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Door County writing classes, poetry readings, author appearances, meetups and more. Experience the rich literature community of the Door in inspiring settings.

  • Old Tech Offers New Opportunities for Visually Impaired

    Altrusa Club and Door County Library collaborate in Playaway initiative Some 6.3% of all Door County residents self-identify as having “vision difficulty” – 299 people (2%) ages 18-64, and 338 people ages 65 and older (4.3%) – according to a Wisconsin Department of Health and Human Services report that used data from the 2015-19 U.S. […]

  • What Artists Are Reading: Books every artist should have on their shelf

    Walk into any artist’s studio, and, along with the art and the materials needed to create the art, you’ll likely find a healthy collection of books about the craft written by other artists. Here, Door County artists share some of their most inspirational reads and why these tomes continue to have a place on their […]

  • February Reading Challenge at Algoma Library

    Join the Algoma Public Library for its second annual Family Winter Reading Challenge by tracking your reading on the Beanstack app through Feb. 28 to be entered to win a prize. Paper tracking logs are also available through the library. The challenge is open to families and individuals of all ages. Find more details at […]

  • Application Deadline Approaching for Write On Programs

    February 15 is the last day to submit applications for two upcoming Write On, Door County programs.  The first is its second master class of the year, On Urgency: A Memoir and Creative Nonfiction Workshop with Paul Lisicky, a best-selling author and Rutgers MFA Program director. The second is the annual Dick Scuglik Memorial Residency […]

  • Book Recommendation: ‘November 9’ by Colleen Hoover

    Recommended by Karlie Martens, bookseller at Novel Bay Booksellers What is better than a book about writing a book? That’s easy: a Colleen Hoover love story. November 9 is a story about Fallon and Ben, a meeting of pure chance, a yearly date, torturous heartbreak and the lives they lead in between. Fallon and Ben […]

  • Exploring the Library: Meet Libby by OverDrive

    by LAURA KAYACAN, Adult Services Librarian, Door County Library Library users in Wisconsin downloaded more than 7 million digital eBooks, audiobooks and magazines last year using the Wisconsin Digital Library, OverDrive, and many Door County Library users are familiar with the old blue-and-white OverDrive app. In 2017, OverDrive introduced Libby by OverDrive and recommended users […]

  • Peninsula Poetry: Ethel Mortenson Davis

    Ethel Mortenson Davis of Sturgeon Bay grew up on a dairy farm in Marathon County and trained as an artist at UW-Madison. Her poetry is intensely visual, demonstrating the same life, color and movement of her pastels. She’s had seven books published; her art has appeared in literary magazines and galleries; and she’s a member […]

  • Creating More Worlds at OtherWorlds

    The wife-and-husband team of Margaret and David Magle, owners of OtherWorlds Books & More, have always joked about running the entire right side of the lower floor in the Park Place Mall on Sturgeon Bay’s 3rd Avenue. “We laughed about it and thought it was never going to happen,” Margaret said. But “never” came quickly […]

  • WPI’s Fiction and Poetry Contest Open

    Since 1994, Wisconsin People & Ideas magazine has provided annual awards for excellence in Wisconsin-based writing and poetry. Submissions from Wisconsin residents and students age 18 and older are being accepted through March 15. Submit your best fiction and poetry works for a chance to win up to $500 and other prizes, along with publication […]

  • Door County Author Collective Forms

    In October 2021, Write On, Door County hosted local published authors during the inaugural Door County Writers and Book Fair. Following that event, the authors continued to meet and formed the Door County Published Authors Collective (DCPAC).   The newly formed group wants to bring together local writers and champion them as heavily as the community’s […]

  • Write On Residency Scholarship Closing Soon

    Write On, Door County is offering the Dick Scuglik Memorial Residency and Scholarship to a poet or other writer who has a demonstrated ability and interest in ekphrastic writing. The application deadline is Feb. 15, and the residency is awarded annually during the third week of June. The program honors the memory of Dick Scuglik […]

  • Save on Young-Writer Conference Through Feb. 1

    Early-bird registration for Write On, Door County’s Young Author Conference will end Feb. 1. Save $25 on the conference taking place March 18-19 at Sturgeon Bay High School. Registration is available for the full conference or Saturday only. Keynote presenters include John Coy, an award-winning author of books for young readers; Cathy Grier, an internationally […]

  • Door County Reads Kicks Off Jan. 30

    Events are about to get underway for the 2022 Door County Reads,  featuring two books – Population: 485 and Truck: A Love Story – by Wisconsin author Michael Perry. Door County Reads features two weeks of book discussions, play readings and panels centered around the book and its themes. All events will be presented virtually unless […]

  • 2021 Door County Top Reads

    Here’s a list of the bestselling books at some of our community’s independent bookstores and the Door County Library’s top checkouts. OtherWorlds, 41 N. 3rd Ave. in Sturgeon Bay • 40 Thieves on Saipan by Joseph Tachovsky• The Tannenbaum Christmas Quilt by Ann Hazelwood• Death Washes Ashore by Patricia Skalka• Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien• The Grinny […]

  • Writing Your Truth: Mentoring program creates safe space for women writers

    This year, 12 local women of different ages will embark on a yearlong writing journey in a productive environment where they can write and share the truth of their lives without fear of judgment or criticism. In Writing Your Truth, these women will get support from each other and mentors through the program offered by […]

  • Libraries Celebrate Wisconsin in 2022

    by Tina Kakuske, Director, Door County Library Door County libraries are delivering focused on the theme Celebrate Wisconsin in 2022. Events will highlight what’s great about the Badger State in anticipation of the 175th anniversary of its statehood in 2023. Door County Reads will start the celebration by featuring Wisconsin writer Michael Perry. The celebration […]

  • Door County Reads Kicks Off Soon

    There’s still time to join the 2022 edition of Door County Reads. The selections this year are Truck: A Love Story and Population: 485: Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time, both by author and humorist Michael Perry. There are still a few copies left at the Sturgeon Bay Library, so get one before […]

  • Library Book Clubs to Join in 2022

    Looking to start the year right with your reading goals? Meet other readers this year by joining one of the six library book clubs. Some groups plan their reads on six-month schedules, and others for the full year, so check back as more titles are added. In addition, many of these clubs have Facebook groups […]

  • 2022 Hal Prize Now Open

    Looking to set some writing goals for 2022? Then make the Hal Prize part of those goals!  The contest offers publication in 8142 Review, the Peninsula Pulse’s new literary periodical. First-place winners in all categories – poetry, fiction, nonfiction and photography – will receive $250 and a mug made by Clay Bay Pottery in Ellison Bay. Second […]

  • Join Algoma Library Reading Challenge In 2022

    Explore new horizons, traverse uncharted territory and journey to distant lands this year with the Algoma Public Library’s 2022 Reading Challenge. This reading initiative, running Jan. 1 – Dec. 31, 2022, is designed to help readers keep track of their reading and try out new genres. Simply log your reading throughout the year – no […]