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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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September 19
David Treuer. Photo by Nisreen Breek

Minnesota writer David Treuer on National Book Award long list

"The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee" one of ten finalists.
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September 17
Valeria Luiselli

Coffee House Press is a finalist for Kirkus Prizes in so many ways

Coffee House writers and former writers are on the list of the prestigious prize.
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August 29
Thrity Umrigar

Club Book announces fall schedule, with Nora McInerny, Thrity Umrigar and more

It's free! It's the ultimate book club.
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August 28
Tommy Orange is a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for his novel, "There There."

Finalists announced for Dayton Literary Peace Prize

A dozen writers--six each in fiction and nonfiction--have been nominated for the international award.
Books
August 6
Heid E. Erdrich.

2 Minnesota poets win national awards

Books by Heid E. Erdrich and Michael Torres will be published by Penguin Books and Beacon Press.
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July 9
Lesley Nneka Arimah

Lesley Nneka Arimah wins the Caine Prize for African Writing

A Star Tribune "artist of the year" and a former Minnesotan, Arimah has been a finalist for the prize twice before.
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May 10
Award-winning Minneapolis writer recounts harrowing Lyft ride in viral tweets

Award-winning Minneapolis writer recounts harrowing Lyft ride in viral tweets

Was Kelly Barnhill's Houston Lyft driver trying to run up the bill? Or something else?
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May 2
Ann Patchett and Sparky.

Tommy Orange, Ann Patchett coming to Pen Pals

The 2019-2020 lecture series will also include Susan Orlean, Esi Edugyan and Reza Aslan.
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April 30
Anna Quindlen at "Talk of the Stacks." Photo by Robert Goudy.

Writer Anna Quindlen lights up the library

Speaking about her new memoir, "Nanaville," at Talk of the Stacks, the Pulitzer Prize-winner addressed the broader world of books and writing.
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April 26
Minneapolis writer Pete Hautman wins an Edgar Award for his middle-grade novel, "Otherwood." Photo by Aslan Chalom.

Minneapolis writer Pete Hautman wins Edgar for best juvenile novel

"Otherwood" took the prize at the Mystery Writers of America ceremony.
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April 17
Marlon James. Photo by Mark Seliger.

Author Marlon James of Macalester College named one of Time's 100 most influential people

James, who teaches at Macalester College in St. Paul, was named one of the 100 most influential people of 2019 by Time magazine.
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April 16
Elizabeth Rush

Minneapolis publisher Milkweed Editions a finalist for Pulitzer -- twice

"Rising" by Elizabeth Rush and "feeld" by Jos Charles were finalists in nonfiction and poetry.
Blogs
April 16

Mpls publisher Milkweed Editions a finalist for Pulitzer--twice!

"Rising" by Elizabeth Rush and "feeld" by Jos Charles were finalists in nonfiction and poetry.
Books
March 26
Claudia Rankine reads from "Citizen" at the Loft Literary Center.

Mpls publisher Graywolf Press to publish new Claudia Rankine book

The essay collection "Just Us: An American Conversation" will be published in 2020.
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March 14
Ada Limon at the NBCC finalists reading the night before the awards ceremony.

Minneapolis publishers Graywolf Press, Milkweed win top awards at NBCC

Ada Limon's "The Carrying" and Anna Burns' "Milkman" among winners of six book awards.
Books
March 11
Dawn Lundy Martin
poet, winner of Kingsley Tufts Award
publisher: Coffee House Press

Coffee House Press poet wins prestigious literary award

Dawn Lundy Martin wins the Kingsley Tufts Award for "Good Stock Strange Blood."
Books
March 6
MIchele Norris.

Mpls native Michele Norris will moderate Michelle Obama talk at the X

Obama will be in St. Paul next Wednesday as part of her book tour for her memoir "Becoming."
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February 15
Louise Erdrich

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

The Minneapolis writer clocks in at No. 13--and she's one of just two women on the list.
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February 14
David Mura.

Writer, teacher David Mura honored with Kay Sexton Award

The annual award goes to a person or institution who has devoted years to the world of writers, writing and books.
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February 12
Marlon James
Photo by Mark Seliger

Mpls. writers Louise Erdrich and Marlon James discuss his new book, his next book and being black in America

The two sat down to discuss "Black Leopard, Red Wolf," which has only been out for a week but is already a best-seller and optioned for film
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February 7
Marlon James
Photo by Mark Seliger

Michael B. Jordan, Warner Bros. buy movie rights to Marlon James' new book

Out only four days, the rights were snapped up by Michael B. Jordan of "Black Panther" fame and Warner Brothers.
Books
February 7
Linda LeGarde Grover
Photo by Brett Groehler

Linda LeGarde Grover, Leif Enger, Lorna Landvik, Don Winslow heading up winter Club Book lineup

The free book club brings writers to suburban libraries.
Books
February 1
Robert Bly in St. Paul, 2014.

Minneapolis poet Robert Bly's life and work to be celebrated at event

Thirty poets and writers will read from Bly's new book at Literary Witnesses on Feb. 11 in Minneapolis.
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January 29
Mary Oliver.

Minneapolis church plans a celebration for beloved poet Mary Oliver

A public event Sunday morning will celebrate the work of poet Mary Oliver, who has entranced audiences in Minneapolis as well as around the world.
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January 28
Joyce Sidman.

Joyce Sidman wins Sibert Medal, Lerner Books honored by annual American Library Association awards.

Jacqueline West of Red Wing honored for "The Collectors"
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