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

  • J. F. Riordan and Mary Wagner at Novel Bay Signings

    Novel Bay Booksellers welcomes two award-winning authors for discussions and book signings. J.F. Riordan will visit Aug. 24, 1 pm. She’s been called a latter-day Jane Austen whose mesmerizing literary fiction makes the Great Lakes region a character in her continuing series, North of the Tension Line. The series represents a Midwestern sensibility though the […]

  • Door County Authors’ Pop-Up Shop is Sept. 7

    Several writers are hosting a Door County authors’ pop-up shop Sept. 7, 9 am – 4 pm, at the NWTC Learning and Innovation Center in Sister Bay. Judy DuCharme, author of Blood Moon Redemption and The Cheesehead Devotional; and children’s authors Sue Steckart Jarosh (Door County’s Eagle Bluff Lighthouse Mouse and Lighthouse Hero), Kimberly Eisch-Wood […]

  • Door County Library Receives Curating Community Digital Collections Grant

    Laura Kayacan, the adult-services librarian at Door County Library in Sturgeon Bay, is supervising a Curating Community Digital Collections (CCDC) grant from Wisconsin Library Services.   “The CCDC project is especially important to Door County Library because we have a number of digital projects and files that need to be preserved, and since we hope to […]

  • Community Voices: Anita Beckstrom

    Over the years, Write On has held a number of memoir-writing classes for community elders in a variety of settings, including senior-living facilities, churches and libraries. Participants have ranged in age from 70 to more than 100. Some were born and raised in Door County; others moved here after marrying a local resident or fulfilling […]

  • ‘The Crymost’ Discussion and Book Signing Aug. 18

    Novel Bay Booksellers, 44 N. Third Ave. in Sturgeon Bay, welcomes author Dean H. Wild for a book signing and author discussion Aug. 18, 1 pm. He’s the author of The Crymost, a horror story set in a fictional Wisconsin town.  Just outside of Knoll, Wisconsin, there’s a place known as the Crymost, where people […]

  • ‘Joie de Vivre’ Reflective Writing Workshop at The Pearl

    Marggie Hatala will lead a reflective writing workshop called Discovering Joie de Vivre on Aug. 20, 6-7:30 pm, at The Pearl of Door County (  “Joie de vivre” is a French phrase that expresses a cheerful enjoyment of life or an exultation of spirit. During this workshop, participants will use meditation, breath work and sound to […]

  • Book Signing with Photographer Thomas Jordan

    Novel Bay Booksellers is selling Door County: The Places and Faces. All Four Seasons. – a limited-edition photo-essay book by photographer/author Thomas Jordan – as a fundraiser to support Literacy Door County. The organization provides one-to-one adult tutoring for basic literacy and English Language Learners and advocates throughout the community for its students. “This is a […]

  • Door County Author Releases ‘Bad Seed’

    Richard Lieberman’s new novel, Bad Seed, was released in June 2019 by Eyewear Publishing and is available at Novel Bay Booksellers in Sturgeon Bay. It’s the story of a brilliant and beautiful young scientist who genetically engineers a health-enhancing food. Her path from poverty to billionaire icon is a portrait of a complex, flawed woman […]

  • Youth Poets Featured at Dickinson Poetry Series

    Ethan Hendricks Farnham and Mara Packard are Northern Door youth poets who will be featured at the Dickinson Poetry Series at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 10341 Hwy 42 in north Ephraim, on Aug. 14, 7 pm. Farnham considers himself a poet in the title’s truest “scents.” Through nonsense and nose sense, he hopes to please […]

  • Signing and Sampling with Cheese Cookbook Author

    The Friends of Door County Libraries will present a free, “cheese-licious” book and author event Aug. 15, 7 pm, when Door County cheese-industry professionals join Wisconsin Cheese Cookbook author Kristine Hansen for a discussion and complimentary cheese sampling at the Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor.  As a prolific freelance writer, Hansen has written on food, […]

  • Author Cynthia Swanson to Present Cross Genre Novel Workshop

    Write On, Door County ( is hosting award-winning novelists, poets, nonfiction writers and more – including Hal Prize fiction judge Cynthia Swanson – as they offer programs to help aspiring writers.  Swanson will present a workshop, The Cross Genre Novel, on Aug. 10, 10-11:30 am, at Nicolet National Bank in Sister Bay. If you want to write […]

  • Judge to Discuss New Book at Björklunden

    How do judges really make their decisions? In his new book, Independence Corrupted: How America’s Judges Make Their Decisions, Judge Charles Schudson answers. He’ll discuss and sign his book during a free event July 29, 7:15-9 pm, at Björklunden, 7590 Boynton Lane, south of Baileys Harbor. With experience in both trial and appellate courts, Schudson […]

  • WLA Recognizes Ethel Mortenson Davis for Poetry

    The Wisconsin Library Association has recognized Ethel Mortenson Davis’ 2018 book, Under the Tail of the Milky Way Galaxy, as one of the Outstanding Poetry Books of 2019. A member of the Door County Poetry Collective, she has published five poetry books during a career spanning from the early 1960s until today. She is also […]

  • Forestville Library Open through Highway Construction

    As the highway construction continues in Forestville, the Forestville Library’s parking lot is open through the side entrance on Commercial Street.

  • Annual Used-Book Sale at Sturgeon Bay Library

    The annual Friends of the Door County Libraries’ used-book sale will take place July 25-27 at the Sturgeon Bay Library, 107 S. 4th Ave. It will begin with a members-only preview, July 25, 4-6 pm. Nonmembers may join at the door ($10 for an annual membership) to attend this sneak peek. Doors will open to […]

  • Zacharias Visits Novel Bay Booksellers

    Novel Bay Booksellers welcomes author Lee Zacharias on July 31, 2 pm, for a book signing, discussion and refreshments. She’s written a collection of short stories, Helping Muriel Make It through the Night; three novels, Across the Great Lake, Lessons, and At Random; and a collection of personal essays, The Only Sounds We Make.  In […]

  • Grace Johnson: From the ‘Pulse’ to Publishing

    The Pulse’s events-calendar manager, Grace Johnson, has always loved books and reading. She never understood why her high school friends didn’t enjoy English when it was her favorite class. She even thought she might like to teach it. By the end of high school, however, she knew teaching wouldn’t be the right career choice for […]

  • What Book Changed Your Life?

    Words are powerful. There’s no secret about that. They provoke, inspire, calm us – especially the written word because the written word has permanence. Written words never waiver, and we can always look to them when we need to. The stories that words create infiltrate our brains (or souls, if you’re the more feeling type […]

  • Building upon Words: Write On’s Groundbreaking for Writing Center

    On July 7, community members came together to help Write On, Door County usher in a new phase of its existence: building a new writing center. Rather than participating in a traditional groundbreaking, those in attendance wrote words of encouragement and inspiration on stones and created a stone wall on the property. The new writing […]

  • Lauren Bremer Named Write On’s Managing Director

    Write On, Door County welcomes Lauren Bremer as its new managing director. She arrives at the organization as an avid poet and passionate educator, writer and community member who began her career as a high school English teacher in 2006. Bremer has also been a contributing editor to Door County Living magazine and the Peninsula […]