Category: Literature

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

  • Orlock Releases New Book of Poetry

    Four Windows Press of Sturgeon Bay has released Toes, Toads, Turtles, Tulips: A Miscellany of Verse: the latest book of poetry by Mike Orlock, Door County’s current poet laureate. Former Door County poet laureate Sharon Auberle said the new volume is “both a trip and a treat.” This collection of poems explores bizarre contradictions in […]

  • Local Authors’ Book Becomes Award-winning Special

    As of Oct. 25, local author Joseph Tachovsky was on a road trip to visit the graves of some of the men with whom his father, Frank Tachovsky, served with during WWII – a platoon known as the 40 Thieves.  But just a few weeks prior, Tachovsky was in Minnesota accepting a 2022 Upper Midwest […]

  • Stop and Smell the Pipe Tobacco with Author Jude Stewart

    After penning 167 pages about color and 160 more about patterns, Jude Stewart was sick of writing about things she could see. So in her latest book, she switched to a different sense: smell. “Sometimes we’re aware of smell, but not often enough, and sometimes it is acting on us in ways that we’re not […]

  • Book Promotes Creativity

    During a recent talk and book signing at Cappaert Contemporary Gallery, Karen Kinney shared her new work, Doorways to Transformation: Everyday Wisdom for the Creative Soul.  Interspersing insights gleaned from living cross-culturally in Mexico, and drawing wisdom from everyday life, Kinney offers ways of thinking and being that help readers to nurture their inner potential […]

  • Book Recommendation: ‘Tender Is the Flesh’ by Agustina Bazterrica

    Recommended by MARY SAWYER, Ephraim Library Branch Manager Spooky season is upon us, and here at the library, people are asking for creepy reading recommendations. Some patrons want a Goosebumps scare that won’t keep them up at night; some want a vintage, Stephen King–style epic to get the blood pressure racing; and some scoff when […]

  • Miriam Erickson Will Enter Library Hall of Fame

    Longtime Gibraltar School librarian Miriam Erickson will soon add another honor to the long list of accolades she’s earned in a lifetime leading innovation in education.  The Wisconsin Heritage Center has chosen Erickson as the 2022 inductee into the Wisconsin Library Hall of Fame – an honor bestowed upon those who have made exceptional contributions to […]

  • Books and Booyah at the BHC

    Jerry Parins, former director of corporate security for the Green Bay Packers, will visit the Belgian Heritage Center (BHC) on Oct. 29 to talk about his book, Bodyguard to the Packers, and his fight against cancer. Parins’ talk will start at 10:30 am. Books with his autograph will be available for a minimum $10 donation, […]

  • Hazelwood Signs Final Book in Quilting Series

    Ann Hazelwood’s Door County Quilts series has come to a close with the release of the fifth novel, Christmas Surprises at the Door. Claire and the Quilters of the Door start the fall and Christmas season with apple picking at Marta’s farm in Baileys Harbor. Claire is enjoying having Grayson all to herself now that […]

  • Sense of Smell Inspires Writing

    Write On writer-in-residence hosts family-friendly program Write On, Door County will host an Autumnal Smelling Tour: a creative program for families using the sense of smell as inspiration. Jude Stewart, author of Revelations in Air: A Guidebook to Smell, will lead the tour Oct. 29, 10:30 am – 12 pm.  The program will explore scents of […]

  • Book Recommendation: ‘A Night in the Lonesome October’ by Roger Zelazny

    Recommended by STEVEN RICE, Museum and Archives Manager, Door County Historical Museum The last novel written by fantasy grand master Roger Zelazny before his death, this lively mix of supernatural horror and literary crossover has become a modern cult classic.  The plot centers around a cryptic occult game, played across London on Halloween, during which […]

  • Meeting Miss Beth

    Passion for her work fuels youth services librarian Beth Lokken To say that Beth Lokken is passionate about her work as the youth services librarian for the Door County Library is an understatement. Every decision she makes and every program she develops is done with the kids and teens she serves at the forefront of […]

  • Submit to the DISQUIET Literary Prize

    Submissions are now open for the DISQUIET Literary Prize: a contest for fiction, nonfiction and poetry by writers who have not yet published more than one book with a major press. The first-prize winner in fiction will be published on, in nonfiction on and in poetry on The Common. One grand-prize winner will […]

  • Author Releases Second Book in Series

    Wisconsin author Tim Fox has released his fourth book, A Place to Grow. The second book in his Place series, it continues to chronicle the adventures of a young girl and her cat on her great-aunt’s farm. Fox is also the author of the Journeys time-travel fantasy series, in which two young brothers travel into […]

  • Sturgeon Bay Author Releases Two Novels

    John Safranski of Sturgeon Bay has released a two-book series of science-fiction novels – Lost Faith and In Times Current – set in one of Wisconsin’s national forests that chronicles the stories of Bo Jones and his company, Badger Development. Earth’s once-vibrant ecosystem is disintegrating, and a global drought has lasted for years. Governmental collapses […]

  • Book Signing, Play Readings at OtherWorlds

    On Oct. 15, readers will have a chance to buy copies of Microtheatre: A Door County Debut of Short Plays from Wisconsin and Spain, have them signed by several of the playwrights, and be spectators for two play readings. Playwrights Bela Sandor, Nicholas Schweitzer and Tim Toepel will be on hand at OtherWorlds Books & […]

  • Smell the Season

    Stretch your senses and expand your notions of what smells mean during an autumnal smelling tour with Jude Stewart on Oct. 29, 10:30 am, at Write On, Door County. Stewart is the writer-in-residence and the author of Revelations in Air: A Guidebook to Smell.  Suitable for all ages, the tour will start with a few […]

  • Local Counselor Releases Book for Healing

    Narcissistic abuse is a subtle, but devastating form of abuse during which victims are often unaware that they are being manipulated and broken down from the inside out. In her new book, Brave Love 365, Erika Nelson offers daily inspiration and validation for survivors of narcissistic abuse and toxic relationships. Brave Love 365 reveals the […]

  • Book Recommendation: ‘The Most Haunted House in America’ by Jarrett Dapier, illustrated by Lee Gatlin

    Recommended by LIZ WELTER, Owner and Bookseller at Novel Bay Booksellers This is the spooky season, and there’s nothing better than a comfy couch, dim lighting, a fireplace blazing and a good story.  The Most Haunted House in America is a spooky story that the kiddos, adults and everyone in between will enjoy. The word […]

  • DC Published Authors Collective: Judy Ann Ritter

    Judy Ann Ritter earned her bachelor’s degree from UW-Madison and her master of education–professional development degree with an emphasis in environmental sciences from UW-Whitewater. She believes her love of writing began in college, when she was inspired by an amazing American literature professor. Ritter taught middle-school science in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, for 27 years. Her books […]

  • Learn to Write Family History

    Author Dan Powers is a retired teacher who has lived in Door County since 1986. There were no storytellers in his family, so he grew up knowing almost nothing about his extended family. In the 1990s, using only the few ancestral names he had, he began a genealogy search which uncovered extensive family and led […]