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

  • Peninsula Poetry: A Conversation With Carrie Sherrill

    Carrie Sherrill has lived in Door County for 24 years. She is a retired RN and caterer by trade, but has always written and dabbled in poetry. She has a degree with an emphasis on Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. The past two years, Carrie and her husband Peter, also a poet, […]

  • Book Recommendation: “The Ball at Versailles” by Danielle Steel

    Recommended by BARB HUSCH, Forestville Library Branch Manager It’s 1959 in Paris. A ball is to be held at the Palace of Versailles for a select group of debutantes.  Four American girls have been invited to the ball, but none of them feel that they belong there and must be convinced by their parents to […]

  • Bestsellers for the week ended March 10.

    TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION 1. Dune, by Frank Herbert 2. Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone, by Benjamin Stevenson 3. The Song of Achilles, by Madeline Miller 4. Happy Place, by Emily Henry 5. Bride, by Ali Hazelwood TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION 1. Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants, by Robin […]

  • New Open Mic For Prose Writers

    Write On, Door County will begin a monthly open-mic storytelling series for writers of fiction, essays, memoir, and other forms of prose, with an inaugural session on March 24, 2-4 pm.  The series will continue on the fourth Sunday of each month, hosted by Tony Smith and Rosemary Steubi. Light refreshments will be served and […]

  • Bestsellers list for week ended March 3

    HARDCOVER FICTION 1. The Women, by Kristin Hannah 2. Wandering Stars, by Tommy Orange 3. The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store, by James McBride 4. Three-Inch Teeth, by C.J. Box 5. Martyr!, by Kaveh Akbar HARDCOVER NONFICTION 1. Mostly What God Does: Reflections on Seeking and Finding His Love Everywhere, by Savannah Guthrie 2. The […]

  • Bargains For Bookworms

    The Friends of Door County Libraries will host a book sale on March 16, 9:30 am – 12 pm.  What started as a single July book sale has expanded to a year-round event, with volunteers processing some 2,000 donations a month. All book sale proceeds support the Friends, funding programs and activities at all eight […]

  • Book Recommendation: “Still True” by Maggie Ginsberg

    Recommended by SALLY COLLINS, Peninsula Pulse contributor  Set in the fictional town of Anthem, Wisconsin, Maggie Ginsberg’s award-winning debut novel, Still True, peers into the complicated private lives of three individuals.  Those individuals are Claire Taylor, an unemployed newspaper reporter who was recently relocated to the small town with her husband and 10-year-old son, and […]

  • Local Author Publishes Book Of Short Plays

    Local author Phyllis Zatlin’s new book of plays, All That’s Golden Doesn’t Glitter, illustrates that old age isn’t for the faint of heart.  Published in cooperation with the Door County Playwrights’ Collective (DCPC), the collection of four short comedies includes “Her Favorite Grandson,” “Where’s There’s a Way There’s a Will,” “Old Letter Writers Never Die” […]

  • Dan Egan Chases Down the Devil’s Element

    Journalist and author Dan Egan grew up in Green Bay and spent many childhood weekends and family vacations in Door County, playing in the water and along the shores of Lake Michigan. Then he made a beat out of those waters as a journalist at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, where he earned acclaim for his […]

  • Young Writers Creative Camp at Write On, Door County

    Kids WOW!, Write On, Door County’s annual creative camps for young writers, will return July 8-12 this year. Children’s author John Coy will lead third to fifth graders through the process of creating a picture book, focusing on characters, setting and creating tension. At the end of the week, participants will have their own picture […]

  • This Week’s Bestsellers

    TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION 1. Horse, by Geraldine Brooks 2. Bride, by Ali Hazelwood 3. A Court of Thorns and Roses, by Sarah J. Maas 4. Chain Gang All-Stars, by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah 5. A Court of Mist and Fury, by Sarah J. Maas TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION 1. Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the […]

  • Emily Dickinson Poetry Series Features Scott Lowery

    Milwaukee writer and educator Scott Lowery will make his first appearance at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County’s (UUFDC) Emily Dickinson Poetry Series on March 6. Lowery will read from his new collection of poems, Mutual Life, which examines everyday life during tumultuous times – specifically, the past 8 years. These poems look for […]

  • Book Recommendation: “The Heiress” by Rachel Hawkins

    Recommended by MORGAN KIEDROWSKI, bookseller at Novel Bay Books Every family has secrets – some more than others.  When Camden McTavish walked away from his childhood home in Rachel Hawkins’ latest book, The Heiress, he knew he couldn’t hide from his family history forever.  As a young child, Camden McTavish was adopted by the stunning […]

  • Bestsellers for the week ended February 11

    TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION 1. Bride, by Ali Hazelwood 2. Throne of Glass, by Sarah J. Maas 3. A Court of Thorns and Roses, by Sarah J. Maas 4. Babel, by R. F. Kuang, Harper 5. The Thursday Murder Club, by Richard Osman TRADE PAPERBACK NONFICTION 1. Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings […]

  • Playwriting, Word Games And A Poetry Potluck

    Award-winning actor and playwright Richard Gustin will teach an introductory playwriting workshop on Feb. 27, 6-8 pm. The $40 workshop will be held online.  Former Wisconsin Poet Laureate Dasha Kelly Hamilton will play word games and lead a special poetry workshop for high school students on March 2, 10 am – 12 pm.  The same […]

  • School And Public Presentations By Duncan Tonatiuh

    Every year, the Door County school library media specialists organize a presentation by a published author for the local schools. This year’s presenter is picture book author and illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh.  Tonatiuh has published 14 fiction and non-fiction books and won numerous awards for his writing and illustrations. His work focuses primarily on Mexican and […]

  • Bestsellers

    HARDCOVER FICTION 1. The Women, by Kristin Hannah 2. House of Flame and Shadow, by Sarah J. Maas 3. The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store, by James McBride 4. Martyr!, b Kaveh Akbar 5. Remarkably Bright Creatures, by Shelby Van Pelt HARDCOVER NONFICTION 1. The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny and Murder, by David […]

  • Write On’s Santek Gets Prestigious Honor from AWP

    AWP’s George Garrett Award is for Outstanding Community Service in Literature Write On, Door County founding and artistic director Jerod Santek recently returned from a literacy conference in Kansas City with a hoarse voice and a new accolade: the George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature, received for his previous work at the […]

  • Bestsellers

    Trade Paperback Fiction 1. A Court of Thorns and Roses, by Sarah J. Maas 2. Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone, by Benjamin Stevenson 3. House of Sky and Breath, by Sarah J. Maas 4. Horse, by Geraldine Brooks 5. House of Earth and Blood, by Sarah J. Maas Trade Paperback Nonfiction 1. Killers […]

  • “Sand County Almanac” On The Reading List

    Crossroads Book Club welcomes anyone who has read, or wants to borrow a copy of, Aldo Leopold’s Sand County Almanac to a discussion at 10 am Wednesday, Feb. 21 Collins Learning Center, 2041 Michigan St., Sturgeon Bay.