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Door County Reads 2016 Schedule of Events

Door County Reads is now in its sixth year; this year’s choice, Ayad Akhtar’s American Dervish, has been available at Door County libraries thanks to the Friends of Door County Libraries. The program extends from Jan. 25 through Feb. 13, and includes book discussions, guest speakers, films, and play readings in connection with the novel and its themes. All of these events are sponsored by the Door County Library Foundation and presented at no charge. For more information visit doorcountyreads.org or call 920.743.6578.

Monday, Jan. 25 – 7 pm, Door Community Auditorium, 3926 Highway 42, Fish Creek

Join us for the Kick Off Celebration of American Dervish by Ayad Akhtar. Alan Kopischke will be our Master of Ceremonies. Rev. Dr. Matthew R. Knapp, Sr., Adjunct Assistant Professor of Master of Theological Studies at St. Norbert College, and Senior Pastor at the Sturgeon Bay Moravian Church will be the speaker. Contributing poetry will be Door County Poet Laureate Ralph Murre. Andria Nikoupolis-Weliky of Andria’s Dancin’ on the Door will provide dance and music. There will also be traditional Pakistani snacks and treats for everyone to enjoy.

Tuesday, Jan. 26 – 11 am, Ephraim Library, 9996 Water St.

Book discussion of American Dervish, led by Becca Berger, Door County Library Director.

Friday, Jan. 29 – 11 am, Washington Island Library, Main and Lakeview Roads

Book discussion of American Dervish led by Laura Kayacan, Door County Library Adult Services Librarian.

Friday, Jan. 29 – 6:30 pm, Jefferson Street Books, 616 Jefferson St., Sturgeon Bay

Book discussion of American Dervish led by Laura Kayacan, Door County Library Adult Services Librarian.

Sunday, Jan. 31 – 3 pm, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County, 10341 Hwy 42, Ephraim

Join us for a staged play reading by Isadoora Theatre Company. Disgraced is a Pulitzer-prize-winning play by Ayad Akhtar, the author of American Dervish. The reading will be directed by Marcel Bruyere, with assistance by Renée Kujawski and Sheila Saperstein.

Monday, Feb. 1 – 6:30 pm, Forestville Town Hall, 7705 County Road H, Sturgeon Bay

The Forestville and Maplewood Homemakers groups combine for a book discussion of American Dervish led by Becca Berger, Door County Library Director.

Monday, Feb. 1 – 7 pm, Björklunden, 75 Boynton Lane, Baileys Harbor

Join Peninsula Players as they present a reading of Ayad Akhtar’s play The Who and the What. This play explores the conflict that erupts within a Muslim family in Atlanta when an independent-minded daughter writes a provocative novel that offends her more conservative father and sister.

Wednesday, Feb. 3 – 1:30 pm, Jefferson Street Books, 616 Jefferson St., Sturgeon Bay

Book discussion of American Dervish led by Becca Berger, Door County Library Director.

Thursday, Feb. 4 – 2 – 4 pm, Baileys Harbor Town Hall, 2392 County Road F

“Calm in the Storm: Poetry for All Times and Places.” Sign up for a two-hour workshop that will include an exploration of the poetry of Rumi and other Sufi poets, as well as ways to use mindfulness to create poems. This is a collaboration between Write On, Door County and the Door County Library, with the workshop led by Ann Heyse of Write On, Door County. Sign up in advance by calling the library at 920.743.6578. Workshop is limited to 15 participants.

Friday, Feb. 5 – 7 pm, Crossroads at Big Creek, 2041 Michigan St., Sturgeon Bay

Door County Reads 2016 Keynote Address: “Understanding Islam: Fact and Fallacy.” The program will be presented by Steven Fink, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He is an expert on Islam in the United States and his research focuses on Islamophobia and connections between religion and sports. He will help to demystify the Muslim community. Archana Patel of Kinara Urban Eatery in Sturgeon Bay will provide ethnic food for the event.

Tuesday, Feb. 9 – 2:30 pm, Sister Bay-Liberty Grove Library, 2323 Mill Road, Sister Bay

Book discussion of American Dervish by members of the Readers Rampant Book Group. Participants and listeners are welcome.

Thursday, Feb. 11 – 2 pm, Sturgeon Bay Library, 107 S. 4th Ave.

Film and discussion: The War Within. The author of American Dervish, Ayad Akhtar, co-wrote and acted in this 90-minute film from 2005. Watch the film, then stay for a discussion led by film expert Mike Orlock.

Friday, Feb. 12 – 6 pm, Sturgeon Bay Library/Miller Art Museum, 107 S. 4th Ave.

Learn more about Islam and the Green Bay Masjid from a local member of the Islamic Society of Wisconsin. The Green Bay Masjid seeks to spread an understanding of Islam, Muslims, their origins and beliefs.

Saturday, Feb. 13 – 1-3 pm, Crossroads at Big Creek, 2041 Michigan St. Sturgeon Bay

Family Cultural Fair. Widen the whole family’s horizons by experiencing the sights, sounds and tastes of Pakistani culture.

Thursday, Feb. 18 – 10 am – 12 pm, Sturgeon Bay Library, 107 S 4th Ave.

Book discussion of American Dervish led by Door County Library Director Becca Berger for Learning in Retirement participants. LIR advance registration required.

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