The heroine of Elizabeth Gilbert's latest novel must balance her intrepid scientific pursuits with yearnings of the heart. The author, who will appear as a Talking Volumes guest at the Fitzgerald Theater on July 11, calls the book “a celebration of the freedom that ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ has brought me." Updated Jul. 3, 2014
Talking Volumes is a literary collaboration between Minnesota Public Radio and Star Tribune that brings high-profile authors to to the Twin Cities for a live interview, later broadcast on MPR, and profiles the writers in the Star Tribune.
Author Michael Connelly researched an earlier book while visiting Hong Kong.
Michael Connelly's fascination with crime, cops and courts began early and has stayed with him through a career in journalism and as a bestselling novelist.
Author Rick Riordan signs copies of his books at the Book Expo America...
Rick Riordan is considered a god by teens who can’t get enough of his young-adult books modernizing ancient Greek myths.
Author Margaret Atwood is a Talking Volumes guest at the Fitzgerald on Oct. 1.
Margaret Atwood imagines a sinister future that seems all too possible. That, and her Internet activity, keep winning her new followers.
Haitian-born author Edwidge Danticat.
Set in her native land, Edwidge Danticat’s latest novel is infused with the intensity of two kinds of love – for one’s country and one’s children.
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)
Stories follow the interconnected lives of the residents of one Haitian town.
Pat Conroy (Nov. 12)
Big names in fiction, nonfiction and fantasy will visit the Twin Cities for the live-event book club.
Erin Morgenstern drew upon her love of fantasy and her experiences in the theater to create the world of "The Night Circus."
Inspired by an Internet writing project, Erin Morgenstern sat down to write her first novel. Five years later, "The Night Circus" came alive on paper.
Four well-known writers will appear at the Fitzgerald Theater this fall as part of the book-club series.
Writer/doctor Abraham Verghese
In his second book about the inner workings of the Supreme Court, Jeffrey Toobin sheds light on high-stakes legal battles between the White House and Chief Justice John Roberts.
His stories are not exactly autobiographical but "deeply personal," says Junot Diaz.
Despite the huge success of "The Corrections" in 2001, Jonathan Franzen struggled mightily to write his big new novel about a St. Paul family's highs and heartbreaks.
Bestselling novelist Chuck Palahniuk
Talking Volumes season opens with author of "A Visit from the Goon Squad."
Pulitzer Prize winning author Jennifer Egan.
Writing what she didn't know in "A Visit From the Goon Squad" hasn't stopped Jennifer Egan from making some of the keenest cultural observations of our time, or winning a Pulitzer.
Channy Moon Casselle
Jennifer Egan appears Sept. 14 on Talking Volumes
Tickets go on sale Tuesday for the fall Talking Volumes lineup that starts Sept. 14.
Author Wally Lamb
In his first novel in 10 years, he sweeps up history, violence and family heartbreak. Dark stuff, but he's also open to the possibility of redemption.
Author James Ellroy at his home
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.
Author, director, producer, screenwriter Nora Ephron
In her latest novel, author Monica Ali thoughtfully examines a chef's identity crisis and how it mirrors dramatic changes in British society and culture.
Farm chores and her family keep author Barbara Kingsolver grounded, but so does her determination to advocate social change through literature.