Books & art

Get your summer festival on: 2017 edition
June 23, 2017 by Andrew Slade

Get your summer festival on: 2017 edition

Freshly popped kettle corn, a new handmade piece of art, a cold lemonade—it's time for summer festivals. Find a complete list of 2017 Best North Shore festivals here … read more


A young girl and an orphan wolf
October 1, 2014 by Gail Trowbridge

A young girl and an orphan wolf

Set in Minnesota’s BWCA, "Summer of the Wolves" tells the story of a troubled girl and her summer helping to raise a young wolf. A young adult novel, it's a great read for all ages. … read more


The perfect North Shore (and Ely) vacation read
July 22, 2014 by Gail Trowbridge

The perfect North Shore (and Ely) vacation read

An evocative cover perfectly represents this story set in a fictitious Iron Range town surrounded by deep lakes and maze-like waterways with hidden islands, steep cliffs, and secret ledges. … read more


Small-town life (and death) along the North Shore
May 21, 2014 by Gail Trowbridge

Small-town life (and death) along the North Shore

It’s not a stretch to imagine Minnesota’s North Shore as a perfect setting for a mystery novel, but Norwegian writer Vidar Sundstøl takes the genre to a deeper level in "The Land of Dreams." … read more


Sig’s shack
September 8, 2011 by Andrew Slade

Sig’s shack

I had the rare opportunity last week to visit Sigurd Olson's writing shack. Much to my surprise, it was not at the famed Listening Point, but right in town in Ely. My brother George and his partner had met Listening Point Foundation's executive director, Alanne Dore, and she invited them to see the shack. I tagged along, and was really glad I did. The shack looks like Sig had just left. I was stunned to see that the last thing he ever typed was still in the typewriter: A New Adventure is coming up and I'm sure it will be a good one. Perhaps subconsciously … read more


On the road with Sam Cook
August 2, 2011 by Andrew Slade

On the road with Sam Cook

Chris Evavold being photographed by Sam Cook at Divide Lake Every two or three years, the phone rings and a familiar voice with just a hint of Kansas in it says, "Hi, Andrew, Sam Cook." Just like the sound of a bell got Pavlov's dogs to salivate, that voice makes me start to stuff my day pack. We're going on an adventure.Sam wanted to do an article about North Shore hiking and our new book, Hiking the North Shore: 50 fabulous day hikes in Minnesota's spectacular Lake Superior region. "Where would you like to go, Andrew?," Sam asked. What a great … read more


Book review: A View of the Lake
July 6, 2011 by Andrew Slade

Book review: A View of the Lake

For every 100 people who dream of leaving the big city (or the big suburbs) behind and moving to the North Shore, one or two people actually do it. That ratio has brought enough people to populate the North Shore with quite a cast of characters who have chosen to make this rough land their home.In A View of the Lake, Beryl Singleton Bissell chronicles the leap of faith she and her husband Bill took in 1999 when they landed in quiet Schroeder, Minnesota, surprised owners of a run-down home they bought only for the view of Lake Superior.Beryl and … read more