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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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March 10
A sneak peek at the cover of Kate DiCamillo's new novel

A sneak peek at the cover of Kate DiCamillo's new novel

Her new book, "Louisiana's Way Home," a companion to her National Book Award-finalist novel "Raymie Nightingale," will be published in October.
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March 8
Jesmyn Ward at the National Book Awards ceremony in November 2017.

Women's Prize for Fiction longlist announced

The nominees for the former Orange Prize include Jesmyn Ward and Jennifer Egan.
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March 7
Mpls writer Shannon Gibney's new book pubs in September

Mpls writer Shannon Gibney's new book pubs in September

The Minnesota Book Award-winner's new YA novel moves from Minneapolis to Liberia and beyond.
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February 14
Chris Monroe paints Chico Bon Bon on the window of the Red Balloon bookstore in St. Paul.

Chico Bon Bon goes Hollywood

The monkey with a tool belt, created by Duluth artist Chris Monroe, started out as a children's book but is moving to a Netflix series.
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January 26
U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith stands in a rotunda of the Santa Fe Indian School in Santa Fe, N.M., Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. Smith has embarked on th

Tracy K. Smith will headline this season's Talk of the Stacks

The free literary events at Mpls. Central Library will also feature the Star Tribune art critic, Alicia Eler.
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January 25
Graywolf Press has 5 books on PEN Literary Awards shortlists

Graywolf Press has 5 books on PEN Literary Awards shortlists

The Minneapolis publisher is on a roll, with two books in the running for the PEN/Jean Stein best book of the year award.
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January 24
Decorate your Little Free Library for winter and win a prize

Decorate your Little Free Library for winter and win a prize

"Ice Your Library" invites you to gussy up your library with ice and snow in hopes of a $200 gift card.
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January 22
Author Carmen Maria Machado

Mpls. publisher Graywolf Press leads the pack of national book finalists

Carmen Maria Machado's "Her Body and Other Parties" wins the National Book Critics Circle award for best debut book of the year. The lifetime achievement award will go to John McPhee. Other winners will be announced in March.
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January 18
Writer Peter Mayle dies

Writer Peter Mayle dies

The author of "A Year in Provence" was 78
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January 16
Marlon James.

Poet Kevin Young and Marlon James to be in conversation at the Loft

The next in the Loft Literary Center's "big ideas" series will take place March 19.
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January 11
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
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

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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