Authors in Conversation
Thursday, February 28th
7:00 p.m. 
Books & Company 


Join us for a delightful conversation between authors Susan Gloss and Amy Reichert! 


The Curiosities, the follow-up to Susan Gloss's successful debut, Vintage, is a charming mid-western story of artists, inspiration, and how to reinvent your life with purpose and flair. Nell Parker has a PhD in Art History, a loving husband named Josh, and a Craftsman bungalow in Madison, WI. But her last pregnancy ended later in the second trimester, and rather than pausing to grieve, she pushes harder for testing and fertility treatments. Urging Nell to apply for jobs, Josh believes his wife needs something else to focus on other than a baby that may never be.Finding a job turns out to be difficult for an art historian . . . until Nell sees the ad seeking a director for a new nonprofit called the Mansion Hill Artists' Colony. The colony is the brainchild of the late, unconventional society dame Betsy Barrett, who left behind her vast fortune and a killer collection of modern art to establish an artist-in-residency program to be run out of her lakeside mansion. The executor of Betsy's estate simply hands Nell a set of house keys and wishes her luck, leaving her to manage the mansion and the eccentric personalities of the artists who live there on her own. Soon one of the artists, a young metal sculptor named Odin, is keeping the other residents awake with his late-night welding projects. Nell is pretty sure that Annie, a dreadlocked granny known for her avant garde performance pieces, is dealing drugs out of the basement "studio." Meanwhile Paige, an art student from the university, takes up residence in the third-floor turret, experimenting with new printing and design techniques, as well as leading a string of bad boyfriends upstairs when she stumbles home late at night. Despite all the drama, Nell finds something akin to a family among the members of the creative community that she's brought together. And when her attraction to Odin begins to heat up, Nell is forced to decide what will bring her greater joy--the creative, inspired world she's created, or the familiar but increasingly fragile one of her marriage.


Three generations. Seven days. One big secret. The author of The Coincidence of Coconut Cake unfolds a mother-daughter story told by three women whose time to reckon with a life-altering secret is running out. In The Optimist's Guide to Letting Go Gina Zoberski wants to make it through one day without her fastidious mother, Lorraine, cataloguing all her faults, and her sullen teenage daughter, May, snubbing her. Too bad there's no chance of that. Her relentlessly sunny disposition annoys them both, no matter how hard she tries. Instead, Gina finds order and comfort in obsessive list-making and her work at Grilled G's, the gourmet grilled cheese food truck built by her late husband. But when Lorraine suffers a sudden stroke, Gina stumbles upon a family secret Lorraine's kept hidden for forty years. In the face of her mother's failing health and her daughter's rebellion, this optimist might find that piecing together the truth is the push she needs to let go...




Susan Gloss is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Wisconsin Law School. When she's not writing fiction, Susan can be found working as an attorney, blogging at, or hunting for vintage treasures for her Etsy shop, Cleverly Curated. She lives with her family in Madison, Wisconsin.

Amy E. Reichert, author of The Coincidence of Coconut CakeLuck, Love & Lemon PieThe Simplicity of Cider, and The Optimist's Guide to Letting Go, loves to write stories that end well with characters you'd invite to dinner. A wife, mom, amateur chef, Fix-It Mistress, and cider enthusiast, she earned her MA in English Literature and serves on her local library's board of directors.

Event date: 
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
1039 Summit Ave
Oconomowoc, WI 53066-4457
The Curiosities: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062270368
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - February 5th, 2019

Vintage: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062270337
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - September 2nd, 2014

The Optimist's Guide to Letting Go Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501154942
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Published: Gallery Books - May 15th, 2018

The Simplicity of Cider: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501154928
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Published: Gallery Books - May 16th, 2017

Luck, Love & Lemon Pie Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501121548
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Published: Gallery Books - July 12th, 2016

The Coincidence of Coconut Cake Cover Image
ISBN: 9781501100710
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Published: Gallery Books - July 21st, 2015