On Saturday, February 5th, 2022, at 2pm, featured author Michael Perry will discuss his career as a writer and life in the Midwest via Facebook Live and Zoom (Meeting ID: 883 8660 2911, Passcode: 892489). Find out more at DoorCountyReads.org.
Michael Perry is an accidental New York Times bestselling author, humorist, and playwright from New Auburn, Wisconsin. He also produces the popular audio newsletter “Michael Perry’s Voice Mail.”
To read more about the event and an interview with Michael, click here.
All events are listed below and free and open to the public. Events are a variety of in-person, virtual, and a hybrid of the two. More details for each event are located at https://doorcountyreads.org/calendar
Door County Reads 2022 Events
Free and open to the public, Door County Reads events are sponsored by the Door County Library Foundation. The Friends of Door County Libraries provide the books, and participants may choose one title for free from the library while supplies last. Events are subject to change, so confirm the most up-to-date information on DoorCountyReads.org.
Thursday, Jan. 27, 2022
2022 Book Discussion
10:30 am, Egg Harbor Library, 7845 Church St.
Jeanine Brennan will facilitate the conversation. Get the Zoom ID and passcode at DoorCountyReads.org.
Movie and Discussion
2 pm, Sturgeon Bay Library, Jane Greene Room, 107 S. 4th Ave.
Watch Where I Come From, and engage in a discussion afterward, facilitated by Laura Kayacan.
Sunday, Jan. 30
1 pm, virtual event
Join a retrospective of Door County Reads’ 15 years. Hear from those who brought this festival to life in the county, including video cameos from the Wisconsin author community. The kickoff will be held live on Facebook, or watch it via Zoom. Find details at DoorCountyReads.org.
VIRTUAL PLAY READING: Infancy and
The Rivers Under the Earth by Thornton Wilder 7:00 pm
Virtual from Door Shakespeare
Watch via Zoom.
This zoom link opens at 6:30 on Monday, January 31 for a 7:00 curtain time:
VIRTUAL BOOK DISCUSSION: Population: 485 10:30 am
Virtual from Ephraim Library
Facilitated by Mary Sawyer. A recording will be made available after the event.
Tuesday, February 1
Facilitated by Laura Kayacan. A recording will be made available after the event.
Tuesday, February 1
VIRTUAL MOVIE: How Ya Doin’ 4:00 pm
Virtual from Egg Harbor Library / Kress Pavilion
| Meeting ID: 849 4254 4897, Passcode: 390618
Join us in watching a “How Ya Doin’,” where celebrated Wisconsin author and humorist, Michael Perry, as he looks back on his “Clodhopper” tales of life in Wisconsin with an eye toward how his stories of the past connect us to the future. Perry muses on woodpiles and farm auctions, chicken sheds and picking rock. Discussion afterward facilitated by Jeanine Brennan.
VIRTUAL BOOK DISCUSSION: Population: 485 11:00 am
Virtual from Washington Island Library
| Meeting ID: 864 8448 0542, Passcode: 001198
Facilitated by Laura Hale.
Facilitated by Tracy Opper. A recording will be made available after the event.
| Meeting ID: 829 1592 7599, Passcode: 990535
Joe Salmons, the Lester W.J. “Smoky” Seifert Professor of Language Sciences at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, will be exploring the kinds of English spoken in our state including pronunciation, words and word forms and grammar.
Novel Bay Booksellers (44 N 3rd Ave, Sturgeon Bay)
Facilitated by John Berns, owner of Novel Bay Booksellers.
VIRTUAL PLAY READING at TAP 7:00 pm
Third Avenue PlayWorks (239 N 3rd Ave)
• DAIRYLAND by Heidi Armbruster
• Director: Jacob Janssen
Allie, a food writer in NYC is determined to find authenticity in a world of internet dating, baby shower crafting, and journalistic in-fighting. But when she takes on the Local Food Movement, she finds herself on the wrong side of an epic food fight. She escapes the city for her father’s dairy farm and discovers that she is waging a battle far more personal than she imagined. Directed by Jacob Janssen.
VIRTUAL FIREFIGHTER PANEL 11:00 am
Population 30,066: Door County Fire and Rescue Workers Panel
Panelists include volunteer firefighters from across Door County including Ann Jensen, Paul Swanson, Helen Hecht, Chris Hecht, Erika DeFere, Mark Dekeyser, and Richard Olson.
Moderated by David Siegel, author of “Forces of Change, Events That Led to the Development of the Green Bay Fire Department.”
VIRTUAL AUTHOR KEYNOTE 2:00 pm
Michael Perry is a New York Times bestselling author, humorist, playwright, and radio show host from New Auburn, Wisconsin. Perry’s bestselling memoirs include Population: 485
(recently adapted for the stage), Truck: A Love Story
, Visiting Tom
, Million Billion
, and Peaceful Persistence
. Among his other dozen titles are The Scavengers
(for young readers) and his novel The Jesus Cow.
Raised on a small Midwestern dairy farm, Perry put himself through nursing school while working on a ranch in Wyoming, then detoured into writing. He lives with his wife and two daughters in rural Wisconsin, where he serves on the local volunteer fire and rescue service and has a few chickens.
He hosts the nationally-syndicated “Tent Show Radio,”
performs widely as a humorist, and tours with his band the Long Beds. He has three live humor albums including Never Stand Behind A Sneezing Cow
and The Clodhopper Monologues
. He can be found online at www.sneezingcow.com
VIRTUAL TRIVIA 11:00 am
| Meeting ID: 870 5190 4076, Passcode: 376495
Featuring questions about Wisconsin trivia with prizes from local businesses. Facilitated by Steven Rice utilizing Kahoot! We recommend using two devices during this event, one for watching Zoom and the other for playing Kahoot. We all come into Zoom before the start of the game and help you feel comfortable. Watch last year’s trivia event
to get a feel for how it works. A recording will be made available after the event.
Sunday, February 6
VIRTUAL SONGWRITING WORKSHOP 3:00 – 4:30 pm
| Meeting ID: 861 9041 9601, Passcode: 112347
As part of the Door County Reads program, Write On is offering a free workshop on writing lyrics and music with award-winning blues singer and songwriter Cathy Grier.
A professional musician since 1978, Cathy Grier has opened for such acts as Laura Nyro, The Band, Dave Mason, and Joan Armatrading. She won an MTV Basement Tape Award and has lived and written music in Key West, Paris, and New York City before making her home in Sturgeon Bay. She began song writing as a young guitarist and believes that the Blues is a feeling and a way of expressing life through music.
This workshop is geared for all levels of writing and musicianship. Exercises will include discussion of lyrics, melody and compositional structures. Emphasis on how to allow wild creativity to flow, while fine tuning specific areas into more meaningful songs. And for further consideration, tips on how to get unstuck and liberate your muse.
The workshop will be followed by a live performance by Cathy.
Instruments welcome but not necessary and a notebook encouraged.
Monday, February 7
VIRTUAL PLAY READING by Peninsula Players 7:00 pm
Virtual from Peninsula Players
Presenting “Kodachrome” by Adam Szymkowicz. A play about love, nostalgia, the seasons and how we learn to say goodbye performed by the Peninsula Players Theatre.
A virtual, pre-recorded audio version of the play reading will still be available to enjoy in the comfort of your home. Kodachrome can be watched between Monday, February 7th at 7:00 p.m. ending at 7:00 p.m. CST on Tuesday February 8th. Please click here to register
or the link above, for the virtual reading of Kodachrome. Space is limited.
VIRTUAL BOOK DISCUSSION: Population: 485 2:30 pm
Virtual from Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Library
Facilitated by Christina Johnson. A recording will be made available after the event.
VIRTUAL WISCONSIN WRITES PANEL 7:00 pm
| Zoom Link
| Meeting ID: 831 3480 6151, Passcode: 822630
A panel discussion including Kimberly Baeser, Christina Clancy, Andrew Graff, John Hildebrand, and Patricia Skalka who will discuss how being an author in Wisconsin influences their careers and work. Moderated by Rebecca Meacham. A recording will be made available after the event.
Wednesday, February 9
VIRTUAL: WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? 7:00 pm
Virtual from Crossroads at Big Creek
| Meeting ID: 818 7921 1941, Passcode: 188849
In the 1800s, Door County was settled by European immigrants with each village or neighborhood taking on an ethnic identity. What attracted these people to the Peninsula and how have these settlements retained their heritage? Do Michael Perry’s reflections on rural Wisconsin rural community ring true in Door County. This illustrated lecture will include readings from the Perry’s books, interspersed with local history.
VIRTUAL BOOK DISCUSSION: Population: 485 1:00 pm
Virtual from NWTC Learning and Innovation Center
Facilitated by Lisa Tetzloff and Stephanie Pabich. A recording will be made available after the event.
SUPPORTING WISCONSIN WRITERS 7:00 pm
Whether you are an absolute beginner or an established writer or somewhere in between, Wisconsin has many organizations devoted to helping you be the best you can be and offering you support along your writing journey.
Join us for a presentation by three statewide organizations dedicated to supporting writers: the Wisconsin chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, and the Wisconsin Writers Association, as well as four regional organizations for writers: Chippewa Valley Writers Guild, Lake Superior Writers, Woodland Pattern, and Write On, Door County.
Friday, February 11
PLAY READING by Rogue Theater 7:00 pm
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church (1756 Michigan St, Sturgeon Bay)
Rogue Theater will be performing “Population: 485
” as a live read with a small, socially distanced audience and as a live stream on their Facebook page. Those wishing to view the performance live at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, must make a reservation by calling 920-818-0816 and wear a facial mask. The live event and Facebook stream are free to the public.
Join us for a staged reading of Michael Perry’s “Population: 485
” performed by Rogue Theater.
This dramatic and hilarious live reading of Michael Perry’s perennially bestselling book “Population: 485
” goes on scene and behind the scenes of a small town fire department when a former resident returns as a green rookie.
Through a series of fire and ambulance calls, the characters and audience travel together through history, humor, and the goofball woes of a man they call the One-Eyed Beagle to a place where neighborliness is a necessity–especially when hope and heartbreak collide.
Saturday, February 12
VIRTUAL PANEL: Things Like Hope & Faith 10:30 am
| Meeting ID: 843 5199 2122, Passcode: 078193
Michael Perry writes, “To wallow in cynicism, and to dismiss things like hope and faith, is cowardly and unoriginal.” While his stories chronicle his struggles in life and love in rural Wisconsin, they also brim with optimism. In short, his stories make us feel good. How does he do this? Can reading Perry improve our mental health?
Join a psychologist, a humorist, a dramatist, an idealist, and a literature scholar in a discussion (moderated by a pragmatist) about the emotional impact and craft of Perry’s storytelling.
VIRTUAL GRIFFON STRING QUARTET 2:00 pm
Join us for a live performance from The Griffon Quartet of Midsummer’s Music.
• Four Encores for Stan – John Harbison
• Phantasy Quartet – Dave Utzinger
— Intermission —
• String Quartet No. 12 in F major, Op. 96 “American” – Antonín Dvořák
VIRTUAL BOOK DISCUSSION: Michael Perry or any Wisconsin Author 7:00 pm
Fish Creek Library (4097 Hwy 42)
Facilitated by Holly Somerhalder. A recording will be made available after the event.