Olga Walker Awards & Author Event

An afternoon event featuring Angeline Boulley, author of the award-winning and soon-to-be adapted at Netflix YA novel Firekeeper’s Daughter! Enjoy a short awards ceremony, honoring individuals whose generous support has made a difference at the Duluth Public Library, a gourmet lunch buffet, author presentation, and book signing.

Sunday, June 5, 12:00 p.m. at The Garden, Canal Park

Individual tickets $50
Each ticket includes entry to the event, one hardback copy of Firekeeper’s Daughter, lunch, and book signing

Couple Ticket $75
Includes two tickets for entry to the event, one hardback copy of Firekeeper’s Daughter per couple, lunch, and book signing

Program Flow

11:30 – 12:00 – Doors Open

12:00 – 12:20 – Awards Presentation hosted by Matt Rosendahl, Library Director of the Kathryn A. Martin Library at UMD and Library Foundation Vice President

12:20 – 1:10 – Bellisio’s Gourmet Brunch buffet

1:10 – 2:00 – Dr. Amy Bergstrom, Chief Diversity Officer at The College of St. Scholastica leads a discussion with author Angeline Boulley. Q&A to follow.

2:00 – 3:00 – Book Signing with Angeline Boulley

Angeline Boulley, an enrolled member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians is a storyteller who writes about her Ojibwe community in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. She is a former Director of the Office of Indian Education at the U.S. Department of Education. Angeline lives in southwest Michigan, but her home will always be on Sugar Island. Firekeeper’s Daughter is her debut novel and was an instant #1 NYT Bestseller. It also won the Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Children’s Literature (Teen category) in 2022.

Registration is now closed.

Have questions? Call (218) 730-4262 or
email erin@duluthlibraryfoundation.org.

Thank you to our sponsors:



Frequently Asked Questions:

Where do I find my ticket?

Your ticket will be e-mailed to you automatically when you register. You may download the pdf and print it or simply show your phone at the event.

When do I get my book?

Books will be waiting for you at the event check-in table.

Is there a limit on books for the signing?

Yes. In an effort to keep the event on schedule and to respect Angeline’s time we are requesting that guests only get one book per person signed.

Will there be books on-site for purchase?

No. Individual tickets include one book and couple tickets include one book per couple. There will be no books on-site for purchase.

Do couple tickets get one or two books?

If you purchase a $75 couple ticket you will only receive one book. This is perfect for couples who would like to save space in their home! If you would like two books please purchase two Individual tickets for $50 each.

Is there a dress code?

No. We are encouraging guests to wear what makes them comfortable. Foundation Board and Staff will be in business casual wear.

Is my ticket tax-deductible?

Yes, only a portion of your ticket is tax-deductible. Your tax receipt will be with your book at the event check-in table.

Where do I park?

Parking is available in multiple lots within walking distance in Canal Park. Click HERE for the Duluth Parking website. Parking is free on the street during the weekend, but the 2-hour time limit is enforced.

How early should I arrive?

The doors open at 11:30 a.m. – we are encouraging guests to arrive early to get checked and settled in.

What will be available to eat and drink?

For lunch, we will be featuring Bellisio’s Gourmet Brunch buffet. Soda, Juice, and coffee will be available at no charge. A limited cash bar will be available for those that would like to purchase an alcoholic beverage. The cash bar will feature domestic beer, local beer, local cider, wine, bloody marys, and mimosas.