Readings & Writers

Arrowhead Library System seeks entries for a local author contest of adult and young adult fiction to be recognized as the top independently-published eBooks in Minnesota. Go to for complete details. Deadline: May 31.

Terese Tomanek has been appointed by the Friends of the Duluth Public Library as their new representative to the Duluth Poet Laureate Project. The Friends support the project with an annual contribution of $750 to continue the work of the Project and the Poet Laureate of Duluth Gary Boelhower. Current endeavors include the Local Free Poetry Project, in which there are currently 15 holders being actively used in libraries and coffee shops. The holders contain free copies of poetry written by 11 local poets who have contributed a total of 41 poems.


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

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

• Story time, 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, West Duluth branch library.

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

• Squad Car story time, 3:45 p.m. every other Wednesday, Youth Services Area.

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

• All libraries will be closed on Friday for staff development and training day.

Free comic book day, noon to 8 p.m. Rogue Robot Games & Comics, 3 S. Fourth Ave. W. Call (218) 727-8101 or go to for more information.

Family history writing workshop, 2 p.m. May 19, Douglas County Historical Museum, 1101 John Ave., Superior. Bring old family photos or meaningful artifacts. Facilitators: Jan Chronister and Peggy Trojan. Cost: $2, free for DCHS members. Call (715) 392-8449.

Yoga and writing class, 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday and June 6, It Takes a Village Collective, 114 W. Superior St. First half is relaxing, gentle yoga and second half is guided free form writing and reflection. No experience necessary. Go to

Duluth Poet Laureate Gary Boelhower offers a poetry workshop, 9 a.m. to noon May 11, Peace Church, Fireside Room, 1111 N. 11th Ave. E. Cost: $25; limited space available. Call (218) 724-4985 or email .

31st annual Northern Minnesota Book Awards, May 23, Northland Country Club, 3901 E. Superior St. Book fair and reception from 5-6:30 p.m.; speaker and awards from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and book fair reopens at 8:30 p.m. Speaker: Margi Preus. Go to or call (218) 726-7889.

"Walt Whitman at 200: A Birthday Party with Poetry Readings, Presentations and Cake," 7-9 p.m. on May 31, Hartley Nature Center, 3001 Woodland Ave. Features readings by Duluth Poets Laureate Bart Sutter, Deborah cooper, Sheila Packa, Ellie Schoenfeld and Gary Boelhower along with presentations by Mara Hart, Professors John D. Schwetman and Chris Johnson. Free. Email .


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

• Story time features "High Five," 11 a.m. Saturday.

• Barnes & Noble Book Club, 7 p.m. May 7.

• Story time features "In a Minute, Mama Bear," 11 a.m. May 11.

• Story time features "Oh the Places You’ll Go!," 11 a.m. May 18.

• Kids’ Book Hangout, 2 p.m. May 18.

• Story time features "Aladdin," 11 a.m. May 25.

• Sit Crooked and Talk Straight, a true crime event, 7 p.m. May 30.

The Bookstore at Fitger’s, 600 E. Superior St., offers these events. Call (218) 727-9077.

• Author Thomas Peacock signs copies of his books, "Beginnings: The Homeward Journey of Donovan Manypenny" and "The Forever Sky," from 1-3 p.m. Sunday.

• Author Dan Urshan signs copies of his book "Where’s Duke?" from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 4.

• Author Pamela Cameron and illustrator Renee Graef sign copies of their book "Sport: Ship Dog of the Great Lakes," from 2-5 p.m. May 4.

• Translator Barbara Sjoholm will be discussing "By the Fire: Sami Folktales and Legends," a new translation of the book published in Denmark by Emilie Demant Hatt from 7 p.m. May 7, Spirit of the North Theater in Fitger’s. The event, co-sponsored by Sami Cultural Center of North America, also features storytelling by Laurel Sanders.

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

• Readings by Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice, featuring eight poets from new anthology "Undocumented: Great Lakes Poets Laureate on Social Justice," 2 p.m. today. Poets include: James Armstrong, Kimberly Blaeser, Deborah Cooper, Rob Hardy, Ken McCullough, Sheila Packa, Ellie Schoenfeld and Joyce Sutphen.

• Comics & Beer Book Club, at Bent Paddle, 7 p.m. Tuesday. This month’s reading: "The Silence of Our Friends."

• PJ story time with Margi Preus, 6:30 p.m.

• Author Thomas Peacock reads from his children’s book, The Forever Sky," 7 p.m. Thursday.

• Author Phyliss Root and illustrator Betsy Bowen present their new book, "The Lost Forest," 2 p.m. Saturday.

• Author Pamela Carlson and illustrator Tessa Carlson present their new children’s book, "Emma Bee," 6 p.m. May 6.Books Title: "The Mountains of Mourne" Author: Seamas Cain with photos by Gloria DeFilipps Brush Synopsis: This is a collection of poems in English written over the course of 60 years. Cost: $13.95 Publisher: The Oyster Moon Press Contact: Title: "Cali’flour Kitchen: 125 Cauliflower-Based Recipes for the Carbs You Crave" Author: Amy Lacey Synopsis: Keto, the low-carb lifestyle, is taking the nation by storm. Cauliflower is one of the best foods to focus on when you’re transitioning to or sustaining a ketogenic diet as it has an impressive nutritional profile, it’s versatile and satisfying substitute for the carbs you crave. With cauliflower you can make low-carb pizza crust, white bread for sandwiches and more. Enjoy all the foods you love and still lose weight or achieve your health goals. Cost: $19.99 Publisher: Abrams Contact: Title: "19" Author: Jon Weberg Synopsis: Have you ever wondered how to reach the distance between where you are now, and where you want to reach in life? "19" will walk you through the questions you’ve always had on how to finally start creating the change you’ve always wanted to bring into reality. It’s lessons and guidance offers anyone of any age, a revealing and new perspective on life. Cost: $19.97 Publisher: Amazon Field Reports: Douglas County hunters get some doe permits after all Proposed hog farm stirs up debate in northern Wisconsin Groups speak out against rollback of wetland, stream protections


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