Talking Volumes series

  • Talking Volumes is a literary collaboration between the Star Tribune and Minnesota Public Radio that brings high-profile authors to the Twin Cities for a live interview, later broadcast on MPR, accompanied by in-depth stories about the writers in the Star Tribune.

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Karen Armstrong

Azar Nafisi examines three American literary classics — “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” “Babbitt” and “The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter” — in her new book.

YA authors Holly Black, left, and Cassandra Clare at New York’s Scholastic Corp., which is publishing “The Iron Trial,” the first book in their new series.

Oct. 1: Cassandra Clare and Holly Black

Elizabeth Gilbert, author of the runaway bestseller "Eat, Pray, Love," will be in St. Paul on July 11 for a special summer Talking Volumes event to discuss her new novel, "The Signature of All Things."

Pat Conroy.

  • Pat Conroy: Son of Santini

    Article By: LAURIE HERTZEL , Star Tribune Publish November 10, 2013 2:00 AM / Update November 15, 2013 2:55 PM

    Nearly 40 years after “The Great Santini,” Pat Conroy follows his bestselling debut novel with a nonfiction sequel about his violent father.

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Author Michael Connelly researched an earlier book while visiting Hong Kong.

Author Rick Riordan signs copies of his books at the Book Expo America...

Author Margaret Atwood is a Talking Volumes guest at the Fitzgerald on Oct. 1.

Haitian-born author Edwidge Danticat.

A girl walks on the beach in Jacmel, Haiti, Feb. 5, 2001. Jacmel is a relative paradise with its 24-hour electricity, clean air and a newly-built wharf area the government hopes will someday be filled with tourists and cruiseships. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Margaret Atwood

Pat Conroy (Nov. 12)

Erin Morgenstern drew upon her love of fantasy and her experiences in the theater to create the world of "The Night Circus."

Junot Diaz

Writer/doctor Abraham Verghese

Jeffrey Toobin

His stories are not exactly autobiographical but "deeply personal," says Junot Diaz.

Jonathan Franzen

Bestselling novelist Chuck Palahniuk

Colson Whitehead

Stacy Schiff

Jennifer Egan

Pulitzer Prize winning author Jennifer Egan.

Channy Moon Casselle

Jennifer Egan appears Sept. 14 on Talking Volumes

Nora Ephron

Jonathan Franzen

Author Wally Lamb

Author James Ellroy at his home

  • Ellroy Confidential

    Article By: NEAL JUSTIN , Star Tribune Publish September 20, 2009 2:00 AM / Update March 23, 2011 3:41 PM

    He lives like a monk and swears like a sailor. He worships Beethoven and doesn't own a computer. For novelist James Ellroy, fierceness and stamina are required to reveal giant lies and tell big stories.

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Author, director, producer, screenwriter Nora Ephron

  • Nora, Inc.

    Article By: COLIN COVERT , Star Tribune Publish November 14, 2010 2:00 AM / Update November 17, 2010 7:19 AM

    A one-woman creative dynamo, Nora Ephron learned from her screenwriter mother that, in the lives of writers, "everything is copy."

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Monica Ali

Stephen King

  • Inside King's dome

    Article By: JAMES LILEKS , Star Tribune Publish November 15, 2009 2:00 AM / Update March 23, 2011 3:39 PM

    A mesmerizing master of the macabre, Stephen King finds inspiration for his 51st novel, "Under the Dome," in human frailty.

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Barbara Kingsolver


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