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Locally written books in Madison

What’s better than a good book? A good book written by your neighbor. Grab your favorite cup of tea or coffee and get ready to meet your next read, because we’re talking about locally written books in Madison.

stack of books with The Quiet Season at forefront

The Quiet Season is a 608today team favorite.

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  • Godspeedby Nickolas Butler | Release date: July 27, 2021 | Follow three troubled construction workers on a dangerous journey against an impossible deadline.
  • Stealing Away: Storiesby Kevin Revolinski | Release date: Jan. 19, 2021 | This collection tells the 12 stories of characters struggling to find purpose + choosing between escape and making peace with their circumstances.
  • Still Trueby Maggie Ginsberg | Release date: Sept. 27, 2022 | What happens when the long-lost adult son of a fiercely independent woman shows up at her doorstep? Find out in this novel from a Madison Magazine editor.

For the family

  • Chrysanthemumby Kevin Henkes | Release date: Sept. 16, 1991 | From a nationally-celebrated local author, this book tells a silly yet charming story of self-love and acceptance.
  • The Women’s Marchby Jennifer Chiaverini | Release date: July 27, 2021 | This historical novel from the New York Times bestselling author recounts the 1913 Woman Suffrage Procession.
  • The Fastest Girl on Earthby Dean Robbins | Release date: Aug. 10, 2021 | An exciting tale that proves no dream is too big to achieve — great for younger readers.

Learn something new

Part of a series

  • Fiddling with Fateby Kathleen Ernst | Release date: Jan. 1, 2019 | This tenth and latest release from the Chloe Ellefson Mystery Series follows a sleuth who uses family antiques to answer questions left in the wake of her mother’s death.
  • Death Stalks Door Countyby Patricia Skalka | Release date: Jan. 1, 2014 | David Cubiak is the main character in Skalka’s mystery thriller series. During a series of adventures in Door County, this novel observes Dave, a homicide detective turned park ranger.
  • Billy Miller Makes a Wishby Kevin Henkes | Release date: April 6, 2021 | This sequel to “The Year of Billy Miller” is a kid-friendly, hilarious story of wishful thinking + regrets.

Personal stories

  • Dead Lines: Slices of Life From the Obit Beatby George Hesselberg | Release date: Nov. 2, 2021 | A longtime journalist at the Wisconsin State Journal shares intriguing stories from the obit and public safety beats that spotlight how extraordinary the stories of the seemingly ordinary can be.
  • The Right Thing to Doby Doug Moe | Release date: March 21, 2022 | A historical recount of Kit Saunders-Nordeen and the rise of women’s intercollegiate athletics at the University of Wisconsin and beyond.
  • The Quiet Seasonby Jerry Apps | Release date: June 22, 2013 | Jerry Apps, who you may have seen on PBS Wisconsin, recalls growing up on a farm in central WI not only during winter but during the later years of the Depression through World War II.

Need more recommendations? Stop by Mystery to Me, Kismet Books, and Paul’s Book Store to get expert advice from 608’s local booksellers. 📚

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