The popular Door County Reads program once again encourages residents to read, think about, share and discuss the same book. The chosen book for 2014 is The Memory of Old Jack by Wendell Berry, an American novelist, poet, environmental activist, cultural critic, and farmer.
The novel takes place on a fall day in 1952, when a retired farmer named Jack Beechum relives many facets of his long life in a rural Kentucky river town.
Door County Reads programming begins Jan. 20 and continues through Feb. 8 throughout the county. Courtesy of the Friends of Door County Libraries, a limited number of free copies of The Memory of Old Jack are available at each Door County library.
For more information visit doorcountyreads.org.
Schedule of Events:
• Jan. 20, 7 pm: The Door County Reads 2014 Kickoff Celebration will feature Alan Kopischke of Birch Creek Music Performance Center; George Evenson, lifelong local farmer and longtime president of the Door County Historical Society; and singer/songwriter Katie Dahl. The event will also feature readings of Wendell Berry’s poetry and delicious treats. Door Community Auditorium, 3926 Highway 42, Fish Creek.
• Jan 22, 2 pm: The Sturgeon Bay Library will screen a free showing of the 1999 film starring Richard Farnsworth and Sissy Spacek: The Straight Story. Mike Orlock will lead a discussion following the film. 107 S 4th Avenue, Sturgeon Bay.
• Jan. 26, 1:30 pm: Karly Kirkeby will host a book discussion of The Memory of Old Jack at Write On, Door County! 4177 Juddville Road, Juddville.
• Jan. 27, 10:30 am: Laura Kayacan will host a book discussion of The Memory of Old Jack at the Washington Island Library. Main & Lakeview Road, Washington Island.
• Jan. 29, 2 pm: The Sturgeon Bay Library will host a screening of Places in the Heart, a 1984 film starring Sally Field that won two Oscars. Mike Orlock will lead a discussion following the film. 107 S 4th Avenue, Sturgeon Bay.
• Jan. 30, 7 pm: The Memory of Old Jack is about the reflections, memories and musings of 92-year-old Jack as he thinks about his long life in Port William, Kentucky. The Door County Reads Keynote Speaker Dr. Susan McFadden will present “Old Jack and Port William in the 21st Century.” After the program, all are welcome to enjoy cider and cookies and speak with McFadden.
McFadden has recently retired as Professor of Psychology at University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh, and is now conducting research and evaluations for the Fox Valley Memory Project. She and her husband, Rev. John McFadden, have published a book titled Aging Together: Dementia, Friendship, and Flourishing Communities. 3821 Country EE, Egg Harbor.
• Jan. 31, 2 pm: Laura Kayacan will host a book discussion of The Memory of Old Jack at Novel Ideas. 8085 Hwy 57, Baileys Harbor.
• Feb. 1, 2 pm: Isadoora Theatre Company will present a play reading of The 75th directed by actor, writer, poet and playwright Henry Timm. Light refreshments will be served. Location TBA.
• Feb. 3, 6 pm: Becca Berger will lead a book discussion of The Memory of Old Jack at the Forestville Town Hall. 7705 County H, Maplewood.
• 7 pm: Peninsula Players will present a reading of the play by Horton Foote, The Trip to Bountiful, at Bjorklunden. 7590 Boynton Lane, Baileys Harbor.
• Feb. 4, 11:30 am: Becca Berger will lead a book discussion of The Memory of Old Jack at the Ephraim Library. 9996 Water Street, Ephraim.
• Feb. 5, 9 – 10:30 am: Bring an appetite and an interest in memories, creativity and writing to the Family Centers of Door County Older Adult Breakfast this morning. After breakfast, Jerod Santek, program director of “Write On, Door County!” will lead participants through an exercise that will inspire writing. Forestville Town Hall, 7705 County H, Maplewood.
• 2 pm: The Sturgeon Bay Library will host a screening of the 2006 documentary The Real Dirt On Farmer John. Mike Orlock will lead a discussion following the film. 107 S 4th Avenue, Sturgeon Bay.
• Feb. 6, 2 pm: Laura Kayacan will host a book discussion of The Memory of Old Jack at Untitled Book Store. 20 N. Third Ave, Sturgeon Bay.
• Feb. 8, 2 – 4 pm: The Crossroads Historic Village will have several buildings open to tour as part of this Door County Reads Finale Adventure. Step back in time and learn about the art of canning fruits and vegetables; cheesemaking; cider-pressing; knitting; weaving; spinning; quilting; gardening; blacksmithing; and chicken-raising. Crossroads at Big Creek, 2041 Michigan Street, Sturgeon Bay.
• Feb. 11, 2:30 pm: Terrie Cooper will lead a book discussion of The Memory of Old Jack at the Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Library. 2323 Mill Road, Sister Bay.