Martha Merrell's Books & Toys Upcoming Events!

May Brings Fun Things To Do At Martha Merrell’s

Wednesday, May 1

Friday, May 3

  • Great Harvest delivery

Saturday, May 4

  • 4- 10 PM    Waukesha ART CRAWL
  • Future Artists Showcase
    • Art Exhibit by Waukesha Elementary School students during the month of May
    • Featured authors include: Kim Tomsic, Rose Lauchart

Sunday, May 5

  • 2-3 PM       Family & Friends: Springtime Bingo

Monday, May 6

  • 2 PM          Avalon Book Club
  • The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland by Jim DeFede

Tuesday, May 7

Wednesday, May 8

  • 3 PM          Plowshares Education Committee meeting
  • 6:30 PM   An Evening with Patricia Backhaus, Author of newly released ROYAL PAGEANT

  • Musical entertainment provided by Valerie Floeter

Thursday, May 9

Friday, May 10

  • Great Harvest delivery
  • 6:30-9 PM   Join us for Dinner and an Evening of Music
  • Featuring FAIR WEBBER

  • Call 262-547-1060 for details

Sunday, May 12

  • 3-5 PM       Waukesha Open Poetry meeting

Monday, May 13

Tuesday, May 14

  • 6:30 PM     WDBA meeting 

Thursday, May 16

Friday, May 17

  • Great Harvest delivery
  • 6:30-9 PM     Join us for Dinner and an Evening of Music featuring BIG KENNY & FRIENDS

  • Call 262-547-1060 for details

Sunday, May 19

  • 4-5 PM  A Conversation about THE GIVER, by author Louis Lowry
    • (after the theatre’s final performance)

  • Join us for a discussion of the play and the four novels that compose Louis Lowry’s GIVER QUARTET.

Friday, May 24

  • Great Harvest items have arrived

Sunday, May 26

  • 2-3 PM Family & Friends: Play our games & receive a discount on any that you purchase

Monday, May 27

Friday, May 31

  • Great Harvest items have arrived

SPECIAL MAY IN-STORE PROMOTIONS!

TWO NEW BOOKS ABOUT LES PAUL!

LES PAUL GUITAR GENIUS

This is the story of how Les Paul created the world's first solid- body electric guitar, countless other inventions that changed modern music, and one truly epic career in rock and roll. How to make a microphone? A broomstick, a cinderblock, a telephone, a radio. How to make an electric guitar? A record player's arm, a speaker, some tape. How to make a legendary inventor? A few tools, a lot of curiosity, and an endless faith in what is possible. Featuring richly detailed, dynamic illustrations by Brett Helquist, this unforgettable biography will resonate with inventive readers young and old.

THE BIRTH OF LOUD

“A hot-rod joy ride through mid-20th-century American history” (The New York Times Book Review), this one-of-a-kind narrative masterfully recreates the rivalry between the two men who innovated the electric guitar’s amplified sound—Leo Fender and Les Paul—and their intense competition to convince rock stars like the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and Eric Clapton to play the instruments they built. In the years after World War II, music was evolving from big-band jazz into rock ’n’ roll—and these louder styles demanded revolutionary instruments. When Leo Fender’s tiny firm marketed the first solid-body electric guitar, the Esquire, musicians immediately saw its appeal. Not to be out-maneuvered, Gibson, the largest guitar manufacturer, raced to build a competitive product. The company designed an “axe” that would make Fender’s Esquire look cheap and convinced Les Paul—whose endorsement Leo Fender had sought—to put his name on it. Thus was born the guitar world’s most heated rivalry: Gibson versus Fender, Les versus Leo. While Fender was a quiet, half-blind, self-taught radio repairman, Paul was a brilliant but headstrong pop star and guitarist who spent years toying with new musical technologies. Their contest turned into an arms race as the most inventive musicians of the 1950s and 1960s—including bluesman Muddy Waters, rocker Buddy Holly, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, and Eric Clapton—adopted one maker’s guitar or another. By 1969 it was clear that these new electric instruments had launched music into a radical new age, empowering artists with a vibrancy and volume never before attainable. In “an excellent dual portrait” (The Wall Street Journal), Ian S. Port tells the full story in The Birth of Loud, offering “spot-on human characterizations, and erotic paeans to the bodies of guitars” (The Atlantic). “The story of these instruments is the story of America in the postwar era: loud, cocky, brash, aggressively new” (The Washington Post).

EAGERLY ANTICIPATED SEQUELS...

MOLOKA’I

It has been over fifteen years since Alan Brennert penned his novel MOLOKA’I in which a girl named “Rachel Kalama at age seven discovers she has leprosy while growing up in Honolulu during the 1890s. Despite being part of a big, loving Hawaiian family, her dreams of meeting her father are shattered when she is sent to live in a leper colony.” Mr. Brennert’s sequel tells the story of Ruth, “the daughter that Rachel Kalama was forced to give up at birth. Ruth is adopted by a Japanese couple who raise her on a strawberry and grape farm in California. She marries, but is unjustly interned at Manzanar Relocation Camp during World War II. After the war, she receives a letter from a woman who says she is Ruth's birth mother, Rachel.”

THE AMERICAN AGENT

THE AMERICAN AGENT is the fifteenth installment in the wildly popular Maisie Dobbs series written by Jacqueline Winspear. “Beloved heroine Maisie Dobbs (described as ‘one of the great fictional heroines’) investigates the mysterious murder of an American war correspondent in London during the Blitzkrieg of World War II. The author once again creates a historically accurate tale of love and war, terror and survival” that offers so much for the reader to contemplate on a personal level as well. As one reviewer so correctly summarized: “Reading a Maisie Dobbs book is a little like spending time with an old friend you don't see often enough.”

WISHTREE

WISHTREE is a children’s book written by Katherine Applegate that has now been published as an adult paperback. In similar fashion to Lois Lowry’s THE GIVER, this is a story that transcends specific age groups. Ms. Applegate’s novel illustrates the need for tolerance and acceptance in today’s world, now more than ever. “Trees can't tell jokes, but they can certainly tell stories. . . . Red is an oak tree who is many rings old. Red is the neighborhood "wishtree"--people write their wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red's branches. Along with a crow named Bongo and other animals who seek refuge in Red's hollows, this wishtree watches over the neighborhood. You might say Red has seen it all until a new family moves in. Not everyone is welcoming; Red's experience as a wishtree becomes crucial.”
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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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Join us next Friday as BIG KENNY & FRIENDS take the stage at Martha Merrell's from 6:30 - 9pm featuring Dan & Deb Aukofer.

As part of their Dinner & Live Music series, your hosts Norm and Eve Bruce will also be laying out a great dinner spread you won't want to miss so please call ahead to reserve a table or seat: 262-547-1060.

Here's what's for dinner:
* Entree: BBQ Pork Sandwich
* American Potato Salad
* Pasta Salad
* Veggies with Dip
* Rhubarb Desserts
* Choice of Beverages
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Join us next Friday as BIG KENNY & FRIENDS take the stage at Martha Merrells from 6:30 - 9pm featuring Dan & Deb Aukofer. 

As part of their Dinner & Live Music series, your hosts Norm and Eve Bruce will also be laying out a great dinner spread you wont want to miss so please call ahead to reserve a table or seat: 262-547-1060.

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* Entree: BBQ Pork Sandwich
* American Potato Salad
* Pasta Salad
* Veggies with Dip
* Rhubarb Desserts
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Wednesday evening at 6:30 PM,
Join us for a conversation about THE GIVER as a book and as the Civic Theatre's current production.
This is open to all that are interested in attending.
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Join us for a conversation about THE GIVER as a book and as the Civic Theatres current production.
This is open to all that are interested in attending.

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FAIR WEBBER is the award-winning, Milwaukee-based singer-songwriter duo, Tom & Barb Webber and their great band. See Fair Webber Live at Martha Merrell's Books! plays Americana/Roots/Rock and they strive to find each song's soul and bring it to life. Menu is:
* Salad: Garden or Strawberry-Broccoli Salad
* Entree: Meatloaf and Crunchy-top potatoes
* Dessert: Strawberry Delight
* Choice of beverages
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All Cancer Walkers who purchase items on Saturday Martha Merrell's Books will make 10% of their purchase back to the Walk against Cancer in downtown Live Love Waukesha.We're excited to introduce this year's ambassadors for the ProHealth Walks for Cancer. Mukwonago ParkWalk ambassador Stephanie Harshburger is a breast cancer survivor who was so inspired by her care that she is planning to become a nurse. Oconomowoc LakeWalk ambassador Janet Turner, MD, is a breast cancer survivor and a gynecologic oncologist. Waukesha RiverWalk ambassador Matt Harris is a testicular cancer survivor who is planning for his upcoming wedding. All the walks are on May 4. Information is available at ProHealthCare.org/WalksforCancer. ... See MoreSee Less

All Cancer Walkers who purchase items on Saturday Martha Merrells Books will make 10% of their purchase back to the Walk against Cancer in downtown Live Love Waukesha.

Here's a taste of what you'll experience this Saturday at Waukesha's County Museum when author Kim Tomsic will host a program about her brand new book Guitar Genius about Les Paul. Her program starts at 2pm.

This video was shot today at Waukesha's Les Paul Middle School and hosted by Sue Baker-Les Paul Foundation and Robert Bennett - Principal.

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Don't miss tonight #Music at Martha Merrell's Books Think Summer in the city.We hope you are free this Friday night for a special treat for your palate and ear - Big Kenny & Friends will bring you tasty music and Martha Merrell's has a feast planned for the taste buds. Starting at 6:30, Big Kenny will play great music from the past 4 decades accompanied by some of the area's well known musicians - Bob Runte, Paul Bast, Dan & Deb Aukofer and Jason Klagstad. The meal will start with a garden or seven layer salad Entree is: Beef/potato/veggie combo served with a muffin Dessert is creme brulee bars Comes with choice of beverage Just a quick note - please call to reserve a seat or table for dinner - 262-547-1060. Tables fill up fast. See you there! ... See MoreSee Less

Dont miss tonight #Music at Martha Merrells Books Think Summer in the city.

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We'll let Norm show you how wonderful these toys are for babies but for those who want the details, here they are:

ANIMATED FLORA Bunny, 12"
GUND is proud to present Flora – a sweet, smiling bunny with two different play modes. Press the left foot to play an interactive game of peek-a-boo, and the right to hear the song "Do Your Ears Hang Low" in a cute child's voice. Ears move and flap.
* Flora Bunny animated plush plays peek-a-boo and sings Do Your Ears Hang Low; ears flap during play to delight baby
* Soft, huggable plush built to famous GUND quality standards
* Surface-washable; ages 0+; three AA batteries included
* 12-inch height

ANIMATED FLAPPY Elephant, 12"
Flappy the Elephant is an adorable singing animated plush with two different play modes. Press the left foot to play an interactive game of peek-a-boo, and the right to hear the song "Do Your Ears Hang Low" in a cute child's voice.
* Flappy Elephant animated plush plays peek-a-boo and sings Do Your Ears Hang Low
* Ears flap during play to delight baby
* Made from high-quality, huggable plush material
* Surface-washable; ages 0+; three AA batteries included
* 12 inch height
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Douglas Cuddle Toys has done it again finding new and unusual furred friends. This time, discover Caticorns, Llamacorns, Llamas and super soft goats. Norm Bruce, store owner tells more... ... See MoreSee Less

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