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  • Questions & Authors: Leif Enger 

    The goal of Door County Reads is to broaden our understanding of our world, our communities and ourselves through reading and sharing ideas about the same book.  This year’s selection is Virgil Wander by Leif Enger. The novel follows the inhabitants of a small Midwestern town in their quest to revive its flagging heart. There […]

  • Publishing Industry News : Jan. 24, 2020

    Curious about what’s happening in the world of books and publishing? Catch up on the biggest acquisitions, news, adaptations and more here! • After two weeks in office, Damon Suede has resigned from his position as president of the Romance Writers of America (RWA) following recall petitions filed by a number of RWA chapters. RWA’s executive […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Publisher to Release Young-Adult Novel

    Author and musician Terence Winch has recently signed a publishing contract with Sturgeon Bay publisher Four Windows Press for his first novel, a young-adult work called Seeing-Eye Boy. Winch is the Bronx-born son of Irish immigrants, and Seeing-Eye Boy comes out of his gritty upbringing in the Irish ghetto, bringing to life the Irish-immigrant world […]

  • WI People & Ideas Fiction and Poetry Contests Open

    Send your best fiction and poetry to Wisconsin’s largest and longest-running writing contests, hosted by Wisconsin People & Ideas, the quarterly magazine of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters.  Winners in both the fiction and poetry categories will receive awards of $500 to $100, publication in Wisconsin People & Ideas and a reading […]

  • Publishing Industry News: Jan. 17, 2020

    Curious about what’s happening in the world of books and publishing? Catch up on the biggest acquisitions, news, adaptations and more here! • Egyptologists have discovered the oldest copy of what’s being described as the world’s first illustrated book: a 4,000-year-old edition of the Book of Two Ways, an ancient Egyptian guide to the afterlife […]

  • Readers Needed for 2020 Mother Language Day Reading

    Since Write On, Door County’s first year of programming in 2014, it has hosted the International Mother Language Day poetry reading. The event celebrates the languages of the world spoken here in Door County and invites audience members to relax and appreciate the rhythm and music of poetry rather than focusing on its message. This […]

  • Publishing Industry News: Jan. 10, 2020

    Curious about what’s happening in the world of books and publishing? Catch up on the biggest acquisitions, news, adaptations and more here! • Publishing giant Sonny Mehta, editor-in-chief of Knopf and chair of the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, died Dec. 30 in New York City at age 77. • After a months-long lawsuit against Audible and […]

  • Free Imaginative Writing Program for Door County Middle Schoolers

    Write On, Door County and The Ridges Sanctuary are teaming up to offer a free program to students in fifth through eighth grades – led by Jill Stukenberg – on Jan. 11, 12:30-3 pm.  What would happen to the goose that flew home for New Year’s Eve or the maple that refused to drop its leaves? […]

  • Publishing Industry News: Jan. 3, 2020

    Curious about what’s happening in the world of books and publishing? Catch up on the biggest acquisitions, news, adaptations and more here! • Neal Shusterman’s yet-to-be-released novel Game Changer is set to be adapted into a Netflix series. Netflix preemptively bought the rights to the novel, which is set to be released in September 2020. […]

  • Book Review: ‘UnDo It! How Simple Lifestyle Changes Can Reverse Most Chronic Diseases’

    by Amanda Bourbonais The key tenets of Dean and Anne Ornish’s “UnDo It! How Simple Lifestyle Changes can Reverse Most Chronic Diseases” are these: eat well, move more, stress less, love more. This 506-page manual breaks down the actionable steps to get you on the road to better living. And the studies the authors present […]

  • Readers Sought for Mother Language Day

    by Jerod Santek, Artistic Director, Write On, Door County Every February since 2000, International Mother Language Day has been observed around the world to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. The United Nations declared Feb. 21 as Mother Language Day to commemorate the 1952 shooting and killing of students who were demonstrating for recognition […]

  • Reflective Writing Circle Open to All

    Join Marggie Hatala of Doulagivers of Door County for the ongoing open reflective writing circle on Jan. 4, 10-11:30 am. The group meets monthly to experience the group energy of meditation and breathwork, followed by reflective writing time. This is for anyone interested in learning to open to the voice of the divine within and […]

  • Pulse Cover v20i31 Hal Prize Cover lit issue

    2014 Hal Prize Winners

    Photography First Place: Photography by Sadie Weber Fiction Winners First Place: Catfish Daysby Morgan Peters The stragglers from the morning crowd sat contentedly in their booths, leaning across the aisles to speak to one another, waffles and omelets testing the last loop on their belts. The group of four old women seated in the corner […]

  • Publishing Industry News: Dec. 27, 2019

    Curious about what’s happening in the world of books and publishing? Catch up on the biggest acquisitions, news, adaptations and more here! • New Door County resident Jordan Spencer released his first book Dec. 7. We have a lot to talk about … It’s cancer chronicles Spencer’s wife’s fight with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. […]

  • Stories from the Driftless Area by a Door County Teacher and Poet

    review by Thomas Davis “Ridge Stories: Herding Hens, Powdering Pigs, and Other Recollections from a Boyhood in the Driftless” by Gary Jones, Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2019, 208 pages Gary Jones’ wife was not pleased. “Go take them off,” she said. But the essayist and poet who used to teach at Gibraltar High School – and […]

  • Publishing Industry News: Dec. 20, 2019

    • Bestselling author James Patterson has announced the names of the independent booksellers who will receive grants as part of his 2019 Holiday Bookstore Bonus Program. This year, he selected a whopping 500 indie sellers who will receive grants totaling $250,000. • Jimmy Kimmel is donating the proceeds from his new children’s book, The Serious Goose, to […]

  • Library to Run Archives, Historical Museum

    Starting in 2020, the Door County Library will begin running the Door County Archives and administering the Door County Historical Museum. Tina Kakuske will be head of operations for the archives and museum in addition to her work as library director. “Libraries exist to make their collections available to the people they serve,” Kakuske said. […]

  • Door County’s Poetic Camaraderie

    “I was bitten.” So said Door County Poet Laureate Nancy Rafal upon taking a poetry-appreciation class at The Clearing Folk School in the early 2000s. After a decades-long break from writing poetry seriously, she found herself hooked again. “I thought, ‘Oh, my gosh, there are people who are writing poetry up here. There are people […]

  • ‘TALLAK! immigrant’: A Book for Everyone with Ancestors

    It was the cemetery, finally, that brought it full circle. ML Forier had devoted 23 years to researching the history of her family, starting with her great-grandparents, Tallak Tellifsen Høen and Ellen Karine Halvorsdatter Høen, who left Norway for America in the mid-1840s. Forier is the youngest daughter of the youngest daughter of the youngest […]

  • The Gift of Poetry

    compiled by Jerod Santek, Artistic Director, Write On, Door County Poetry makes a wonderful gift any time of the year, as do all books. During this season of gift-giving, current and former Door County and Wisconsin poets laureate offered their recommendations for poetry collections that make wonderful gifts. Devotions: The Selected Poems of Mary Oliver […]