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Minneapolis' Graywolf Press has four books on the finalist lists for the National Book Critics Circle awards — more than any other publisher — and…
Authors turn to other countries to show us how to make our lives more beautiful and simple.
You think you want a puppy? What, are you nuts? Over the next few months we'll tell you exactly what it's like, through the life of a rescue pup named Angus.
There is no law that requires a person being sworn into public office to place a hand on a Bible. There is no law that…
Anita Shreve, Emily Fridlund among speakers.
FICTION: Set in London in the 1980s, Rachel Joyce's fifth novel is about the down-and-out owner of a record shop who falls in love with a mysterious woman.
The surreal but intensely human stories of this Twin Cities writer won international acclaim — heady stuff for a debut.
Have you read your Christmas books and are wondering what's coming up next year?
Sometimes a dog that requires work and understanding is the most rewarding kind to have.
The Loft Literary Center announces Wordplay, a new two-day book festival.
These reading-related gifts are sure to delight.
Here's how to get your book groove back.
The latest bestseller, a glossy cookbook, a fat biography, an old classic — a book is a most welcome present.
I might have been unfair when I asked recently what books you’d rush to save in a disaster. Unfair, because I didn’t tell you my…
Haunted by his mother's memory, the author halted his book tour this summer. Now he's back on the road — still outspoken, still funny, but a little more careful.
Readers reveal vacation reads.
FICTION: Peter Stamm explores the secrets of a marriage in this strange, lovely little novel.
On stage, Al Franken cracked jokes and talked politics. Former U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera praised poet Ray Gonzalez, who smiled and praised him…
NONFICTION: In this second memoir, Dr. Henry Marsh writes poignantly about regrets, retirement and what lies ahead.
We asked if you had ever unexpectedly found a book and picked it up. Here's what you said.
NONFICTION: New York through Roz Chast's eyes is a whole new perspective.
Peter Bognanni's second novel, "Things I'm Seeing Without You," morphed from a book for adults into one for teens almost against his will.
NONFICTION: Jonathan Eig's biography of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali is careful, detailed and highly entertaining.
Award honors debut fiction writers who show great promise — and this year they're all women, including the Twin Cities' Lesley Nneka Arimah.
With Hurricane Irma headed straight for her house, Connie Ogle had to make some tough decisions. The most excruciating: Which books would she take? Which…
Missing Minnesota while in California, Emily Fridlund began to write. Now she's on the Man Booker shortlist.
This year there are several new Wilder books to choose from.
NONFICTION: Thi Bui tells the story about her parents' escape from Vietnam in intense drawings and terse text.
Review: 'A Disappearance in Damascus: Friendship and Survival in the Shadow of War,' by Deborah Campbell
NONFICTION: A Canadian journalist working in Syria goes on the hunt for her translator, who has been arrested.
Make your own chapbook, catch some poetry karaoke, and much more.
The results of a study of books people read while traveling may surprise you.
FICTION: A young gay man struggles with his identity and survival in postwar Ireland.
BOOKMARK: There are so many ways to give books. You can be mysterious, leaving books where strangers might find them.
21 of the 22 speakers booked to discuss writing for children were white. "We made a mistake," says Loft Literary Center leader.
Imbolo Mbue, who is coming to the Twin Cities, talks about her novel and about being an Oprah author
Imbolo Mbue’s debut novel “Behold the Dreamers” looks at the American dream from the points of view of two couples — a wealthy New York…
Over the past 25 years or so, memoir writers have plumbed nearly every facet of life: traumatic childhood, coming of age, parenthood, divorce, parents’ demise,…
FICTION: A mother of two leaves her family behind after embezzling thousands of dollars in this comic novel reminiscent of the works of Maria Semple.
Readers weigh in on their favorite books from childhood.
NONFICTION: Ann Hood details how she grew up bookish in an un-bookish family — and how reading changed her life.
Memoir, history, fiction and spies: There's something for everyone at this book club.
Do you keep a journal of the books you read? Here's what some folks do to track their books, with ratings from "blah" to "excellent."
A new crop of kids' books celebrates adventure, family and, like any good Minnesota book, summer.
Dublin abounds in museums and libraries. Here are three that are custom-made for lovers of the printed page.
What do you mean, you're busy? Help is on the way.
Review: 'The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83¼ Years Old,' translated from the Dutch by Hester Velmans
FICTION: An elderly man begins keeping a journal to keep up his spirits in this dark, funny and true-to-life novel by an anonymous Dutch author.
Review: 'F. Scott Fitzgerald in Minnesota: The Writer and His Friends at Home,' by Dave Page with photographs by Jeff Krueger
NONFICTION: This big, lavish book explores the St. Paul streets that F. Scott Fitzgerald called home.
Back in the 1960s, Minnesota poet Robert Bly and his friend David Ray, also a poet, formed a group called American Writers Against the Vietnam…
When I was 13, I got a job shelving books at the public library in Duluth, the most stultifying job ever held by anybody on…
The neon lights glow bright along downtown Fargo's Broadway strip.
Our summer books guide highlights books of fiction, mystery and young-adult fiction.
NONFICTION: The first volume of the humorist's diaries, in which he traces his early years of struggle, the death of his mother and his rise to fame, is wildly entertaining but should be taken with a grain of salt.
Every New Year’s Day, I vow to keep a record of every book I read over the next 12 months. I have a special notebook…
Reviews: 'Everything Is Flammable,' by Gabrielle Bell and 'Imagine Wanting Only This,' by Kristen Radtke
NONFICTION: Two memoirs told in graphic-novel form tell powerful — but very different — stories of destruction and rebirth.
“American Gods,” the novel-turned-TV show that Neil Gaiman said could only have been written in the Midwest is now also a coloring book. Of…
The secret is out — you love reading aloud, and you love being read to. I knew it! And I am delighted. Last month I…
Julie Schumacher's new coloring book (yes, you read that right) skewers the world of academe.
NONFICTION: A young man bought an abandoned house in Detroit to rehab it — and became part of a community.
The author will receive $10,000 and a publishing contract with Milkweed Editions.
Before it was even published, Twin Cities writer Lesley Nneka Arimah's first book was all the buzz.
NONFICTION: New Yorker writer David Grann delves into mysterious killings on the oil-rich Osage reservation in Oklahoma in the 1920s.
Surprises abound as newbie winners nudge venerable writers in several categories.
In literature, spring isn’t just a time, it’s a symbol — of renewal and fresh starts, of surviving hardship, of budding love, of longing,…
The bestselling author doesn't find everything funny. Humor, he notes, depends on context. He will speak Wednesday night at the University of Minnesota.
The best thing about the National Book Critics Circle Awards ceremony in New York last month wasn’t the speeches, though they were great: It was…
The annual international F. Scott Fitzgerald Society Conference will take place this summer in the writer's hometown for only the second time in its history.
If we were lucky, we were read to when we were young. If we didn’t have parents or siblings to read to us (and I…
I am still reading, kind of frantically, but I think by the time I head out to New York I will be ready. I am…
Twin Cities bookstores will hand out pocket-size poems in March and April on the theme of migration.
Yaa Gyasi's family saga will spark a community conversation in Eden Prairie.
It has been many years since I have been to Russia, but my interest in that fascinating country has never dimmed. When I visited in…
NONFICTION: Michael Finkel's fine exploration of the mysterious life of a hermit fails to answer the key question: Why?
It's still February, and we're still looking for "bloated books" to while away the dark evenings.
Award honors those who have devoted a lifetime to literature and books.
The Mall of America is looking for a writer to spend five days writing about the mall.
The beauty of books comes from the fact that the writers come in different shapes, sizes and colors — as well as mind-sets, points of view, background and attitude.
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