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

November 17, 2017

A rainy night with Louise Erdrich

Hundreds turn out for the launch of her new novel, "Future Home of the Living God."
November 7, 2017

Book about Janesville, Wis., wins Financial Times best book of the year

"Janesville: An American Story," Amy Goldstein's nonfiction account of the ripple effect of a factory closing, won the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award.
November 2, 2017

Twin Cities writer Lesley Nneka Arimah wins Kirkus Prize for Fiction

The prize carries a $50,000 award. The nonfiction winner was Jack E. Davis' "The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea."
November 2, 2017

David Mura, Gayla Marty, John Reimringer among Minn. State Arts Board grants winners

10 poets and 24 writers of prose among the 74 recipients of the artist initiative grants
November 1, 2017

Yiyun Li cancels Nov. 2 appearance at UMN English

U adds Nigerian novelist Chris Abani to schedule; he'll be there Nov. 29
October 26, 2017

Carnegie Medal finalists include Sherman Alexie memoir and Booker-winning "Bardo"

National Book Award shortlisted "Killers of the Flower Moon" also on list.
September 19, 2017

Minneapolis writer Lesley Arimah is a finalist for prestigious Kirkus Prize

Also on the lists: books by Graywolf Press and Coffee House Press.
September 15, 2017

Graywolf Press has 5th title on National Book Award longlists with today's reveal of fiction list

Others on the longlist include Lisa Ko, Jennifer Egan, and Jesmyn Ward.
September 14, 2017

Graywolf Press in the running for National Book Award nonfiction prize

The longlist includes Kevin Young's "Bunk," which Graywolf will publish in November.
September 13, 2017

Edina native Emily Fridlund's debut novel a finalist for the Man Booker Prize

"History of Wolves" is set in northern Minnesota and goes head to head with George Saunders, Ali Smith, and others.
September 13, 2017

Minneapolis poet Danez Smith on National Book Award longlist

Three books published by Graywolf, including Smith's, are on the list
August 30, 2017

This fall's Club Book lineup emphasizes local writers and mysteries

But stellar lineup also includes Pulitzer-winning historian, a romance writer, and others.
August 25, 2017

Duluth hiking trail to be dedicated to poet Connie Wanek

The author of the poetry collection "Hartley Field" will have a wildflower trail named after her in Hartley Field park.
August 11, 2017

Minn. writer Marlon James blasts writer claiming American Indian heritage

John Smelcer was named a PEN finalist on Thursday. On Friday, one of the judges said on Twitter she's seeking to overturn his nomination.
August 10, 2017

Two Minnesota writers finalists for PEN Literary Awards

Minneapolis poet Sun Yung Shin and St. Paul memoirist Kao Kalia Yang are both finalists.
August 9, 2017

Sherman Alexie reconfirms Talking Volumes appearance

The memoirist and poet canceled much of his fall tour due to his "complicated grief," but he says he'll be at the Fitz on Sept. 14.
July 26, 2017

Individual tickets for Pen Pals series go on sale next week

The stunning lineup: Jesmyn Ward, Jennifer Egan, Colson Whitehead, Alan Alda and Dan Rather.
July 19, 2017

More accolades for Twin Cities writer Lesley Nneka Arimah

Her short story, "Glory," wins an O. Henry prize, and her story collection is longlisted for a Brooklyn Library Literary Prize.
July 15, 2017

Author Sherman Alexie cancels much of book tour; Twin Cities' fate unclear

Grief and depression have taken their toll, he says on Facebook. It's unclear yet if his planned Twin Cities appearance is affected.
July 13, 2017

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.
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
June 19, 2017

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.
June 14, 2017

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."
June 12, 2017

Kate DiCamillo: Take a boomerang, leave a boomerang?

Minneapolis author seeds Little Free Libraries with "Kindness Boomerangs" from Indonesian schoolchildren.
May 30, 2017

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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