Poetry contest

Readings and writers: Book award winner, poetry contest and new children’s book – Duluth News Tribune

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

The Arrowhead bookcase system offers “Create A Comic Take and Make kits” with author and illustrator Chris Monroe until Monday, January 31. Create and draw your own wacky characters and insert them into a comic of your own design using the comic pages provided. Follow the helpful guidelines to determine your character’s appearance, style, emotions, and ability to take a fall.

Monroe is an author, illustrator, visual artist and cartoonist. She is the author of seven children’s picture books, as well as the picture book illustrator for authors Kevin Kling, Jane Yolen and Janice Levy. His comic, ‘Violet Days’, has been in print for over 19 years and is featured in the ‘Ultra Violet: Ten Years Of Violet Days’ collection.

This program, sponsored by Arrowhead Library System, was supported in part or in whole with funds from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. To learn more, visit alslib.info or facebook.com/alslibinfo.

Virtual book club for writers and anyone who wants to listen, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday, February 3. Lake Superior Writers will host T. Marie Bertineau, who will talk about her book, “The Mason House,” and host a Q&A about the book and its writing.

Bertineau was born amid the ruins of the copper mines of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. She is of Anishinaabe-Ojibwe and French-Canadian/Cornish descent and is a member of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community on L’Anse Reserve, migizi odoodeman. After the premature death of his father, Bertineau faces a turbulent and unstable childhood. But there was one place she felt safe: her grandmother’s house in Mason.

To register, go to lakesuperiorwriters.org/events/book-club-for-writers.

Virtual Writers Cafe, hosted by Lake Superior Writers, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on February 5. The virtual meeting is organized by Gail Trowbridge. This event is free for LSW members and the public, but registration is required. Email writers@lakesuperiorwriters.org by February 4; you will receive an email with a Zoom link close to the event.

Lake Superior Writers present Superior Actionsa free virtual open mic for writers to read their work and anyone else who wants to listen, from 6-7 p.m. on February 9. The event is free; membership not required. Graphic content is prohibited. There will be 10 five-minute slots available on a first-come, first-served basis. Entrants will be notified in advance if they have been selected to read. To register, email writers@lakesuperiorwriters.org. Indicate if you want to read. A Zoom link will be sent on the day of the event.

the Duluth Public Library is offering in-person book clubs at the Duluth Main Public Library, 520 W. Superior St., starting Feb. 10. To see the four book clubs, the book they’re reading, and a list of questions for each book, go to calendar at duluthlibrary.org.

Adult poets residing in Wisconsin can enter three contests sponsored by the Wisconsin Poets Community. The deadline is Tuesday, February 1. Membership is not required. More information at wfop.org/annual-contests.

NEMBA recognizes books that substantially represent the history, culture, heritage, and way of life of Northeastern Minnesota. Authors do not need to be from Minnesota for their work to be considered. As no awards have been announced in 2021, books published in 2020 and 2021 will be eligible for awards in 2022.

Applications open on Tuesday, February 1 and the submission period closes on June 1. Categories include non-fiction, fiction, art/photography, children’s literature, poetry, and memoir. For pricing purposes, Northeast Minnesota is defined as including the following counties: Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Kanabec, Koochiching, Lake, Pine, and St. Louis.

For more information on eligibility requirements and the submission process, visit lakesuperiorwriters.org/NEMBA or email nemba@lakesuperiorwriters.org.

“Kaddish: Before the Holocaust and After”, poems by Jane Yolen

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Jane Yolen, author of “Kaddish: Before the Holocaust and After,” published by Holy Cow! Press of Duluth, received the Sophie Brody Medal for 2022. The Sophie Brody Award is an annual award from the American Library Association. It is awarded for outstanding achievement in Jewish literature, for works published the previous year in the United States

The book "The Legend of Jet the Gerbil Might Be the Greatest Gerbil Story Ever Told"
“The Legend of Jet the Gerbil Might Be the Greatest Gerbil Story Ever Told”, by Michael Keller

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  • Title: “The legend of Jet the gerbil might be the greatest event told”
  • Author: Michael Keller
  • Illustrator: Patrizia Donaera
  • Synopsis: This is the true story of an amazing pet gerbil and her human, Michael. One day, while Michael and his father are cleaning out Jet’s tank, something is seriously wrong, leading Michael and his father on a thrilling adventure to find and save Jet.
  • Cost: $19.95
  • Editor: Wise Ink Creative Edition
  • advised for 3-8 year olds