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WORDS ON WATER: The 2018 Washington Island Literary Festival

Friday, September 14, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every day that begins at 9:00am, repeating until Sunday, September 16, 2018

Write On, Door County is pleased to be a collaborative partner in the annual Washington Island Literary Festival. Words On Water is the theme for the 6th annual Washington Island Literary Festival. As part of the Celebrate Water initiative, all the authors and books selected for this year’s festival address water in some way.

Author events are held at the Trueblood Performing Arts Center. Workshops and social events are held at various venues around the Island.

For more information or to register, visit www.truebloodpac.com

WILF reception


Marion Boyer, professor emeritus from Kalamazoo Valley Community College, will be presenting her poetry collection Fishing Up the Moon. Boyer’s poetry and essays have appeared in numerous literary journals and magazines. One of her poems was nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2007 and she won first place in Rhino’s 2006 poetry competition. She received another first place award in the 2008 international competition sponsored by the Science Fiction Poetry Association.

Michigan author Bonnie Jo Campbell is a National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award finalist;  her book Once Upon A River is an odyssey of a novel about a girl’s search for love and identity. Campbell has created an unforgettable heroine in sixteen-year-old Margo Crane, a beauty whose unflinching gaze and uncanny ability with a rifle have not made her life any easier. The river, Margo’s childhood paradise, is a dangerous place for a young woman traveling alone, and she must be strong to survive.

Jeff Goodell is a highly regarded writer and contributing editor to Rolling Stone. Goodell will present his latest book The Waters Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities and the remaking of the Civilized World, which has been described by Kirkus Review as “a frightening, scientifically grounded, and starkly relevant look at how climate change will affect coastal cities.” Goodell’s book is a “well-rounded, persuasive survey with notes of hope about the possibilities afforded by human flexibility and ingenuity.”

Lane Hall is a multimedia artist, writer, and professor in the Department of English at UWM, where he teaches courses on modernist avant-garde movements as well as workshops exploring image and text relationships within book and screen formats. His installations have been exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum, The Milwaukee Art Museum, the California Academy of Sciences, the Shanghai World Expo, The Science Gallery in Dublin, and Eyebeam in NYC. He is cofounder of the Overpass Light Brigade (OLB), a creative activism collaborative project that has grown into an international movement.

Kirk Landers launched his professional writing career in the U.S. Army, writing profiles of his fellow Basic Trainees for the post newspaper in return for getting out of KP and guard duty. After military service, he worked for a suburban shopper, then became a staff writer and editor for an RV magazine. Over the next decade, he was the chief editor for two special interest magazines and a staff writer for Time-Life Books. In the mid-1980s, he entered the trade magazine world as a chief editor, first with a title in the food industry, then in the construction industry. Over the next 20 years, his magazines won dozens of awards for journalistic excellence.

Jean E. Pendziwol is an award winning Canadian author. Born and raised in northwestern Ontario, she draws on the culture, history and geography of the region for inspiration for her stories. The Lightkeeper’s Daughters, published by Harper Collins and released in July 2017, is a story of family, identity, and art that involves a decades-old mystery. Her descriptions and the importance of Lake Superior in the story will be very relatable for Island readers. Prior to the publication of this novel, Pendziwol was well known as the author of several childrens’ books.

A lifelong Door County resident, Richard Purinton has lived on Washington Island since 1974. He has worked 39 years for the Ferry line that serves the island and is currently the President of the company. Words On Water 2017 – A Ferryman’s Journal is one man’s captivating account of the Washington Island Ferry from many perspectives: running cargo and passengers across Death’s Door; the maintenance of machinery; the uncertainties of weather; Island people, history, lore; the satisfaction of work, service …living the good Island life. The book includes pencil sketches, map and black and white photos. The 2017 update follows Purinton’s around a calendar year 10 years later than the original 2007 journal, and is due out in the summer of 2018.

Award winning Minnesota author Douglas Wood will present his memoir, Deep Woods, Wild Water, which explores a life shaped in the wild. Published last year, it traces the elemental influences of the outdoors. A multi- talented man, Wood is an author of books for children and adults, a singer/songwriter, and an outdoor guide.


Friday, September 14, 2018
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Trueblood Performing Arts Center
870 Main Road
Washington Island, WI 54246
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