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BoelhowerGary Boelhower has been selected as the 2018/2020 Duluth Poet Laureate. Boelhower is a poet, author and professor at the College of St. Scholastica. He will organize five community vents and participate in an inaugural reading and crowning ceremony on Dec. 2 at Peace Church. He will receive a $3,000 honorarium for his efforts. For more information, go to


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, Youth Services Area.

• Preschool story time, 10:15 a.m. Thursday, Mount Royal branch library.

Old Brule Historical Society presents Peggy Trojan reading poems about her childhood in Brule during World War II from her chapbooks, "Free Range Kids" and "Homefront," 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, Wisconsin Town Hall, Brule. Call (715) 364-2523.

Author Bethany Helwig signs copies of her books from the "International Monster Slayers series," Friday and Saturday, Black Bear Casino vendor fair in Carlton as well as Nov. 10-11 at Festival of Trees in Duluth.

Spirit of the Lake Poetry series presents Hieu Minh Nguyen, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Prove Gallery, 21 N. Lake Ave.

Annual Wisconsin Poets' Calendar publication reading, 2 p.m. Oct. 14, Drummond Public Library. Eleven area poets published in the 2019 calendar will read after an open mic. Free. Email

Poet Jan Chronister reading from her collection, "Caught between Coasts," 3 p.m. Oct. 23, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, 2101 14th St., Cloquet. Email

Brainerd Writers Alliance Writers Conference and Book Fair, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 27, Rumbly Hall, 707 Laurel St., Brainerd. Speaker: Erin Hart. Cost: $25, includes lunch. Tickets available until Oct. 20 at


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

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

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

• 20 Years of Magic Harry Potter Collection family friendly celebration, 6-8 p.m. Friday. Costume contest. Tickets: $11; available at

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

• Story time, 11 a.m. Saturday. Featuring "I Lost My Tooth!"

• Story time, 11 a.m. Oct. 20. Featuring "Elbow Grease."

• Barnes and Noble Kids' Book Hangout, 2 p.m. Oct. 20.

• Book Club meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 24. Book: "An Absolutely Remarkable Thing" by Hank Green.


Title: "Who Knew? 10,001 Household Solutions"

Authors: Bruce and Jeanne Lubin

Synopsis: 10,001 Household Solutions — as seen on TV. Want to keep your blinds, TV and computer screens dust-free longer? Dust with a fabric softener sheet — its anti-static properties will help repel dust for days. Want your roast chicken to have crispy skin? Use a hair dryer set on high for two minutes to really dry the skin before roastings. Works on turkey, too. Check out the book for another 9,999 tips.

Cost: $24.99

Publisher: St. Martin's Press


Title: "The Atlas Obscura Explorer's Guide for the World's Most Adventurous Kid: 47 Countries, 100 Extraordinary Places to Visit"

Authors: Dylan Thuras and Rosemary Mosco

Illustrator: Joy Ang

Synopsis: The book takes young readers on a trip around the planet to discover its most mesmerizing and mysterious wonders. The book is your passport to a world of hidden possibilities where you'll journey to places far and wide. Some examples: Did you know that sticky rice was added to the mortar in the Great Wall to help glue it together or that Russia has the largest freshwater lake in the world, Lake Baikal, which holds one-fifth of the world's fresh surface water.

Cost: $19.95

Publisher: Workman Publishing Co.