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Readings & Writers for July 16, 2017

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Calling all Minnesota writers — you are invited to enter your poems, stories and essays/memoirs in the 2017 Brainerd Writers Alliance contest. Entries must be postmarked by Aug. 30. Go to for details. Call (218) 828-7750 or email


The Duluth Public Library offers these events. 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. Wednesday, Duluth Public Library Plaza.

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


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

• "Agnes Loves Unicorns" story time, 11 a.m. Tuesday.

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

• "Bad Guy" story time, 11 a.m. July 25.

• Story time in Celebration of Get Pop-Cultured featuring "Good Morning, Superman!" "Be A Star, Wonder Woman!" and "Bedtime for Batman," 11 a.m. July 29.


Title: "Rare Birds"

Author: Kathleen Novak

Synopsis: Set in Hibbing in 1960, the book reveals the desires and unfinished stories of a hodgepodge of people, many real, some fictional, but all caught in the rhythms of their time. Meet Betty Larsen, raising her lover's daughter on her own, waiting impatiently for him to return; or skinny, old Gertrude, who rounds the block headlong a dozen times a day until she is terrified by her encounter with Nicky Marodi, who just returned from the state hospital for the mentally ill and lurching along in his new freedom. Then, there are three neighborhood girls who band together to explore an abandoned house where they find mysteries in every room, half-packed boxes and perhaps blood.

Cost: $29

Publisher: The Permanent Press


Title: "A Matter of Trust, A Montana Rescue book"

Author: Susan May Warren

Synopsis: Third book in the series, Champion backcountry snowboarder Gage Watson was at the top of his game when one of his fans crashed and died — a death blamed on Gage. After being sued for negligence and stripped of sponsorships, Gage had no choice but to leave the limelight and search for a new life. Although Gage is now working as a ski patrol in Montana's rugged mountains, as well as serving the PEAK Rescue team, he still can't find peace — or forget the woman who betrayed him.

Cost: $14.99

Publisher: Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group