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

  • Poetry Book Club, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 10. Book: "The Collected Poetry of Nikki Giovanni." Contact Sheila Packa at to register.
  • Chapter & Verse book Club, 6:30 p.m. March 18. Book: "When You Trap a Tiger" by Tae Kellar and "The Most Beautiful Thing" by Kao Kalia Yang. Email Nikki at with "Chapter & Verse" noted in the subject line to register.
  • Zenith Reads meets at 6 p.m. April 6, to discuss "The Nickel Boys" by Colson Whitehead. Email with "Zenith Reads" in the subject line to register.

Lake Superior Writers will host Superior Shares, a virtual open mic, 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, March 10. Event is free and open to members and nonmembers. If you wish to read, ten 5-minute reading slots are available on a first come first served basis, with priority given to members of LSW. Participants will be notified ahead of time if they've been selected to read. Readers are asked to limit adult content and language. Graphic content is prohibited. To register, email Please indicate if you'd like to read. A Zoom link will be sent the day of the event.


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  • Lake Superior Writers is accepting entries for its annual writing contest. Categories: Poetry (1 to 3 poems), short-short fiction (1 or 2 submissions of up to 500 words), short fiction (a single submission of 1,500-2,500 words), and creative nonfiction (a single submission of 1,500-2,500 words). First place winner in each category will receive $200 and publication on the LSW website. Runner-up in each category will receive $50. The theme is “lockdown.” Writers may interpret this theme as broadly as they wish. You might write about the tension found in everyday experiences or the profound struggles faced by people, resulting in a feeling of being in “lockdown” or actually being in lockdown. The LSW Writing Contest is open to adults age 18 and older. Entry is free for LSW members; $35 for non-members, which includes membership in LSW. Graphic content that is violent or sexual in nature is prohibited. Deadline: April 12. For more information, go to


Title: "How the Working-Class Home Became Modern, 1900-1940"

Author: Thomas C. Hubka

Synopsis: The author analyzes a period when millions of average Americans saw accelerated improvement in their housing and domestic conditions. These improvements were intertwined with the acquisition of entirely new mechanical conveniences, new types of rooms and patterns of domestic life and such innovations -- from public utilities and kitchen appliances to remodeled and multi-unit housing - are at the center of the story. It is a narrative, amply illustrated and finely detailed, that traces changes in household hygiene, sociability and privacy practices that launched large portions of the working classes into the middle class -- and that reconfigures and enriches the standard account of the domestic transformation of the American home.

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press

Cost: $40

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