Category: Literature

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

  • Register For, Donate to Imagination Library Program

    The Door County Partnership for Children and Families (DCPCF), a program of United Way of Door County, has served more than 1,100 of the county’s children during the past three years through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program – a free-book program for kids through 5 years old. Children who are registered for the program receive […]

  • Give the Gift of Creativity with the ‘8142 Review’

    A showcase of writing and photography is coming this Thanksgiving with the publication of the 8142 Review.  This new periodical is the home of the Hal Prize, the annual creative-writing and photography contest presented by the Peninsula Pulse and Write On, Door County. From 874 submissions, a panel of esteemed judges selected 26 works of […]

  • Peninsula Poetry: Anne Emerson

    Anne Emerson has lived in Door County since 1969, when she left her writing job at the University of Chicago Press to open Edgewood Orchard Galleries. She and her husband, Minnow, raised their children, Nell and Tucker, here, and they are now blessed with five grandchildren all living nearby. Children have been central to Emerson’s […]

  • Door County Kids & Baby Boutique’s Book Fair a Success

    Door County Kids & Baby Boutique’s inaugural book fair for children featured six Wisconsin authors who joined the festive fall affair to sign and personalize their books, and author Erin Peterson read her first book, The Odd Ball, to many children.  Door-prize winners received a free book, and each of the five Door County school […]

  • Join the NaNoWriMo Challenge: Tips to get your writing journey started

    October came and went so quickly that I wasn’t prepared for the fast-approaching train that was November – bringing with it National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). This event began in 1999 as a challenge to write 50,000 words of a novel in 30 days. Now, each Nov. 1, people around the world begin to write their […]

  • Gibraltar Students Write Patriot Pen Essays

    The local VFW has resumed its annual Patriot Pen essay contest, which encourages young minds to examine America’s history – and their own experiences in modern American society – by drafting a 300- to 400-word essay expressing their views based on a patriotic theme. This year’s theme was How Can I Be a Good American? Below and […]

  • ‘Icons of Door County’ Captures Peninsula’s Beauty

    Door County photographer Luke Collins has published his first book, Icons of Door County, featuring a variety of his favorite images of the peninsula’s most memorable and recognizable parks, landmarks and vistas. From Cave Point to the Anderson Dock, the “winding road” to Peninsula State Park, Collins highlights each location with a series of photographs. […]

  • 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 […]