Readings and Writers: Nominations Sought for Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards – Duluth News Tribune


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the Duluth Public Library offers in-person book clubs at the Duluth Main Public Library, 520 W. Superior St. To see the four book clubs, the book they read, and a list of questions for each book, go to the schedule on duluthlibrary. org.

the Arrowhead Library System will provide Paper Design Collage Take and Create Art Kits to member public libraries for distribution February 14-28. These kits were designed by COMPAS teacher artist Teresa Cox. This art activity explores the relationship between color and design using geometric shapes and is for anyone who wants to experiment with using papers to create an original collage. This is a program for all ages (kindergartners and first graders may need extra help). Note that each slot has a limited number of kits. This program, sponsored by Arrowhead Library System, was supported in part or in whole with funds from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Go to

Join the authors Rob Greenfield and April Hepokoski, 5:30-8 p.m. March 4, Cloquet Public Library, 320 14th St., Cloquet, for the release of their new book “Zero Waste Kids,” a solution-focused book that teaches through activities how to reduce, reuse and recycle at home, at school and in the community. The evening conference will focus on zero waste and sustainable living.

Did you or someone you know publish a book in 2020 or 2021? Lake Superior Writers invites applications for the 2022 Northeast Minnesota Book Award (NEMBA). Books can be nominated in one of six categories: Non-Fiction, Fiction, Art/Photography, Children’s Literature, Poetry and Memoir. A non-refundable entry fee of $40 is required for each nominated title. The awards recognize books that substantially represent the history, culture, heritage, or way of life of northeast Minnesota, which includes the following counties: Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Kanabec, Koochiching, Lake , Pine and St. Louis. Authors are not required to live in Minnesota for their work to be considered.

This is the first year that Lake Superior Writers will present the awards, previously coordinated by the Kathryn A. Martin Library at the University of Minnesota Duluth, with the final awards given in 2020. As in the past, independent reading teams for each category will review and determine the awards, with awards being announced in the fall of 2022. Nominated books must have been originally published anytime between 2020 and 2021. The winning book in each category will receive a cash prize of $200. The winning book and honorable mention in each category will receive a glass plate and 100 book seals.

For complete guidelines on nominating a book, including a link to the required nomination form, visit Send the completed form, four (non-returnable) copies of the book and the $40 entry fee to NEMBA, 1626 London Road #895, Duluth, MN 55812. Applications must be mailed by May 31. For questions, email [email protected]

“Swirling” by Sarah Stonich

  • Title: ” Whirling “
  • Author: Sarah Stonich
  • Synopsis: What stage of grief are you in when your grandmother’s ghost keeps popping up on your electronic devices? Denial? For RayAnne, this seems to be the stage to launch the second season of “Fishing!” — in New Zealand. Ready or not, she’s taking public television’s first all-female fishing talk show on the road, putting the cold Minnesota winter in the rearview mirror — which, ultimately, haunts Gran, too.
  • Cost: $15.95
  • Editor: University of Minnesota Press
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“Raising Ollie: How My Non-Binary Art-Nerd Child Changed (Almost) Everything I Know”, by Tom Rademacher

  • Title: “Raising Ollie: How My Non-Binary Art-Nerd Child Changed (Almost) Everything I Know”
  • Author: Tom Rademacher
  • Synopsis: Seven-year-old Ollie was researching local advanced school curricula — because every sophomore does, right? Ollie, who hated weekends because they meant no school, cried almost every day on the way to school. Sure, there were the slingshots and arrows of bullies and bad teachers, but perhaps worse Ollie, a funny, anxious, smart kid with a knack for the choir and an eye for graphic art, was gravely under-challenged and was also struggling with their identity and now to totally live as themselves.
    Ollie begged to switch schools with “kids like me”, where they wouldn’t feel so lonely or bored, and so they made the switch. This book is the story of that turbulent and sometimes painful school year, parenting Ollie and relearning every day what it means to be a father and a teacher.
    As Ollie thrives at their new school, Rademacher makes a telling adjustment to his own new school, a whiter, more suburban school than anywhere he’s taught before, with a history of racial tension he tries to overcome. approach and navigate. As Ollie finally feels comfortable in school, Rademacher increasingly sees how his own educational struggles, anxieties, and childhood upbringing are reflected in his teaching, writing, and parenting, as well as in Ollie’s experience.
  • Cost: $18.95
  • Editor: University of Minnesota Press
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“From the Gridiron to the Battlefield: Minnesota’s March to a College Football Title and World War II”, by Danny Spewak

  • Title: “From the Gridiron to the Battlefield: Minnesota’s March to a College Football Title and to World War II”
  • Author: Danny Spewak
  • Synopsis: As the United States headed for war in the fall of 1941, the University of Minnesota football team completed an undefeated national championship season just 15 days before the attack on Pearl Harbor. After the attack, the players left college football stardom behind to command PT boats in the South Pacific, sweep mines off the beaches of Normandy, and join the invasion of Iwo Jima with so many others from the greatest generation.
    Discover the struggles and triumphs of the Golden Gophers’ 1941 season, remembering how the players fought on the field even with the threat of war hanging over their heads.
  • Cost: $35
  • Editor: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
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