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The Wisconsin Poets Calendar is accepting submissions through Friday. 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 for complete details. Deadline: Friday.

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 (NEMBA). 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.


Authors Chef Sean Sherman and Beth Dooley present and sign copies of “The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen,” 6 p.m. today, Beaner’s Central Coffeehouse, 324 N. Central Ave.

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. every other Wednesday, Duluth Public Library Plaza.
  • Preschool story time, 10:15 a.m. Thursday, Mount Royal branch library.

Richard I Bong Veterans Historical Center, 305 E. Second St., Superior, hosts a book talk on “With Love to All: The World War I Letters and Photographs of Two Minnesota Brothers Marland and Stanley Williams,” 6 p.m. Thursday. Go to

Author Lise Lunge-Larsen and illustrator Kari Vick read and sign copies of their book, “Seven Ways to Trick a Troll,” 1-3 p.m. Dec. 9, Siiviis of Sivertson Gallery, 361 Canal Park Drive.


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

  • Authors Chef Sean Sherman and Beth Dooley sign copies of their book, “The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen,” 6-8 p.m. today at Beaner’s Coffeehouse.
  • Children’s story time, 10:30-11 a.m. every Tuesday.
  • Author Miriam Karmel reads from “Subtle Variations and Other Stories,” 2 p.m. Dec. 3.

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

  • “The Polar Express” story time, 7 p.m. Friday.
  • “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” story time, 11 a.m. Saturday.
  • Author Elizabeth Verdick and illustrator Marc Rosenthal signs copies of their book, “Small Walt,” 11 a.m. Saturday during a special story time.
  • “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure” story time, 11 a.m. Dec. 9.

The Bookstore at Fitger’s, 600 E. Superior St., offers these events. Call (218) 727-9077.

  • Author Gail Francis signs copies of her book, “Bliss(ters)”, noon to 2 p.m. Saturday.
  • Author Linda LeGarde Grover signs copies of her book, “Onigamiising,” noon to 2 p.m. Dec. 9.
  • Author Margi Preus signs copies of her book, “Clue in the Trees,” from noon to 2 p.m. Dec. 16.

Title: “The Devil’s Wedding Ring”

Author: Vidar Sundstol

Synopsis: Upon hearing of the death of his former colleague and friend, private investigator Max Fjellanger feels compelled to leave his long-time home in Florida and return to his native Norway to attend Knut’s funeral. Even though they haven’t spoken in more than three decades, Max is not convinced that Knut killed himself. There are details about the circumstances of his death that just don’t add up. And there seems to be a link to the case of the missing researcher in Telemark, which the two of them had worked together — until threats of a corrupt sheriff put an end to the investigation and to Max’s career on the police force.

Cost: $25.95

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press

Contact info: upress.umn.ed/book-division/books/the-devils-wedding-ring

Title: “The Great Lakes at Ten Miles an Hour: Once Cyclist’s Journey along the Shores of the Inland Seas”

Author: Thomas Shevory

Synopsis: Over the course of four summers, Thomas Shevory rode a bicycle along the shores, taking in the stories the lakes tell — of nature’s grandeur and decay, of economic might and squandered promise, of exploration, colonization, migration and military adventure. This book is Shevory’s account of his travels, shored up by his exploration of the geological, environmental, historical and cultural riches harbored by North America’s great inland sea.

Cost: $16.95

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press

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