Mary Dougherty: Life in a Northern Town

Northwoods Book Festival Kicks Off Summer 2018 with Minocqua Library Event Featuring Author Mary Dougherty

Mary Dougherty, author of Life in a Northern Town: Cooking, Eating, and Other Adventures Along Lake Superior, shares her work in a special book talk on Thursday, June 14, at 6:30 pm at the Minocqua Public Library. This event is part of the 2018 Northwoods Book Festival, an author series sponsored by libraries in Boulder Junction, Manitowish Waters, Mercer, Minocqua, Presque Isle and Winchester.

In 2007 Dougherty moved with her family from St Paul, Minnesota, to Bayfield, Wisconsin, where she opened a restaurant, launched a blog and became involved in a number of nonprofit organizations. She also wrote a cookbook inspired by her life in Bayfield. The book has been described as a “one-of-a-kind collection of globally and regionally inspired recipes featuring local cheeses, meats, and produce from the farmers in and around Bayfield – pho made with beef bones from a farm in Mellen, Indian meatballs with curry powder made in Washburn, chowder with corn and potatoes from a farm stand in Ashland.”

Accompanying Dougherty’s recipes are exquisite photographs and her reflections on her family and their life in the small town on the shores of Lake Superior. The author’s love of food, family and community fills the pages and inspires readers to connect within their own communities.

This free event is sponsored by the Minocqua Public Library and the Northwoods Book Festival. Support for the 2018 series is also provided by St. Matthias Thrift Shop in Minocqua, Wisconsin. For more information about the program or the festival, call the library at 715.356.4437 or visit