Author Event: Claire Schumacher
Sunday February 17 | 2:00PM - 3:30PM
Meet local author and Twin Ports "institution" Claire Schumacher.
Claire was born in Proctor, Minnesota. She produced a long-standing public access TV show in Duluth. She has published nine books so far. Schumacher mortgaged her home to publish her first book, “Codyview, Buffalo Bill’s Link with Duluth,” and she drew on her 15 years of working for the railroad in Proctor to write the mystery “Ore Dust in Her Shoes.”
Some of Claire’s books showcased at this event will be: Frank Lloyd Wright-Prodigal Son of Spring Green, The Whiteside Island Story, Buffalo Bill’s Link with Duluth, Ore Dust in Her Shoes, Raleigh Street - Shattering the Legend, and Ghostly Tales of Lake Superior.
Drag Story Time for Kids
Sunday February 24 | 2:00PM - 3:30PM
Drag Story Time is just what it sounds like: local drag queens and kings reading stories to children...and we're bringing this to the Twin Ports! We think it's important that kids have glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer and trans role models. In spaces like this, kids are able to see people who defy rigid gender restrictions and imagine a world where people can present as they wish, and where dress-up is real.
This idea was originally created by Michelle Tea and RADAR Productions in San Francisco under the name Drag Queen Story Hour, and there are now chapters in San Francisco, LA, New York, and beyond.
Comics & Beer Book Club
Tuesday February 26 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Zenith Reads Book Club
Tuesday March 05 | 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Zenith Reads Book Club meets on the first Tuesday of the month, 6-7 pm. Great discussion! All are invited! Book club attendees get 15% off the price of their book.
Adult Story Time
Friday March 15 | 7:00PM - 8:30PM
Sit back and relax, with the lights turned low, and enjoy short stories, essays, and book excerpts read to you by Zenith Bookstore staff and friends. Adult Story Time will meet on the third Friday of every month. We'll have wine, chocolate, comfy chairs and pillows.
Comics & Beer Book Club
Tuesday March 26 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Lorna Landvik Presents Chronicles of a Radical Hag (with Recipes)
Saturday March 30 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Zenith Bookstore is thrilled to welcome Lorna Landvik to Duluth on the launch of her new book Chronicles of a Radical Hag (with Recipes). This is a bittersweet, seriously funny novel of a life, a small town, and a key to our troubled times traced through a newspaper columnist's half-century of taking in, and taking on, the world.
With her customary warmth and wit, Lorna Landvik in her topical but timeless Chronicles of a Radical Hag reminds us —sometimes with a subtle touch, sometimes with gobsmacking humor — of the power of words and of silence, as well as the wonder of finding in each other what we never even knew we were missing.
'A comic love letter to journalism and literature, Lorna Landvik’s newest novel is smart, funny, and intimate, with a terrifically memorable cast of small-town characters. Read the book, then head for the kitchen and start baking. Delicious!" — Julie Schumacher, author of The Shakespeare Requirement
Lorna Landvik is the author of 12 novels, including the bestselling Patty Jane's House of Curl, Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons, Oh My Stars, Best to Laugh, and Once in a Blue Moon Lodge. She has performed stand-up and improvisational comedy around the country and is a public speaker, playwright, and actor most recently in the one-woman, all-improvised show Party in the Rec Room. She lives in Minneapolis.
Lorna's event at Beaner's Central Coffeeshop is free and open to the public. Meet Lorna and have your book(s) signed. Her books will be available for purchase at Beaner's and across the parking lot at Zenith Bookstore.
Book Launch: Linda LeGarde Grover Presents In the Night of Memory
Thursday April 04 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Zenith Bookstore is excited to host Duluth's own Linda LeGarde Grover and celebrate the release of her new book In the Night of Memory.
Two lost sisters find family, and themselves, among the voices of an Ojibwe reservation. Some ruptures simply cannot be repaired; they can only be lived through, or lived with. Grover returns to the fictional Mozhay Point Reservation in this nuanced, moving, often humorous picture of two Ojibwe girls becoming women in the long, sharply etched shadow of Native American history.
Linda LeGarde Grover is professor of American Indian studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth and a member of the Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe. Her collection Onigamiising: Seasons of an Ojibwe Year won the 2018 Minnesota Book Award for Memoir and Creative Nonfiction and the Northeastern Minnesota Book Award. Her novel The Road Back to Sweetgrass received the Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers Fiction Award as well as the Native Writers Circle of the Americas First Book Award. The Dance Boots, a book of stories, received the Flannery O’Connor Award and the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize. And her poetry collection The Sky Watched: Poems of Ojibwe Lives received the Red Mountain Press Editor’s Award and the 2017 Northeastern Minnesota Book Award for Poetry.
"With In the Night of Memory, Linda LeGarde Grover offers us a gift of story across generations of Native American women. This book examines what it means to grow up poor, grow up female, and grow up in a place that should be home but feels far from belonging. Grover creates a tapestry of history and imagination, a weaving of perspectives beautiful and wise, a collection of truths that anchors and honors the experiences of Indigenous women." — Kao Kalia Yang, author of The Song Poet: A Memoir of My Father
Authors Event: The Girls Are Gone
Tuesday April 09 | 7:00PM - 8:30PM
Join authors Michael Brodkorb and Allison Mann at Zenith Bookstore for readings from their new book The Girls Are Gone. The book tells the true story of two sisters who went missing, the father who kept searching, and the adults who conspired to keep the truth hidden.
On the evening of April 19, 2013, Samantha and Gianna Rucki disappeared. Two of five children born to David Rucki and Sandra Grazzini-Rucki, the teenage sisters vanished in the midst of their parents divorce. The girls' father, David Rucki, worked tirelessly with law enforcement to search day and night for his two missing daughters, following every lead while raising three remaining children at home. Their mother, Sandra Grazzini-Rucki, used her newfound freedom to vacation around the world, abandoning her children. And as the investigation intensified, catching the attention of the media, Sandra also disappeared.
On November 18, 2015 – 944 days after they disappeared – the girls were found living on a ranch in northern Minnesota by law enforcement.
Criminal charges were filed against four people, including the girls’ mother, for their role in the disappearance of the Rucki sisters. The Girls Are Gone chronicles key events during the criminal trials of the people who were later convicted or pleaded guilty for their involvement in this heinous crime. The book examines the other adults who aided in the conspiracy to hide the truth and the Rucki sisters.
About the Authors:
Michael Brodkorb and Allison Mann met during the 2016 Grazzini-Rucki criminal trial. Allison worked at a law firm representing David Rucki, the father, who was trying to find his girls. Michael was working for the Star Tribune, covering the story as the case developed. The authors have spent the last two years working together investigating and researching to find the answers to many questions that had been left unanswered for years. They have analyzed court documents, reviewed investigative files, and conducted numerous interviews to provide a completed story about how and why two children vanished from their family and friends for 944 days. Their passion for following the case and connecting the dots to figure out the truth of what really happened led them to write The Girls Are Gone.
Independent Bookstore Day
Saturday April 27 | 10:00AM - 7:00PM
Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country on the last Saturday in April.
At Zenith Bookstore we have a lot to celebrate! On #bookstoreday we'll have prizes, free food, special sales, and all-day giveaways. And we may even have a surprise author or two! Stay tuned!