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5/27 - New Island Book Launch @ Heron House

  • Tom Davis reads from his new book, Prophecy of the Wolf, and signs customer copies. Starting at 2PM, hosted by Jeannie Kokes at 2162 Gudmundsen Drive. RSVP appreciated, not required. 

5/28 - Fire Rescue Boat Benefit

  • 20% of all profits from open to close go to benefit Washington Island Fire & Rescue Inc., supporting their purchase of a fire rescue boat. 


6/3 - Island School Book Drive Kickoff, All Day

  • Our annual drive to collect books for the island school has for many years now been a runaway success! We stock books requested by teachers, customers buy them for the school and get a thank-you discount, and the books get delivered to the school at the end of the summer. 


September 15-17

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Washington Island Literary Festival

Our 10th annual Washington Island Literary Festival will include the following authors:

Cara Black

Andrew Graff

Lyanda Lynn Haupt

Michael Torres

Toya Wolfe

For More information about the schedule including workshops, author presentations and the free creative lab please visit the festival website at:

September 24 (2PM)

Winifred Bird Foraging Walk & Tasting @ Folk Tree Farm w/ Casey Dahl 

Tickets $15 - register by Sept 23rd at the bookshop or by phone or email

Events from earlier in the season 
Signed copies available while they last


Thursdays (July 14th - August 4th) (7:00pm)
Family Pajama Storytime at the Red Barn

July 31st (1:30-3:30 PM)
Patricia Skalka Signing

August 3rd
Nature Book Discussion with Libby Sachs

August 13th
Benefit for Guatemalan Medical Relief Partners

August 20th (9:30-11:30 AM)
Kathleen Ernst Signing @ Farmer's Market

August 20th
Bookstore Romance Day


September 16-19, Washington Island Literary Festival


 The theme for the 2021 Festival is "A World Apart."

Our 9th annual Washington Island Literary Festival will include the following authors:

Leslie Nneka Arimah

Chris Cander

Christina Clancy

Adrian Matejka

Megan Stielstra

Alexander Weinstein

For More information about the schedule including workshops, author presentations and the free creative lab please visit the festival website at:


Past Washington Island Literary Festival authors:

Sharon Auberle, Door Co. Poet Laureate, Crow Ink
Kimberly Blaeser, Wisconsin's Poet Laureate 2015-2016
Marion Boyer, The Clock of the Long Now
Bonnie Jo Campbell, Once Upon a River
Paula Carter, No Relation
Alice D'Alessio, The Blessing of Trees
Rachel DeWoskin, Blind
Dan Egan, The Death and Life of the Great Lakes
Lin Enger, The High Divide
Kathleen Ernst, Death on the Prairie​
Brian Freeman, Goodbye to the Dead​
Peter Geye, The Lighthouse Road
Jeff Goodell, The Water Will Come
Jane Hamilton, The Excellent Lombards
Amy Hassinger, After the Dam
John Hildebrand, The Heart of Things
Don Kilpea, So You Want to Own an Oil Tanker
Kirk Landers, Alone on the Shield
Rebecca Makkai, The Great Believers & The Hundred-Year House
David Stuart MacLean, The Answer to the Riddle is Me: A Memoir of Amnesia Michael McCarthy, Ashes Under Water
Kevin Miyazaki, Perimiter
Anne-Marie Oomen, Love, Sex, and 4-H
Jean Pendziwol, The Lightkeeper's Daughters
Nick Petrie, ​The Drifter
Bao Phi, Thousand Star Hotel
Richard Purinton, Words on Water 2017
Dave Ranney, Living and Dying on the Factory Floor
Scott Russell Sanders, Earth Works
Hampton Sides, In the Kingdom of Ice 
Patricia Skalka, ​Death in Cold Water
Danielle Sosin, The Long-Shining Water
Luis Alberto Urrea, House of Broken AngelsDouglas Wood, Deep Woods, Wild Water
Kao Kalia Yang, The Song Poet: A Memoir of my Father

Previous Event Authors:

(Signed copies available while they last)


May 30th Sunday 1:30-3:30, Patrica Skalka

Patricia Skalka, the author of the award-winning Dave Cubiak Door County Mysteries, will be under the tent signing her new book Death Washes Ashore on Sunday from 1:30 to 3:30pm. Come meet our local author and pick up a signed copy.

Don Baker, Old Men Can Learn Too
Tom Davis, The Unsettled Homeland of Dreams
Anne Emerson, Doodle Love
Kathleen Ernst, The Lacemaker's Secret.
J.F. Riordan, Reflections on a Life in Exile
​Patricia Skalka, Death by the Bay


M.C. Collins, Out the Door
Jill Harding, The Sign Fairy, Dragonfly Magic
Dave Hoekstra, The Camper BookThe Supper Club Book
Sue Jarosh, Baileys Harbor Range Light Rascal
Robert Mazibuko, Advancing Towards an Understanding
Miranda & Baptiste Paul, One Plastic Bag and ​Whose Hands are These.
J.F. Riordan, Robert's Rules
Jane Schmidt, Finnegan's Superior Adventure, Finnegan's Springtime Guide
Patricia Skalka, Death Rides The Ferry
Scott Spoolman, Wisconsin State Parks: Extraordinary Stories of Geology and Natural History
Cynthia Swanson, The Glass Forest


Jim Anderson, Memories of the American Girl; Stories about the Anderson Family Freighting Business
Patti Cauldwell & Karen Yancey, Smiley & Paper, the Farm Museum Goats
Fritz Damler, Thelma & the Whore of Babylon
Carol Davis, A Door County Night Before Christmas
Carol Davis and Jan RasmussenDeeCee the Door County Freighter
Tom Davis: The Weirding Storm, A Dragon Epic
Brandon Graham, Good For Nothing
Anne Heyse, Good Morning, Door County
Sue Jarosh, Lighthouse Mouse
Cynthia Kraack, The High Cost of Flowers
Peter Geye, ​Wintering
Marilyn Ludwig, It's Perfectly Safe: The Rulison Matter, The Geese that Won the War
Katie McIntyre, How Frederick Found his Light​
James Neff, Vendetta: Bobby Kennedy versus Jimmy Hoffa
Nicholas Petrie, Burning Bright, Light It Up
J. F. Riordan, North of the Tension Line and ​The Audacity of Goats
Lucy Sanna, The Cherry Harvest
Patricia Skalka, Death in Gills Rock
Faith Sullivan, ​Good Night Mr. Wodehouse
Sara Stonich, These Granite Islands
Liza Weimer, Hello?


2021 past events - signed copies available while they last

July 31st Sunday 1:30-3:30, Kathleen Ernst

We are sorry but we have had to cancel due to current conditions. We will have some signed copies available.

Photo of Kathleen Ernst, author of "Old World Murder," the first book in the Chloe Ellefson Historic Sites mystery series from publisher Midnight Ink. Taken at Old World Wisconsin by Kay Klubertanz.

Wisconsin historical mystery author and shop favorite Kathleen Ernst will come by to sign her new book, The Weavers Revenge.

August 14th Saturday 1:30-3:30, Muna Shehadi

Muna Shehadi will be with us signing her Fortune’s Daughters trilogy, Private Lies, Hidden Truths and Honest Secrets. Hidden Truths is set on Washington Island.

June 18th Friday 1:30-3:00, Lisa Wiemer

 The Assignment by Liza WiemerLisa Wiemer will be signing her latest book, The Assignment and her book set on the Island, Hello?. Drop by and meet our Wisconsin author and pick up a signed copy.

July 3rd Saturday 1:30-3:00, Moheb Soliman

 Poet Moheb Soliman will be in the shop signing his new book of Great Lakes poetry HOMES. Stop by meet Minnesota interdisciplinary poet from Egypt and the Midwest and pick up a signed copy.


July 10th Saturday 1:30-3:00, Thomas Davis

 Davis Tom

Our own Thomas Davis from Sturgeon Bay and author of a shop favorite Unsettled Homeland of Dreams, will be launching his new book, Apples for the Wild Stallion. Visit with Tom and pick up a signed copy.

July 10th Saturday 7:00-8:45, Poetry Reading at The Hotel Washington


TRANSLATING NATURE: Words and Images of Place

July 17th Saturday 1:30-3:30, Jill Harding


Door County artist, author and Sign Ferry, Jill Harding will join us to sign and chat with folks about her latest book, Earth Messages.


uly 22nd Thursday 2:00-3:30, Elizabeth Sachs

The Anthropocene Reviewed (Signed Edition) by John GreenLibby

Nature by the Book - A book discussion of John Green's "The Anthropocene Reviewed" with Professor Elizabeth Sachs". At the Art and Nature Center.

Friday July 23 All Day (10-5) - Detroit Harbor Ladies Aid Society Benefit

10% of sales donated to this long standing island charity!

Friday 7/30 1:30 - 3:00, Judy DuCharm

Door county author Judy DuCharm signs her book about Pilot Island  lighthouse keepers, Lainey of the Door Islands from 1:30 to 3:00.


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