Past Events

April

Wednesday, April 25th
Mystery to Me Book Club

6pm

Himself by Jess Kidd

Tuesday, April 24th
Doug Moe interviews Dorothy Marcic about "With One Shot: Family Murder and a Search for Justice"

7 pm

About the Book

The lovely widow had confessed to the coldblooded murder of her husband. But Dorothy Marcic suspected a more sinister tale at the heart of her beloved uncle’s violent death. 
 
The brutal murder of LaVerne Stordock, a respected family man and former Oregon police detective, shocked his Wisconsin community. On the surface, the case seemed closed with the confession of Stordock’s wife, Suzanne. But the trail of secrets and lies that began with his death did not end with his widow’s insanity plea.

Dorothy Marcic, a playwright, theatrical producer, and university professor, couldn’t put her doubts to rest. In 2014 she embarked on a two-year mission to uncover the truth.  In the bestselling tradition of Ann Rule and M. William Phelps, With One Shotweaves a spellbinding tale of unmet justice and the truth behind a shocking family tragedy.



About the Author

Dr. Dorothy Marcic is a professor at Columbia University, a playwright, and a former professor at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management, with more than 20 years full time in academia.

She was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Economics-Prague, teaching MBA students and practicing managers. She served as advisor to the US Ambassador of the Czech Republic and was a delegate to both the United Nations Economic and Social Develop Summit in Copenhagen and the UN Commission on the Status of Women.

Sunday, April 22nd
Author Heather Swan discusses "Where Honeybees Thrive"

2 pm

Celebrate Earth Day!

Through a lyrical combination of creative nonfiction and visual imagery, Where Honeybees Thrive tells the stories of the beekeepers, farmers, artists, entomologists, ecologists, and other advocates working to stem the damage and reverse course for this critical pollinator. Using her own quest for understanding as a starting point, Swan highlights the innovative projects and strategies these groups employ. Her mosaic approach to engaging with the environment not only reveals the incredibly complex political ecology in which bees live—which includes human and nonhuman actors alike—but also suggests ways of comprehending and tackling a host of other conflicts between postindustrial society and the natural world. Each chapter closes with an illustrative full-color gallery of bee-related artwork.

A luminous journey from the worlds of honey producers, urban farmers, and mead makers of the United States to those of beekeepers of Sichuan, China, and researchers in southern Africa, Where Honeybees Thrive traces the global web of efforts to secure a sustainable future for honeybees—and ourselves.

Heather Swan is a lecturer at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where she teaches environmental literature and writing. She is also a beekeeper.

Saturday, April 21st
Monroe Street Chocolate Walk

12-4 pm

Chocolate and books... life is good.

Find more information via www.monroestreetmadison.com

 

chocolate walk

Friday, April 20th
Karen Dionne discusses "Marsh King's Daughter" with Journalist Doug Moe

7 pm  -- a paperback release party! 

About the Book
Helena Pelletier has a good life: a loving husband, two beautiful daughters, a business that fills her days. But when she learns that a man has killed two guards and broken out of a local prison, she knows she was a fool to think she could leave her past behind her. 
 
Helena is the product of an abduction. Her mother was kidnapped as a teenager by her father and kept in a remote cabin in the marshlands of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. No electricity, no heat, no running water, no one but the three of them. Helena, born two years after the abduction, loved her home in nature--and despite her father's sometimes brutal behavior, she loved him, too...until she learned precisely how savage he could be. 
 
Now, her father has disappeared into the marshland he knows better than anyone else in the world. The police commence a manhunt, but Helena knows they don't stand a chance. Knows she's the only person alive with the skills to find him. But out in the marsh, alone, she soon learns that just as she's looking for him, he's looking for her.
 
About the Author
KAREN DIONNE is the author of The Marsh King's Daughter and three other novels. She is also cofounder of the online writers community Backspace and the organizer of the Salt Cay Writers Retreat. She enjoys nature photography and lives with her husband in Detroit's northern suburbs. 
 
Praise for THE MARSH KING’S DAUGHTER
"Subtle, brilliant and mature ... In its balance of emotional patience and chapter-by-chapter suspense, "The Marsh King's Daughter" is about as good as a thriller can be." – New York Times Book Review
 
"Karen Dionne takes a standard story involving the kidnapping of a woman and the life she experiences with her captor and elevates it to a new level in "The Marsh King's Daughter" ... [t]he way the story unfolds both captivates and disturbs ... Dionne has written a book that invokes raw emotion mixed in with the turning of pages." – Associated Press
 
"[A] nail-biter perfect for Room fans." – Cosmopolitan 
 
"[S]pine-tingling." – People
Thursday, April 19th
Poetry with Marilyn Annucci, reading from "The Arrows That Choose Us"

7 pm -- Marilyn Annucci reads from The Arrows that Choose Us

In The Arrows That Choose Us, Marilyn Annucci's poems of quiet observation startle with their precision: a curmudgeonly crow trapped in a yard "spreads his wings like a set / of black cards"; the knife at the bottom of a dishpan is "a mute battleship gone down on its side"; Houdini is "holding his breath in your bathtub." Metaphysical in scope, this collection offers meditations on intimacy and mortality, technology and luck. Annucci finds humor even in places of loneliness or disappointment , reminding us how "the arrows that choose us" never fail "to tear us awake."


For more about Marilyn and her poetry, check out her website

 

Tuesday, April 17th
Michael Edmonds on "Taking Flight"

7 pm

Middleton Public Library

Edmonds

Today, more than fifty million Americans traipse through wetlands at dawn, endure clouds of mosquitoes, and brave freezing autumn winds just to catch a glimpse of a bird. The human desire to connect with winged creatures defies age and generation. In the Midwest, humans and birds have lived together for more than twelve thousand years. Taking Flight: A History of Birds and People in the Heart of America explores how and why people have worshipped, feared, studied, hunted, eaten, and protected the birds that surrounded them over the last 12,000 years.The book is based on archaeological reports, missionaries’ journals, travelers’ letters, early scientific treatises, memoirs by American Indian elders, and the folklore of hunters, farmers, and formerly enslaved African Americans.


Michael Edmonds is a writer and public historian living in Madison, Wisconsin. His writings on history, nature, and folklore explore ways that ideas have moved through time and space in oral, printed, and digital forms. He is fascinated by eccentric, unusual, and atypical people or events that mainstream history has usually overlooked. For more than a decade he wrote the syndicated weekly newspaper column, “Odd Wisconsin” highlighting bizarre and little-known stories from the state’s past. He has written three other books and edited or contributed to several more, as well as publishing many journal articles, newspaper columns, and book reviews.
Sunday, April 15th
"With One Shot: Family Murder and a Search for Justice" by Dorothy Marcic (at the Firefly Coffeehouse)

1 pm at the Firefly Coffeehouse in Oregon, Wisconsin

About the Book

The lovely widow had confessed to the coldblooded murder of her husband. But Dorothy Marcic suspected a more sinister tale at the heart of her beloved uncle’s violent death. 
 
The brutal murder of LaVerne Stordock, a respected family man and former Oregon police detective, shocked his Wisconsin community. On the surface, the case seemed closed with the confession of Stordock’s wife, Suzanne. But the trail of secrets and lies that began with his death did not end with his widow’s insanity plea.
 
Dorothy Marcic, a playwright, theatrical producer, and university professor, couldn’t put her doubts to rest. In 2014 she embarked on a two-year mission to uncover the truth.  In the bestselling tradition of Ann Rule and M. William Phelps, With One Shotweaves a spellbinding tale of unmet justice and the truth behind a shocking family tragedy.

 

 

About the Author

Dr. Dorothy Marcic is a professor at Columbia University, a playwright, and a former professor at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management, with more than 20 years full time in academia.

She was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Economics-Prague, teaching MBA students and practicing managers. She served as advisor to the US Ambassador of the Czech Republic and was a delegate to both the United Nations Economic and Social Develop Summit in Copenhagen and the UN Commission on the Status of Women.

Saturday, April 14th
Story time for kids!

11 am

In collaboration with Creando Little Language Explorers.

Kids can listen to stories, read by Karen, owner of Creando, in Spanish and English. Listen to Nadie como tuUn sillon para mi mamaPapa por favor bajame la lunaSu proprio color and El artista que pinto un caballo de azul. These, and books such as Junot Díaz's Islandborn and Chelsea Clinton's She Persisted will be available for purchase (some in both languages) as well.

Islandbornshe persisted

Thursday, April 12th
Scott Spoolman

7pm

Middleton Public LibrarySpoolmanStateParks

In Wisconsin State Parks: Extraordinary Stories of Geology and Natural History, author and former DNR journalist Scott Spoolman takes readers with him to twenty-eight parks, forests, and natural areas where evidence of the state’s striking geologic and natural history are on display. In an accessible storytelling style, Spoolman sheds light on the volcanoes that poured deep layers of lava rock over a vast area in the northwest, the glacial masses that flattened and molded the landscape of northern and eastern Wisconsin, mountain ranges that rose up and wore away over hundreds of millions of years, and many other bedrock-shaping phenomena. These stories connect geologic processes to the current landscape, as well as to the evolution of flora and fauna and development of human settlement and activities, for a deeper understanding of our state’s natural history.

The book includes a selection of detailed trail guides for each park, which hikers can take with them on the trail to view evidence of Wisconsin’s geologic and natural history for themselves.


About the Author

Scott Spoolman is a science writer who has focused on the environmental sciences, especially those stories of natural science and the environment related to Wisconsin and surrounding states. After earning a master's degree from the University of Minnesota School of Journalism, he worked for several years as an editor in the publishing industry, specializing in textbooks and other educational materials. Since 1996, he has worked as a freelance writer and editor for a variety of outlets and has coauthored several editions of a series of environmental science textbooks.

Wednesday, April 11th
Madison Writers' Studio students read from their most recent work

5 pm

Public Welcome!

Wednesday, April 11th
Two Books and A Cook! Celebrate Library Week at the Monona Public Library

Tuesday, April 10th
Two-Countries: U.S. Daughters & Sons of Immigrant Parents with authors F.J. Bergmann, Willa Schmidt and Angela Sorby

7 pm

Writers/contributors F.J. Bergmann, Willa Schmidt and Angela Sorby will read from Two-Countries: U.S. Daughters & Sons of Immigrant Parents.

About the Book

Two-Countries: U.S. Daughters & Sons of Immigrant Parentstwo-countries is an anthology of flash memoir, personal essays and poetry edited by the daughter of an immigrant, born and raised in the U.S. The collection contains contributions from sixty-five writers who were either born and/or raised in the U.S. by one or more immigrant parents. Their work describes the many contradictions, discoveries and life lessons one experiences when one is neither seen as fully American nor fully foreign. Contributors include Richard Blanco, Tina Chang, Joseph Legaspi, Li-Young Lee, Timothy Liu, Naomi Shihab Nye, Oliver de la Paz, Ira Sukrungruang, Ocean Vuong and many other talented writers from throughout the U.S.

 

About the Editor

Tina Schumann is the author of three poetry collections: As If, which was awarded the Stephen Dunn Poetry Prize; Requiem: A Patrimony of Fugues, winner of the Diode Editions Chapbook Contest for 2016; and Praising the Paradox. Read more about Tina at www.tinaschumann.com.

Sunday, April 08th
History's Mysteries Book Club

12:30 pm

Last Kashmiri Rose by Barbara Cleverly

Saturday, April 07th
Middle Grade author Rebecca Behrens reads from her new book "The Last Grand Adventure"

1 pm

About the Book

Twelve-year-old Bea finds herself on a unique road-trip with her grandmother, as they search for her grandmother’s long-lost sister—the legendary Amelia Earhart—in this charming novel from the author of When Audrey Met Alice and Summer of Lost and Found.

It’s 1967 and twelve-year-old Bea is in need of some adventure. Her mother is off in San Francisco, while her father has just gotten remarried in Los Angeles. Bea has gained a younger stepsister, and she’s not thrilled about her blended family. So when her ailing grandmother, Pidge, moves to an Orange County senior-living community and asks if Bea would spend the summer helping her get settled, Bea is happy for any excuse to get away.

But it turns out, her grandmother isn’t interested in settling in. What she really wants is to hop a train back to Atchison, Kansas—where she thinks she’ll be reunited with her long-missing sister: Amelia Earhart. And she wants Bea to be her sidekick on this secret trip.

At first, Bea thinks her grandmother’s plan is a little crazy. But Pidge has thirty years of letters written in “Meelie’s” unmistakable voice, all promising to reunite. This might be the adventure Bea needs…
With letters in hand, Bea and Pidge set off on their quest to find Amelia. But getting halfway across the country proves to be more of an adventure than either of them bargained for. And their search for Amelia leads to some surprising truths about their family—and each other.

About the Author

Rebecca Behrens lives and writes in New York City, where she also works as a copy editor. She is the author of When Audrey Met Alice, which BookPage called “a terrific work of blended realistic and historical fiction.” Kirkus praised her latest novel, Summer of Lost and Found, as “a good find indeed.” Some of Rebecca’s favorite things are: the beach, history, running, doughnuts, and laughing.

Born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin, Rebecca developed an early appreciation for politics and dairy products. She headed to Chicagoland to attend Northwestern University, where she studied Don Quijote and once danced for thirty hours without stopping. Then she packed her books into a Budget truck and headed for NYC to start grad school. Rebecca eventually earned a master’s degree in comparative literature. (Eventually being the operative word.)

Thursday, April 05th
Poetry with Max Garland

7 pm

Max Garland is the author of The Word We Used for It, winner of the 2017-18 Brittingham Poetry Prize. Other books include The Postal Confessions, winner of the Juniper Prize for Poetry, and Hunger Wide as Heaven, which won the Cleveland State Poetry Center Open Competition, and a chapbook, Apparition, from the University of Wisconsin Press. His poems, essays, stories, and interviews have appeared in journals such as Poetry, New England Review, Gettysburg Review and many other journals, anthologies, and newspapers, and his poetry has been regularly featured on Wisconsin Public Radio. Garland is a graduate of Western Kentucky University and the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, and a former Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellow at the University of Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing.

Max Garland will be inducted as a Fellow in the Wisconsin Academy on April 6. Garland is currrently Professor Emeritus at UW-Eau Claire, where he taught creative writing, literature, and composition for many years, and he is the current Writer-in-Residence for the city of Eau Claire. He is also a songwriter and musician, a member of the band Eggplant Heroes, and has written librettos for several large choral music performances. He served as Poet Laureate of Wisconsin for the years 2013 and 2014, during which he traveled nearly 20,000 miles across the state as an advocate for poetry and the creative imagination, in support of the creative arts in public education, and encouraging wider access and participation in the arts for people of all ages.

Wednesday, April 04th
"Paris by the Book" by Liam Callanan

7 pm

About the Book

A missing person, a grieving family, a curious clue: a half-finished manuscript set in Paris. Heading off in search of its author, a mother and her daughters find themselves in France, rescuing a failing bookstore and drawing closer to unexpected truths.
When eccentric novelist Robert Eady abruptly vanishes, he leaves behind his wife, Leah, their daughters, and, hidden in an unexpected spot, plane tickets to Paris. Hoping to uncover clues--and her husband--Leah sets off for France with her girls. Upon their arrival, she discovers an unfinished manuscript, one Robert had been writing without her knowledge . . . and that he had set in Paris. The Eady women follow the path of the manuscript to a small, floundering English-language bookstore whose weary proprietor is eager to sell. The whole store? Today? Yes, but Leah's biggest surprise comes when she hears herself accepting the offer on the spot.
As the family settles into their new Parisian life, they can't help but trace the literary paths of some beloved Parisian classics, including Madeline and The Red Balloon, hoping more clues arise. But a series of startling discoveries forces Leah to consider that she may not be ready for what solving this mystery might do to her family--and the Paris she thought she knew.
At once haunting and charming, Paris by the Book follows one woman's journey as her story is being rewritten, exploring the power of family and the magic that hides within the pages of a book.

About the Author 

Liam Callanan is a novelist, teacher and journalist. He's the 2017 winner of the Hunt Prize, and his first novel, The Cloud Atlas, was a finalist for an Edgar Award. His work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Slate, The New York Times, The Washington Post and The San Francisco Chronicle, and he's recorded numerous essays for public radio.  He's also taught for the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers and the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, and lives in Wisconsin with his wife and daughters.

Tuesday, April 03rd
New Hours Begin Today

Despite construction...we're celebrating spring. Here are our new hours:

Monday (closed)

Tuesday - Friday: 10 am to 7 pm

Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm 

Sunday: 11 am to 4 pm 

Sunday, April 01st
Closed to celebrate the Easter Bunny....

March

Wednesday, March 28th
Mystery To Me Bookclub

6 pm

In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen

Sunday, March 25th
Agatha Christie Book Club

3 pm

Thursday, March 22nd
Poetry with Katrin Talbot and Tom Boswell

Rescheduled from February 23

7 pm

Australian-born Katrin Talbot’s collection The Little Red Poem was just released from dancing girl press. She has three other chapbooks, noun’d,  verb  (dancing girl press), Freeze-Dried Love (Finishing Line Press), and St. Cecilia’s Daze (Parallel Press) and was recently nominated for two Pushcart Prizes in Poetry. She was voted Madison Magazine’s Best of 2015 Spoken Word Artist/Poet and once received enough prize money from a national poetry contest to fund a Dairy Queen run. She is delighted to have poems recently included in a chocolate & coffee anthology, a bug anthology and a donut anthology.

 


Tom Boswell is a Madison writer, photographer and community organizer.  He will be reading from his new book, Neighbors, winner of the Helen Kay Chapbook Poetry Prize from Evening Street Press

His poetry has appeared in the Atlanta Review, Rattle, Poet Lore, The Potomac Review, Two Thirds North and other journals, as well as the anthology New Poetry from the Midwest 2017 (New American Press).

He has won national competitions judged by Tony Hoagland, Luis Alberto Urrea and Robert Cording. A previous chapbook, Midwestern Heart, won the Codhill Poetry Chapbook Award.

Saturday, March 17th
POSTPONED Jason Fletcher discusses "The Genome Factor"

Stay tuned for a new date!

A fresh look at the nature vs. nurture debate and the role of race in shaping intelligence and personality. - Kirkus Reviews

For a century, social scientists have avoided genetics like the plague. But the nature-nurture wars are over. In the past decade, a small but intrepid group of economists, political scientists, and sociologists have harnessed the genomics revolution to paint a more complete picture of human social life than ever before. The Genome Factor describes the latest astonishing discoveries being made at the scientific frontier where genomics and the social sciences intersect.

The Genome Factor reveals that there are real genetic differences by racial ancestry—but ones that don't conform to what we call black, white, or Latino. Genes explain a significant share of who gets ahead in society and who does not, but instead of giving rise to a genotocracy, genes often act as engines of mobility that counter social disadvantage. An increasing number of us are marrying partners with similar education levels as ourselves, but genetically speaking, humans are mixing it up more than ever before with respect to mating and reproduction. These are just a few of the many findings presented in this illuminating and entertaining book, which also tackles controversial topics such as genetically personalized education and the future of reproduction in a world where more and more of us are taking advantage of cheap genotyping services like 23andMe to find out what our genes may hold in store for ourselves and our children.

The Genome Factor shows how genomics is transforming the social sciences—and how social scientists are integrating both nature and nurture into a unified, comprehensive understanding of human behavior at both the individual and society-wide levels.

Dalton Conley is the Henry Putnam University Professor of Sociology at Princeton University. His many books include Parentology: Everything You Wanted to Know about the Science of Raising Children but Were Too Exhausted to Ask. He lives in New York City. Jason Fletcher is Professor of Public Affairs, Sociology, Agricultural and Applied Economics, and Population Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He lives in Madison.

Sunday, March 11th
Victoria Price discusses "Way of Being Lost"

2 pm

About the Book

Despite doing “all the right things” to successfully rebuild her life and her finances after a period of deep personal and professional turmoil where she lost almost everything, Victoria Price still felt something profoundly missing from her life. Her new book, THE WAY OF BEING LOST: A Road Trip to My Truest Self (Ixia, February 14, 2018), is a heartfelt, candid account of rediscovering her joy and purpose after years of struggle, confusion and hopelessness.

As a child, Victoria’s mother was terrified of her daughter’s free-spirited-ness, and tried to rein it in with common sense and tough love. As an adult still following her mother’s “rules”, she not only had lost her money, her home, and her relationship, she had also lost her self. Realizing she literally had nothing left to lose, Victoria understood that in order to live her truest life, she had to be willing to find a way to let go of her fears and the nagging voice in the back of her head.

Embarking on a metaphoric and literal road trip to find her way home to her truest self, Victoria chose to become intentionally homeless. Along the way, she learned how to reprogram the messages she had internalized, taking inspiration from her father Vincent Price’s example: his love for people and compassion for others, his generosity of spirit and simple kindnesses, his enthusiasm for new experiences, and his love of life. As she got to know her father again through attending horror conventions and celebrations of his life, Victoria decided to live as what she came to call THE WAY OF BEING LOST. Victoria learned how to reincorporate her father’s joie de vivre into her own life journey.

Embracing her own unique spirituality and letting herself detach from conventional constructs and other people’s expectations (including her mother’s), Victoria found a new way to embrace the authentic life that she wanted to live. Highlighting the importance of a daily practice of joy — the pure and simple delight in being alive — by starting a successful blog, traveling to China to visit the country where her mother grew up, and surrounding herself with friends who no longer judge her or condemn her dark places — THE WAY OF BEING LOST is a reminder of the importance of making peace with our past in order to expand our futures and live our most authentic lives. 

Praise for Way of Being Lost

 “The Way of Being Lost takes us on the most exquisite journey that one can take — the road home to one’s true self . . . told through the particular lens of the author’s life. Though it takes great courage to make this trip, the rewards are beyond measure. And in the case of The Way of Being Lost, the journey is beautifully told, universally relevant, and deeply meaningful.” — Christiane Northrup, M.D., New York Times bestselling author of Goddesses Never Age 

“As one who’s lost his way more than a few times, I found this book true to the bone, hopeful to the core, and wonderfully well-written. Victoria Price tells a personal story so brilliantly it allows her readers to shine a bright light on their own experiences of getting lost. In a world of so many lost souls, she points the way to true north.” - Parker J. Palmer, Author of Let Your Life Speak, A Hidden Wholeness, and On the Brink of Everything 

About the Author

Victoria Price is the author of critically acclaimed Vincent Price: A Daughter’s Biography. A popular inspirational speaker on topics ranging from art collecting and design to creativity and spirituality, as well as the life of her famous father, Price has appeared on Good Morning America, A&E’s Biography, and NPR’s “Fresh Air,” and “Morning Edition” and her work has been featured in USA Today, People, Travel & Leisure, Art & Auction, and the New York Times

Saturday, March 10th
T.E. Woods discusses her new book "The Wrong Sister"

3 pm

About the Book

The Wrong Sister introduces us to Tess, a lonely woman whose small life in Madison, Wisconsin is uprooted when she meets Mimi, a woman who, while looking astoundingly like her, displays a bravery and love of life Tess doesn’t allow herself. Mimi becomes a pleasant, yet insistent presence in Tess’ life, introducing her to whimsy and joy she never imagined while encouraging Tess to pursue a romantic involvement with a man Tess has long found attractive. As the similarities of their histories mount, Tess and Mimi soon discover they share much more than appearance. Something much larger than coincidence is at play and the pair set off to unravel a mystery that turns sinister when a body is discovered in a local marsh.

“Pitch-perfect . . . solid characters, unpredictable twists and excellent plotting; a must-read for those who enjoy crime fiction.”—KIRKUS REVIEWS

 


About the Author

T.E. Woods (Teri) currently resides in St. Germain, Wisconsin. She is the author of two mystery series, as well as stand-alone novels. The Justice Series (six books) stars clinical psychologist Lydia Corriger and Detective Mort Grant. Together, they work to resolve the darkest and most twisted of murders. The Hush Money Series (three books) stars Sydney Richardson, a Madison restauranteur who, despite the warnings of detectives Horst Welke and Rick Sheffield, continues to find herself hip deep in murders while trying to come to terms with her own mysterious past.

Teri is a clinical psychologist who recently left her practice in Madison, Wisconsin to live full time in the great northern forests and dedicate her time to writing.

 

Friday, March 09th
"The World is Your Oracle" -- a workshop with Nancy Vedder Shults, Ph.D.

6:30 - 8 pm

The World is Your Oracle is an invitation to ancient and contemporary divination. You will learn techniques from around the world which suit each individual's intuitive style.

The World is Your Oracle will enable you to craft your own questions, delve into your inner wisdom, and find the answers you have been searching for. This innovative divination book presents multicultural techniques from around the world--both ancient and contemporary--designed for each individual's unique situation, desire, or intuitive style.

Author Nancy Vedder-Shults, Ph.D., presents you with all the information you will need to select the most effective technique for you based on what appeals to them in the moment; whether it be a technique that dovetails with your intuitive strength (kinesthetic, auditory, visual), or simply work your way through all the techniques for fun and self-awareness.

“Nancy Vedder-Shults has given us all a gift in this wonderfully clear and useful guide to learning how to listen to signals from your body, read your internal compass, and assess the wisdom within. At once practical and evocative, each divination invites you into awe and wonder" 
-- Camille Maurine and Lorin Roche, authors of Meditation Secrets for Women


Tuesday, March 06th
UW Scandinavian Studies Presents S.J. Gazan, author of "Dinosaur Feather" and "Arc of the Swallow"

7 pm  -- to be held in Van Hise Hall, room 104

Sissel-Jo Gazan is a biology graduate from the University of Copenhagen. The Dinosaur Feather was her breakthrough novel, having sold in twelve countries and named the Danish Novel of the Decade. It is followed up by The Arc of the Swallow. She lives in Berlin.

 

Selected by NPR’s Maureen Corrigan as her favorite mystery of 2013 and one of the top ten mysteries of the year by The Wall Street Journal’s Tom Nolan, S.J. Gazan's debut novel The Dinosaur Feather is a classic of Scandinavian noir. With keenly observed and deeply flawed characters, this scintillating thriller uniquely employs one of the most controversial and fascinating areas of contemporary dinosaur and avian research in its diabolical twists. The Dinosaur Feather has been published in more than a dozen countries and won the Danish Crime Novel of the Decade Award. The Financial Times called it “a top-flight thriller—smart and outrageously entertaining.

 

In The Arc of the Swallow,maverick police detective Søren Marhauge returns in an perilous investigation that reveals a profit-motivated conspiracy involving the upper reaches of Big Pharma, government and academia.
When controversial Professor Kristian Storm is found hanged in his office, his assistant Marie Skov refuses to believe that he has committed suicide. Having just returned from West Africa on a research trip, the late scientist had uncovered a shocking truth about immunology programs in the developing world.
 
S.J. Gazan was invited to Madison by Dr. Nete Schmidt of the Scandinavian Unit of the Department of German, Nordic and Slavic Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  
Tuesday, March 06th
Karen Karbo discusses her new book "In Praise of Difficult Women"

7 pm 

Q & A with Doug Moe.

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From Frida Kahlo and Elizabeth Taylor to Nora Ephron, Carrie Fisher, and Lena Dunham, this witty narrative explores what we can learn from the imperfect and extraordinary legacies of 29 iconic women who forged their own unique paths in the world.

Smart, sassy, and unapologetically feminine, this elegantly illustrated book is an ode to the bold and charismatic women of modern history. Best-selling author Karen Karbo (The Gospel According to Coco Chanel) spotlights the spirited rule breakers who charted their way with little regard for expectations: Amelia Earhart, Helen Gurley Brown, Edie Sedgwick, Hillary Clinton, Amy Poehler, and Shonda Rhimes, among others. Their lives--imperfect, elegant, messy, glorious--provide inspiration and instruction for the new age of feminism we have entered. Karbo distills these lessons with wit and humor, examining the universal themes that connect us to each of these mesmerizing personalities today: success and style, love and authenticity, daring and courage. Being "difficult," Karbo reveals, might not make life easier. But it can make it more fulfilling--whatever that means for you.


About the Author

KAREN KARBO is the author of multiple award-winning novels, memoirs and works of nonfiction. Her best-selling "Kick-Ass Women" series includes The Gospel According to Coco Chanel: Life Lessons from the World's Most Elegant Woman, which was an international bestseller. Karbo's short stories, essays, articles and reviews have appeared in Elle, Vogue, Esquire, Outside, the New York Times, Salon, and other publications. She is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction, and a winner of the General Electric Younger Writer Award. Karbo lives in Portland, Oregon, where she continues to kick ass.

Sunday, March 04th
S.J. Gazan discusses "Dinosaur Feather" and "The Arc of the Swallow"

3 pm

Moderated by Doug Moe.

About the Author

Sissel-Jo Gazan is a biology graduate from the University of Copenhagen. The Dinosaur Feather was her breakthrough novel, having sold in twelve countries and named the Danish Novel of the Decade. It is followed up by The Arc of the Swallow. She lives in Berlin.

About the Books

Selected by NPR’s Maureen Corrigan as her favorite mystery of 2013 and one of the top ten mysteries of the year by The Wall Street Journal’s Tom Nolan, S.J. Gazan's debut novel The Dinosaur Feather is a classic of Scandinavian noir. With keenly observed and deeply flawed characters, this scintillating thriller uniquely employs one of the most controversial and fascinating areas of contemporary dinosaur and avian research in its diabolical twists. The Dinosaur Feather has been published in more than a dozen countries and won the Danish Crime Novel of the Decade Award. The Financial Times called it “a top-flight thriller—smart and outrageously entertaining.
 
Biology postgraduate, PhD hopeful, and single mom Anna Bella Nor is just two weeks away from defending her thesis on the saurian origin of birds when her academic supervisor, the highly respected yet widely despised Dr. Lars Helland, is found dead in his office chair at the University of Copenhagen. The police discover a copy of Anna’s thesis in the dead man’s bloody lap. 

When the autopsy suggests that Helland was murdered in a fiendishly ingenious way, brilliant but tormented young Police Superintendent Søren Marhauge begins the daunting task of unraveling the knotted skeins of interpersonal and intellectual intrigue among the scientists at the university. 

Everyone involved with the investigation— from Anna Bella Nor to Helland’s numerous rivals to Marhauge’s own ex-wife, who is pregnant with her current husband’s child— has something to hide, complicating the investigation and presenting the detective with the greatest professional and personal challenge of his career.


In The Arc of the Swallow,maverick police detective Søren Marhauge returns in an perilous investigation that reveals a profit-motivated conspiracy involving the upper reaches of Big Pharma, government and academia.
 
When controversial Professor Kristian Storm is found hanged in his office, his assistant Marie Skov refuses to believe that he has committed suicide. Having just returned from West Africa on a research trip, the late scientist had uncovered a shocking truth about immunology programs in the developing world.
 
With the unlikely help from a Nobel Prize-winning rival of Storm's, former police detective Søren Marhauge is determined to prove what really happened to the professor. Interwoven in this thrilling storyline are deeply-moving portraits of Skov's troubled family and Marhauge's tenuous relationship with his girlfriend, another biologist. The result is a complex page-turner that establishes S.J. Gazan as a world-class author.
 
S.J. Gazan was invited to Madison by Dr. Nete Schmidt of the Scandinavian Unit of the Department of German, Nordic and Slavic Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Ms. Gazan will be giving a public lecture at the University on Tuesday, March 6 at 7pm in Van Hise Hall. (Room number isn't known as of this writing)...


Sunday, March 04th
History's Mysteries Book Club

12:30 pm

Curious Beginnings by Deanna Raybourn

February

Wednesday, February 28th
Mystery To Me Bookclub

6 pm

Serena by Ron Rash

Saturday, February 24th
Doug Moe interviews Dr. Richard Harris about "Growing Up Black in South Madison"

10 am

In honor of Black History Month, Dr. Richard Harris will visit Mystery to Me to discuss his book titled Growing Up Black In South Madison with Doug Moe. Dr. Harris's experiences span from 1937 through the present. 

Dr. Harris was born in Madison and attended public school in the Madison Metropolitan School District. He graduated from the UW-Madison in 1961 with a BS in Social Work. He attained his Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois-Chicago, and later received his Ph.D. in Education Administration from the UW-Madison. 

"My mom always said that one couldn't effectively plan their future unless they understood their history - and Dr. Harris has given me that history of South Madison that I needed and hadn't really understood as a child. His story is not one of anger, malice, or hatred; he simply writes about his experiences before, during, and after the civil rights moment..."  --Gloria Kirchoff



Thursday, February 22nd
"In the Shadow of the American Century" - Professor Alfred McCoy at the Middleton Public Library

7 pm

Middleton Public Library Scholar'd for Life series presents History Professor Alfred McCoy

Professor McCoy will present a lecture related to his new book, In the Shadow of the American Century: The Rise and Decline of U.S. Global Power. Alfred W. McCoy is an internationally recognized expert in the history of Southeast Asia who has written extensively on U.S. foreign policy, CIA involvement in the global drug trade, the history of the Philippines, and the uses of torture in CIA interrogations. In 2012, he was awarded of the Wilbur Cross Medal by the Yale Graduate School Alumni Association, as well as the Hilldale Award for Arts & Humanities by UW-Madison.


Saturday, February 17th
Doug Moe interviews Anne Davidson Keller about "Empty Chairs"

2 pm

About the Book

In this story of family, love, and interwoven connections, the McDowells struggle to survive on their family farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Joe, the youngest sibling, steals coins from his mother's purse, knowing he can never have things he really wants. After his beloved brother is drafted to World War II, Joe and his family must confront an avalanche of crises, learning what means most in each of their lives. Joe will have to choose whether to become the man on the farm, or to follow his dreams. In a surprise turn of events, the women in his family show strength they didn't know was theirs. Love and tolerance become the keys to overcome the challenges facing Joe and his family.

About the Author

Anne was born and raised in North Carolina, spending time each summer in the Blue Ridge Mountains with her maternal grandmother. Climbing Mt. Mitchell in the fog meant we were touching the clouds. Cold mountain streams and rhododendrons alongside the Blue Ridge Parkway were nature's signatures in those high hills. Inside her grandmother's house she played games, ate homemade blackberry jam, and slid down the wooden banister on wax paper. By the time she received a BA in Psychology from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and an MSSW from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, her grandmother and mother were gone. She has always loved those memories. Ann has enjoyed a career in mental health care, and recently retired. She has studied writing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Writers' Institute. 

Anne lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her husband.

Writing fiction developed from a love of reading, and a need to tell about the characters who grow to reality in my imagination. North Carolina became the natural setting for a story about people and their relationships during challenging times.

Wednesday, February 14th
Africa at Noon: UW-Madison African Studies Program Presents "Obroni and the Chocolate Factory" with author Steven Wallace

12 noon -- 206 Ingraham Hall, UW-Madison Campus

Public is welcome

About the Book

What country makes the best chocolate? Most people would answer "Switzerland," or, if they're discerning, "Belgium" or "France." But, how many cocoa trees grow in Zurich? Lyon? Antwerp? Shouldn't the country known for growing the best cocoa beans be the one that makes the best chocolate? So, captivated by theories of international trade but with precious little knowledge of cocoa or chocolate, Steven Wallace set out to build the Omanhene Cocoa Bean Company in Ghana―a country renowned for its cocoa and where Wallace spent part of his youth―in a quest to produce the world's first export-ready, single-origin chocolate bar. What followed would be the true story of an obroni―white person―from Wisconsin taking on the ultimate entrepreneurial challenge. 

 

 

About the Author

Steven Wallace is the founder and CEO of the Omanhene Cocoa Bean Company, the first company to sustain exports of premium chocolate manufactured entirely in Africa, and credited with producing the world's first single-origin chocolate bar in 1994. Wallace often speaks on economic development, cross-cultural issues, and the challenges of starting a gourmet-food business in Africa. He lives in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin.

Thursday, February 08th
Poetry with Jeanie Tomasko and Richard Merelman

7 pm

Richard Merelman, a native of Washington, D.C., is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he specialized in the subject of culture and politics in Western democracies, publishing books and articles on the subject. The Imaginary Baritone (Fireweed Press), his first book of poems appeared in 2012. In 2016, Finishing Line Press published his chapbook The Unnamed Continent. Poems of his have appeared in Contemporary American Voices, Main Street Rag, Measure, Stoneboat, Loch Raven Review, Common Ground Review, California Quarterly, Blue Unicorn, Inscape, Lake Effect, Third Wednesday, and The Lake, among others. He and his wife live in Madison, Wisconsin. Richard will be reading poems from Sensorium, his new chapbook from Bent Paddle Press

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

 

Sunday, February 04th
History's Mysteries Book Club

12:30 pm

Jade Dragon Mountain by Elsa Hart

Friday, February 02nd
Sean Patrick Little discusses "Lord Bobbins and the Romanian Ruckus"

6 pm

About the Book

All Nicodemus Clarke wants to do is head west, get away from civilization, and build a home well away from people where he could live out the rest of his days in relative anonymity and quiet. After stints as a sniper in the Union Army and an expedition leader in the French Expeditionary Forces, he's earned some downtime. However, Lord Bobbins, the eccentric British adventurer and industrialist, has one last job for him: investigating sightings of werewolves in a tiny Romanian town in the Carpathian Mountains where Bobbins has just come into the ownership of an old castle. Clarke doesn't believe in werewolves, but Bobbins won't take no for an answer. In the little Romanian hamlet, Clarke discovers a mystery that needs solving and a town that needs saving. Clarke might not be the right man for the job, but that's never stopped him before. Joined by Bobbins' bodyguard, the mysterious Dolly Shaw, and the dour inventor Nikola Tesla, Clarke does something he never thought he'd do: Take on the supernatural.

About the Author

Sean Patrick Little lives in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. He writes alot. He watches too much TV. He plays guitar and bass badly. He has two cats that annoy him alot. He has a dog, a Heeler/Corgi mix, who demands constant belly rubs. He has a wife and a child. 

That child is soon to be a teenager. Sean asks that you send help. 

You can follow Sean on Goodreads, Twitter, and Facebook if you are interested in keeping up with his upcoming projects. He's not hard to find. In fact, he says that he's not terribly exciting, but that he enjoys the attention all the same.  The folks at Mystery to Me think he's pretty cool. 

Thursday, February 01st
An evening with Sagashus T. Levingston about her book "Infamous Mothers"

7 pm

About the Book

We are teen moms, single mothers, mothers who once sex worked and were addicted to crack. We're not your average good girls. We are survivors of domestic abuse and sexual trauma. But don't call us damsels in distress. We are women with moxie and grit - game changers and powerhouses. We did more than go through the belly of hell and survived, we brought something good back - coming out on the other side as doctors, artists, nurse practitioners, homeowners, counselors, and so much more. We are 20+ women who make a difference in this world. Read our stories and witness how.

About the Author

Sagashus T. Levingston was born in Chicago and raised in the area now known as Bronzeville, but known before gentrification as the Low End. She holds a bachelor’s in English Literature from the University of Illinois at Chicago and has been attending graduate school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. There she earned a master’s in Afro-American Studies and is currently a PhD Candidate in the Department of English. Her dissertation is titled Infamous Mothers: Bad Moms Doing Extraordinary Things. While her research focuses primarily on literature, it is informed by theory and criticism from rhetoric, motherhood studies and black feminism. Her coffee table book, simply titled Infamous Mothers, is inspired by this work and so is Infamous Mothers, LLC, a social enterprise where Sagashus offers personal and professional development training meant to empower women who mother from the margins of our society. She also delivers programming to the organizations and professionals that make an impact on these women's lives. Sagashus is  a proud button-wearing member of the Doyenne Group, Inc. located in Madison, WI. She also sits on the WWBIC South Central Ambassadorial Advisory Committee. As the proud mother of six children—three boys and three girls, and partner of Tosumba, she and her family lives in Madison, WI. 

Thursday, February 01st
Nick Petrie will be at the McFarland Public Library!

6:30 pm 

In case you missed seeing Nick when he visited Mystery to Me on January 19, you have another chance to see him...this time at the McFarland Public Library

“Like Robert Parker’s Spenser, Ash is a self-contained, unstoppable force with very useful friends. Vividly troubled yet likable, he intrigues the reader even while managing to save a little part of his world—again. The action in this third outing is nonstop; the drug scene is timely; the characters, including the villains, are deftly drawn, and the tension keeps rising.”—Library Journal

“Propulsive . . . Petrie is a master of orchestrating convincing mayhem.”—Publishers Weekly

January

Wednesday, January 31st
Doug Moe interviews Carol "Orange" Schroeder about "Specialty Shop Retailing - How You Can Succeed in Today's Market"

7 pm

Doug Moe will be interviewing Orange about the 4th edition of her book, Speciality Shop Retailing. Certain to be a lively discussion.  

Specialty Shop Retailing: How You Can Succeed in Today’s Market is the 4th edition of a book widely praised for its enjoyable writing style and wealth of practical information based on the author’s 40 years as an award-winning independent retailer. In addition to updated information about every aspect of running your own store, this new edition includes new chapters on utilizing social media and on making the most of your website for promotion and sales. It contains links to practical, user-friendly forms that can be downloaded for free, tips from successful shopkeepers around the country, and countless ideas designed to help both new and experienced retailers achieve sustained success.

 

While studying in Europe, co-owners Dean and Carol “Orange” Schroeder were inspired by the enchanting specialty shops of Germany and Denmark. On May 1, 1975, they opened Orange Tree Imports on Monroe Street, Madison’s charming shopping district. Dean and Orange pride themselves in a unique management style that empowers their staff to utilize their talents in customer service, hiring, buying and merchandising.


Tuesday, January 30th
A "Progressive" Evening with Doug Moe interviewing John Nichols & Dave Zweifel - a ticketed event

6 pm

With our friends from Bloom Bake Shop and Monroe Street Framing, we are proud to partner for a “Progressively Radical” Dinner Party on Monroe Street, Tuesday, January 30. Join us as we host authors, John Nichols & Dave Zweifel, for an evening filled with delectable eats, drink and rich discussion around their new book, The Capital Times: A Proudly Radical Newspaper’s Century Long Fight for Justice and for Peace. Over dinner, Doug Moe will interview the authors. The evening will begin at Monroe Street Framing with brandy old fashioneds and hors d'oeuvres. Guests will gather at Bloom for a sit down dinner inspired by historical Wisconsin traditions.  After dinner, join us for a night cap and dessert at Mystery to Me.

$75.00 per person (includes signed copy of book). Couples who prefer only one copy of the book will be issued a $25 gift certificate from Mystery to Me. 

Reserve by calling or stopping by Bloom608-509-7669. Bloom will be creating house cocktails and Wisconsin inspired fare for all stops throughout the evening. Always supporting local farmers & purveyors.


 

 

 

 

Sunday, January 28th
Agatha Christie Book Club

3 pm

Friday, January 19th
Doug Moe interviews Nick Petrie about "Light It Up"

7 pm

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Nick Petrie’s riveting debut, THE DRIFTER, introduced us to the memorable Peter Ash and earned the recognition of fans, critics, and readers alike. In 2017, Petrie was recognized with an Edgar Award nomination and an Anthony Award nomination (to name a few), and received the ITW Thriller Award for Best New Novel. Now we'll be celebrating the return of Nick Petrie’s captivating and celebrated work with LIGHT IT UP (Putnam; January 16, 2018). The third installment in the widely acclaimed series featuring protagonist Peter Ash—who Lee Child himself has called “the real deal” in comparison to his own Jack Reacher—LIGHT IT UP is an action-packed, finely tuned thriller that readers of John Sandford, Michael Connelly, and Robert Crais will devour.

About the book

In LIGHT IT UP, combat veteran Peter Ash leaves a simple life rebuilding hiking trails in Oregon to help his good friend Henry Nygaard, whose daughter runs a Denver security company that protects cash-rich cannabis entrepreneurs from modern-day highwaymen. A well-planned and flawlessly executed hijacking has just occurred, and Henry’s son-in-law and the company’s operations manager, who were carrying a large sum of client money, have vanished without a trace. Henry’s daughter and her company have suddenly been left incredibly vulnerable. And they’re not the only ones in danger; later, when Peter is riding shotgun on another cash run, the cargo he’s guarding comes under attack from hijackers and he narrowly escapes with his life.  

As the incidents mount, Peter has to wonder: for criminals as sophisticated as these, is the money really worth the risk? And if not, what about his cargo is worth more? He is faced with the hidden hazards of what is supposedly Colorado’s mellowest business, and finds that there is more to this crime than meets the eye.

About the Author

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 Seattle Review, a national literary journal.  His first novel, The Drifter, won the ITW Award for “Best First Novel” and was nominated for 2016 Edgar and Barry awards for Best First Novel, as well as the 2016 Hammett Prize for Best Novel. He was also named one of Apple's 10 Writers to Read in 2017.  A husband and father, he has worked as a carpenter, remodeling contractor, and building inspector. He lives in Milwaukee.

“For me, no crime-fiction character has ever measured up to Jack Reacher—until, that is, I met Peter Ash,” says Entertainment Weekly’s Tina Jordan of the series. “Petrie’s writing is smooth, almost melodic, and he’s very, very good at ratcheting up stomach-churning tension.” Atmospheric, gritty, and buzzing with psychological depth, LIGHT IT UP is an extraordinary new addition to a series that grows in popularity with every installment.

Thursday, January 18th
Private Event -- Tempo Non-Fiction Lovers Book Club

7 pm

Wednesday, January 17th
Mystery To Me Bookclub

6 pm

Deep Dark Descending by Allen Eskens

Sunday, January 14th
Maddy Hunter launches her newest mystery "Say No Moor"

2 pm

Maddy Hunter has endured disastrous vacations on three continents in the past five years. The first six titles are available from Pocket Books; books seven through eleven are available with Midnight Ink Books. The first in the series, Alpine for You, was an Agatha Award finalist and a Daphne du Maurier Award finalist. Also, Hula Done It?, Pasta Imperfect, and Top O’ the Mournin’ were named to the Independent Mystery Bookseller’s Association bestseller list.

The author resides in Madison, Wis. 

About the Book

Hoping to reach an expanded clientele of senior travellers, Emily Miceli, travel agency owner and tour escort, offers discounted fares to a handful of bloggers in exchange for highlighting her group’s tour of Cornwall, England. But when the quarrelsome host of their historic inn dies under suspicious circumstances, Emily worries that the bloggers’ coverage of the situation will torpedo her travel agency.

To make matters worse, Emily is roped into running the inn, and not even a team effort from her friends can prevent impending disaster. As one guest goes missing and another turns up dead, Emily discovers that well-kept secrets and family treasure can provide more than enough motive for murder.

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Passport to Peril Mystery #11 -- Say No Moor, January 2018
Passport to Peril Mystery #10 -- From Bad to Wurst, December 2015
Passport to Peril Mystery #9 -- Fleur de Lies, May 2014
Passport to Peril Mystery #8 -- Bonnie of Evidence, February 2013
Passport to Peril Mystery #7-- Dutch Me Deadly, February 2012
Midnight Ink Books
 

Sunday, January 07th
History's Mysteries Book Club

12:30 

Brat Farrar by Josephine Tey

 

December

Tuesday, December 26th
Boxing Day -- We're Open!!

10 am - 5 pm

Exercise those gift certificates! 

Monday, December 25th
Closed to Celebrate the Christmas Holiday