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Readings & Writers for March 11, 2018


Lake Superior Writers seeks submissions for writing contest with "rescue" as the theme. Submissions should use this theme, literally or metaphorically. Categories include: poetry, short-short fiction, short fiction, and creative nonfiction. On winner in each category wins a 4250 prize and publication on the Lake Superior Writers website. Entry is free for Lake Superior Writers members and $35 for non-members. For guidelines go to Deadline: April 1.


Book signing at The Bookstore at Fitger's, 600 E. Superior St., Duluth, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday with Wallace J. Nichols, author of "Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do." Free.

Beaner's Central, 324 N. Central Ave., Duluth, will feature poet Jan Chronister at the free Spoken Word Open Mic, 7 p.m. Wednesday.

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

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

• Story time, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, West Duluth branch library.

• 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.

Nerd NiteReading Without Walls Edition, 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, Kirby Rafters, UMD. Join four student scholars as they discuss unexpected, esoteric and fascinating topics related to books and reading. Free. Go to

30th Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards, 5-8:30 p.m. May 24, Northland Country Club, 3901 E. Superior St. Features book fair and reception from 5-6:30 p.m., speaker and wards from 6:30-8 p.m. and book fair from 8-8:30 p.m. Free. Call (218) 726-7889 or go to


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

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

• Brian Freeman signs copies of his upcoming book, "Alter Ego," May 1.

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

• "The Gingerbread Man and the Leprechaun Loose at School" story time, 11 a.m. Saturday.

• "Little Blue Truck's Springtime" story time, 11 a.m. March 24.

• "The Duckling Gets a Cookie?!" story time, 11 a.m. March 31.


Title: "The Great Water: A Documentary History of Michigan"

Editor: Matthew R. Thick

Synopsis: Michigan's location among the Great Lakes has positioned it at the crossroads of many worlds. Its first hunters arrived 10,000 year ago, its first farmers arrived about 6,000 years after that, and 300 years ago, the French expanded the territory. This book is a collection of stories, letters, diary entries, news reports and other documents that give personal insights into important aspects of Michigan's history.

Publisher: Michigan State University

Cost: $26.95

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Title: "George Washington, A Man of Action"

Editor: John P. Kaminski

Synopsis: This collection of quotations by and about Washington illuminates anew the revolutionary general, U.S. president and Virginia farmer.

Publisher: Wisconsin Historical Society Press

Cost: $22.95

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Title: "Alexander Hamilton, From Obscurity to Greatness"

Editor: John P. Kaminski

Synopsis: This collection of quotations by and about Hamilton paints a nuanced portrait of a complex man. Gain a better understanding of this man who rose from anonymity on a small Caribbean island to the corridors of power.

Publisher: Wisconsin Historical Society

Cost: $22.95

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