Calling all Minnesota writers - you are invited to enter your poems, stories and essays/memoirs in the 2017 Brainerd Writers Alliance contest. Entries must be postmarked by Aug. 30. Go to for details. Call (218) 828-7750 or email

The Triad Contest of the Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets is accepting entries from Wisconsin poets until Sept. 1. Go to for details.

The Ariel Anthology is open for submissions from Wisconsin poets through Sept. 10. Email for guidelines.

The Minnesota Books Awards is now accepting nominations for books published in 2017. The nine categories to choose from are children's literature, general nonfiction, genre fiction, memoir and creative nonfiction, middle grade literature, Minnesota nonfiction, novel and short story, poetry as well as young adult literature. All books must be the work of a Minnesota author, or primary artistic creator, and have a 2017 copyright. Deadline: 5 p.m. Nov. 17. Authors, publishers and agents are eligible to submit by going to

The Wisconsin Poets Calendar is accepting submissions through Dec. 1. Go to for details.


Poet and short story writer William Tecku, a 2017 Lake Superior Writers Contest winner, will read from his chapbooks on Eric Schubring's "Local Morning Edition" program at 8:30 a.m. Monday, on WOJB 88.9 FM. Tecku will also share his Midwest and Lake Superior inspired poems at 6 p.m. Thursday at The Farmstead Creamery, 11077 Fullington Road, Hayward, Wis. Visit for samples of his work.

The Duluth Public Library offers these events. Go to or call (218) 730-4200/option 4.

• Bedtime story time, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, West Duluth branch library.

• Toddler time, 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, Duluth Public Library, green room.

• Preschool story time, 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, Duluth Public Library.

• Squad Car story time, 3:45 p.m. every other Wednesday, Duluth Public Library Plaza.

• Preschool story time, 10:15 a.m. Thursday, Mount Royal branch library.

Duluth Poet Laureate Ellie Schoenfeld dedicates a wildflower trail in honor of poet Connie Wanek, 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Hartley Nature Center, 3001 Woodland Ave.

Book launch reading and reception for Paul Kilgore, author of "The Broken Key," 7 p.m. Saturday, Friends Meetinghouse, 1802 E. First St.


Barnes & Noble in the Miller Hill Mall offers these events. Call (218) 786-0710 or go to

• Celebrating the Dragon Boat Festival story time, 11 a.m. Tuesday.

• "How to Get Your Teacher Ready" story time, 11 a.m. Saturday.

• "The Very Fluffy Kitty, Papillon" story time, 11 a.m. Aug. 29.


Title: "Far From the Tree"

Author: Andrew Solomon

Adapted by: Laurie Calkhoven

Synopsis: There is a saying that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, meaning that a child tends to be like his or her parents. The children in this book are apples that have fallen elsewhere - some a couple of orchards away, some on the other side of the world. In this young adult edition, Andrew Solomon profiles how families accommodate children who have a variety of differences, Down syndrome, schizophrenia, children who are prodigies or who commit crimes and more.

Cost: $18.99

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

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Title: "A Bag Worth a Pony, The Art of the Ojibwe Bandolier Bag"

Author: Marcia G. Anderson

Synopsis: Bandolier bags are the large, heavily beaded shoulder bags made and worn by several North American Indian tribes around the Great Lakes. The are a prized cultural icon here and around the world. This book is a celebration, illumination and study of the spectacular beaded bags made by the Ojibwe of Minnesota.

Cost: $34.95

Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press

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