Past Events

February

Wednesday, February 17th
Virtual Author Slam!

7:00p CT

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A Mystery to Me favorite returns...virtually!

At our Virtual Author Slam, three local authors come together to read from their latest work! Our February edition brings us poet Robert Merelman, author Jeff Winkowski, and author David Benjamin!

Each writer will have 12 minutes to present their work, answer questions, and maybe even introduce you to your next great read!

About the Authors


David Benjamin
 has a lifetime of stories to tell. Among those he has already told, in a prolific flow of award-winning books of fiction, non-fiction and commentary, are SUMO: A Thinking Fan’s Guide to Japan’s National Sport (Tuttle Publishing, 1990) and a steady flow of titles published by his own publishing enterprise, Last Kid Books, launched in April 2019. Among these are a collection of essays, Almost Killed by a Train of Thought, his celebrated “memoir,” The Life and Times of the Last Kid Picked and five novels, Three’s a Crowd, A Sunday Kind of Love, Summer of ’68, Skulduggery in the Latin Quarter and They Shot Kennedy. In 2020, Benjamin also began, under the Last Kid Books imprint, a mystery series, featuring smalltown police chief Jim Otis, beginning with Jailbait in 2020 and Bastard’s Bluff in March 2021. Since starting up Last Kid Books, Benjamin has received ten literary awards honoring excellence in independent publishing. Among these, the Independent Press Awards recognized Almost Killed by a Train of Thought as its 2019 Best Essay Collection. The NYC Big Book Awards named A Sunday Kind of Love as its 2019 Best Romantic Comedy and Black Dragon as its 2019 Best Political Thriller. In 2020, Shelf Unbound named three Last Kid Books, Black Dragon, Summer of ’68 and They Shot Kennedy to its “Best Indie Book Notable 100.” 

Richard Merelman is the poet behind "A Door Opens". "A Door Opens” is best characterized as “tragicomedy.” Many of the poems hinge on conflict, usually taking a dark turn. Others are humorous throughout. The language is accessible, and there is much narrative. The collection is divided into three sections, each with its own “voice.” Part One (“Impersonations”) is primarily indirect; the poems speak through wholly imaginary characters and events. Part Two (“Plan As Day”) is a kind of  documentary, in which facts are foremost, poetically rearranged. Part Three (“In Essence”) is personal and lyrical. Most of the poems are written in free verse, but there are a number in traditional or invented forms. I intend the collection to \explore what Graham Greene called “the heart of the matter.

Jeff Winkowski is a writer, educator, and podcast host, father, and founder of the hardcore bands Blackwall Hitch and Deer District. He has written stories for Flipside, Sojourners, and It’s Okay mental health fanzine. He is the current podcast host of Friend to Friend in The End Time a nd teaches gym in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he lives with his two sons.

Saturday, February 13th
Virtual Story Time: Michelle Garcia Andersen

10:30a CT

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About the Book

Little Owl and Little Wolf have so many questions for their parents. “Why can’t we move our eyes?” “When will I no longer be a pup?” But owls don’t ask “Why?” They ask “Whooo?” And wolves don’t ask “When?” They ask “Hoooow?” Mom and Dad say it’s silly to even consider asking those sorts of questions.

Feeling teased and misunderstood, Little Owl and Little Wolf decide to run away from home for good. After straying too far from the path, the pair discovers that they’re lost in the forest and begin to wonder if they’ve made the right decision by leaving the pack. Little Owl and Little Wolf realize that the only way to make it back to their families is to not be afraid to ask the right questions, their own way.

This heartwarming tale of friendship from author Michelle Garcia Andersen and artist Ayesha Rubio will remind young readers that by staying true to yourself and embracing what makes you unique, good things come to you.

About the Author

Michelle grew up in southern Oregon and moved to Eugene, where she went to school and met her husband. Several years later, they moved back to southern Oregon where they live in the country just five minutes from the house she grew up in. Michelle was a teacher for many years and her favorite part of the day was always read aloud. She is delighted to be writing picture books for children; it has been a lifelong dream of hers. When she’s not reading and writing, she enjoys hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, walking her dogs, gardening and anything else that gets her outdoors. Michelle and her husband have three teenage kids and live in a home full of laughter.

Wednesday, February 10th
After School Reading with Jon Etter!

4:00p CT

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About the Book

The uneasy truce between the Seelie Court and the Sluagh Horde is in trouble as nobles on both sides push King Julius and Queen Modthryth to attack while amongst the common fairy folk the Brother/Sisterhood of Afflicted and Repressed Fairies (B.A.R.F.) plans a revolution.The one chance Elfame may have to maintain the peace is a fairy raid organized by Prince Beow of the Sluagh and Princess Viola of the Seelie. But when the two are kidnapped, it’s up to Shade, Ginch, and the Professor to save them and prevent the fairy lands from descending into chaos.

 

About the Author

Jon Etter grew up in the cornfields of Illinois on a farm just outside of the town of Forrest (Population: 1300 and some dogs), where he spent most of his time devouring books in the local library. He earned a B.A. in English Education from Illinois State University and had the pleasure of taking a creative writing class with David Foster Wallace (he remembers Wallace complaining during one of their three-hour night classes about the tedium of reading through the galley proofs of the new book Wallace had coming out, which turned out to be Infinite Jest). Since then, Jon has earned an M.A. in English Literature from University of Wisconsin—Madison and Speech Certification from Carroll University.

Since 1996, Jon has taught thousands of students as a high school English teacher in Wisconsin public schools, first in Sheboygan and for the past ten years in Wauwatosa, an inner-ring suburb of Milwaukee. In addition to teaching, he has served as a station manager for WSHS 91.7 FM in Sheboygan, coached forensics and Destination Imagination, and been a faculty advisor for a number of groups including the Gay-Straight Alliance, Philosophy Club, Film Club, and Dungeons & Dragons Club.

Of Jon’s many accomplishments, he’s most proud of being crowned the Prairie Central Junior High Limbo Champion of 1987 and starring as E.T. in the 1982 Strawn Elementary School Christmas Pageant (which did, in fact, conclude with E.T. in the manger with Mary and Joseph cradling the baby Jesus in his arms). In addition, he is the author of the middle grade fantasy series Those Dreadful Fairy Books from Amberjack Publishing/Chicago Review Press, and the father of two children that he hopes to someday domesticate.

Thursday, February 04th
Virtual Author Visit: Joseph Schneider

7:00p CT

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About the Book

The nightmare descends on a Tuesday.  A routine welfare check on an older married couple turns into something out of a horror movie when their bodies are discovered mutilated inside their house. After two other couples die, it becomes clear that there's a serial killer stalking Hollywood. Dubbed the "Eastside Creeper," the murderer camps out in crawl spaces of his victims' homes, sometimes for days, before killing them. And then, like smoke, he vanishes. Detective Tully Jarsdel is intrigued by the Eastside Creeper. His methods are grotesque, his path unpredictable. And as the murders become more gruesome and the clues more inscrutable, Jarsdel's background in academia and willingness to look beneath the surface might be the only tools the LAPD has to stop the bloodshed.

 

About the Author

Joseph Schneider lives with his wife and two children in California. His professional affiliations include The Magic Castle and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. What Waits for You is his second novel.

January

Wednesday, January 27th
Virtual Author Visit: Michael Kaufman

7:00p CT

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About the Book

Washington, DC, 2033. Climate change is hitting hard, unemployment is high, and a controversial longevity treatment is only available to the ultra-rich. Enter police detective Jen B. Lu and her 'partner', Chandler, a synthetic computer implant in her brain. He's a wannabe tough guy although given that he’s only two and a half years old, he has a hard time pulling it off.

Jen hears rumors of an illegal version of the longevity drug, and the bizarre outbreak of people aging almost overnight, then suddenly dying. Is this all connected? Is a mysterious co-op involved? And what about Big Pharma?

When Jen’s investigations take her too close to the truth, she’s suspended and has to risk everything to pursue a very dangerous investigation on her own.

 

Michael Kaufman

About the Author

Michael Kaufman, PhD, is a writer of both fiction and non-fiction books. As an advisor, activist, and keynote speaker, he has developed innovative approaches to engage men and boys in promoting gender equality and positively transforming men's lives. Over the past four decades his work with the United Nations, governments, non-governmental organizations, corporations, trade unions, and universities has taken him to fifty countries.

Thursday, January 21st
Bookseller Happy Hour!

4:00p CT

The first Bookseller Happy Hour of the Biden Administration! Woohoo!

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Thursday, January 14th
Virtual Author Visit: Nick Petrie with Erica Ruth Neubauer

7:00p CT

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The Breaker by Nick Petrie: 9780525535478 | PenguinRandomHouse.com: Books

 

About the Book

A man wanted by two governments, Peter Ash has found a simple, low-profile life in Milwaukee, living with his girlfriend June and renovating old buildings with his friend Lewis. Staying out of trouble is the key to preserving this fragile peace . . . but when Peter spots a suspicious armed man walking into a crowded market, he knows he can’t stand by and do nothing.

Peter does interrupt a crime, but it wasn’t at all what he’d expected. The young gunman appeared to have one target and one mission–but when he escapes, and his victim vanishes before police arrive, it seems there is more to the encounter than meets the eye. Peter’s hunch is proven correct when a powerful associate from his past appears with an interest in the crime, and an irresistible offer: if he and June solve this mystery, Peter’s record will be scrubbed clean.

While Peter and Lewis trace the gunman, reporter June digs into the victim of the incident, a man whose face rings a bell in her memory. As their parallel investigations draw together, they’re thrust into the path of a ruthless tech thief, an eerily cheerful assassin, a brilliant and troubled inventor, and a revolutionary technology that could wreak devastation in the wrong hands. But for Peter, even more is at stake: this investigation is his only path to a life free from the threat of prosecution or prison. Before the end, he’ll have to fight harder than ever before to ensure that freedom doesn’t come at too high a cost. . .


About the Authors

Nick Petrie received his MFA in fiction from the University of Washington, won a Hopwood Award for short fiction while an undergraduate at the University of Michigan, and his story “At the Laundromat” won the 2006 Short Story Contest in the The Seattle Review, a national literary journal. A husband and father, he runs a home-inspection business in Milwaukee. His novels in the Peter Ash series include The Drifter, winner of the ITW Thriller Award and the Barry Award for Best First Novel, Burning Bright, and Light It Up.

Erica Ruth Neubauer spent eleven years in the military, two years as a cop and one year as a high school English teacher before finding her way as a writer. She has reviewed mysteries and crime fiction for several years at publications such as Publisher’s Weekly, the Los Angeles Review of Books and Mystery Scene Magazine and is a member of both Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. When she’s not writing her next novel or curled up with a book, she enjoys traveling, yoga and craft beer. She lives in Milwaukee, WI with her husband.

December

Thursday, December 17th
Bookseller Happy Hour!

4:00p CT on Crowdcast

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A quarantine tradition continues...one more time!

On this, the last Bookseller Happy Hour of 2020, we'll talk about our favorite books of the year, titles we're looking forward to in 2021, and some final thoughts on books to help you say goodbye the end of a very unusual year.

Join us for a toast and some books we love!

Wednesday, December 09th
An Evening of Readings with Madison Writers' Studio

6:00p CT

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Join us for an evening of readings from the Madison Writers Studio! Current students will share their work from the past semester for us to enjoy from the comfort of our homes! Brew some tea, pour a brandy, and throw a log on the fire to celebrate these students' hard work.

Thursday, December 03rd
Bookseller Happy Hour!

4:00p CT on Crowdcast

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A quarantine tradition continues!

CRUNCH TIME! One week til Hanukkah begins and three weeks til Christmas!

Our booksellers are here to help you with your remote holiday shopping: we will suggest books for you and your loved ones so you don't have to cram it all in come December!

Join us for a toast and some books we love!

November

Thursday, November 19th
Bookseller Happy Hour!

4:00p CT on Crowdcast!

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A quarantine tradition continues!

Just in time to save you a trip on Black Friday, our booksellers will suggest books for you and your loved ones so  you don't have to cram it all in come December!

Join us for a toast and some books we love!

Saturday, November 14th
Virtual Storytime: Lisl H. Detlefsen

10:30a CT

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About the Book

It's fun to watch trains, planes, excavators, and other things that go. It's even more fun to climb aboard. But most fun of all? Being the driver! This zippy read aloud allows kids to imagine themselves as the driver of everyday vehicles like a train, to the most extraordinary of all, a rocket ship.

 

 About the Author

Lisl H. Detlefsen is the author of a growing number of picture books. Her first, TIME FOR CRANBERRIES (Macmillan/Roaring Brook Press, illustrated by Jed Henry) was a Junior Library Guild selection, a 2016 Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People (K–2), and the 2017 Wisconsin Ag in the Classroom Book of the Year.

Lisl lives on a family-owned cranberry marsh near Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin with her husband and two sons. When not in her office or on the marsh, you can find Lisl on the web at www.lislhdbooks.com, on Twitter @lislhd, or on Facebook @lislhdbooks. She is represented by agent Jennifer Mattson of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency.   

Thursday, November 05th
Bookseller Happy Hour!

5:00p CT on Crowdcast

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Let's hope this one really IS a happy hour!

A quarantine tradition continues!

As we approach the holiday shopping season (we can't believe it either), our booksellers will suggest books for you and your loved ones so  you don't have to cram it all in come December!

Join us for a toast and some books we love!

October

Thursday, October 22nd
Bookseller Happy/Spooky Hour!

5:00p CT on Crowdcast


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 A quarantine tradition continues!

As we approach the holiday shopping season (we can't believe it either), our booksellers will suggest books for you and your loved ones so  you don't have to cram it all in come December!

Join us for a toast and some books we love!

 

Wednesday, October 21st
Virtual Author Visit: Lynn Miller

7:00p CT

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About the Book

Best friends Bettina, Miriam, and Fiona are shocked when their dean of liberal studies dies in a single-car accident amid accusations of mishandling university funds. They suspect murder, especially after learning that the dean’s estranged wife will inherit three million dollars. Events take a surprising turn when they travel from Austin, Texas, to a Chautauqua performance in Silver City, New Mexico, where they join several others, some with questionable motives, including the dean’s wife and her lover. In the close confines of the lodge, the group brings to life remarkable women from history—including Victoria Woodhull, Gertrude Stein, Edith Wharton, Mabel Dodge Luhan, and Virginia Woolf. But when one woman is kidnapped and another disappears, the friends’ lives are forever changed as they realize that the masks we wear often hide chilling truths.

 

About the Author

Lynn C. Miller is the author and coauthor of several books, including The Day After Death: A Novel (UNM Press) and Death of a Department Chair: A Novel. She has performed a number of solo performance pieces and plays about Edith Wharton, Gertrude Stein, Katherine Anne Porter, and Victoria Woodhull.

Thursday, October 15th
Wisconsin Book Festival! October 15-17

October 15-17. Event times vary.

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The Wisconsin Book Festival is ON! Virtually, of course. Check out the line-up of amazing authors and speakers at the festival's official website!

Thursday, October 15th
Virtual Author Visit: Scott Graham and Margaret Mizushima

7:00p CT

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About the Books

Mesa Verde Victim, book six in the National Park Mystery Series, released May 15 in ebook form and releasing August 25 in printed book form, is set in Mesa Verde National Park. Hounded by false accusations of murder, archaeologist Chuck Bender and his family risk their lives to track down an unknown killer on the loose in a rugged canyon on the remote western edge of the park, where ancient stone villages and secret burial sites, abandoned centuries ago by the Ancestral Puebloan people, harbor artifacts so rare and precious they’re worth killing over.

In Hanging Falls, a deluge has flooded the high ground near Hanging Falls—but heavy rains aren’t the only menace descending on Timber Creek. While on a scouting mission to pinpoint trail damage, officer Mattie Cobb and her K-9 partner Robo stumble upon a body floating at the edge of a lake. Robo catches human scent, which leads to an enigmatic forest-dweller who quickly becomes suspect number one.

With help from veterinarian Cole Walker, Mattie identifies the victim, and discovers an odd religious cult whose dress and manners harken back to the 19th century. As the list of suspects grows, an unexpected visit from members of Mattie’s long-lost family sheds new light on her childhood as they help Mattie piece together details of the fateful night when she was abducted at age two.

The tangled threads of the investigation and family dynamics begin to intertwine—but darkness threatens to claim a new victim before Mattie and Robo can track down the killers.

About the Authors

Scott Graham is the author of the nationally acclaimed National Park Mystery Series, featuring archaeologist Chuck Bender and Chuck’s wife, paramedic Janelle Ortega. The series is published by Torrey House Press.

In addition to the National Park Mystery Series, Scott is the author of five nonfiction books, including Extreme Kids, winner of the National Outdoor Book Award.

Scott is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys backpacking, river rafting, skiing, and mountaineering. He lives with his wife, an emergency physician, in Durango, Colorado. He has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine editor, radio disk jockey, and coal-shoveling fireman on the steam-powered Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.

Margaret Mizushima is the author of the award-winning and internationally published Timber Creek K-9 Mysteries. Active within the writing community, Margaret serves as president for the Rocky Mountain Chapter of Mystery Writers of America, was elected the 2019-2020 Writer of the Year by Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, and is also a member of Northern Colorado Writers, Sisters in Crime, and Women Writing the West. She lives in Colorado on a small ranch with her veterinarian husband where they raised two daughters and a multitude of animals. 

Saturday, October 10th
Monroe Street Stroll

10:00a - 5:00p

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Join us on October 10th, 2020 from 10am to 5pm for a self-guided stroll down Monroe Street. 

There will be fall merchandise, seasonal food & drink, festive decor, and more. SwingTime Music Jazz Band will perform from 1 to 3 pm at the pavilion on West Lawn and Monroe Street. Their performance is sponsored by designCraft Advertising. 

Masks, distancing, and occupancy rules apply. A list of participating businesses along with special offerings will be coming soon!

Thursday, October 08th
Virtual Author Visit: Lesley Kagen

7:00p CT

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Every Now and Then

About the Book

The summer of 1960 was the hottest ever for Summit, Wisconsin. For kids seeking relief from the heat, there was a creek to be swum in, sprinklers to run through, and ice cream at Whitcomb's Drugstore. But for Frankie, Viv, and Biz, eleven-year-old best friends, it would forever be remembered as the summer that evil paid a visit to their small town and took their young lives as they'd known them as a souvenir.

Lesley Kagen

About the Author

When I'm not writing, there's nothing I love more than spending time with the loves of my life, my daughter, Casey, and my magical g-babies, Charlie and Hadley. Also enjoy hiking in the woods and on Lake Michigan beaches with my pup, The Amazin' Gracie, riding my bike around my adorable town, reading, of course, committing random acts of kindness—fun!—advocating for better and more available mental health care, meditating, going to the movies, birding—red-tail hawks make me weep—and eating out with pals—I am an absolutely horrendous cook, but a darn good baker.

To read Lesley's full bio, visit her website!

Wednesday, October 07th
Virtual Author Visit: Rebecca Behrens

7:00p CT

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Alone in the Woods

About the Book

Jocelyn and Alex have always been best friends . . . until they aren’t. Jocelyn’s not sure what happened, but she hopes their annual joint-family vacation in the isolated Northwoods will be the perfect spot to rekindle their friendship.

But Alex still isn’t herself when they get to the cabin, and Jocelyn reaches a breaking point during a rafting trip that goes horribly wrong. When the girls’ inner tube tears, it leaves them stranded and alone on the banks of the Wolf River.

Before they know it, the two are hopelessly lost in a national forest.

Wearing swimsuits and water shoes and with only the contents of their wet bags, the girls face threats from biting blackflies to black bears, poison ivy to hypothermia. Both Jocelyn and Alex will have to use strengths they didn’t know they had in their desperate trek home. But beyond battling the elements during the days and nights they spend lost in the wilderness, they’ll have to overcome their fractured friendship—if they want to make it out of the woods alive.

 

About the Author

Rebecca Behrens is the award-winning author of three critically acclaimed middle-grade novels that explore famous historical figures and fascinating places: When Audrey Met Alice, Summer of Lost and Found, and The Last Grand Adventure. Her thrillingly realistic survival story The Disaster Days is a Junior Library Guild selection, a Bank Street Best Children’s Book, and an ILA Teachers’ Choices selection. Look for her latest middle-grade adventure, Alone in the Woods, in October 2020. Rebecca grew up in Wisconsin, studied in Chicago, and now lives with her husband in New York City. Some of Rebecca’s favorite things are: the beach, history, running, nature, doughnuts, and laughing.

Saturday, October 03rd
Virtual Author Visit: Briana McDonald

10:30a CT

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About the Book

Rule One: Your loyalty is to the case.

Amateur detective Pepper Blouse has always held true to this rule, even if it meant pushing people away. But when the results of Pepper’s latest case cost her any hope of the girl she likes returning her feelings, she decides that maybe she should lay low for a while.

That is, until her Great Aunt Florence passes away under mysterious circumstances. And even though her dad insists there’s nothing to investigate, Pepper can’t just ignore rule fourteen: Trust your gut.

But there’s nothing in the rulebook that could’ve prepared her for this.

Maybe it’s time to stop playing by the rules.

About the Author

Briana McDonald’s fiction has appeared in Rozyln: Short Fiction by Women Writers, Marathon Literary Review, The Stonecoast Review, and more. She is a book reviewer at The Literary Review and a reader for CLMP’s Firecracker Awards. She is an academic advisor at Columbia University. Pepper’s Rules for Secret Sleuthing is her debut novel. Find out more at BrianaRoseMcDonald.com. 

September

Wednesday, September 30th
Virtual Author Visit: Anna Lee Huber

7:00p CT

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About the Book

In the aftermath of the Great War, the line between friend and foe may be hard to discern, even for indomitable former Secret Service agent Verity Kent, in award-winning author Anna Lee Huber's thrilling mystery series.

Peacetime has brought little respite for Verity Kent. Intrigue still abounds, even within her own family. As a favor to her father, Verity agrees to visit his sister in Wiltshire. Her once prosperous aunt has fallen on difficult times and is considering selling their estate. But there are strange goings-on at the manor, including missing servants, possible heirloom forgeries, and suspicious rumors—all leading to the discovery of a dead body on the grounds.

While Verity and her husband, Sidney, investigate this new mystery, they are also on the trail of an old adversary—the shadowy and lethal Lord Ardmore. At every turn, the suspected traitor seems to be one step ahead of them. And even when their dear friend Max, the Earl of Ryde, stumbles upon a code hidden among his late father's effects that may reveal the truth about Ardmore, Verity wonders if they are really the hunters—or the hunted . . .

 

About the Author

Anna Lee Huber is the Daphne award-winning author of the national bestselling Lady Darby Mysteries, the Verity Kent Mysteries, and the Gothic Myths series, as well as the forthcoming anthology The Deadly Hours. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, where she majored in music and minored in psychology. She currently resides in Indiana with her family and is hard at work on her next novel. Visit her online at www.annaleehuber.com.

Saturday, September 26th
Virtual Storytime: Kevin Henkes

10:30a CT

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About the Book

On a warm morning, a little lion sleeps under a sun that shines so brightly, it looks like a flower. He dreams the flower is as big as the sun. He dreams the flower is a cookie. He lets his imagination soar.

Caldecott Medalist Kevin Henkes uses simple shapes, limited colors, and a pitch-perfect text to tell Lion’s story in this transcendent picture book. Sun Flower Lion introduces emerging readers to short chapters, action verbs, and adjectives, while bright illustrations transform simple shapes into something magical. 

Sun Flower Lion will shine at story time and bedtime and for young children just learning how to read on their own.  

About the Author

Kevin Henkes is an award-winning author and illustrator of many books for children of all ages. He received the Caldecott Medal for Kitten’s First Full Moon; Caldecott Honors for Waiting and Owen; two Newbery Honors—one for Olive’s Ocean and one for The Year of Billy Miller—and Geisel Honors for Waiting and Penny and Her Marble. His other books include Egg, Old Bear, A Good Day, Chrysanthemum, and the beloved Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse. Kevin Henkes lives with his family in Madison, Wisconsin.

Thursday, September 24th
Bookseller Happy Hour!

5:00p CT on Crowdcast

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A quarantine tradition continues!

As we approach the holiday shopping season (we can't believe it either), our booksellers will suggest books for you and your loved ones so  you don't have to cram it all in come December!

Join us for a toast and some books we love!

Wednesday, September 16th
Virtual Author Event: Paula Chase and Janae Marks

6:00p CT

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 About TURNING POINT

When being yourself isn't good enough, who should you be?

Told in dual perspectives, this provocative and timely novel for middle-school readers by Paula Chase, the acclaimed author of So Done and Dough Boys, will resonate with fans of Jason Reynolds, Rebecca Stead, and Renée Watson.

Best friends Rasheeda and Monique are both good girls. For Sheeda, that means keeping her friends close and following her deeply religious and strict aunt’s every rule. For Mo, that means not making waves in the prestigious and mostly White ballet intensive she’s been accepted to.

But what happens when Sheeda catches the eye of Mo’s older brother, and the invisible racial barriers to Mo’s success as a ballerina turn out to be not so invisible? What happens when you discover that being yourself isn’t good enough? How do you fight back?

Paula Chase explores the complex and emotional issues that affect many young teens in this novel set in the same neighborhood as her acclaimed So Done and Dough Boys. Friendship, family, finding yourself, and standing your ground are the themes of this universal story that is perfect for fans of Jason Reynolds, Rebecca Stead, and Renée Watson.

About FROM THE DESK OF ZOE WASHINGTON

From debut author Janae Marks comes a captivating story full of heart, as one courageous girl questions assumptions, searches for the truth, and does what she believes is right—even in the face of great opposition. 

Zoe Washington isn’t sure what to write. What does a girl say to the father she’s never met, hadn’t heard from until his letter arrived on her twelfth birthday, and who’s been in prison for a terrible crime?

A crime he says he never committed.

Could Marcus really be innocent? Zoe is determined to uncover the truth. Even if it means hiding his letters and her investigation from the rest of her family. Everyone else thinks Zoe’s worrying about doing a good job at her bakery internship and proving to her parents that she’s worthy of auditioning for Food Network’s Kids Bake Challenge.

But with bakery confections on one part of her mind, and Marcus’s conviction weighing heavily on the other, this is one recipe Zoe doesn’t know how to balance. The only thing she knows to be true: Everyone lies.

 

 

 

About the Authors

Paula Chase is the cofounder of The Brown Bookshelf, a site designed to increase awareness of African American voices writing for young readers. She lives in Annapolis, Maryland. Her novels include the acclaimed So Done and its companion, Dough Boys. www.paulachasehyman.com

Janae Marks graduated from the New School with an MFA in writing for children. When she isn’t writing fiction, she’s spending time with her husband and daughter at home in Connecticut. From the Desk of Zoe Washington is her debut novel. Visit Janae online at www.janaemarks.com.

Thursday, September 10th
Virtual Author Visit: J.F. Riordan

7:00p CT

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About the Book

It's spring on Washington Island. Despite her concerns about Roger's desire to bartend, Elisabeth is eager to plan a grand opening for their newly remodeled hotel, but she quickly realizes that she may also need to make accommodations for Roger's proposed goat yoga classes. Bored and lonely, Oliver Robert joins bartender Eddie in forming a great books club at Nelsen's, and Emily Martin, determined to make her mark on the community, forms a new Committee of the Concerned. When Emily decides that the Island needs a literary festival, complete with a famous author, she imprudently seeks out a notorious celebrity, hoping, as always, to enhance her own prestige. Real estate agent Marcie Landmeier confides that an unknown someone is buying up the Island's shoreline, newly-appointed Fire Chief Jim Freeberg contends with a string of suspicious fires, and Pali and Ben have a spiritual encounter that will change them both. Meanwhile, drawn once more into local controversy, and awash in suspicion herself, Fiona Campbell must determine the answers to questions that will affect her future, and the future of the entire Island. A Small Earnest Question is Book Four in the award-winning North of the Tension Line series, set on a remote island in the Great Lakes. Called a modern-day Jane Austen, author J.F. Riordan creates wry, engaging tales and vivid characters that celebrate the beauty and mysteries of everyday life.

 

About the Author

Called a “modern-day Jane Austen,” J.F. Riordan’s lyrical prose and rich characters are a tribute to small town life and the beauty of the ordinary.

Peopled with sharply drawn characters whose experiences are by turns serious, mystical, and ridiculous, her books bring into sharp focus the pitfalls and vicious politics that prevail in small towns everywhere.

Thursday, September 03rd
Virtual Author Visit: Jenny Milchman

7:00p CT

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About the Book

 Opportunity: Teacher needed in one-room schoolhouse on remote island in Maine. Certification in grades K-8 a must.

Julie Weathers isn't sure if she's running away or starting over, but moving to a remote island off the coast of Maine feels right for someone with reasons to flee her old life. The sun-washed, sea-stormed speck of land seems welcoming, the lobster plentiful, and the community close and tightly knit. She finds friends in her nearest neighbor and Callum, a man who appears to be using the island for the same thing as she: escape.

But as Julie takes on the challenge of teaching the island's children, she comes to suspect that she may have traded one place shrouded in trouble for another, and she begins to wonder if the greatest danger on Mercy Island is its lost location far out to sea, or the people who live there.

About the Author

JENNY MILCHMAN is the USA Today bestselling Mary Higgins Clark award winning author of five psychological thrillers, including Wicked River and The Second Mother. All of Jenny's novels have been chosen for the Indie Next List, and her work has been praised by the New York Times, the AP, the San Francisco Review of Books, along with inclusion on The Strand Magazine's Best of 2018 and Suspense Magazine's Best of 2014, plus numerous other picks and mentions. Jenny served four years as vice president of author programs for International Thriller Writers and is a member of the Sisters in Crime speakers bureau. She gives talks and workshops all over the country on the importance of sticking to a dream, and is the founder of Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day, which is celebrated in all fifty states and on five continents.

August

Saturday, August 29th
Independent Bookstore Day!

10:00a til 4:00p

Postponed because of COVID19, Independent Bookstore Day has been rescheduled to

SATURDAY, AUGUST 29th!

Come and join us for exclusive Indpendent Bookstore Day titles and retail items, as well as some offerings special to Mystery to Me! Bring your mask and your book wishlist, and come show your neighborhood indie some love!

Friday, August 28th
Virtual Author Visit: Keith McCafferty with Doug Moe

7:00p CT

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The Bangtail Ghost by Keith McCafferty

About the Book

In Montana’s Gravelly Range, paw prints and a single whisker discovered at a scene of horrific violence suggest a woman had been attacked and carried away by a mountain lion. Sheriff Martha Ettinger employs her fiancé, sometimes-detective Sean Stranahan, to put a name to the gnawed bones comprising all that is left of the body. The woman’s is the first of several deaths that Sean suspects are not as easily explained as they appear. . As a reign of terror grips the Madison Valley, blood in the tracks will lead him from the river below to the snow-covered ridge tops, as Sean finds himself on his most adventurous and dangerous quest yet. For as he comes closer to unearthing the secret shared by the dead and missing, the tracks he is following will turn, and the hunter becomes the hunted.

Photo of Keith McCafferty

About the Author

Keith McCafferty is the author of eight novels in the Sean Stranahan mystery series, published by Viking/Penguin Books.  He is the recipient of the Will Rogers Gold and Silver Medallion Awards and the Western Writers of America Spur Award for Best Novel, among many other awards. Two of his novels were chosen as Best Reads by Oprah Winfrey's "O" magazine.  

Keith is also a two-time National Magazine Award finalist and the recipient of the Robert Traver Award for angling literature. For years he made a living with his flyrod, writing stories for Field & Stream, where he was the Survival and Outdoor Skills editor. “It was like flying around the world on a broom” he recalls, “only the fly rod was my broom.”  

A wild bird rescue volunteer, Keith lives with his wife and family, and various feathered friends, in Montana. 

His new novel, “The Bangtail Ghost, was published on August 18th.  

Thursday, August 27th
Bookseller Happy Hour!

4:00p CT

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The booksellers are BACK AT IT! Join us for another round of Bookseller Happy Hour and start making your wishlists for Independent Bookstore Day!! We'll tell you what's new, what's coming, and what's special for IBD!

Wednesday, August 26th
Virtual Author Visit: Kali White

7:00p CT

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About the Book

It's August 1984, and paperboy Christopher Stewart has gone missing.

Hours later, twelve-year-old Sammy Cox hurries home from his own paper route, red-faced and out of breath, hiding a terrible secret.

Crystal, Sammy's seventeen-year-old sister, is worried by the disappearance but she also sees opportunity: the Stewart case has echoes of an earlier unsolved disappearance of another boy, one town over. Crystal senses the makings of an award winning essay, one that could win her a scholarship - and a ticket out of their small Iowa town.

Officer Dale Goodkind can't believe his bad luck: another town and another paperboy kidnapping. But this time he vows that it won't go unsolved. As the abductions set in motion an unpredictable chain of violent, devastating events touching each life in unexpected ways, Dale is forced to face his own demons.

Told through interwoven perspectives--and based on the real-life Des Moines Register paperboy kidnappings in the early 1980's--The Monsters We Make deftly explores the effects of one crime exposing another and the secrets people keep hidden from friends, families, and sometimes, even themselves.

About the Author

Kali White VanBaale is the author of the novels The Monsters We Make, The Good Divide, and The Space Between.  She's the recipient of an American Book Award, an Independent Publisher’s silver medal for general fiction, the Fred Bonnie Memorial First Novel Award, the Eric Hoffer Book Award for General Fiction, an Iowa Arts Council major artist grant, and the Great River Writer’s Retreat. She's also writes and publishes short stories, essays, and articles, and serves as the managing editor of the micro-essay journal The Past Ten.

In previous professional lives, Kali was a county case manager for mentally disabled adults and children, a substitute librarian, a gymnastics instructor, a childcare provider, a waitress, a jewelry counter attendant at Target, and spent one winter working on a Christmas tree farm, and one summer detasseling cornfields. She also lived in a remote Hungarian village for several weeks while volunteering on an organic vegetable farm. 

Born and raised on a dairy farm in southern Iowa, she now lives and writes on a quiet acreage outside Des Moines with her family and highly emotional dog, Olive.

Tuesday, August 18th
Virtual Author Visit: Anika Fajardo

7:00p CT 

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About the Book

A whimsical and unflinchingly honest generational story of family and identity where hats turn into leeches, ghosts blow kisses from lemon trees, and the things you find at the end of your fishing line might not be a fish at all.

Half-Colombian Eddie Aguado has never really  felt Colombian. Especially after Papa died. And since Mama keeps her memories of Papa locked up where Eddie can’t get to them, he only has Papa’s third-place fishing tournament medal to remember him by. He’ll have to figure out how to be more Colombian on his own.

As if by magic, the perfect opportunity arises. Eddie—who’s never left Minnesota—is invited to spend the summer in Colombia with his older half-brother. But as his adventure unfolds, he feels more and more like a fish out of water.

Figuring out how to be a true colombiano might be more difficult than he thought.


About the Author

Anika Fajardo was born in Colombia and raised in Minnesota. She wrote a book about that experience, Magical Realism for Non-Believers: A Memoir of Finding Family, which was published by University of Minnesota Press. A writer, editor, and teacher, she lives in the very literary city of Minneapolis. What If a Fish is her first middle grade novel.

Thursday, August 13th
Special Event: Charlotte + Hannah's Vampire Club!

6:00p CT

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About the Event

Old loves die hard, as they say. Or in this case: TWIhard. 

That’s right: the latest installment of the bafflingly popular Twilight franchise is here to haunt us and delight us in equal measure! Avid fans of the vampire phenomenon, booksellers Charlotte and Hannah are hosting a ONE NIGHT ONLY special event in which they’ll discuss the new book, MIDNIGHT SUN, and all things Twilight with each other and whoever else wants to visit the good ol’ days of the early 2000s.

This event is virtual, so feel free to indulge in a glass of bloo—er…wine. Red wine. From the comfort of your home!

(And if you want to read the book in advance of the event, pre-order your copy from Mystery to Me today!)

Tuesday, August 11th
Virtual Author Visit: John Galligan with Doug Moe

7:00p CT

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Dead Man Dancing | Book by John Galligan | Official Publisher Page ...

About the Book

In this sequel to the “gritty, brash, and totally gripping” (The Real Book Spy) thriller Bad Axe County, Sheriff Heidi Kick is investigating an illicit cage fighting ring with ties to white nationalism when her husband suddenly goes missing.

It’s a time for celebration in Bad Axe County as the town gathers for the annual Syttende Mai—or Norwegian Independence Day—festival. During this rollicking family-oriented event filled with dancing and food, Sheriff Heidi Kick discovers a dark and shocking event—a migrant worker has been savagely beaten but refuses to explain what happened. Then, a sudden murder of a band member shatters the festival. Something is deeply wrong in Bad Axe County.

As she looks for answers, Heidi plunges into a secret underworld where high-stakes cage fights double as combat training for the White Nationalist movement. Then all hell breaks loose for Heidi when her husband disappears and a secret he’s been keeping from Heidi is revealed.

A timely portrait of the deep divisions and simmering tensions brewing in our country today, Dead Man Dancing takes you into the dark heart of a movement defined by violence and hate. Featuring John Galligan’s signature “striking prose, engaging characters” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review), and unforgettable twists and turns, Dead Man Dancing is a breathless thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat.


John Galligan, author

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).

Wednesday, August 05th
Virtual Author Visit: Karen Dionne

6:00p CT

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About the Book

For a decade and a half, Rachel Cunningham has chosen to lock herself away in a psychiatric facility, tortured by gaps in her memory and the certainty that she is responsible for her parents’ deaths. But when she learns new details about their murders, Rachel returns to the place where she once felt safest in a quest for answers: her family’s sprawling log cabin in the remote forests of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

As Rachel begins to uncover what really happened on the day her parents were murdered, she learns that home can be a place of unspeakable evil, and that the bond she shares with her sister might be the most poisonous of all.

 

About the Author

Karen Dionne is the USA Today and #1 internationally bestselling author of the award-winning psychological suspense novel The Marsh King’s Daughter published by G.P. Putnam’s Sons in the US and in 25 other countries. Her next psychological suspense novel, The Wicked Sister, will publish August 4, 2020, from G.P. Putnam’s Sons.

The Marsh King’s Daughter was named one of the best books of 2017 by iBooks, Hudson Booksellers, Powell’s Books, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, The Irish Independent, Library Journal, Shelf Awareness, Bookpage, and many other booksellers and reviewers, and is currently in development as a major motion picture produced by Anonymous Content (Spotlight; The Revenant) and Black Bear Pictures (The Imitation Game).  The Marsh King’s Daughter was also chosen by the Library of Michigan as a 2018 Michigan Notable Book and is the winner of Deadly Pleasure Magazine’s Barry Award for Best Novel and Suspense Magazine’s Crimson Scribe Award.

Karen has been active in the writing community for over twenty years. She co-founded the online writers community Backspace, and organized the Backspace Writers Conferences in New York and the Salt Cay Writers Retreat held on a private island in the Bahamas. She is a member of the International Thriller Writers, where she served as managing editor of their monthly publication, The Big Thrill, and on the board of directors as Vice President, Technology. Karen  enjoys nature photography and lives with her husband in Detroit’s northern suburbs.

July

Saturday, July 25th
Monroe Street Sidewalk Sale!

10:00a til 4:00p

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The annual Monroe Street Sidewalk Sale is ON!

Put on your mask and come visit us at Mystery to Me, where we'll have our Book Rx booth (with discount "prescriptions"), books on sale, and $1 wrapped mystery books in all genres!

Friday, July 24th
Virtual Author Visit: S.A. Cosby with Doug Moe

7:00p CT

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Blacktop Wasteland

About the Book

Beauregard “Bug” Montage is an honest mechanic, a loving husband, and a hard-working dad. Bug knows there’s no future in the man he used to be: known from the hills of North Carolina to the beaches of Florida as the best wheelman on the East Coast.

He thought he'd left all that behind him, but as his carefully built new life begins to crumble, he finds himself drawn inexorably back into a world of blood and bullets. When a smooth-talking former associate comes calling with a can't-miss jewelry store heist, Bug feels he has no choice but to get back in the driver's seat. And Bug is at his best where the scent of gasoline mixes with the smell of fear.

Haunted by the ghost of who he used to be and the father who disappeared when he needed him most, Bug must find a way to navigate this blacktop wasteland...or die trying.

Like Ocean’s Eleven meets Drive, with a Southern noir twist, S. A. Cosby’s Blacktop Wasteland is a searing, operatic story of a man pushed to his limits by poverty, race, and his own former life of crime.

Reader Meet Writer: Shawn A. Cosby (online) | Quail Ridge Books

About the Author

S. A. Cosby is a writer from Southeastern Virginia. He won the 2019 Anthony Award for Best Short Story for "The Grass Beneath My Feet", and his previous books include Brotherhood of the Blade and My Darkest Prayer. He resides in Gloucester, Virginia. When not writing, he is an avid hiker and chess player.

Thursday, July 16th
Bookseller Happy Hour!

4:00p CT

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We're back! Join us for another round of summertime drinks and our booksellers' favorite reads!

Saturday, July 11th
Virtual Author Visit: Katelyn Aronson

10:30a CT

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About the Book

Piglette can be a bit particular by her siblings’ standards. She always wants everything to be perfect. While her many brothers and sisters like rolling in the mud, Piglette prefers pampering in a mud bath. While her siblings eat slop, Piglette prefers pastries. But what she’s most passionate about is flowers. She loves to smell the lilies and lilacs in the pasture. So Piglette decides her precise nose is destined for the perfume shops of Paris!

But Piglette soon realizes that there’s nothing more precious than the pleasant scents of home, and she finds a way to bring a little Parisian perfection back where she belongs. Debut author Kateyln Aronson and #1 New York Times bestselling illustrator Eva Byrne have created an unforgettable, playful piglet who stays true to herself and the message that home is where the heart is.

 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.

Thursday, July 02nd
Virtual Author Visit: Rachel Howzell Hall, Libby Fischer Hellman, and Kelli Stanley

7:00p CT

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About the Book

Shattering Glass is the first in a series of remarkable anthologies published by a most unique publisher: Nasty Woman Press, a non-profit, 501(c)(4) founded to help fund other non-profits threatened by the rise of autocracy and the ongoing war against civil and human rights. A scintillating mixture of top-flight fiction from bestselling authors in multiple genres, fascinating articles and thought-provoking essays, conversations and interviews, Shattering Glass takes as its broad theme the empowerment of women, with all profits from the book donated to Planned Parenthood.

Nasty Woman Press is a 501(c)(4) non-profit publisher pledged to fight fascism, racism, misogyny, anti-Semitism, homophobia, Islamophobia, transphobia, and bigotry while promoting human rights and civil rights in the United States and around the globe. As writers, readers, editors, artists, librarians, designers, publishing professionals and creative, principled human beings, we cherish the planet and our fragile environment, support science and education and value health and social services. We believe in taking care of each other. We believe in a better, kinder, world.

About the Authors


RACHEL HOWZELL HALL
, author of the bestseller and Anthony Award-, Lefty Award- and ITW-award nominated They All Fall Down (Forge), writes the acclaimed Lou Norton series, including Land of Shadows, Skies of Ash, Trail of Echoes, and City of Saviors. She is also the co-author of The Good Sister with James Patterson, which was included in the New York Times bestseller The Family Lawyer. She is currently on the board of directors for the Southern California chapter of Mystery Writers of America, and lives in Los Angeles.  Her next novel And Now She’s Gone will be published in September 2020. You can find her at www.rachelhowzell.com and on Twitter @RachelHowzell.

KELLI STANLEY is the Macavity Award-winning creator of the Miranda Corbie series (CITY OF DRAGONS, CITY OF SECRETS, CITY OF GHOSTS, CITY OF SHARKS), literary noir novels set in 1940 San Francisco and featuring "one of crime's most arresting heroines" (Library Journal). She is also a Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist. 

Named a literary heir of Dashiell Hammett by his granddaughter in a Publisher's Weekly article, Kelli has also been honored to have critics compare her work to icons Raymond Chandler, Norman Corwin, and Herb Caen. She’s published five novels and numerous short stories and essays and was a contributor to BOOKS TO DIE FOR: WORLD’S GREATEST MYSTERY WRITERS ON THE WORLD’S GREATEST MYSTERY NOVELS, edited by Declan Burke and John Connolly.  

Kelli holds a Master’s Degree in Classics, a background she put to good use with her creation of “Roman Noir”: her first book, NOX DORMIENDA, won the Bruce Alexander Award for best historical mystery. The City and County of San Francisco awarded her a Certificate of Merit for her contributions to literature.

Kelli next novel is RED HARVEST. She founded Nasty Woman Press, a unique genre-based non-profit publisher, on November 9th, 2016.

LIBBY FISCHER HELLMAN left a career in broadcast news in Washington, DC and moved to Chicago over 35 years ago, where she, naturally, began to write gritty crime fiction. Fifteen novels and twenty-five short stories later, she claims they’ll take her out of the Windy City feet first. She has been nominated for many awards in the mystery and crime writing community and has even won a few. She has been a finalist twice for the Anthony and four times for Foreword Magazine’s Book of the Year. She has also been nominated for the Agatha, the Shamus, the Daphne, and has won the IPPY and the Readers Choice Award multiple times. 

Her novels include the now five-volume Ellie Foreman series, which she describes as a cross between “Desperate Housewives” and “24;” the hard-boiled 5-volume Georgia Davis PI series, and four stand-alone historical thrillers set during Revolutionary Iran, Cuba, the Sixties, and WW2. Her short stories have been published in a dozen anthologies, the Saturday Evening Post, and Ed Gorman’s “25 Criminally Good Short Stories” collection. Her books have been translated into Spanish, German, Italian, and Chinese. All her books are available in print, ebook, and audiobook. Libby also hosts Second Sunday Books, a monthly podcast where she interviews bestselling and emerging authors. In 2006 she was the National President of Sisters in Crime, a 4000 member organization committed to the advancement of female crime fiction authors.

June

Tuesday, June 30th
Virtual Author Visit: Jules Boykoff with Doug Moe

7:00p CT

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About the Book

NOlympians: Inside the Fight Against Capitalist Mega-Sports in Los Angeles, Tokyo and Beyond investigates the intersection of the global rise of anti-Olympics activism and the declining popularity of hosting of the Games. The Olympics were once buoyed by myths of luminous prosperity and upticks in tourism and jobs, but in recent years these assurances have been debunked. Now more than ever, it’s clear that the Olympics have transmogrified into a political-economic juggernaut that arrives with displacement, expanded policing, and anti-democratic backroom deals.

 

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About the Author

Jules Boykoff writes on a range of subjects, including political activism, the Olympic Games, and climate change. He is the author of four books on the Olympics—NOlympians: Inside the Fight Against Capitalist Mega-Sports in Los Angeles, Tokyo, and Beyond (Fernwood, 2020), Power Games: A Political History of the Olympics (Verso, 2016),  Activism and the Olympics: Dissent at the Games in Vancouver and London (Rutgers University Press, 2014), and Celebration Capitalism and the Olympic Games (Routledge, 2013). He also wrote two books on the suppression of political dissent—Beyond Bullets: The Suppression of Dissent in the United States (AK Press, 2007) and The Suppression of Dissent: How the State and Mass Media Squelch USAmerican Social Movements (Routledge 2006)—and co-authored with Kaia Sand  Landscapes of Dissent: Guerrilla Poetry & Public Space (Palm Press, 2008).

Boykoff writes across academic disciplines, publishing peer-reviewed articles in fields such as political science, sociology, geography, environmental studies, and history.

His work has been published in journals like Social Movements Studies, PS: Political Science and Politics, Contemporary Social Science, Antipode, Human Geography, New Political Science, Capitalism Nature Socialism, Sociology of Sport Journal, International Review for the Sociology of Sport, Global Environmental Change, and Oregon Historical Quarterly.

He has written commentaries on politics for outlets such as the Guardian, the New York Times, New Left Review, The Nation, the Los Angeles Times, Dissent Magazine, Extra!, and Street Roots.

Boykoff is also a poet. He is the author of three full-lengths poetry collections— Fireworks (Tinfish Press, 2018), Hegemonic Love Potion (Factory School, 2009), and Once Upon a Neoliberal Rocket Badge (Edge Books, 2006)—as well as numerous chapbooks. He also collaborated with visual artist Jim Dine on The Slow Motion Underneath (Steidl Editions, 2008).

Boykoff holds a Ph.D. in political science from American University. He currently teaches political science at Pacific University in Oregon. He lives in Portland with his wife Kaia Sand and their daughter Jessi Wahnetah.

Thursday, June 25th
Virtual Author Visit: Steven Wright with Doug Moe

7:00p on Crowdcast

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About the Book

Dre Ross has one more shot. Despite being a successful political consultant, his aggressive tactics have put him on thin ice with his boss, Mrs. Fitz, who plucked him from juvenile incarceration and mentored his career. She exiles him to the backwoods of South Carolina with $250,000 of dark money to introduce a ballot initiative on behalf of a mining company. The goal: to manipulate the locals into voting to sell their pristine public land to the highest bidder.

Dre arrives in God-fearing, flag-waving Carthage County, with only Mrs. Fitz’s well-meaning yet naïve grandson Brendan as his team. Dre, an African-American outsider, can’t be the one to collect the signatures needed to get on the ballot. So he hires a blue-collar couple, Tyler Lee and his pious wife, Chalene, to act as the initiative’s public face.

Under Dre’s cynical direction, a land grab is disguised as a righteous fight for faith and liberty. As lines are crossed and lives ruined, Dre’s increasingly cutthroat campaign threatens the very soul of Carthage County and perhaps the last remnants of his own humanity.

A piercing portrait of our fragile democracy and one man’s unraveling, The Coyotes of Carthage paints a disturbingly real portrait of the American experiment in action.

 

About the Author

Steven Wright is a clinical associate professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School, where he codirects the Wisconsin Innocence Project. From 2007 to 2012 he served as a trial attorney in the Voting Section of the United States Department of Justice. He has written numerous essays about race, criminal justice, and election law for the New York Review of Books.

Sunday, June 21st
Closed for Fathers' Day!

Mystery to Me will be closed for Fathers' Day!
Treat Dad right with a book and some time to read!

Thursday, June 18th
Virtual Author Visit: Andrew Maraniss with David Maraniss

6:00p CT

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 June 17 Update: 

We were recently made aware of the Wisconsin Book Festival's event with Stacey Abrams that is scheduled for 7:00p CT on Thursday night--the original time of our event with Andrew and David Maraniss.

In an effort to amplify and make room for Black voices, we are moving our event to 6:00p CT Thursday night (same date, different time) so that anyone who wants to tune in to Representative Abrams's 7:00p CT event can do so without conflict.

If you are unable to attend our 6:00p event, never fear: the Maraniss author visit will be recorded and available to watch as soon as it wraps!

If you have any questions at all, please email our the Mystery to Me events manager,
Charlotte Colaluca at charlotte@mysterytomebooks.com.


About the Book

On a scorching hot day in July 1936, thousands of people cheered as the U.S. Olympic teams boarded the S.S. Manhattan, bound for Berlin. Among the athletes were the 14 players representing the first-ever U.S. Olympic basketball team. As thousands of supporters waved American flags on the docks, it was easy to miss the one courageous man holding a BOYCOTT NAZI GERMANY sign. But it was too late for a boycott now; the ship had already left the harbor.

1936 was a turbulent time in world history. Adolf Hitler had gained power in Germany three years earlier. Jewish people and political opponents of the Nazis were the targets of vicious mistreatment, yet were unaware of the horrors that awaited them in the coming years. But the Olympians on board the S.S. Manhattan and other international visitors wouldn’t see any signs of trouble in Berlin. Streets were swept, storefronts were painted, and every German citizen greeted them with a smile. Like a movie set, it was all just a facade, meant to distract from the terrible things happening behind the scenes.

This is the incredible true story of basketball, from its invention by James Naismith in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1891, to the sport’s Olympic debut in Berlin and the eclectic mix of people, events and propaganda on both sides of the Atlantic that made it all possible. Includes photos throughout, a Who’s-Who of the 1936 Olympics, bibliography, and index.

 

About the Author

New York Times bestselling author Andrew Maraniss writes sports and history related nonfiction for adults and teens. His new book, GAMES OF DECEPTION, is the true story of the first US Olympic basketball team at the 1936 Olympics in Nazi Germany. It received the Sydney Taylor Book Honor for authentically portraying the Jewish experience. The original, adult edition of his first book, STRONG INSIDE, received the Lillian Smith Book Award and the RFK Book Awards' Special Recognition Prize, while the Young Readers adaptation was named one of the Top Biographies for Youth by the American Library Association. Andrew is a Visiting Author at Vanderbilt University Athletics and a contributor to ESPN's sports and race website, TheUndefeated.com. He was born in Madison and now lives in Nashville, Tenn., with his wife and two young children.
Follow him Twitter @trublu24. 

Tuesday, June 16th
Mystery to Me Re-Opens for Our 7th Birthday!

10:00a - 4:00p

 

After three long months of missing you in our store, we are thrilled to open our doors again on Tuesday, June 16th! 
We've taken great care of the store: made sure everything is thoroughly cleaned, furniture is rearranged so you can easily keep your distance from other shoppers, a screen at the register.

We'll ask that you wear a mask when you come in, respect each other's space, and let us do the re-shelving. 

We have missed you so, and we can't wait to tell you about all the new books on our shelves!

Thursday, June 11th
Bookseller Happy Hour! See featured books at bottom of home page!

4:00p

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We're back with our Bookseller Happy Hour! This "episode" brings more book recommendations, and we'll be happy to answer any questions you may have about our re-opening scheduled for Tuesday, June 16th! We'll also announce a special project we're starting with our re-opening. Join us!

Tuesday, June 09th
Expert Panel with Siri Carpenter

6:00p Central Time

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Mystery to Me is thrilled to host this panel led by Madison-based journalist Siri Carpenter, editor of THE CRAFT OF SCIENCE WRITING! Join Siri and her guests, book contributors Laura Helmuth and Apoorva Mandavilli for a discussion of science journalism and responsible news-consumption in a time when health and science are the hot topics.


This event begins at 6:00p Central Time. Order your book from Mystery to Me here!


About the Panelists

Siri Carpenter is co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Open Notebook. She’s an award-winning science journalist and editor whose work has appeared in The New York Times, Science News, Science, and many other publications. She’s a former features editor at Discover and bioGraphic, and a current contributing editor at Science News for Students.

Laura Helmuth is editor-in-chief of Scientific American magazine. Formerly, she was the health and science editor for The Washington Post, and has been an editor for National Geographic, Slate, Smithsonian, and Science. She’s a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s standing committee on science communication and serves on the advisory boards of numerous national publications. 

Apoorva Mandavilli is a reporter for The New York Times, focusing on science and global health. She is the 2019 winner of the Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Science Reporting. She is the founding editor in chief of Spectrum, an award-winning news site on autism science that grew an audience of millions. Her work has been published in The Atlantic, Slate, and The New Yorker online, and in the anthology Best American Science and Nature Writing.

Thursday, June 04th
Virtual Book Launch: The Second Home by Christina Clancy with Ann Garvin

7:00p

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Mystery to Me is honored and delighted to be hosting Christina Clancy's launch for her extraordinary debut, The Second Home! Join us for a conversation between Christina and author Ann Garvin as they discuss The Second Home and we hear a little bit from the book! 

About the Book

A debut novel set on Cape Cod that centers on a beloved family home and the summer that changed the lives of three siblings forever, perfect for readers of J. Courtney Sullivan and Elin Hilderbrand.

After a disastrous summer spent at her family's summer home on Cape Cod, seventeen year old Ann Gordon is left harboring a secret that changes her life forever, and creates a rift between her sister, Poppy, and their adopted brother, Michael.

Now, fifteen years later, her parents have died, and Ann and her sister Poppy are left to decide the fate of the old Wellfleet home that's been in the Gordon family for generations. While they both love the house, they decide to sell it and move forward. But then Michael re-enters their lives with a legitimate claim to a third of the estate. He wants the house. But more than that, he wants to set the record straight about that long ago summer.

Reunited after years apart, these very different siblings are forced to decide if they can continue to be a family--and in the process, they'll discover that the house might be the glue that holds them together. 

About the Author

My debut novel, The Second Home, will be published June, 2020, St. Martin's Press.

The novel reflects my obsession with old houses, family, Cape Cod and summer vacation. 

I currently live with my very tall husband John in Madison, Wisconsin, in a 104-yr old Prairie-style home, which means no repair is simple or cheap. As my brother-in-law says, my house makes him tired. We have a guesthouse, or "granny cottage," that we run as an Airbnb, so I'm no stranger to second homes.

Although I love old houses, instead of fixing them I'd rather spend time with my kids, Olivia and Tim, or write, run, cycle, SUP, practice yoga and follow politics. I'm a certified spin instructor, and I serve on the board of Wisconsin Conservation Voters.

 In 2011, I received my PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a specialty in eco-criticism and suburban literature, and I taught creative writing at Beloit College. I go by Dr. Clancy when I'm vying for a hotel room upgrade; otherwise you can call me Christina or Christi. 

May

Thursday, May 28th
Bookseller Happy Hour!

4:00p on Crowdcast

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We're back with another round of Bookseller Happy Hour!
Join us for a drink and our bookseller's recommendations--live!

Friday, May 22nd
Virtual Storytime: SUMMER SONG with Kevin Henkes + Laura Dronzek

10:30a

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Join Kevin and Laura as they read their new book, SUMMER SONG, live on Crowdcast! A perfect morning activity for readers of all ages!