An Evening with William Kent Krueger and Faith Sullivan
Friday September 20 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Join us for an exciting and engaging literary evening with Faith Sullivan and William Kent Krueger. Zenith Bookstore is thrilled to bring these two Minnesota favorites together to talk about, read from, and sign copies of their new novels.
The event will be held at Zenith Bookstore, and is free and open to the public.
Best-selling novelist William Kent Krueger's new book, This Tender Land, is the book that Krueger fans have been waiting for – the companion novel to Ordinary Grace.
"I’ve been at work on the manuscript for three years," writes Krueger, "and I’m deeply in love with it. Set in southern Minnesota in the summer of 1932, well into the Great Depression, it’s the story of four orphans running from the law because they’ve committed a terrible crime, but for all the right reasons. A manhunt has been launched to capture them, so they can’t take to the roads. They’re afraid to ride the rails, as everyone was doing in the Depression, because the railroads were patrolled by men called bulls, private police who had a reputation for incredible cruelty. They choose instead to take to the rivers. They canoe a river called the Gilead to the Minnesota River, follow the Minnesota to the Mississippi, and their intent is to canoe the Mississippi all the way to Saint Louis, where they believe they have family and will be safe. I have always wanted to write an updated version of Huckleberry Finn. This is my Huckleberry Finn."
In Ruby & Roland, Faith Sullivan, author of the beloved Good Night, Mr. Wodehouse, brings us a new tale of resilient womanhood in Harvester, Minnesota.
Growing up in early twentieth-century Illinois, Ruby Drake is a happy child. But one winter’s night, her beloved parents perish in an accident—and suddenly, Ruby finds herself penniless and nearly alone in the world. At a historical moment when young women are expected to be focused on courtship and marriage, the industrious, bright Ruby searches for opportunities to expand her horizons at every step.
Ruby & Roland is a story of relationships—friendship, romance, and the families we are born with and create—and of one woman’s journey of selfhood on the prairie.
About the Authors:
William Kent Krueger is the award-winning author of the New York Times bestselling Ordinary Grace, winner of the Edgar Award for best novel, as well as 18 Cork O’Connor novels, including Desolation Mountain and Sulfur Springs. He lives in the Twin Cities with his family. Visit his website at WilliamKentKrueger.com.
Faith Sullivan is the author of many novels, including Gardenias, The Cape Ann, What a Woman Must Do, and Good Night, Mr. Wodehouse. A “demon gardener, flea marketer, and feeder of birds,” she is also an indefatigable champion of literary culture and her fellow writers, and has visited with hundreds of book clubs. Born and raised in southern Minnesota, she spent twenty-some years in New York and Los Angeles, but now lives in Minneapolis with her husband.
Comics & Beer Book Club
Tuesday September 24 | 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Love graphic novels? Love beer? Meet John and Nikki at Bent Paddle on the last Tuesday of the month, at 7pm. Buy your bookclub book from Zenith Bookstore for 15% discount.
For more information check out our Facebook Group.
This month we're reading Gender Queer by Maia Kobabe.
Zenith Reads Book Club
Tuesday October 01 | 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Zenith Reads Book Club meets on the first Tuesday of the month, 6-7 pm. Great discussion! All are invited! Book club attendees get 15% off the price of their book. Reading: The Tangled Tree by David Quammen.
Poetry Reading: Sharon Chmielarz, Laurie Allmann
Sunday October 06 | 2:00PM - 3:30PM
Join us for a reading with poets Sharon Chmielarz and Laurie Allmann, who will present their new collections of poetry.
Sharon Chmielarz's The J Horoscope is a re-imagining of stories from Genesis which were collected by “J.” We don’t know her name. Her king, Solomon, has died, and the whole country’s going to hell under the new king, Rehoboam. The year is 937 BCE. Of the four writers in Genesis, J is the one who delivers the earthly creatures in the kingdom’s ancient stories. Her cast of characters includes the god Yahweh (or Jahweh) who can appear in various guises. She’s named J for her intense interest in Yahweh’s character.
“I can tell you one thing for sure: you haven't read a book of poems like this before. Not ever. If you think you can handle a rewriting of human history--not to speak of human spirituality-- from the J point of view, then welcome to the universe according to J. Is it a Biblical retelling? Yes. Is it an utterly contemporary view of 21st century human nature, godly nature, and nature itself? Yes. Serious? Yes, Funny? Oh, yes ...” -- Jim Moore
Sharon Chmielarz was born and raised in Mobridge, South Dakota. She graduated from the University of MN and has since lived in the Twin Cities. Previous books have been finalists for the Independent Book Publishers Award, Midwest Book Awards, National Poetry Series, and the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Kirkus Review named her The Widow’s House one of the 100 Best Books of 2016.
Laurie Allmann's new collection An Hour From Now is steeped in field biology and the environmental sciences, and offers intimate glimpses of a natural world that has its own integrity and value apart from our comprehension of it. The author describes everything from the behavior of birds to the flight of butterflies, from astronomical events to weather patterns and the movements of salamanders.
Laurie Allmann is a St. Croix Valley-based environmental writer, essayist, and poet. She received a Minnesota Book Award for her creative nonfiction book Far From Tame: Reflections from the Heart of a Continent, a collection of essays based on ecoregions of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. Her essays have been featured in public radio commentaries on MPR and KFAI, and published in numerous anthologies.
Poetry Book Club
Wednesday October 09 | 5:30PM - 7:00PM
The Poetry Book Club meets on the second Wednesday of the month. Each month, we feature a book of poetry. The book club is facilitated by former Duluth Poet Laureate Sheila Packa. At the meetings, we talk about metaphors, sound patterns, and anything else that might happen to come up in conversation about poems. Maybe you're a writer or maybe just curious. This book club is for everybody who loves to read poetry. Purchase your book with Zenith Bookstore for 15% discount.
This month's reading: Be With by Forrest Gander
Evening of Poetry with Joyce Sutphen, Connie Wanek and Louis Jenkins
Thursday October 10 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Zenith Bookstore is thrilled to welcome Joyce Sutphen, Connie Wanek and Louis Jenkins for a triple-header evening of poetry.
The three esteemed poets, each with strong connections to Duluth and the Northland, will be discussing their work, reading from new collections, and signing copies of their books.
Joyce Sutphen, the current Minnesota Poet Laureate, will present her new work Carrying Water to the Field. Sutphen received the Minnesota Book Award for Poetry in 2005.
Connie Wanek has published six books of poems and is the recipient of numerous honors, including the George Morrison Artist of the Year Award in 2009, which recognizes an individual whose body of work has made a significant contribution to the arts in Northeastern Minnesota. In 2017, a wildflower trail in Duluth’s Hartley Nature Center was named in her honor.
Louis Jenkins will present his new book Where Your House Is Now - New and Selected Prose Poems. Jenkins lived in Duluth for 45 years. He has published 10 collections of poetry and was awarded two Bush Foundation Fellowships, a Loft-McKnight fellowship, and was the 2000 George Morrison Award winner. He is considered a contemporary master of the prose poem.
Music at the Poetry Evening will be provided by composer/pianist Wendy Durrwachter and vocalist Adam Sippola. Years ago, Louis Jenkins allowed Durrwachter to create centos of his work – she pulled her favorite line out of many of his poems and combined them together to create four new works. She then set them to music for tenor and piano. Sippola and Durrwachter will perform one of her songs with Louis Jenkins’ words called, “Great Cumulous Clouds.” They will also perform songs from her song cycle of W.B. Yeats’ poems.
This event will take place at the Peace United Church of Christ, 1111 N 11th Ave E, in Duluth, and is free and open to the public. RSVP here.
Zenith Reads Book Club
Tuesday November 05 | 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Zenith Reads Book Club meets on the first Tuesday of the month, 6-7 pm. Great discussion! All are invited! Book club attendees get 15% off the price of their book. Reading: Female Persuasion by Meg Walitzer.
Author Event: Sheila O'Connor Presents Evidence of V
Tuesday November 05 | 7:00PM - 8:30PM
Zenith Bookstore is thrilled to host award-winning Minnesota author Sheila O'Connor who will present her newest novel Evidence of V: A Novel in Fragments, Facts, and Fictions, which is set to be released in October 2019.
In an ambitious blend of fact and fiction, including family secrets, documents from the era, and a thin, fragmentary case file unsealed by the court, Connor tells the riveting story of V, a talented 15-year-old singer in 1930's Minneapolis who aspires to be a star. Drawing on the little-known American practice of incarcerating adolescent girls for “immorality” in the first half of the twentieth century, O’Connor follows young V from her early work as a nightclub entertainer to her subsequent six-year state school sentence for an unplanned pregnancy.
As V struggles to survive within a system only nominally committed to rescue and reform, she endures injustices that will change the course of her life and the lives of her descendants. Inspired by O’Connor’s research on her unknown maternal grandmother and the long-term effects of intergenerational trauma, Evidence of V is a poignant excavation of familial and national history that remains disturbingly relevant—a harrowing story of exploitation and erasure, and the infinite ways in which girls, past and present, are punished for crimes they didn’t commit. O’Connor’s collage novel offers an engaging balance between illuminating a shameful and hidden chapter of American history and captivating the reader with the vivid and unforgettable character of V.
About the Author:
Sheila O’Connor is a multi-genre writer whose books include
novels for adults and young people. Her novels for young readers include Until Tomorrow, Mr. Marsworth, Sparrow Road, and Keeping Safe the Stars. Adult works include Where No Gods Came and Tokens of Grace. O'Connor's work has been honored with the Michigan Prize for Literary Fiction, Minnesota Book Award, International Reading Award, and Midwest Booksellers Award among others, and has been included in Best Books of the Year by Booklist, VOYA, Book Page, and Chicago Public Library. O’Connor received her MFA in Poetry from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and her work across genres has been recognized with the Loft Literary Center’s McKnight Fellowship, two Bush Artist Fellowships, and several Artist Initiative grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board. She is a professor in the Creative Writing Programs at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she serves as fiction editor for Water~Stone Review.
Reading and Music with Chan Poling and Lucy Michell
Sunday December 01 | 2:00PM - 4:00PM
From two beloved Minnesota musicians, a unique and moody collaboration in the form of a picture book for adults. Jack and the Ghost is a gothic, lyrical evocation of a shipwreck, ghosts, and living through grief in a seaside town.
Chan Poling and Lucy Michell will entertain us with a reading of their book Jack and the Ghost, discussion how it came about, and perhaps perform a few songs!
Chan Poling is a founding member of the seminal New Wave rock group The Suburbs and the popular jazz/cabaret trio The New Standards. His work in theater includes scores for the Tony Award-winning troupe Theatre de la Jeune Lune and the Ivey Award-winning Glensheen. He has been reviewed, featured, and lauded in the New York Times, The New Yorker, Time Magazine, Vogue, and Rolling Stone, among many others.
Lucy Michell is a musician and artist whose illustrations can be found on countless band posters, album covers, kids’ menus, and even T-shirts for Target. She has written and performed with Twin Cities darlings Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles, pop rock crew Little Fevers, and in collaboration with Chan Poling and John Munson.
“Finally, a book with pictures that can put a waterproof mascara through its paces.” — Dessa
Zenith Reads Book Club
Tuesday December 03 | 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Zenith Reads Book Club meets on the first Tuesday of the month, 6-7 pm. Great discussion! All are invited! Book club attendees get 15% off the price of their book. Reading: Gone So Long by Andre Dubus III.