• Lake Superior Writers presents “Rules of Engagement: Writing a Short Story from Beginning to End.” Writer Felicia Schneiderhan will teach a four-week workshop. Participants create their own "rules" for their short story, then write and complete a revised draft. Along the way they'll study other writers and short story "rules" (including when to break them). In this virtual workshop, participants are encouraged to try something new and take some risks. Offered 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21 as well as Jan. 28 and Feb. 4, via Zoom. Information, prices, and registration available at


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

  • Chapter & Verse Bookclub, a national book club for children's literature enthusiasm, meets on Thursday, Jan. 21, to discuss "The Old Trek" by Jarret Pumphrey, "Swashby & the Sea" by Beth Ferry and "My Best Friend" by Julia Fogliano. Time to be determined. To participate, email and type in "Chapter & Verse" in the subject line.

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  • The Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets annual chapbook contest is now open for submissions until Feb. 1. Complete information can be found at Annual Contests — Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets.

  • The Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets is looking for poems from students in grades 6-12 for their annual student contest. Cash awards and publication in the 2022 Wisconsin Poets' Calendar. They are also looking for poems for their annual calendar. And the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets Muse Contest is currently open for submissions from poets living in Wisconsin. Deadline for all is Feb. 1. Go to


Title: "Fear and Loving in South Minneapolis"

Author: Jim Walsh with foreword by Tommy Mischke

Synopsis: Two or three times a week, as a columnist, hustling freelance writer and genuinely curious reporter Jim Walsh would hang out in a coffee shop or a bar, or wander in a club or on a side street, and invariably a story would unfold — one more chapter in the story of Minneapolis, the city that was his home and his beat for more than 30 years. This book tells that story, collecting the encounters and adventures and lives that make a city hum — and make South Minneapolis what it is.

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press

Cost: $17.95