30 pm

Students read from their recent work. 

Public Welcome 

Thursday, November 29th
Canceled -- Sara Paretsky - "Shell Game"

Sorry, we've had to cancel this event. 

Hopefully we'll be able to reschedule in the future. 


6:30 pm

Please RSVP for this event via this link

“As long as Paretsky’s hotheaded, quick-wisaratted sleuth is on the job, imperiled young women…will always have a champion.” - New York Times Book Review

In Shell Game,no one can be trusted and nothing is what it seems, except for the indomitable detective and her thirst for justice. 

About the Author

Sara Paretsky is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty previous novels, including the renowned V.I. Warshawski series. She is one of only four living writers—alongside John le Carré, Peter Lovesey, and Lawrence Block—to have received both the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America and the Cartier Diamond Dagger from the Crime Writers Association of Great Britain. She lives in Chicago with her husband.

Wednesday, November 28th
Mystery to Me Book Club

6:00 pm

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

Tuesday, November 27th
Pete Souza Ticketed Signing Event for "Shade - A Tale of Two Presidents"

6 pm to 9 pm

Tickets are on sale here. 


SHADE (Little, Brown and Company; October 16, 2018) is a portrait in contrasts, telling the tale of two presidencies through a series of powerful visual juxtapositions—with Souza’s unforgettable images of President Obama delivering new power and meaning when framed by tweets, headlines, quotes, and other material from the first 500 days of the Trump administration. The book responds to fan demand for a book that captures Souza’s voice on Instagram, and will include more than one hundred photographs that did not appear in his previous book. More than a sharp compendium of clapbacks, SHADE is a touchstone to an era of greater integrity in our politics. Souza’s work is a stirring reminder of the highest American values we share, giving us the courage to stand up and speak out for what we believe in. 


Pete Souza was the Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama and the Director of the White House Photo Office. Previously Souza was an Assistant Professor of Photojournalism at Ohio University, the national photographer for the Chicago Tribune, a freelancer for National Geographic, and an Official White House Photographer for President Reagan. His books include the New York Times bestseller The Rise of Barack Obama, which documents the president’s meteoric ascent from his first day in the United States Senate through the 2008 Pennsylvania presidential primary, and the #1 New

York Times bestseller Obama: An Intimate Portrait. Souza is currently a freelance photographer based in Washington, DC, and is a Professor Emeritus at Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication.

Sunday, November 25th
Agatha Christie Book Club

3 pm

Five Little Pigs, or Murder in Retrospect - Poirot

Saturday, November 24th
Small Business Saturday

10 am - 5 pm 

Prize drawings and more!

Small Business Saturday

Thursday, November 22nd
Closed all day for Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! We're closed all day, but open again tomorrow, Friday November 23!


Saturday, November 17th
Hank Phillippi Ryan - "Trust Me"

6 pm


About Trust Me

Everyone's talking about it--notorious party girl Ashlyn Bryant is
accused of an unspeakable crime. But If Ashlyn is innocent, why doesn't she say so on the witness stand? Convinced of Ashlyn's guilt, journalist Mercer Hennessey fanatically
writes the true story of this provocative case. Everyone agrees--only the despicable Ashlyn could have committed this
crime. But did she?
One obsessed journalist. One troubled mom. Two smart women facing off in
a high stakes psychological cat and mouse game  prove their truth about
a terrible crime. But which one is the cat? And which one is the mouse?
I dare you to find the liar.


About the Author


Hank Phillippi Ryan is the on-air investigative reporter for Boston’s WHDH-TV. She's won 34 EMMYs, 14 Edward R. Murrow awards and dozens of other honors for her groundbreaking journalism.

A nationally bestselling author of 10 mystery novels, Hank has also won multiple prestigious awards for her crime fiction: five Agathas, three Anthonys, the Daphne, two Macavitys, and the coveted Mary Higgins Clark Award. Her novels are Library Journal's Best Thrillers of 2014, 2015 and 2016. National reviews have called Hank a "master at crafting suspenseful mysteries" and "a superb and gifted storyteller."

Saturday, November 17th
READERS BEWARE!! Author Jon Etter discusses his new middle grade novel "A Dreadful Fairy Book"

3 pm -- Bring the kids! 

Author Jon Etter has written a middle-grade comedy/fantasy reluctantly narrated by the prim-and-proper Quentin Q. Quacksworth. A Dreadful Fairy Book follows the adventure of Shade, a grumpy, bookish sprite who would rather spend her time inside reading instead of flying, playing acorn-toss, or helping with Grand Projects like her fellow sprites in Pleasant Hollow. When her house burns down, she reluctantly goes on a quest to find a legendary library. Along the way she meets and teams up with a variety of misfit fairies, including a dandy troll who refuses to live under bridges, a questing beast who doesn't like to be chased, a card-sharping brownie who doesn't do homework, and amute, kleptomaniac pixie, and must face all manner of perils including goblin gangs, giant rats, and a hideously scarred elf noblewoman who wants her dead. Thrilling adventure and laugh-out-loud funny for ALL AGES!

“Jon Etter brings a down-to-earth humanity and wry wit to his writing, giving even his most fantastic tales heart and laughs.” —Hy Bender, author of The Sandman Companion and contributing humor writer for The New York Times, Mad Magazine, Spy, and American Film. 

Friday, November 16th
Allen Eskens: "The Shadows We Hide"

7 pm


About the Book

In this sequel to the national bestseller The Life We Bury, Joe Talbert returns to investigate the murder of the father he never knew, and to reckon with his own family's past. Full of childhood dreams about who his father might have been, Joe is shocked to find that none of the town's residents have much to say about his father's murder-other than that it was long overdue. Joe discovers that his father was a loathsome man who cheated his neighbors, threatened his daughter, and squandered his wife's inheritance after she, too, passed away--an inheritance that may now be his.     

About the Author

Allen Eskens (author page) is the bestselling author of The Life We BuryThe Guise of AnotherThe Heavens May FallThe Deep Dark Descending, and The Shadows We Hide. He is the recipient of the Barry Award, Minnesota Book Award, Rosebud Award (Left Coast Crime), and Silver Falchion Award and has been a finalist for the Edgar® Award, Thriller Award, Anthony Award, and Audie Award. His books have been translated into 21 languages and his novel, The Life We Bury is in development for a feature film.

Allen has a journalism degree from the University of Minnesota and a law degree from Hamline University. After law school, he studied creative writing in the M.F.A. program at Minnesota State University-Mankato, as well as the Loft Literary Center and the Iowa Summer Writer’s Festival. Allen grew up on the hills of central Missouri. He now lives with his wife, Joely, in greater Minnesota where he recently retired after practicing criminal law for 25 years.

Thursday, November 15th
A Badger’s Journey: A Talk with Tommy Thompson

6 pm

One Alumni Place
650 N. Lake St, Madison

Registration required via the Wisconsin Alumni Association website.

Moderated by Doug Moe

“I can’t understand why any public official wouldn’t see the University of Wisconsin System as an ally, especially in a world that is changing faster than ever.” — Tommy Thompson

Join us at One Alumni Place for a special conversation featuring Tommy Thompson ’63, JD’66 and his biographer, journalist and author Doug Moe ’79.

Thompson was the longest-serving governor in Wisconsin’s history, as well as the Secretary of Health and Human Services under George W. Bush. Moe is the author of 10 books and more than 4,000 Wisconsin newspaper and magazine columns. He has been called “the inimitable chronicler of Madison” by Pulitzer Prize–winning author David Maraniss.

Thompson and Moe will discuss their recent book, Tommy: My Journey of a Lifetime, followed by a Q & A with the audience and a reception. Read an excerpt of the book in the latest issue of On, Wisconsin.

Wednesday, November 14th
Stu Levitan, "Madison in the Sixties" -- at the Middleton Public Library

7 pm at the Middleton Public Library -- sign-up is required. Please link to the library's site here.

An engrossing time-machine for readers, Madison in the Sixties details the ten tumultuous years that changed Madison, WI and its Big 10 university forever, including civil rights and anti-war movements, the drama of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Monona Terrace proposal, major public works projects, the economic and cultural impact of Baby Boomers, and more.

Stu Levitan has been a mainstay of Madison media and government since 1975. An award-winning print and broadcast journalist, he has written extensively for local and national programs on radio and television. In addition to Madison: The Illustrated Sesquicentennial History, Vol. 1, Levitan has written numerous magazine and newspaper features on the history of Madison and the UW for On Wisconsin, Isthmus, The Capital Times and Madison Magazine. This fall he hosts a WORT radio podcast about Madison history. 


Sunday, November 11th
Authors on the Mezz

2 pm
Stoughton Public Library
304 S. Fourth St., Stoughton, WI 53589

Four local authors share experiences about their writing and read excerpts from their works.

Beth Amos/Annelise Ryan/Allyson K. Abbot - USA Today bestselling author of two mystery series and five stand-alone suspense novels.
Alex Bledsoe - Best known for his novels of the sword and sorcery, and urban fantasy genre.
Steve Fortney - Author of novels, historical works, memoirs, and poetry.
Sarah Monette/Katherine Addison - Author of the award-winning The Goblin Emperor, and The Bone Key chosen as one of the "100 Favorite Horror Stories" by NPR.

The program will include a panel discussion by the authors, a time for audience questions, and the opportunity to personally meet with each author.  Copies of the authors' books will be available for purchase and signing.

More information can also be found on the Stoughton Library website

Thursday, November 08th
Poetry with Guy Thorvaldsen -- "Going to Miss Myself When I'm Gone"

7 pm

Guy Thorvaldsen's poetry has appeared in, among others, Aligator Juniper, Forge, Gulfstreawm, Magma 69, Zone 3, Verse Wisconsin, and Poet Lore. His first full-length book, Going to Miss Myself When I'm Gone came out in October 2017 through Aldrich Press. He received his MFA from Vermont College and teaches writing at Madison College in Madison, Wisconsin. He is also a journeyman carpenter, husband, father, and contributing poet/essayist for community radio. 

"Guy Thorvaldsen's craftsmanship is flawless. His insights are judicious; his perceptions are fine; his voice is excellent, sonorous, controlled; his observations are precise and clear; his dramas compelling. What is unique herre is the love this poet has for the world he finds himself in, and the power that love has to make each encounter in these poems numinous and full of grace." -- Vijay Seshadri 2016 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for poetry


Sunday, November 04th
Kevin Henkes and Laura Dronzek! Celebrate Two New Books

11 am

Winter is Here

From Caldecott Medalist and Newbery Honor author Kevin Henkes and acclaimed painter Laura Dronzek, the bestselling and award-winning creators of When Spring Comes and In the Middle of Fall, this picture book about winter celebrates the sights, sounds, and smells of the season.






Parade of Elephants
Up and down, over and under, through and around . . . five big and brightly colored elephants are on a mission in this picture book for young children by Caldecott Medalist Kevin Henkes. Where are they going? What will they do when they get there? It’s a surprise!





Sunday, November 04th
History's Mysteries Book Club

12.30 pm

Speedy Death by Gladys Mitchell

Friday, November 02nd
Mindy Mejia, Kate Moretti and Mary Kubica

7 pm

Three authors, three new mystery books!

Please RSVP for this event by clicking here

TraceAbout Leave No Trace - Mindy Mejia (author page)

There is a place in Minnesota with hundreds of miles of glacial lakes and untouched forests called the Boundary Waters. Ten years ago a man and his son trekked into this wilderness and never returned. Search teams found their campsite ravaged by what looked like a bear. They were presumed dead until a decade later...the son appeared. Discovered while ransacking an outfitter store, he was violent and uncommunicative and sent to a psychiatric facility. Maya Stark, the assistant language therapist, is charged with making a connection with their high-profile patient. No matter how she tries, however, he refuses to answer questions about his father or the last ten years of his life. But Maya, who was abandoned by her own mother, has secrets, too. And as she’s drawn closer to this enigmatic boy who is no longer a boy, she’ll risk everything to reunite him with his father who has disappeared from the known world.


bonesAbout In Her Bones - Kate Moretti (author page)

 Fifteen years ago, Lilith Wade was arrested for the brutal murder of six women. After a death row conviction, media frenzy, and the release of an unauthorized biography, her thirty-year-old daughter Edie Beckett is just trying to survive out of the spotlight. She’s a recovering alcoholic with a dead-end city job and an unhealthy codependent relationship with her brother. Edie also has a disturbing secret: a growing obsession with the families of Lilith’s victims. She’s desperate to see how they’ve managed—or failed—to move on. While her escalating fixation is a problem, she’s careful to keep her distance. That is, until she crosses a line and a man is found murdered...


lightsAbout When the Lights Go Out - Mary Kubica (author page)

Jessie Sloane is on the path to rebuilding her life after years of caring for her ailing mother. She rents a new apartment and applies for college. But when the college informs her that her social security number has raised a red flag, Jessie discovers a shocking detail that causes her to doubt everything she’s ever known. Finding herself suddenly at the center of a bizarre mystery, Jessie tumbles down a rabbit hole, which is only exacerbated by grief and a relentless lack of sleep. As days pass and the insomnia worsens, it plays with Jessie’s mind. Her judgment is blurred, her thoughts are hampered by fatigue. Jessie begins to see things until she can no longer tell the difference between what’s real and what she’s only imagined. Meanwhile, twenty years earlier and two hundred and fifty miles away, another woman’s split-second decision may hold the key to Jessie’s secret past. Has Jessie’s whole life been a lie or have her delusions gotten the best of her?


Sunday, October 28th
Trick or Treat on Monroe Street!

Noon - 4 pm

Kids - swing by our store for a Halloween treat!


Saturday, October 27th
Andy Rash reads "Unstinky"!

2 pm


Andy Rash is awesome. And his new book is Unstinky!

What’s a stinkbug to do if it can’t make a stink? 

Andy Rash brings the laughs in this humorous story of a stinkbug who can't stink.
Bud is a happy stinkbug, except when it comes to stinking contests.He always seems to lose to champions like P. U. Bottoms, Lord Stinkington, and The Fumigator. Every time they make smells like OUTHOUSE, GYM SOCK, and ARMPIT, poor Bud ends up smelling like FLOWERS, or FRESH-BAKED BREAD, or CANDY CANE. Stinking just isn't Bud's THING. But what IS his thing?
With an ending as fresh as a daisy, and funnier than any funny smell, Andy Rash puts a hilarious spin on a tale of following your nose to happiness.


 Andy Rash was born on a mountain top in Tennessee, educated in the swamps of Georgia and the canyons of New York, and lives with his family in Milwaukee. He has illustrated for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time, Entertainment Weekly and The New Yorker. He writes and illustrates children's books. 

Friday, October 26th
CANCELLED -- Doug Moe Interviews Marshall Cook about "Glorious"

6:30 pm -- We'll reschedule this event for a future date. Stay tuned.  

Interview by Doug Moe

gloriousAbout Glorious

“Marshall Cook has created a glorious cast of characters inhabiting a small Wisconsin town, from the joke-cracking radio DJ to the married owners of a diner. Beneath the surface of a town known for its Polar Plunge and Cow Chip Toss, readers will discover love and heartbreak, secrets from the past, the battle between the sexes, and even a dog named Frederick Douglass. With echoes of Sherwood Anderson and William Faulkner, Marshall Cook gives us America—and ourselves.” - Emily Auerbach

About Marshall Cook

Creative writing professor at UW-Madison, Marshall Cook is the author of several nonfiction books on various topics, and a new series of light mysteries, the Monona Quinncook mysteries. Marshall J. Cook taught for the University of Wisconsin-Madison for thirty years and often speaks at conferences nationwide. He has published several books on stress management and has been a guest on Oprah to discuss the topic. Marshall edits Extra Innings, an online newsletter for writers. He has authored thirty books and hundreds of magazine articles. Marshall holds his BA in creative writing and his MA in communications from Stanford University. He has been married to Ellen since 1968, and they have one son, Jeremiah. When not writing, Marshall likes to read, jog, lift weights, and talk back to the television (not all at the same time). He is a passionate minor league baseball fan, drives the back roads, and eats in small town cafes.


Thursday, October 25th
A Celebration of "Rosebud" moderated by Doug Moe

7 pm

Join Publisher and Managing Editor Rod Clark and FIVE contributors to the latest issue of Rosebud #64 -- F.J. Bergmann, Tom Boswell, Marshall Cook, James P. Roberts and Steve Tomasko -- as they read from their published pieces, plus one other (short piece in a very special night of Rosebud magic. Also featured will be a tribute to the late R. Virgil Ellis, a mainstay during the lifetime of Rosebud, serving as Poetry Editor, Art Director and Web Author. 

Wednesday, October 24th
Mystery to Me Book Club

6:00 pm

River of Darkness by Rennie Airth

Saturday, October 13th
Wisconsin Science Festival Events

Visit Wisconsin Book/Science Festival website for detailed information.

All events are held in the DeLuca Forum at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (unless otherwise noted)

11 am -- Heather Swan, Where Honeybees Thrive

1 pm -- Jeff Bercovici, Play On

2 pm -- Brantley Hargrove, Man Who Caught the Storm (Orchard View Room, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery)

3 pm -- Johann Hari, Lost Connections

4 pm -- Scott Spoolman, Wisconsin State Parks

5 pm -- Nate Blakeslee, American Wolf

6 pm -- Vince Beiser, The World in a Grain

7 pm -- Mark Kurlansky, Milk

8 pm -- Cynthia Graber & Nicola Twilley, Gastropod Live!  A live performance of the podcast "Gastropod"







Saturday, October 13th
Governor Tommy Thompson and Doug Moe discuss -- "Tommy: A Journey of a Lifetime"

Noon -- Madison Public Library

A Wisconsin Book Festival Event

The many facets of Tommy G. Thompson―small-town grocer's son, brash campaigner with a common touch, shrewd political strategist, savvy policy wonk, and ebullient promoter of Wisconsin―come across vividly in these pages. Thompson, with journalist Doug Moe, traces his journey from boyhood to politics to the world stage, including his unprecedented four terms as Wisconsin governor, his service as a cabinet secretary under President George W. Bush, and his continuing work in global efforts to fight AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria.

Personal and revealing stories punctuate the biographical details and policy discussions. Here is Tommy as a young man, just happening to be on the National Mall in 1964 when Dr. Martin Luther King told the nation "I have a dream." Here is Tommy as Wisconsin governor, struggling to start a Harley-Davidson motorcycle before leading "a pack of Hell's Republicans" on a ride through the state. Here is Tommy in Washington after the 9/11 attacks, slipping out of a secure bunker (in defiance of orders) to aid the emergency medical response.

Thompson speaks candidly of his achievements and regrets, including his involvement with welfare reform, school choice, land conservancy, prisons, the financing of Miller Park, stem cell research, and health insurance.

Friday, October 12th
Erle Ellis, author of "Life in the Anthropocene" - A Wisconsin Book/Science Festival Event

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2 pm

Wisconsin Institute for Discovery - De Luca Forum

"Humanity's impact on the planet has been profound. From fire, intensive hunting, and agriculture, it has accelerated into rapid climate change, widespread pollution, and the mass extinction of species - changes that have left a mark in the geological record of the rocks. Yet, the proposal for a new unit of geological time - the Anthropocene Epoch - has raised debate far beyond geological circles. The Anthropocene has emerged as a powerful new narrative of the relationship between humans and nature."--Book flap.

Thursday, October 11th
Kathleen Ernst discusses her newest Chloe Ellefson mystery, "The Lace Maker's Secret"

6:30 pm

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Come meet Mystery to Me's best-selling author, Kathleen Ernst.

About the new book

Curator Chloe Ellefson needs distraction from the unsettling family secret she's just learned. It doesn't help that her boyfriend, Roelke McKenna, has been troubled for weeks and won't say why. Chloe hopes a consulting job at Green Bay's Heritage Hill Historical Park, where an old Belgian-American farmhouse is being restored, will be a relaxing escape. Instead she discovers a body in a century-old bake oven.

Chloe's research suggests that a rare and valuable piece of lace made its way to nearby Door County, Wisconsin, with the earliest Belgian settlers. More importantly, someone is desperate to find it. Inspired by a courageous Belgian woman who survived cholera, famine, and the Great Fire, Chloe must untangle clues to reveal secrets old and new . . . before the killer strikes again. 

About the AuthorKathleenErnst

Emmy Award-winner Kathleen Ernst is the bestselling author of 36 published mysteries, historical fiction, and non-fiction history books for adults and young readers. Kathleen's most recent adult book is Mining For Justice, her eighth Chloe Ellefson mystery. A reviewer for Mystery Scene Magazine wrote: "I was captivated by this novel. Ernst holds all the story threads in her hands lightly, providing the right doses of suspense, danger, and mystery in the right amounts at the right times." And Joanne Berg, owner of Mystery to Me, just read Lacemaker's Secret and thoroughly enjoyed learning about the Belgian immigration in Wisconsin -- "and the mystery was top-notch too!" 

Thursday, October 11th
David Quammen, "Tangled Tree: A Radical New History of Life" -- A Wisconsin Book/Science Festival Event

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Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, DeLuca Forum

6 pm

In the mid-1970s, scientists began using DNA sequences to reexamine the history of all life. Perhaps the most startling discovery to come out of this new field--the study of life's diversity and relatedness at the molecular level--is horizontal gene transfer (HGT), or the movement of genes across species lines. It turns out that HGT has been widespread and important. For instance, we now know that roughly eight percent of the human genome arrived not through traditional inheritance from directly ancestral forms, but sideways by viral infection--a type of HGT.

In The Tangled Tree David Quammen, "one of that rare breed of science journalists who blends exploration with a talent for synthesis and storytelling" ( Nature), chronicles these discoveries through the lives of the researchers who made them--such as Carl Woese, the most important little-known biologist of the twentieth century; Lynn Margulis, the notorious maverick whose wild ideas about "mosaic" creatures proved to be true; and Tsutomu Wantanabe, who discovered that the scourge of antibiotic-resistant bacteria is a direct result of horizontal gene transfer, bringing the deep study of genome histories to bear on a global crisis in public health.

"Quammen is no ordinary writer. He is simply astonishing, one of that rare class of writer gifted with verve, ingenuity, humor, guts, and great heart" ( Elle). Now, in The Tangled Tree, he explains how molecular studies of evolution have brought startling recognitions about the tangled tree of life--including where we humans fit upon it. Thanks to new technologies such as CRISPR, we now have the ability to alter even our genetic composition--through sideways insertions, as nature has long been doing. The Tangled Tree is a brilliant guide to our transformed understanding of evolution, of life's history, and of our own human nature.

Tuesday, October 09th
Erin Clune: "How to Leave: Quitting the City and Coping With a New Reality"

7 pm

A Wisconsin Book Festival event!

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LeaveAbout the Book

When Frank Sinatra and Alicia Keys said that if you could make it in New York, you could make it anywhere, they probably weren't talking about whatever suburb you used to make fun of. Because it's hard to "make it" without world-class museums and gourmet food trucks. Erin Clune regales readers with priceless stories of her own experiences leaving New York for her hometown in Wisconsin, and provides a jocular but useful guide- for anyone leaving, or thinking about leaving, their own personal mecca- to finding contentment while staying true to yourself in a place far, far away from The City. 


About Erin Clune

From Clune's author page:

Erin Clune is a freelance writer and humorist. She has a doctorate in American history from NYU, which looks fancy on the wall of her home office. Locally, she writes about cocktails and that's exactly as awesome as it sounds. Other stuff on her author site includes published funnies, narrative essays, random click bait lists, and grouchy feminist tirades.

Monday, October 08th
Jerry Apps for "Simple Things" at the Middleton Public Library

7 pm

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In this collection of thoughtful essays, Apps holds each everyday item up to the light for a closer look, plumbing his memories for the deeper meanings of these objects that share the values instilled in him during his rural boyhood in the 1940s and 1950s. He concludes that people who had the opportunity to grow up on family farms gained useful skills, important knowledge, and lifelong values that serve them well throughout their lives. Apps captures and shares those things for people who remember them and for those who never had the benefit of living on a small farm. The Simple Things is the fourth in the Society Press's quaint collection of Apps farm memoirs, which also include: The Quiet Season: Remembering Country Winters; Never Curse the Rain: A Farm Boy's Reflections on Water; Whispers and Shadows: A Naturalist's Memoir.

These books have also inspired several Wisconsin Public Television documentaries, including A Farm Story with Jerry Apps, The Land with Jerry Apps and A Farm Winter with Jerry Apps. 

Sunday, October 07th
History's Mysteries Book Club

12.30 pm

Murphy's Law by Rhys Bowen

Tuesday, October 02nd
Doug Moe interviews Jen Rubin -- "We Are Staying: Eighty Years in the Life of a Family, a Store, and a Neighborhood"

7 pm

we are stayingAbout the Book

We Are Staying tells about the rise, struggles and fall of a store named Radio Clinic across decades, and about the family that owned it. It is a small business story and a story about a shop owner that keeps on going despite the odds. It is an immigrant story, a grandfather-father-daughter story, a story of the unique character a family business brings to a neighborhood, and a reflection on what has been lost as stores like these disappear.  

About the Author


Jen Rubin (author page) is a former New Yorker living in Madison, WI. An obsessive maker of mixed tapes and quite possibly the best challah baker in town, she has worked for social change throughout her career. Jen leads storytelling workshops around Madison, co-produces the Moth StorySlam in Madison, and teaches the occasional social policy class at the University of Wisconsin School of Social Work.  She also works at the Wisconsin Historical Society Press.


Thursday, September 27th
Pulitzer Prize Winner Carolyn Fraser, "Prairie Fires"

6 pm -- Wisconsin Historical Society

The Wisconsin Book Festival and Friends of the UW Library Present Carolyn Fraser

The first comprehensive historical biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder, the beloved author of the "Little House on the Prairie" books.

Millions of readers of "Little House on the Prairie" believe they know Laura Ingalls—the pioneer girl who survived blizzards and near-starvation on the Great Plains, and the woman who wrote the famous autobiographical books. But the true saga of her life has never been fully told. Now, drawing on unpublished manuscripts, letters, diaries, and land and financial records, Caroline Fraser—the editor of the Library of America edition of the Little House series—masterfully fills in the gaps in Wilder’s biography. Revealing the grown-up story behind the most influential childhood epic of pioneer life, she also chronicles Wilder's tumultuous relationship with her journalist daughter, Rose Wilder Lane, setting the record straight regarding charges of ghostwriting that have swirled around the books.