Past Events

November

Saturday, November 27th
Small Business Saturday!

10:00a - 5:00p

Small Business Saturday!

'Tis the season to shop small and shop local!

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

Thursday, November 04th
Virtual Author Visit: Andrea Debbink

7:00p CT

Join us for the Crowdcast livestream here!

About the Book

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

 

About the Author

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

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

7:00p CT

11/2 Update: This event is SOLD OUT!

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

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


About the Book

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

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

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



About the Author

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

October

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

7:00 pm 

Seats are limited! Reserve yours on Eventbrite!

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

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

 

About the Book

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


About the Author

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


About the Moderator

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

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

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

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

7:00p CT

Join us for the Crowdcast livestream here!

 

About the Book

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

 

About the Author

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


About the Illustrator

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

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

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

Thursday, October 21st
YA Book Club!

6:00p

 

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

The inaugural meeting of our Young Adult Book Club!

Led by booksellers Hannah and Charlotte, this book club is meant for an 18+ crowd who unabashedly love all things YA. We'll read across genres (fantasy! sci fi! really big high school feelings!) and let it sweep us away.

For our first read, we'll be reading Kendare Blake's forthcoming chiller, ALL THESE BODIES!

Location TBD (trying to find a safe spot outside of the shop where we can maybe even enjoy a glass of wine...)

Pre-order your copy today, and be sure to mention that you'll be joining us for YA Book Club to get your 10% discount!

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

7:00p CT

Join us for the Crowdcast livestream here!


About the Book

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

What can you do with a rock?

You can skip them.

You can sort them.

Best of all, you can share them.

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


About the Author

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

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

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

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

Pat lives in Wisconsin. 

About the Illustrator

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

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

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

7:00p CT

Join us for the Crowdcast livestream here!

 

About the collection

"In this fleeting world of joy and sorrow, these startlingly lovely poems by Andrea Potos are salutary, like taking a quick, deep, clarifying breath. If only one could ever have by one’s side such a poet—a wise poet who, despite the darkest odds, reminds us to never even consider choosing anything other than hope. This is a summer book to keep in one’s proverbial winter coat."  --Richard Jones, Editor of Poetry East

 

About the Author

Andrea Potos is author of several poetry collections, including Marrow of Summer (Kelsay Books), Mothershell  (Kelsay Books), A Stone to Carry Home (Salmon Poetry), An Ink Like Early Twilight (Salmon Poetry), and Arrows of Light (Iris Press).  She is currently at work on another collection called Her Joy Becomes. She has received the William Stafford Prize in Poetry, and several Outstanding Achievement Awards in Poetry from the Wisconsin Library Association.  Her poems can be found widely in print and online, most recently in Spirituality & Health Magazine, Poetry East, One Art, Buddhist Poetry Review, and others.   Andrea lives in Madison, Wisconsin and was a longtime bookseller in independent bookstores, including Mystery to Me!

 

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About the Moderator

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

Thursday, October 14th
Virtual Author Visit: Joy Ann Ribar

7:00p CT

Join us for the Crowdcast livestream here!

About the Book

Summer in Deep Lakes sprouts a homegrown murder on the O'Connor farm. Frankie Champagne's hunt for clues lands her deep in sheep doo-doo, especially after rare stones surface in unexpected places. Crime-solving is no picnic for the baker/vintner as she hops from farm to field to bakery, trying to keep up with the tourist season and track a killer, too.

 

About the Author

Joy Ann Ribar is a Wisconsin native who embraces her Scandinavian roots-wine-tasting and food-munching from every culture. A semi-retired English educator, Joy teaches writing classes at Madison College. She earned a Journalism degree from UW-Madison and a Master's in Education from UW-Oshkosh. She and her husband, John, run a backyard buffet for winged creatures, plus the occasional furry critter. Someday, they plan to sell everything, buy an RV, and escape Wisconsin winters. See more at JoyRibar.com

Wednesday, October 13th
Mystery to Me Book Club!

6:00p at Garth's Brew Bar

The Mystery to Me Book Club returns!

As we return, this club will focus less exclusively on mysteries, and branch out into the wide world of wonderful books! Fiction, non-fiction, mysteries, and books in translation!

The first book back is THE ANGEL OF THE CROWS by Katherine Addison! Order your copy from us today, and be sure to mention that you'll be joining the MTM Book Club for 10% this title!

This book club will meet at Garth's Brew Bar down the street from Mystery to Me!

Tuesday, October 12th
Virtual Author Visit: Deborah Tuerkheimer with Kate Archer Kent

7:00p CT

Join us for the Crowdcast livestream here!


About the Book

In this landmark book, a former prosecutor, legal expert, and leading authority on sexual violence examines why we are primed to disbelieve allegations of sexual abuse--and how we can transform a culture and a legal system structured to dismiss accusers

Sexual misconduct accusations spark competing claims: her word against his. How do we decide who is telling the truth? The answer comes down to credibility. But as this eye-opening book reveals, invisible forces warp the credibility judgments of even the well- intentioned among us. We are all shaped by a set of false assumptions and hidden biases embedded in our culture, our legal system, and our psyches.

In Credible, Deborah Tuerkheimer provides a much-needed framework to explain how we perceive credibility, why our perceptions are distorted, and why these distortions harm survivors. Social hierarchies and inequalities foster doubt that is commonplace and predictable, resulting in what Tuerkheimer calls the "credibility discount"--our dismissal of claims by certain kinds of speakers--primarily women, and especially those who are more marginalized.

The #MeToo movement has exposed how victims have been badly served by a system that is designed not to protect them, but instead to protect the status quo. Credibility lies at the heart of this system. Drawing on case studies, moving first-hand accounts, science, and the law, Tuerkheimer identifies widespread patterns and their causes, analyzes the role of power, and examines the close, reciprocal relationship between culture and law--guiding us toward accurate credibility judgments and equitable treatment of those whose suffering has long been disregarded.

#MeToo has touched off a massive reckoning. To achieve lasting progress, we must shift our approach to belief. Credible helps us forge a path forward to ensuring justice for the countless individuals affected by sexual misconduct.

 

About the Author

Deborah Tuerkheimer is a professor at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. She earned her undergraduate degree from Harvard College and her law degree from Yale Law School. She served for five years as an assistant district attorney in the New York County District Attorney's Office, where she specialized in domestic violence and child abuse prosecution.

About the Moderator

Kate Archer Kent is host of “The Morning Show” on The Ideas Network. She collaborates with a core production team to create compelling and relevant conversations each weekday morning about Wisconsin news, culture, and politics. The show, airing from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., encourages participation from callers and social media to take great conversations to new places.

Wednesday, October 06th
LIVE @ MSAC: Elin Hilderbrand

7:00p

9/23 Update: Seats for the live event are sold out, but you can join us for the Crowdcast livestream here!

Join us for concurrent livestream of our live visit with Elin Hilderbrand!

The replay of this event will be available immediately after the event concludes.

If you're interested in meeting Elin on the night of the event, please come to the Monroe Street Arts Center at 7:30p for a book signing and meet-n-greet!

Not in Madison and still want a signed copy? We can make that happen! Go to our website, send us an email, or give us a call to pre-order your signed copy of any of Elin's books!
We can ship anywhere in the continental United States!


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


About the Book

After uprooting her life in the States, Irene Steele has just settled in at the villa on St. John where her husband Russ had been living a double life. But a visit from the FBI shakes her foundations, and Irene once again learns just how little she knew about the man she loved.

With help from their friends, Irene and her sons set up their lives while evidence mounts that the helicopter crash that killed Russ may not have been an accident. Meanwhile, the island watches this drama unfold--including the driver of a Jeep with tinted windows who seems to be shadowing the Steele family.

As a storm gathers strength in the Atlantic, surprises are in store for the Steeles: help from a mysterious source, and a new beginning in the paradise that has become their home. At last all will be revealed about the secrets and lies that brought Irene and her sons to St. John--and the truth that transformed them all.



About the Author

Elin Hilderbrand is the proud mother of three, a dedicated Peloton rider, an aspiring book influencer, and an enthusiastic at-home cook (follow her on Instagram @elinhilderbrand to watch her Cringe Cooking Show). She is also a grateful seven-year breast cancer survivor. GOLDEN GIRL is her 27th novel.

Tuesday, October 05th
Virtual Author Visit and Storytime with Kevin Henkes!

7:00p CT

Join us for the Crowdcast livestream here!

 

About the Book

Caldecott Medalist and #1 New York Times–bestselling author Kevin Henkes explores what it means to be at home in this stunning picture book. Brimming with interactive, call-and-response questions, A House is a timeless and irresistible must-have for both very young children and emergent readers—as well as the entire family.

Where is the door to the house? Do you see any clouds? What does the house look like when it is sunny outside? When it is raining? And what will the house turn into when its family returns? A home.

Kevin Henkes employs interactive questions, declarative sentences, basic shapes, and a limited color palette in this brilliant and classic picture book. A House introduces young readers to shapes, numbers, the weather, and the parts of a house with a rhythmic, repetitive text and remarkable illustrations. A story about home, family, community, and belonging, A House is an excellent choice for emergent readers, for social and emotional development, and for storytime sharing.

 

About the Author

Kevin Henkes is the author and illustrator of more than fifty critically acclaimed and award-winning picture books, beginning readers, and novels, and he is the recipient of the Children’s Literature Legacy Award for his lasting contribution to literature for children. He received the Caldecott Medal for Kitten’s First Full Moon in 2005, and Waiting won a Caldecott Honor and Geisel Honor in 2016. Kevin Henkes is also the creator of a number of picture books featuring his mouse characters, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Lilly’s Big Day and Wemberly Worried, the Caldecott Honor Book Owen, and the beloved Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse. His most recent mouse character, Penny, was introduced in Penny and Her Song; her story continued in Penny and Her Doll , Penny and Her Marble (a Geisel Honor Book), and Penny and Her Sled. Bruce Handy, in a New York Times Book Review piece about A Good Day, wrote, “It should be said: Kevin Henkes is a genius.” Kevin Henkes received two Newbery Honors for novels—one for The Year of Billy Miller and the other for Olive’s Ocean. Also among his fiction for older readers are the novels Junonia, Bird Lake Moon, The Birthday Room, and Sun & Spoon. Kevin Henkes has been published by Greenwillow Books since the release of his first book, All Alone, in 1981. His fiftieth book, the picture book Egg, was published in January 2017. Most recently, he is the author of In the Middle of Fall, Winter Is Here, A Parade of Elephants, Sweeping Up the Heart, Penny and Her Sled, Summer Song, and Sun Flower Lion.

September

Thursday, September 23rd
Virtual Author Visit: Ankie Foell

7:00p CT

Join us for the Crowdcast livestream here!

 

About the Book

An Indelible Journey tells the story of Ankie Foell, born of Dutch parents in a small Sumatran village in the former Dutch East Indies. She takes us through a childhood in the tropics, interrupted by three and a half years in a Japanese concentration camp, followed by a challenging transition and adolescence in the Netherlands, with another painful separation from her parents. Never feeling completely at home in the Netherlands, she emigrated to the United States, where she found her niche and career as a concert pianist and pedagogue and the opportunity to live and perform throughout the world, even in her birth country, now known as Indonesia. Woven through this story is Ankie's reflection and introspective analysis of how her life and identity have been influenced by her many journeys through Europe, Asian and North America, and particularly her childhood in the tropics. She describes her life through the eyes of an artist, at times bemoaning that she would prefer to express her thoughts and feelings at the piano keyboard. The story reveals her strong affinity to nature, and a belief that there is a confluence of experiences and influences of music, nature, and the lives of children. Her intensive personal experiences, in the world of nature, abandoned or impoverished children and music, hep the the reader understand this belief.

About the Author

Ankie Foell, youngest of five children and of Dutch parents, first saw the light on the Indonesian island of Sumatra.  She was only eight when WWII broke out in the Pacific region.  Consequently, she spent three and a half years in a Japanese concentration camp on Java along with her mother and four siblings, while her father had earlier been taken prisoner.  She quickly learned and understood not to complain, be patient, making the best of it during this dire situation of fear, hunger, and anxiety.  Decades later, Ankie believes that this experience was important in helping her cope with personal and societal issues, including the Covid-19 pandemic.  Moving after the war to the Netherlands was a cultural shock, but fortunately she could quickly get back to her beloved piano. Her first public appearance was at age thirteen when she won first prize at the Rotterdam Piano Youth Competition.  She received her diploma in piano performance and pedagogy from the Amsterdam Conservatory of the Muziek Lyceum and an advanced music degree from the UW music department in Madison, Wisconsin.  

Ankie often joined her husband, former UW-Madison professor Wesley Foell, in visiting and living in various European and Asian countries, where she performed and taught piano to talented youngsters, including Buddhist, Islamic and Hindu students. The exposure to these different cultures gives her a world view which also nurtured her love for the music of Debussy and Messiaen.  These composers wove into their music features such as Balinese and Javanese gamelan, the Hindu decitalas (rhythms from different provinces of India), Hindu raga melodies, and the mysticism of the Buddhist philosophy. 

Since the 1980s, the Foells have sponsored children through an international children’s charity program, SOS Children’s Villages International.  Ankie has been a long-time supporter of this program through her concerts and fund raising in the U.S., Asia and Europe, including bringing to Madison the Norwegian actress, Liv Ullmann, to help support and publicize SOS.  She loves the outdoors and throughout her life has been an avid hiker and mountaineer, including treks in Nepal.  Ankie frequently manages to combine this avocation with visiting a local SOS children’s village. She is a strong believer in the adage, Children are our future. And also in the words of Alphonse de Lamartine, ”Music is the literature of the heart; it commences where speech ends.” 

Wednesday, September 22nd
Virtual Author Visit: Emily Balsley

7:00p CT

Join us for the Crowdcast livestream here!

About the Book

From Christina Tosi, the playful creator of the popular bakery Milk Bar, this is the story of a girl whose delicious dream comes to life, filling the world with color, creativity, and joy. Original recipe included!

Everything in Samesville is exactly the same, from the people and their clothes to the houses and their doors.

So one night before going to bed, Sammi tucks a recipe card under her pillow and wishes that things were not the same. And when she wakes up, that white, black, gray sameness is gone, replaced with things that are bolder and brighter and wilder than ever before!

With her newly colorful world and a new recipe book, she gathers her friends and makes the most magical cake, beautiful and different--just like Sammi and her friends.

Things will never be the same again.

 

About the Illustrator

I’m an artist by day and night. (Who needs sleep?) I’m a mom to a sweet, creative daughter and wife to a loving, yogi husband. When I’m not drawing or hanging with the fam,

I love riding my bike, doing DIY house projects, boxing, perusing instagram and chilling with my friends. I’m a Wisconsin girl at heart and am proud to call Madison, USA my home. I’m forever an optimist and always have WAY too many things on my to-do list. I love BLTs, creamy soup and pepperoni pizza. I could put pom-poms or polka dots on

everything and I love color. Tomato red, Pepto Bismol pink, and sky blue are frequent players, though, when it comes to color, anything goes!

 

About the Author

First, a little bit about me. I majored in math and fell into baking. I was raised by strong women who taught me to be unapologetically intense and passionate about, well, anything and everything that fed my heart. So, even though I suppose I could have been a baller mathematician, I ended up storming the professional kitchens of NYC. 

My greatest happy place over the last decade has been building a bakery empire. You may have heard of it…it’s called Milk Bar. I am very much Milk Bar and Milk Bar is very much me. But, there’s more to me than that.

I’m an obsessive. An over achiever. Give me a to-do list and I will not stop until it’s complete. I am relentless to a fault. I am a giver. A doer. A lover. A learner. A daydreamer. A wanderlust. I dare to never grow old. I’m a long distance runner who loves the pursuit of every seemingly impossible challenge. I adore the human spirit in all its imperfect ways and I love celebrating people exactly as they are. My brain is constantly in motion. Creativity is my fiercest fuel.

I believe in leaving it all on the court and ALWAYS bringing baked goods to share.

Thursday, September 16th
Virtual Author Visit: Katie Lattari

7:00p CT

Join us for the Crowdcast livestream here!

 

About the Book

1988. A group of outcasts gather at a small, prestigious arts camp nestled in the Maine woods. They're the painters: bright, hopeful, teeming with potential. But secrets and dark ambitions rise like smoke from a campfire, and the truths they tell will come back to haunt them in ways more deadly than they dreamed.

2018. Esteemed art professor Max Durant arrives at his protege's remote home to view her graduate thesis collection. He knows Audra is beautiful and brilliant. He knows being invited into her private world is a rare gift. But he doesn't know that Audra has engineered every aspect of their weekend together. Every detail, every conversation. Audra has woven the perfect web.

Because only Audra knows what happened that summer in 1988. Max's secret, and the dark things that followed.

A searing psychological thriller and gripping story of trauma, dark academia, complicity, and revenge, Dark Things I Adore unravels the realities behind campfire legends--the horrors that happen in the dark, the girls who become cautionary tales, and the guilty who go unpunished.

Until now.


About the Author

Katie Lattari [Luh-tairy] holds degrees from the University of Maine and the University of Notre Dame. Her first novel, American Vaudeville, a small indie press work, was published in 2016 and had previously been a semi-finalist in Subito Press's annual fiction contest in 2013. Her short fiction has been published in such places as NOO Journal, The Bend, Stolen Island, Cabildo Quarterly, Pennsylvania English, The Writing Disorder, and more. Her short story "No Protections, Only Powers" was a finalist in the Neoverse Short Story Writing Competition and later anthologized in Threads: A Neoverse Anthology. This coming September 14, 2021, her debut thriller Dark Things I Adore will be published by Sourcebooks Landmark. Advance praise for Dark Things I Adore includes remarks by Sarah Langan, author of Good Neighbors, who says: "A smart, nuanced exploration of victims and villains, inspiration and theft, and the intersection of these things in every artist. Pay attention to Katie Lattari. She's the real deal." A native of Brooklyn, New York, Katie now lives in Bangor, Maine, with her husband Kevin, and their cat, Alex. 

Wednesday, September 15th
Virtual Author Visit: Sue Berg with Doug Moe

7:00p CT

Join us for the Crowdcast livestream here!

 

About the Book

A migrant worker is discovered buried in a local quarry with an antique gold coin in his pocket near La Crosse, Wisconsin. Lt. Jim Higgins begins to unravel a murder that will take him back into Wisconsin's early history. During the investigation, Higgins meets a local archaeological savant and treasure hunter who tells him a wild tale about a U.S. Army payroll that was stolen on the way to Fort Crawford in Prairie du Chien in 1866. The payroll has never been recovered. Is the coin on the dead man part of the stolen treasure?

Higgins hesitates to base his investigation on a wild tale, but he has nothing else to go on. As his team desperately attempts to make sense of the facts, the killer strikes again. The investigative team realizes the wild tale may be the only explanation for the two murders. In a race against time, Jim struggles to identify the killer-and find the elusive gold treasure.


About the Author

Sue Berg grew up with family stories; stories about hunting and fishing adventures, slightly irreverent relatives, and family sagas of immigrant descendants. Growing up with four brothers in the little Wisconsin town of Glenwood City, she tagged along as the odd-girl out and participated in wild risk-taking and saucy adventure-all at the hands of her daring siblings. Later, after a career in teaching and the trials and eventual successes of raising four children to adulthood, the smoke cleared. Through all the ups and downs, Sue continued to read a variety of literature. Completely by accident, she came across the book, Shut Up and Write! by Judy Bridges, founder of Red Bird Studio in Milwaukee. The advice struck a chord in her. She sat down at her computer five years ago and began writing. Driftless Gold is the story that wouldn't leave her alone and Judy's sage wisdom that launched her career as a writer. Driftless Gold is Sue's first novel. Previously in 2011, she published a family memoir entitled Solid Roots and Strong Wings. Sue lives with her husband in the Driftless area. When she's not writing, she enjoys quilting, watercolor painting, camping, gardening, hiking, and sitting around campfires with her four children and eight grandchildren.

Tuesday, September 14th
Virtual Author Visit: Rebecca Donner

7:00p CT

Join us for the Crowdcast livestream here!

 

About the Book

The "highly evocative, deeply moving" true account of the extraordinary life and brutal death of Mildred Harnack, the American leader of one of the largest underground resistance groups in Germany during WWII--"a stunning literary achievement" (Kai Bird, author of The Outlier and co-author of Pulitzer Prize-winning American Prometheus)Born and raised in Milwaukee, Mildred Harnack was twenty-six when she enrolled in a PhD program in Germany and witnessed the meteoric rise of the Nazi party. In 1932, she began holding secret meetings in her apartment--a small band of political activists that by 1940 had grown into the largest underground resistance group in Berlin. She recruited working-class Germans into the resistance, helped Jews escape, plotted acts of sabotage, and collaborated in writing leaflets that denounced Hitler and called for revolution. Her coconspirators circulated through Berlin under the cover of night, slipping the leaflets into mailboxes, public restrooms, phone booths. When the first shots of the Second World War were fired, she became a spy, couriering top-secret intelligence to the Allies. On the eve of her escape to Sweden, she was ambushed by the Gestapo. At a Nazi military court, a panel of five judges sentenced her to six years at a prison camp, but Hitler overruled the decision and ordered her execution. On February 16, 1943, she was strapped to a guillotine and beheaded.Historians identify Mildred Harnack as the only American in the leadership of the German resistance, yet her remarkable story has remained almost unknown until now.Harnack's great-great-niece Rebecca Donner draws on her extensive archival research in Germany, Russia, England, and the U.S. as well as newly uncovered documents in her family archive to produce this astonishing work of narrative nonfiction. Fusing elements of biography, real-life political thriller, and scholarly detective story, Donner brilliantly interweaves letters, diary entries, notes smuggled out of a Berlin prison, survivors' testimony, and a trove of declassified intelligence documents into a powerful, epic story, reconstructing the moral courage of an enigmatic woman nearly erased by history.

 

About the Author

Rebecca Donner is the author of the New York Times bestseller All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days, published by Little, Brown in the US and Canongate in the UK. A Hebrew translation is forthcoming from Matar Publishing in Israel.

Born in Canada, Rebecca Donner was educated at the University of California at Berkeley and Columbia University. She is the author of Sunset Terrace, a critically acclaimed novel, and Burnout, a graphic novel about ecoterrorism. Her essays, reportage, and reviews have appeared in numerous publications, including the New York Times and Bookforum.

Rebecca Donner was recently shortlisted for a Fulbright Award. She was a 2018-19 fellow at the Leon Levy Center for Biography at the City University of New York, is a two-time Yaddo fellow, and has twice been awarded fellowships by Ucross Foundation. She has also held residencies at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and Vermont Studio Center. Donner is a member of the National Book Critics Circle, and has taught writing at Wesleyan University, Columbia University, and Barnard College.

Thursday, September 09th
Virtual Author Visit: William S. Becker

7:00p CT

Join us for the Crowdcast livestream here!

 

About the Book

In pursuit of economic growth, the United States and other developed countries are testing the tolerance of the natural world. The results include the loss of valuable ecosystems, global climate change, and the degradation of the planet's ability to support life. Journalist William Becker argues that our mission in the 21st century should be to fix what we have broken in the natural world and to enlist healthy ecosystems in our pursuit of economic and physical security. Becker begins by sounding an alarm about the inability of the dams and levees we built over the last century to handle the severity of sea-level rise and record floods we see today. The Creeks Will Rise delves into some of the historical and philosophical underpinnings that have led to the climate change situation we now find ourselves in. Becker fearlessly takes on the fossil fuel industry, holding it accountable for the enormous contribution it has made to climate change. He also includes recommendations for solutions as well as specific advice and resources for anyone working toward resolving the climate crisis.

 

About the Author

William Becker is a writer, journalist, and policy expert on energy, climate change, and disaster prevention and recovery. His eclectic career includes roles as the Executive Assistant to the Attorney General of Wisconsin, Counselor to the Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, and Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy. He earned a Bronze Medal as a U.S. Army combat correspondent during the Vietnam War and served as a writer/photographer for the Associated Press, editorial writer for the Wisconsin State Journal, and publisher of his own weekly newspaper in Wisconsin.

Wednesday, September 08th
Lunch Break Author Visit: Paula Hawkins with Laura McHugh

12:00p CT

Reserve your spot (and a signed copy of the book!) at Eventbrite here!

 

About the Book

When a young man is found gruesomely murdered in a London houseboat, it triggers questions about three women who knew him. Laura is the troubled one-night-stand last seen in the victim's home. Carla is his grief-stricken aunt, already mourning the recent death of yet another family member. And Miriam is the nosy neighbor clearly keeping secrets from the police. Three women with separate connections to the victim. Three women who are - for different reasons - simmering with resentment. Who are, whether they know it or not, burning to right the wrongs done to them. When it comes to revenge, even good people might be capable of terrible deeds. How far might any one of them go to find peace? How long can secrets smolder before they explode into flame?

 

About the Author

PAULA HAWKINS worked as a journalist for fifteen years before turning her hand to fiction. She is the author of two #1 New York Times bestselling novels, Into The Water and The Girl on The Train. An international #1 bestseller, The Girl on the Train has sold 23 million copies worldwide and has been adapted into a major motion picture. Into the Water was also a Sunday Times and New York Times #1 bestseller, selling 4 million copies worldwide. Her upcoming thriller, A Slow Fire Burning, is due to be published on the 31st August 2021. Hawkins was born in Zimbabwe and now splits her time between London and Edinburgh.

Wednesday, September 08th
Virtual Author Event: Allen Eskens with Doug Moe

7:00p CT

Join us for the Crowdcast livestream here!

About the Book

From the bestselling author of The Life We Bury comes a "riveting, hold-your-breath" new mystery in which a woman finds herself in a race not only for justice--but for her life (Karin Slaughter, New York Times bestselling author of The Silent Wife).

Lila Nash is on the verge of landing her dream job--working as a prosecutor under the Hennepin County Attorney--and has settled into a happy life with her boyfriend, Joe Talbert. But when a woman is pulled from the Mississippi River, barely alive, things in the office take a personal turn.

The police believe the woman's assailant is local photographer Gavin Spenser, but the case quickly flounders as the evidence wears thin. It seems Gavin saw this investigation coming--and no one can imagine how carefully he has prepared.

The more determined Lila is to put Gavin behind bars, the more elusive justice becomes. Battling a vindictive new boss and haunted by the ghosts of her own unspeakable attack, which she's kept a dark secret for eight long years, Lila knows the clock is ticking down. In a race against an evil mastermind, it will take everything Lila's got to outsmart a killer--and to escape the dark hold of her own past.

About the Author

Allen Eskens is the bestselling author of The Life We Bury, The Guise of Another, The Heavens May Fall, The Deep Dark Descending, The Shadows We Hide, and Nothing More Dangerous. 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, and Anthony Award. His books have been translated into 26 languages.

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.

Wednesday, September 01st
Virtual Author Visit: Charlotte Nicole Davis

7:00p CT

POSTPONED

Charlotte has had a last minute conflict come up, and we will have to reschedule her visit for some time in October.

Stay up to date with the schedule change by keeping an eye on our website, mysterytomebooks.com or following us on Instagram at @mysterytomebooks.

Thanks for understanding, and we'll see you soon!

 

About the Book

In this sequel to The Good Luck Girls, the girls are finally free. Aster's sister and friends have new lives across the border in Ferron, while Aster remains in Arketta, helping more girls escape. But news of a new welcome house opening fills Aster with a need to do more than just help individual girls. And an unexpected reunion gives her an idea of how to do it. From there, grows a wildly ambitious plan to free all dustbloods, who live as prisoners to Arketta's landmasters and debt slavery.

When Clementine and the others return from Ferron, they become the heart of a vibrant group of fearless fighters, working to unite the various underclasses and convince them to join in the fight. Along the way, friendships will be forged, lives will be lost, and love will take root even in the harshest of circumstances, between the most unexpected of lovers.

But will Arketta's dustbloods finally come into power and freedom, or will the resistance just open them up to a new sort of danger?

About the Author

Charlotte Nicole Davis is the critically acclaimed author of The Good Luck Girls series and loves comic book movies and books with maps in the front. A graduate of The New School's Writing for Children MFA program, she currently lives in Brooklyn.   

August

Friday, August 27th
NOW VIRTUAL: William Kent Kruger with Doug Moe

August 19 Update: THIS EVENT IS NOW VIRTUAL

In light of the rapid spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant, Mr. Krueger's publishing team has requested that all his live events go virtual. Although we're crushed we won't be able to bring one of your favorite authors to town, we also appreciate your understanding while we try to keep each other safe and healthy.

 

Join us for the Crowdcast livestream here!

 

 

About the Book

The author of the instant New York Times bestseller This Tender Land returns with a powerful prequel to his acclaimed Cork O'Connor series--a book about fathers and sons, long-simmering conflicts in a small Minnesota town, and the events that echo through youth and shape our lives forever.

Aurora is a small town nestled in the ancient forest alongside the shores of Minnesota's Iron Lake. In the summer of 1963, it is the whole world to twelve-year-old Cork O'Connor, its rhythms as familiar as his own heartbeat. But when Cork stumbles upon the body of a man he revered hanging from a tree in an abandoned logging camp, it is the first in a series of events that will cause him to question everything he took for granted about his hometown, his family, and himself.

Cork's father, Liam O'Connor, is Aurora's sheriff and it is his job to confirm that the man's death was the result of suicide, as all the evidence suggests. In the shadow of his father's official investigation, Cork begins to look for answers on his own. Together, father and son face the ultimate test of choosing between what their heads tell them is true and what their hearts know is right.

In this masterful story of a young man and a town on the cusp of change, beloved novelist William Kent Krueger shows that some mysteries can be solved even as others surpass our understanding.

 

About the Author

Raised in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon, William Kent Krueger briefly attended Stanford University—before being kicked out for radical activities. After that, he logged timber, worked construction, tried his hand at freelance journalism, and eventually ended up researching child development at the University of Minnesota. He’s been married for nearly fifty years to a marvelous woman who is a retired attorney. He makes his home in St. Paul, a city he dearly loves.

Krueger writes a mystery series set in the north woods of Minnesota. His protagonist is Cork O’Connor, the former sheriff of Tamarack County and a man of mixed heritage—part Irish and part Ojibwe. His work has received a number of awards, including the Minnesota Book Award, the Loft-McKnight Fiction Award, the Anthony Award, the Barry Award, the Dilys Award, and the Friends of American Writers Prize. His last nine novels were all New York Times bestsellers.

Ordinary Grace, his stand-alone novel published in 2013, received the Edgar Award, given by the Mystery Writers of America in recognition for the best novel published in that year. The companion novel, This Tender Land, was published in September 2019 and spent nearly six months on the New York Times bestseller list.

Wednesday, August 25th
Virtual Author Visit: Jeff Nania with Doug Moe

7:00p CT

Join us for the Crowdcast livestream here!

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About the Book

John Cabrelli is adjusting to his new role in the expansive rural landscape in Northern Wisconsin. When grouse hunters stumble upon a body in the backwoods, Cabrelli works to untangle the complex case, while stressed relationships, public outcries for justice, and pressure from the media compound the situation. He soon finds his greatest resource is the community itself.

About the Author

Jeff Nania writes for Wisconsin Outdoor News and other publications. In his Northern Lakes Mysteries, he draws upon careers in law enforcement, conservation, and his passion for our natural resources. Whether he’s cutting wood, sitting in a wetland, fishing muskies, or snorkeling Spider Lake for treasure, Jeff spends as much time as possible outdoors.

Tuesday, August 10th
Virtual Book Launch and Storytime! Pat Zietlow Miller with Connie Hsu

7:00p CT

Pre-order BE STRONG from Mystery to Me,
and your copy will be signed by Pat Zietlow Miller!

Join us for the Crowdcast livestream here!

About the Book

When her gym class must face the school rock-climbing wall, Tanisha is discouraged. Her muscles are weak, and she knows she'll never reach the top like Cayla.

But maybe strength is about more than just muscles.

With help from her family, Tanisha learns that by showing up, speaking up, and not giving up, she can be strong, too. And that people are the strongest when they work together and trust each other.

Award-winning author Pat Zietlow Miller has reunited with illustrator Jen Hill for Be Strong, another unforgettable story sure to inspire kids and adults alike.

About the Author

Pat Zietlow Miller knew she wanted to be a writer ever since her seventh-grade English teacher read her paper about square-dancing skirts out loud in class and said: “This is the first time anything a student has written has given me chills.” (Thanks, Mrs. Mueller! You rock!)

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

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

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

Pat lives in Wisconsin.

About the Editor

Connie Hsu is the editorial director of Roaring Brook Press at Macmillan Publishing, a founding member of the Children’s Book Council Diversity Committee, and a member of the Brooklyn Book Festival Children’s Planning Committee. Recent books include I Dream of Popo, Outside, Inside, Black Is a Rainbow Color, and Fry Bread, and she’s worked with Vera Brosgol, Angela Dominguez, Shannon Hale, Pat Zietlow Miller, Dan Santat, and Tillie Walden. She was born in Taiwan, raised in Alabama, and now lives in Brooklyn.

July

Thursday, July 29th
Virtual Author Visit: S.A. Cosby with Doug Moe

7:00p CT

Join us for the Crowdcast livestream here!

About the Book

A Black father. A white father. Two murdered sons. A quest for vengeance.

Ike Randolph has been out of jail for fifteen years, with not so much as a speeding ticket in all that time. But a Black man with cops at the door knows to be afraid.The last thing he expects to hear is that his son Isiah has been murdered, along with Isiah's white husband, Derek. Ike had never fully accepted his son but is devastated by his loss.Derek's father Buddy Lee was almost as ashamed of Derek for being gay as Derek was ashamed his father was a criminal. Buddy Lee still has contacts in the underworld, though, and he wants to know who killed his boy.Ike and Buddy Lee, two ex-cons with little else in common other than a criminal past and a love for their dead sons, band together in their desperate desire for revenge. In their quest to do better for their sons in death than they did in life, hardened men Ike and Buddy Lee will confront their own prejudices about their sons and each other, as they rain down vengeance upon those who hurt their boys.Provocative and fast-paced, S. A. Cosby's Razorblade Tears is a story of bloody retribution, heartfelt change - and maybe even redemption.

 

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About the Author

S. A. Cosby is an Anthony Award-winning writer from southeastern Virginia. His the bestselling author of Blacktop Wasteland, a New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice and Goodreads Choice Awards semifinalist, as well as Brotherhood of the Blade and My Darkest Prayer. When not writing, he is an avid hiker and chess player.

Wednesday, July 28th
Virtual Author Visit: Jennifer Chiaverini

7:00p CT

Join us for the Crowdcast livestream here!

 

About the Book

Twenty-five-year-old Alice Paul returns to her native New Jersey after several years on the front lines of the suffrage movement in Great Britain. Weakened from imprisonment and hunger strikes, she is nevertheless determined to invigorate the stagnant suffrage movement in her homeland. Nine states have already granted women voting rights, but only a constitutional amendment will secure the vote for all.

To inspire support for the campaign, Alice organizes a magnificent procession down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, DC, the day before the inauguration of President-elect Woodrow Wilson, a firm antisuffragist.

Joining the march is thirty-nine-year-old New Yorker Maud Malone, librarian and advocate for women’s and workers’ rights. The daughter of Irish immigrants, Maud has acquired a reputation—and a criminal record—for interrupting politicians’ speeches with pointed questions they’d rather ignore.

Civil rights activist and journalist Ida B. Wells-Barnett resolves that women of color must also be included in the march—and the proposed amendment. Born into slavery in Mississippi, Ida worries that white suffragists may exclude Black women if it serves their own interests.

On March 3, 1913, the glorious march commences, but negligent police allow vast crowds of belligerent men to block the parade route—jeering, shouting threats, assaulting the marchers—endangering not only the success of the demonstration but the women’s very lives.

Inspired by actual events, The Women’s March offers a fascinating account of a crucial but little-remembered moment in American history, a turning point in the struggle for women’s rights.

 

About the Author

Jennifer Chiaverini is the New York Times bestselling author of several acclaimed historical novels and the beloved Elm Creek Quilts series, as well as six collections of quilt patterns inspired by her books.

Her original quilt designs have been featured in Country Woman, Quiltmaker, Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Volumes 3-5, and Quilt, and her short stories have appeared in Quiltmaker and Quilters Newsletter.

A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Chicago, she lives with her husband and two sons in Madison, Wisconsin.

About her historical fiction, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes, “In addition to simply being fascinating stories, these novels go a long way in capturing the texture of life for women, rich and poor, black and white, in those perilous years.”

Thursday, July 22nd
Lullabies and Confessions: An Evening of Poetry

6:00p CT

Join us for the Crowdcast livestream here!


Poets Ronnie Hess, Marilyn Zelke Windau, Phyllis Wax, Jeffrey Johannes, and Joan Johannes join us for an evening of poetry. Their work most recently appears in LULLABIES AND CONFESSIONS, from which they'll read at this event!

 

About Lullabies and Confessions

Lullabies & Confessions is an exquisite book of poetry about parenting and being parented. This volume includes over 100 poems by 45 different poets. The contributors include award winning-poets, therapists and counselors, and parents. Lullabies & Confessions is entertaining and growth-facilitating. The 11th book in the Poetry, Healing, and Growth Series, this book is designed to help readers experience personal growth and deepen self-awareness on their own experience of parenting and being parented. Also included are several exercises to help readers engage more deeply with the poems and begin writing their own poems about the parenting experience.

The poets included in this volume include Carol Barrett, Felice Aull, John C. Mammone, Shoshauna Shy, Nathaniel Granger, Jr., Lois Marie Harrold, Tom Greening, Daniel Ari, Ellaraine Lockie, Michael Moats, Lois Marie Harrold, and many more.

Tuesday, July 20th
LIVE Author Visit: Christina Clancy at State LIne Distillery

6:00p CT

Join us at State Line Distillery for a LIVE event with Christina Clancy!

Books will be available for purchase on site!


About the Book

A dazzling portrait of a young woman coming into her own, the youthful allure of sex, drugs, and rock and roll, and what we lose―and gain―when we leave home.

The small town of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin is an unlikely location for a Playboy Resort, and nineteen-year old Sherri Taylor is an unlikely bunny. Growing up in neighboring East Troy, Sherri plays the organ at the local church and has never felt comfortable in her own skin. But when her parents die in quick succession, she leaves the only home she’s ever known for the chance to be part of a glamorous slice of history. In the winter of 1981, in a costume two sizes too small, her toes pinched by stilettos, Sherri joins the daughters of dairy farmers and factory workers for the defining experience of her life.

Living in the “bunny hutch”―Playboy’s version of a college dorm―Sherri gets her education in the joys of sisterhood, the thrill of financial independence, the magic of first love, and the heady effects of sex, drugs, and rock and roll. But as spring gives way to summer, Sherri finds herself caught in a romantic triangle―and the tragedy that ensues will haunt her for the next forty years.

From the Midwestern prairie to the California desert, from Wisconsin lakes to the Pacific Ocean, this is a story of what happens when small town life is sprinkled with stardust, and what we lose―and gain―when we leave home. With a heroine to root for and a narrative to get lost in, Christina Clancy's Shoulder Season is a sexy, evocative tale, drenched in longing and desire, that captures a fleeting moment in American history with nostalgia and heart.

 

About the Author

Christina Clancy is the author of The Second Home, and Shoulder Season, her forthcoming novel. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Sun Magazine, and in literary journals including Glimmer Train Stories, Hobart, Pleiades, the Minnesota Review and elsewhere. She has a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She lives in Madison, WI.

Thursday, July 15th
Katherine Addison at Stoughton Public Library!

6:30p

Mystery to Me is thrilled to be the official bookseller
for Katherine Addison's release party at the Stoughton Public Library!


East Side Park, 225 S Lynn St, Stoughton, WI - 
Thursday, July 15, 6:30pm 

Join us to celebrate the release of Katherine Addison’s newest book, “The Witness for the Dead.” This book is set in the same world as “The Goblin Emperor” and follows the character Thara Celehar as his talent for communication with the recently-dead upsets the quiet life he’s trying to lead after the tumultuous events of the first book. The author will read a passage from her new book and answer questions from the audience. Light refreshments will be provided. Copies of “Witness for the Dead” and other Katherine Addison books will be available for sale to be signed by the author, thanks to Mystery To Me Bookstore. No registration required. 

 

About the Book

When the young half-goblin emperor Maia sought to learn who had set the bombs that killed his father and half-brothers, he turned to an obscure resident of his father's Court, a Prelate of Ulis and a Witness for the Dead. Thara Celehar found the truth, though it did him no good to discover it. He lost his place as a retainer of his cousin the former Empress, and made far too many enemies among the many factions vying for power in the new Court. The favor of the Emperor is a dangerous coin.

Now Celehar lives in the city of Amalo, far from the Court though not exactly in exile. He has not escaped from politics, but his position gives him the ability to serve the common people of the city, which is his preference. He lives modestly, but his decency and fundamental honesty will not permit him to live quietly. As a Witness for the Dead, he can, sometimes, speak to the recently dead: see the last thing they saw, know the last thought they had, experience the last thing they felt. It is his duty use that ability to resolve disputes, to ascertain the intent of the dead, to find the killers of the murdered.

Celehar's skills now lead him out of the quiet and into a morass of treachery, murder, and injustice. No matter his own background with the imperial house, Celehar will stand with the commoners, and possibly find a light in the darkness.

Katherine Addison has created a fantastic world for these books - wide and deep and true.

 

About the Author

Katherine Addison is the pen name of Sarah Monette.

She grew up in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, one of the three secret cities of the Manhattan Project. She got her B.A. from Case Western Reserve University, her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Despite being summa cum laude, none of her degrees is of the slightest use to her in either her day job or her writing, which she feels is an object lesson for us all.

Wednesday, July 14th
Virtual Author Visit: Janine Veto with Doug Moe

7:00p CT

Join us for the Crowdcast livestream here!

About the Book

Even as an adopted child, Janine Veto knew there were big pieces missing from her jigsaw life. In setting out to find her birth mother, she inadvertently stumbled on a lost tribe. She is fierce in pursuit, undaunted in courage, and absolute in love. In this gripping memoir, she delivers a meditation on what it means to claim your place in the human family, and what it costs to be made whole. - Jean Feraca, author of I Hear Voices: A Memoir of Love, Death, and the Radio 

Whether intended or not, Janine Veto's compelling memoir is a vivid study of the nature/nurture argument, demonstrating the impact of both. Despite her middle-class upbringing, Veto drifts into behaviors that are clearly mirrored in the natural mother and father she finds. As an added fill-up, her multi-layered story is also that of an adoptee who, as a gay single woman, adopts a girl from China. - Lorraine Dusky, author of hole in my heart

Janine Veto writes about adoption from the inside out. Herself an adoptee, she is also the mother of an adopted Chinese daughter. Born of a single woman in a time when pregnant single women had to hide, Veto recounts her struggles to find her birth mother and thus reclaim a lost shard of her identity. A memoir that is at once moving, compelling, and a page-turner. -Emily Prager, author of Wuhu Diaries

About the Author

Janine Veto was born in Chicago, graduated from Northwestern University, and embarked on a career in staff positions in arts management and development with the Chicago Council of Fine Arts, Poets and Writers Inc., the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Lincoln Center, the Joffrey Ballet, National Public Radio, and other institutions as an independent consultant.

Her novel Iris was published by Alyson Publications. Poetry, stories, and non-fiction have been published in Confrontations, Earth's Daughters, la bella figura, Black Maria, and Sinister Wisdom. Janine’s work has also been included in the anthologies The Dream Book; An Anthology of Writings by Italian American Women (Helen Barolini, editor; Schocken Books and University of Syracuse Press) and Fine China.

After living in New York for 25 years she returned to the Midwest to take a position with the University of Wisconsin Foundation in 2006.  Now retired, she enjoys time spending time writing, gardening, hiking with her dogs and spending time with people she cherishes.  

Saturday, July 03rd
Curbside Book Signing with John Galligan!

 11:00a CT at Mystery to Me

 

Join author John Galligan (Bad Axe County, Bad Moon Rising) LIVE at Mystery to Me for a curbside book signing! Bring your book or purchase your copy in the store, and have it personalized by the author right here at the shop!

Thursday, July 01st
Virtual Author Visit: Kathleen Ernst in conversation with Andrea Potos

7:00p CT

Join us for the Crowdcast livestream here!

About the Collection

The poems in Balancing were inspired by the experiences of women who, in the 19th and early 20th centuries, sought new homes in theUpper Midwest. The first waves of pioneers, predominantly Yankees fromNortheastern states, were soon followed by European immigrants. Few women recorded their struggles and satisfactions, but by juxtaposing research and imagination, Kathleen Ernst breathes new life into their forgotten stories.

About the Author

Read Kathleen's full bio on her website here!

June

Monday, June 28th
Virtual Author Visit: John Galligan with James DeVita

7:00p CT - This is a special MONDAY NIGHT event! Make sure to mark your calendar!

Join us for the Crowdcast livestream here!

About the Book

A record heat wave suffocates remote rural Wisconsin as the local sheriff tracks down a killer hidden in the depths of the community in this atmospheric, race-to-the-finish mystery by the acclaimed author of the Bad Axe County series.

Sheriff Heidi Kick has a dead body on her hands, a homeless young man last seen alive miles from the Bad Axe. Chillingly, the medical examiner confirms what Sheriff Kick has been experiencing in her own reoccurring nightmares of late: the victim was buried alive. As the relentless summer heat bears down and more bodies are discovered, Sheriff Kick also finds herself embroiled in a nasty reelection campaign. These days her detractors call her “Sheriff Mommy”—KICK HER OUT holler the opposition’s campaign signs—and as her family troubles become public, vicious rumors threaten to sway the electorate and derail her investigation.

Enter Vietnam veteran Leroy Fanta, editor-in-chief of the local paper who believes Heidi’s strange case might be tied to a reclusive man writing deranged letters to the opinions section for years. With his heart and liver on their last legs, Fanta drums up his old journalistic instincts in one last effort to help Heidi find a lead in her case, or at least a good story...

With simmering tension that sweats off the page, Bad Moon Rising infuses newsworthy relevance with a page-turning story of crime in America’s heartland, capturing global issues with startling immediacy while entertaining from start to finish.

 

About the Author

John Galligan is the author of the soon to be released Dead Man Dancing,  Bad Axe County (Atria, July 2019) and five other novels: Red Sky, Red Dragonfly; The Nail Knot; The Blood Knot; The Clinch Knot; and The Wind Knot.

In addition to being a novelist, he has worked as a newspaper journalist, feature-film screenwriter, house painter, au pair, ESL teacher, cab driver, and freezer boy in a salmon cannery. He teaches writing at Madison College, where his experience is enriched by students from every corner of the local and world communities. He has won awards as a feature journalist, sports journalist, and short story writer before settling on a career as a novelist.

A native of Madison, Wisconsin, John is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with degrees in Environmental Policy (BS) and English Literature (MA).

About the Moderator

"Along with my novels, A Winsome Murder, The Silenced and Blue, I've also worked extensively as a playwright for young audiences. I'm very honored that my adult plays for the stage that have been produced include: Christmas in Babylon, Learning to Stay,  A Gift of the Magi (a musical adaptation, with Josh Schmidt composing); In Acting Shakespeare; The Desert Queen (the life of Gertrude Bell); Dickens In America; LakeView, and Waiting for Vern. I’m also very honored to be a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship for Fiction." From James DeVita's website.

Thursday, June 24th
Virtual Author Visit: Kevin Revolinski with Cat Capallero

7:00p CT

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About the Collection

"It was the summer before senior year when Danny and I decided the adults in our lives had irredeemably failed us, and so we hit the road." A high-school runaway; two orphans with a battered canteen and a dead dog in the Mexican desert; a bookkeeper obsessed with a murder photo; a man haunted by a childhood tragedy. Whether returning to small-town homes or getting lost in the souks of Syria, the characters in these twelve stories struggle to find purpose and choose between escape and making peace with their lots

 

About the Author

Kevin Revolinski is the author of 16 books, including 60 Hikes Madison, Backroads and Byways of Wisconsin, and Wisconsin’s Best Beer Guide. His travel memoir The Yogurt Man Cometh: Tales of an American Teacher in Turkey is now in its fifth printing. His short stories have appeared in several literary journals, and his first collection of them, Stealing Away: Stories, was published in January 2021 by Back Burner Books.

His writing and photography have appeared in publications around the world, including The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald, and Sydney Morning Herald, to name but a few. His travels have taken him to over 75 countries. Back home in Wisconsin he is an authority on camping, hiking, paddling, and craft breweries. He has been featured as a guest regularly on Wisconsin Public Radio, and once on The Today Show.

He double-majored in English and History at St Norbert College, with additional studies in Creative Writing. He has worked a variety of jobs, including proofreading at a corporate law firm, marketing for an accounting firm, student recruiting for an English language school, various industrial and office jobs, and even some time in a couple of rock bands. He spent 3 years teaching high school English in Freeport, IL and Baytown, TX, and several more teaching English as a foreign language in Turkey, Panama, and Italy. While he had been writing for pleasure and then for pay here and there for many years, in 2004 he became a full-time, self-employed freelance writer, focusing on travel, and has supported himself as such since.

Wednesday, June 23rd
Virtual YA Author Visit: Lori M. Lee with Axie Oh

7:00p CT

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About the Book

The Soulless is free from his centuries-long imprisonment. Now, he lurks in the Dead Wood recovering his strength, while Sirscha and her allies journey east to the shaman empire of Nuvalyn. Everyone believes she is a soulguide--a savior--but Sirscha knows the truth. She's a monster, a soulrender like the Soulless, and if anyone discovers the truth, she'll be executed.But there's nothing Sirscha won't risk to stop the shaman responsible for the rot that's killing her best friend. While the Soulless is formidable, like all shamans, his magic must be channeled through a familiar. If Sirscha can discover what--or who--that is, she might be able to cut him off from his power.With Queen Meilyr bent on destroying the magical kingdoms, Sirscha finds herself caught between a war brewing in the east and the Soulless waiting in the west. She should be trying to unite what peoples she can to face their common enemies, but instead, her hunt for clues about the Soulless leads to a grim discovery, forcing Sirscha to question who her enemies really are.

About the Author

Lori M. Lee is the author of speculative novels and short stories. Her books include PAHUA AND THE SOUL STEALER (Disney/Rick Riordan Presents), FOREST OF SOULS and the sequel BROKEN WEB (Page Street), and others. She’s also a contributor to the anthologies A THOUSAND BEGINNINGS AND ENDINGS and COLOR OUTSIDE THE LINES. She considers herself a unicorn fan, enjoys marathoning TV shows, and loves to write about magic, manipulation, and family.

Tuesday, June 22nd
Virtual Event: Stacey Abrams in conversation with Cari Campion

6:00p CT

Mystery to Me is proud to partner with Picador to present an evening with Stacey Abrams and Cari Champion. Please register for the Zoom webinar below, and be sure to pre-order your copy of Our Time Is Now here!

Please note: signed copies and/or bookplates will are not available at this time, but we'll let you know if the publisher makes them available to us!

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About the Event

Picador is honored to present “An Evening with Stacey Abrams” to celebrate the paperback launch of the New York Times bestseller OUR TIME IS NOW. Stacey will be joined by Cari Champion on June 22 at 7 PM EST on Zoom Webinar to discuss the urgency of ending voter suppression and how we can empower citizens to use their power to shape the future. The conversation will be followed by moderated audience Q&A.

About the Author

Stacey Abrams is the New York Times bestselling author of Lead from the Outside, a serial entrepreneur, nonprofit CEO, and political leader. A tax attorney by training, she served eleven years in the Georgia House of Representatives, seven as Minority Leader, and Abrams became the 2018 Democratic nominee for Governor of Georgia, where she won more votes than any other Democrat in the state’s history. She has launched multiple organizations devoted to voting rights, training and hiring young people of color, and tackling social issues at the state, national and international levels. Abrams is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the 2012 recipient of the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award. Abrams received degrees from Spelman College, the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas, and Yale Law School. She is the founder of the New Georgia Project, Fair Fight Action, Fair Fight 2020, Fair Count, and the Southern Economic Advancement Project.

About the Moderator

Cari Champion is a broadcast journalist and television personality based in Los Angeles. Champion made history with her move to Vice TV for her show “Cari & Jemele: Stick to Sports,” along with co-host Jemele Hill, as the first Black women to host a late-night cable news and information show. Champion also currently hosts the “NFL Next Live” Thursday Night Football live stream for Amazon, TNT’s studio show, “The Arena”, and recently returned as co-host for Season 2 of NBC’s reality competition series, “The Titan Games."Champion previously served as anchor and host at ESPN where she spent nearly a decade. She continues to break barriers, paving the way for younger women of color who want to pursue a career in sports television and other areas within broadcasting.

Sunday, June 20th
Closed for Fathers' Day!


But we'll be back in the store on Tuesday, June 22!

Thursday, June 17th
Lunch Break Author Visit: Aidan Truhen with Doug Moe

12:00p CT

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About the Book

Jack Price and his Seven Demons, the most dangerous and feared assassins in the world, are taking on the bank heist of the century. 

Meet Jack Price and the Seven Demons: Doc, the evil mad scientist presently using Jack for sex; Rex, an explosives expert who doesn’t ask too many questions so long as something goes boom; Volodya, a Ukrainian assassin who may or may not be a cannibal; Charlie, a comic book artist with computer skills and an anarchist bent; Lucille, whose specialty is razor-edged hugs; and Jack’s predecessor, Fred, who doesn’t contribute a whole lot owing to being a severed head on a stick. Finally there’s Jack himself, former coffee magnate turned cocaine dealer turned First Demon, but basically just a guy trying to get along.

Jack has a problem. The Seven Demons don’t have a contract, and there’s nothing more volatile than a gang of deadly killers with nothing to do. Luckily, a shadowy Eurotrash businessman wants them to pull off the heist of a lifetime, breaking into a bank that makes Fort Knox look like the corner candy store. Jack thinks this will be a nice little diversion for his crew . . . until a rosy-cheeked, lederhosen-wearing little psychopath named Evil Hansel stabs him with an oyster knife, and the whole situation goes completely to hell. Someone isn’t playing straight, and in a game of double crosses, Jack Price will do anything—literally, anything—to come out on top.

 

About the Author

AIDAN TRUHEN lives in London. He worked in commodities of one sort or another until he was thirty, which is an age when a man wants his positive achievements to outnumber his acquittals. He's trying to reinvent himself as a writer. We'll see how it goes.

Wednesday, June 16th
Virtual Author Visit: David Swinson with Doug Moe

7:00p CT

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About the Book

An American teen living abroad discovers the truth about himself and his family in this thrilling novel from "one of the best dialogue hounds in the business" (New York Times Book Review).

In the wake of a baffling tragedy, 13-year-old Graham moves with his family to Beirut, Lebanon, a city on the edge of the sea and cataclysmic violence. Inquisitive and restless by nature, Graham suspects his State Department father is a CIA operative, and that their family's fragile domesticity is merely a front for American efforts along the nearby Israeli border. Over the course of one year, 1972, Graham's life will utterly change. Two men are murdered, his parent's marriage disintegrates, and Graham, along with his two ex-pat friends, run afoul of forces they cannot understand.

The City on the Edge is elegiac, atmospheric, and utterly authentic. It's the story of innocents caught within the American net of espionage, of the Lebanese transformed by such interference, of the children who ran dangerously beside the churning wheel of history. One part Stephen King's "The Body" and another John le Carre's A Perfect Spy, it's a transformative crime story told with heart and genuine experience.

About the Author

In 1994, Swinson returned to his home base of Washington DC, where he joined the Metropolitan Police Department. Swinson began his career as a police officer in uniform. He was then assigned to the Gun Recovery Unit as a tactical officer. Shortly after that, Swinson was assigned as a plainclothes/undercover officer, targeting narcotics and crimes in progress. In 1998, Swinson was assigned to the Third District Detectives Office as an investigator, where he covered offenses ranging from burglary and armed robbery to homicide. In 2000, he was promoted to detective and was eventually assigned to the department’s Special Investigations Bureau/Major Crimes, and was the lead investigator in the District of Columbia for investigating serial burglaries, high profile cases and organized criminal operations related to narco-fencing.

After retiring from the police department, Swinson began writing crime fiction. A Detailed Man came out in 2011 followed up with The Second Girl, the first book of his Frank Marr trilogy.

Wednesday, June 09th
Virtual Author Visit: Grace Perry

7:00p CT

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About the Book

Today’s gay youth have dozens of queer peer heroes, both fictional and real, but former gay teenager Grace Perry did not have that luxury. Instead, she had to search for queerness in the (largely straight) teen cultural phenomena the aughts had to offer: in Lindsay Lohan’s fall from grace, Gossip Girl, Katy Perry’s “I Kissed A Girl,” country-era Taylor Swift, and Seth Cohen jumping on a coffee cart. And, for better or worse, these touch points shaped her adult identity. She came out on the other side like many millennials did: in her words, gay as hell.

Throw on your Von Dutch hats and join Grace on a journey back through the pop culture moments of the aughts, before the cataclysmic shift in LGBTQ representation and acceptance—a time not so long ago, which many seem to forget.

 

About the Author

I’m a Los Angeles-based freelance writer. I write about pop culture, LGBTQ+ issues (I mean, c’mon, look at that short-sleeved button-up), food and drink, health/wellness, and lots of other things. 

My first book, THE 2000s MADE ME GAY, is due out on St. Martin’s Press in June 2021. It’s a humor-driven essay collection that interweaves personal anecdotes about growing up as a closeted Midwestern Catholic with reflections on 2000s pop culture. Subjects include: how Taylor Swift’s Fearless made me a U-Hauler; Seth Cohen as my personal lesbian role model; MTV’s The Challenge as queer community, and much more.

My work has been all over the internet, and I’m a longtime contributor to The Onion, Reductress, The Takeout and Chicago magazine. I’d probably love to talk to you, so don’t hesitate to reach out!

Thursday, June 03rd
An Evening of Short Memoir

7:00p CT

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Join us for a dazzling variety of short memoir by writers from the Madison Writers Studio Spring 2021 Memoir Writing Workshops. A dozen writers will be reading brief new pieces written in memoir workshops with Christopher Chambers. Don't miss these amazing stories!

Wednesday, June 02nd
Virtual Author Visit: Ashley Weaver

7:00p CT

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About the Book

The first in the Electra McDonnell series from Edgar-nominated author Ashley Weaver, set in England during World War II, A Peculiar Combination is a delightful mystery filled with spies, murder, romance, and the author's signature wit.

Electra McDonnell has always known that the way she and her family earn their living is slightly outside of the law. Breaking into the homes of the rich and picking the locks on their safes may not be condoned by British law enforcement, but World War II is in full swing, Ellie's cousins Colm and Toby are off fighting against Hitler, and Uncle Mick's more honorable business as a locksmith can't pay the bills any more.

So when Uncle Mick receives a tip about a safe full of jewels in the empty house of a wealthy family, he and Ellie can’t resist. All goes as planned—until the pair are caught redhanded. Ellie expects them to be taken straight to prison, but instead they are delivered to a large townhouse, where government official Major Ramsey is waiting with an offer: either Ellie agrees to help him break into a safe and retrieve blueprints that will be critical to the British war effort, before they can be delivered to a German spy, or he turns her over to the police.

Ellie doesn’t care for the Major's imperious manner, but she has no choice, and besides, she's eager to do her bit for king and country. She may be a thief, but she's no coward. When she and the Major break into the house in question, they find instead the purported German spy dead on the floor, the safe already open and empty. Soon, Ellie and Major Ramsey are forced to put aside their differences to unmask the double-agent, as they try to stop allied plans falling into German hands.

 

About the Author

Ashley Weaver is the Technical Services Coordinator for the Allen Parish Libraries in Louisiana. Weaver has worked in libraries since she was 14; she was a page and then a clerk before obtaining her MLIS from Louisiana State University. She lives in Oakdale, Louisiana.

May

Saturday, May 29th
Virtual Storytime: Katelyn Aronson

10:30a CT

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About the Book

Piglette returns to Paris in search of the perfect present for Madame Paradee. When Piglette comes across a posh patisserie, she decides she will make the most extravagant cake the public has ever seen. But despite all her practice, her cake does not turn out as planned, and Piglette learns that sometimes perfection can be found in the simplest pleasures.


About the Author

I grew up in a home where reading was more of a shared activity than a solo one. My mother was a children’s literature lover; my father—a natural-born storyteller. She read aloud to my sisters and me; he spun entire sagas out of thin air at bedtime. TV wasn’t a big part of life. Make-believe was, and words were just another way of creating magic, together.

Reading remained such a relational for me that, in my college years, I worked in children’s bookstores as a way to share my passion. I hand-sold my favorite titles, led story times and book clubs, dressed up as picture book characters, and hosted storybook parties.

In time, though, the travel bug bit. I ran away to Europe—the landscape of fairytales. I backpacked the continent, studied abroad in England, worked as an au pair in Italy, and finally settled in France, only to follow my now-husband to Switzerland. After all that, I realized voilà !  I had a few stories of my own, ready to be shared.

Today, it is my great privilege to be represented by literary agent Christa Heschke of McIntosh & Otis, New York, and have five children’s books releasing between 2020 and 2022.

Wednesday, May 26th
Virtual Author Visit: Claire Fuller

6:00p CT

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About the Book

At fifty-one years old, twins Jeanie and Julius still live with their mother, Dot, in rural isolation in the English countryside. The cottage they have shared their entire lives is their only protection against the modernizing world around them. Inside its walls, they make music, and in its garden, they grow everything they need to survive. To an outsider, it looks like poverty; to them, it is home.

But when Dot dies unexpectedly, the world they’ve so carefully created begins to fall apart. The cottage they love, and the security it offered, is taken back by their landlord, exposing the twins to harsh truths and even harsher realities. Seeing a new future, Julius becomes torn between the loyalty he feels towards his sister and his desire for independence, while Jeanie struggles to find work and a home for them both. And just when it seems there might be a way forward, a series of startling secrets from their mother’s past come to the surface, forcing the twins to question who they are, and everything they know of their family’s history.

In this stunning novel, award-winning author Claire Fuller masterfully builds a tale of sacrifice and hope, of homelessness and hardship, of love and survival, in which two marginalized and remarkable people uncover long-held family secrets and, in their own way, repair, recover, and begin again.

 

About the Author

I’m a novelist and short fiction writer. For my first degree I studied sculpture at Winchester School of Art. I began writing fiction at the age of 40, after many years working as a co-director of a marketing agency. I have a Masters (distinction) in Creative and Critical Writing from The University of Winchester. I live in Winchester, England with my husband, and a cat called Alan, and I have two grown-up children.

My three published novels: Our Endless Numbered Days (winner of the 2015 Desmond Elliott Prize for debut fiction),  Swimming Lessons (shortlisted for the Encore prize for second novels, and Livre de Poche prize in France), and the critically acclaimed Bitter Orange (longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award), have all been published by Fig Tree / Penguin (UK), Tin House (US), and House of Anansi (Canada). They have been translated into more than 15 languages.

Tuesday, May 25th
Virtual Author Visit: Jordan Ellenberg with Meredith Broussard

7:00p CT

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About the Book

From the New York Times-bestselling author of How Not to Be Wrong, himself a world-class geometer, a far-ranging exploration of the power of geometry, which turns out to help us think better about practically everything

How should a democracy choose its representatives? How can you stop a pandemic from sweeping the world? How do computers learn to play chess, and why is learning chess so much easier for them than learning to read a sentence? Can ancient Greek proportions predict the stock market? (Sorry, no.) What should your kids learn in school if they really want to learn to think? All these are questions about geometry.

For real. If you're like most people, geometry is a sterile and dimly-remembered exercise you gladly left behind in the dust of 9th grade, along with your braces and active romantic interest in pop singers. If you recall any of it, it's plodding through a series of miniscule steps, only to prove some fact about triangles that was obvious to you in the first place. That's not geometry. OK, it is geometry, but only a tiny part, a border section that has as much to do with geometry in all its flush modern richness as conjugating a verb has to do with a great novel.

Shape reveals the geometry underneath some of the most important scientific, political, and philosophical problems we face. Geometry asks: where are things? Which things are near each other? How can you get from one thing to another thing? Those are important questions. The word "geometry," from the Greek, has the rather grand meaning of "measuring the world." If anything, that's an undersell. Geometry doesn't just measure the world - it explains it. Shape shows us how.

 

About the Author

Jordan Ellenberg is the John D. MacArthur Professor of Mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He is a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society and has won a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Simons Fellowship for his research work in number theory, algebraic geometry, topology, and combinatorics.  He is also the author of the New York Times bestselling book How Not To Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking and the forthcoming Shape: The Hidden Geometry of Information, Biology, Strategy, Democracy, and Everything Else, as well as a novel, The Grasshopper King.  He has written about mathematics for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal and Slate, and he lives less than a quarter-mile from Mystery to Me.

Tuesday, May 18th
Virtual Author Visit: Katelyn Detweiler

7:00p CT

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About the Book

Calliope Silversmith has always had just two friends in her small Pennsylvania town, Ginger and Noah, and she’s fine with that. She’s never wanted anything more than her best friends, her moms, their house in the woods, and their family-run yoga studio–except maybe knowing who her sperm donor is. Her curiosity has been building for years, and she can finally find out this summer when she turns eighteen.

Then Max and his family move into the house across the woods from Calliope, and she immediately feels a special connection with her new neighbor, one that feels different than just friendship. The stability of her longtime trio wavers over the next few weeks as she and Max start to spend more time together.

But when Calliope makes contact with her sperm donor she learns a surprising truth: her donor is Max’s father. How is this even possible?

As she and Max struggle to redefine their friendship now that they know they’re half-siblings, Calliope realizes she has much to gain by recognizing and accepting that family is both the one she has been born into, and the one she chooses to make.

About the Author

Katelyn Detweiler was born and raised in a small town in eastern Pennsylvania, living in a centuries-old farmhouse surrounded by fields and woods. She spent the vast majority of childhood with her nose in a book or creating make-believe worlds with friends, daydreaming about how she could turn those interests into an actual paying career. After graduating from Penn State University with a B.A. in English Literature, emphasis in Creative Writing and Women’s Studies, she packed her bags and made the move to New York City, determined to break into the world of publishing. She worked for two years in the marketing department of Macmillan Children’s Group before moving in 2010 to the agency side of the business at Jill Grinberg Literary, where she is currently a literary agent representing books for all ages and across all genres.

Katelyn lives in a cozy Brooklyn apartment with her husband Danny and her son Alfie, surrounded by stacks of books and records and diapers. When she’s not reading or writing or taking care of a tiny human, Katelyn enjoys yoga, fancy beverages, and road trips. She frequently treks back to her hometown in Pennsylvania, a lovely green escape from life in the city, and her favorite place to write.

Saturday, May 15th
Walk For Dyslexia!

8:00a CT


Walk for Dyslexia with Mystery to Me!

Join Team Mystery to Me in the annual Walk for Dyslexia! Use the link below to be on the MTM walking team, and you'll get a discount on your registration fee!

The Walk for Dyslexia-Madison raises funds to support the Madison Area Children's Dyslexia Center to provide free tutoring to children with dyslexia in the greater South Central Wisconsin area. All money raised at our Walks stays in the Madison area to support our local Center.

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Thursday, May 13th
Virtual Author Visit: Lizzy Mason and Jamie Pacton

7:00p CT

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About the Books

BETWEEN THE BLISS AND ME by Lizzy Mason

When eighteen-year-old Sydney Holman announces that she has decided to attend NYU, her overprotective mom is devastated. Her decision means she will be living in the Big City instead of commuting to nearby Rutgers like her mom had hoped. It also means she’ll be close to off-limits but dreamy Grayson—a guitar prodigy who is going to Juilliard in the fall and very much isn’t single.

But while she dreams of her new life, Sydney discovers a world-changing truth about her father. She knew he left when she was little due to a drug addiction. But no one told her he had schizophrenia or that he was currently living on the streets of New York City.

She seizes the opportunity to get to know him, to understand who he is and learn what may lie in store for her if she, too, is diagnosed.

Even as she continues to fall for Grayson, Sydney is faced with a difficult decision: Stay close to home so her mom can watch over her, or follow her dreams despite the risks?

LUCKY GIRL by Jamie Pacton

58,643,129. That’s how many dollars seventeen-year-old Fortuna Jane Belleweather just won in the lotto jackpot. It’s also about how many reasons she has for not coming forward to claim her prize.

Problem #1: Jane is still a minor, and if anyone discovers she bought the ticket underage, she’ll either have to forfeit the ticket, or worse…

Problem #2: Let her hoarder mother cash it. The last thing Jane’s mom needs is millions of dollars to buy more junk. Then…

Problem #3: Jane’s best friend, aspiring journalist Brandon Kim, declares on the news that he’s going to find the lucky winner. It’s one thing to keep her secret from the town, it’s another thing entirely to lie to her best friend. Especially when…

Problem #4: Jane’s ex-boyfriend, Holden, is suddenly back in her life, and he has big ideas about what he’d do with the prize money.

As suspicion and jealousy turn neighbor against neighbor, and no good options for cashing the ticket come forward, Jane begins to wonder: Could this much money actually be a bad thing?

About the Authors

Lizzy Mason grew up in northern Virginia before moving to New York City for college and a career in publishing. Now back in Virginia with her two cats, when not reading or writing, Lizzy loves to travel. She has visited forty-four states and eleven countries so far. She is the author of The Art of Losing and Between the Bliss and Me.

Jamie Pacton writes all sorts of books:  dark, feminist YA fantasy; contemporary YA stories with a funny + geeky bent; funny MG adventure-fantasy; and, even the occasional adult rom-com. She was a Pitch Wars mentee in 2015 and she mentored YA in 2016, 2017, and 2018. She grew up minutes away from the National Storytelling Center in the mountains of East Tennessee; she’s the oldest of ten kids; and, she currently lives in rural Wisconsin with her husband, their two kids, and a dog named Lego. The Life and (Medieval) Times of Kit Sweetly is her Young Adult debut.

Wednesday, May 12th
Virtual Author Visit: Kathleen Ernst

7:00p CT

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About the Book

When offered a rare opportunity to help develop a fledgling historic site dedicated to Finnish American history and heritage, curator Chloe Ellefson journeys to the remote Northwoods of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. In addition to the consultant job, she’s on a personal quest to learn about the enduring tradition of rag rug weaving. 

Encountering a dead body upon arrival, however, immediately puts that goal in jeopardy.  Although suspicion soon falls on her colleagues, Chloe is determined to persevere…even if it means ignoring the advice of her new husband, police officer Roelke McKenna.  Can she identify the killer and complete her mission, or will all her dreams unravel? 


 

About the Author

Learn about Kathleen on her website! https://www.kathleenernst.com/about.php