MinnPost: In vivid and colorful detail, Michael Fedo recovers a lost Duluth

By Amy Goetzman

Fedo_Zenith coverDowntown Duluth as we know it today is such an important part of the tourist mythology of Minnesota that it’s hard to remember that before the coffee shops, brew pubs and high-end outdoors stores, it was a gathering place for inebriates, ladies of the night, and broke young people looking for cheap eats and late-night amusements. But Michael Fedo remembers those days. Growing up in Duluth in the 1950s and ’60s, he accumulated a wealth of colorful memories and an eye for detail that ultimately led him to pursue a career as a writer.

His latest book, “Zenith City” (University of Minnesota Press), revisits this lost Duluth in vivid detail, bringing back a lively town populated by miners and smelt fishermen, where Pickwick was a grungy dive bar and children were warned away from the seedy old lakefront district.

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