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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 its annual holiday book drive through Dec. 31. Purchase books to donate to children in need.


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


Thomas D. Peacock, author of "The Homeward Journey of Donovan Manypenny," reads from and signs copies of his book at these locations. Go to for more information.

• 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Robert Powless Cultural Center, 202 W. Second St.

• 1-3 p.m. Friday, Spirit Bay Trading Company, 395 S. Lake Ave.

• 7-8:30 p.m. Nov. 27, Zenith Bookstore, 318 N. Central Ave.

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.

Two Harbors Public Library, 320 Waterfront Drive, offers these events. Call (218) 834-3148.

• Author talk with Anthony Bukoski, author of "Head of the Lakes," at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 26.

• Author talk with Katya Gordon, author of "Climate Change Musings" and "Studies from Lake Superior's North Shore," 7 p.m. Nov. 29.

Author Pat McGauley signs copies of his books from 3-6 p.m. Dec. 6, Aurora Public Library Christmas Tea, Aurora.


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

• Author William D. Green presents "The Children of Lincoln — White Paternalism and the Limits of Black Opportunity in Minnesota 1860-1876," 7 p.m. Tuesday.

• Small Business Saturday features authors Jonathan Thunder from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Tony Dierckins and Pete Clure from 12:30-2 p.m.; Leif Enger from 2-3:30 p.m. and Katie Berg from 3:30-5 p.m.

• Thomas D. Peacock, author of "Beginnings: The Homeward Journey of Donovan Manypenny," 7-8:30 p.m. Nov. 27.

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

• Story time featuring "Mickey Mouse Goes Christmas Shopping," 11 a.m. Saturday.

• Story time featuring "How to Catch a Snowman," 11 a.m. Dec. 1.

• Pajama story time featuring "The Polar Express," 7 p.m. Dec. 7.

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

• Author Katharine Johnson signs copies of her book, "Mukluk Ball," from 1-3 p.m. Saturday.

• Author Carol Bowman signs copies of her photography book for children "Tucked Under," and her 2019 calendar, noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 25.


Title: "Beginnings: The Homeward Journey of Donovan ManyPenny"

Author: Thomas D. Peacock

Synopsis: Donovan Manypenny, 10, was raised by his grandparents on a northern Wisconsin Ojibwe reservation until their passing and then he became a ward of the state — foster care, children's home and adoption. The trauma he experienced as a result of losing his grandparents and way of life leads him to put his past behind him for over 43 years. Then, at the age of 53, events in his life take him back to his childhood home, retracing the historical westward migration of his Ojibwe ancestors.

Cost: $15.95

Publisher: Holy Cow! Press


Titles: "Gone to Dust" and "Broken Ice"

Author: Matt Goldman

Synopsis: In "Gone to Dust," Minneapolis private detective Nils Shapiro is focused on forgetting his ex-wife and keeping warm during another winter when a former colleague, Edina police detective Anders Ellegaard, call with a murder he needs help solving. Maggie Somerville, a suburban divorcee has been found dead in her bedroom covered with the dust from hundreds of emptied vacuum cleaner bags. In "Broken Ice," Nils Shapiro is shot through the arm with an arrow and knows that is a sign that he is getting closer to discovering what happened to missing teenager Linnea Engstrom. He and his partner, Anders Ellegaard, head to Warroad, a small, quiet town with many secrets to hide.

Cost: $25.99 each

Publisher: Macmillan Publishers


Title: "Wisconsin in Watercolor: The Life and Legend of Folk Artist Paul Seifert"

Author: Joe Kapler

Synopsis: This book shares the details about German immigrant painter Paul Seifert's enigmatic life against the intricate yet quaint details of Seifert's art. The book features high-quality reproductions of 22 Seifert watercolors — more than half of which have never been published — and showcases many close-ups of Seifert's characteristic details, from horses and hay wagons to dogs and dinner bells.

Cost: $29.95

Publisher: Wisconsin Historical Society Press