As the temperatures start to cool down, it’s time to think about which books to staff on your winter reading table. This October, Write On, Door County presents a variety of opportunities to meet poets and novelists and find some new books for your stack.
Sunday, October 6, Door County Poet Laureate Nancy Rafal and Wisconsin Poet Laureate Margaret Rozga will read from their poems displayed on the Newport State Park Poetry Trail. Participants will walk the trail along with the poets, who will stop at each stanchion to read. The reading begins at 1 pm. In the event of inclement weather, the reading will be moved to the Jensen Center at the Clearing Folk School in Ellison Bay and will begin at 1:30 pm.
From left to right: Angie Stranton, Chris Cander, Margaret Rozga, Nancy Rafal, Sharon Auberle
Local and national poets join together for a round-robin poetry reading at the Kress Pavilion in Egg Harbor on Thursday, October 10, 7 pm. Former Door County Poet Laureate Sharon Auberle, Appleton arts advocate Cathryn Cofell, former Wisconsin Poet Laureate Karla Huston, and Viola Weinberg, former Poet Laureate of the City of Sacramento, California, will read from their poetry. The reading will be followed by a light reception.
Texas novelist Chris Cander will read from and discuss her novel, The Weight of a Piano, in a special reading at a private home in Sturgeon Bay, on Saturday, October 12, at 3 pm. The reading is open to the public but reservations are requested. The novel follows the interweaving stores of two women – a Soviet concert pianist and a young mechanic in California – and their shared, devastating connection to the tragic history of a Bluthner piano and to each other.
Young adult novelist Angie Stanton will share the research process for her time-travel novel, Waking in Time, which involved research ranging from the bombing at the University of Wisconsin’s Sterling Hall to the cost of payphone calls in the 1930s, along with the changes in fashion, cars, employment over the decades. She will encourage others to share their memories as well during this special program at the Door County Aging and Disability Resource Center.
Sturgeon Bay author Thomas Davis will discuss his latest novel, In the Homeland of Unsettled Dreams, on Saturday, October 12, 2 pm, at Novel Bay Booksellers in Sturgeon Bay. The novel tells the true story of families of escaped slaves who established a fishing community on Washington Island.
All programs are free and open to the public; good will donations are accepted. For more information, please visit www.writeondoorcounty.org.
Write On, Door County is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Write On conducts programs to inspire people to write and share their stories at various venues throughout Door County.