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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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January 11, 2018
Pine Needles

You, too, can be an artist out in the woods

The Artist at Pine Needles residency program is looking for artists-in-residence who create art about nature.
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January 10, 2018
Minneapolis poet Bao Phi wins award for best picture book in the country

Minneapolis poet Bao Phi wins award for best picture book in the country

"A Different Pond" has been highly acclaimed.
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January 3, 2018

Poets, writers, artists and musicians to meet for winter solstice

The family-friendly event is free and open to the public.
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December 21, 2017
"The Love Affair," by Erica Spitzer Rasmussen

Erica Spitzer Rasmussen wins 2018 Minn. Book Artist Award

Her mixed-media book is made of love letters sent between her maternal grandparents in the 1930s.
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December 8, 2017

Twin Cities writer, publisher make list of best debut book

The National Book Critics Circle finalists for the John Leonard Prize include Twin Cities writer Lesley Nneka Arimah and two books published by Graywolf Press.
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December 8, 2017
A James Wright poem, edited by Robert Bly.

Celebrating James Wright, the poet who hated Minneapolis

The Pulitzer Prize winning poet, who taught at the University of Minnesota and Macalester College, was lauded on what would have been his 90th birthday.
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November 17, 2017
A rainy night with Louise Erdrich

A rainy night with Louise Erdrich

Hundreds turn out for the launch of her new novel, "Future Home of the Living God."
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November 7, 2017
Book about Janesville, Wis., wins Financial Times best book of the year

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.
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November 2, 2017
Lesley Nneka Arimah has won the 2017 Kirkus Prize for Fiction for her debut collection, “What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky.”

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."
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November 2, 2017
David Mura, Gayla Marty, John Reimringer among Minn. State Arts Board grants winners

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
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November 1, 2017
Yiyun Li cancels Nov. 2 appearance at UMN English

Yiyun Li cancels Nov. 2 appearance at UMN English

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

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

National Book Award shortlisted "Killers of the Flower Moon" also on list.
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September 19, 2017
Minneapolis writer Lesley Arimah is a finalist for prestigious Kirkus Prize

Minneapolis writer Lesley Arimah is a finalist for prestigious Kirkus Prize

Also on the lists: books by Graywolf Press and Coffee House Press.
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September 15, 2017
Graywolf Press has 5th title on National Book Award longlists with today's reveal of fiction list

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.
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September 14, 2017
Graywolf Press in the running for National Book Award nonfiction prize

Graywolf Press in the running for National Book Award nonfiction prize

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

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.
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September 13, 2017
Danez Smith. Photo by David Hong.

Minneapolis poet Danez Smith on National Book Award longlist

Three books published by Graywolf, including Smith's, are on the list
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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.
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August 25, 2017
Connie Wanek

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.
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August 11, 2017
Minn. writer Marlon James blasts writer claiming American Indian heritage

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.
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August 10, 2017
Two Minnesota writers finalists for PEN Literary Awards

Two Minnesota writers finalists for PEN Literary Awards

Minneapolis poet Sun Yung Shin and St. Paul memoirist Kao Kalia Yang are both finalists.
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August 9, 2017
Sherman Alexie reconfirms Talking Volumes appearance

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.
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July 26, 2017
Individual tickets for Pen Pals series go on sale next week

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.
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July 19, 2017
More accolades for Twin Cities writer Lesley Nneka Arimah

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.
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July 15, 2017
Author Sherman Alexie cancels much of book tour; Twin Cities' fate unclear

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.
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