The Bookstore at Fitger's, 600 E. Superior St., offers an Author Talk with Michael Fedo about his book "The Lynchings in Duluth," 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 16, on Zoom. Because they want to keep the group to a manageable size they are requiring tickets ahead of time. Tickets are free but you need to register with your email address in advance. An email with log-in information will be sent to all participants that afternoon. Call (218) 727-9077 or email

Are you ready to read, investigate and discover this summer?! Arrowhead Library System invites kids and families of all ages living in Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, Lake of the Woods, and St. Louis counties to DIG DEEPER by participating in two exciting and engaging summer programs this year. Get out your crayons, markers, pens, pencils or paint to create a cool bookmark about digging into reading and books for the Dig Deeper: Read, Investigate, Discover Bookmark Design Contest. Kids of all ages are encouraged to print off the bookmark template at and create a unique design. Entries must be submitted via mail and postmarked on or before Aug. 28. Prizes will be awarded for the five most creative submissions. Entries can be mailed to:

Arrowhead Library System Bookmark Design Contest

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ALS is also offering a Dig Deeper Summer Activity Postcard Program. Kids who sign up will receive a series of five activity postcards via mail every 2-3 weeks, encouraging them to dig deeper and experience and learn new things during the summer months. All children in a household may sign up to participate as we know it's always fun to get mail! Program is geared towards ages 0-12 and their family members, however anyone can participate. To sign up, go to and complete the form for each participant.


The "Ariel Anthology "is now taking submissions of poetry from Wisconsin adults. Please email for theme, guidelines, and more information before submitting. Deadline: July 1.


Title: "The Shared Room"

Author: Kao Kalia Yang

Illustrator: Xee Reiter

Synopsis: Minnesota writer Kao Kalia Yang tells the story of a Hmong American family living with loss and tremendous love. Bringing a message of comfort and hope to readers young and old, her direct and poignant words are accompanied by the evocative and expressive drawings of Hmong American artist Xee Reiter.

Cost: $16.95

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press


Title: "My Life in the Purple Kingdom"

Author: BrownMark with Cynthia M. Uhrich and foreward by Questlove

Synopsis: In the summer of 1981, Mark Brown was a teenager at a 7-11 store when he wasn't rehearsing with his high school band, Phantasy. Come fall, Brown, now called BrownMark, was onstage with Prince at the Los Angeles Coliseum, opening for the Rolling Stones in front of 90,000 people. My Life in the Purple Kingdom is BrownMark's memoir of coming of age in the musical orbit of one of the most visionary artists of his generation. Raw, wry, real, this book takes us from his musical awakening as a boy in Minneapolis to the cold call from Prince at nineteen, from touring the world with The Revolution and performing in "Purple Rain" to inking his own contract with Motown. BrownMark describes how his funky stylings earned him a reputation (leading to Prince's call) and how he and Prince first played together—and never really stopped. An inspiring memoir of making it against stacked odds, experiencing extreme highs and lows of success and pain, and breaking racial barriers, the book also tells the story of a young man learning his craft and honing his skills like any musician, but in a world like no other and in a way that only Brown Mark could tell.

Cost: $22.95

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press