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Laurie Hertzel is senior editor for books at the Star Tribune, where she has worked since 1996.

Louise Erdrich named one of Dartmouth College's 25 most influential graduates

Louise Erdrich, photo by Paul Emmel

Tucked between former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop (class of 1937) and industrialist George Bissell (class of 1845) is Minnesota (and North Dakota) writer Louise Erdrich, No. 13 on the list of the 25 most influential graduates of Dartmouth College.

The list, published in the current issue of the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, was selected by Dartmouth faculty in honor of the university's 250th anniversary.
Dartmouth has been co-educational since 1972 (Erdrich was a member of that first class). Still, only two women are on the list, both writers: Erdrich and historian Annette Gordon-Reed, author of "Hemingses of Monticello," which won both the National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize.
Who is ahead of Erdrich on the list? Dr. Seuss. Nelson Rockefeller. Feel free to disagree.

Writer, teacher David Mura honored with Kay Sexton Award

David Mura
Writer, teacher and mentor David Mura has been honored with this year’s Kay Sexton Award, which is given annually to a person or institution who has devoted a lifetime to the world of books and writing.
Mura is the author of many books of memoir, fiction and poetry. His most recent book is “A Stranger’s Journey: Race, Identity and Narrative Craft in Writing,” a finalist for a Minnesota Book Award.
He has taught at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis and in a number of MFA programs around the country, including at Hamline University and Macalester College in St. Paul. Mura is co-founder and an artistic director of the Asian American Renaissance.
He has served on the boards of the Loft, the Jerome Foundation, S.A.S.E., and other organizations. At the Loft, Mura instituted a special class for writers of color and has mentored writers here and around the country. He will be honored April 6 at the annual Minnesota Book Awards ceremony in St. Paul.

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