Zenith Bookstore welcomes award-winning Minnesota author Sarah Stonich on the launch of her new novel Laurentian Divide.
Returning to the northern Minnesota town of Hatchet Inlet, Laurentian Divide picks up the story where Vacationland left off—at a moment of great sorrow and hope. Residents recovering from a tough winter anticipate their first real celebration since losing two of their best and brightest young women. Sarah Stonich weaves the past and present lives of a retired union miner, his cherished and surprising bride, and his troubled son as they navigate their next chapters and question what is ours to control or own.
“With a nimble hand and wry voice, Sarah Stonich pilots this generous tale—incisive, musical, and spiced with pungent observation so that Laurentian Divide becomes the best sort of trip.” —Leif Enger, author of Peace Like a River
“There aren’t many writers on the planet who can take a reader’s heart apart and put it back together again with the sureness of Sarah Stonich, who does exactly that over and over again in Laurentian Divide, her best yet. Funny and wise in equal measure, here’s a novel for everyone. What a treasure.” —Peter Geye, author of Wintering
About the Author:
Sarah Stonich is author of the critically acclaimed novels Vacationland (Minnesota, 2013), The Ice Chorus, and These Granite Islands (Minnesota, 2013) as well as Fishing with RayAnne (writing as Ava Finch) and her memoir, Shelter (Minnesota, 2017). She lives in Minneapolis.
Dessa Presents My Own Devices
Saturday September 29 | 6:00PM - 9:00PM
Zenith Bookstore is thrilled to welcome musician, artist, and now author Dessa to West Duluth on Saturday, Sept. 29. Dessa will discuss, read from, and sign her new memoir My Own Devices - True Stories from the Road on Music, Science, and Senseless Love.
This is a ticketed event. $30 advanced ticket includes 1 copy of My Own Devices. Tickets may be purchased at Zenith Bookstore, by phone at (218) 606-1777, or online here.
In her literary debut memoir, rapper and singer Dessa gives a candid account of her life in the van as a hard-touring musician, her determination to beat long odds to make a name for herself, and her struggle to fall out of love with someone in her band. Raw and intimate, Dessa demonstrates just how far the mind can travel while the body is on the six-hour ride to the next rap show.
My Own Devices is an uncompromising and candid account of a life in motion, in music, and in love. Dessa is as compelling on the page as she is onstage, making My Own Devices the debut of a unique and deft literary voice.
“Incredible gravitas and presence and humanity. There’s just so much intelligence to everything she does.” – NPR, All Songs Considered
Dessa is a rapper, a singer, and an essayist with a hip-hop crew called Doomtree. She's landed on the Billboard Top 200 list as a solo artist (Parts of Speech, Chime), as a Doomtree member ( All Hands), and as a contributor to The Hamilton Mixtape. As a writer, she's contributed to the New York Times Magazine, MPR, the Star Tribune, Minnesota Monthly, literary journals across the country, and has published two short collections of poetry and essays. She now splits her time between New York City, Minneapolis, and a tour van cruising at six miles per hour above the posted limit.
Author Event: Leif Enger
Tuesday October 02 | 7:00PM - 8:30PM
Zenith Bookstore celebrates the release of Leif Enger's new novel Virgil Wander. Ten years in the writing and so worth the wait! Enger, the author of the magical New York Times bestseller Peace Like a River, returns with an enchanting story that follows the inhabitants of a small Midwestern town in their quest to revive it’s flagging heart.
Midwestern movie house owner Virgil Wander is “cruising along at medium altitude” when his car flies off the road into icy Lake Superior. Virgil survives but his language and memory are altered and he emerges into a world no longer familiar to him. Awakening in this new life, Virgil begins to piece together his personal history and the lore of his broken town, with the help of a cast of affable and curious locals—from Rune, a twinkling, pipe-smoking, kite-flying stranger investigating the mystery of his disappeared son; to Nadine, the reserved, enchanting wife of the vanished man, to Tom, a journalist and Virgil’s oldest friend; and various members of the Pea family who must confront tragedies of their own. Into this community returns a shimmering prodigal son who may hold the key to reviving their town.
With intelligent humor and captivating whimsy, Enger conjures a remarkable portrait of a region and its residents, who, for reasons of choice or circumstance, never made it out of their defunct industrial district. Carried aloft by quotidian pleasures including movies, fishing, necking in parked cars, playing baseball and falling in love, Virgil Wander is a swift, full journey into the heart and heartache of an often overlooked American Upper Midwest by a master storyteller.
About the Author:
Leif Enger was raised in Osakis, Minnesota, and worked as a reporter and producer for Minnesota Public Radio before writing his bestselling debut novel Peace Like a River, which won the Independent Publisher Book Award and was one of Los Angeles Times and Time Magazine’s Best Books of the Year. His second novel, So Brave, Young, and Handsome, was also a national bestseller and a Midwest Booksellers Choice Award Honor Book for Fiction. He and his wife Robin live in Minnesota.
Naturally Brewed, Naturally Better
Tuesday October 09 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Tony Dierckins and Pete Clure present Naturally Brewed, Naturally Better - The Historic Breweries of Duluth & Superior. Event to be held at Beaner's Central Coffeehouse.
Minnesota 1918 Fire Centennial
Monday October 15 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
On the centennial of the 1918 Cloquet-Moose Lake fires, we are thrilled to host Curt Brown, author of Minnesota, 1918 - When Flu, Fire, and War Ravaged the State.
This is a story of trauma, tragedy, and perseverance in a year that proved to be a turning point in the making of modern America.
In 1918, Minnesota and its residents were confronted with a series of devastating events that put communities to the test, forcing them to persevere through untold hardship. First, as the nation immersed itself in the global conflict later known as World War I, some 118,000 Minnesotans served in the war effort. While more than 1,400 Minnesotans were killed on the battlefields, an additional 2,300 soldiers were struck down by another destructive force working its way across the globe in 1918: the influenza pandemic, which left more than 10,000 dead in Minnesota alone. Then, in mid-October, fires raged across 1,500 square miles in seven counties of northeastern Minnesota, leaving thousands homeless and hundreds dead.
In Minnesota, 1918 journalist and author, Curt Brown, explores this monumental year through individual and community stories from all over the state, from residents of small towns up north obliterated by the fire, to government officials in metropolitan centers faced with the spread of a deadly and highly contagious disease, to soldiers returning home to all this from the "war to end all wars."
About the Author:
Curt Brown spent more than 30 years as a reporter at Minnesota newspapers in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Fergus Falls. He writes a popular Minnesota history column every Sunday for the Minneapolis Star Tribune; the stories were collected in the e-book publication, Frozen in History: Amazing Tales from Minnesota's Past. Brown was named Minnesota Journalist of the Year in 2013 for his serial narrative on the U.S.-Dakota War. He is also the author of the book So Terrible a Storm: A Tale of Fury on Lake Superior, which chronicles a massive storm in 1905.
Author and artist Samantha Nielsen will be at Zenith Bookstore for Q&A and signing of her first book 5-Minute Watercolor: Super Quick Techniques For Amazing Watercolor Drawings.
5-Minute Watercolor features 60 exercises for new and aspiring artists. Each spread in the book has 5 expert tips and ideas as well as examples of 5-minute watercolor sketches to inspire readers and provide tricks for capturing ideas in a short amount of time. The book has a total of 4 sections that will go over everything from tools that are necessary to create a quick watercolor painting, to capturing movement and incorporating exciting materials into your work. If you are new to watercolor or wanting to branch learn how to quickly capture the world around you by sketching on the go, this step by step book will be the perfect aid in any watercolor adventures you pursue. Not only does this book feature Samantha’s work, but you will find several contributing artists scattered throughout the pages to give you a taste of multiple styles.
Samantha Nielsen graduated from MSUM with an art education degree and taught high school art for two years at an alternative high school in Cloquet, Minnesota. She is now pursuing her art career full time as a watercolor artist with a passion for urban sketching. Samantha is known
for her whimsical style and sells her work at several locations around town, has had work published in the Star Tribune and teaches local watercolor workshops as well as classes on Skillshare. She and her husband reside in Duluth, Minnesota.
Hush, Hush, Forest: Mary Casanova and Nick Wroblewski
Tuesday October 30 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Author Mary Casanova and illustrator Nick Wroblewski will be at Zenith Bookstore for a reading and signing of their new book Hush Hush, Forest.
In Hush, Hush, Forest, lyrical words and elegant woodcuts capture the quiet beauty of the forest as day fades to night and autumn gives way to the North Woods winter.
Hush Hush, Forest peers through twilight’s window at the raccoon preening, the doe and fawn bedding down, the last bat flitting away. Picturing the rituals of creatures big and small as they prepare for the long winter’s sleep, this charming book captures a time of surpassing wonder for all readers—and bids everyone in the hushed forest a peaceful good night.
Mary Casanova is author of more than thirty books for young readers, ranging from picture books such as One-Dog Canoe and Wake Up, Island (Minnesota, 2016) to the novels Moose Tracks (Minnesota, 2013) and Frozen (Minnesota, 2012). Her books have earned the American Library Association Notable Award, Aesop Accolades from the American Folklore Society, Parents’ Choice Gold Award, and Booklist Editors’ Choice, as well as two Minnesota Book Awards. She and her husband live in northern Minnesota near the Canadian border.
Nick Wroblewski is an artist and printmaker specializing in handmade woodcut blockprints; his art is in private collections and galleries throughout the country. He illustrated Mary Casanova’s book Wake Up, Island (Minnesota, 2016) and lives in Duluth, Minnesota, with his wife and two children.
Author Event: Timothy Cochrane
Thursday November 15 | 7:00PM - 8:30PM
Meet author Timothy Cochrane, who will read from and sign his new book Gichi Bitobig, Grand Marais - Early Accounts of the Anishinaabeg and the North Shore Fur Trade.
Through the words of long-ago witnesses, and the journals of two clerks of the American Fur Company, Gichi Bitobig, Grand Marais recovers the overlooked Anishinaabeg roots and corporate origins of Grand Marais, a history more complex than is often told. It recalls a time in northern Minnesota when men of the American Fur Company and the Anishinaabeg navigated the shifting course of progress, negotiating the new perils and prospects of commerce’s westward drift.
"Absorbing. Gichi Bitobig, Grand Marais integrates the histories, traditions, and practical everyday lifestyle of the Anishinaabeg and their new neighbors of the fur trade into the magic of this special place." — Linda LeGarde Grover, author of Onigamiising: Seasons of an Ojibwe Year
Timothy Cochrane worked as a backcountry ranger, historian, anthropologist, and superintendent for the National Park Service in Alaska, Minnesota, and Michigan. He has worked extensively with Native American tribes, most recently with the Grand Portage Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa as superintendent at Grand Portage National Monument. His books include A Good Boat Speaks for Itself (Minnesota, 2002) and Minong—The Good Place: Ojibwe and Isle Royale.
Author Event: William D. Green
Tuesday November 20 | 7:00PM - 8:30PM
William D. Green presents The Children of Lincoln - White Paternalism and the Limits of Black Opportunity in Minnesota 1860-1876.
Frederick Douglass, in a speech in 1876, said that white people were “the children of Lincoln,” while black people were “at best his stepchildren.” In this carefully researched book, Green shows, through the stories of four Minnesotans, how white advocates of emancipation abandoned African American causes in the dark days of Reconstruction.
Emancipation became the law of the land, and white champions of African Americans in the state were suddenly turning to other causes, regardless of the worsening circumstances of black Minnesotans. Through four of these “children of Lincoln” in Minnesota, William D. Green’s book brings to light a little known but critical chapter in the state’s history as it intersects with the broader account of race in America.
"Beautifully written and deeply researched.... Having established in his previous books that African Americans were more deeply rooted and influential in the state's history than previously recognized, William D. Green demonstrates here that Minnesotans also played key roles in debates over racial equality that resonated far beyond state boundaries. He helps us understand not only the nation's retreat from equality in the late 19th century but also the persistence of racial disparities in Minnesota and across the United States today." – William P. Jones, author of The March on Washington: Jobs, Freedom, and the Forgotten History of Civil Rights
William D. Green is professor of history at Augsburg University and author of Degrees of Freedom: The Origins of Civil Rights in Minnesota, 1865–1912 (winner of the Hognander Minnesota History Award) and A Peculiar Imbalance: The Rise and Fall of Racial Equality in Minnesota, 1837–1869. He is vice president of the Minnesota Historical Society.
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