Category: Fiction

  • Stephen King’s The Stand: A Perfect Pandemic Read

    Welcome to a new installment of the Door County Readers series. Twice a month, we invite readers to talk about which books have been most influential to them, their favorite authors, what they’re reading now and more. This week, Peninsula Pulse editorial intern Solomon Lindenberg discusses reading Stephen King’s The Stand during a pandemic. Let […]

  • Door Reader Series: Fahrenheit 451

    I was in seventh grade the first time that I read Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. I wasn’t a particular fan of science fiction, nor was I a fan of dystopian fiction. That being said, Fahrenheit 451 didn’t even register as belonging to a genre as I read it.  Bradbury’s language was so rich and real […]

  • Celebrating the Literature of Pride

    Book recommendations by queer authors An important part of Pride Month – and of continued support of the LGBTQIA+ community throughout the year – is sharing the stories and voices of those in the community. Whether you’re a fan of fiction, nonfiction or poetry, you should find something to savor from this list of stories […]

  • REVIEW: ‘Virgil Wander’

    During the 1980s and ’90s, many Americans were thinking fondly of rural Minnesota, largely thanks to Garrison Keillor and his radio tales of Lake Wobegon: “The little town that time forgot, that the decades cannot improve.” If Lake Wobegon was not the listener’s hometown, it might have been the place where Grandmother had lived.  People […]

  • Where We Write: Authors on Where they Find Inspiration

    Ben Franklin did it in the bathtub. Toni Morrison in a motel room. Stephen King on a table between the washer and dryer. Where authors go to access their creativity often begins with their physical space. Whether it’s a bustling coffee shop or a secluded study, the end game for writers is the same: to […]

  • Bestseller List: May 10, 2019

    HARDCOVER FICTION1. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens2. Neon Prey by John Sandford3. Normal People by Sally Rooney4. Lost Roses by Martha Hall Kelly5. Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James HARDCOVER NONFICTION1. The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life by David Brooks2. Educated by Tara Westover3. Becoming by Michelle Obama4. Nanaville: […]

  • Patricia Skalka Launches New Book

    The Peninsula Bookman will host a reception and launch party May 17, 5-6 pm, celebrating the release of Death by the Bay, Patricia Skalka’s fifth installment in her Dave Cubiak mystery series. Her earlier novels in the series have occupied the top spots on the Door County bestseller list. Skalka will read from her work, […]

  • Q&A with the 2019 Hal Prize Judges

    We had the opportunity to talk with the 2019 judges for the Hal Prize in Literature and Photography – Tytia Habing (photography), Cynthia Swanson (fiction), Ira Sukrungruang (poetry) and Thomas Pecore Weso (nonfiction) – about their art. Peninsula Pulse (PP): When did you know you wanted to be a writer or photographer? Cynthia Swanson (CS): I […]

  • Bestseller List: May 3, 2019

    TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION1. The Overstory by Richard Powers2. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles3. Washington Black by Esi Edugyan4. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris5. The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION1. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah2. Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer3. This Blessed Earth: A Year in the Life […]

  • May Book Club Meetings

    May 7Winter Book Club, reading The Rent Collector by Camron Wright, Ephraim Library, 10:30 am.Multicultural Book Club, reading Meet Me at the Museum by Anne Youngson, Sturgeon Bay Library, 1 pm. May 9The Best Book I Never Read, reading A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle, Starboard Brewing in Sturgeon Bay, 5:30 pm. May 13Bittersweet […]

  • Write On’s Developing a Writing Habit Course

    Write On, Door County ( presents Developing a Writing Habit, a weeklong course for those who want to start or continue a writing routine. Sessions will be held May 6-10, 9-11am, at Write On’s Juddville property. Weather permitting, they will be held at The Coop, the former writing studio of author Norbert Blei. Tuition is […]

  • Hal Prize Q&A: 2018 Hal Prize Fiction Winner

    Since 1998, the Peninsula Pulse has been memorializing Hal Grutzmacher through our Hal Prize contest in literature, prose and photography. The contest brings in accomplished writers and photographers to judge the hundreds of submissions from the community and beyond. The deadline to submit work for the 2019 Hal Prize is May 1. Visit to […]

  • Bestseller List: April 26, 2019

    HARDCOVER FICTION 1. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens2. The American Agent by Jacqueline Winspear3. Women Talking by Miriam Toews4. Metropolis by Philip Kerr5. There There by Tommy Orange HARDCOVER NONFICTION1. Educated by Tara Westover2. Becoming by Michelle Obama3. Working by Robert A. Caro4. Save Me the Plums: My Gourmet Memoir by Ruth Reichl5. […]

  • The Prolific Joe Lansdale

    The first time I came across the writing of Joe R. Lansdale was in a 1987 collection of short stories called The Black Lizard Anthology of Crime Fiction. The brief bio accompanying “The Pit” – his story in the collection – read, “Joe R. Lansdale has written so well in so many genres [that] publishers aren’t […]

  • ‘Livingston Bunny’ Debuts As First in Children’s Book Series

    About a quarter-century ago, Carollyn Lopez’s grandmother, Lois Hastings; and her mother, Margaret Culberson, were in a gift shop where Margaret saw a stuffed brown bunny that she liked, and Lois bought it for her. They couldn’t have imagined the life that bunny would have. Fast forward a few years, when the bunny – by […]

  • The Bestseller List: April 19, 2019

    TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION1. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles2. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman3. The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin4. Warlight by Michael Ondaatje5. The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION1. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah2. We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates3. Heavy: An […]

  • What We’re Reading

    Whether they come in print, e-book or audiobook form, the members of the Pulse staff enjoy taking a moment away from the journalism life to delve into the realm of books. From mystery to history to science fiction, you can see the staffers enjoy a variety of genres. Here’s what some of them are currently […]

  • The Bestseller List: April 12, 2019

    HARDCOVER FICTION1. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens2. The American Agent by Jacqueline Winspear3. There There by Tommy Orange4. Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James5. Circe by Madeline Miller HARDCOVER NONFICTION1. Becoming by Michelle Obama2. Educated by Tara Westover3. Shortest Way Home: One Mayor’s Challenge and a Model for America’s Future by Pete […]

  • Hal Prize Deadline Is May 1

    The Peninsula Pulse proudly presents the 2019 Hal Prize. Awarded annually since 1998, the mission of the Hal Prize is to encourage and appreciate artistic expression in various literary forms and photography. The competition offers publication in the Peninsula Pulse’s annual Literary Issue, reaching a readership of 18,000. Prizes include cash awards of up to […]

  • Bestseller List: April 5, 2019

    TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION1. The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin2. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman3. The Huntress by Kate Quinn4. The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn5. An American Marriage by Tayari Jones TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION1. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah2. White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo3. Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling […]