by Morgan Mann, Community Relations Library Assistant
Door County is a place that nurtures creativity and brings artists together, including writers. It’s fitting, then – and fortunate – that the Door County Library houses an extensive collection of books about the county by local authors, and it frequently hosts author talks and makes the recordings available on YouTube.
Here are a few titles in the library stacks that will transport you through history, prose and art. You can also browse an extensive list of authors at doorcountylibrary.org/readers-resources.
Norbert Blei was a prolific Door County author and artist who has been celebrated for his sense of community in his writing. The library has 12 Blei books in its collection, including Adventures in an American’s Literature; Door Steps: The Days, The Seasons; and Door Way: The People in the Landscape. His first book, The Hour of the Sunshine Now: Short Stories, published in 1978, resides in the Laurie History Room at the Sturgeon Bay Library and is available for checkout at the Ephraim, Fish Creek and Sister Bay/Liberty Grove libraries.
With pen-and-ink sketches highlighting the text of Harbor Tales: Washington Island through the 1800s, Stories and Sketches, Patricia Cauldwell showcases a collection of mini stories, history and folklore of the Irish, Scandinavian and other immigrants who came to fish in the abundant waters and cut timber in the forests of Washington Island. Copies are available at the Ephraim and Washington Island libraries.
Since 1979, Robert “Bob” Rogers has written more than 24 romance novels under the female pseudonyms of Lee Rogers, Jean Barrett and Jean Thomas. His newest novel, a romantic-suspense novel written under his pen name Jean Thomas, is Too Good To Be True. It’s available at the Sister Bay/Liberty Grove library.Local author Rosemary Hintz has written Return to Sawyer School, a work of historical fiction about a young girl growing up during the Great Depression and the war years of the 1940s. It’s found in the Laurie History Room at the Sturgeon Bay Library and is available for checkout at the Fish Creek and Sister Bay/Liberty Grove libraries.