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

January 30
'Johnny's Pheasant' by Ojibwe writer Cheryl Minnema wins prestigious picture book award

'Johnny's Pheasant' by Ojibwe writer Cheryl Minnema wins prestigious picture book award

Picture book by Kao Kalia Yang also honored.
January 27
Junauda Petrus. Photo by Carlos Gonzalez, Star Tribune

Twin Cities writers honored with American Library Association Youth Media Awards

Brenda J. Child, Junauda Petrus and Dawn Quigley are honored for their debut novels for young people.
January 24
Marlon James. Photo by Mark Seliger.

Marlon James trash-talks dead writers in new podcast

The Minnesota writer and his editor discuss their favorite--and least-favorite--dead authors.
January 13
Christopher Bonanos, Margo Jefferson and Anthony Marra--all previous winners of NBCC awards--read off the list of this year's finalists.

NBCC Finalists announced, including Ronan Farrow and Colson Whitehead

The finalists for the National Book Critics Circle awards were announced in New York.
December 13, 2019

It takes a village

The group of artists behind the John Coy book, "My Mighty Journey" will win the 2020 Minnesota Book Artist award.
September 20, 2019

Winners announced in Minnesota Author Project awards

Steve South and Sarah Hanley take top honors, will receive $1,000 each.
September 19, 2019
Past fiction winner Marlon James announces the 2016 fiction winner, Charles Baxter, at the Minnesota Book Awards.

Minn. Book Awards moves toward more inclusion

By changing venues and paying the judges, they hope to involve more emerging writers.
September 19, 2019
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.
September 17, 2019
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.
August 29, 2019
Thrity Umrigar

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

It's free! It's the ultimate book club.
August 28, 2019
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.
August 6, 2019
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.
July 9, 2019
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.
May 10, 2019
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?
May 2, 2019
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.
April 30, 2019
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.
April 26, 2019
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.
April 17, 2019
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.
April 16, 2019
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.
April 16, 2019

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

"Rising" by Elizabeth Rush and "feeld" by Jos Charles were finalists in nonfiction and poetry.
March 26, 2019
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.
March 14, 2019
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.
March 11, 2019
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."
March 6, 2019
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."
February 15, 2019
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.