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  • 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 thehalprize.submittable.com/submit 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. […]

  • New Work by John Odin Jensen: ‘Stories from the Wreckage’

    Every shipwreck has a story that extends far beyond its tragic end. Retired marine archaeologist John Odin Jensen dives into such tales in the Wisconsin Historical Society (WHS) Press’s newest history, Stories from the Wreckage: A Great Lakes Maritime History Inspired by Shipwrecks. Jensen mined the archaeological evidence and historic records from a selection of […]

  • IPPY Award Winners

    Two Wisconsin Historical Society Press books have earned gold medals in the 2019 Independent Publisher Book Awards – the IPPY Awards. Somos Latinas, a collection of oral histories documenting the lives and work of Wisconsin Latina activists, by Andreas-Teresa Arenas and Eloisa Gomez, won in the Women’s Issues category. How to Make a Life: A […]

  • New Book by Bruce H. Joffe: ‘Expat: Leaving the USA for Good’

    In an unprecedented time of turmoil and political chaos creating personal conflicts and public confusion, increasing numbers of Americans are considering moving out of their country. That’s the subject of EXPAT: Leaving the USA for Good, the latest book by former Sturgeon Bay pastor and retailer Bruce H. Joffe, who now lives in Portugal and […]

  • New Door County Cookbook

    Karen Buhk has kept her traditional family recipes alive in Happiness Is Homemade in Door County, a cookbook that contains recipes for more than 50 delicious desserts and meals from the past to the present. Photographs by her granddaughter-in-law, Sandy Buhk, make this cookbook even more special. Karen Buhk spent her childhood watching her grandmother […]

  • 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 […]

  • The Teaching Press Launches with Inaugural Book

    On April 4, UW-Green Bay’s The Teaching Press premiered its first book: a collection of poems by Tim Weyenberg called The Village and the Vagabond.The Teaching Press is a new, student-managed printing house on the UW-Green Bay campus that undergraduates in the spring 2019 Book Editing Practicum course are building from the ground up. It […]

  • 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 […]

  • New Book about ‘Nature’s Army’ in Wisconsin

    In his latest book, The Civilian Conservation Corps in Wisconsin: Nature’s Army at Work, prolific author Jerry Apps details the history of President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal program in Wisconsin. In the wake of the Great Depression, young men were left hungry and jobless until the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was established in 1933. Wisconsin’s […]

  • Southern Door Students at Great World Texts Student Conference

    At select high schools across the state, students have been studying renowned writer Jamaica Kincaid’s nonfiction narrative A Small Place, about life in Antigua – the Caribbean island where Kincaid spent her childhood. On April 8, these students – including some from Southern Door High School – will discuss A Small Place at the 15th annual Great […]

  • Bestseller List: March 29, 2019

    HARDCOVER FICTION1. Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens2. There There by Tommy Orange3. Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James4. Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid5. The River by Peter Heller HARDCOVER NONFICTION1. Educated by Tara Westover2. Becoming by Michelle Obama3. Women Rowing North by Mary Pipher4. Dreyer’s English by Benjamin […]

  • Bestseller List: March 22, 2019

    TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION1. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman2. The Huntress by Kate Quinn3. The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin4. The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff5. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION1. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah2. Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann3. White Fragility […]

  • Growing Kewaunee Readers

    GDuring National Library Week, April 7-13, the Kewaunee Public Library will introduce Growing Kewaunee Readers: a new initiative that features leveled reading challenges from birth to graduation to encourage reading in the community. Starting at a child’s birth, parents will read 100 books to the child before age two. Then their goals will be to […]

  • Bestseller List: March 15, 2019

    TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION 1. An American Marriage by Tayari Jones2. The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin3. The Friend by Sigrid Nunez4. The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris5. Less by Andrew Sean Greer TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION 1. Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann2. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah3. Go Ahead in the Rain […]

  • Justin Isherwood: What Is ‘Bitter Cold’?

    The weather reporter said, “Bitter cold, frigid cold, dangerously cold.” NPR characterized recent Midwest temperatures as “unbelievably cold.” I have a problem trusting a news source that refers to Wisconsin and Minnesota temperatures of -20 as “unbelievably cold.” Out of fairness, it did compare Duluth’s temperature to the daytime temperature on Mars, also at -20. […]

  • Book Club at Gibraltar School

    All book lovers are invited to join the Community Book Club in the community room of Gibraltar School on March 21, 6:30 pm. The group will be discussing The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead: an intense, beautiful and heartbreaking story that earned the Pulitzer in 2017. Take a snack to pass and a copy of […]