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Readings & Writers for April 1, 2018

News of Note

Raven Productions, Inc. announced that Legacy Toys has purchased the book publishing piece of the business to transform into a new children's publishing company. Curious Cat Books will officially launch on April 10, with a new location at Legacy Toys. Raven Productions, Inc., will continue to produce the Ely Summer and Winter Times, as well as the Boundary Waters & Quetico calendar. To submit a manuscript or get more information about Curious Cat Books, email Taylor Okeson at or go to


Lake Superior Writers seeks submissions for a 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. One winner in each category wins a $250 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: Today.


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.

Publication launch and reading by poet Denise Sweet from her new collection, "Palominos Near Tuba City: New & Selected Poems," 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dr. Robert Powless Cultural Center, 212 W. Second St. Suggested donation: $10. Call (218) 724-1653 or go to

"Homefront/Battlefront," poems about growing up in Brule during World War II and poems about war and the Holocaust presented by Peggy Trojan and Jan Chronister, 1 p.m. April 15, Douglas County Historical Society, 1101 John Ave., Superior. Free.

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.

• Minnesota poet James Lenfestey, author of "A Marriage Book: 50 Years of Poems from A Marriage," 7 p.m. Wednesday.

• 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 Giving Tree" story time, 11 a.m. Saturday.

• "Pig the Star" story time, 11 a.m. April 14.


Title: "The Father Effect: Hope and Healing From a Dad's Absence"

Author: John Finch with Blake Atwood

Synopsis: Based on the feature film, "The Father Effect" is for people who have lost their fathers through divorce, death or disinterest. The book contains practical help. Publisher: Hachette Book Group

Cost: $12.99

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Title: "Paint by Sticker Kids: Beautiful Bugs"

Synopsis: Like paint by number, creation is simple. Find the sticker, peel it and place it in the right numbered space. Create 10 bug pictures, one sticker at a time.

Publisher: Workman Publishing Co., Inc.

Cost: $9.95

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Title: "Wisconsin Riffs: Jazz Profiles from the Heartland"

Author: Kurt Dietrich

Synopsis: The book details Wisconsin's rich association with jazz since the inception of the genre in the early 1900s. Musicians are featured side-by-side to portray a comprehensive history of jazz in Wisconsin.

Publisher: Wisconsin Historical Society Press

Cost: $40

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