Category: Literature

The latest news in the literature scene in Door County along with reviews, creative writing and news about The Hal Prize.

  • Peninsula Poetry: Holly Selle

    Holly Selle was born in Missouri, started school in Nevada, grew up in Texas, attended college in Iowa, completed one graduate program in Arkansas and then finished another in Alaska before settling down in Door County, where she has lived for the past 12 years.  Having moved around for most of her childhood, a sense […]

  • OtherWorlds Celebrates Independent Bookstore Day

    OtherWorlds Books & More will celebrate Independent Bookstore Day April 30, 9 am – 5 pm. Stop by to see the store’s expansion and the products added for spring and summer, including hundreds of “new” used books, more works by local authors, greeting cards and puzzles. A drawing will be held for a tote bag full […]

  • Book Recommendation: ‘Where the Sidewalk Ends’ by Shel Silverstein

    Recommended by GRACE JOHNSON, Peninsula Pulse staffer and bibliophile As National Poetry Month comes to end, I can’t help but think back to the poetry that has stuck with me. One collection that always comes to mind is this one by Shel Silverstein. As a kid, I was mesmerized by the fun and quirky poems, […]

  • Can You Read 1,000 Books before Kindergarten?: The answer is yes

    by BETH LOKKEN, Youth Services Librarian, Door County Library How long does it take to read 1,000 books? A book a day for 30 months. That seems like a lot, unless you’re reading to a child. When settled for naptime or bedtime, or snuggled on the couch, it’s so easy to pick up one more […]

  • Healing through Writing: Write On’s Health and Healing Conference

    Write On, Door County will present a three-day gathering May 13-15 focused on writing as a means of helping people deal with grief and loss, addiction and recovery, illness and wellness. Participants may take part in one, two or all three days of the program, which will be presented in various downtown Fish Creek locations. […]

  • Sue Jarosh Publishes Fifth Historical Children’s Book

    Sue Steckart Jarosh’s latest children’s book about Door County arrived from the printer this month and is full of adventure, excitement and well-researched history.  Camden and the Cana Island Cat, which is illustrated with Jarosh’s own photos, is her fifth book in a series of stories set in historical Door County lighthouses. Cana Island Lighthouse […]

  • OtherWorlds Hosts Book Signing

    OtherWorlds Books & More is celebrating National Poetry Month with a poetry-book signing April 23, 10 am – 2 pm.  One featured poet will be Mike Orlock, who was appointed Door County’s poet laureate in 2021. He’s a former high school teacher and coach who retired to Sturgeon Bay. Among his honors are the Wisconsin Writers’ […]

  • Author Visit at Kick Ash on April 26

    Kick Ash, 12001 Mink River Road in Ellison Bay, will host a gathering with Colleen Baldrica, author of Tree Spirited Woman, on April 26, 6-8 pm. The evening will begin with a book exchange, 6-7 pm, when guests should provide five books and then take five different ones home. Baldrica – an official Chippewa (Ojibwe) […]

  • Bench Dedication Honors Jan Luser

    BookNook Gardens (BNG) will host a storytime bench dedication April 30, 10 am, at the Storybook Trail in Murphy Park. This will be the group’s final gathering because it had previously announced its dissolution plans. Three benches are being placed along the Storybrook Trail to honor Jan Luser, a former BNG board director who died […]

  • Book Recommendation: New Folger Library, Shakespeare

    Recommended by LAURA KAYACAN, Adult Services Librarian, Door County Library  This April during National Poetry Month, I recommend my favorite poet of all time, William Shakespeare. Not only did he write a series of remarkable, timeless sonnets, but all of his plays are written at least partly in iambic pentameter or blank verse. Which other […]

  • DC Published Authors Collective: Rudy Senarighi

    Growing up in the northern Minnesota community of Cloquet, Rudy Senarighi began trout fishing as a youngster, often riding his bicycle eight miles in the dark to be able to be on the stream by sunrise. A diagnosis of cancer in 2000 prompted him to reassess life’s priorities. He began writing his first book, Listen […]

  • Book Recommendation: ‘Sounds Unheard, Songs of Home’ by Joseph Lopez

    Recommended by MARGARET MAGLE, owner, OtherWorlds Books & More I love it when I am able to have local authors come in with their books. Sounds Unheard, Songs of Home is one such book. The author, Joseph Lopez, is a writer living in Door County, and the poetry in this book shows a true love […]

  • Peninsula Poetry: Paulette Laufer

    Paulette Laufer grew up in West Bend, Wisconsin, and began writing poetry as an undergraduate at UW-Stevens Point. After earning her M.F.A. in dramatic art, she embarked on playwriting and theater work in the Washington, D.C., area.  She had never been to Door County when she first lived in Wisconsin; it was during that time […]

  • Poets Laureate Visit Novel Bay Booksellers

    A sampling of the finest work by the seven Door County poets laureate is featured in a new book, Seven By 7. A couple of the poets will sign books and chat with book lovers April 16, 11 am – 2 pm, at Novel Bay Booksellers, 44 N. 3rd Ave. in Sturgeon Bay. Frances May served […]

  • Book Recommendation: ‘Stephen Crane: Complete Poems’ by Stephen Crane

    April is Poetry Month, so to celebrate, all of our recommendations this month will be poetry collections. Recommended by STEVEN RICE, Manager, Door County Historical Museum and Archives Most famous for his classic Civil War novel The Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Crane had an outsized impact on American literature despite his short body of […]

  • National Library Week Celebrates Making Connections

    April 3-9, National Library Week, is a time to highlight the essential role that libraries, librarians and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening communities. The theme this year – Connect with Your Library – promotes the ideas that libraries are places to connect to technology by using broadband, computers and other resources, and that libraries […]

  • Local Schools Join GWT Program

    During another challenging year and the ongoing pandemic, students at 20 high schools across the state, including Kewaunee and Southern Door, have been reading and responding to James Weldon Johnson’s 1912 novel, The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man, as part of the 17th annual Great World Texts (GWT) in Wisconsin program (  Known only as […]

  • Write On Welcomes New Board Member

    Ashley Prange is the newest addition to the Write On, Door County board of directors. Born and raised in Green Bay, she spent summers in Egg Harbor, has worked in Washington, D.C. as a Capitol Hill staffer and as an analyst in the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Prange is also the founder and CEO of […]

  • A Wisconsin History Told through Its Barns

    Bill Tishler has always been interested in how things are built. His dad and oldest brother were carpenters, and the family garage had a woodworking shop, so it’s no surprise that years later, the longtime professor of landscape architecture has turned his curiosity toward the building of one of the trademarks of Wisconsin’s landscape. Tishler’s […]

  • Book Recommendation: ‘The Doctors Blackwell’ by Janice P. Nimura

    Recommended by JEANINE BRENNAN, Manager, Egg Harbor Library Branch March is Women’s History Month and a time to celebrate women who have pushed boundaries, influenced change and redefined roles.  In 1849, 29-year-old Elizabeth Blackwell became a medical doctor, and five years later, her younger sister Emily earned the same degree. During the next two decades, […]