As the temperatures start to drop, it’s time to think about which books to
have on your winter reading table. To help, Write On, Door County
(writeondoorcounty.org) is presenting numerous opportunities to meet poets and novelists and find new books to enjoy and learn from. All programs are free and open to the public; donations are appreciated.
Door County Poet Laureate Nancy Rafal and Wisconsin Poet Laureate
Margaret Rozga will read from their poems displayed on the Newport State
Park Poetry Trail on Oct. 6, 1 pm. Participants will walk the trail with the
poets, who will stop at each stanchion to read. In the event of inclement
weather, the reading will begin at 1:30 pm in the Jensen Center at The
Clearing Folk School in Ellison Bay.
Local and national poets will gather for a round-robin poetry reading at Egg
Harbor’s Kress Pavilion on Oct. 10, 7 pm. Former Door County Poet
Laureate Sharon Auberle, Appleton arts advocate Cathryn Cofell, former
Wisconsin Poet Laureate Karla Huston, and former Sacramento, California,
Poet Laureate Viola Weinberg will read from their work. Enjoy a light
Texas novelist Chris Cander will read from and discuss her novel, The
Weight of a Piano, during a special event at a private Sturgeon Bay home
Oct. 12, 3 pm. The reading is open to the public, but reservations are
Young-adult novelist Angie Stanton will share the research process for her
time-travel novel, Waking in Time, which involved broad-reaching fact-
finding about such details as the bombing at the University of Wisconsin’s
Sterling Hall and the cost of pay-phone calls during the 1930s. Stanton will
encourage audience members to share their memories during this special
program at the Aging & Disability Resource Center in Sturgeon Bay.
Author Thomas Davis of Sturgeon Bay will discuss his latest novel, In the
Homeland of Unsettled Dreams, on Oct. 12, 2 pm, at Novel Bay Booksellers
in Sturgeon Bay. It tells the true story of families of escaped slaves who
established a fishing community on Washington Island.