10365865_10152088404785334_182127716057323390_nBeing a voracious reader, I’m a big fan of book/author events. But who says these events should only be held at book stores and libraries? Not Milwaukee’s very own Thief Wine. And on June 5th Thief Wine will hold a very special author/book event at its Milwaukee Public Market location.

Thief Wine will host a Q & A session with Lisa Mattson, director of Marketing and Communications for Jordan Vineyard and Winery located in California. Ms. Mattson will discuss her newly released novel The Exes in My iPod: A Playlist of the Men Who Rocked Me to Wine Country. The Exes in my iPod follows the rocky road to love of a woman named Harley Aberle, redneck waitress turned sophisticated wine maven, using a collection of songs from her ex-boyfriends that now reside in her iPod. Through these musical memories (and several bottles of wine), Harley learns the hard way on how loving and respecting herself can lead to true happiness and long-lasting love.

Now Mattson herself never thought she’s become a wine devotee. She grew up in the Midwest where people eschewed fancy bottles of red and white for cheap bottles of beer. However, while in college, Mattson discovered wine and grew to love not only the drink, but also the industry. Before working at Jordan Vineyard and Winery, Mattson worked at The Cellar Club located in South Florida’s Biltmore Hotel and for The Wine News Magazine. She has also worked for E & J Gallo Winery in Northern California.

Hosting the event is Milwaukee-based freelance writer and author, Kristine Hansen. Hansen writes mainly about food, drink and travel. She has been published in Wine Enthusiast and Sommelier Journal, and is also the Wine Editor for FSR Magazine. Several years ago Hansen co-wrote the book The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Coffee and Tea. She is currently working on a novel based in Napa Valley. And I must note, Hansen is also a very good friend of mine.

This Q & A session promises to be a lot of fun. Along with getting to know Mattson and her novel, attendees will be able to sample complimentary wines featured in The Exes in my iPod, as well as some delicious appetizers. Attendees can also purchase wine from Thief Wine.

Here are the details of the event:

Where: Milwaukee Public Market, Palm Garden, 2nd Level
400 N. Water Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202
Phone: 414-336-1111

When: Thursday, June 5th from 5:30pm-7:30pm. Q & A session starts promptly at 5:30pm. Book signing and tasting reception is from 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Event Price: FREE!

Book Price: Digital copies can be downloaded for $3.99 before the event. Paperbacks copies are $13.99 and will be sold at the event.

RSVP: Four tickets per person. Please RSVP before June 1

And I am happy to note Lisa Mattson reached out to me and is sending me a copy of her book, which I hope to have in my hot little hands shortly. I love discovering new authors. And I want to commend my friend Kristine who I know will ask some amazing questions and inspire good audience participation. I also want to give thanks to both Thief Wine and the Milwaukee Public Market for hosting this event. Both Thief Wine and the Milwaukee Public Market are true gems amongst Milwaukee’s local food and drink retail establishments.