Buy Local Books!
Since the Duluth News Tribune only seems to do stories on books that won't be released for months (such as Daniel Lancester's forthcoming "John Beargrease: A Legend of Minnesota's North Shore," reviewed this past Sunday but not due out until almost February!), I thought I'd help myself and other regional authors/publishers by listing some new titles here. So, if you have any readers on your list, consider stuffing one or more of these titles into their stocking (list after the cut):
• For fans of fiction, Anthony Bukowski's revised edition of "Twelve Below Zero" and Carol Bly's posthumously published first novel, "Shelter Half," published by Duluth's Holy Cow! Press (www.holycowpress.org). (Bukowski also has a new collection of short stories by another publisher titled "North of the Port".)
• For the railroad buff: "Delivered With Pride, a Pictorial History of the Duluth, Winnipeg & Pacific Railroad" by Jon A. Severson, published by Superior's Savage Press (www.savpress.com).
• The best of an Iron Range columnist: Aaron Brown's "Overburden: Modern Life on the Iron Range," published by Duluth's brand new Red Step Press (www.redsteppress.com).
• The Best of a Duluth Columnist (mayhaps a gift for your parents?): Jim Heffernan's "Cooler Near the Lake: 52 Favorites from Thirty-Four Years of Deadlines," published by Duluth's X-communication (www.x-communication.org)
• For the Duluth History Geek: "Crossing the Canal: An Illustrated History of Duluth's Aerial Bridge," by Tony Dierckins, also published by X-comm (www.x-communication.org). X-comm also has clearance prices on Duluth Eskimos Shirts ($10) and backlist books for as little as $5. (Yes, this entry qualifies as shameless self promotion!)
• And for the kids don't forget last summer's "Monkey with a Tool Belt" by Chris Monroe, published by Carolrhoda Picture Books, an imprint of Lerner Books (www.lernerbooks.com).
If I missed any other new regional books, please fill in what I've left out.
Besides the publisher's web sites, most of these books are also available at local book and gift shops, most of them locally owned--and that would also help local retailers!