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Arrowhead Library System with MN Writes MN Reads, the Minnesota Author Project and Minnesota's other regional public library systems is seeking submissions of self-published Young Adult and Adult Fiction, through June 30. Each book must be self-published, in the genre of Young Adult Fiction or Adult Fiction, written by a Minnesota resident, available in either PDF or ePUB format and multiple submissions are welcome. Authors can submit at Email for more information.

Split Rock Review seeks poetry submissions for "Waters Deep: A Great Lakes Poetry Anthology." Submit two to six poems that represent the Great Lakes in the areas of history, culture, ecology, heritage and lifestyle. No submission fee. Deadline: June 30. Go to


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.

The Arrowhead Library System presents "Writing Memoir, Writing Life" with Kate St. Vincent Vogl, for ages 12 and older at these locations. Call (218) 748-2160.

• 1:30 p.m. Wedensday at Silver Bay Public Library

• 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Grand Marais Library

• 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Two Harbors Public Library

Celebration of Athena Kildegaard's new book of poetry, "Course," featuring Linda Kachelmeier's setting of poems from the books, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Zeitgeist Atrium, 222 E. Superior St. Anika Kildegaard and Ann DuHamel will perform.

Book release reception for "Whaleback Ships and the American Barge Company" by C. Roger Pellett, 6 p.m. Thursday, Fairlawn Mansion, 906 E. Second St., Superior. Call (715) 394-5712.

Richard I. Bong Veteran's Historical Center, 305 E. Second St., Superior, hosts Steve Snyder, author of "Shot Down: The True Story of Pilot Howard Snyder and the Crew of the B-17 Susan Ruth," 6:30 p.m. June 14.

Author Grant J. Merritt discusses his book, "Iron and Water: My Life Protecting Minnesota's Environment," 6 p.m. June 14, Silver Bay Public Library, 9 Davis Drive, Silver Bay.

Crafting the Prose Poem Workshop with Julie Gard, 1-4 p.m. June 16, Lake Superior Writers' Office, Sister Cities Office, 301 W. First St., No. 308. Cost: $35, $25 for Lake Superior Writer members. Email for required registration; space is limited.

Lunch with the History People features Robert C. Pearson previewing his book, "The Life and Times of the Vermilion Club," noon to 1 p.m. June 21, Ruth Maney Room, first floor, St. Louis county Heritage & Arts Center, 506 W. Michigan St. Free. Call (218) 733-7568.


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

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

• Zenith Reads book club meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday to discuss "The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead.

• Author Phyllis Root and photographer Kelly Povo discuss and sign copies of their book, "Searching for Minnesota's Native Wildflowers: A Guide for Beginners, Botanists, and Everyone in Between," 2 p.m. June 9.

• Author Grant J. Merritt discusses and signs copies of his memoir, "Iron and Water: My Life Protecting Minnesota's Environment," 7 p.m. June 12.

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

• Incredibles 2: Sweet Dreams, Jack-Jack story time, 11 a.m. June 9.


Title: "Whaleback Ships and the American Steel Barge Company"

Author: C. Roger Pellett

Synopsis: The whaleback ship reflected the experiences of its inventor, Captain Alexander McDougall, who decided in the 1880s that he could build an improved and easily towed barge cheaply by using the unskilled labor force available in his adopted hometown of Duluth. Captain McDougall's dream resulted in the creation of the American Steel Barge Company. The construction of these ships and the industrial infrastructure required to build them was financed by a syndicate that included some of the major players active in the Golden Age of American capitalism.

Cost: $39.99

Publisher: Wayne State University Press


Title: "Bow wow Pow wow"

Author: Brenda J. Child

Translation: Gordon Jourdain

Illustrations: Jonathan Thunder

Synopsis: Windy Girl is blessed with a vivid imagination. From Uncle she gathers stories of long-ago traditions, about dances and sharing and gratitude. Windy can tell such stories herself — about her dog, Itchy Boy, and the way he dances to request a treat and how he wriggles with joy in response to just about everything. Uncle's stories inspire visions in her head: A bow wow pow wow, where all the dancers are dogs.

Cost: $16.95

Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press


Title: "Letters from the Boys: Wisconsin World War I Soldiers Write Home"

Author: Carrie A. Meyer

Synopsis: In 1918 a flood of American troops arrived in Europe and turned the tide of World War I in favor of the Allies. The book reviews the veil of obscurity and anonymity hanging over soldiers who participated.

Cost: $19.95

Publisher: Wisconsin Historical Society Press