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Door County writing classes, poetry readings, author appearances, meetups and more. Experience the rich literature community of the Door in inspiring settings.

  • Door County Library Joins Nationwide Programming Celebrating Moon Landing

    Door County Library has joined more than 16,000 libraries nationwide to participate in the summer learning program A Universe of Stories, which coincides with NASA’s 60 years of achievement and the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing. Plans include many STEAM activities and training opportunities.   Door County Library will offer many public programs […]

  • Skalka Wins Best Mystery Honors

    The Midwest Independent Publishing Association (MIPA, mipa.org) has announced the winners of its 29th annual Midwest Book Awards, which recognize quality in independent publishing in the Midwest. All books were copyrighted in 2018 and entered by publishers in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Winners were […]

  • Bestseller List: May 12, 2019

    HARDCOVER FICTION 1. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens 2. The Guest Book by Sarah Blake 3. Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly 4. Exhalation: Stories by Ted Chiang 5. Courting Mr. Lincoln by Louis Bayard HARDCOVER NONFICTION 1. Becoming by Michelle Obama 2. The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Brought […]

  • A Child’s Adventures in Water

    by Carolyn Kane People love to be near water – oceans, lakes, rivers, streams. What landlubber hasn’t dreamed of a seaside cottage or a house on a bluff with a view of Lake Michigan? Or, for those who cherish grander daydreams, a 400-year-old mansion like Manderley in Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, complete with a path […]

  • Belgian Heritage Center Hosts Author Irene Litz-Barre

    The Belgian Heritage Center, 1255 County DK in Brussels, will host Milwaukee-area author Irene Litz-Barre on May 25. She will speak twice – at 10:30 and 11:30 am – about her book, Following the Lines: World War II as Experienced by a Belgian Girl. Belgian pie and coffee will be served, and she will be […]

  • Lauren Bremer, English teacher at Gibraltar, Joins Staff at Write On

    Lauren Bremer will fill the new position of managing director for Write On, Door County. She joins the organization after 13 years of teaching English at Gibraltar High School, where she also connected graduating seniors with community leaders for service and leadership projects and relaunched the school’s long-dormant student newspaper in 2009. Bremer will oversee […]

  • Lindsay Lohan Meets Audio Noir

    Classic film noir and modern-day audio podcasts don’t sound like a likely combination, but to Alex Genty-Waksberg, it was a natural path to explore, and one that began to take its own shape throughout the process. This project is called Lindsay: A Radio Play, heavily inspired by 1998’s The Parent Trap with Lindsay Lohan. The […]

  • Bestseller List: May 10, 2019

    HARDCOVER FICTION1. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens2. Neon Prey by John Sandford3. Normal People by Sally Rooney4. Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly5. Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James HARDCOVER NONFICTION1. The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life by David Brooks2. Educated by Tara Westover3. Becoming by Michelle Obama4. Nanaville: […]

  • Book Journaling for Beginners

    I discovered book journaling way too late – during my sophomore year of college. Book journaling is about keeping a record of everything you’ve read, and although some might find this to be a tedious task, I’m sure my fellow bibliophiles will enjoy and appreciate this activity. Benefits of a Book Journal I’ve found that […]

  • Patricia Skalka Launches New Book

    The Peninsula Bookman will host a reception and launch party May 17, 5-6 pm, celebrating the release of Death by the Bay, Patricia Skalka’s fifth installment in her Dave Cubiak mystery series. Her earlier novels in the series have occupied the top spots on the Door County bestseller list. Skalka will read from her work, […]

  • Write On, Door County Family Events

    Write On, Door County is presenting two free, family-friendly events during which children and adults will learn about the process of writing books, may ask questions and can have their books signed. On May 13, 6-8 pm, Miranda and Baptiste Paul will present a program – outdoors, in part, weather permitting – with farmer and environmentalist […]

  • Q&A with the 2019 Hal Prize Judges

    We had the opportunity to talk with the 2019 judges for the Hal Prize in Literature and Photography – Tytia Habing (photography), Cynthia Swanson (fiction), Ira Sukrungruang (poetry) and Thomas Pecore Weso (nonfiction) – about their art. Peninsula Pulse (PP): When did you know you wanted to be a writer or photographer? Cynthia Swanson (CS): I […]

  • Bestseller List: May 3, 2019

    TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION1. The Overstory by Richard Powers2. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles3. Washington Black by Esi Edugyan4. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris5. The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION1. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah2. Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer3. This Blessed Earth: A Year in the Life […]

  • Peninsula Poetry

    Henry Timm is an actor, director, poet, playwright and publisher who is well known to Peninsula Pulse readers, having written articles about books, local theater and literary events. He and Nancy Rafal published N.E.W. Voices: A Literary Magazine in 2011-12. In 2014, Timm directed the world premiere of the English-language version of Policy, a play […]

  • May Book Club Meetings

    May 7Winter Book Club, reading The Rent Collector by Camron Wright, Ephraim Library, 10:30 am.Multicultural Book Club, reading Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngson, Sturgeon Bay Library, 1 pm. May 9The Best Book I Never Read, reading A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle, Starboard Brewing in Sturgeon Bay, 5:30 pm. May 13Bittersweet […]

  • KIDS WOW! Creativity Camp

    Middle school students will be able to experiment with visual storytelling during KIDS WOW!, a creativity camp offered July 22-26 by Write On, Door County and led by graphic novelist Aaron Renier. The camp will introduce children in sixth through eighth grades to a variety of comic-making practices and techniques, including writing, storyboarding, penciling, inking […]

  • Dickinson Poetry Series

    Thomas and Ethel Mortenson Davis will be the featured poets at the Dickinson Poetry Series at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on May 8, 7 pm. An open mic will follow. Thomas has had six books published, including two epic poems, The Weirding Storm and An American Spirit. He will primarily present sonnets from his novel […]

  • Write On’s Developing a Writing Habit Course

    Write On, Door County (writeondoorcounty.org) presents Developing a Writing Habit, a weeklong course for those who want to start or continue a writing routine. Sessions will be held May 6-10, 9-11am, at Write On’s Juddville property. Weather permitting, they will be held at The Coop, the former writing studio of author Norbert Blei. Tuition is […]

  • ‘Cozmo’s Wish’ on Boardwalk

    Stay Toon’d Publishing has published Janet Tlachac-Toonen’s 10th work: Cozmo’s Wish. This time the Dyckesville children’s book author and illustrator has created a rhyming tale about a unicorn and his dream to be more colorful. Cozmo’s dream is not magically realized after wishing on a star, so he and his firefly friends embark on a […]

  • Hal Prize Q&A: 2018 Hal Prize Fiction Winner

    Since 1998, the Peninsula Pulse has been memorializing Hal Grutzmacher through our Hal Prize contest in literature, prose and photography. The contest brings in accomplished writers and photographers to judge the hundreds of submissions from the community and beyond. The deadline to submit work for the 2019 Hal Prize is May 1. Visit thehalprize.submittable.com/submit to […]