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.

Poems about peace writing workshop, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, Superior Public Library, 1530 Tower Ave. The workshop is part of Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets’ Tree of Peace project. Participants will be encouraged to write poems to be printed on leaves and displayed on “trees” around the state and considered for publication in an anthology. Open to Wisconsin poets of all levels of experience. Please preregister or request more information by emailing Jan Chronister at wfoppres@gmail.com. It's free.

Critical | Obtaining Writing Feedback & Forming Editing Groups, hosted by Lake Superior Writers, 2-4 p.m. Feb. 1, Duluth Public Library, green room, 520 W. Superior St. Esteemed writers to discuss the feedback process, one-on-one and in groups, and how to sift through the feedback to strengthen your own writing. Register at writers@lakesuperiorwriters.org.

Lake Superior Writers workshop: The Art of Point of View, by Tina Higgins Wussow, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Feb. 19 and Feb. 26, St. Paul's Carriage House, 1710 E. Superior St. The workshop begins with a review and discussion of all of the POV options available for a fiction writer including more nuanced considerations such as psychological and temporal distance. Each student will bring a short piece of completed writing and rework that piece from a new point of view. Participants will then discuss what was lost and/or gained by choosing one particular POV over another. By the end of this workshop, participants will have a deeper understanding of how POV works and why choosing carefully is crucial to a strong piece of writing. Fee: $50 for LSW members, $75 for non-members (fee for non-members includes a membership through June 30, 2020, including a free entry to the annual contest, and an invitation to the annual spring event). Workshop is limited to 15 participants. To register, email jennamkowaleski@gmail.com.

Bookstores

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

  • Story time features "How to Catch a Dragon," 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25.

  • Barnes & Noble book club features "Dear Edward," 7 p.m. Feb. 4.
  • YA Book Club features "Loveboat, Taipai," 7 p.m. Feb. 7.
  • Story time features "Always More Love," 7 p.m. Feb. 8.

Zenith Bookstore, 318 N. Central Ave., offers Comics & Beer Book Club meets at 7 p.m. Jan. 28, to discuss "The Sandman, Vol. 1" by Neil Gaiman. Call 218-606-1777 or go to zenithbookstore.com.

Books





Title: "Stories from the Wreckage: A Great Lakes Maritime History Inspired by Shipwrecks"

Author: John Odin Jensen

Synopsis: The dramatic tales of disaster, misfortune and folly surrounding each shipwreck connect to stories about the frontier, the environment, immigration, politics, technology and industry. Join the author for a deeper dive into a transformative chapter of maritime history as he examines a selection of Great Lakes shipwrecks of the wooden age, from the splendor of the palace steamer Niagara to the hulking bulk carrier Frank O'Connor.

Cost: $29.95

Publisher: Wisconsin Historical Society Press

Contact: wisconsinhistory.org





Title: "From Seven Rivers to Ten Thousand Lakes: Minnesota's Indian American Community"

Author: Preeti Mathur with foreword by Dr. S.K. Dash

Synopsis: Immigrants from the Indian subcontinent have been coming to Minnesota for more than half a century, and today more than 40,000 people of Indian descent live int he state, contributing to a wide variety of professional, education and cultural fields. Drawing on historical and cultural legacies from their ancestral home, first-, second-, and third-generation Indian Americans have played significant roles in shaping Minnesota's community and culture. Learn more through personal stories and photographs.

Cost: $19.95

Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press

Contact: mnhs.org/mnhspress

Seeking

Do you write poetry or short stories? Are you an artist? Maybe you have an essay that would entertain or intrigue others? Send your submissions to Spring Thaw, Itasca Community College’s annual literary and arts magazine is seeking submissions of essays, poems, short stories, and artwork/photography for publication this spring. Email written work (essays, poems, short stories), photography, and scanned artwork to lisa.marcis@itascacc.edu 2. Attach the work as a separate document WITHOUT your name. Your email must include your name, contact information, and the title of the work you’re submitting. Put “Spring Thaw” in the subject line. 3. If you would like to submit artwork that you cannot scan or photograph digitally, please contact Lisa Marcis. Call Lisa at 218-322-2439 or lisa.marcis@itascacc.edu. Deadline: Jan. 31.

The Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets is currently accepting submissions to three contests: the Muse Contest (open to all Wisconsin poets), the chapbook contest (post-publication for Wisconsin poets), and the student contest (open to Wisconsin students in grades 6-12). For complete information, please go to wfop.org/annual-contests. Deadline: Jan. 31.

Announcing a new book project entitled "Climate>Duluth: Addressing Climate Change in the Zenith City." This book will be a collection of articles and essays from people living in Duluth who are concerned about and engaged in addressing climate change. Requesting submissions of 1,500 to 1,800 words. Deadline: March 31. For information or to submit your article, contact Tone Lanzillo at risson1954@gmail.com.

Lake Superior Writers is seeking submissions for its 2020 Writing Contest with the theme “Undecided.” They want submissions that explore this theme, metaphorically or literally, though writers can interpret it as broadly as they wish. Categories include: Poetry (up to 3 poems), Short-Short Fiction (1 or 2 submissions of up to 500 words), Short Fiction (a single submission of 1,500-5,000 words), and Creative Nonfiction (a single submission of 1,500-5,000 words). One winner in each category will receive a prize of $250 and publication on the Lake Superior Writers website. Entry is free for Lake Superior Writers members, $35 for non-members. For guidelines and submission information, go to lakesuperiorwriters.org/2020-writing-contest. Deadline: April 3.