Readings & Writers

Superior Telegram features Food America, by Mango author David Page, as the book to read.


  • Author and illustrator team of Liza Ketchum, Jacqueline Briggs Martin, Phyllis Root, and Claudia McGehee read from and chat about their new children’s picture book “Begin with a Bee,” a virtual launch event, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 25, Red Balloon Bookshop, Minneapolis.Register for free at: Pre-registration is required.
  • Book signing with John Gilbert, noon to 2 p.m. May 29, The Bookstore at Fitger’s, 600 E. Superior St. Gilbert signs copies of his books “Miracle on Lake Placid: The Greatest Hockey Story Ever Told” and “Herb Brooks: The Inside Story of a Hockey Mastermind.” Call (218) 727-9077.
  • Iron River Library book sale, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 12, Iron River Library. $2 bag sale begins at 1 p.m.
  • Climate Emergency Poetry (CEP) events, the third Sunday of the month at 3 p.m. Check the CEP Facebook page to learn where each month’s reading will take place. Just click on “Event.”June 20: Joyce Sutphen, Connie Wanek, Thom TammaroJuly 18: guest host: recent UMD grad Stine Myrah introducing her own list of climate advocates.Aug 15: Twin Ports public figures offering their perspectives on the climate crisis.
  • Arrowhead Library System Summer Programming for kids and families, living in Carlton, Cook, Itasca, Koochiching, Lake, Lake of the Woods, and St. Louis counties to “Color Your World,” by participating in two summer programs this year. Get out your crayons, markers, pens, pencils or paint and enter the Reading Colors Your World Bookmark Design Contest. Kids of all ages are encouraged to print off the bookmark template at and create a unique design. Entries must be submitted via mail and postmarked on or before Aug. 27. Prizes will be awarded for the five most creative submissions. Entries can be mailed to:Arrowhead Library System Bookmark Design Contest5528 Emerald AvenueMountain Iron, MN 55768ALS is also offering a Reading Colors Your World Summer Activity Postcard Program this year. Kids who sign up will receive four activity postcards throughout the summer months encouraging them to be creative, to explore, and to learn new things. Everyone in a household may sign up to participate as we know it’s always fun to get mail! Program is open to all ages. To sign up, visit and complete the form for each participant.


  • The Arrowhead Library System (ALS) joins libraries throughout the state in announcing the call for entries in this year’s Minnesota Author Project statewide contest for independently-published Young Adult and Adult Fiction. This is the contest’s fourth year. The Minnesota Author Project Communities Create category, introduced last year, is also inviting entries for its second year. Communities Create seeks creative written work by Minnesota organizations and communities. Deadline for all categories: May 31.

Each book that is submitted to the contest must be:

  • Indie-published
  • In an adult fiction or young adult fiction genre
  • Written by a Minnesota resident
  • Available in either ePUB or PDF file

Each book that is submitted to the Communities Create contest must be:

  • Created by a Minnesota-based organization or group
  • A recommended minimum length of 10,000 words or 20 pages
  • Available in either ePub or PDF format

For more information go to for the Adult and Young Adult categories or for the Communities Create category. For free resources to get started and for a link to the Indie Minnesota Collection, visit


Title: “”Food Americana: The Remarkable People and Incredible Stories Behind America’s Favorite Dishes”

Author: David Page

Synopsis: This is the inside story of how Americans have formed a national cuisine from a world of flavors—from lox and bagels to sushi, tacos to pizza, and on and on—and how that process continues today. Each chapter concludes with a classic recipe. It’s a riveting ride into every aspect of what we eat and why, filled with eye-opening information, revealing anecdotes, and a healthy serving of humor.

The author speaks with some of the most significant people in food, including multi-Michelin starred chef Daniel Boulud, farm to table legend Chef Alice Waters, pizza pioneer Chris Bianco, co-founder of Lender’s Bagels Marvin Lender, co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s Jerry Greenfield, Mel Brooks, Five Guys founder Jerry Murrell, food journalism legend Ruth Reichl, celebrity butcher Pat LaFrieda, and Chinese food pioneer Cecilia Chiang, shortly before she passed away at 100.

The book also shares how the pandemic has changed/will change how, what, and where we eat.

Cost: $17.79

Publisher: Mango Publishing

Contact info:

Title: “Begin with a Bee”

Author: Liza Ketchum, Jacqueline Briggs Martin, Phyllis Root

Illustrator: Claudia McGehee

Synopsis: By looking closely at the life cycle of one bee, this book helps readers of all ages understand and appreciate the contributions and significance of all bees. The life cycle of the rusty-patched bumblebee is a tale of wonder, the adventure of one queen bee who carries an entire colony of bees inside her tiny body. Her story begins in the spring when she emerges from a hole in the ground to search for pollen. She finds a nest, “underground best,” lays a few eggs, and seals them in pollen. All summer this single queen lays more eggs, and more worker bees hatch. They gather pollen and maintain the colony until next year’s queen hatches in the fall.

Cost: $17.95

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press


Food Americana

The Remarkable People and Incredible Stories behind America’s Favorite Dishes

Food Americana is a riveting ride into every aspect of what we eat and why. From a lobster boat off the coast of Maine to the Memphis in May barbecue competition. From the century-old Russ & Daughters lox and bagels shop in lower Manhattan to the Buffalo Chicken Wing Festival. From a thousand-dollar Chinese meal in San Francisco to birria tacos from a food truck in South Philly. Readers will learn the inside story of how Americans came to form national cuisines from a world of diverse flavors. This insightful book is, overall, engaging and oftentimes extremely humorous.

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