• Exhibit of stellar art and poetry celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore -- two exhibits in one -- "A is for Apostle Islands" (A-Z in art and poetry) and "Island Intersections" (art and poetry in response to 15 presentations at the Apostle Islands Resource Stewardship Symposium. Both projects were coordinated by Lucy Tyrrell, Bayfield Poet Laureate. Visit the exhibits from noon to 5 p.m. daily, through June 20, Washburn Cultural Center, 1 E. Bayfield St., Washburn. The exhibit will be virtual as well. Go to

  • Lake Superior Writers host Superior Shares, a virtual open mic, 6-7 p.m. Wednesday June 9. Event is free and open to members and nonmembers. If you wish to read, ten 5-minute reading slots are available on a first come first served basis, with priority given to members of LSW. Participants will be notified ahead of time if they've been selected to read. Readers are asked to limit adult content and language. Graphic violent or sexual content is prohibited. To register, email Please indicate if you'd like to read. A Zoom link will be sent the day of the event.

  • Iron River Library book sale, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 12, Iron River Library. $2 bag sale begins at 1 p.m.

  • Climate Emergency Poetry (CEP) events, the third Sunday of the month at 3 p.m. Check the CEP Facebook page to learn where each month’s reading will take place. Just click on “Event.”

    June 20: Joyce Sutphen, Connie Wanek, Thom Tammaro

    July 18: guest host: recent UMD grad Stine Myrah introducing her own list of climate advocates.

    Aug 15: Twin Ports public figures offering their perspectives on the climate crisis.

  • Arrowhead Library System Summer Programming for kids and families, living in Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, Lake of the Woods, and St. Louis counties to "Color Your World," by participating in two summer programs this year. Get out your crayons, markers, pens, pencils or paint and enter the Reading Colors Your World Bookmark Design Contest. Kids of all ages are encouraged to print off the bookmark template at and create a unique design. Entries must be submitted via mail and postmarked on or before Aug. 27. Prizes will be awarded for the five most creative submissions. Entries can be mailed to:

    Arrowhead Library System Bookmark Design Contest

    5528 Emerald Avenue

    Mountain Iron, MN 55768

    ALS is also offering a Reading Colors Your World Summer Activity Postcard Program this year. Kids who sign up will receive four activity postcards throughout the summer months encouraging them to be creative, to explore, and to learn new things. Everyone in a household may sign up to participate as we know it's always fun to get mail! Program is open to all ages. To sign up, visit and complete the form for each participant.


The Bookstore at Fitger's, 600 E. Superior St., offers these events. Call 218-727-9077 or go to

  • 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, June 8, Sandy Clark and Charlie sign copies of their book, "Charlie the Therapy Dog" at Yappy Hour in the Fitger's Courtyard.

  • Noon to 2 p.m. June 12, Katie Mettner signs copies of her book, "Butterflies and Hazel Eyes: A Lake Superior Romance."
  • 7-8 p.m. June 15, The Bookstore at Fitger's will be selling tickets to a Virtual Book Launch with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Quiara Alegria Hudes, and Jeremy McCarter for the book, "In the Heights: Finding Home." To obtain a ticket for the launch purchase a copy of the book by clicking on the link:
  • 7 p.m. June 26, Marty Essen will speak and sign copies of his book, "Hits, Heathens, and Hippos: Stories from an Agent, Activist, and Author" in the Spirit of the North Theatre.
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  • The Emberlight Festival, a new annual arts festival in Ironwood, Michigan, will premiere this summer from Aug. 26 to Sept. 3 in various outdoor locations. Our programming includes concerts featuring performers from Broadway’s "Wicked" and The Metropolitan Opera, an international film festival, four curated art shows, the world premiere of a documentary film, and many free events throughout the community. We are looking for our first Poet Laureate to help celebrate the inaugural festival this summer. Writers are encouraged to submit poems thematically focused on Lake Superior and her environs. The 2021 Emberlight Festival theme is “Light Your Fire” and we would love to find a poem which also embodies that theme.

    Applications will be reviewed by a panel of professional writers. Finalists will be featured in a poetry reading at 1 p.m. Aug. 21, in Emberlight’s Art in the Park in the Miners Memorial Heritage Park. The chosen poet laureate’s work will be featured in our 2021 souvenir program book, highlighted across our publicity, and receive a $250 cash prize. There will also be first runner up ($100) and second runner up ($50) prizes. There is no fee to apply. Authors may submit one entry. An entry consists of up to three (3) poems of any style, submitted in a single document not to exceed ten (10) pages in total length. Only original, unpublished works will be accepted. Entries should include two files — one with your name, address, phone number, and email on the entry, and one without. Electronic submissions are preferred, and are due by midnight on June 30 at Hard copy submissions must be postmarked no later than June 29. Send two copies of your entry to P.O. Box 162 Ironwood, MI 49938. Include your name, address, phone number, and email on one copy. No poems will be returned. Authors will be notified by July 31 if they have received an award or are invited to the Aug. 21 reading.



Title: "The Youngest Boy: Stories"

Author: Jim Heynen

Illustrator: Tom Pohrt

Synopsis: Heynen's stories about unnamed farm boys first appeared many years ago. This is the first collection of "boy stories" by Jim Heynen that focus on the youngest boy, a character who can be a dreamer one minute, a trouble-maker the next and a problem-solver the next. The youngest boy's charm is in his unpredictability.

Cost: $16.95

Publisher: Holy Cow! Press

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Title: "Ballpark Mysteries No. 17: The Triple Play Twins"

Author: David A. Kelly

Illustrator: Mark Meyers

Synopsis: As main characters Kate and Mike try to discover who's trying to derail the Minnesota Twins' chances of making the playoffs by causing trouble for the team's star players, twin Twins Marco and Pedro, they come across everything from the St. Paul Saints pig mascot in a Price outfit to Harmon Killebrew's red stadium chair hanging above the log flume ride at the Mall of America.

Cost: $5.99

Publisher: Random House, A Stepping Stone Book

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