Door County Reads Events Begin

The 2023 Door County Reads program will start this weekend with its official kickoff event. The selection this year is Andrew Graff’s Raft of Stars: the tale of two boys who run away into the wilds of northern Wisconsin and the people who are out searching for them.

Former Gibraltar teacher and outdoor enthusiast Ron Lang will be the featured speaker at the kickoff event, planned for Jan. 29, 2-4 pm, at the Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor. Guests can enjoy music, snacks and nonalcoholic beverages.

Graff will visit Door County for a keynote presentation Feb. 4, 1 pm, at the Sturgeon Bay High School auditorium, and award-winning short-story writer Rebecca Meacham will join him.

The Door County Reads event lineup includes book discussions, movie screenings, panel discussions and more. Some programs are offered virtually and in person. Find all the details at

Here are the programs coming up this week.

JAN. 29

Kickoff Event
2-4 pm, Kress Pavilion, 7845 Church St. in Egg Harbor
Featuring guest speaker Ron Lang, music, snacks and nonalcoholic beverages. Lang, an outdoor enthusiast, will talk about his experiences in the wilderness and his time as a teacher.

JAN. 30

Movie Screening
2 pm, Fish Creek Library, 4097 Hwy 42
Showing Stand by Me, a 1986 American coming-of-age film about four boys who, after hearing that a local boy is missing, set out to find the body, solve the case and become local heroes (rated R).

JAN. 31

Book Discussion
10:30 am, Write On, Door County, 4210 Juddville Road in Fish Creek
Facilitated by Jerod Santek. Coffee and light refreshments will be served.

FEB. 1

Book Discussion
1 pm, Fish Creek Library, 4097 Hwy 42

Book Discussion
7 pm, Baileys Harbor Library, 2392 Cty F

FEB. 2

Reflections of Trauma and Resilience
9-10:30 am, County Government Board Room, 421 Nebraska St. in Sturgeon Bay
Join Jodi Rose Gonzales, Milly Gonzales, Dori Goddard, Rebecca Nicholson and Sarah Perzycki as they discuss the prevalence and impact of trauma in our community, and how it relates to the featured read.

Book Discussion
1 pm, Ephraim Library, 9996 Water St. (Hwy 42)

FEB. 3

Play Reading
7 pm, Third Avenue PlayWorks, 239 N. 3rd Ave. in Sturgeon Bay
Reading of Dairyland by Heidi Armbruster.

FEB. 4

Keynote Presentation
1 pm, Sturgeon Bay High School auditorium, 1230 Michigan St.
Join author Andrew Graff and award-winning short-story writer Rebecca Meacham for a Q&A discussion. Audience members may send questions in advance to [email protected].