Laurie Hertzel is senior editor for books at the Star Tribune, where she has worked since 1996. She is the author of "News to Me: Adventures of an Accidental Journalist," winner of a Minnesota Book Award.

Anne Tyler, Ali Smith among nominees for Baileys Prize

Posted by: Laurie Hertzel under Book awards, Book news Updated: March 10, 2015 - 10:15 AM

 

Anne Tyler

Anne Tyler

The Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction has announced its long list today. The 20 titles were selected from 165 nominees; to be considered, the novel must have been written by a woman and published in the United Kingdom between April 1, 2014, and March 31, 2015.

Last year's winner, "A Girl is a half-Formed Thing," by Eimear McBride, was published in the United States by Coffee House Press of Minneapolis.

Here is this year's long list, with links to Star Tribune reviews, when available. The short list will be announced in April, and the winner in June. 

Rachel Cusk: Outline
Lissa Evans: Crooked Heart
Patricia Ferguson: Aren’t We Sisters?
Xiaolu Guo: I Am China
Samantha Harvey: Dear Thief

Emma Healey: Elizabeth is Missing
Emily St. John Mandel: Station Eleven
Grace McCleen: The Offering
Sandra Newman: The Country of Ice Cream Star
Heather O’Neil: The Girl Who Was Saturday Night

Laline Paull: The Bees
Marie Phillips: The Table of Less Valued Knights
Rachel Seiffert: The Walk Home
Kamila Shamsie: A God in Every Stone
Ali Smith: How to be Both

Sara Taylor: The Shore
Anne Tyler: A Spool of Blue Thread
Sarah Waters: The Paying Guests
Jemma Wayne: After Before
PP Wong: The Life of a Banana

Kevin Kling will substitute for Richard Blanco at Pen Pals

Posted by: Laurie Hertzel under Author events, Book news, Club Book, Readings Updated: March 6, 2015 - 6:58 PM

The bad news is that Poet Richard Blanco, who was to appear in the Twin Cities later this month for the Pen Pals Reading Series, has been forced to cancel his appearnce due to a "non-life-threatening health issue." 

The good news is that storyteller Kevin Kling has agreed to fill in for Blanco. He'll be introduced by poet Ed Bok Lee for the performance of 7:30 p.m. March 12, and by Minnesota poet laureate Joyce Sutphen at 11 a.m. on March 13.

If you have a ticket and can't make the event, Friends of the Hennepin County Library will issue you a refund.

If you don't have a ticket, they're still available, and you can get one online here or by calling 612-543-8112.

Tickets are $40-$50. Tickets are also still availble for Jodi Picoult in April, and Chip Kidd in May.

Minnesota well-represented in L.A. Times book awards

Posted by: Laurie Hertzel under Book awards, Book news, Coffee House Press, Graywolf Press, Milkweed Editions Updated: March 4, 2015 - 5:40 PM
Shawn Lawrence Otto

Shawn Lawrence Otto

The finalists for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize were announced today, and the list includes several books published by Minnesota publishers. Graywolf is represented in poetry (not surprising); Lerner Publications' Carolrhoda Lab imprint in young-adult (ditto); Uncivilized Books in Graphic Novels and Comics (ditto, given that they were a finalist last year, too) and Milkweed and Coffee House Press in fiction (ditto ditto ditto).

Here's the list, with links to our reviews when available. Winenrs will be announced on April 18:

BIOGRAPHY

Adam Begley, Updike, HarperCollins
Robert M. Dowling, Eugene O’Neill: A Life in Four Acts, Yale University Press
Kirstin Downey, Isabella: The Warrior Queen, Nan A. Talese/Doubleday
Stephen Kotkin, Stalin: Volume 1 – Paradoxes of Power 1878-1928, The Penguin Press
Andrew Roberts, Napoleon: A Life, Viking

CURRENT INTEREST

Atul Gawande, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, Metropolitan Books
Jeff Hobbs, The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League, Scribner
Bryan Stevenson, Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption, Spiegel & Grau
Matt Taibbi, The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap, Spiegel & Grau
Héctor Tobar, Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free, Farrar, Straus and Giroux

FICTION

Donald Antrim, The Emerald Light in the Air: Stories, Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Jesse Ball, Silence Once Begun, Pantheon
Siri Hustvedt, The Blazing World, Simon & Schuster
Jenny Offill, Dept. of Speculation, Knopf
Helen Oyeyemi, Boy, Snow, Bird, Riverhead

THE ART SEIDENBAUM AWARD FOR FIRST FICTION

Diane Cook, Man V. Nature: Stories, HarperCollins
John Darnielle, Wolf in White Van, Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Valeria Luiselli, Christina Macsweeney (Translator), Faces in the Crowd, Coffee House Press
Eimear McBride, A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing, Coffee House Press
David James Poissant, The Heaven of Animals: Stories, Simon & Schuster

GRAPHIC NOVELS/COMICS

Roz Chast, Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? A Memoir, Bloomsbury
Jaime Hernandez, The Love Bunglers, Fantagraphics
Mana Neyestani, An Iranian Metamorphosis, Uncivilized Books
Olivier Schrauwen, Arsène Schrauwen, Fantagraphics
Mariko Tamaki (Author), Jillian Tamaki (Illustrator), This One Summer, First Second

HISTORY

Judith Flanders, The Victorian City: Everyday Life in Dickens’ London, Thomas Dunne Books
Mark Harris, Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War, The Penguin Press
Walter Isaacson, The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution , Simon & Schuster
Adam Tooze, The Deluge: The Great War, America and the Remaking of the Global Order, 1916-1931, Viking
Lawrence Wright, Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin, and Sadat at Camp David, Knopf

MYSTERY/THRILLER

Tom Bouman, Dry Bones in the Valley, W. W. Norton & Company
Peter Heller, The Painter, Knopf
Laura Lippman, After I’m Gone, William Morrow
Shawn Lawrence Otto, Sins of Our Fathers , Milkweed Editions
Peter Swanson, The Girl With a Clock for a Heart, William Morrow

POETRY

Claudia Rankine. Star Tribune photo by Aaron Lavinsky

Claudia Rankine. Star Tribune photo by Aaron Lavinsky

Gillian Conoley, Peace, Omnidawn
Katie Ford, Blood Lyrics: Poems, Graywolf Press
Peter Gizzi, In Defense of Nothing: Selected Poems, 1987-2011 , Wesleyan University Press
Fred Moten, The Feel Trio, Letter Machine Editions
Claudia Rankine, Citizen: An American Lyric, Graywolf Press

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Michael Benson, Cosmigraphics: Picturing Space Through Time, Abrams
Martin J. Blaser, MD, Missing Microbes, How the overuse of antibiotics is fueling our modern plagues, Henry Holt and Co.
Naomi Klein, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate, Simon & Schuster
Elizabeth Kolbert, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, Henry Holt and Co.
Christian Rudder, Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One’s Looking), Crown Publishers

YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE

Paul Fleischman, Eyes Wide Open: Going Behind the Environmental Headlines, Candlewick
Candace Fleming, The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia , Schwartz & Wade/Random House Children’s
E.K. Johnston, The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim , Carolrhoda Lab/Lerner Publishing
Andrew Smith, Grasshopper Jungle, Dutton Children’s Books
Jacqueline Woodson, Brown Girl Dreaming, Nancy Paulsen Books

Common Good Books ups the award for annual poetry contest

Posted by: Laurie Hertzel under Book news, Book stores, Garrison Keillor, Poetry Updated: February 25, 2015 - 8:12 AM

 

 

Last year, love was all you needed to enter the Common Good Books annual poetry competition. This year, love is not required---but you do need to revive the lost art of letter-writing.

The theme of this year's competition is "Dear You," and the bookstore is looking for poems in the form of letters--and they don't have to be nice ones, either. (Just poetic.) (And to real, living people.)

Proprietor Garrison Keillor has upped the prize money to $5,000, which will be divided into three $1,000 grand prizes and four $500 prizes for "poems of merit." This surely makes the bookstore's competition one of the most lucrative in the country for a single poem. Last year's competition, with prizes of $4,000, drew more than 1,000 entries.

Here are the rules for this year's competition:

1) The contest it open to anyone living within the United States.

2) Entries must be a single poem, in the form of a letter to a real, living person.

3) Entries must be original work, previously unpublished, and the author must have full rights to the material.

4) Only one entry per person.

5) Entries must be mailed to Common Good Books, 38 S. Snelling Av., St. Paul, MN 55105 and postmarked no later than April 4, 2015.

Winners will be announced at noon on Sunday, April 19, at a celebration at Macalester College's Weyerhaeuser Chapel.

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