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Richard Kyte

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Do you have a Third Place? Your first place is home, your second place is work, and your third place is where you go to socialize. As more of our lives are spent online and in digital spaces, these often overlooked "Third Places" play a crucial role in keeping our communities vibrant.

In a timely and thoughtful examination, Richard Kyte, PhD, explores the places that nurture our souls and make up the bedrock of our communities. Third Places can range from a neighborhood tavern, to a community center, to a local bookstore or coffee shop. They are the critical gathering spaces where friendships are formed, relationships are nurtured, and the tapestry of community is woven.

Yet, for an ever-growing list of reasons, many people today find themselves without a third place of their own. At a time when our nation is facing an epidemic of loneliness, when communities are suffering from loss of trust, low levels of engagement, despair, and political polarization, what if the answer to many of our problems lies in a simple idea? What if we just need to pay attention to the places where we find ourselves.

About the author

Richard Kyte is Director of the D. B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership and Endowed Professor of Ethics at Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin where he teaches a variety of courses dealing with ethical issues in business, health care, law, politics, and the environment. He has published and lectured widely on topics related to justice, forgiveness, virtue, and the meaning of life. Richard attended Hamline University where he earned a B.A. in philosophy. He then went on to graduate school, obtaining a Ph.D. in philosophy from The Johns Hopkins University in 1994.

Jul 16 | 6:00PMLocation: Mystery to MePresenter: Richard Kyte
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Jessica Calarco in Conversation with Doug Moe

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America runs on women—women who are tasked with holding society together at the seams and fixing it when things fall apart. In this tour de force, acclaimed Sociologist Jessica Calarco lays bare the devastating consequences of our status quo.

Holding It Together draws on five years of research in which Calarco surveyed over 4000 parents and conducted more than 400 hours of interviews with women who bear the brunt of our broken system. A widowed single mother struggles to patch together meager public benefits while working three jobs; an aunt is pushed into caring for her niece and nephew at age fifteen once their family is shattered by the opioid epidemic; a daughter becomes the backstop caregiver for her mother, her husband, and her child because of the perceived flexibility of her job; a well-to-do couple grapples with the moral dilemma of leaning on overworked, underpaid childcare providers to achieve their egalitarian ideals. Stories of grief and guilt abound. Yet, they are more than individual tragedies.

Tracing present-day policies back to their roots, Calarco reveals a systematic agreement to dismantle our country’s social safety net and persuade citizens to accept precarity while women bear the brunt. She leads us to see women's labor as the reason we've gone so long without the support systems that our peer nations take for granted, and how women’s work maintains the illusion that we don't need a net.

Weaving eye-opening original research with revelatory sociological narrative, Holding It Together is a bold call to demand the institutional change that each of us deserves, and a warning about the perils of living without it.

About the author

Jessica Calarco is Associate Professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin. An expert on families, schools, and inequalities, and a mom of two, she is the author of multiple award- winning books and has written for The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, and Inside Higher Ed, as well as appeared on CNN, CNBC, NPR, and the BBC to discuss her research. See more at: http://www.jessicacalarco.com/

Jul 23 | 6:00PMLocation: Mystery to MePresenter: Jessica Calarco, Doug Moe
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Larry F. Sommers in Conversation with Doug Moe

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SUMMER 1957: Twelve-year-old IZZY, long on hope and short on cash, claws golden nuggets from the waters of a secret spring. His co-discoverer COLLUM swears him to secrecy.

Izzy hopes to be a regular kid, not just the class shrimp. Half his brain teems with schemes to fit in with his peers, while the other half struggles to keep his family from falling apart.

MOM and DAD are at odds, Izzy helpless to save their marriage. THE RUSSIANS launch the first artificial satellite, blighting Izzy’s hopes of space-age glory. Bullying LYLE dashes Izzy’s self-image; breathtaking IRMA ignores his wistful ardor; and GRANDPA, who taught him to be brave, wastes away in a hospital room.

Money could ease these woes—but Izzy has pledged silence about the gold in the hidden spring.

Deep in dilemmas, how can Izzy hold on to hope?

About the author

Author Larry F. Sommers writes historical fiction, seeking fresh meanings in our common past. His new middle-grade novel, Izzy Strikes Gold!, will be published by Three Towers Press July 24, 2024.

His short story, “Beast of the Moment,” appeared in the June 2023 edition of Well Read online magazine. His first novel, PRICE OF PASSAGE, came out in August 2022 and will soon be republished in a new edition. He won Honorable Mention in The Saturday Evening Post’s 2018 Great American Story Contest for “The Lion’s Den”—like Izzy Strikes Gold!, a tale of childhood in the 1950s, with the character Izzy Mahler at its center.

He has spent his life working as a writer, editor, photographer, writing coach, public affairs consultant, and crisis communicator.

He blogs weekly at https://LarryFSommers.com.

A Vietnam-era veteran of the U.S. Air Force, Larry is active in church work and belongs to the Sons of Norway, the Authors Guild, the Wisconsin Writers Association, and two local writers’ critique groups.

He lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with his wife and dog.

Jul 24 | 6:00PMLocation: Mystery to MePresenter: Larry F. Sommers, Doug Moe
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Susan Christianson in Conversation with Doug Moe

 

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Flying With Wings: A True Story of an Alaska Aircraft Accident, plunges readers into the chilling depths of a 1994 DeHavilland Otter floatplane disaster in Alaska's Taku River. This story intertwines the adrenaline-pumping urgency of the crash and the determination of the Wings of Alaska pilots in the rescue operations. It also recounts the integrity and dedication of the company owners and employees and community members in responding to the tragedy. While ten eager adventurers embarked on what promised to be a mesmerizing glacier-sightseeing trip to a remote Alaska lodge, the tragedy ensured that some would never make the journey back. But this is not a story mired solely in sorrow. The narrative captures the spirit of human resilience, especially epitomized by one survivor's poignant return two decades later, seeking understanding and closure from the place that took her loved ones. Some of the purposes in the story's telling are to help prevent the far-too-many aviation accidents still happening across the United States and to help promote better mental health treatment for pilots and others who experience trauma. You can learn more at www.flyingwithwings.com.

 

About the Author:

Susan Stark Christianson is an award-winning filmmaker, author and former journalist. She is the owner of Christianson Communications and founder of the Women's Voices Project and Walton Group Publications. She served as an advertising and communications consultant for numerous state and federal agencies and private businesses for more than 25 years. Her consulting work in the aviation industry included preparing Emergency Response Plans for helicopter and airline companies in Alaska and the Lower 48.  Her professional experience also includes serving as Deputy Director of Communications for the Office of the Governor in Alaska. She is also the author of the book "Women's Voices: The Wisdom of the Grandmothers" and the producer and director of the award-winning documentary film "The Wisdom of the Grandmothers,"  which aired on PBS and FNX stations around the country. She is currently producing and directing the upcoming documentary film "Indigenous Prophecy Today," interviews with wisdom keepers around the world. In 2018, Susan was honored to receive the Rasmuson Foundation Fellowship Award to support her work. She is a proud mother of two daughters and a grandmother to two wonderful boys.

Jul 30 | 6:00PMLocation: Mystery to MePresenter: Susan Christianson in Conversation with Doug Moe
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Connie Berry in Conversation with Annelise Ryan

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In USA Today bestselling author Connie Berry’s fifth Kate Hamilton mystery, American antiques dealer Kate Hamilton follows bloodstained clues to discover the truth about the murder of a modern-day Victorian gentleman.

As Kate Hamilton and her new husband, DI Tom Mallory, honeymoon in Devon, a local history museum asks them to trace the provenance of a bloodstained dress said to belong to a Victorian lacemaker accused of murder. If genuine, the dress and its puzzling connections to a nineteenth-century Romani family who camped on Dartmoor will be the centerpiece of a new historic crimes exhibit—exactly Kate’s kind of mystery. But matters turn deadly when a shot is fired during a fundraising gala, injuring the man who donated the dress.

The injured donor, Gideon Littlejohn, is a cybersecurity expert who lives and dresses as a Victorian gentleman, but everyone believes the real target of the attack to be another attendee—a controversial politician intent on rooting out local corruption. This belief is overturned when Gideon is found dead in a pool of blood. But then the politician receives a death threat.

Who was the real target? Who would want to kill both a man with an obsession for history and a tough-on-crime politician? When asked to assist in the investigation, Kate races to discover the truth, as it becomes clear the killer isn’t going to come quietly.

About Connie Berry 

Connie Berry is the author of the Kate Hamilton mysteries, set in the UK and featuring an American antiques dealer with a gift for solving crimes. Like her protagonist, Connie was raised by antiques dealers who instilled in her a passion for history, fine art, and travel. During college she studied at the University of Freiburg in Germany and St. Clare's College, Oxford, where she fell under the spell of the British Isles. In 2019 Connie won the IPPY Gold Medal for Mystery and was a finalist for the Agatha Award's Best Debut. She's a member of Mystery Writers of America and is on the board of the Guppies and her local Sisters in Crime chapter. Besides reading and writing mysteries, Connie loves history, foreign travel, cute animals, and all things British. She lives in Ohio with her husband and adorable Shih Tzu, Emmie.

About Annelise Ryan 

USA Today bestselling author Annelise Ryan (a pseudonym for Beth Amos) has been entertaining mystery fiction enthusiasts for more than a decade. Now she brings her unique combination of wit, humor, murder, and mayhem to Wisconsin’s beautiful Door County with her Monster Hunter Mystery series.

Jul 31 | 6:00PMLocation: Mystery to MePresenter: Connie Berry in Conversation with Annelise Ryan
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Charity Eleson in Conversation with Matt Rothschild

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Wayward Home is a coming-of-age novel set in the summer of 1961. Seven-year-old Claire Johnson's idyllic life is turned upside down when she learns that her father—a fire and brimstone fundamentalist preacher—has lost his job and their home along with it. Suddenly homeless and without prospects, Claire's parents—the mercurial and conflicted Ernest Johnson and his ambitious wife, Harriet—decide to take their family of seven on the road in search of a new life and a new preaching job for Claire's father. Told through Claire's unvarnished and observant voice, Wayward Home follows the Johnson family as they travel from church to church through America's Heartland. As summer progresses, life begins to unravel and grow more precarious. The journey awakens Claire to questions about religious faith and the surprising truths about her parents' lost dreams and long-buried secrets. Wayward Home is filled with heartbreak and grace, telling the tale of one family's struggle to find home.  

About Charity Eleson:

Charity Eleson is a fiction writer living in the country just outside of Madison, Wisconsin. Wayward Home is her second novel. Her first was Blessing's Key. She previously worked in communications, public policy and management in human services. When she isn't writing, she gardens, travels with her husband and enjoys the wonders of nature.

About Matt Rothschild: 

Matt Rothschild is the former editor and publisher of The Progressive magazine, and the former executive director of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. He is the author of Twelve Ways to Save Democracy in Wisconsin.

Aug 06 | 6:00PMLocation: Mystery to MePresenter: Charity Eleson with Matt Rothschild
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Victoria Wattiaux

 

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When Lea’s family is murdered by Mertonan soldiers from the North, her misery is unleashed in a powerful force that causes the earth to quake. Unable to control her unusual gift, she wanders the woods, grieving for her lost people.

Elmond is a mystic aligned with the wind and is far from home when the Mertonans attack the southern towns of along the coast of the Helian Sea. A refugee family begs him to guide them to Halen through the dangerous Brenan Woods. In the forest, they are under constant threat from renegade soldiers but find strength in their own solidarity, a protective spirit wandering the woods, and the Ria, the life force that flow through all nature.

Only by aligning with the Ria can Lea recover from her past and follow her own destiny, and only through its power can she and the other mystics overcome the violent Mertonans to protect the creatures and forest of Terralena.

 

About the Author:

Victoria has worked as a medical technologist, laboratory instructor and physician assistant in Madison, Wisconsin for 35 years. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin, her first job was as a lab instructor in the U.W. Medical School and then as a Med Tech in the University Hospital Blood Bank. She also taught medical assistant students at the Madison Technical College.

After returning to the U.W. to earn a degree as a physician assistant, she cared for patients in Family Practice and Urgent Care, and during her vacations, volunteered at clinics in Mexico and Guatemala.

After retiring, she fulfilled a lifelong dream and returned to the magical realism of Mexico. She spends the winters in the mountains of Michoacán, where Terralena was written.

 

Aug 07 | 6:00PMLocation: Mystery to MePresenter: Victoria Wattiaux
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Rebecca Anne Nguyen

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THE 23RD HERO, a sci-fi adventure love story about an ordinary woman with an extraordinary memory who is chosen as the world's first female time traveler and sent to 16th-century France to save the world from environmental apocalypse.

About the author

Rebecca Anne Nguyen is an award-winning author, playwright, freelance writer based in Milwaukee. She is the author (with Tom Voss) of Where War Ends: A Combat Veteran's 2,700-Mile Journey to Heal (New World Library), a 2019 Foreword Indies Book of the Year Silver Award winner for Autobiography & Memoir. Her fiction debut, THE 23RD HERO, is forthcoming from Castle Bridge Media in 2024.

Rebecca's nonfiction has been published in The New York Times, Insider, and in the Military Times. Her fiction has appeared in Defenestration, Wintermute Lit, and Write Launch, and her humor has been published on Slackjaw, Points in Case, and Frazzled.

Rebecca's short plays and one acts have been produced in New York City, Los Angeles, and Miami. Her first full length play, Hypotheticals, received its world premiere production in April, 2024 at Kith & Kin Theatre Collective in Milwaukee. Readings of her work have been produced as part of World Premiere Wisconsin, Cincinnati LAB New Works Festival, and Epiphanies New Works Festival in Waco, TX, where Hypotheticals was the 2023 festival winner.

Aug 13 | 6:00PMLocation: Mystery to MePresenter: Rebecca Anne Nguyen
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Marc Cameron

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Perched on the Arctic, in the Alaska Inupiaq village of Wainwright, two teenagers make a grisly discovery: a frozen body in the permafrost wall of their family’s cellar. Through the wall of ice, they recognize her immediately. It is the face of a young woman who went missing—two years ago . . . In South Dakota, US Marshal Arliss Cutter searches for answers surrounding his brother’s mysterious death. But his visit only raises more questions without any leads. Until he returns to Alaska—and learns that his brother had something in common with the frozen body in the ice cellar. Inside the young woman’s pocket is a fossilized animal tooth—similar to the one Arliss’s brother picked up on a trip to South Dakota. A bizarre coincidence? Or are the two connected somehow? Before Arliss can figure it out, his brother’s widow and children become the targets of a brutal home invasion. Arliss arrives on the scene in time to save them—but his actions trigger a larger investigation that puts his own neck on the line. From South Dakota to Anchorage to the Arctic, Arliss follows this bloodstained trail of clues to a remote lodge on the banks of the Kobuk River. Here, in this unforgiving wilderness, he will find the answers he seeks. Here, in this untamed, often violent land, he will come face to face with the terrible truth—and the man behind his brother’s murder . . .

About the author

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Marc Cameron, has spent over three decades in law enforcement. He is the award-winning author of the Arliss Cutter and the Jericho Quinn series, as well as the Tom Clancy Jack Ryan, Sr. books, starting with Power and Empire in 2017. Before launching his writing career, he served as a uniformed police officer, mounted officer, and detective before accepting a position with the United States Marshals Service, serving as a Deputy, Fugitive Task Force Commander, Supervisory Deputy, Senior Inspector, and finally Chief. His assignments took him from rural Alaska to Manhattan, from Canada to Mexico. A Texas native, Cameron lives and writes from his longtime home outside Anchorage, Alaska. Visit Marc Cameron online: www.MarcCameronBooks.com

Aug 14 | 6:00PMLocation: Mystery to MePresenter: Marc Cameron
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MTM Book Club

Molly Gray is not like everyone else. She struggles with social skills and misreads the intentions of others. Her gran used to interpret the world for her, codifying it into simple rules that Molly could live by.

Since Gran died a few months ago, twenty-five-year-old Molly has been navigating life's complexities all by herself. No matter—she throws herself with gusto into her work as a hotel maid. Her unique character, along with her obsessive love of cleaning and proper etiquette, make her an ideal fit for the job. She delights in donning her crisp uniform each morning, stocking her cart with miniature soaps and bottles, and returning guest rooms at the Regency Grand Hotel to a state of perfection.

But Molly's orderly life is upended the day she enters the suite of the infamous and wealthy Charles Black, only to find it in a state of disarray and Mr. Black himself dead in his bed. Before she knows what's happening, Molly's unusual demeanor has the police targeting her as their lead suspect. She quickly finds herself caught in a web of deception, one she has no idea how to untangle. Fortunately for Molly, friends she never knew she had unite with her in a search for clues to what really happened to Mr. Black—but will they be able to find the real killer before it's too late?

Clue-like, locked-room mystery and a heartwarming journey of the spirit, The Maid explores what it means to be the same as everyone else and yet entirely different—and reveals that all mysteries can be solved through connection to the human heart.

Aug 14 | 6:00PMLocation: Garth's Brew BarPresenter: Maid
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