Author Events

Upcoming Events:

Yes, I visit book groups! I’m thrilled and grateful when book groups choose to discuss “Still True” and it’s fun to finally talk through some spoilers. I am happy to join virtually or, in some local cases, in person. If you’d like to discuss the possibility of me joining your book group discussion, please email me at maggie [at] maggieginsberg [dot] com.

FALL 2023

Looking Ahead

Upcoming Events At a Glance — details below!

Sept. 20, 2023 – Chilton Public Library

Sept. 26, 2023 – Kiel Public Library

Sept. 30, 2023 – Southport Literary Fair

Oct. 12, 2023 – Chippewa Valley Book Festival

Oct. 17, 2023 – Sparta Free Library (Virtual)

Oct. 26, 2023 – Cottage Grove All Community Read

Nov. 4, 2023 – Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books

Nov. 18, 2023 – Watershed Reading at Arts + Literature Laboratory


September 20, 2023

Chilton, 6 p.m.

Chilton Public Library

221 Park St.

Chilton, Wisconsin

Chilton Public Library presentation

First-time author Maggie Ginsberg will visit the library on Wednesday, September 20, at 6:00 PM to discuss her new book, Still True. Set in a small town in Wisconsin, Still True explores the lives of two couples and the friendships and secrets that they hold.


On the left is the cover of Still True and next to it are circle portraits of author Maggie Ginsberg and conversation partner Doug Moe

September 26, 2023

Kiel Book Club, 1 p.m.

Kiel Public Library

511 3rd St.

Kiel, Wisconsin

Kiel Public Library Book Club Discussion

Author Maggie Ginsberg will visit the Kiel Public Library on Tuesday, September 26, at 1:00 PM to sign copies and answer questions about her book, Still True, the September selection for the Kiel Public Library Book Discussion.


On the left is the cover of Still True and next to it are circle portraits of author Maggie Ginsberg and conversation partner Doug Moe

September 30, 2023

Kenosha, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Southport Literary Fair

Hosted by Blue House Books and the Kenosha Public Library

7979 38th Ave.

Kenosha, Wisconsin

Southport Literary Fair

Welcome to the inaugural Southport Literary Fair, a celebration of literature for all ages and interests!
In partnership with Kenosha Public Library, Blue House Books is planning a day of discussions, live interviews, activities and food trucks at Southwest Library, 7979 38th Ave. Join 31 featured authors including Maggie Ginsberg, Carol Dunbar, Hannah Morrissey, Jeannee Sacken and more!

On the left is the cover of Still True and next to it are circle portraits of author Maggie Ginsberg and conversation partner Doug Moe

October 12, 2023

Eau Claire, 5 p.m.

L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, Riverview Room

400 Eau Claire St.

Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Chippewa Valley Book Festival 2023

“Hiding in Plain Sight: Embracing the Truth in Fiction.” First novels are stereotypically autobiographical for a reason. While Ginsberg thought she was writing about made-up people in a made-up place, in the aftermath of finishing her first novel, she discovered how naive that viewpoint was, and why her blissful ignorance made for a better book. She will share how vulnerability forgest connections between readers and writeres, that it’s worth it to write the hard stuff, and that no writer or reader should feel as if their particular experience of the world isn’t interesting or valid. This event is being presented in person and virtually. Registration opens late summer and you can purchase all festival books from Dotters Books in Eau Claire.

On the left is the cover of Still True and next to it are circle portraits of author Maggie Ginsberg and conversation partner Doug Moe

October 26, 2023

Cottage Grove, 6 p.m.

Granite Ridge School Library

4500 Buss Rd.

Cottage Grove, Wisconsin

Cottage Grove All Community Read

The Friends of the Cottage Grove Library and the Village of Cottage Grove are hosting their first-ever All Community Read as part of the ongoing effort to build a library in Cottage Grove, the largest community in Dane County that doesn’t have one. They will be giving out free copies of Still True in September at 210 Progress Drive, Ste. 2 (while supplies last) and there will be a book club discussion event on Oct. 26 at 6 p.m. at the Granite Ridge School Library. Author Maggie Ginsberg will do a presentation and signing. A community that reads together, grows together! You can also read more about the library’s efforts here.

On the left is the cover of Still True and next to it are circle portraits of author Maggie Ginsberg and conversation partner Doug Moe

November 4, 2023

Waukesha, 12:15 p.m.

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Waukesha campus, room N129

1500 N. University Dr.

Wwaukesha, Wisconsin

Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books

Women Writing Women panel. Three authors—Maggie Ginsberg, Carol Dunbar and Marisa Dondglinger—who feature strong women characters in their work discuss bringing their own experience of womanhood to the page.

Writers from Wisconsin and the surrounding area will be featured at the 14th Annual Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee at Waukesha. Headliners include journalist, Bob Woodward, and film writer and director, David Zucker, known for the comedy classic Airplane! The Southeast Wisconsin Festival of Books is the largest book festival all under one roof in Wisconsin. This free event will provide talks, readings and panel discussions on topics that include poetry, history, travel, mystery, current events, food, popular culture, and contemporary literature. Author discussions, musical performances, exhibits, book sales and book signings will add to the festivities.

On the left is the cover of Still True and next to it are circle portraits of author Maggie Ginsberg and conversation partner Doug Moe

Past Events:

September 21, 2022

Madison, 6 p.m.

Mystery to Me bookstore

1863 Monroe Street

(across from Trader Joe’s)

Official Launch Event at Mystery to Me Bookstore

Join Maggie Ginsberg in conversation with Doug Moe for the official Madison launch event of Still True in person at Mystery to Me Bookstore. This is a special Madison launch event with books available for purchase and signing six days ahead of official publication date.

On the left is the cover of Still True and next to it are circle portraits of author Maggie Ginsberg and conversation partner Doug Moe

September 28, 2022

Eau Claire, 6 p.m.

L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library (celebrate the new space!)

In Conversation with Nickolas Butler

Join Maggie Ginsberg and novelist Nickolas Butler and check out the newly transformed LE Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire for a conversation on craft, writing about place, and how to keep readers engaged from the first page to the last. Q&A and book signing to follow.

october 12, 2022

Verona, 5:30 p.m.

Kismet Books (upstairs!)

In Conversation with Laura Anne Bird

Join Maggie Ginsberg and middle grade novelist Laura Anne Bird for a reading and discussion at Kismet Books in Verona. Details to follow!

*Please note: Kismet is located in a historic building and the event space requires ascending a flight of stairs.

october 16, 2022

Wisconsin Book Festival

Central Library, 12:00 p.m.

Wisconsin Book Festival

Maggie Ginsberg and Mary Wimmer will read from and discuss their new books, Still True and The Art of the Break. They will then talk about writing novels, setting their stories in Wisconsin, and being an author with another job.

October 19, 2022

Daydream Believer Books

130 E. Lake St.

Lake Mills, 5:30 p.m.


Lake Mills signing at Daydream Believer

Maggie is married to a 4th generation Lake Mills resident, parent and business owner, so she is excited to make a special appearance at Daydream Believer bookshop downtown!

october 21, 2022

Black Earth Historical Society

Black Earth, 6:00 p.m.

Local Author Book Fair

Join local authors Maggie Ginsberg, Alex Bledsoe, Mary Behan, Jennifer Rude Klett and Joy Ann Ribar for an evening of readings, a Q&A session and the opportunity to purchase books from featured authors. Hosted by the Black Earth Public Library. 

November 8, 2022

Appleton, 4:30 p.m.

Lawrence University, Main Hall 201

Reading and Book Signing

Free and open to the public, join Maggie Ginsberg for a reading from her debut novel, Still True, in Lawrence University’s historic Main Hall. Books will be available for sales and signing.

November 13, 2022

Spring Green, 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Arcadia Books

Book Signing Meet & Greet at Arcadia Books!

Stop in to meet Maggie Ginsberg, author of Still True. Maggie is an editor at Madison Magazine and a freelance writer for city, regional, and national magazines. Still True is her debut novel.

November 17, 2022

Minneapolis, 7:00 p.m.

Magers & Quinn Booksellers 

3038 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55408

In Conversation with Frank Bures

Join Maggie Ginsberg and Minneapolis author Frank Bures at Magers & Quinn Booksellers for a conversation about Maggie’s debut novel, Still True

November 18, 2022

La Crosse, 6:30 p.m.

Pearl Street Books 

323 Pearl St., La Crosse, Wisconsin


Pearl Street Books reading & Q&A

Join Maggie Ginsberg at Pearl Street Books for a Friday night reading, Q&A and book signing from her debut novel, Still True

November 19, 2022

La Crescent, 10:30 a.m.

Community Center

336 S 1st St

La Crescent, MN 55947 


Writing Workshop in La Crescent

Author and Madison Magazine senior editor Maggie Ginsberg will lead a free writing workshop, sponosred by the La Crescent Public Library, at the nearby La Crescent Community Center. Copies of her debut novel, Still True, will also be available for sale.

December 5, 2022

L.D. Fargo Public Library

Lake Mills, 6:00 p.m.

L.D. Fargo Public Library in Lake Mills

Back to Lake Mills! As the wife of a 4th generation Lake Mills resident, parent and business owner, Maggie is proud to share Still True at the historic L.D. Fargo Public Library, which just celebrated its 120th anniversary. Join us in the upstairs meeting room for a reading, Q&A, book sales and signing.

December 6, 2022

Madison, 7:00 p.m.

Leopold’s Books Bar & Caffe

In Conversation with Christina Clancy

Author Maggie Ginsberg will be discussing her debut novel, Still True,  with fellow powerhouse local author Christina Clancy. Admission is free and their sparkling conversation will be priceless.
Maggie Ginsberg is the author of Still True, a senior editor at Madison Magazine, and an award-winning writer in Dane County, Wisconsin.
Christina Clancy is the author of The Second Home and Shoulder Season. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Sun Magazine, and elsewhere.
Books by both of these local authors make fantastic holiday gifts!

December 13, 2022

Waukesha, 6:30 p.m.

Waukesha Public Library

Carnegie Room

321 Wisconsin Ave
Waukesha, WI 53186
(262) 524-3680

Reading Appearance at Waukesha Public Library

Join Maggie Ginsberg for a reading appearance at the Waukesha Public Library. Books will be available for sale and signing. 


January 23, 2023

Mount Horeb, 6:30 p.m.

Joint Appearance with Alex Bledsoe at Mount Horeb Public Library

From mhpl’s website: We are honored (and excited) to host two fantastic local authors for an evening. Alex Bledsoe and Maggie Ginsberg both had new novels come out in late 2022. Bledsoe’s new “Dandelion” horror story might be the opposite of Ginsberg’s novel “Still True,” but having them both here at the same time will be a delight.

February 6, 2023

Virtual, 6-7:30 p.m.

American Family Insurance DreamBank’s Imagination Workshop: Demystifying the Publishing Journey 

The journey of getting your thoughts and ideas from your mind to paper and into readers hands can feel like a daunting process. Wherever you’re at in your publishing journey, Maggie Ginsberg, senior editor at Madison Magazine, author and long-time award-winning freelance writer for the Madison, WI area, regional and national magazines, understands the intricate and sometimes tiresome publishing journey. Through her extensive experience and expertise, she’ll share her journey from aspiring freelancer to published author, offer resources found within the Madison area, share tips and misconceptions and give advice in Q&A. Three randomly chosen participants will receive a signed copy of her debut novel, “Still True”, recently published by the University of Wisconsin Press

February 19, 2023

Fitchburg, 2-3:00 p.m.

Reading Appearance at Fitchburg Public Library

Join Maggie Ginsberg for a reading appearance at the Fitchburg Public Library. Books will be available for sale and signing. Details to follow!

February 22, 2023



Mount Horeb, Noon

Skål Public House
209 E. Main St.


Mount Horeb Rotary Featured Speaker

Maggie Ginsberg will be the featured speaker at her hometown’s monthly meeting of the Mount Horeb Rotary Club to discuss her new novel, “Still True.”

March 8, 2023

Kenosha, 7 p.m.

Blue House Books
5915 6th Ave A


Women in Writing: A Panel Discussion

March is Women’s History Month! Blue House Books is celebrating by welcoming five local female authors for a discussion on International Women’s Day. During the Women in Writing panel discussion, you’ll hear from professionals in the industry about their experiences as authors, what inspires them to write, marketing techniques in the age of social media, and more! They will also be taking questions from the audience and will be available after the discussion to chat with excited readers. The Women in Writing Panel Discussion is hosted by Meg Bonney, author of the Everly series, and includes authors Natalie Caña, Maggie Ginsberg, L Maristatter, and Eden Robbins. Books are available for purchase now and will be available at the event. All authors will be available to sign books. This event is free but seating is limited. Please register at this link and choose “Pay at pickup.”

APRIL 6, 2023

Green Bay, 6 p.m.

Lion’s Mouth Bookstore

Maggie Ginsberg and Christina Clancy in Conversation

Join Maggie Ginsberg and Christina Clancy for a joint reading, Q&A and signing at Lion’s Mouth Bookstore in Green Bay, Wisconsin—and check out Lion’s Mouth’s new coffee bar!

APRIL 24, 2023

Decorah, Iowa, 7 p.m.

Dragonfly Books

Hosted by Pulpit Rock Brewing Co.

207 College Dr., Decorah

Reading & Signing in Decorah, Iowa

Please join Dragonfly Bookstore in welcoming Wisconsin author Maggie Ginsberg for a night of reading from her debut novel Still True, followed by a Q&A and signing. The event will be hosted at Pulpit Rock Brewing Co. at 207 College Drive. Dragonfly Books is located at 112 W. Water St.

Everyone is invited to this free event. If you can’t make it to the event but would like to purchase Still True, call Dragonfly Books at 563-382-4275; a staff member will be glad to reserve a book, have it autographed for you, and ship out as applicable.

This event is sponsored by Pulpit Rock Brewing Co. and the Oneota Valley Literary Foundation in collaboration with Dragonfly Books. To learn more about this event and other events at Dragonfly Books, visit, or contact us at or 563-382-4275.

APRIL 26, 2023

Lake Geneva, 6 p.m.

Lake Geneva Public Library

918 West Main StreetLake Geneva, WI, 53147

An Evening with Maggie Ginsberg at Lake Geneva Public Library

Join Wisconsin author Maggie Ginsberg for a reading and book signing for her debut novel, Still True. Maggie Ginsberg is a senior editor at Madison Magazine and a long-time contributor to regional and national print publications. “Still True” is her first work of fiction. It was published by the University of Wisconsin Press in September and is now in its second printing.

Copies of Still True will be available for purchase at this event. In addition to this April 26 appearance, a special Book Club meeting on April 19 will discuss Still True.

APRIL 28, 2023

Oshkosh, 12:15pm.

Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel & Convention Center

1 N. Main Street Oshkosh, WI, 54901

Wisconsin Library Association Spring Conference Luncheon Keynote

When Maggie Ginsberg’s debut novel, Still True, first came out, journalists, readers and booksellers kept calling it “such a Wisconsin book”—but she had no idea what that meant. Like all authors, she’d labored to evoke a vivid, specific sense of place—the fictional Driftless town of Anthem—but she wasn’t thinking about Wisconsin’s traits, she was just describing as accurately as she could this amalgam of the communities she’d lived and loved in all of her life. She wasn’t trying to make a statement about her home state’s drinking culture, she was pulling from personal experiences with alcohol and addiction. She wasn’t consciously writing about the elaborate push-pull of privacy and community that small town Wisconsin folks straddle, she was drawing from her experiences with marriage, estrangement, motherhood, secrecy, independence, and the “creative problem-solving” that comes with life in a fishbowl. Now she thinks about it all the time—what makes a “Wisconsin book,” and why does it matter?

April 29, 2023

Fort Atkinson, 11:00 a.m.

Dwight Foster Public Library

209 Merchants Ave.

Reading Appearance at Fort Atkinson’s Dwight Foster Public Library

Join Maggie Ginsberg at the Dwight Foster Public Library’s Author Series in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. Books will be available for sale and signing. The event is sponosred by the Friends of the Dwight Foster Public Library and takes place in the FCCU Community Room.

May 16, 2023

Madison, 7-9 p.m.

Central Library

Book Club Cafe 2023 Selection!

After a three-year hiatus due to COVID-19, Madison Public Library’s Book Club Cafe is back! Maggie Ginsberg is thrilled to be the Book Club Cafe’s selection for 2023, joining an impressive lineup of past authors that includes Chloe Benjamin, Lucy Tan, Jane Hamilton and Elizabeth Berg. Tickets for the evening fundraiser include a reading & Q&A, dessert and coffee, and a raffle for baskets of goodies from Orange Tree Imports. Books sales are provided by A Room of One’s Own bookstore. Tickets on sale now!

May 17-18, 2023

Spring Green, 6pm both nights

Arcadia Books VIRTUAL and Spring Green Community Library IN-PERSON

SPRING GREEN BUNDLE: Arcadia Books and the Spring Green Community Library 2-Night Event!

Still True is Arcadia Books’ May Book Club selection, which will be held virtually at 6pm on May 17 with Maggie joining via Zoom from the shop. The next night, Maggie will also appear in person for a reading and signing at the Spring Green Community Library. Books will be available to purchase there or in advance from Arcadia Books

May 20, 2023

Madison, 6:00 pm

Arts +Literature Laboratory

111 S. Livingston Street #100

Wisconsin Writers Awards Reading and Celebration 2023

Join us on Saturday, May 20, 2023 at 6 PM  to celebrate the best published work from 2022 by Wisconsin writers. The award ceremony includes brief readings by first place winners and will be followed by a reception and book signing by the authors. Mystery to Me will be on hand selling books.

Don’t miss the opportunity to hear some of Wisconsin’s best writers reading from their work. This event is free and open to the public.

Find out more about the winners and the awards.

Available september 27, 2022

still true

A novel by Maggie Ginsberg

One summer evening, Lib Hanson is confronted by her painful past when Matt Marlow, the forty-year-old son she abandoned as an infant, shows up on her porch. Fiercely independent, Lib has never revealed her son’s existence—or her previous marriage—to her husband, Jack. Married nearly three decades but living in separate houses (to the confusion but acceptance of their neighbors), they enjoy an ease and comfort together in small-town Anthem, Wisconsin. But Jack is a stickler for honesty, and Lib’s long-dormant secrets threaten to unravel their lives.

When ten-year-old Charlie Taylor arrives at Jack’s workshop shortly thereafter, he’s not the first kid in town to need help with a flat tire, and Jack gladly makes the repair to his bike. The Taylors are new to Anthem, and Jack soon discovers that Charlie and his mom, Claire, are struggling to fit in, even as Charlie’s dad, Dan, is thriving in his new job. Extending friendship and kindness, as well as introductions around the local café, Jack assumes a grandfatherly role. What he doesn’t see is the drinking that Claire hides from everyone, or the secret son that Lib has allowed to move into her house and the growing attraction between Claire and Matt. When the terrible events of a fateful evening threaten everyone’s carefully crafted lives, Jack, Lib, and their new friends must each determine the value of truth for the ones they love.

The cover of Maggie Ginsberg's debut novel Still True with two houses connected by a telephone wire lined with birds, and moody clouds in the background, and a Luis Alberto Urrea quote on the cover that says "I could stay in this story for years."

“I could stay in this story for years.”  Luis Alberto Urrea, Pulitzer Prize finalist and bestselling author of The House of Broken Angels

Cover image: © Jamie Heiden, 2022  |  Cover design: Jordan Wannemacher
978-0-299-33934-0  |  $17.95

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