• Climate Emergency Poetry events, the third Sunday of the month. Check the CEP Facebook page to learn where each month’s reading will take place. Click on “Event.” Sunday, July 18: guest host: recent UMD grad Stine Myrah introducing her own list of climate advocates. Aug 15: Twin Ports public figures.

  • Minnesota author Linda LeGarde Grover will discuss her book "In the Night of Memory" via Zoom from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on July 20. This is part of Lake Superior Writers' Book Club for Writers series, which invites authors to talk about craft and life as a writer, followed by a Q&A and book discussion. This event is free and open to anyone. Learn more at

  • Are you a teen who loves to write? The Arrowhead Library System invites you to join award-winning Minnesota Author Mary Casanova in a virtual writing workshop experience July 26-30. With a small group of other teen writers, you’ll create new work, share with others and discuss the writer’s craft and journey. This free, week-long workshop is for ages 13-17; registrants will meet every morning via Zoom from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. Workshop size is limited; a waiting list will be created if needed. Pre-registration is required for this event. To sign up, go to or call ALS at 218-741-3840. Zoom log-in information for each session will be sent out 72 hours prior to the first day. Registration deadline: Wednesday, July 21.


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

  • 4-6 p.m. Saturday, July 17: Nathan Johnson will sign copies of his book "Highway 61 Through Minnesota" (a new Images of America book).

  • 5-7 p.m. July 23: Allison Mann will sign copies of her new book "Fallen Woman."
  • 2-4 p.m. July 24: Allison Mann will be joined by Linda May Spencer and Emily Jean (the co-authors of "Fallen Woman").
  • Noon to 2 p.m. July 31: Kathy Groth will be signing copies of her new children's book "Sunken: Shipwrecks of Lake Superior."
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  • The submission period for Ariel Anthology Vol. 8 is open now through July 31. Adult poets living in Wisconsin are eligible to submit two poems on the theme of "Water." Please email to request the complete submission guidelines.



Title: "Fallen Woman: The True Story of Linda May Spencer: Madam, Maven, Mother"

Authors: Allison Mann with Linda May Spencer and Emily Jean

Synopsis: Saint Paul is a quiet and comfortable city rich with history. Little known are the days when prostitution was a thriving business hidden in storefront saunas and health clubs. For decades, madams and business owners made hundreds of thousands of dollars selling sex. But as the 21st century drew near, Saint Paul officials were desperate to shut down the trade and rid its city of the stigma surrounding the sex-for-money industry. Special investigation units were formed, sting operations commenced, and lawsuits were filed.

Caught in the crosshairs of a city determined to stop her, Linda May Spencer fought for 20 years against an institution set on taking her down. A traumatic birth, a painful childhood and persistent drug addiction are the foundations on which Linda May Spencer built her life. A promise to provide a better future for her own children fueled a fire within that pushed Linda to the edge of morality, sobriety and life, time and time again.

But Linda’s fall was more than just her crimes. Living a double life, constantly reminded of her pain, Linda turned to drugs to conceal her struggle. Ultimately, Linda had nothing left — no business, no money and no family. She’d fallen as far as a person could go. Until one day, she decided to get up.

Cost: $18.99

Publisher: Hadleigh House Publishing

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Title: "The Perennial Kitchen: Simple Recipes for a Health Future"

Author: Beth Dooley

Photographer: Mette Nielsen

Synopsis: Knowing how and where food is grown can add depth and richness to a dish, whether a meal of slow-roasted short ribs on creamy polenta, a steaming bowl of spicy Hmong soup or a triple ginger rye cake, kissed with maple sugar, honey and sorghum. Here James Beard Award-winning author Beth Dooley provides the context of food's origins, along with recipes, nutrition information and tips for smart sourcing.

Cost: $27.95

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press

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