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April 30 is Independent Bookstore Day

Check out these local literary happenings.

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Joe Bailey will be in conversation with Dr. Nancy Sudak about his book, "Thriving in the Eye of the Hurricane," which is about how people can be more resilient in challenging times, 6:30-8 p.m. Monday, April 11, The Bookstore at Fitger's, 600 E. Superior St.

Storytimes, 10:15 a.m. Wednesdays at the Duluth Main Library and West Duluth branch as well as 10:15 a.m. Thursdays at the Mount Royal branch. Go to duluthlibrary.evanced.info/signup/calendar .

Virtual poetry book club, 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 13. Book: "Postcolonial Love Poem" by Natalie Diaz." Email Sheila Packa at sheila@sheilapacka.com to register.

Independent Bookstore Day, April 30, Zenith Bookstore, 318 N. Central Ave., features giveaways and meet and greets with Emily Vikre, author of "The Family Camp Cookbook," from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. as well as Linda LeGarde Grover, author of "Gichigami Hearts" from 1-3 p.m.

The Friends of the St. Paul Public Library, as the Minnesota Center for the Book, announces the seventh chapter of One Book, One Minnesota, a statewide book club that invites Minnesotans of all ages to read a common title and come together virtually to enjoy, reflect and discuss.


The seventh title for the program is "The Secret of Dreadwillow Carse" by Minnesota author Brian Farrey. Presented in partnership with State Library Services, a division of the Minnesota Department of Education, the program aims to bring Minnesotans together during a time of distance and adversity and highlight the role of libraries as community connectors.

Through May 15, Minnesotans will be invited to read the featured book selection and will have access to reading guides and virtual book club discussions. Readers can access the ebook and audiobook for free on Ebooks Minnesota for eight weeks. All Minnesotans are invited to participate in a free statewide discussion with the author Brian Farrey, 1 p.m. May 11. Registration required. Links to resources and more information can be found at thefriends.org/onebook .

The Arrowhead Library System's Bookmobile is scheduled for the following stops:

  • Hermantown at Marcus Lakes Cinema on Mondays, April 11, May 2, May 23, June 13, at 10-11:30 a.m.
  • Fredenberg at Community Center on Mondays, April 11, May 2, May 23, June 13, at 12:30-1:30 p.m.
  • Pequaywan at Inn Resort on Mondays, April 11, May 2, May 23, June 13, at 2:15-3 p.m.
  • North Shore at Clearwater Grille (November-April) and McQuade Small Craft Harbor (May-October) on Mondays, Apr 11, May 2, May 23, June 13, at 4:15-5:30 p.m.
  • Proctor at St. Rose Church on Thursdays, April 14, May 5, May 26, June 16, at 12:15-1:15 p.m.
  • Proctor at Community Center on Thursdays, April 14, May 5 and 26, June 16, at 2-2:45 p.m.
  • Solway Town Hall at Munger Shaw Road on Thursdays, April 14, May 5, May 26, June 16, at 3:15-4:15 p.m.
  • Hermantown at YMCA on Thursdays, April 14, May 5, May 26, June 16, at 5:15-7 p.m.

The Bookmobile offers print books, cookbooks, large print books, DVDs, audiobooks and video games. Go to alslib.info .

Lake Superior Writers presents Superior Shares, a free virtual open mic for writers to read their work, and for anyone else who wants to listen, 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, April 13. Event is free; membership is not requiredGraphic content is prohibited. There will be 10 five-minute slots available on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants will be notified ahead of time if they have been selected to read. To register, email writers@lakesuperiorwriters.org . by April 11 and indicate if you'd like to read. A Zoom link will be sent the day of the event.

The Arrowhead Library System is providing Take & Write Poetry Workbook Kits to your local library to distribute through April 20. Celebrate National Poetry Month with the Poet’s Workbook designed by COMPAS Teaching Artist and Minnesota Poet May Lee-Yang. Features poetry writing exercises designed specifically for new poets.

This program, sponsored by Arrowhead Library System, was funded in part or in whole with money from Minnesota's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. To learn more about Arrowhead Legacy Events, visit alslib.info .


Lake Superior Writers’ 2022 Writing Contest is open. This year’s theme is "Full Circle." Categories are poetry, short fiction, short-short fiction and creative nonfiction.


For more information:  lakesuperiorwriters.org/2022-writing-contest . Deadline: Monday, April 11.

Seeking nominations

Join a Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards Reading Team and help choose a winning book that captures the spirit of Northeastern Minnesota.

The NEMBA recognizes books that substantially represent the history, culture, heritage or lifestyle of Northeastern Minnesota, including the following counties: Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Kanabec, Koochiching, Lake, Pine and St. Louis. This is the first year that Lake Superior Writers will present the awards, previously coordinated by the University of Minnesota’s Kathryn A. Martin Library. The last awards were announced in 2020. This year, the reading teams will be looking at books published in 2020-21, with winners announced in the fall.

Reading teams need volunteers to help select the winning book in each of the six categories: Nonfiction, Fiction, Art/Photography, Children’s Literature, Poetry and Memoir. NEMBA is not seeking professional literary critics, but rather a group of open-minded readers who represent the different backgrounds and lifestyles of the Northland.

Each of the six reading teams will be composed of up to four members with a designated leader. Applicants should share their preference as to which team they would like to serve on. After receiving their bundles of books, teams will meet several times (meeting by Zoom can be an option) between June and September to discuss the nominated books, with winners notified Oct. 1.

To apply, complete the form at bit.ly/3vT7T0X. Applications will be accepted through May 1 and team assignments will be announced in mid- to late May. For questions, email nemba@lakesuperiorwriters.org .

Have you or someone you know published a book in 2020 or 2021? Lake Superior Writers is seeking nominations for the 2022 Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards. Books may be nominated in one of six categories: Nonfiction, Fiction, Art/Photography, Children’s Literature, Poetry and Memoir. A non-refundable $40 entry fee is required for each nominated title. The awards recognize books that substantially represent the history, culture, heritage or lifestyle of Northeastern Minnesota, including the following counties: Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Kanabec, Koochiching, Lake, Pine and St. Louis. Authors are not required to live in Minnesota in order to have their work considered.

As in the past, independent reading teams for each category will review and determine awards, with the awards announced in the fall.


Nominated books must have been originally released anytime between 2020 and 2021. The winning book in each category will receive a cash prize of $200. The winning book and the honorable mention in each category will receive a glass plaque and 100 book seals.

For complete guidelines about nominating a book, including a link to the required nomination form, visit lakesuperiorwriters.org/nemba . Mail the completed form, four (nonreturnable) copies of the book and the $40 entry fee to NEMBA, 1626 London Road #895, Duluth, MN 55812. Nominations must be postmarked by May 31.

For questions, email nemba@lakesuperiorwriters.org.


"The Ursulina" by Brian Freeman

Title: "The Ursulina"
Author: Brian Freeman
Synopsis: The mythical beast goes by many names. Bigfoot. Sasquatch. Yeti. In Black Wolf County, he’s called … the Ursulina. But to Deputy Rebecca Colder, the beast is no myth. A serial killer has taken on the identity of the monster -- and with each body left behind, there’s a chilling message written in blood: "I am the Ursulina." Although this is a prequel to "The Deep Deep Snow," you can read this novel as a standalone. Set in a fictional northern Minnesota mining town, this thriller will keep you guessing until the very end.
Cost: $28.99 for hardcover, $18.99 for paperback and $9.99 for Nook Book.
Publisher: Blackstone Publishing
Contact: bfreemanbooks.com

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