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Readings & Writers for Oct. 29, 2017

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The Carlton County Historical Society is seeking poetry or prose commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Fires of 1918, which swept through Carlton and surrounding counties. Poetry should be about 50 lines or 300 words for prose. Deadline: Wednesday.

The Minnesota Book Awards is now accepting nominations for books published in 2017. The nine categories are children's literature, general nonfiction, genre fiction, memoir and creative nonfiction, middle grade literature, Minnesota nonfiction, novel and short story, poetry and young adult literature. All books must be the work of a Minnesota author or primary artistic creator and have a 2017 copyright. Authors, publishers and agents are eligible to submit by going to Deadline: 5 p.m. Nov. 17.

The Wisconsin Poets Calendar is accepting submissions through Dec. 1. Go to for details.

The Thunderbird Review Vol. 6, anthology of creative writing and art, is now accepting submissions Categories include short fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry and artwork. Work that has already been published or received an award will not be accepted. Email dschummerDec. 1.


The Duluth Public Library offers these events. Go to or call (218) 730-4200/option 4.

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

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

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

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

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

Author William Kent Krueger signs copies of his book, "Sulfur Springs," Thursday through Nov. 5, during the North Shore Readers and Writers Festival in Grand Marais.

Lake Superior Writers offers free writers panel, "Literary Journals — How to Find the Right Home for Your Work," 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Estuarium, 3 Marina Drive, Superior. This is the first of three panels. Free admission.

Spirit Lake Poetry series kicks off with Minneapolis poet Bao Phi reading from his book, "Thousand Star Hotel," 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Prove Gallery, 21 N. Lake Ave.

Author Newzad Brifki discusses his book, "My Journey to America," from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Nov. 5, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Duluth, 835 W. College St.

The Arrowhead Library System presents Lorna Landvik, "My Life as a Writer, for ages 12 and older, at these locations. Free. Go to

• 1 p.m. Nov. 7: Silver Bay Public Library

• 6 p.m. Nov. 10: Grand Marais Public Library

• 6 p.m. Nov. 14: Two Harbors Public Library

Christian Picciolini, author of the book, "Romantic Violence," speaks at 7 p.m. Nov. 8, Kirby Ballroom, UMD. Free.

Second annual Children's and Young Adult Literature Conference, Nov. 9-10, Northland College in Ashland. Cost: $95. Go to for details and to register.

Poetry reading, in both Arabic and English, from a book called "Lighthouse for the Drowning," 4 p.m. Nov. 15, first floor fireside lounge, Jim Dan Hill Library, University of Wisconsin-Superior. Readers will be Jayson Iwen, co-translator of the book, as well as Maryam Albaghli, a UWS international student from Kuwait. Free.


Zenith Bookstore, 318 N. Central Ave., offers these events.Call (218) 606-1777.

• Children's story time, 10:30-11 a.m. every Tuesday.

• Roberta Walburn signs copies of her book, "Miles Lord: The Maverick Judge Who Brought Corporate America to Justice," 3-5 p.m. Saturday.

• Author William Kent Krueger signs copies of his book, "Sulfur Springs," 2 p.m. Nov. 5.

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

• "Bruce's Big Move" storytime, 11 a.m. Saturday.

• "Go Big or Go Gnome" storytime, 11 a.m. Nov. 7.

• Slumber Party with Santa, 5 p.m. Nov. 10.

• Author Linda LeGarde Grover signs copies of her book, "Onigamiising: Seasons of an Ojibwe Year," noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 18.

The Bookstore at Fitger's, 600 E. Superior St., offers author Newzad Brifki signing copies of his book, "My Journey to America," noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. Call (218) 727-9077.


Title: "Onigamiising — Seasons of an Ojibwe Year"

Author: Linda LeGarde Grover

Synopsis: The book includes 50 essays that reflect on the spiritual beliefs and everyday practices that carry the Ojibwe through the year and connect them to this northern land of rugged splendor. As the four season unfold, the author writes about the landscape and the weather, work and play, ceremony and tradition and family ways.

Cost: $14.95

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press

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Title: "The Light, the Lake and the Legends"

Author: Marsha Anderson Smith

Synopsis: On the edge of the Big Lake live the Laportes. The family is poor but happy until disaster strikes. Struggling to feed her children, Rose takes on more and more washing and seamstress work. In the process, she reaches out to and becomes a part of her community. The years turn and things change. Children are born and people die. One World War sends the men overseas and gives women new opportunities, and another follows close on its heels. There is joy and sorrow, hard work and fun, and above all, humanity. And through it all...the big lake, observing everything, keeps its secrets to itself.

Cost: $18.99

Publisher: Self-published.

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