Zenith Bookstore, 318 N. Central Ave., offers Zenith Reads meets at 6 p.m. Tuesday, 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.

Minnesota author Mary Casanova to discuss her newest novel "Waterfall" at two virtual events on Thursday, April 8.

"Waterfall," available April 6, is the newest historical novel from Casanova. In her third Rainy Lake historical drama, Casanova takes us back to pristine and rugged northern Minnesota. Informed by historical figures, by the burgeoning growth of women’s rights in the early twentieth century, and the complicated issue of mental illness and how “difficult” women were silenced, the book offers a compelling story of a young woman’s fight to find her way. For more information on the book, go to

  • Noon Thursday, April 8, Virginia Public Library. Part of their Book Lovers' Tea series. Register at or by calling the library at 218-748-7525.
  • 7 p.m. Thursday, April 8, Arrowhead Regional Library. Conversation moderated by Margi Preus. Pre-registration is required for this event. Go to or call ALS at 218-741-3840. Zoom log-in information will be sent out 24 hours prior to the online workshop. The registration deadline for this event is Monday, April 5. Books are available for purchase through Zenith Bookstore or by calling 218-606-1777. This program, sponsored by Arrowhead Library System, was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
  • will host Superior Shares, a virtual open mic on Wed., April 14, 6-7p.m. Event is free and open to members and nonmembers. If you wish to read, 10 five-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 violent or sexual 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: "Sound Like Trapped Thunder"

Author: Jessica Lind Peterson

Synopsis: This debut essay collection is the winner of the 2020 Deborah Tall Lyric Essay Book Prize. In essays on subjects ranging from seahorse mating rituals to an urgent letter addressing a grizzly bear, from a wounded hummingbird to an old woman following the call of a lonely whale, the author explores tensions between domesticity and wildness, often discovering latent elements of magic within the mundane. Full of lyrical sentences, stylized prose, and moments that are by turns funny and poignant, and often both at once, "Sound Like Trapped Thunder" troubles the distinction between the human and the animal, calling into question such tidy categories we rely upon to help make sense of ourselves and the world we live in.

Publisher: Hobart & William Smith College Press

Cost: $15.99

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Title: "You are a Gift from God"

Authors: Deborah Thoennes Schlapper and Roxanne Schmitt Copeland

Illustrator: Carole Kinion Copeland.

Music: Rebecca Heyn

Vocals: Rebecca Heyn and Jeweleeann Wilson

Music recorded and mixed: David J Russ

Synopsis: Communicating that you are who God says you are, this personalized picture book presents affirming messages about self-worth and value and one’s special relationship with God. Authors Deborah Thoennes Schlapper and Roxanne Schmitt Copeland communicate that each person is a masterpiece, fearfully and wonderfully made in God’s image. Affirming for people of all ages, this Christian book offers positive messages to help people find strength in themselves through God.

Publisher: Self-published with Westbow Press

Cost: $18.95

Contact: "You are a Gift from God" YouTube Channel or