By Tim Kowols
The Door County Library is celebrating ten years of its area-reading program with a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Door County Reads has been picking a book for residents to read together since it first chose John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath in 2008 as a part of grant received from the National Endowment for the Arts. As the grant money dried up, librarian Tracy Vreeke says the county wanted to keep the program going while allowing it an opportunity to take some chances with its reading list.
This year’s selection is Richard Russo’s Empire Falls, a story about a man who endures a lot of drama in a shuttering factory town as the owner of a local diner. You can learn more about the upcoming events associated with this year’s Door County Reads book, including its January 23 kick-off celebration online with this story.