Category: Literature

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

  • November Reading Recommendations

    Silverview by John le CarréRecommended by John Maggitti, manager, Novel Bay Booksellers John le Carré, the unchallenged master of the espionage novel, leaves us and this world with Silverview: a succinct narrative about the ends one will go to to remain relevant. This is not le Carré in long form. This is le Carré as […]

  • Exploring the Library: Door County Historical Books Online

    by Laura Kayacan, Adult Services Librarian, Door County Library Two influential books of note for researching Door County’s history and people are History of Door County, Wisconsin: The County Beautiful by Hjalmar Holand and History of Door County, Wisconsin by Charles I. Martin. Both are available online in a number of locations, and you can […]

  • Share Workforce Stories through Write On Program

    Write On, Door County will present a special, two-part program for those who work in the hospitality and service industries to share their workplace stories. This free program will be offered Tuesday, Nov. 9, and Tuesday, Nov. 16, 1-4 pm, and it’s limited to 12 participants.  Playwright and theater artist Rae Binstock will lead participants […]

  • Journalist’s Book of Obits Celebrates Life

    Obituaries are more than just reports of the dead: They are the written celebrations of their lives. Few know this better than Wisconsin State Journal reporter George Hesselberg, who, for more than 40 years, wrote about the unusual stories he uncovered while reporting on fatal accidents, crimes and death investigations. The Wisconsin Historical Society Press […]

  • Revisiting the Scholastic Book Fair

    I don’t think there was anything that got me more excited in elementary school than the Scholastic Book Fair, although getting to play on Kid Pix in the computer lab was a close second. The shiny metal boxes filled with books called to me, and the various erasers, pencils and other miscellany were a cherry on […]

  • Take a Trolley Tour of Skalka Mystery-Series Sites

    Join Write On, Door County and award-winning novelist Patricia Skalka for a memorable Door County experience: a Door County Trolley tour of sites in Skalka’s popular Dave Cubiak Door County Mystery Series. The tour will begin and end at Write On, Door County, 4210 Juddville Road in Juddville, and will conclude Write On’s first conference […]

  • Thomas, Mcintyre Create ‘Are They Alike?’ Picture Book

    After taking a drawing class from Ann Thomas at Peninsula School of Art, part-time Fish Creek resident Mike McIntyre asked Thomas whether she would like to create a picture book together. The resulting work, Are They Alike? (, is a heartfelt story about the loving relationship between a grandparent and grandchild that can help to […]

  • Val Clarizio Joins Write On Board

    Write On, Door County has welcomed Val Clarizio as a new member of its board of directors.  The Door County native and Southern Door High School alumna earned an MBA with a finance emphasis from Lakeland College and, for the past 23 years, has worked for the City of Sturgeon Bay as its finance director/treasurer. […]

  • ‘Wisconsin People & Ideas’ Hosts Virtual Reading

    Wisconsin People & Ideas – the quarterly magazine of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts & Letters – will host a virtual reading with the winners of its 2021 Fiction and Poetry Contest on Oct. 28, 7-8:30 pm. The reading is part of the Wisconsin Book Festival (, which is being held Oct. 14 – Nov. 20 virtually […]

  • Novel Bay New Releases and Holiday Shopping

    Publishers say that book printing and distribution are not immune to the supply-chain challenges that the global economy is experiencing. The complex factors that are causing delays in the flow of products to market are showing up, in part, in smaller print runs for many books, including those for new titles and bestsellers. As the […]

  • Support the Hal Prize Year-round

    Did you know that you can continue to support the Hal Prize year-round? It’s now part of the affiliate program on an online book retailer that supports independent bookstores. Bookshop supports indies in two ways: 10% of regular sales on are added to an earnings pool that’s divided evenly and distributed to independent […]

  • Exploring the Library: Door County Library’s Laurie History Room

    by Laura Kayacan, Adult Services Librarian, Door County Library Door County Library in Sturgeon Bay is a community center that celebrates local literature and history. The Laurie History Room – named for Alexander and Catherine Laurie, who were members of a Door County pioneer family – was created through a donation from their grandchildren in 1975.  […]

  • Literacy Door County Featured Student: Afsana Sadiyeva

    I came to Door County on a student work visa. I have worked several places in Sister Bay. My family consists of five persons; my father Sarvat, my mother Rana, my older sister Tarana, my younger sister Mahbuba and myself. My father is a master furniture maker. He has a business. My mother is a […]

  • Palmer Publishes New Children’s Book, ‘The House That Moved’

    Door County children’s book author J.K. Palmer has published her third book, The House That Moved. She’s also written Elwood the Moose and Gladys Sings. The House That Moved follows a family that loved its house, and the house loved the family right back. Everything was warm and cozy until Father announced that he had […]

  • Write On Offers Programs on Publicity, Poetry

    Authors may know when to send a manuscript to an agent or publisher, but devising publicity strategies can be tricker. To help, Write On will offer a publicity seminar Oct. 20, 2-4 pm, via Zoom.  Presenters will be Lynn Wiese Sneyd, a veteran book publicist, owner of LWS Literary Services and award-winning novelist; H. Alan […]

  • Meet Illustrator Bonnie Leick at Novel Bay

    Dress up early in those Halloween costumes to visit Novel Bay Booksellers, 44 N. 3rd Ave. in Sturgeon Bay, on Oct. 23, 10 am – 1 pm, to meet the illustrator Bonnie Leick. She’ll be signing copies of It’s Halloween, Little Monster, which she illustrated and Helen Ketteman wrote.  Little Monster is going trick-or-treating for […]

  • Most-Challenged Books of 2020

    The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom tracked 156 challenges to library, school and university materials and services during 2020. Of the 273 books that were targeted, here are the most challenged, along with the reasons cited for censoring them. George by Alex GinoChallenged, banned and restricted for LGBTQIA+ content, conflicting with a […]

  • Peninsula Poetry: Lauren Ward

    Peninsula Poetry is a monthly column curated by the Door County Poets Collective, a 12-member working group that was formed to publish Soundings: Door County in Poetry in 2015 and continues to meet. Lauren Ward doesn’t recall life without poetry. The limestone bluffs, open waters and cedar forests of Door County first inspired her to […]

  • 2017 Hal Prize Winners

    Photography First Place: “Surf Sisters” by Laura Joeckel Judge’s comment: This terrific travel photograph succeeds on several levels: The nuns are captured in a non-instrusive manner and we see just enough of their facial expressions to give it life. The viewer knows that we’re in Italy by the writing on the boat. Great use of […]

  • Writing On The Door Series Focuses on Mysteries

    Write On, Door County’s conference series, Writing on the Door, will present its first conference for mystery lovers Oct. 22-24. It will feature panel discussions with authors and breakout sessions at Write On’s writing center and the Birch Creek Music Performance Center. Presenting authors will include Pete Hautman, who earned the National Book Award for […]