Author to host mystery-writing workshop – Duluth News Tribune

It’s Murder, Don’tcha Know!, a virtual workshop about how to write a mystery with mystery writer Jeanne Cooney, 9-11 am Saturday, March 12. She will discuss the various types of mysteries and the mechanics of writing them. She will review the steps commonly followed in mysteries: establishing the protagonist’s wishes, hooking the reader, scattering clues, and tying up loose ends. To register: lakesuperiorwriters.org/mystery-writing-workshop.

storytimes, 10:15 am Wednesdays at the Duluth Main Library and West Duluth branch as well as 10:15 am Thursdays at the Mount Royal branch. Go to duluthlibrary.evanced.info/signup/calendar.

the Duluth Public Library is offering in-person book clubs at the main Duluth Public Library, 520 W. Superior St. To see the four book clubs, what book they are reading and a list of questions for each book, go to the calendar at duluthlibrary.org .

Lake Superior Writers presents Virtual Book Club for Writers6:30-8 p.m. March 29. Brian Malloy will talk about his book, “The Year of Ice,” and host a Q & A about the book and his journey writing it. Free. For more info: lakesuperiorwriters.org/events/book-club-for-writers.

Lake Superior Writers’ 2022 Writing Contest is open. This year’s theme is “Full Circle.” Categories are poetry, short fiction, short-short fiction and creative nonfiction.

For more information: lakesuperiorwriters.org/2022-writing-contest. Deadline: April 11.

join Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards Reading Team and help choose a winning book that captures the spirit of Northeastern Minnesota.

The NEMA recognizes books that substantially represent the history, culture, heritage or lifestyle of Northeastern Minnesota, including the following counties: Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Kanabec, Koochiching, Lake, Pine and St. Louis. This is the first year that Lake Superior Writers will present the awards, previously coordinated by the University of Minnesota’s Kathryn A. Martin Library. The last awards were announced in 2020. This year, the reading teams will be looking at books published in 2020-21, with winners announced in the fall.

Reading teams need volunteers to help select the winning book in each of the six categories: Nonfiction, Fiction, Art/Photography, Children’s Literature, Poetry and Memoir. NEMA is not seeking professional literary critics, but rather a group of open-minded readers who represent the different backgrounds and lifestyles of the Northland.

Each of the six reading teams will be composed of up to four members with a designated leader. Applicants should share their preference as to which team they would like to serve on. After receiving their bundles of books, teams will meet several times (meeting by Zoom can be an option) between June and September to discuss the nominated books, with winners notified Oct. 1.

To apply, complete the form at https://bit.ly/3vT7T0X. Applications will be accepted through May 1 and team assignments will be announced in mid- to late May. For questions, email nemba@lakesuperiorwriters.org.

Have you or someone you know published a book in 2020 or 2021? Lake Superior Writers is seeking nominations for the 2022 Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards. Books may be nominated in one of six categories: Nonfiction, Fiction, Art/Photography, Children’s Literature, Poetry and Memoir. A non-refundable $40 entry fee is required for each nominated title. The awards recognize books that substantially represent the history, culture, heritage or lifestyle of Northeastern Minnesota, including the following counties: Aitkin, Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Kanabec, Koochiching, Lake, Pine and St. Louis. Authors are not required to live in Minnesota in order to have their work considered.

As in the past, independent reading teams for each category will review and determine awards, with the awards announced in the fall.

Nominated books must have been originally released anytime between 2020 and 2021. The winning book in each category will receive a cash prize of $200. The winning book and the honorable mention in each category will receive a glass plaque and 100 book seals.

For complete guidelines about nominating a book, including a link to the required nomination form, visit lakesuperiorwriters.org/nemba. Mail the completed form, four (nonreturnable) copies of the book and the $40 entry fee to NEMBA, 1626 London Road #895, Duluth, MN 55812. Nominations must be postmarked by May 31.

For questions, email nemba@lakesuperiorwriters.org.

“American Gospel” by Lin Enger

Title: “American Gospel”
Author: Lin Enger
Synopsis: On a small Minnesota farm an old man is waiting for the Rapture, which God has told him will happen in two weeks, on Aug. 19, 1974. Set during a time that resonates with our own tension-filled moment, the book cuts close to the battles occurring within ourselves and for the soul of the nation, radiating light on a dark strain in America’s psyche, when the false security of dogma competes with the risky tumult of freedom.
Cost: $16.95
publisher: University of Minnesota Press

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