A week or two ago, I posted here a long list of prominent writers who are coming to town to speak at various reading series—Talking Volumes, Pen Pals, and the others. But that, of course, was only part of the list of writers you can go listen to around the Twin Cities area.
So here’s a second list—not comprehensive, by any means, but a list of some of the more notable writers who will be speaking at 10 Twin Cities bookstores this autumn. It’s an impressive list—Sue Grafton, Alice McDermott, Jhumpa Lahiri and Louise Erdrich, Pulitzer Prize-winner Paul Harding, local favorite Garrison Keillor, Jamie Ford and Jesse Ventura….
The Andrew Carnegie Medals for excellence in fiction and nonfiction will be announced on June 30 in Chicago. Winners will receive $5,000, and the four finalists will receive $1,500 each.
The finalists in fiction are Louise Erdrich for "The Round House"; Junot Diaz for "This is How You Lose Her" (and those two met mano-a-mano once before, for the National Book Award, and we all know who won); and Richard Ford for "Canada."
In nonfiction, the finalists are "The Mansion of Happiness," by Jill Lepore, "Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher," by Timothy Egan, and "Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic," by David Quammen.
Here are Strib reviews of four of the six finalists:
North Dakota's most prestigious honor will be given to author Louise Erdrich later this month when Gov. Jack Dalrymple presents her with the 39th Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award.
Erdrich was born in Minnesota but grew up in Wahpeton and much of her writing is set in North Dakota. She now lives in Minneapolis.
She will receive the award at a ceremony in Wahpeton on April 19 and a portrait of her will eventually hang in the state Capitol with other award recipients.
The award has gone to writers, celebrities, athletes and others, including Roger Maris, Louis L'Amour, Larry Woiwode, Angie Dickinson, and Eric Sevaraid.
Erdrich's most recent novel, "The Round House," won the National Book Award in November.
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