Patricia Backhaus will be featured at Noon on Sunday, October 10th during Waukesha Unlocked at Martha Merrell’s Books.
She will be sharing her latest musical mystery (complete with music!) as well as talking about musicians who have performed in Waukesha over the years.

Martha Merrell’s Community Involvement

Martha Merrell’s Books is a community-minded independent bookstore, meaning that we host, participate, or are involved in many community events.

Examples of the depth of our commitment to Waukesha and the community include:

Event and Community

  • Waukesha Downtown Business Association
  • Waukesha Friday Night Live
  • ProHealth Care RiverWalk for Breast Cancer, 1st Saturday in May each year
  • Alzheimer’s Walk, 1st Saturday in September each year
  • Waukesha’s Friday Night After Dark Music Series (indoor music from October – December)
  • Downtown Trick or Treating on the Saturday before Halloween
  • Holiday Stroll featuring Author Mania (before the Christmas Parade)
  • Christmas Clearing Council
  • Silver Bells activities during the Christmas season
  • Santa’s Breakfast Workshop on Saturdays from Thanksgiving to Christmas
  • Art Crawls on the 1st Saturday in March, May, August, October & December
  • Waukesha JanBoree

Other Community 

  • Waukesha Farmers’ Market on the RiverWalk
  • Waukesha GuitarTown Project (a public art project with Gibson Guitar Company)
  • Waukesha County Reading Council
  • Waukesha Reads Program each October
  • Wisconsin State Reading Association

If at all possible, we try to be supportive of any proposals brought to our attention.

Norm and Eve Bruce

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New books to interest our younger customers:

KID CHEF JUNIOR EVERY DAY by Yaffi Lvova (paperback)
(My First Easy Kids' Cookbook, ages 4+)
PLAYING THE CARDS YOU'RE DEALT by Varian Johnson (hardcover)
SUNNY MAKES A SPLASH by Jennifer & Matthew Holm (paperback)
(the 4th volume in the Sunny graphic novel series)
IT FELL FROM THE SKY by the Fan Brothers (hardcover)
(an elegantly illustrated picture book that is a fable about the consequences of greed)
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New paperback arrivals for our adult readers:

THE LAST CHANCE LIBRARY by Freya Sampson
SEND FOR ME by Lauren Fox
HOMELAND ELEGIES by Ayad Akhtar
ELEANOR by David Michaelis
(a biography of Eleanor Roosevelt)
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Today is WORLD FOOD DAY

Martha Merrell's Books will match any donation our customers care to make to the The FOOD Pantry Serving Waukesha County today.

Thank you for your generosity!
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NO MUSIC this evening at Martha Merrell's Books, but mark your calendars for these performers:

Friday, October 22nd FAIR WEBBER
Friday, October 29th POST TURTLES

Music is from 6:30 - 8:30 PM. Beverages and desserts are available.
Kick off your last 2 weekends in October with some great entertainment!
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A wealth of well-written chapter books authored by popular children's authors:
A TALE OF SORCERY by Chris Colfer
(#3 in the A Tale of Magic series)
PONY by R. J. Palacio (author of best-selling WONDER)
THE BEATRYCE PROPHECY by Kate DiCamillo (2-time winner of the Newbery Medal)
SKUNK AND BADGER and EGG MARKS THE SPOT both by Amy Timberlake (winner of numerous writing awards)
(#1 and #2 in the Skunk and Badger series)

Now in paperback and available here at Martha Merrell's Books:
GOODBYE, MR. TERUPT by Rob Buyea
(the 5th and final book in the Mr. Terupt series)
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Day 2 of WAUKESHA UNLOCKED at Martha Merrell's Books featured local authors who are giving back to The City of Waukesha. Pat Backhaus (trumpet in hand) and her piano accompanist not only shared enlightening stories about the history of music but played songs popular in various eras. We thank them both for a delightful hour.
Our thanks also go out to Barb and Gene Geiger as they shared the interesting story of their kayak experience that resulted in a book whose proceeds are used to highlight over 20 worthy causes.
Local historian John Schoenknecht shared pictures from his Waukesha research and answered questions from his rapt audience.
He is to be commended for his devotion to preserving Waukesha's past. Our final hour featured Vivian Probst and Anne Wondra who are collaborating on a new series of books. Both are advocates for causes that support women in our area.
We so appreciate the generous gifts of time and talent that all of our presenters on both Saturday and Sunday gave to allow our participation in this community-wide event. Thank you also to those who joined us to enjoy these varied topics!
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A huge thank-you to Ann Ulatt for sharing her knowledge and artifacts about Martha Merrell's Books and its predecessor, The Mind Exchange.
Another note of appreciation goes out to Bill and Lin O'Connor for using their musical talents to demonstrate why Waukesha's Friday Night Live is such a popular event in Downtown Waukesha.
Looking forward to our four local authors as Waukesha Unlocked continues here from Noon to 4 PM at the bookstore. Check our website for more detailed information......
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Our popular Irish duo, BILL AND LIN O'CONNOR, from Waukesha's Friday Night Live will be performing this evening at Martha Merrell's Books from 6:30-8:30 PM.
If you can't join us tonight, Bill and Lin will be performing during sessions 3 & 4 of Waukesha Unlocked here at the bookstore on Saturday afternoon at 2 PM and 3 PM.
Check our website (marthamerrellbooks.com) for more detailed information about our program sessions on both Saturday and Sunday afternoon, Noon-4 PM.
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Just arrived at Martha Merrell's Books....
Nicholas Sparks THE WISH
New in paperback:
James Patterson THE LAST DAYS OF JOHN LENNON
David Baldacci A GAMBLING MAN
John "Chick" Donohue and J. T. Molloy THE GREATEST BEER RUN EVER A Memoir of Friendship, Loyalty and War
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Patricia Backhaus will be featured at Noon on Sunday, October 10th during Waukesha Unlocked at Martha Merrell's Books.

She will be sharing her latest musical mystery (complete with music!) as well as talking about musicians who have performed in Waukesha over the years.
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Patricia Backhaus will be featured at Noon on Sunday, October 10th during Waukesha Unlocked at Martha Merrells Books.  

She will be sharing her latest musical mystery (complete with music!) as well as talking about musicians who have performed in Waukesha over the years.
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Put this on your Dont Miss This calendar!
NEW TITLES FOR OUR YOUNGER READERS.....

PAX JOURNEY HOME by Sara Pennypacker
(powerful sequel to PAX)

I SURVIVED THE GALVESTON HURRICANE, 1900 by Lauren Tarshis
(newest title in this very popular historical fiction series)

THE NIGHT GARDENER by the Fan Brothers......now in paperback!

ROAD CREW, COMING THROUGH! by Sherri Duskey Rinker
(newest picture book title in the popular CONSTRUCTION SITE series)
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Adult readers......just arrived

BEWILDERMENT by Richard Powers
(author of THE OVERSTORY which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize)

FUZZ by Mary Roach
(science made fun as well as informative!)
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As part of the 125th Anniversary of Waukesha, the Waukesha West End Artists have created a special edition coloring book containing several of the historical buildings in downtown Waukesha.
Net proceeds from the coloring book will be donated to ACAP/Art Links 333. Additional information about ACAP, or the Adaptive Community Approach Program, can be found at www.acap-waukesha.org/
The coloring books are available for a suggested donation of $10, and are available at Almont Gallery, Burlap & Lace Marketplace, River's End Gallery, Martha Merrell's Books and ACAP/Art Link 333. Coloring books will be available while supplies last.
Thank you for your support!
#loveartcrawl #waukeshaartcrawl #acap #coloringbook
#waukesha
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As part of the 125th Anniversary of Waukesha, the Waukesha West End Artists have created a special edition coloring book containing several of the historical buildings in downtown Waukesha. 
Net proceeds from the coloring book will be donated to ACAP/Art Links 333. Additional information about ACAP, or the Adaptive Community Approach Program, can be found at https://www.acap-waukesha.org/
The coloring books are available for a suggested donation of $10, and are available at Almont Gallery, Burlap & Lace Marketplace, Rivers End Gallery, Martha Merrells Books and ACAP/Art Link 333. Coloring books will be available while supplies last. 
Thank you for your support!
#loveartcrawl #waukeshaartcrawl #acap #coloringbook 
#waukesha
Start October --and your weekend-- off with an evening of music at Martha Merrell's Books......PAUL BAST will be performing this evening from 6:30-8:30 PM. Everyone is welcome to join us!

PLUS.....desserts and beverages are available for purchase.
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JUST RELEASED AND HIGHLY ANTICIPATED.....

CLOUD CUCKOO LAND by Anthony Doerr
(author of ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE)

THE MAN WHO DIED TWICE by Richard Osman
(second in THE THURSDAY MURDER CLUB series)

AVAILABLE NEXT TUESDAY......

THE LINCOLN HIGHWAY by Amor Towles
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Be sure to stop in Martha Merrell's Books during the art crawl this Saturday and meet authors Terri Sorg, Shawn Verdoni and Dale Morgan. Dale will be signing books from 5-7pm while Terri and Shawn will be there from 4-9pm.

#loveartcrawl #WaukeshaArtcrawl #booksigning #waukesha
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Be sure to stop in Martha Merrells Books during the art crawl this Saturday and meet authors Terri Sorg, Shawn Verdoni and Dale Morgan. Dale will be signing books from 5-7pm while Terri and Shawn will be there from 4-9pm. 

#loveartcrawl #waukeshaartcrawl #booksigning #waukeshaImage attachment
As part of the 125th Anniversary of Waukesha, the Waukesha West End Artists have created a special edition coloring book containing several of the historical buildings in downtown Waukesha.

Net proceeds from the coloring book will be donated to ACAP/Art Links 333. Additional information about ACAP, or the Adaptive Community Approach Program, can be found at www.acap-waukesha.org/

The coloring books are available for a suggested donation of $10, and are available at Almont Gallery, Burlap & Lace Marketplace, River's End Gallery, Martha Merrell's Books and ACAP/Art Link 333. Coloring books will be available while supplies last.

Thank you for your support!
#loveartcrawl #waukeshaartcrawl #acap #coloringbook
#waukesha
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As part of the 125th Anniversary of Waukesha, the Waukesha West End Artists have created a special edition coloring book containing several of the historical buildings in downtown Waukesha. 

Net proceeds from the coloring book will be donated to ACAP/Art Links 333. Additional information about ACAP, or the Adaptive Community Approach Program, can be found at https://www.acap-waukesha.org/

The coloring books are available for a suggested donation of $10, and are available at Almont Gallery, Burlap & Lace Marketplace, Rivers End Gallery, Martha Merrells Books and ACAP/Art Link 333. Coloring books will be available while supplies last. 

Thank you for your support!
#loveartcrawl #waukeshaartcrawl #acap #coloringbook 
#waukesha
New arrivals for adult readers:
Fiction
MIGRATIONS by Charlotte Mcconaghy (pbk)
MATRIX by Lauren Groff (hc)
THE NIGHT SHE DISAPPEARED by Lisa Jewell (hc)

Non-Fiction
THE ONLY PLANE IN THE SKY An Oral History of 9/11 by Garrett
Graff (pbk)
THE DRESSMAKERS OF AUSCHWITZ by Lucy Adlington (pbk)
THE BEST OF ME by David Sedaris (pbk)
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FAIR WEBBER is performing here at Martha Merrell's Books for your musical enjoyment from 6:30-8:30 PM. Keep Waukesha's Friday Night Live alive although it's inside during the fall season. ... See MoreSee Less
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