DCMM Hosts Great Lakes Book Club

If you are looking for something to do during the Fall and Winter in Door County, and you like to read, then the Great Lakes/Great Books Club is something to check out. Coordinated by the Door County Maritime Museum and Write On, Door County, this book club picks a new work each month that focuses on Great Lakes topics or has the Great Lakes as the backdrop to their story.

The next meeting on November 1, 10:30 am – 12 pm, discusses the work Death Rides the Ferry by Patricia Skalka. This is another work in the Dave Cubiak Door County mystery series. Other books in the series include Death Stalks Door County, Death at Gills Rock, and Death in Cold Water.

The story follows Cubiak on a rare day-off. The Viola da Gamba Music Festival is returning to Washington Island after a forty-year absence, everyone is enjoying the day. That all comes to an end when an unidentified passenger is found dead on the ferry. Cubiak now has to follow the trail of the murderer in order to solve the crime in the stormy northern reaches of Lake Michigan.

The rest of the schedule is as follows:

December 6: The Great Lakes at Ten Miles an Hour by Thomas Shevory

January 3, 2019: Door Ways by Norbert Blei

February 7: The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan

March 7: Safe from the Sea by Peter Geye

April 4: Barkskins by E. Annie Proulx

May 2: North Shore: A Natural History of Minnesota’s Superior Coast by Chel Anderson and Adelheid Fischer

All of the meetings are held at the Door County Maritime Museum in Sturgeon Bay and meet at 10:30 am. For more information visit writeondoorcounty.org.

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The Great Lakes make up 84% of North America’s surface fresh water and about 21% of the world’s supply of surface fresh water.

The Great Lakes water system is the largest inland shipping system in the world.

The only Great Lake entirely within the U.S. is Lake Michigan.

Lake Michigan’s shores hold the largest fresh water sand dunes in the world.

The Great Lakes were formed due to glacial movements that caused depressions in the earth that eventually filled with water.

Lake Michigan and Lake Huron are considered one lake hydrologically since they are connected by the Straits of Mackinac.

Although it falls under the category of what we define as a lake, Lake Superior acts more like an inland sea.

There are 9,000-year-old animal-herding structures below Lake Huron.

The Lake Huron shoreline extends 3,827 miles and encompasses 30,000 islands. It is the longest shoreline of the Great Lakes.

The water in Lake Erie is recycled every 2.6 years, the shortest of any Great Lake.

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