March Events & More...
Sunday, March 5
History's Mysteries Book Club discusses Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart
Monday, March 6
7 pm (doors open at 5 pm)
In partnership with Reading Group Choices, Mystery to Me will open its doors on a Monday evening (whoop!) to welcome back author Greer Macallister. Greer is the author of two novels. Her first novel, Magician's Lie has been billed as "Water for Elephants meets The Night Circus!" -- An illusionist stands accused of her husband's murder --and she has only one night to convince a small-town policeman of her innocence. Her new novel, Girl in Disguise, is about Kate Warne -- the first female private detective in America, hired by Allan Pinkerton himself in 1856 Chicago to infiltrate the city's dark underbelly. Respect is hard to come by, but danger isn't.
Thursday, March 9
Doug Moe will be interviewing local author Angie Stanton about her new book, Waking in Time. Although billed as a young adult novel, folks at the store think it will be enjoyed by all ages -- especially folks who want to visit a bit of UW-Madison history.
Angie Stanton is a life-long daydreamer who grew up with her hands on a book and her head in the clouds. As an adult, she’s put her talent to use writing contemporary fiction about life, love, and the adventures that follow. Angie has a Journalism degree from the University of Wisconsin and is the best selling author of eight novels including Waking in Time, Rock and a Hard Place, Snapshot, Royally Lost, Under the Spotlight, Dream Chaser, Snowed Over, and Love ‘em or Leave ‘em.
Saturday, March 11
Annelise Ryan will be here to talk with us about her newest Mattiie Winston novel, Dead in the Water. In this book deputy coroner Mattie Winston is starting to feel like she’s in way over her head . . As the single mom of an energetic toddler and an investigator working for the medical examiner’s office in small-town Sorenson, Wisconsin, Mattie is used to her life being a juggling act. But now that she’s moved in with Detective Steve Hurley and his teenaged daughter Emily, and has started planning their wedding, her home life is looking more like a three-ring circus. And with her boss and friend, Izzy, suddenly having a health crisis, she could not be more grateful for the newest staff member in the ME’s office, Hal Dawson.
Author Annelise Ryan is a pseudonym for Beth Amos, who is also published under the pseudonym of Allyson K. Abbott. Beth has enjoyed a varied writing career that included a stint as a book reviewer and several years of nonfiction freelancing. Now she writes only fiction, and in stark contrast to her "day job" as an ER nurse, where she gets to save lives, the one common factor in her fiction, no matter what name it's written under, is that someone always dies.
As Annelise Ryan she writes a mystery series featuring the wry, and often politically incorrect, nurse-turned-coroner, Mattie Winston, published by Kensington Books.
Tuesday, March 14
Thursday, March 16
Poetry with David Steingass!
HUNT & GATHER (Red Dragonfly Press, 2016) is David's seventh book of poems, the one he likes most, and the first to concern itself with prose poems. He never thought much about prose poems until he had so much trouble casting acertain poem into lines that he decided to try it as prose. The idea now, after several years, is not to worry about line breaks but instead to concentrate on developing arresting imagery and as compelling a flow of attractive language as possible. He lives and writes in Madison, Wisconsin.
Wednesday, March 22
Shaun Harris will be at the McFarland Public Library to discuss his wonderful mystery, The Hemingway Thief.
Paris, 1922 -- Ernest Hemingway asks his young wife, Hadley, to pack up every last scrap of his work into a single suitcase and join him in Switzerland. While Hadley waits for her train in Gare de Lyon, the suitcase containing a year's worth of Hemingway stories vanishes, never to be seen again. Until now!
Wednesday, March 22
Mystery to Me Book Club discusses City of Thieves by David Benioff
Sunday, March 26
Agatha Christie Book Club discusses Appointment with Death
Thursday, March 30
Poet Rebecca Dunham will be here to discuss her newest book of poetry, Cold Pastoral.
Rebecca grew up on the coast of southern Maine and earned her B.A. from the University of Virginia, an M.A. from Hollins University, an M.F.A. in Poetry from George Mason University, and a Ph.D. in English from the University of Missouri.
She has published three books of poetry. Glass Armonica was published by Milkweed Editions in 2013, after winning the 2013 Lindquist & Vennum Prize. Her other collections are The Miniature Room (Truman State University Press, 2006), winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize, and The Flight Cage (Tupelo Press, 2010). Her fourth - and newest - collection of poems is Cold Pastoral from Milkweed Editions.
In Spring 2015, she was the Arts and Sciences Distinguished Visiting Writer at Bowling Green State University. She is currently Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
April -- Save the Dates! More Great Events
Tuesday, April 11
Lori Rader Day launches her new book The Day I Died. She'll be celebrating her new book with fellow authors Susanna Calkins and Patricia Skalka.
Wednesday, April 12 - it's library week and we'll be celebrating at the Monona Public Library with Nick Petrie! Stay tuned for details!
Friday, April 21
Poets Catherine Jagoe and Robin Chapman will be here.
Tuesday, April 25
Lauren Grodstein will be here to talk about her new book Our Short History. Joanne just finished the advance copy of this book. Great story, great writing!
Wednesday, April 26
7 pm at HotelRED
Sara Paretsky will join us to talk about her newest V I Warshawski mystery, Fallout! For an assurance of a seat, we'll be asking for RSVPs. Stay tuned for details -- coming soon.
Saturday, April 29
It's Independent Bookstore Day -- a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country on the last Saturday in April.
We are busy scheduling more events - including others in the pipeline for April so be sure to stay in touch with us. You just never know when your favorite author is going to be here!
Here's a little preview of who we have scheduled beyond April:
Todd Cox - May
Robert Alexander and Alison Townsend - May
Victoria Houston - June
Steve and Ben Nadler - June
Daniel Sharfstein - June
William Kent Krueger - August
Robert Madigan - September
Kathleen Ernst - September
Click on the graphic here to learn more!