Sunday July 01 @ 10:00AM - Saturday July 28 @ 02:00PM
Where’s Waldo? In Duluth, MN of course! The iconic children’s book character in the red-and-white-striped shirt and black-rimmed specs is visiting 16 local businesses in our West Duluth community this July, including Beaner's Central, Bent Paddle, Damage Boardshop, Duluth Art Institute - West End, Duluth Children's Museum, Duluth Folk School, the Great Lakes Aquarium, Duluth Pottery, Dungeon's End, Ganucci's, Little Neetcher's, Soul Sisters, Tortoise and Hare Footwear, and West Duluth Public Library,andmore! Find Waldo Local is a great summer vacation activity and a wonderful way to support local businesses and the Shop Local movement in our community.
Through the month of July, you can pick up a “Find Waldo Local in Duluth, MN!” passport, which contains the names of all the participating sites, and get your passport stamped or signed for each Waldo you spot. And to make things a little more challenging, Waldo and his friends have each dropped a precious item in Zenith Bookstore. These items can be spotted as well. Waldo spotters are eligible for prizes throughout the month. And collecting store stamps or signatures at twelve or more businesses gets you entered into our grand-prize drawing.
Prizes include: $20 gift card and grocery tote from Whole Foods Co-op, $20 gift certificate to Soul Sisters, free passes to the Duluth Children's Museum, gear bag from Damage, an eight-volume set of Waldo books, and more to come!
On Saturday, July 28, from 11 am to 2 pm join us for our Where's Waldo? Party at Zenith Bookstore. The grand-prize drawing will take place at 12:30.
William Kent Krueger at Zenith Bookstore
Friday September 14 | 7:00PM - 9:00PM
Zenith Bookstore is thrilled to welcome William Kent Krueger who will read from and sign Desolation Mountain, the latest thriller in the beloved Cork O'Connor mystery series, set to be released in August 2018.
About the Book:
All his life, Stephen O'Connor has had visions of tragedies to come. When he experiences the vision of a great bird shot from the sky, he knows something terrible is about to happen. The crash of a private plane on Desolation Mountain in a remote part of the Iron Lake Reservation, which kills a United States senator and most of her family, confirms Stephen’s worst fears.
About the Author:
Raised in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon, William Kent Krueger briefly attended Stanford University—before being kicked out for radical activities. After that, he logged timber, worked construction, tried his hand at freelance journalism, and eventually ended up researching child development at the University of Minnesota. He currently makes his living as a full-time author. He’s been married for over 40 years to a marvelous woman who is a retired attorney. He makes his home in St. Paul, a city he dearly loves.
Krueger writes a mystery series set in the north woods of Minnesota. His protagonist is Cork O’Connor, the former sheriff of Tamarack County and a man of mixed heritage—part Irish and part Ojibwe. His work has received a number of awards, including the Minnesota Book Award, the Loft-McKnight Fiction Award, the Anthony Award, the Barry Award, the Dilys Award, and the Friends of American Writers Prize. His last eight novels were all New York Times bestsellers.
Zenith Bookstore is thrilled to present 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.
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.
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.