Zenith Bookstore, 318 N. Central Ave., offers 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. Call 218-606-1777 with questions.

News of Note

Ella Grim and Matthew Scribner, both from Marshall High School in Duluth, received honorable mention in the statewide 2021 Minnesota Poetry Out Loud contest.


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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: "Wisconsin Underground: A Guide to Caves, Mines and Tunnels In and Around the Badger State"

Author: Doris Green

Synopsis: This second edition is an up-to-date listing of the state's most publicly accessible caves, former mines and other subterranean treasures, including 18 new site listings. You'll find directions, precautions and amenities for all sites listed.

Publisher: Henschel Haus

Cost: $19.95

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Title: "Nils"

Authors: Ingri and Edgar Parin d'Aulaire

Synopsis: Nils is a lanky American boy who dreams of becoming a cowboy. One day a package arrives from his grandmother in Norway. She has sent him a pair of stockings she knit herself. Nils is excited to wear his stockings to school — but is teased by the other children and embarrassed by his new gift. He later gets the last laugh one snowy day when the other boys at school shiver in the cold while he is kept warm by his stockings.

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press

Cost: $17.95

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