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  • Margaret Rozga Named 2019-20 Wisconsin Poet Laureate

    The Wisconsin Poet Laureate Commission has selected Margaret “Peggy” Rozga of Milwaukee to serve as the Wisconsin Poet Laureate for 2019-20. The state’s poet laureate plays a crucial role in keeping the arts accessible and vital to all age groups, and the individual acts as a statewide emissary for poetry and creativity. “Peggy Rozga is […]

  • Wisconsin Author Releases Horror Novel Jan. 22

    Author Dean H. Wild of Brownsville, Wisconsin, will see the release of his first full-length novel on Jan. 22. The book, titled The Crymost, is a horror novel at its core, but it explores much more about the human condition than just fear. The strength of love and friendship and the power of tradition and […]

  • Wisconsin People & Ideas Fiction and Poetry Contest

    Send 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. Contest winners in both the fiction and poetry categories receive awards of $500 to $100, publication in Wisconsin People & Ideas and a reading at the […]

  • Review: ‘The Death and Life of the Great Lakes’

    The Death and Life of the Great Lakes, by Dan Egan, 384 pages, W.W. Norton & Company, 2017 Dan Egan first became interested in water pollution during his childhood in the Green Bay area, when the Fox River was too polluted for swimming. After college he moved to Milwaukee and became a prize-winning reporter for […]

  • Bestseller List: Jan. 11, 2019

    HARDCOVER FICTION1. Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver2. Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny3. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens4. Fire & Blood by George R. R. Martin, Doug Wheatley (Illus.)5. There There by Tommy Orange HARDCOVER NONFICTION 1. Becoming by Michelle Obama2. Educated by Tara Westover3. Whose Boat Is This Boat? by the staff […]

  • Bestseller List: Jan. 4, 2019

    HARDCOVER FICTION1. Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny2. There There by Tommy Orange3. Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver4. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles5. Virgil Wander by Leif Enger HARDCOVER NONFICTION1. Becoming by Michelle Obama2. Educated by Tara Westover3. The Library Book by Susan Orlean4. Almost Everything by Anne Lamott5. The Great Minnesota Cookie […]

  • Announcing the 2019 Hal Prize Contest

    The Peninsula Pulse newspaper proudly presents the 2019 Hal Prize. Conducted annually since 1998, the mission of the Peninsula Pulse’s Hal Prize is to encourage and appreciate artistic expression through various literary forms and photography. The contest has showcased works from individuals of all ages and backgrounds — novice writers and photographers to professionals. The […]

  • Bestseller List: Dec. 28, 2018

    TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION 1. Hope Never Dies by Andrew Shaffer 2. Less by Andrew Sean Greer 3. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris 4. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman 5. Milkman by Anna Burns TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION 1. Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann 2. Sapiens by Yuval Noah […]

  • Two Authors, Engaging Activities for Door County Reads 2019

    After you pick up your copy of one — or both — of the 2019 Door County Reads selections, the next step is filling your calendar will stimulating events to attend. The two selections are The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Dan Egan, and Wintering by Peter Geye. […]

  • Picture Books for Christmas

    By Carolyn Kane Where does Santa Claus go when he takes a summer vacation? How many snowflakes does it take to make a snowfall? How does a dinosaur celebrate Christmas? And why does Santa exclaim “Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night” after making a delivery? A curious reader can find the […]

  • Bestseller List: Dec. 21, 2018

    HARDCOVER FICTION 1. Kingdom of the Blind by Louise Penny 2. Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver 3. Virgil Wander by Leif Enger 4. There There by Tommy Orange 5. The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa HARDCOVER NONFICTION 1. Becoming by Michelle Obama 2. Educated by Tara Westover 3. Leadership: In Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns […]

  • Imagination Library Program to Kick Off at Fun Family Event

    The Door County Partnership for Children and Families (DCPCF), a program of United Way of Door County, has been working hard during the last year to bring the Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program to Door County children. The program will officially kick off at the Door County Library in Sturgeon Bay on Dec. 15, 10 […]

  • Authors Talk Writing at Pioneer Life Panel

    The Wisconsin Historical Society Press (WHSP) presents a panel discussion with three top-selling Wisconsin authors — Jerry Apps, Kathleen Ernst and Marnie Mamminga — on Dec. 9, 4:30 pm, at 702WI, located at 702 E. Johnson St., Madison. This moderated writing discussion will focus on what Apps, Ernst and Mamminga know best: the life and […]

  • New Coloring Book Series

    This winter the Wisconsin Historical Society Press (WHSP) published its first children’s coloring book series, Ojibwe Traditions. The four books in the series contain pictures to color, stories, and vocabulary, and they include activities such as word scrambles and mazes to help kids learn more about Wisconsin’s American Indian culture and traditions. Each book focuses […]

  • Door County Reads Announces 2019 Selections

    Door County Reads 2019 will host two authors this year when residents of Door County are once again invited to read one (or two) books and get together to discuss the subject(s). Copies of The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan and Wintering by Peter Geye will both be available at […]

  • Bestseller List: Dec. 14, 2018

    TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION 1. Hope Never Dies by Andrew Shaffer 2. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman 3. Less by Andrew Sean Greer 4. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris 5. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION 1. Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann 2. My Own […]

  • Bestseller List: Dec. 7, 2018

    HARDCOVER FICTION 1. Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver 2. Virgil Wander by Leif Enger 3. Fire & Blood by George R. R. Martin, Doug Wheatley (Illus.) 4. The Reckoning by John Grisham 5. The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa HARDCOVER NONFICTION 1. Becoming by Michelle Obama 2. Whose Boat Is This Boat?: Comments That Don’t […]

  • Ebenezer Lennox Scroggie

    The hymn was one we sang in church, page 23 in the old black Methodist hymnal, “Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing.” The second verse begins, “Here I raise my Ebenezer; Hither by thy help I’ve come.” To any kid snuggled among those craggy oak pews the name Ebenezer seemed a touch curious, after all […]

  • Dickinson Poetry Series Features Jami Hanreddy

    Jami Hanreddy is the featured poet in the UU Fellowship’s Dickinson Poetry Series on Dec. 12, 7 pm. Hanreddy first came to Door County in 1993 when she and her husband were invited by Fred Alley to come and hear what American Folklore Theater (now called Northern Sky) was all about.    Hanreddy had been […]

  • Gift Ideas for Bibliophiles

    The mistletoe is hung, and so are the garlands, ornaments, window decorations and lights. You’d be ready for the holidays, too, if you weren’t hung up on a gift for that one certain person. Now what? Now head to the nearest bookstore with this column in-hand, and look for one of these great books.   […]