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Nominations close Feb. 1 for Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards

Celebrating books about northeastern Minnesota published in 2013. Send one book plus $25 nomination fee to UMD Kathryn A. Martin Library. Winners will be announced May 22. 

26th annual NEMBA call for nominations

Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards

May 19–Winners of the 23rd annual Northeastern Minnesota Books Awards (NEMBA) will be announced in an evening celebration on Thursday, May 19, in UMD’s Kirby Ballroom. The free community event will kick off at 5 p.m. with a book fair and dessert reception. Barton Sutter, Duluth’s first poet laureate, will emcee the formal program beginning at 6:30, featuring best-selling children’s author Mary Casanova as guest speaker. Book fair continues until 9 p.m. Free.

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Mary Casanova, a best-selling children's author, will keynote the NEMBA program

Poetry Book Release – Deborah Gordon Cooper’s “Under the Influence of Lilacs”

Thursday, May 27, 7 pm. Please join us in celebrating the book release of Deborah Gordon Cooper’s newest collection of poetry, Under the Influence of Lilacs. Deborah will read selections, accompanied by folksinger-songwriter Sara Thomsen. Duluth Congregational Church, 3833 E. Superior St., Duluth. Refreshments will be served. For information, call 218-525-4552.

Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards

Winners will be announced during a Sunday afternoon celebration, 1:30 to 5 p.m., UMD Kirby Ballroom, on May 16. Enjoy the reception, book fair, nominated author readings, featured speaker Beatrice Ojakangas, and the presentation of awards. Program begins at 3:30 p.m. Barton Sutter will emcee. Call 218-726-7889 or visit for more information.

Traditional Ojibwe Opening Ceremony for UMD Library Exhibit

“Lewis and Clark and the Indian Country,” a national traveling exhibition, is on display in the UMD Library fourth floor rotunda reading room. The public is invited to a traditional Ojibwe opening ceremony in UMD’s Weber Music Hall at 6 p.m. on Friday, January 15. The ceremony will include drumming, prayer, and welcome statements at the Weber, followed by a reception and viewing of the exhibit on the fourth floor of the UMD Library. Refreshments will be provided by Friends of the Duluth Public Library. Call 218-726-8130 for more information.

The exhibit, which tells the story of the explorers’ historic 1804-1806 expedition from the point of view of the Indians who lived along the route, is available for viewing during all hours when the UMD Library is open. You can learn more about the exhibit and check the library hours by going to the UMD Library web site:

Lake Superior Writers Pre-Holiday Book Fair & Reading

On Saturday, Nov. 7, Lake Superior Writers will sponsor a Pre-Holiday Book Fair and Reading from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist community space, 835 W. College St., Duluth. This free community event will showcase area authors and give shoppers a chance to start their holiday gift-buying early. Books do make the best presents!

Writers such as Shelley Getten, Dianna Hunter, Yvonne Rutford, Ellie Schoenfeld, Kirsten Jacobson Stasney, and Marlene Wisuri will read and sign copies of their works. Participating publishers include Cloquet River Press, Clover Valley Press, Dovetailed Press, Holy Cow! Press, X-Communication, and others.

For more information, contact [email protected] or call 218-525-4552.

Celebrate with Ellie Schoenfeld

The public is invited to celebrate the release of Ellie’s new book: “The Dark Honey: New & Used Poems,” published by Clover Valley Press.

When: 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 28

Where: UMD Library Rotunda (4th floor), 416 Library Drive, Duluth.

Free parking.

For information, call 218-525-4552 or visit