Joe Bailey will be in conversation with Dr. Nancy Sudak about her book, “Thriving in the Eye of the Hurricane,” which is about how people can be more resilient in difficult times, 6:30-8 p.m. Monday, April 11, The Bookstore at Fitger’s, 600 E. Superior St.
Story Hours, Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. at the Duluth Main Library and West Duluth Branch and Thursdays at 10:15 a.m. at the Mount Royal Branch. Go to duluthlibrary.evanced.info/signup/calendar.
Virtual Poetry Book Club, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 13. Book: “Postcolonial Love Poem” by Natalie Diaz. » Email Sheila Packa at [email protected] to register.
Independent Bookstore Day, April 30, Zenith Bookstore, 318 N. Central Ave., offers freebies and meets Emily Vikre, author of “The Family Camp Cookbook,” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Linda LeGarde Grover, author of “Gichigami Hearts” from 1 p.m. at 15h
the Friends of the Saint-Paul Public Library, as Minnesota Center for the Book, announces the seventh chapter of A book, a Minnesota, a statewide book club that invites Minnesotans of all ages to read a common title and come together virtually to enjoy, reflect and discuss.
The seventh title on the program is “The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse” by Minnesota author Brian Farrey. Presented in partnership with State Library Services, a division of the Minnesota Department of Education, the program aims to bring Minnesotans together during a time of distance and adversity and highlight the role of libraries as community connectors.
Through May 15, Minnesotans will be invited to read the featured book selection and will have access to reading guides and virtual book club discussions. Readers can access the eBook and audiobook for free on Ebooks Minnesota for eight weeks. All Minnesotans are invited to participate in a free, statewide discussion with author Brian Farrey, at 1 p.m. May 11. Registration required. Links to resources and more information can be found at thefriends.org/onebook.
The Arrowhead Library System Bookmobile is scheduled for the following stops:
- Hermantown at the Marcus Lakes Cinema on Mondays, April 11, May 2, May 23, June 13, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
- Fredenberg at the Community Center on Mondays April 11, May 2, May 23, June 13, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
- Pequaywan at Inn Resort Mondays April 11, May 2, May 23, June 13, 2:15-3 p.m.
- North Shore at Clearwater Grille (November-April) and McQuade Small Craft Harbor (May-October) Mondays, April 11, May 2, May 23, June 13, 4:15-5:30 p.m.
- Proctor at St. Rose Church on Thursdays, April 14, May 5, May 26, June 16, from 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.
- Supervisor at the Community Center on Thursdays April 14, May 5 and 26, June 16, from 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
- Solway Town Hall at Munger Shaw Road on Thursdays April 14, May 5, May 26, June 16, 3:15-4:15 p.m.
- Hermantown at the YMCA on Thursdays, April 14, May 5, May 26, June 16, from 5:15 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The Bookmobile offers print books, cookbooks, large print books, DVDs, audio books and video games. Go to alslib.info.
Lake Superior Writers present Superior Actions, a free virtual open mic for writers to read their work, and anyone else who wants to listen, from 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, April 13. The event is free; membership is not compulsory. Graphic content is prohibited. There will be 10 five-minute slots available on a first-come, first-served basis. Entrants will be notified in advance if they have been selected to read. To register, email [email protected] before April 11 and indicate if you wish to read. A Zoom link will be sent on the day of the event.
the Arrowhead Library System provides Take & Write Poetry Exercise Kits to your local library for distribution until April 20. Celebrate National Poetry Month with the Poet’s Workbook designed by COMPAS, Minnesota teaching artist and poet, May Lee-Yang. Features poetry writing exercises designed specifically for new poets.
This program, sponsored by Arrowhead Library System, was supported in part or in whole with funds from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. For more on Arrowhead Legacy events, visit alslib.info.
2022 Lake Superior Writers Writing Contest is open. This year’s theme is “Full Circle”. The categories are Poetry, Short Fiction, Short-Short Fiction, and Creative Non-Fiction.
For more information: lakesuperiorwriters.org/2022-writing-contest. Deadline: Monday, April 11.
Join a Northeast Minnesota Book Award Reading team and help choose a winning book that captures the spirit of northeast Minnesota.
The NEMBA recognizes books that substantially represent the history, culture, heritage, or way of life of northeast Minnesota, including the following counties: Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Kanabec, Koochiching, Lake , Pine and St. Louis. This is the first year that Lake Superior Writers will present the awards, previously coordinated by the University of Minnesota’s Kathryn A. Martin Library. The final awards were announced in 2020. This year, reading teams will look at books published in 2020-21, with winners announced in the fall.
Reading teams need volunteers to help select the winning book in each of the six categories: Nonfiction, Fiction, Art/Photography, Children’s Literature, Poetry and Memory. NEMBA is not looking for professional literary critics, but rather an open-minded group of readers who represent Northland’s different backgrounds and ways of life.
Each of the six reading teams will consist of a maximum of four members with a designated leader. Applicants should state their preferences as to which team they would like to be on. After receiving their book bundles, teams will meet several times (a Zoom meeting may be an option) between June and September to discuss the nominated books, with winners being notified on October 1.
To apply, fill out the form at bit.ly/3vT7T0X. Applications will be accepted until May 1, and team assignments will be announced from mid-May to the end of May. Any questions, email [email protected]
Did you or someone you know publish a book in 2020 or 2021? Lake Superior Writers invites applications for the 2022 Northeast Minnesota Book Award. Books can be nominated in one of six categories: Non-Fiction, Fiction, Art/Photography, Children’s Literature, Poetry and Memoir. A non-refundable entry fee of $40 is required for each nominated title. The awards recognize books that substantially represent the history, culture, heritage, or way of life of northeast Minnesota, including the following counties: Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Kanabec, Koochiching, Lake , Pine and St. Louis. Authors are not required to live in Minnesota for their work to be considered.
As in the past, independent reading teams for each category will review and determine pricing, with pricing announced in the fall.
Nominated books must have been originally published between 2020 and 2021. The winning book in each category will receive a cash prize of $200. The winning book and honorable mention in each category will receive a glass plate and 100 book seals.
For complete guidelines on nominating a book, including a link to the required nomination form, visit lakesuperiorwriters.org/nemba. Send the completed form, four (non-returnable) copies of the book and the $40 entry fee to NEMBA, 1626 London Road #895, Duluth, MN 55812. Applications must be mailed by May 31.
For questions, email [email protected]
Title: “The Ursuline”
Author: Brian Freeman
Synopsis: The mythical beast has many names. Bigfoot. Sasquatch. Yeti. In Black Wolf County, it’s called… the Ursuline. But for deputy Rebecca Colder, the beast is no myth. A serial killer has taken on the identity of the monster – and with every body left behind there is a chilling message written in blood: “I am the Ursuline”. Although it is a prequel to “The Deep Deep Snow”, you can read this novel on its own. Set in a fictional mining town in northern Minnesota, this thriller will keep you guessing until the very end.
Cost: $28.99 for hardcover, $18.99 for paperback, and $9.99 for Nook Book.
Editor: Blackstone Editions