Past Events

Joy Ann Ribar in Conversation with Tracey S. Phillips

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About The Medusa Murders

Professor Bay Browning has more snake problems than the Garden of Eden in this twisted mystery. The English Literature instructor is busy preparing for a new semester when a serial killer, known as Medusa, bites her quiet life in the behind. A wild ride ensues when Bay and her grifter sister, Cass, assist a perturbed Detective Downing with the investigation. What else can the sisters do, once they become Medusa's targets? Will the slithering trail of mythology, art history, and family secrets help them catch a killer before she turns them to stone?

About Deep Wedded Blues

Frankie's plans for her daughter Sophie's wedding are anything but spring breezes and blossoms. An unexpected hot spell ushers in a wave of mysterious deaths, at a time when Whitman County is missing its coroner. Garrett, who is also Frankie's beau, is called away to Duluth to assist his former partner with a string of homicides. When Sophie becomes an AWOL bride, Frankie jumps into action to find her and lands in the middle of a spreading health crisis. Overcome by the blues, Frankie questions the future of romance – both Sophie's and her own. You're invited to save the date for Deep Wedded Blues.

About Joy Ann Ribar

Joy Ann Ribar is an RV author, writing on the road wherever her husband and their Winnebago View wanders. Joy's cocktail of careers includes news reporter, paralegal, English educator, and aquaponics greenhouse technician, all of which prove useful in penning mysteries. She loves to bake, read, do wine research, and explore nature. Joy's writing is inspired by Wisconsin's four distinct seasons, natural beauty, and kind-hearted, but sometimes quirky, people.

Joy holds a BA in Journalism from UW-Madison and an MS in Education from UW-Oshkosh. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Blackbird Writers, and Wisconsin Writers Association. See more at JoyRibar.com. Signup for her newsletter for updates and free recipes.

About Tracey S. Phillips

Tracey has played the piano since age three and in a past life, she attended Berklee College of Music. She considers herself a serial artist who is an avid gardener, musician, piano teacher, artist, and author. She writes psychological thrillers and romantic suspense. Her debut, BEST KEPT SECRETS (Crooked Lane Books, 2019) won a Hugh Holton Award in 2018. She is a two-time finalist for the Claymore Award for best unpublished novel in '22, and '23. She has published 2 short stories and one was a finalist for Writers' Digest Genre Fiction awards. She is the current president of Wisconsin Sisters in Crime. In 2020 she created Blackbird Writers, a community of like-minded authors willing to help promote each other and share their love of stories with readers. She is an empty nester living in Wisconsin with her husband.

May 15 06PMLocation: Mystery to MePresenter: Joy Ann Ribar, Tracey S. Phillips
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Joy Ann Ribar in Conversation with Tracey S. Phillips

PLEASE NOTE: While this is a free event, RSVPs are encouraged. Seating is limited and will be first come, first served.

Can’t make it in person? Watch the livestream here »

About The Medusa Murders

Professor Bay Browning has more snake problems than the Garden of Eden in this twisted mystery. The English Literature instructor is busy preparing for a new semester when a serial killer, known as Medusa, bites her quiet life in the behind. A wild ride ensues when Bay and her grifter sister, Cass, assist a perturbed Detective Downing with the investigation. What else can the sisters do, once they become Medusa's targets? Will the slithering trail of mythology, art history, and family secrets help them catch a killer before she turns them to stone?

About Deep Wedded Blues

Frankie's plans for her daughter Sophie's wedding are anything but spring breezes and blossoms. An unexpected hot spell ushers in a wave of mysterious deaths, at a time when Whitman County is missing its coroner. Garrett, who is also Frankie's beau, is called away to Duluth to assist his former partner with a string of homicides. When Sophie becomes an AWOL bride, Frankie jumps into action to find her and lands in the middle of a spreading health crisis. Overcome by the blues, Frankie questions the future of romance – both Sophie's and her own. You're invited to save the date for Deep Wedded Blues.

About Joy Ann Ribar

Joy Ann Ribar is an RV author, writing on the road wherever her husband and their Winnebago View wanders. Joy's cocktail of careers includes news reporter, paralegal, English educator, and aquaponics greenhouse technician, all of which prove useful in penning mysteries. She loves to bake, read, do wine research, and explore nature. Joy's writing is inspired by Wisconsin's four distinct seasons, natural beauty, and kind-hearted, but sometimes quirky, people.

Joy holds a BA in Journalism from UW-Madison and an MS in Education from UW-Oshkosh. She is a member of Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Blackbird Writers, and Wisconsin Writers Association. See more at JoyRibar.com. Signup for her newsletter for updates and free recipes.

About Tracey S. Phillips

Tracey has played the piano since age three and in a past life, she attended Berklee College of Music. She considers herself a serial artist who is an avid gardener, musician, piano teacher, artist, and author. She writes psychological thrillers and romantic suspense. Her debut, BEST KEPT SECRETS (Crooked Lane Books, 2019) won a Hugh Holton Award in 2018. She is a two-time finalist for the Claymore Award for best unpublished novel in '22, and '23. She has published 2 short stories and one was a finalist for Writers' Digest Genre Fiction awards. She is the current president of Wisconsin Sisters in Crime. In 2020 she created Blackbird Writers, a community of like-minded authors willing to help promote each other and share their love of stories with readers. She is an empty nester living in Wisconsin with her husband.

May 15 06PMLocation: Mystery to MePresenter: Joy Ann Ribar, Tracey S. Phillips
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The Lineup From Soho Crime: Thriller ShowcaseMay 13 06PMLocation: Livestreaming on CrowdcastPresenter: Philip Miller, Eli Cranor and Andromeda Romano-Lax
https://www.crowdcast.io/c/soho-may
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The Lineup From Soho Crime: Thriller ShowcaseMay 13 06PMLocation: Livestreaming on CrowdcastPresenter: Philip Miller, Eli Cranor and Andromeda Romano-Lax
https://www.crowdcast.io/c/soho-may
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The Lineup From Soho Crime: Thriller ShowcaseMay 13 06PMLocation: Livestreaming on CrowdcastPresenter: Philip Miller, Eli Cranor and Andromeda Romano-Lax
https://www.crowdcast.io/c/soho-may
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Lisl H. Detlefsen

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About the book

At the end of a long day, sometimes it feels as if time will keep stretching endlessly. There are errands to run, homework to do, and toys to be put away. Sometimes it's windy, and stormy, or downright boring. But . . . sometimes, with a little patience, the end of the day can be warm and cozy, surprising and exciting, and just right--filled with reasons to be grateful for the day you've had, and to look forward to tomorrow, too.

About the author

Lisl H. Detlefsen is is the author of a growing number of picture books, including the upcoming AT THE END OF THE DAY (Penguin Random House/Knopf, illust. by Lynnor Bontigao), a free-verse story about how even a day filled with frustration can end with love and the promise of tomorrow. She lives on a family-owned cranberry marsh near Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin with her husband, two sons, and two cats. Visit her on the web at www.lislhdbooks.com.

May 11 11AMLocation: Mystery to MePresenter: Lisl H. Detlefsen
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MTM Book Club

March, 1934. Travelling from Scotland to London to celebrate the triumphant final week of her play, Richard of Bordeaux, celebrated crime writer Josephine Tey befriends a fan on the train. But immediately after disembarking from the train, the young woman is murdered, and Tey finds herself plunged into a mystery as puzzling as any in her works.


Detective Inspector Archie Penrose has a hunch that a ruthless and spiteful murderer is roaming among London’s flamboyant theater set, and that the death is connected to Tey’s play. A second killing confirms Penrose’s suspicions.


Cleverly blending fact and fiction, An Expert in Murder is a tribute to one of the most enduringly popular crime writers and an atmospheric detective novel from a promising new talent.

May 08 06PMLocation: Garth's Brew BarPresenter: An Expert in Murder
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James Lattis and Kelly Tyrrell

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About the book

Explore the remarkable story of Wisconsin astronomers whose curiosity, persistence, and innovation helped us better understand our universe.

Chasing the Stars traces the history of the University of Wisconsin’s Washburn Observatory, where some of the world’s most cutting-edge astronomical inventions were born. Learn about the earliest Indigenous stargazers, the women who worked as the first human computers, the astronomers who sold time by the stars, the scientists who shrank the Milky Way, and the crucial role Wisconsin astronomers played in the development of modern astrophysics and space astronomy.

This extraordinary book features more than 100 modern and historic photographs that illustrate the people and science behind Wisconsin’s astronomical innovations. Designed for lay readers and astronomers alike, Chasing the Stars inspires all of us to look up at the sky in wonder.

About the authors

James Lattis, holds a PhD in History of Science from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He specializes in early modern astronomy and the history of Wisconsin astronomy and has published books and articles on both. Lattis helped the University of Wisconsin’s Space Astronomy Laboratory create UW Space Place and has directed it since its founding. Lattis helps manage the historic Washburn Observatory, teaches courses in introductory astronomy and its history, gives frequent public talks, and consults widely for the media.

 

Kelly Tyrrell began her career looking through a microscope as a cellular and molecular biologist. She later embarked on a path as a science writer and developed a strong fascination with astronomy. In 2017, Tyrrell traveled to the Southern African Large Telescope for the UW–Madison storytelling project, Origins. Today, Tyrrell continues to work as a science writer and oversees media relations for UW–Madison. She also serves as engagement editor for the science journalism nonprofit, The Open Notebook.

May 07 06PMLocation: Mystery to MePresenter: James Lattis, Kelly Tyrell
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Jennifer Chiaverini

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About the book

Summer Sullivan, the youngest founding member of Elm Creek Quilts, has spent the last two years pursuing a master’s degree in history at the University of Chicago. Her unexpected return home to the celebrated quilter’s retreat is met with delight but also concern from her mother, Gwen; her best friend, Sarah; master quilter Sylvia; and her other colleagues—and rightly so. Stymied by writer’s block, Summer hasn’t finished her thesis, and she can’t graduate until she does.

Elm Creek Manor offers respite while Summer struggles to meet her extended deadline. She finds welcome distraction in organizing an exhibit of antique quilts as a fundraiser to renovate Union Hall, the 1863 Greek Revival headquarters of the Waterford Historical Society. But Summer’s research uncovers startling facts about Waterford’s past, prompting unsettling questions about racism, economic injustice, and political corruption within their community, past and present.

As Summer’s work progresses, quilt lovers and history buffs praise the growing collection, but affronted local leaders demand that she remove all references to Waterford’s troubled history. As controversy threatens the exhibit’s success, Summer fears that her pursuit of the truth might cost the Waterford Historical Society their last chance to save Union Hall. Her only hope is to rally the quilting community to her cause.

The Museum of Lost Quilts is a warm and deeply moving story about the power of collective memory. With every fascinating quilt she studies, Summer finds her passion for history renewed—and discovers a promising new future for herself.

About the author

Jennifer Chiaverini is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty-two novels in the Elm Creeks Quilts series plus more than a dozen standalone works of historical fiction, including the critically acclaimed Resistance Women, Switchboard Soldiers, and Canary Girls. A gifted quilter herself, she has also written seven pattern books and designed fabric collections inspired by her beloved series. She received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Wisconsin Library Association for Resistance Women in 2020. In 2023, she was recognized by the WLA as a Notable Wisconsin Author for her significant contributions to the state's literary heritage. Chiaverini earned a BA from the University of Notre Dame and an MA in English Language and Literature from the University of Chicago. Along with her husband and two sons, she calls Madison, Wisconsin, home.

Apr 30 06PMLocation: Mystery to MePresenter: Jennifer Chiaverini
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The Lineup From Soho Crime: Historical MysteriesApr 29 06PMLocation: Livestreaming on CrowdcastPresenter: Gary Phillips, John Shen Yen Nee + SJ Rozan
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