Find Waldo Local!
Monday July 01 @ 10:00AM - Wednesday July 31 @ 07:00PM
Where’s Waldo? In Duluth, of course! The iconic children’s book character is visiting local businesses in West Duluth throughout the entire month of July.
Pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Duluth, MN!” passport, which contains the names of all the participating sites, and get your passport stamped or signed for each Waldo you spot. Waldo spotters are eligible for prizes throughout the month.
Participants include Beaner's Coffeeshop, Bent Paddle, Central Sales, Damage Boardshop, Duluth Art Institute, Duluth Children's Museum, Duluth Folk School, Duluth Pottery & Tile, Duluth Public Library (West), Dungeon's End, Flora North, Gannucci's Italian Market, Little Neetcher's, Love Creamery, OMC, Soul Sisters, Tortoise & Hare Footwear, Twin Ports Spay/Neuter, Whole Foods Co-op, and Zenith Bookstore.
Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses and the Shop Local movement in our community.
Comics & Beer Book Club
Tuesday July 30 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Love graphic novels? Love beer? Meet John and Nikki at Bent Paddle on the last Tuesday of the month, at 7pm. Buy your bookclub book from Zenith Bookstore for 15% discount.
For more information check out our Facebook Group.
This month we're reading Hellboy Omnibus Volume 1: Seed of Destruction by Mike Mignola, John Byrne, and Mark Chiarello
Zenith Reads Book Club
Tuesday August 06 | 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. Reading: American Prison by Shane Bauer.
Poetry Book Club
Wednesday August 14 | 5:30PM - 7:00PM
Have you ever wanted to talk about the amazing book of poems you've just read? Welcome to the Poetry Book Club! Each month, we'll feature a book of poetry. The book club is facilitated by former Duluth Poet Laureate, Sheila Packa. At the meetings, we'll talk about metaphors, sound patterns, and anything else that might happen to come up in conversation about poems. Maybe you're a writer or maybe just curious. This book club is for everybody who loves to read poetry. Order your bookclub book with Zenith Bookstore for 15% discount.
August reading: Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings by Joy Harjo, the next U.S. Poet Laureate.
Upon Waking: Reading & Book Signing
Sunday August 18 | 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Join editors Annette Gagliardi and Laura Lanik and poet contributors for a reading from Upon Waking: 58 Voices Speaking Out from the Shadow of Abuse.
This collection gives victims a place to share how the abuse felt, how abuse lingers, and what they have done to heal and move forward. These poems show that abusive experiences affect us all, and if we speak up, we can change our culture for the better.
Upon Waking: 58 Voices Speaking Out From the Shadow of Abuse is the culmination of the Let’s Talk About It poetry project created by Annette Gagliardi and Laura Kozy Lanik and represents the work of 58 poets from around the country. Whether we have had first hand experiences or not, the subject of abuse shapes the world we are in. It is our hope that the many victims of abuse can find solace within these pages or that their voice is echoed in one or more of these poems.
Even if you are not a victim of abuse, these poems help us become more aware of the atrocities, told and untold, that happen daily and make us more empathetic to the long healing process of survivors. Through public readings, we continue the conversation about the impact that sexual violence has on individuals, on society and the world. This project has been sponsored and supported by the League of Minnesota Poets and Break The Silence organization.
Laura Kozy Lanik teaches High School Social Studies in Minneapolis and is the founder and sole contributor to the blog, Book Snob at www.booksnob.blogspot.com. Her writing has appeared in the Minnesota Women’s Press and Book Women
magazine. Laura’s poem, “The Right to Bare Arms” was published by The Fem, an online literary magazine in April 2016. Laura is a survivor of sexual abuse.
Annette Gagliardi is a published author and a poet who has been writing for over forty years and has work in many newspapers, online and in over 45 anthologies. She
presents to elementary classroom and libraries, presents at poetry workshops and is a frequent contributor to the Southwest Journal Newspaper in Minneapolis, MN. She is
a survivor of sexual abuse.
Queer Voices: Poetry, Prose and Pride
Thursday August 29 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Join us at the start of Duluth-Superior Pride week for a reading and signing by contributors and editors to this exciting new collection. In Queer Voices: Poetry, Prose and Pride, 44 LGBTQIA+ voices provide a vibrant, necessary, and dazzling component of Minnesota's cultural and historical fabric.
Since its beginnings in 1993, the Queer Voices reading series has featured both emerging and established Minnesota-based writers of the LGBTQIA+ community. With a track record of more than twenty years, the series has become a national model and one of Minnesota's most important literary institutions. It is reputed to be the longest-running curated queer reading series in the country.
In this volume, series curators John Medeiros and Andrea Jenkins and facilitator Lisa Marie Brimmer present the finest poetry, fiction, and nonfiction pieces by the presenters. Their work, generated and performed in a powerful space of understanding, explores the material of life without internal or external censorship. Living, loving, working, learning, playing, reflecting, knowing, inventing, and being—these magnificent queer voices affirm the importance of civil literacy and the power of vulnerability.
About the Readers:
Reading and Signing at the August 29 event will be: Julie Gard, Lisa Marie Brimmer, katie robinson, Gary Eldon Peter, and Venus de Mars.
Julie Gard is a prose poet and educator whose publications include Scrap: On Louise Nevelson; Home Studies, which was a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award; and the chapbooks Obscura: The Daguerreotype Series and Russia in 17 Objects. She lives a block from Lake Superior with her partner, the poet Michelle Matthees.
Lisa Marie Brimmer is a queer, black, transracial adoptee writer and cultural strategist. They hold an MA in English literature from the University of St. Thomas. Lisa’s work engages with environment, kinship, and culture while plotting intersectional black queer liberation. She is one of the co-editors of Queer Voices. Learn more: lisamariebrimmer.com
Through poetry, performance, social media fasts, and Epsom salt baths, katie robinson seeks to remember and conjure her liberation. In her work, she draws upon black feminist wisdom to translate her vast reserves of feelings into knowable suggestions of how to practice love.
Gary Eldon Peter’s stories have appeared in Callisto, Alexandria Quarterly, Water~Stone Review, Great River Review, and other publications. His short fiction collection, Oranges, won the 2016 New Rivers Press Many Voices Project competition in prose and was published in 2018.
Venus de Mars, leader of the glam-punk/trans band Venus de Mars & All The Pretty Horses, is a recipient of both the McKnight Multidisciplinary Artist and the Bush Artist Support fellowships, a core artist from the 1980s’ Rifle Sport Alternative Art Gallery, and, along with her wife, the subject of the rock-doc Venus of Mars (2004).
Meet-and-Greet: Tim Jollymore
Saturday August 31 | 2:30PM - 4:00PM
Meet and greet Tim Jollymore, whose newest novel People You've Been Before is a fierce portrait of a couple's 40-year relationship from marriage through divorce and its aftermath.
Jollymore's ambitious book is a day in a life — or better, a life in one day — of novelist Els Mattila who has just completed a new work of fiction. Yet his visiting ex-wife charges that he's simply written a memoir that painfully exposes the addiction, abuse and betrayals of their relationship. Their galvanizing encounter starts in Els' Manhattan apartment as the couple grapples with their complex and tragic history: a journey from Minnesota to Oakland and Hollywood, California, into a recovery program, and to Els' escape to New York City. Yet at every turn, the reader must decide who is telling the truth.
Tim Jollymore grew up in northern Minnesota, the setting of his first novel. He spent his working life as a tree planter, pulp peeler, local historian, traveling salesman, and corporate manager. After migrating to California, he pursued residential design, contracting, and the teaching of English. Jollymore earned his master’s degree in literature at the University of Minnesota. Since leaving teaching in 2011, he has devoted his time to fiction and drama, writing a five-act play, completing two novels and numerous short stories.
Poetry Reading: Phil Fitzpatrick
Sunday September 15 | 2:00PM - 3:30PM
After just two visits to Hawk Ridge in the fall of 2017, Phil Fitzpatrick began writing Hawks on High: Everyday Miracles in a Hawk Ridge Season, a book of poems about the annual fall migration of raptors above Duluth’s renowned hawk watching site. Please join us to hear Phil Fitzpatrick read from his new collection.
Published by Savage Press of Brule, Wisconsin, and illustrated by Duluth artist Penny Perry, Fitzpatrick’s book offers an intimate glimpse of the ritual of migration when raptors of all kinds—hawks, eagles, falcons, kestrels, vultures, even crows and ravens—stream down from the north along Lake Superior’s historic North Shore. While it may easily be argued that these birds have a poetry all their own, Phil’s poems pry open some of the more subtle aspects not only of raptors but of the people who watch, count, and band them. The location itself—its history, climate, and geography—is occasionally featured as well. This volume of poetry is, without a doubt, a one-of-a-kind book, a unique and captivating portrait of one of America’s premier hawk watching sites.
Phil Fitzpatrick is a retired English teacher who grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota and has lived in Duluth since 1996. While his interest in birds traces back to his childhood, his first visit to Hawk Ridge was not until 2017. Compelled by what he experienced there, he started writing Hawks on High: Everyday Miracles in a Hawk Ridge Season. His fascination with the migration of raptors has not waned; he regularly visits both fall and spring hawk counts in Duluth to this day. Fitzpatrick has won local awards for both his poetry and short fiction. A 1967 graduate of Harvard College, Fitzpatrick holds masters’ degrees from The Bread Loaf School of English in Middlebury, Vermont and the University of Minnesota-Duluth. He lives and writes in Duluth.
Author Event: William Kent Krueger
Friday September 20 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
The book that William Kent Krueger fans have been waiting for – the companion novel to Ordinary Grace – comes out this September. Please join us for this very special reading, talk and signing.
"My greatest joy," writes William Kent Krueger, "in the coming year will be the release this fall of This Tender Land, the companion novel to Ordinary Grace. I’ve been at work on the manuscript for three years, and I’m deeply in love with it. Set in southern Minnesota in the summer of 1932, well into the Great Depression, it’s the story of four orphans running from the law because they’ve committed a terrible crime, but for the all the right reasons. A manhunt has been launched to capture them, so they can’t take to the roads. They’re afraid to ride the rails, as everyone was doing in the Depression, because the railroads were patrolled by men called bulls, private police who had a reputation for incredible cruelty. They choose instead to take to the rivers. They canoe a river called the Gilead to the Minnesota River, follow the Minnesota to the Mississippi, and their intent is to canoe the Mississippi all the way to Saint Louis, where they believe they have family and will be safe. I have always wanted to write an updated version of Huckleberry Finn. This is my Huckleberry Finn."
William Kent Krueger is the award-winning author of the New York Times bestselling Ordinary Grace, winner of the Edgar Award for best novel, as well as eighteen Cork O’Connor novels, including Desolation Mountain and Sulfur Springs. He lives in the Twin Cities with his family. Visit his website at WilliamKentKrueger.com.