Category: Literature

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

  • Jarosh Signs Book at Christmas Market

    Author Sue Jarosh is set up at Christkindlmarkt in Sister Bay under her publisher name, Door County Polar Bear Press. Jarosh is selling and personalizing all five of her Door County history books. These books are written with stories based on actual Door County Lighthouse history. In addition to a great story about each location, […]

  • DiMaio Up Next for Poetry Series

    Edward DiMaio is the next featured poet for the Dickinson Poetry Series, presented by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Door County (UUFDC). DiMaio is a self-trained poet who came to find his poetic voice through journaling. Since the 1990s, DiMaio has run various poetry groups and organized readings in Indiana, Milwaukee and the Door County […]

  • Ridges Reads Selects Next Title

    The Ridges Sanctuary announced its next selection for the Ridges Reads book club, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer. Kimmerer is a botanist who has been trained to ask questions of nature with the tools of science. As a member of The Citizen Potawatomi Nation, she […]

  • Book Recommendation: ‘The Christmas Book Flood’ by Emily Kilgore

    Recommended by LIZ WELTER, Co-owner, Novel Bay Booksellers A delightful Christmas tradition that started in Iceland is slowly spreading around the world, and you can learn more about it in a new picture book that’s designed for children but is wonderfully inspiring for anyone. The Christmas Book Flood describes a custom in Iceland, where friends […]

  • Peninsula Poetry: Chera Van Burg

    Though a recent migrant to Door County, Chera Van Burg first came to the county over 30 years ago. Van Burg began writing poetry at a young age, and at 10 years old, her poem won a countywide contest and was published in her hometown newspaper. She has written song lyrics, which along with her […]

  • DCA’s Funniest Holiday Story Contest Open

    Door Community Auditorium (DCA) is accepting submissions for its Funniest Holiday Story Contest.  Entrants of all ages should email their written stories (no longer than 750 words) or their video or audio recordings (no longer than five minutes) to [email protected] by Dec. 16. The winning storyteller will receive $220, a pair of tickets to the Dec. 22 Big […]

  • Book Recommendation: “I’d Like to Be the Window for a Wise Old Dog” by Philip C. Stead

    Recommended by TRACY YTTRI OPPER, Branch Manager, Baileys Harbor Library A really good picture book is worth a read no matter what age you are. Philip C. Stead, the author and illustrator who’s best known for A Sick Day for Amos McGee, has created a book to treasure! I’d Like to Be the Window for a Wise […]

  • Culture Club: Women of Words

    What can happen when we gather around a table to inspire each other, share our stories and our buried histories, and release the unspoken truth of our lives to the world? by JAMIE MEAD, Door County Women’s Writing Group It’s early morning at Write On, Door County’s Writing Center in Juddville. The coffee pot is […]

  • The Healing Power of Art

    Vicki Rawlins publishes book of foliage art When Vicki Rawlins’ health was at a low point, it was art that helped her to cope. Something beautiful also blossomed from that pain, and today, after years of working on her distinctive foliage art, some of those pieces appear in her new book, The Power of Flowers: […]

  • Exploring the Northwoods with Andrew Graff

    Graff’s debut novel, Raft of Stars, selected for big read If Andrew Graff had followed the other professions he’d tried, no one would be reading his debut novel, Raft of Stars. But he didn’t, to the benefit of all who have read and will read his book. That includes readers up and down the peninsula who […]

  • 2022 Hal Prize Winners Announced

    8142 Volume 2 Now Available After digging through 686 submissions of poetry, nonfiction, fiction and photography, a team of screeners and four esteemed judges have announced the winners of the 2022 Hal Prize.  These winners will be celebrated with the publication of the second volume of 8142 Review, now available for purchase at Dan […]

  • Thanksgiving Memory: Grandma’s Restaurant

    by MARGARET PHILBRICK In the 1960s, my grandma opened a “hot dog stand,” which today is the Summer Kitchen restaurant on Highway 42 in Ephraim.  My parents came to Door County on their honeymoon in 1961, and they stayed in some pretty swanky spots, like Gordon Lodge and the White Gull Inn. When they returned […]

  • The Bookshop at Christkindlmarkt

    Among the local vendors participating in Sister Bay’s upcoming Christkindlmarkt will be The Bookshop, which area authors will create from a 122-year-old mechanics shed as a place to showcase their work. Don’t miss this quaint, inviting bookshop – a little corner of the past – or the chance to take home pieces of literature by some of […]

  • Mazibuko Releases Book on Bahá’í Faith

    Author Robert Mazibuko of Washington Island has released a new book, Memories of Africa: Events Experienced in Southern Africa, about teaching the Bahá’í faith in Southern Africa in the mid-1980s and the determination of the early believers to teach and live according to their ideals. Mazibuko chronicles those times and shares memories that are etched […]

  • Geiger Shares Farming Tales

    The Door County Historical Society will welcome author Corey Geiger to discuss his book On a Wisconsin Family Farm: Historic Tales of Character, Community and Culture during its annual meeting Nov. 28. Geiger, an international agricultural journalist, blends his rural roots and lively storytelling talents to record tales about six generations of characters who built […]

  • Lopez Releases Book of Meditations

    Local writer Joseph M. Lopez has released Paper Tiger Sounds: Weekly Meditations & Exercises, a book of meditations and practical exercises to accompany readers along a paced journey through grief and fear (“tigers”), help them get reacquainted with themselves, and encourage them to walk toward their joy in small steps. Paper Tiger Sounds asks readers […]

  • Peninsula Poetry: Karen Wilson

    Karen Wilson is a lifelong Wisconsinite who grew up in Sheboygan and graduated from the University of Wisconsin. Reading and writing have always been a major focus, and in 2003, she began writing poems seriously, engaging with the lively poets’ community in the county and submitting poetry for publication. Wilson is an original member of […]

  • Find the Writer Within

    UntitledTown is hosting a virtual workshop with Joanne Nelson on Nov. 15, 6 pm. Nelson’s poem “Shadow Selves” earned an honorable mention in the 2020 Hal Prize. This class, appropriate for beginner and experienced writers, offers participants proven techniques to enhance creativity, opportunities to gain new insights about the writing process, and time to write […]

  • DuCharme Signs Books at Maritime Museum

    Join award-winning local author Judy DuCharme for a book signing Nov. 12, 10 am – 12 pm, at the Door County Maritime Museum, 120 N. Madison Ave. in Sturgeon Bay. DuCharme writes children’s, young-adult, sports, historical and suspense books. Children’s author Pamela Cameron will also be in attendance.

  • Kane Releases New Fantasy Book

    Writer and teacher Carolyn Kane has released her latest book, The Piper in the Woods, a fantasy novel set in a rural area near Jacksonport.  This novel deals with the adventures and misadventures of Kevin Blake, a boy who grows up near a woodland where strange things happen: a snowball fight, for example, during which […]