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Barnes and Noble, partnering with Families in Transition Pre-school ISD 709, Superior Community Preschool and Gary New Duluth Development Alliance, is holding their annual holiday book drive, now through Dec. 31. Purchase books to donate to children in need.


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 now 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 nonfiction, 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.

Author reading and book signing with Leif Enger and his latest book, "Virgil Wander" 6 p.m Thursday, Kickapoo Coffee, Rittenhouse Ave., Bayfield. Go to or call (715) 779-0200.

Write Along, a one day writer's workshop, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, 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.

Adventurer and author Lonnie Dupre will be sharing photographs and stories as well as signing copies of his book, "Alone at the Top," at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Spirit of the North Theater, Fitger's Building, 600 E. Superior St. tickets: $5; Proceeds go to the Secret Forest Playschool in Duluth. Hosted by Trailfitters.

Author Pat McGauley signs copies of his books at these locations:

• 9 a.m. to 3 p.m Saturday, Virginia Women of Today Craft Fair, Miners Memorial Building, Virginia.

• 1:30-3:30 p.m. Nov. 11, Zenith Book Store, 318 N. Central Ave.

• 2 p.m. Nov. 13, Cook Book Club, Homestead Building.

• 9 a.m. to 3 pm. Nov. 17: Artisan Fair, Minnesota Discovery Center, Chisholm.

• 3-6 p.m. Dec. 6: Aurora Public Library Christmas Tea, Aurora.

Hope McLeod signs copies of her book, "Have I Got a Story for You," from 2-5 p.m. Nov. 17, Washburn Harbor View Event Center, 130 Harbor View Drive, Washburn. Go to or call (715) 779-0200.


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

• Community discussion on "The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela," 2-4 p.m. today.

• Author Katharine Johnson signs copies of her book, "The Mukluk Ball," 7-8:30 p.m. Friday.

• Author Tim Cochrane signs copies of his book, "Gichi Bitobig, Grand Marais — Early Accounts of the Anishinaabeg and the North Shore Fur Trade," from 7-8:30 p.m. Nov. 15.

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

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


Title: "Virgil Wander"

Author: Leif Enger

Synopsis: Midwestern movie house owner Virgil Wander is "cruising along at medium altitude" when his car flies off the road into icy Lake Superior. Virgil survives but his language and memory are altered and he emerges into a world no longer familiar to him.

Cost: $27

Publisher: Grove Atlantic


Title: "Waiting: A Father Mickey Story"

Author: Pat McGauley

Synopsis: Father Mickey Moran's restless nature once again puts him in harm's way. In order to "find himself" he feels compelled to lose himself in a private and secretive journey.

Cost: $19.95

Publisher: A Shamrock Book


Title: "The Mukluk Ball"

Author: Katharine Johnson

Illustrations: Alicia Schwab

Synopsis: Karhu the bear wants to attend the Mukluk Ball.

Cost: $16.95

Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press


Title: "Thank You for Shopping"

Author: Kristal Leebrick

Synopsis: A nostalgic trip back for anybody who remembers the service, style and charm of Minnesota's late, great department stores.

Cost: $29.95

Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press