Events

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

  • Toddler time, 10:15 a.m. every Wednesday, Duluth Public Library, green room.

  • Story time, 10:30 a.m. every Wednesday, West Duluth branch library.

  • Preschool story time, 11:15 a.m. every 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. every Thursday, Mount Royal branch library.

Allen Eskens, author of "I'm not supposed to be here: my implausible journey to becoming a writer," offers a free program at these locations. This program, sponsored by Arrowhead Library System, was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

  • 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, Silver Bay Public Library
  • 3:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, Two Harbors Public Library
  • 1 p.m. Sept. 30, Grand Marais Public Library
  • 6 p.m. Sept. 30, Mount Royal Branch Library, Duluth

Celebrate Construction at Hucklebeary, 10-11 a.m. Oct. 5, 106 E. Superior St. Author Laura Seitz Danielsen will read her new book "Build it." Young readers will enjoy a tour of the construction site in a fun rhyming story, followed by members of a construction crew who will answer their questions about working on the job site. Free. Go to hucklebearyduluth.com/calendar.

Lake Superior Writers offers the following:

  • Manuscript Swap, 3 p.m. Oct. 5. Participants will bring a printed copy of their manuscript. We’ll match them with another person who’s completed a manuscript in a similar genre, or of similar length. They'll swap manuscripts, read each other’s and provide feedback via a worksheet of questions provided by LSW. We'll then meet again for a Feedback Party at a place of our choosing at 3 p.m. Nov. 23 and exchange feedback. The swap is for authors with unpublished partial or full novel-length manuscripts who are willing to review someone else’s novel-length manuscript in exchange for feedback on their own. For more information, including guidelines, go to lakesuperiorwriters.org/manuscript-swap-2019.
  • Get It Write! Panel, a free panel discussion for writers of all levels, 10 a.m. Oct. 5, Superior Public Library, 1530 Tower Ave. What do writers often get wrong about the day-to-day of their characters’ professions? So often we think we know what an average day would look like, but due to books, TV, and other antiquated assumptions, what details are we overlooking? How do we miss the mark? This panel brings in professionals from across the area to discuss how they and their professions are misrepresented in literature today. The panel includes a news reporter, librarian, IT security expert, judge and a local entrepreneur. Learn the inside scoop of the day-to-day to make your crucial characters that much more realistic. Free.
  • Clean Up Your Manuscript Workshop, 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 16, Peace United Church, 1111 N. 11th Ave. E. This workshop will be taught by local published author Alice Marks and will encourage fellow authors to pull their manuscripts out of their ‘virtual drawers’ and to polish them for submission. Using a Marie Kondo concept of decluttering, participants will learn what words to eliminate and how to address the most common errors made by writers. Participants are asked to bring their laptops containing their novel or the first 15 pages printed out. Cost: $20 for members of Lake Superior Writers. Not a member? Sign up at lakesuperiorwriters.org/membership. Membership is a minimum donation of $35 annually. Register by emailing jennamkowaleski@gmail.com.
  • Story Time with Chione Woodwind Quintet at these locations. This program, sponsored by Arrowhead Library System, was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. The Residency by the Chione Quintet, organized in partnership with the Arrowhead Library System, has been made possible with support from Chamber Music America through its Residency Endowment Fund.
  • 10:15 a.m. Oct. 9, Duluth Public Library
  • 4 p.m. Oct. 9, Two Harbors Public Library
  • 10:15 a.m. Oct. 10, Mt. Royal Branch Library

Seeking

The newly formed Superior Poet Laureate committee is seeking local poets interested in serving as Superior's poet laureate. To be eligible, applicants must be current Wisconsin residents and have lived in the school district of Superior for at least three of the last ten years. They must reside in the Superior school district for the duration of their appointment. Applicants must submit a cover letter, completed application, list of published works, writing sample, and brief biography via email to wfoppres@gmail.com or via US mail to Jan Chronister, 3931 South Country Road O, Maple, WI 54854. Completed applications may also be dropped off at Superior Public Library, 1530 Tower Ave., Superior. Deadline: 5 p.m. Oct. 15. Applications available at the Superior Public Library. For more information, email Jan Chronister at wfoppres@gmail.com.

Bookstores

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

  • Baby & Me story time featuring "Silly Lullaby," 11 a.m. today, Sept. 22

  • Author event with William Kent Krueger and his latest novel, "This Tender Land," noon today, Sept. 22.

  • Story time featuring "How I Met My Monster," 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28.

  • Demigod Day event, 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28.

The Bookstore at Fitger's, 600 E. Superior St., offers these events. Call 218-727-9077 or go to fitgersbookstore.com/.

  • Colin Mustful signing "Resisting Removal: The Sandy Lake Tragedy of 1850," 4-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27. A historical-fiction account of a the nearly-forgotten tragedy that took place at Sandy Lake in 1850 when 400 Ojibwe died.

  • Ryan Vine, winner of the Northeast Minnesota Book Award winning poetry book "To Keep Him Hidden" signs copies of his book, 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28. Poetry reading at 6 p.m.

  • Mark Munger book launch for "Kotimaa: Homeland," 6 p.m. Oct. 3.
  • Book launch for author Mark Munger and his book, "Kotimaa: Homeland," book 3 in his Finnish American Trilogy, 6-9 p.m. Oct. 3, Fitger's Spirit of the North Theatre.
  • Author J. Ryan Stradal discusses and signs copies of "Lager Queen of Minnesota," 6 p.m. Oct. 8. Tickets are $25 for one or $30 for two, each option comes with one book. Tickets available on Eventbrite.
  • Thursday Thriller Book Club meets at 6 p.m. Oct 10 to discuss "The Wife Between Us" by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen.
  • Environmental Issues Book Club meets at 6 p.m. Oct. 14 to discuss "Silent Spring" by Rachel Carson.

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

  • Comics & Beer Book Club meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24 at Bent Paddle to discuss "Gender Queer" by Maia Kobabe.

  • An evening of poetry with Joyce Sutphen, Connie Wanek and Louis Jenkins, 7 p.m. Oct. 10, Peace United Church of Christ, 1111 N. 11th Ave. E. Music provided by Wendy Durrwachter and Adam Sippola. Free.

  • Zenith Reads Book Club meets from 6-7 p.m Oct. 1 to discuss "The Tangled Tree" by David Quammen.
  • Poetry Reading by Sharon Chmielarz and Laurie Allman, 2 p.m. Oct. 6. The Minnesota poets will present their new collections of poetry.
  • Poetry Book Club, facilitated by former Duluth Poet Laureate Sheila Packa, meets at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 9 to read "Be With by Forrest Gander."

Books



Title: "Nancy Means Grace: From Burden to Blessing"

Author: Cathy Hesse Plantenberg

Synopsis: This story described the painful journey of her sister, Nancy’s life. Nancy showed symptoms of schizophrenia in her late teen years. As a much younger sibling, Cathy, was devastated by the loss of her friendship and assumed blame. This book deals honestly with Cathy’s fears and resentments towards Nancy’s disruptive behavior. It is a story of transformation that frees both sisters to celebrate their best lives together. Cathy became Nancy conservator and for sixteen years supported her through surgeries and several bouts of pneumonia. They worked on art projects daily for the last four years of Nancy’s life. Acceptance and forgiveness for each other allowed them to find great humor in the last years of Nancy’s life. This is a story of a family that never gave up on their daughter, and sister. Cathy’s book has a resources page for families dealing with mental illness.

Cost: $14.95

Publisher: FuzionPress

Contact: cathy@bestlightimage.com or nancymeansgrace.com