Category: Literature News

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  • Submit Writing for DISQUIET Literary Contest

    Submissions are now open for the DISQUIET literary prize. This contest is for writing in fiction, nonfiction or poetry, by a writer who has not published more than one book with a major press. The fiction winner will be published in, the nonfiction winner in and the poetry winner in The Common, and […]

  • National Book Awards Announced

    The National Book Foundation announced the winners of the 2021 National Book Awards on Nov. 17. The live-streamed ceremony was hosted by Phoebe Robinson, author of You Can’t Touch My Hair and Other Things I Still Have to Explain; Everything’s Trash, But It’s Okay; and the newly released Please Don’t Sit on My Bed in […]

  • Bonnie Jo Moore Publishes First Mystery Novel

    Bonnie Jo Moore’s first novel, Murder Takes a Vacation, is set in Sister Bay. In this first installment of her Mia Zielinski: Northern Door Mystery series, Zielinski – a gutsy polio survivor with a playful sense of humor and an uncanny ability to sense things – plans to spread the ashes of her long-dead daughter in the […]

  • New Releases at Novel Bay Booksellers

    The season of giving is gearing up, so here are some gift ideas – available at Novel Bay Booksellers, 44 N. 3rd Ave. in Sturgeon Bay – to consider for the young readers in your life. BABIES AND TODDLERS Gotta Go, Buffalo by Kevin and Haily Meyers Wee ones love lift-the-flap books and silly rhymes. Gotta Go, […]

  • Exploring the Library: Door County Library Resource Help

    by Laura Kayacan, Adult Services Librarian; and Shauwn Rosendale, Technical Support Specialist, Door County Library Did you know that we at Door County Library can assist with downloading digital books, audiobooks, magazines, music and videos with library apps on your cell phone, tablet or laptop? Library staff members are happy to help you with setting […]

  • December Reading Recommendations

    Looking for a gift for the book lover in your life? Check out these recommendations for inspiration! You can also find all of the book suggestions from past Peninsula Pulse reading-recommendations columns at Empty Mansions by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell Jr. Recommended by Morgan Mann, Community Relations Library Assistant, Door County Library Written […]

  • Bookish Gifts: Nonbook gift ideas for the reader in your life

    Not sure which book to choose for the reader in your life? Well, why not try out a bookish item instead? Here are a few ideas from a bibliophile. And before heading online, stop by some of Door County’s indie bookstores to check out their fun items. Keep the spirit of Small Business Saturday going […]

  • Write On Announces 2022 Events

    Write On, Door County announced a 2022 slate of conferences and events featuring award-winning authors, educators and speakers. The calendar includes three new themed conferences: Health and Healing, Young Writers, and Children’s Literature. Registration for conferences and select classes is open now. “It’s important to understand what an incredible thing this is for our community,” […]

  • Within Things Presents Evening of Strange History

    Within Things Curiosity Shop will present “Folklore: An Evening of Strange History and Odd Stories” on Dec. 5, 4:30 pm. During the mid-19th century, William Thoms coined the term “folklore” to describe the verbal tradition of sharing myths, legends and otherwise unexplainable phenomena. Within Things, 242 Michigan St., #B3, in Sturgeon Bay, will continue that […]

  • ‘Station Eleven’ Premieres Dec. 16 on HBO Max

    In 2019, HBO Max announced that it would be adapting Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel for a miniseries, and the first trailer was released recently. A Door County Reads selection for 2021, Station Eleven tells the story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered […]

  • ‘New York Times’ Editors to Announce Year’s Top Books

    On Nov. 30, the New York Times will announce its list of the 10 best books of 2021, but before the list is published for the general public, the Book Review will announce the titles in a virtual event just for subscribers. Editors Gal Beckerman, Lauren Christensen, Greg Cowles, Emily Eakin, Elisabeth Egan, MJ Franklin, […]

  • Register For, Donate to Imagination Library Program

    The Door County Partnership for Children and Families (DCPCF), a program of United Way of Door County, has served more than 1,100 of the county’s children during the past three years through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program – a free-book program for kids through 5 years old. Children who are registered for the program receive […]

  • Give the Gift of Creativity with the ‘8142 Review’

    A showcase of writing and photography is coming this Thanksgiving with the publication of the 8142 Review.  This new periodical is the home of the Hal Prize, the annual creative-writing and photography contest presented by the Peninsula Pulse and Write On, Door County. From 874 submissions, a panel of esteemed judges selected 26 works of […]

  • Join the NaNoWriMo Challenge: Tips to get your writing journey started

    October came and went so quickly that I wasn’t prepared for the fast-approaching train that was November – bringing with it National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). This event began in 1999 as a challenge to write 50,000 words of a novel in 30 days. Now, each Nov. 1, people around the world begin to write their […]

  • ‘Icons of Door County’ Captures Peninsula’s Beauty

    Door County photographer Luke Collins has published his first book, Icons of Door County, featuring a variety of his favorite images of the peninsula’s most memorable and recognizable parks, landmarks and vistas. From Cave Point to the Anderson Dock, the “winding road” to Peninsula State Park, Collins highlights each location with a series of photographs. […]

  • November Reading Recommendations

    Silverview by John le CarréRecommended by John Maggitti, manager, Novel Bay Booksellers John le Carré, the unchallenged master of the espionage novel, leaves us and this world with Silverview: a succinct narrative about the ends one will go to to remain relevant. This is not le Carré in long form. This is le Carré as […]

  • Exploring the Library: Door County Historical Books Online

    by Laura Kayacan, Adult Services Librarian, Door County Library Two influential books of note for researching Door County’s history and people are History of Door County, Wisconsin: The County Beautiful by Hjalmar Holand and History of Door County, Wisconsin by Charles I. Martin. Both are available online in a number of locations, and you can […]

  • Share Workforce Stories through Write On Program

    Write On, Door County will present a special, two-part program for those who work in the hospitality and service industries to share their workplace stories. This free program will be offered Tuesday, Nov. 9, and Tuesday, Nov. 16, 1-4 pm, and it’s limited to 12 participants.  Playwright and theater artist Rae Binstock will lead participants […]

  • Journalist’s Book of Obits Celebrates Life

    Obituaries are more than just reports of the dead: They are the written celebrations of their lives. Few know this better than Wisconsin State Journal reporter George Hesselberg, who, for more than 40 years, wrote about the unusual stories he uncovered while reporting on fatal accidents, crimes and death investigations. The Wisconsin Historical Society Press […]

  • Revisiting the Scholastic Book Fair

    I don’t think there was anything that got me more excited in elementary school than the Scholastic Book Fair, although getting to play on Kid Pix in the computer lab was a close second. The shiny metal boxes filled with books called to me, and the various erasers, pencils and other miscellany were a cherry on […]