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Readings & Writers for Dec. 31, 2017


• The Duluth Poet Laureate Project seeks poems from regional writers for a poetry/dance collaborative event to take place in May 2018. Send a poem on any theme and the dancers will choose a poem and create a dance in response. The poets who inspired the dance will be invited to read at the event and will receive a $50 honorarium. Send one poem and contact information to: or to Ellie Schoenfeld, 530 E. Skyline Parkway, Duluth, MN 55805 by Jan. 10.

• University of Minnesota Duluth's Kathryn A. Martin Library and Friends of the Duluth Public Library seek nominations for the 30th annual Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards. Books may be nominated is six categories: Nonfiction, fiction, art and photography, children's literature, poetry and memoir. Entry fee: $25 per each title. Go to Deadline: Feb. 1.


The Duluth Public Library offers these events. The library will be closed on Monday for the holiday. Go to or call (218) 730-4200/option 4.

• Bedtime story time, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, West Duluth branch library.

• Toddler time, 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, Duluth Public Library, green room.

• Preschool story time, 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, Duluth Public Library.

• Squad Car story time, 3:45 p.m. every other Wednesday, Duluth Public Library Plaza.

• Preschool story time, 10:15 a.m. Thursday, Mount Royal branch library.


Zenith Bookstore, 318 N. Central Ave., offers children's story time, 10:30-11 a.m. every Tuesday. Call (218) 606-1777.

Barnes & Noble in the Miller Hill Mall offers these events. Call (218) 786-0710 or go to

• "What Do You Do With a Chance?" story time, 11 a.m. Saturday.

• Paddington story time, 11 a.m. Jan. 13.

• "You!" story time, 11 a.m. Jan. 20.


Title: "Hugging This Rock: Poems of Earth & Sky, Love & War"

Author: Eric Chandler

Synopsis: This collection of poetry is about life and war as a pilot, parent and outdoor sports enthusiast. Whether soaring at 40,000 feet or carefully considering the flowers he encounters by the trail, his works are rich with insight and humor.

Cost: $9.99 print, $5.99 e-book

Publisher: Middle West Press LLC

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Title: "The Lucky Orphan Calf"

Author: Marion Carlson

Synopsis: This children's book is about a very unlucky orphan calf gets some quick help and a couple of rides in a pick-up. Then some good care from twins. Somehow he does end up being lucky!

Cost: $19

Publisher: RoseDog Books

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Title: "Chasing Phil: The Adventures of Two Undercover Agents with the World's Most Charming Con Man"

Author: David Howard

Synopsis: This is the story of the FBI's first wire-wearing white-collar-crime investigation. Charismatic high-finance con man Phil Kitzer, a longtime Minnesota resident whose escapades spanned the globe, was at the center of dozens of scams in which he swindled millions of dollars, often by creating phony offshore banks. His only mistake? In 1977, he spent eight months tutoring and traveling with two young proteges who he planned to install as front men. They became close friends traveling from Miami to Hawaii to Tokyo and Frankfurt, all the while Kitzer revealing the inner workings of his ingenious operation. Only after it was too late did he realize that his companions were FBI agents.

Cost: $28

Publisher: Crown

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