Readers and writers: local events, literary news and new books to usher in the new year


Story time, 10 a.m., noon or 2 p.m. on Wednesdays, until December, at the St. Louis County Historical Society Museum in the interactive children’s exhibit Eli’s Farm on Depot Level 2, 506 W. Michigan St. Storytime aims to introduce children to the world of Ojibwa cultural teachings. Storytelling in Ojibwa culture is a traditional way of imparting knowledge. The sessions are aimed at children from 2 to 12 years old. All books have been approved by our American Indian Advisory Committee.

Storytelling hoursat 10:15 a.m. on Wednesdays at the Duluth Main Library and at the Duluth West branch and at 10:15 a.m. on Thursdays at the Mount Royal branch. Go to

Writers of Lake Superior Writers’ Café, a virtual version, will be offered from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on January 8. Join us for a virtual meet and greet with fellow writers hosted by longtime LSW member Gail Trowbridge. Our January topic is “New Year’s Resolutions for Writers”. This event is free for LSW members and the public, but registration is compulsory. Email [email protected] by January 7th; you will receive an email with a Zoom link near the event.

Register for Duluth Public Library Winter Reading Program for birth through kindergarten, children, adolescents and adults. All children who read 10 hours (or more) will win a free book of their choice. Adults are invited to take on the challenge of the library’s 50-hour winter reading program. Additionally, entrants can increase their chances of winning one of our grand prizes by logging hours of reading, writing book reviews, or completing activities. Go to

Writers of Lake Superior present Superior actions, a free virtual open mic for writers to read their work, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on January 12, for anyone who wants to listen. The event is free; membership is not required. Graphic content is prohibited. There will be ten 5-minute slots available on a first come, first served basis. Participants will be notified in advance if they have been selected to read. To register, email [email protected] Please indicate if you would like to read. A Zoom link will be sent on the day of the event.

News to note

For the second year in a row, the Public library of two ports received a four-star rating in a national ranking from the Library Journal’s annual review of public libraries. Library Journal surveyed 5,608 and only 262 were rated as featured libraries. Only five libraries in Minnesota were honored as Featured Libraries this year: Baudette, Ely, Grand Marais, Ramsey County, and Two Harbors.

“The Two Harbors Public Library serves as a foothold in our community,” says Madeline Jarvis, Director of the Library. “The data from the Star Library shows a strong return on investment, with our customers averaging 12 visits per year. This honor is due to our fantastic patrons and frontline library staff, who make a difference in our community every day. “
Library Journal examines public library data reported to government (visits, checkouts, program participation, electronic material flow, public computer usage, and Wi-Fi sessions per capita) and ranks top performing libraries into budget categories. The 2021 ranking is based on data for fiscal year 2019 collected as part of the Institute of Museum and Library Services Public Library Survey. Two Harbors is in the top 20 for the spending range of $ 200,000 to $ 399,999.


"Kekekabic" by Eric Chandler

Eric Chandler’s “Kekekabic”

Title: “Kékékabique”

Author: Eric Chandler

Synopsis: : In 2018, Chandler wrote a poem after every cross-country ski, run, hike, and paddle. Chandler recorded his sightings both at home in Duluth, Minnesota and on the road as an airline pilot. He went on one of the most adventurous solo trips of his life that year. He and his dog Leo took a five-day hike in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. They followed the Kekekabic Trail, inspiring the title of the book.

Cost: $ 19.99

Editor: Press finishing line

Release date: January 18

"Dead Lines: Slices of Life from the Obit Beat" by George Hesselberg

“Dead Lines: Slices of Life from the Obit Beat” by George Hesselberg

Title: “Dead Lines: Slices of Life from the Obit Beat”

Author: Georges hesselberg

Synopsis: Obituaries are more than just reports of the dead; they are the written celebrations of their lives. Few know this better than longtime Wisconsin State Journal reporter George Hesselberg. For over forty years he shared the life he found in his encounters with death – the unusual stories he uncovered while reporting fatal accidents, criminal investigations and death inquiries. Hesselberg shares some of the best slices of her work to share the lives of those who have died – a sword designer, a radio villain, a pioneering detective, a homeless woman who spoke fluent French and a class tarantula beloved, among them.

Cost: $ 29

Editor: Wisconsin Historical Society Press


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