Readings & Writers
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 indieauthorproject.librariesshare.com/minnesota for complete details. Deadline: May 31.
"Sons and Daughters of the Northern Lights" a program featuring music and stories, poetry and song about the experience of Scandinavian immigrants, performed by The Sutter Brothers, is offered at these locations. Free.
• 6:30 p.m. Monday, Two Harbors Public Library
• 2 p.m. Tuesday, Grand Marais Public Library
• 6 p.m. Tuesday, Silver Bay Public Library
The Duluth Public Library offers these events. Go to 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.
Duluth Poet Laureate Gary Boelhower offers a poetry workshop, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Peace Church, Fireside Room, 1111 N. 11th Ave. E. Cost: $25; limited space available. Call (218) 724-4985 or email email@example.com.
Family history writing workshop, 2 p.m. May 19, Douglas County Historical Museum, 1101 John Ave., Superior. Bring old family photos or meaningful artifacts. Facilitators: Jan Chronister and Peggy Trojan. Cost: $2, free for DCHS members. Call (715) 392-8449.
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 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. Features readings by Duluth Poets Laureate Bart Sutter, Deborah cooper, Sheila Packa, Ellie Schoenfeld and Gary Boelhower along with presentations by Mara Hart, Professors John D. Schwetman and Chris Johnson. Free. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yoga and writing class, 6-8:30 p.m. 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 blindspotcreatives.com.
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.
• Story time features "In a Minute, Mama Bear," 11 a.m. Saturday.
• Story time features "Oh the Places You'll Go!," 11 a.m. May 18.
• Kids' Book Hangout, 2 p.m. May 18.
• Story time features "Aladdin," 11 a.m. May 25.
• Sit Crooked and Talk Straight, a true crime event, 7 p.m. May 30.
The Bookstore at Fitger's, 600 E. Superior St., offers these events. Call (218) 727-9077.
• Translator Barbara Sjoholm will be discussing "By the Fire: Sami Folktales and Legends," a new translation of the book published in Denmark by Emilie Demant Hatt from 7 p.m. Tuesday, Spirit of the North Theater in Fitger's. The event, co-sponsored by Sami Cultural Center of North America, also features storytelling by Laurel Sanders.
• Author Mark Mallman signs copies of his book, "The Happiness Playlist" about how he used music to overcome depression and anxiety, from 5:30-7 p.m. Friday.
• Environmental Issues Book Club meets at 6 p.m. May 16 to discuss "Braiding Sweetgrass" by Robin Wall Kimerer.
• Author Jill Kalz signs copies of her book, "Winter Bees," from noon to 3 p.m. May 18.
• Author Jeff Nania signs copies of his book, "Figure 8," from 1-4 p.m. May 19.
• Author Cary Griffith signs copies of his book, "Gunflint Burning: Fire in the Boundary Waters," 5-7 p.m. May 22.
• Author David Barthel discusses and signs copies of his book, "North Shore-Duluth: a Photo Tour of Northeastern Minnesota," 2 p.m. May 25, Spirit of the North Theater in Fitger's.
• Author Nickolas Butler discusses and signs copies of his book, "Little Faith," from 6-7:30 p.m. May 31.
The Zenith Bookstore, 318 N. Central Ave., offers these events. Call (218) 606-1777 or go to
• Author Pamela Carlson and illustrator Tessa Carlson present their new children's book, "Emma Bee," 6 p.m. Monday.
• Zenith Book Club meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday to discuss "The Ministry of Utmost Happiness" by Arundhati Roy.
• Author Kirstin Cronn-Mills presents "Wreck," 2 p.m. May 19.
• Comics & Beer Book Club meets at 7 p.m. May 28 at Bent Paddle to discuss "Saga of the Swamp Thing," by Alan Moore.
• David Sedaris, June 6. Talk at 7 p.m., signing of "Calypso," begins about 8 p.m. Tickets: $21.17. Go to brownpapertickets.com.
Title: "No Horizon Is So Far: Two Women and Their Historic Journey Across Antarctica"
Authors: Liv Arnesen and Ann Bancroft with Cheryl Dahle
Synopsis: This book shares the story of Liv Arnesen and Ann Bancroft's journey as the first two women to cross Antarctica. Follow the explorers from the planning of their expedition through their brutal trek from the Norwegian sector all the way to McMurdo Station as they walked, skied and ice-sailed for almost three months in temperatures reaching as low as 35 degrees below zero, all the while towing their 250-pound supply sledges across 1,700 miles of ice full of dangerous crevasses.
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press
Title: "The Civilian Conservation Corps in Wisconsin: Nature's Army at Work"
Author: Jerry Apps
Synopsis: Learn more about President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal program as Apps shares detailed accounts of everyday life in the CCC camps, along with an overview of the CCC program as a whole.
Publisher: Wisconsin Historical Society Press
Title: "By the Fire: Sami Folktales and Legends"
Author: Emilie Demant Hatt
Translated by: Barbara Sjoholm
Synopsis: This is the first English publication of Sami folktales from Scandinavia collected and illustrated by Danish artist and ethnographer Emilie Demant Hatt during her travels in the early twentieth century among the nomadic Sami in Sweidsh Sapmi. The book shares tales of magic animals, ghosts and spirits and plucky girls and women who otfox their attackers (whether Russian bandits, mysterious Dog-Turks or Sweidsh farms) and save their people.
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press