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  • 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. […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Book Review: ‘Simple Things: Lessons from the Family Farm’

    Simple Things: Lessons from the Family Farm Jerry Apps, 138 pages, Wisconsin Historical Press, 2018 Review by Terri Schlichenmeyer Ropes of diamonds and gold are not for you. A fancy car has no place in your garage, your home isn’t TV-worthy, and you’re happy with uncomplicated meals, hold the mustard. While it’s nice to have big […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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.   […]

  • Bestseller List: Nov. 30, 2018

    PAPERBACK FICTION 1. Less by Andrew Sean Greer Hope Never Dies by Andrew Shaffer Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan PAPERBACK NONFICTION 1. Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari On Tyranny by Timothy […]

  • Bestseller List: Nov. 23, 2018

    HARDCOVER FICTION 1. Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver 2. Past Tense by Lee Child 3. The Reckoning by John Grisham 4. The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa 5. Elevation by Stephen King HARDCOVER NONFICTION 1. Whose Boat Is This Boat?: Comments That Don’t Help in the Aftermath of a Hurricane by The Staff of The […]

  • Review: ‘My Own Words’

    My Own Words By Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 400 pages, Simon & Schuster, 2016 Review by Carolyn Kane The amazing Ruth Bader Ginsburg has inspired a variety of Halloween costumes, T-shirts, and action figures; two coloring books; a song cycle; a play; a movie; and an opera. The praying mantis Ilomantis ginsburgae is named in her […]

  • Friends of Door County Libraries’ 2018 Holiday Book Sale

    The Friends of Door County Libraries’ Annual Holiday Book Sale is scheduled for Dec. 1, 9 am–2 pm. Held in the Mel Madel Friends Room at the Sturgeon Bay Library, this event offers a chance to find gifts for all the book-lovers on your list. Throughout the year, volunteers cull the hundreds of gift-worthy books […]

  • A History of Beer and People: New book details brewing history of Duluth-Superior

    Tony Dierckins writes local history books for a living, but his latest release didn’t seem like work. “It was a fun book to put together. A lot of work but fun at the same time, which is rare. Usually it’s just a lot of work,” he said. Naturally Brewed, Naturally Better: The Historic Breweries of […]

  • Apple Pie

    Some subjects one ought like to wade into out of respect. Theology for instance. The same reason that on a hot summer evening I like to slowly wade into the creek below the back pasture (soybeans this year), because the water is so cold, hypothermic (really). Cold water can re-focus your body’s consciousness. I have […]

  • Spooky (And Not So Spooky) Halloween Books for Kids

    Halloween is a holiday for children. Adults may try to get in on the fun by throwing masquerade parties, but children — their candy, costumes, and trick-or-treating adventures — make Halloween what it is. And for parents who worry about sugar overdoses, a charming Halloween picture book might be the perfect low-calorie treat. The Spooky […]

  • The Starling for Citizenship

    Starlings are unloved, with notable exceptions being Shakespeare and Mozart. Few poets find the starling an attractive bird, most do not. The starling is broadly reviled as an urban pest bird, the haunt of every feedmill, lumber yard, shopping mall, church belfry, every industrial egregiousness, every road bridge. Starlings even fly weird. They look clownish. […]

  • Hal Prize for Nonfiction, 1st Place: The Empress of Ice Cream

    Judge’s Comments “‘The Empress of Ice Cream’ is a complex exploration of parenthood after divorce. It elegantly weaves personal and generational memory to reveal the legacy of inadequacy in parenting.” – José Rodríguez The Empress of Ice Cream by Briana Loveall My daughter’s relationship with my husband started slowly, like the cautious unfolding of the […]

  • 2018 Hal Prize Poetry, Prose, and Photography Winners

    Many creative endeavors begin with bravery and hope. The Hal Prize is no different. For me, the contest always starts with the bravery and hope of submitters. It takes bravery for writers and photographers – both experienced and amateur – to offer up their work for critique and judgment. When you create something, you show […]

  • Peter Sloma: Fish Creek’s Resident ‘Generalist’

    A decade ago, with the advent of e-books, prognosticators predicted the end of the printed book. And for a time it looked like the predictions might be correct; but after a rapid rise in sales through 2013, e-book sales have since leveled off. Indeed, the number of printed titles being published each year from established […]

  • Washington Island Lit Fest Announces Author Slate

    The Washington Island Literary Festival Committee announced the festival’s 2018 slate of authors who reflect the festival’s theme of “Words on Water.” The 6th Annual Festival will be held Sept. 13-16 at the Trueblood Performing Arts Center and various locations throughout the island. “All of the authors invited to this year’s festival have made clean […]