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.

Author Pat McGauley signs copies of his book, "Lester's Gift," at these locations:

  • 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, Lyric Arts Center, Virginia

  • 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, Virginia Women of today, Miner's Memorial Arena
  • 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 16, VSO Emporium, Hibbing Armory
  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 23, Artisan Marketplace, Discovery Center, Chisholm

Third biennial North Shore Readers and Writers Festival, featuring nationally known YA authors, as well as Minnesota authors and poets, Thursday, Nov. 7 through Nov. 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.

Release party and reading for Ariel Anthology (Volume 6), 1 p.m. Nov. 10, Washburn Public Library, 307 Washburn Ave., Washburn. Features an open mic, coffee, treats and books for sale. Contact

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


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

  • Baby & Me story time featuring "Elmo," 11 a.m. today, Nov. 3.

  • Barnes & Noble book club featuring "Ninth House," by Leigh Bardugo, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5.

  • Story time featuring "The Monster at the End of this Book," 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9.

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

  • Michael Brodkorb and Allison Mann signs copies of their books, "The Girls Are Gone," 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9.

  • Book launch for "Twenty-Ninth Day," by Alex Messenger, 6 p.m. Nov. 12.

  • Bob "Astro Bob" King signs copies of his book, "Urban Legends from Space," from noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 16.

The Zenith Bookstore, 318 N. Central Ave., offers Sheila O'Connor presenting her book, "Evidence of V: A Novel in Fragments, Facts, and Fictions," 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5. Call 218-606-1777 or go to


Title: "Lester's Gift"

Author: Pat McGauley

Synopsis: Adam Trygg, a Duluth cop with paranormal insights, is obsessed with the growing drug epidemic in the north country.

Cost: $21.95

Publisher: Self-published


The title is "Lester's Gift". The story is contemporary and deals with the scourge of drugs up here. Ada, Trygg is a Duluth cop with paranormal insights. It's clever and a legitimate page-turner. I am attaching two pdfs, a press release with a schedule of book events along with a cover file. It would be ideal timing if it could appear in Sunday, Oct. 20th's paper as I have a book-signing at Zenith books that afternoon from 2:00 -- 3:30. While in Duluth this I arranged a book-signing at the Fitger's Book Store for Thursday evening, October 24th, from 5:30 -- 7:00 p. m.

Title: "What God is Honored Here? Writings on Miscarriage and Infant Loss by and for Native Women and Women of Color

Editors: Shannon Gibney and Kao Kalia Yang

Synopsis: This book is a literary collection of voices of Indigenous women and women of color who have undergone miscarriage and infant loss. From the story of dashed cultural expectations in an interracial marriage to poems that speak of loss across generations, from harrowing accounts of misdiagnoses, ectopic pregnancies and late-term stillbirths to chronicles of miscarriages and mysterious infant deaths. With brutal honesty, the authors write about what it means to reclaim life in the face of death.

Cost: $19.95

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press


Title: "Slavery's Reach: Southern Slaveholders in the North Star State"

Author: Christopher P. Lehman

Synopsis: From the 1840s through the end of the Civil War, leading Minnesotans invited slaveholders and their wealth into the free territory and free state of Minnesota, enriching the area's communities and residents. Dozens of southern slaveholders and people raised in slaveholding families purchased land and backed Minnesota businesses. Slaveholders' wealth was invested in some of the state's most significant institutions and provided a financial foundation for several towns and counties. Six hundred residents of the new state of Minnesota petitioned the legislature to make slavery legal for vacationing southerners who brought with them enslaved men and women as "body servants for their comfort and convenience" while they escaped the summer heat of the south. Lehman has brought to light this hidden history of northern complicity in building slaveholder wealth.

Cost: $18.95

Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press