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The Minnesota Book Awards, a program of The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, is seeking submissions of books published in 2018. The nine categories include: Children's literature, general nonfiction, genre fiction, memoir & creative fiction, middle grade literature, Minnesota nonfiction, novel & short story, poetry, and young adult literature. To be eligible, all books must be the work of a Minnesota author or primary artistic creator and must have a copyright of 2018. Authors, publishers and agents are eligible to submit a book by completing the online form, submitting five copies of the book and pay a $45 entry fee. Guidelines available at Deadline: 5 p.m. Nov. 16.


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.

Book release for "Caught Between Coasts, Collected Poems 1989-2018" by Jan Chronister, 2 p.m. today, Lake Superior Estuarium, Barker's Island, 3 Marina Drive, Superior.

Lake Superior Writers presents "Writing for Beginners," a writing workshop taught by Alice Marks for anyone who wanted to write but needs a little structure and guidance, 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 6, Oct. 13, Oct. 20 and Oct. 27, Duluth Sister Cities, 301 W. First St., Suite 308. Cost: $85, $50 for members. To register email

Lake Superior Writers presents "Getting Started," a panel combining the wisdom of published poets and fiction and nonfiction writers. Shila packa, Naomi Musch, Bob "Astro Bob" King and Emily Stone describe their processes of getting started and more, 1-3 p.m. Oct. 6, Science Building Room 1109, College of St. Scholastica. Cost: $5, free for members.


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

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

• Zenith Bookstore Beer & Comics Book Club, 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday. Topic: Comics for Choice: Illustrated Abortion Stories, History and Politics.

• Author Sarah Stonich launches her new novel, "Laurentian Divide," 7 p.m. Thursday.

• Dessa, author of "My Own Devices: True Stories from the Road on Music, Science and Senseless Love,' appears at 6 p.m Saturday.

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

• Author Stacy Boatman signs copies of her book, "Bittersweet Goodbye," 1-4 p.m. Saturday.

• Author Julie Schumacher signs copies of her book, "The Shakespeare Requirement," from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 1.

• Author Matt Goldman signs copies of his book, "Broken Ice: Nils Shapiro series, book no. 2", from 7-9 p.m. Oct. 5, Spirit of the North Theatre, Fitger's. Tickets: $5, which reserves a ticket and $5r off a purchase of the book. Go go to

Barnes & Noble in the Miller Hill Mall offers story time, 11 a.m. Saturday. Featuring "I am Neil Armstrong." Call (218) 786-0710 or go to


Title: "Sedges and Rushes of Minnesota"

Author: Welby R. Smith, Minnesota State Botanist with the Department of Natural Resources

Photographer: Richard Haug

Synopsis: This is a complete guide to nearly 250 species of sedges and rushes in Minnesota. The book enables quick and reliable identification of these species that often are hard to peg. Comes with a handy field guide.

Cost: $39.95

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press


Title: "Laurentian Divide"

Author: Sarah Stonich

Synopsis: It has been a tough winter, and everyone is looking for a reason to celebrate spring — perhaps the town's first real celebration since losing two young women in a tragic car accident. A wedding nears, a man navigates sobriety, and a woman imagines a new life for herself.

Cost: $22.95

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press