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Lake Superior Writers’ 2022 Writing Contest seeks entries

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Events

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 .

The Duluth Public Library is offering in-person book clubs at the main Duluth Public Library, 520 W. Superior St. To see the four book clubs, what book they are reading and a list a questions for each book, go to the calendar at duluthlibrary.org .

Lake Superior Writers presents Virtual Book Club for Writers, 6:30-8 p.m. March 29. Brian Malloy will talk about his book, "The Year of Ice," and host a Q&A about the book and his journey writing it. Free. For more info: lakesuperiorwriters.org/events/book-club-for-writers .

Contest

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: April 11.

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Seeking nominations

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

The NEMA 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. NEMA 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 https://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.

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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.

Books

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Title: "Opioid Reckoning: Love, Loss and Redemption in the Rehab State"
Author: Amy C. Sullivan
Synopsis:  Nearly everyone in the U.S. has been touched in some way by the opioid epidemic, including the author and her family. Sullivan uses her own story as a launching point to learn how the opioid epidemic challenged longstanding recovery protocols in Minnesota, a state internationally recognized for pioneering addiction treatment. This book looks at how the state that invented "rehab" addresses the challenges of the opioid epidemic and its overdose deaths while also taking readers into the intimate lives of families, medical and social work professionals, grassroots activists and other impacted by the crisis.
Cost: $25.95
Publisher: University of Minnesota Press

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