A Celebration of Books

“Martha Egan and I had talked about doing this festival for a couple of years, and delays always pushed the concept into another year,” explains Mary “Casey” Martin of Egg Harbor. “I decided that 2013 is the year to do this literary gathering on the peninsula. I’ve coordinated a number of panels, workshops, presentations and author events highlighting Wisconsin writers, some during the annual Wisconsin Book Festival in Madison, and the Prairie Chicken Festival in central Wisconsin and I thought the timing was right to do a book festival in Door County.”

Businesses, organizations and volunteers are assisting with the events, which will take place August 16 – 24. “I selected ‘Road Trip’ as the theme for this festival because I want to highlight all the literary and book arts opportunities on the Door Peninsula, like the newly formed, Write On, Door County!, Thursday evening Writer’s Nights at Holiday Music Motel and the First Fridays at Untitled bookstore in Sturgeon Bay; as well as classes at The Clearing and Peninsula School of Art; Washington Island’s new literary festival slated for October; Door County libraries and other booksellers on the peninsula; as well as raise some funds and awareness for one of the busiest library branches – the Egg Harbor Library – one of eight in the county. We want to cross-promote as much as we can.”

Four primary locations will host the events. The following is a tentative schedule of events:

Aug. 16

• 7 – 9 pm, Estella Lauter, Nancy Rafal, Colleen Bins, and Lloyd Michalsen at Chief Oshkosh’s amphitheater

Aug. 17

• 9 – 11 am, Mary “Casey” (Lautenbach) Martin, Dr. Frances Hamerstrom and Mary Bergin at Carrington Pub at the Landmark Resort

• 7 – 9 pm, Max Garland, Nancy Rafal, Joseph Reed and Marybeth Mattson at Chief Oshkosh

Aug. 18

• 9 – 11 am, Martin and Sarah Sawyer at Alpine Resort

• 11:30 am – 3:30 pm, Martha Egan and pat mAcdonald at Peg Egan PAC

Aug. 24

• 10 – 11:30 am, Jerry Apps and a Salute to Norbert Blei at Alpine

• 12 – 4 pm, Book Fair at Alpine

For more information contact Martin at [email protected].