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

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July 13, 2017
Edwidge Danticat, Yiyun Li and Lydia Davis headline this fall's U of M writers series

Edwidge Danticat, Yiyun Li and Lydia Davis headline this fall's U of M writers series

The annual series will bring in three poets, two short-story writers, and three nonfiction writers over several weeks in the fall.
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June 26, 2017

Liu Xiaobo, Nobel Peace Prize winner and dissident, released from Chinese prison

Liu Xiaobo's "June Fourth Elegies" was published by Graywolf Press
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June 19, 2017
Author Marlon James critiques Minnesota racism with viral Facebook post

Author Marlon James critiques Minnesota racism with viral Facebook post

The St. Paul author writes about what it is like to be black in Minnesota.
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June 14, 2017
Tracy K. Smith is the new U.S. poet laureate

Tracy K. Smith is the new U.S. poet laureate

Three of Smith's books have been published by Minneapolis' Graywolf Press, including the Pulitzer-winner "Life on Mars."
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June 12, 2017
Boomerang.

Kate DiCamillo: Take a boomerang, leave a boomerang?

Minneapolis author seeds Little Free Libraries with "Kindness Boomerangs" from Indonesian schoolchildren.
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May 30, 2017
Donte Collins named 1st St. Paul Youth Poet Laureate

Donte Collins named 1st St. Paul Youth Poet Laureate

The city of St. Paul has been wild about poetry for many years
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April 20, 2017
St. Paul memoirist Kao Kalia Yang a finalist for prestigious Chautauqua Award

St. Paul memoirist Kao Kalia Yang a finalist for prestigious Chautauqua Award

Yang is a finalist for her latest memoir, "The Song Poet."
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April 18, 2017
Midwest Book Award finalists are announced

Midwest Book Award finalists are announced

Nearly 80 finalists in 30 categories. Winners will be announced in May.
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April 10, 2017
"Redemption's Run," by Jane Fredericksen, is this year's summer serial

"Redemption's Run," by Jane Fredericksen, is this year's summer serial

The novel is set in Bayfield, Wis., and is the story of a girl who is trying to find her father. It is aimed at both young adults and adults.
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April 7, 2017
Marlon James in conversation: "All the people I believe in believe in books."

Marlon James in conversation: "All the people I believe in believe in books."

The hour-long discussion between Marlon James and Lisa Lucas at the Guthrie Theater was the second of the Loft Literary Center's new "Big Ideas" initiative.
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March 30, 2017
Top, left to right: Patrick Johnson, Soham Patel, Paige Riehl
Bottom, left to right: Caitlin Bailey, Michael Torres, Angela Voras-Hills

Six poets are finalists for the Lindquist & Vennum prize

The winner will be announced April 19 and will receive $10,000 and a publishing contract with Milkweed Editions.
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March 29, 2017
Fundraiser planned for St. Paul poet Brett Jenkins

Fundraiser planned for St. Paul poet Brett Jenkins

Jenkins is undergoing treatment in Illinois for bipolar disorder.
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March 15, 2017
Heid E. Erdrich, Brian Farrey among winners of McKnight Artist Fellowships

Heid E. Erdrich, Brian Farrey among winners of McKnight Artist Fellowships

Five Minnesota writers each win $25,000.
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March 14, 2017
New season of Talk of the Stacks features writer Lisa Ko, two Star Tribune writers

New season of Talk of the Stacks features writer Lisa Ko, two Star Tribune writers

Five writers will deliver free talks at the downtown Minneapolis public library.
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March 7, 2017
Minneapolis writer Louise Erdrich finalist for prestigious $15,000 PEN/Faulkner award

Minneapolis writer Louise Erdrich finalist for prestigious $15,000 PEN/Faulkner award

Of the five finalists, four are debut novels.
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February 20, 2017
Milo Yiannopoulos

Simon & Schuster cancels Milo Yiannopoulos book deal

His book, "Dangerous," is being pulled from publication after a video surfaced of Yiannopoulos discussing sexual relations between men and boys.
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February 15, 2017
Coloring book about Romanov art by two Minneapolis artists prompts pop-up exhibit at TMORA

Coloring book about Romanov art by two Minneapolis artists prompts pop-up exhibit at TMORA

R.D. Zimmerman and Christopher Bohnet have collaborated on "Vanished Splendor," which highlights art and artifacts from Imperial Russia.
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February 8, 2017
Minnesota Center for Book Arts to rename its type library for Allan Kornblum

Minnesota Center for Book Arts to rename its type library for Allan Kornblum

Formal dedication to take place Feb. 25.
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February 7, 2017

Milkweed Editions poet wins Rilke Award

Wayne Miller wins the University of North Texas honor for "Post-." The award carries a $10,000 prize.
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February 2, 2017
Rowling in Twitter war with fans threatening to burn her books over Trump comments

Rowling in Twitter war with fans threatening to burn her books over Trump comments

The "Harry Potter" author has witty replies to those who don't like her tweets about Donald Trump's travel ban.
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February 1, 2017
U of M spring readings include Lauren Groff, Andrew Solomon and the annual first books night

U of M spring readings include Lauren Groff, Andrew Solomon and the annual first books night

Groff's appearance is part of the annual benefit to fight hunger.
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January 31, 2017
Minneapolis author Miriam Karmel.

Minneapolis writer Miriam Karmel wins Holy Cow! short story prize

The inaugural First Fiction award carries a $5,000 prize and a publishing contract.
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January 30, 2017
PEN America speaks out about Donald Trump's actions on refugees.

PEN America speaks out about Donald Trump's actions on refugees.

The writers' organization fights for freedom of expression and intellectual cooperation.
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January 27, 2017

Deadline looming for Nelson Algren short story competition

Nelson Ahlgren award is accepting submissions through the end of January.
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January 20, 2017
Club Book to bring in Yaa Gyasi, Lily King, Kao Kalia Yang and others

Club Book to bring in Yaa Gyasi, Lily King, Kao Kalia Yang and others

The free reading series has hosted more than 100 authors since it began in 2010.
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