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World’s Best Donuts Announces Exciting Book Launch Event 11:00 a.m. June 2nd On National Donut Day To Celebrate The Donut Lady & The World’s Best Pet Chicken

GRAND MARAIS, Minnesota – “The Do­nut Lady & The World’s Best Pet Chicken” is the newest book published by Minnesota Children’s Press about the endearing charms of Cook County life. Written by the late Meri­eta Altrichter, founder of the beloved World’s Best Donut Shop, it was illustrated after Merieta passed away in 2008 by her daugh­ter, Donna Wilson, of Grand Marais, and tells the tender story of Merieta’s fondness for her pet chicken, Emmy.

As many people know, Merieta Altrichter was a hardworking woman who built a small business that left a lasting legacy on many who live in and visit Grand Marais. However, many do not know that after a long day work­ing at the donut shop, she would go home to care for her small farm of animals. Over time, she developed a unique relationship with one animal, a small black chicken named Emmy, and wrote a book about their life together.

Bringing the book together was a multigen­erational family affair: four generations all pitched in to help manage, edit, proofread, fact check, find photographs and illustrate donuts. “We have always worked together in the shop, so it was natural we’d all do this together, too,” explained shop manager, Dee Brazell, the third-generation entrepreneur and granddaughter of the woman whom all generations refer to as “Grandma Rita”—or “Old Number 1” as Grandma Rita called her­self. “Grandma Rita would have loved this process and the book it produced,” added Kalli Hawkins, fourth-generation family do­nut pro.

World’s Best Donuts will hold a book launch event at the donut shop at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 2, which is National Donut Day. The family welcomes the public to at­tend! The book launch event will feature live readings, book signings from World’s Best Donuts family members, a donut coloring sheet contest, prize giveaways, and a punctu­ation advice booth staffed by Minnesota Chil­dren’s Press and youth members of its Story Scouts’ Comma Club, who were among the final proofreaders of the text.

Available for sale May 25 at the World’s Best Donuts shop in Grand Marais, Minnne­sota, (Written by Merieta Altrichter, illustrat­ed by Donna Wilson, 8 x 8 inches, softcover, 34 pages, 41 color illustrations and photo­graphs, $14.99)

Contact: Kalli Hawkins, kallihawkins7@gmail.com  or bestdonuts@boreal.org

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