The Duluth Public Library offers these events. Go to www.duluthlibrary.org 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.
Friends of the Duluth Public Library book sale, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, 520 W. Superior St. Go to www.FriendsofDPL.com.
Playing with Words: A Poetry Retreat, 1-5 p.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, St. Scholastica Monastery. Facilitators: Ann Glumac and Victor Klimoski. Cost: $90 per person, $160 per person with an overnight stay. Go to www.Retreatduluth.org to register.
Bemidji State University's annual Minnesota Northwoods Writers Conference, June 17-22, Bemidji. Features public readings at 7:30 p.m. each night in the gathering room of the Bemidji State's American Indian Resource Center. Readings are free and open to the public. Line up includes:
• June 17: Ada Limon, poetry
• June 18: Aimee Nezhukumatathil, hybrid poetry and prose
• June 19: Distinguished visiting writer Terrance Hayes, poetry
• June 20: Peter Orner, fiction
• June 21: Dustin Parsons, creative nonfiction
• June 22: Camille Dungy, poetry
Barnes & Noble in the Miller Hill Mall offers these events. Call (218) 786-0710 or go to www.bn.com.
• Baby & Me story time featuring "Alphaprints: Sea Life," 11 a.m. today.
• Barnes & Noble Book Club meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday to discuss "The Guest Book."
• YA Book Club meets at 7 p.m. Thursday to discuss "Again, but Better."
The Zenith Bookstore, 318 N. Central Ave., offers these events. Call (218) 606-1777 or go to www.zenithbookstore.com.
• Poetry Book Club meets at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday to discuss "Don't Call Us Dead," by Danez Smith.
• Comics & Beer Book Club meets at 7 p.m. June 25 to discuss "Nimona" by Noelle Stevenson.
Author: Maddie Frost
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Cost: $5.95 per book
Author: Josie R. Johnson with Carolyn Holbrook and Arleta Little
Synopsis: This memoir shares Josie's story which begins in Texas, where unfairness of the segregated South, so antithetical to the values she learned at home, sharpened a sense of justice that guides her to this day. From the age of 14, when she went door to door with her father in Houston to campaign against the Poll Tax, to the moment in 2008 when, as a delegate at the Democratic National Convention, she cast her vote for Barack Obama for president, she has been at the forefront of the politics of civil rights. Her memoir offers a close-up picture of what that struggle has entailed.
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Authors: Keith Aune and Glenn Plumb
Synopsis: Rapidly disappearing bison in the late 1800s prompted progressive thinkers to call for the preservation of wild lands and wildlife in North America. Following a legendary hunt for the last wild bison in central Montana, Dr. William Honrady sought to immortalize the West's most iconic species. Activists like Theodore Roosevelt rose to the call, initiating a restoration plan that seemed almost incomprehensible in that era. Follow the journey from the first animals bred at the Bronx Zoo to today's National Bison Range.
Publisher: The History Press