Reads and Writers: Comic Kits, Book Clubs, Author Events and More – Duluth News Tribune

Ojibwe story time, 10 a.m., 12 p.m. or 2 p.m. on Wednesdays, until January, at the St. Louis County Historical Society Museum in the Eli’s Farm Children’s Interactive Exhibit on Level 2 of the Depot, 506 W. Michigan St., Duluth. Story time aims to introduce children to the world of Ojibwa cultural teachings. Storytelling in Ojibwe culture is a traditional way of passing on knowledge. The sessions are aimed at children from 2 to 12 years old. All books have been approved by our American Indian Advisory Committee.

Story Hours, Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. at the Duluth Main Library and West Duluth Branch and Thursdays at 10:15 a.m. at the Mount Royal Branch. Go to

The Arrowhead bookcase system offers “Create A Comic Take and Make kits” with author and illustrator Chris Monroe until January 31. Create and draw your own wacky characters and insert them into a comic of your own design using the comic pages provided. Follow the helpful guidelines to determine your character’s appearance, style, emotions, and ability to take a fall.

Monroe is an author, illustrator, visual artist and cartoonist. She is the author of seven children’s picture books, as well as the picture book illustrator for authors Kevin Kling, Jane Yolen and Janice Levy. His comic, ‘Violet Days’, has been in print for over 19 years and is featured in the ‘Ultra Violet: Ten Years Of Violet Days’ collection.

This program, sponsored by Arrowhead Library System, was supported in part or in whole with funds from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. To learn more, visit or

“Minnesota Athletes at the Olympics” with Minnesota author Patrick Mader, available for free at these locations:

  • 1 p.m. Monday, January 24, Babbitt Library
  • 6 p.m. Monday, January 24, Calumet Public Library
  • Noon Tuesday, January 25, Virginia Public Library
  • 10:30 a.m. Thursday, January 27, Cloquet Public Library
  • 3:30 p.m. Thursday, January 27, Carlton Area Public Library

This program, sponsored by Arrowhead Library System, was supported in part or in whole with funds from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Virtual book club for writers and anyone who wants to listen, 6:30-8 p.m. Feb. 3. Lake Superior Writers will host T. Marie Bertineau who will speak about her book, “The Mason House,” and host a Q&A session about the book and her writings. Bertineau was born amid the ruins of the copper mines of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. She is of Anishinaabe-Ojibwe and French-Canadian/Cornish descent and is a member of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community on L’Anse Reserve, migizi odoodeman. After the premature death of his father, Bertineau faces a turbulent and unstable childhood. But there was one place she felt safe: her grandmother’s house in Mason, a depressed former copper mining town in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. To register, go to

Virtual Writers Cafe, hosted by Lake Superior Writers, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on February 5. The virtual meeting is organized by Gail Trowbridge. This event is free for LSW members and the public, but registration is required. Email by February 4; you will receive an email with a Zoom link close to the event.

Lake Superior Writers present Superior Actions, a free virtual open mic for writers to read their work and anyone else who wants to listen, from 6-7 p.m. on February 9. The event is free; membership not required. Graphic content is prohibited. There will be 10 five-minute slots available on a first-come, first-served basis. Entrants will be notified in advance if they have been selected to read. To register, email Indicate if you want to read. A Zoom link will be sent on the day of the event.

the Duluth Public Library is offering in-person book clubs at the Duluth Main Public Library, 520 W. Superior St., starting February 10. To see the four book clubs, the book they’re reading, and a list of questions for each book, go to calendar at

Adult poets residing in Wisconsin can enter three competitions sponsored by the Wisconsin Poets Community with a deadline of February 1. Membership is not required. More information at

  • Title: “The Moments Between Dreams”
  • Author: Judith Brenner
  • Synopsis: The novel is set in the 1940s-1950s, but the characters deal with many issues people are facing due to the current global pandemic. The protagonist’s daughter is hospitalized in solitary confinement with polio and her husband is about to leave for war, but before he leaves, his mood flares with an impulsive and dangerous need for control. The challenges escalate from there until the hopeful ending.
  • Cost: $17.95
  • Editor: Greenleaf Book Group Press
  • Release date: May 3