Zenith City’s publisher Tony Dierckins is an author and book designer from St. Paul, Minnesota working and living in his adopted home town of Duluth, Minnesota. Dierckins has written or co-written nearly two dozen books, from the ridiculous Duct Tape books and calendars to the informative Crossing the Canal; An Illustrated History of Duluth’s Aerial Bridge, a 2009 finalist for the Minnesota Book Award. He is the 2012 recipient of the Duluth Depot Foundation’s “Historic Preservation and Interpretation Award,” part of their annual Arts & Culture Awards. His most recent book, with Maryanne C. Norton, is Lost Duluth: Landmarks, Industries, Buildings, Homes, and the Neighborhoods in which They Stood, a finalist for the 2013 Minnesota Book Award. Scroll down ofr a list of books Dierckins has either written or co-written.
Dierckins has worked in publishing since 1988, including two years with Duluth’s Pfeifer-Hamilton Publishers, where he acquired and edited the first Duct Tape books before becoming co-author of the series. In the mid 90s he and Duct Tape co-creator Tim Nyberg operated Bad Dog Press, a national humor publisher specializing in parodies of self help books. In 2002 Dierckins began publishing books under the the business name “X-Communication,” which he had been using for freelance work. The publishing house’s focus soon turned to local history, which prompted a 2012 name change to Zenith City Press and the birth of Zenith City Online.
In conjunction with his books, Dierckins has developed several presentations that examine different aspects of Duluth’s rich history and is available for speaking engagements. Click here for fee schedule and a complete list of topics.
Dierckins can be reached by here or by phone at 218-310-6541.