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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 Thunderbird Review Vol. 7, an anthology of writing, art and music is accepting submissions from Nov. 1 through Dec. 1. Eligibility requirements: Current students enrolled at FDLTCC, UWS, UMD, CSS and LSC and residents of the Twin Ports area and surrounding counties in Minnesota and Wisconsin. Categories: short fiction, 3,000 words max; creative non-fiction, 3,000 words max; poetry, 3 poems max; artwork, 3 works submitted as a jpeg by email max; music, 3 songs max submitted as a link to a website like YouTube, SoundCloud or Bandcamp. Submission information: Submit one entry per category; previously published work is not accepted. Please include your name, address, phone number, email address, title of words being submitted and a 50-word biography written in the third person. Email submission to and put anthology in the subject lines. Questions, email Darci Schummer at


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.

Write Along, a one day writer's workshop, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 9, Blandin Foundation, 100 N. Pokegama Ave., Grand Rapids. Features Joe Hart, author of 19 books, Christine Marcotte, local newspaper columnist and author with instructor Jane Barrick. Cost: $40. Call the Itasca Historical Society at (218) 326-6431.


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

• Author and artist Samantha Nielsen for a q & a on her first book, "5-Minute Watercolor: Super Quick Techniques for Amazing Watercolor Drawings," 2-4 p.m. Sunday.

• Author Mary Casanova and illustrator Nick Wroblewski read from and sign copies of their book, "Hush Hush, Forest," 7-9 p.m. Tuesday.

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

• Story time featuring "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," 11 a.m. Saturday.

• Story time featuring "Juno Valentine and the Magical Shoes," 11 a.m. Nov. 10.

The Bookstore at Fitger's, 600 E. Superior St., presents author Janet Kay signing copies of her book, "The Sisters," from 1-3 p.m. today. Call (218) 727-9077.


Title: "Where's Duke?"

Author: Dan Urshan

Synopsis: The true story about a boy named Danny who loves his black Labrador Duke more than anything. When Duke goes missing one day, good Samaritans and the local humane society pitch in to care for him until he can be reunited with his family.

Cost: $15

Publisher: Lake Superior Marketing


Title: "Daddy Had to Say Goodbye: A Story of Hope"

Author: David J. Brown

Synopsis: A severely beaten and damaged child goes on to become a broken man and leaves a trail of devastation into other people's lives through his mental illness. This is the story of Clinton Flanagan's lifelong journey to living free as he breaks through his depression and avoids suicide to become peaceful, sane and filled with joy.

Cost: $17.95

Publisher: David J. Brown Books