Door County Reads 2019 Schedule: A Community Creating Waves Together

The 12th season of Door County Reads, presented by the Door County Library, begins Feb. 3 with a kickoff event at Birch Creek Music Performance Center.

During Door County Reads, two books take center stage during the month of February. This year’s selections are The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan and Wintering by Peter Geye. Water plays a central role in the books and planned events. Check out local libraries for book availability or visit

Anne Moser

Door County Reads broadens our understanding of our world, our communities and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Door County Reads aims to inspire conversation and discovery. Reading is just part of the Door County Reads experience – everyone is invited to attend a variety of Door County Reads programs around the county.

The Feb. 3 kickoff starts with an address by Wisconsin Water Library Senior Special Librarian Anne Moser. Other programming includes the opening of two photography exhibits, play readings by Peninsula Players and Third Avenue Playhouse, art gallery walks, book discussions, writing workshops, the Door County premiere of Wisconsin Water From the Air, and individual talks by both authors.

For more about the authors and a full listing of events, visit


All events are free and open to the public.

Sunday, Feb. 3

Kickoff Celebration, 12-2 pm

Birch Creek Music Performance Center, 3821 Cty E, Egg Harbor

Featuring music by Craig Konowalski and a keynote address by Anne Moser, senior special librarian at Wisconsin’s Water Library at UW-Madison, and a light brunch.

Monday, Feb. 4

Ancient Survivors Gallery Opens

All Door County Library branches

Get a glimpse of life under the water in this series of black-and-white images of sturgeon by artists around the world. The exhibit’s on view through Feb. 16.

Under the Surface Gallery Opens

The Ridges Sanctuary, 8166 Hwy 57, Baileys Harbor

View underwater photography by students enrolled in Northwest Passage, a therapeutic nature program. The exhibit’s on view through Feb. 16.

• Play Reading by Peninsula Players Theatre, 7 pm

Björklunden, 7590 Boynton Lane, Baileys Harbor

Apparitions, by Kristine Thatcher, explores real events and historical figures around Death’s Door.

Tuesday, Feb. 5

Book Discussion, 1 pm  

Sturgeon Bay Library, 107 S. 4th Ave.

Peter Geye’s book The Lighthouse Road, facilitated by Laura Kayacan

• “Research and Tales of a Ship Captain,” 5:30 pm

Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Library, 2323 Mill Road

Lynn Frederick, former charter fisherperson and field agent for the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant, will talk about her experiences and thoughts about The Death and Life of the Great Lakes.

• Potluck, 6 pm; Book Discussion, 7 pm

Forestville Town Hall, 7705 County H

Peter Geye’s book Wintering, facilitated by Tina Kakuske

Wednesday, Feb. 6

Book Discussion, 12 pm

Egg Harbor Library, 7845 Church St.

Dan Egan’s book The Death and Life of the Great Lakes, facilitated by Anne Moser

Book Discussion, 12 pm  

Washington Island Library, 910 Main Road

Peter Geye’s book Wintering, facilitated by Laura Hale

• Book Discussion, 7 pm

Baileys Harbor Library, 2392 Cty F

Dan Egan’s book The Death and Life of the Great Lakes, facilitated by Anne Moser

Thursday, Feb. 7

Book Discussion, 10:30 am

Door County Maritime Museum, 120 N. Madison Ave., Sturgeon Bay

Dan Egan’s book The Death and Life of the Great Lakes, discussed by the Great Lakes/Great Books Club, and presented by Write On, Door County.

• “Plastics in the Great Lakes,” 2 pm

Ephraim Library, 9996 Water St.

Anne Moser will speak about how plastics end up in our lakes and what people can do about it.

Friday, Feb. 8

Writing Workshop: Food Traditions, 1-4 pm

Write On, Door County, 4177 Juddville Road, Fish Creek

This workshop, led by Kathleen Ernst, will help participants recall, record and celebrate food traditions from their family or community. This workshop will include several writing activities designed to help capture food-related memories, and a brief discussion about techniques for preserving original recipes. Participants are welcome to bring a few recipes, photographs or other food-related mementos. To register, call 920.868.1457 or email [email protected]  

• Book Discussion, 2 pm

Scandia Village, 10560 Applewood Road, Sister Bay

Dan Egan’s book The Death and Life of the Great Lakes, facilitated by Laura Kayacan