Mystery to Me
Mystery to Me bookstore is located at 1863 Monroe St.
Journalists, bloggers and talk-show hosts constantly recycle one of Andy Warhol's most famous remarks: "In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes." While international fame, however fleeting, seems to be a goal for over-the-top reality-TV participants, local fame seems to visit modest folks fairly often, too.
Over three days, Feb. 20-22, more than two dozen authors from the Madison area will get 15 minutes in the spotlight at the Monroe Street bookstore Mystery to Me. Here's a snapshot of a few presentations slated for the shop's "Local Author Slam," this Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Thursday, Feb. 20
Many Madisonians are buying extra boxes of Girl Scout cookies this year to show their support for the organization after a rumor-fueled campaign to boycott the treats emerged a few weeks ago. Find out more about Juliette Gordon Low, the integrity-filled founder of Girl Scouts of the USA, at Kleiber's presentation about her book On My Honor: Real Life Lessons From America’s First Girl Scout. From a young age, she made clothing for a cash-strapped family in her hometown and took in stray pets at night. She was so generous and helpful that she eventually earned the nickname "Crazy Daisy."
In her first novel, Postcards in the Attic, Bradley tells a tale of young love while examining the fears and restrictive social mores of the 1950s. The book has a companion CD of songs its protagonist, a teen named Lizzie, adored almost as much as her high school crush. In other words, golden oldies like "Unchained Melody" and "Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing" might make their way into Bradley's presentation.
Friday, Feb. 21
The chief of the UW-Madison Police Department offers her unique perspective on the 2011 Capitol protests in A View from the Interior: Policing the Protests at the Wisconsin State Capitol. She's likely to explore the tension between public safety and political protest in a brief reading and discussion.
The prolific mystery author also known as Beth Amos previews her latest novel, Board Stiff, which comes out on March 4 and follows in the footsteps of Frozen Stiff and Lucky Stiff. Reviewers have already praised the humor in this whodunit about Wisconsin’s deputy coroner, who must examine a corpse covered in a powder that turns liquids into solids.
Saturday, Feb. 22
Recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize, this Australian-born poet is the photographer behind the award-winning UW Press coffee-table book Schubert's Winterreise: A Winter Journey in Poetry, Image, and Song. As if that's not enough artistic talent, she's also a viola player who has worked with the Pro Arte Quartet and the Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society. Her love of classical music informs her chapbook St. Cecilia's Daze and a presentation billed as "backstage poems from an orchestral musician."
This local author and hat aficionado recently unveiled The Drowning Spool, the 17th novel in her series of bestselling mysteries about the owner of a small-town needlecraft shop called Crewel World. But this isn't your average crafter turned businesswoman: She just happens to be a sleuth on the side, which comes in handy when she's called upon to investigate the drowning of a young woman with three guilty-looking boyfriends. With luck, Ferris' presentation will be as intriguing as her headwear.