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The Duluth Poet Laureate Project is searching for the 2018-20 Duluth Poet Laureate. Minnesota poets who live within 30 miles of Duluth in the past five of 10 years are eligible to apply. Once selected, the Duluth Poet Laureate serves a two-year term and organize five public events, an inaugural reading and attend monthly committee meetings. They will also receive an honorarium of $3,000. Application guidelines are available at the Circulation Desk at the Main Duluth Public Library or go to or email holycowSept. 4. Call (218) 724-1653.


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.


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

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

• Zenith book club meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday to discuss "We Are Taking Only What We Need" by Stephanie Powell Watts.

• Crystal Gibbins and Jennifer Case reading and book-signing, 7 p.m Tuesday. Features Case's book "Sawbill: A Search for Place" and Gibbins poetry from "Now/Here."

• "The Book of Beasties," by Sarah Bamford Seidelmann, launch party, 7 p.m Thursday.

• Poetry reading by Sharon Chmielarz and Bart Sutter, 7 p.m. July 17. Chmielarz reads from her collection "Little Eternities" and Sutter reads from "Nordic Accordion."

• Author Roger Thompson discusses his book, "No Word for Wilderness: Italy's Grizzlies and the Race to Save the Rarest Bears on Earth," 7 p.m. July 19.

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

• Story time featuring The Princess and the Pit Stop, 11 a.m. Saturday.

• Story time featuring Happy Dreamer, 11 a.m. July 21.


Title: "The Crusade for Forgotten Souls: Reforming Minnesota's Mental institutions, 1946-1954"

Author: Susan Bartlett Foote

Synopsis: In 1940, Engla Schey took a job as an attendant at Anoka State Hospital, one of Minnesota's seven asylums. She would work among people who were locked away under the shameful label "insane," called inmates. She acquired the knowledge and passion that would lead to "The Crusade for Forgotten Souls," a campaign to reform the deplorable condition of mental institutions in Minnesota.

Cost: $22.95

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press


Title: The Story of Act 31: How Native History Came to Wisconsin Classrooms"

Author: JP Leary

Synopsis: In 1989, a state law known as Act 31 was passed that required all students in Wisconsin to learn that history, culture and tribal sovereignty of Wisconsin's federally recognized tribes. This book details this landmark legislation.

Cost: $28.95

Publisher: Wisconsin Historical Society Press


Title: "The Infamous Harry Hayward: A True Account of Murder and Mesmerism in Gilded Age Minneapolis"

Author: Shawn Francis Peters

Synopsis: On a winter night in 1894, a young woman's body was found in the middle of a road near Lake Calhoun on the outskirts of Minneapolis. She has been shot through the head. The murder of Kittie Ging, a 29-year-old dressmaker, was followed by reporters and their readers across the nation when a suspect went to trial.

Cost: $18.95

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press