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

  • Chapter & Verse book Club, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, 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 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

  • The Duluth Dylan Fest Planning Committee announces a poetry contest to celebrate Bob Dylan’s 80th birthday on May 24, 2021. All entries must use one of two titles: “Miles from Home” or “Changing Course.” The point of the contest is to celebrate Dylan’s life, music, writing, artistry – in short, some aspect of Bob Dylan’s 80 years – using one of these two overarching phrases as the title of your poem. Two grand prize winners will each receive $200 and be the featured poems at a poetry reading during the week of the Duluth Dylan Fest. The two runner-up poems for each of the two titles will receive $50 and will also be read at the poetry event as well. Two or three additional contestants may be invited to read their poems at the reading and will receive gift certificates.

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Poems must be formatted in doc or docx. Poems must be in regular 12-pt Times New Roman font. Poems must be double-spaced and fit on one 8.5 x 11 page. Personal identification must not appear anywhere in the manuscript. A $15 reading fee must accompany each poem. Multiple poems may be entered, but each poem must be submitted separately and accompanied by the $15 entry fee. Poems and entry fee must be postmarked and mailed not later than May 1 to:

Dylan Poetry Contest

c/o Fitzpatrick

1609 E 6th St.

Duluth, MN 55812

Make checks payable to: Duluth Dylan Fest

Poems may also be submitted at and the $15 fee paid with PayPal @ duluthdylanfest or Deadline: May 1.

Members of the Duluth Dylan Fest Committee are ineligible. Winners will be notified and posted on the DDF Facebook page by May 15. Judging will be done by Duluth poet, Don Dass. Don is a published poet, one of the founding members of the Duluth Dylan Fest Committee, and a prime mover in persuading the City of Duluth to designate a section of Highway 61 as "Bob Dylan Way."


Title: "It Could Be Worse: A Girlfriend's Guide for Runners Who Detest Running"

Author: Beth Probst

Synopsis: Beth Probst is a non-athlete. Or so she believes. After a few too-many mojitos at a dinner party with friends (including a few “real” runners) she decides to give running a try. So she signs up for a half-marathon. After all, everyone seems to be doing it. And she’s Finnish-stubborn. She’s never run, but… how hard can it be? After a not-even-mediocre first attempt, the plus-size would-be runner discovers a truth about breaking into running from a sedentary state: it’s hard. Really hard. Like… F-bomb hard. Instead of quitting, she digs in and discovers the mental, physical, and wardrobe challenges of her undertaking. And the rewards.

Publisher: Book Baby

Cost: $19.99

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