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Arrowhead Library System seeks entries for a local author contest of adult and young adult fiction to be recognized as the top independently-published eBooks in Minnesota. Go to www.indieauthorproject.librariesshare.com/minnesota for complete details. Deadline: May 31.

Events

Poetry reading to benefit The BRICK Ministries, Inc. in Ashland, hosted by The BRICK and Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets, 2 p.m. today, 420 Ellis Ave., Ashland. Listen or read poems relating to the topic of hunger and poverty. Donations or personal care items requested. Questions about open mic, email Jan at wfoppres@gmail.com.

The Duluth Public Library offers these events. Go to www.duluthlibrary.org or call (218) 730-4200/option 4.

• "One-Dog Canoe and More! A Visit with Mary Casanova," 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Duluth Public Library, green room as well as 6 p.m. Tuesday, West Duluth branch library and 1 p.m. Wednesday, Mount Royal branch library.

• 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.

"One-Dog Canoe and More!" A visit with Mary Casanova, 4 p.m. Wednesday, Two Harbors Public Library, 320 Waterfront Drive. Geared for grades K-5 but all ages welcome. Free. Go to www.facebook.com/alslibinfo.

Author Linda LeGarde Grover reads from and signs copies of her book "In the Night of Memory" at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Kathryn A. Martin Library, 416 Library Drive, UMD.

See More Perspective and his spoken word poetry offers a free workshop for grades 4-12 and adults at 6 p.m. April 18 at the Two Harbors Public Library as well as 4 p.m. April 19 at the Grand Marais Public Library. Free, Go to www.facebook.com/alslibinfo.

The League of Minnesota Poets Poetic Partnership Spring Conference, April 26-28, Grand Ely Lodge in Ely. Keynote: Duluth Poet Laureate Sheila Packa. Cost: $65, $60 for members; a $10 discount is offered if registered by April 16. Go to www.mnpoets.org for complete details.

Lake Superior Writers offers "The Final Stages," 1-3 p.m. April 27, Duluth Public Library, Green Room, 520 W. Superior St. .Four writers and editors share their experience in critique, editing, rewriting and rejection. Panelists include: Konnie LeMay of Lake Superior Magazine, editor Cary Plocher, YA writer and teacher Elissa Hoole and Duluth News Tribune managing editor Peter Baumann. Free.

Yoga and writing class, 6-8:30 p.m. May 2 and June 6, It Takes a Village Collective, 114 W. Superior St. First half is relaxing, gentle yoga and second half is guided free form writing and reflection. No experience necessary. Go to www.blindspotcreatives.com.

Duluth Poet Laureate Gary Boelhower offers a poetry workshop, 9 a.m. to noon May 11, Peace Church, Fireside Room, 1111 N. 11th Ave. E. Cost: $25; limited space available. Call (218) 724-4985 or email gboelhower@msn.com.

31st annual Northern Minnesota Book Awards, May 23, Northland Country Club, 3901 E. Superior St. Book fair and reception from 5-6:30 p.m.; speaker and awards from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and book fair reopens at 8:30 p.m. Speaker: Margi Preus. Go to www.z.umn.edu/nemba or call (218) 726-7889.

"Walt Whitman at 200: A Birthday Party with Poetry Readings, Presentations and Cake," 7-9 p.m. on May 31, Hartley Nature Center, 3001 Woodland Ave. Free. Email gboelhower@msn.com.

Bookstores

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

• Barnes & Noble Book Club, 7 p.m. Tuesday. Book: "The Island of Sea Women," by Lisa See.

• Story time features "Pete the Cat: Big Easter Adventure," 11 a.m. Saturday.

• Author Linda LeGarde Grover signs copies of her book, "In the Night of Memory," noon Saturday.

• Story time features "Fresh Princess," 11 a.m. April 20.

• Story time features "What Do You Do With a Chance?", 11 a.m. April 27.

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

• Author Linda LeGarde Grover signs copies of her book, "In the Night of Memory," 1 p.m. April 14.

• Former Senator Dave Durenberger and Lori Sturdevant have a conversation about the current state of politics and sign copies of their book, "When Republicans Were Progressive," April 25, Spirit of the North Theater. Time to be determined.

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

zenithbookstore.com.

• Authors Michael Brodkorb and Allison Mann read from their book, "The Girls Are Gone," 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday.

• Poetry book club, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. Book: "Duende" by Tracy K. Smith.

• Harry Potter Trivia Night, 7 p.m. April 16. Costumes encouraged. Teams registered at the door.

• Harry Potter-themed Adult Story Time, 7 p.m. April 19.

• Independent Bookstore Day, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 27.

• Readings by Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice, featuring eight poets from new anthology "Undocumented: Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice," 2 p.m. April 28. Poets include: James Armstrong, Kimberly Blaeser, Deborah Cooper, Rob Hardy, Ken McCullough, Sheila Packa, Ellie Schoenfeld and Joyce Sutphen.

• Comics & Beer Book Club, at Bent Paddle, 7 p.m. April 30. This month's reading: "The Silence of Our Friends."

Books

Title: "Spearhead"

Author: Adam Makos

Synopsis: When Clarence Smoyer is assigned to the gunner's seat of his Sherman tank, his crewmates discover that the gentle giant has a hidden talent: He's a natural-born shooter. Eventually, Clarence, the corporal from coal country, finds himself leading the U.S. Army into its largest urban battle, the fight for Cologne.

Cost: $28

Publisher: Random House, Ballantine Books

Contact: www.randomhouse.com

Title: "Wild Verge"

Author: Lynette Reini-Grandell

Synopsis: The poems in Reini-Grandell's second collection time travel her world, taking us on wild, unpredictable journeys to her childhood, into the minds of bears, horses and reindeer, seeing her marriage from her partner's viewpoint, with visitations to the Witch Tree, and her Finnish ancestors.

Cost: $16

Publisher: Holy Cow! Press

Contact: www.holycowpress.org

Title: "Magical Realism for Non-Believers: A Memoir of Finding Family"

Author: Anika Fajardo

Synopsis: He loved Colombia too much to leave it. The explanation from her Minnesota mother was enough to satisfy a child's curiosity about her missing father. But at 21, Anika Fajardo wanted more. So begins her journey to Colombia to discover a birthplace that was foreign to her and a father who was a stranger.

Cost: $22.95

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press

Contact: www.upress.umn.edu/book-division/books/magical-realism-for-non-believers

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