Readings & Writers for June 11, 2021

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  • Iron River Library book sale, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 12, Iron River Library. $2 bag sale begins at 1 p.m.

  • Exhibits of art and poetry celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore are on display from noon to 5 p.m. daily, through June 20, Washburn Cultural Center, 1 E. Bayfield St., Washburn. The exhibit will be virtual as well. Go to

  • Lee Radzak, longtime former site manager for Split Rock Lighthouse, will sign copies of his book, "The View from Split Rock: A Lighthouse Keeper's Life," 1-6 p.m. June 19 at the lighthouse. The book, written with Curt Brown, takes readers into the everyday experiences of a lighthouse keeper at Split Rock.

  • Climate Emergency Poetry events, the third Sunday of the month at 3 p.m. Check the CEP Facebook page to learn where each month’s reading will take place. Click on “Event.” June 20: Joyce Sutphen, Connie Wanek, Thom Tammaro. July 18: guest host: recent UMD grad Stine Myrah introducing her own list of climate advocates. Aug 15: Twin Ports public figures.


The Bookstore at Fitger's, 600 E. Superior St., offers these events. Call 218-727-9077 or go to .

  • Noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 12, Katie Mettner will sign copies of her book, "Butterflies and Hazel Eyes: A Lake Superior Romance."

  • 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, June 15, The Bookstore at Fitger's will be selling tickets to a Virtual Book Launch with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Quiara Alegria Hudes and Jeremy McCarter for the book, "In the Heights: Finding Home." To obtain a ticket for the launch purchase a copy of the book by clicking on the link on .
  • 7 p.m. June 26, Marty Essen will speak and sign copies of his book, "Hits, Heathens, and Hippos: Stories from an Agent, Activist, and Author" in the Spirit of the North Theatre.

Zenith Bookstore, 318 N. Central Ave., offers these events. Call 218-606-1777 or go to

  • "In the Heights" virtual book launch, with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Quiara Alegria Hudes and Jeremy McCarter, 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, June 15. Go to to order your copy.
  • Virtual book launch for "Sunken" by Kathy Groth, 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 15. Go to .
  • Queering Pleasure Book Club meets at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 16, to discuss "Kink" by R.O. Kwon.
  • Chapter & Verse Book Club meets at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 17, to discuss "Cemetery Boys" by Aiden Thomas and "Prince & Knight" by Daniel Haack.


  • The submission period for Ariel Anthology Vol. 8 is open July 1-31. Adult poets living in Wisconsin are eligible to submit two poems on the theme of "Water." Please email to request the complete submission guidelines.


"Waterfall" by Mary Casanova


Title: "Waterfall: A Novel"

Author: Mary Casanova

Synopsis: In her third Rainy Lake historical drama, Mary Casanova takes readers back to pristine and rugged northern Minnesota. It's 1922, women have won the right to vote, and Trinity Baird is of age. But at 21, and after nearly two years at Oak Hills Asylum, she returns to her family's island summer home with her self-confidence in tatters and her mind seared by haunting memories.

Cost: $22.95

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press

Contact info: upress.umn/edu/book-division/books/waterfall


"The Pride of Minnesota: The Twins in the Turbulent 1960s" by Thom Henninger

Title: "The Pride of Minnesota: The Twins in the Turbulent 1960s"

Author: Thom Henninger

Synopsis: The 1960s were a heady time to come of age. During these turbulent times the Minnesota Twins were the pride of the North Star State, an elite team that advanced to the World Series in 1965 and played in dramatic pennant races in the years thereafter. The book details these pennant races, from the key moments and games to the personalities of the players involved, in the context of state and world events.

Cost: 32.95

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press

Contact info:

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