Northland Healthy Minds is offering two story times on mental health for Mental Illness Awareness Week, 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, Superior Public Library as well as 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, West Duluth branch library. At the events, volunteers will read a children’s book that helps young learners explore emotions and mental health. More information is available online at

The Duluth Public Library offers these events. Go to 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.

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. Wednesday, Oct. 9, Duluth Public Library
  • 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, Two Harbors Public Library
  • 10:15 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, Mt. Royal Branch Library

Novelist and short story writer Linda LeGarde Grover reads from her most-recent novel, “In the Night of Memory,” about a Native woman who has been missing since the late 1970s, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, at the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute, Northland College, Ashland.

Arrowhead Library System Bookmobile celebration and book sale, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, Arrowhead Library System Headquarters garage, 5528 Emerald Ave., Mountain Iron.

Writing Your Heritage, a book writing workshop with authors and publishers Thomas Peacock, Betsy Albert-Peacock, and Marlene Wisuri, offered 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 12, the Sami Cultural Center of North America, 4915 E. Superior St., no. 205. (visitors use the Pitt Street entrance) Workshop features hands-on information about developing book ideas, writing a book proposal, researching and illustration, finding a publisher and more. The class is limited to 20 participants and is free with lunch and snacks provided. For more information or to register, email

Third biennial North Shore Readers and Writers Festival, featuring nationally known YA authors, as well as Minnesota authors and poets, Nov. 7-10, Grand Marais Art Colony. The festival includes over 20 authors and book professionals, including mini-classes, craft seminars, authors talks, and panel discussions. Call the Grand Marais Art Colony at 218-387-2737, email or go to to register for events on-line.

Lake Superior Writers offers 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 Membership is a minimum donation of $35 annually. Register by emailing


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 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


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

  • Baby & Me story time featuring "Zoo," 11 a.m. today, Oct. 6.

  • Barnes & Noble book club featuring "The Testaments" by Margaret Atwood, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9.

  • YA book club featuring "Serpent & Dove," by Shelby Mahurin, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10.

  • Story time featuring "Elbow Grease vs. Motozilla," 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 12.

  • Baby & Me story time featuring "Noses," 11 a.m. Oct. 13.

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

  • Author J. Ryan Stradal discusses and signs copies of "Lager Queen of Minnesota," 6 p.m. Tuesday, 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. Thursday, 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.
  • Mike Wohnoutka, author of books including "So Big," "Croc and Turtle," and the new "Croc & Turtle, Snow Fun" (Oct. 8 release date) signs copies of his books on Oct. 19. Story time will take place in the Spirit of the North Theatre at 10:30 a.m. and he will sign books after storytime.

  • Melissa West Versich signs copies of her book "Ten Commandments for Hockey Parents: Lessons Learned by Breaking Them All" 3-5 p.m. Oct. 19.

  • Wynn Johnson signs copies of his book, "Lische," 3-5 p.m. Oct. 26.

  • Leif Enger and Sarah Stonich kick off our "Tuesday Night Author Talks" event, Oct. 29. Tickets: $10, available at

    Eventbrite. Their books will be sold at the event.

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

  • Poetry Reading by Sharon Chmielarz and Laurie Allman, 2 p.m. today, 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. Wednesday, Oct. 9 to read "Be With by Forrest Gander."
  • An evening of poetry with Joyce Sutphen, Connie Wanek and Louis Jenkins, 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, Peace United Church of Christ, 1111 N. 11th Ave. E. Music provided by Wendy Durrwachter and Adam Sippola. Free.

  • M.E. Fuller presents her debut novel, "Saving the Ghosts," noon, Oct. 13.
  • Pat McGauley signs copies of his new book, "Lester's Gift," 2 p.m. Oct. 20.
  • Comics and Beer Book Club, 7 p.m. Oct. 29 at Bent Paddle. Featuring: "Infidel" by Pornsak Pichetshote.


Title: "Frank Lloyd Wright's Penwern, A Summer Estate"

Text and photographs: Mark Hertzberg

Synopsis: Penwern, a summer home on Delavan Lake in southern Wisconsin that was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright when he was 33, featured elements that would become fundamental to Wright's Prairie style, including natural building materials, leaded glass windows and open interior spaces. Like many of Wright's designs, Penwern has been altered over time, never in consultation with the architect. The home's current stewards have dedicated themselves to restoring the estate to Wright's vision. Featuring contemporary photographs along with vintage photographs and original Wright drawings, the book tells the story of the estate's colorful past and of the diligent work by owners, builders and preservationists to ensure its future.

Cost: $29.95

Publisher: Wisconsin Historical Society Press

Contact: Go to

Title: "The Drink that Made Wisconsin Famous: Beer and Brewing in the Badger State"

Author: Doug Hoverson

Synopsis: Wisconsin started its first commercial brewery in 1835, and has since seen more than 800 open and more than 650 close — sometimes after mere months, sometimes after thriving for as long as a century and a half. Going beyond the giants like Miller, Schlitz, Pabst and Heileman, Hoverson also surveys the hundreds of small breweries started by immigrants and entrepreneurs to serve local and regional markets. This book explores this rich history, from the first territorial pioneers to the most recent craft brewers, and from barley to bar stool.

Cost: $49.95

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press