A good stamp is hard to find: Flannery O'Connor featured on new 'forever stamp'

A good stamp is hard to find: Flannery O'Connor featured on new 'forever stamp'

The Postal Service is also offering stamps with penguins, butterflies, and a wedding cake.

Reviews: 'Going Driftless,' by Stephen Lyons, and 'Crossing the Driftless,' by Lynne Diebel

May 22
Reviews: 'Going Driftless,' by Stephen Lyons, and 'Crossing the Driftless,' by Lynne Diebel
NONFICTION: Two writers explore the wild and hilly Upper Midwest, one by land and one by canoe.

Review: 'The Pinch,' by Steve Stern

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FICTION: The wry and rambunctious “The Pinch” switches between 1911 and 1968 to trace the history of a Jewish community in Memphis.

Review: 'Our Souls at Night,' by Kent Haruf

May 22
FICTION: Kent Haruf’s last novel captures the joys and sorrows of a love affair between seniors in the small town of Holt, Colo.

Reviews: 'Ghettoside,' by Jill Leovy, and 'A Fireproof Home for the Bride,' by Amy Scheibe

May 24

Review: 'Twelve Women in a Country Called America,' by Kelly Cherry

May 22
FICTION: Time-haunted short stories travel from Richmond to New Orleans with complicated characters.

Review: 'Mislaid,' by Nell Zink

May 22
FICTION: A madcap book about mutating identities channels McCullers, Kafka.
Books
May 27

Comic books: Oh, the horror! Check out these 'romance comics'

In the 1940s and ’50s, many preachers, parents and politicians railed against comic books as the cause of juvenile delinquency, tossing around phrases like “seduction…
Books
May 26

New York Times bestsellers for May 27

FICTION1. 14TH DEADLY SIN, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro. (Little, Brown) A video of a shocking crime surfaces, casting suspicion on a San Francisco…
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May 25

Review: 'Vanishing,' by Gerard Woodward

FICTION: An artist recalls his life as a magnet for controversy before, during and after World War II in epic.
Books
May 24

Minnesota writer Spike Carlsen tells the story of his handmade North Shore cabin

The North Shore land that Spike Carlsen fell in love with was considered nearly unbuildable. This barely slowed him down.
Books
May 22

Review: 'Jacksonland: President Andrew Jackson, Cherokee Chief John Ross, and a Great American Land Grab,' by Steve Inskeep

NONFICTION: “Jacksonland” brilliantly illuminates the transformative and morally suspect seventh president by highlighting his complex relationship with a forgotten Cherokee leader.
Variety
May 22

Authors get pie and prizes (and pie!)

Poet Barton Sutter emceed the Northeastern Minnesota Book Awards ceremony in Duluth. Read on for the winners...
Books
May 22

'Under Ground': Latest installment of our summer serialized novel

A novel set on Minnesota’s Iron Range, where immigrant Katka Kovich finds hard work, friendship and love in a 1916 mining town on the verge of a historic labor strike. It is based on real events.
Books
May 21

Review: 'Medicine Walk,' by Richard Wagamese

FICTION: An old soul in a juvenile guise walks readers to his father’s ending.
Books
May 21

Review: 'The Dig,' by Cynan Jones

FICTION: A tough, unflinching and deeply compassionate novel follows the very different paths of a heartbroken farmer and a brutal badger-baiter.
Books
May 21

Review: 'The Jesus Cow,' by Michael Perry, is funny, deep and sympathetic

FICTION: A hilarious tale of tenderness, faith and small-town politics.
Books
May 21

Review: 'The Brontë Cabinet: Three Lives in Nine Objects,' by Deborah Lutz, reveals lives of the Brönte sisters

NONFICTION: New book sheds light on lives of Anne, Charlotte and Emily – and the lives of women of that time – through their important artifacts.
Books
May 20

Meet Megan Marsnik, author of this year's summer serial, 'Under Ground'

Megan Marsnik, author of the novel running this summer in the Star Tribune, grew to love history and writing during her northern Minnesota childhood.
Variety
May 20

Minneapolis poet Jennifer Willoughby wins Lindquist & Vennum Prize

The annual award from Milkweed Editions carries a $10,000 prize, and publication.
Books
May 20

Review: 'England and Other Stories' by Graham Swift offers lonely voices and loss

FICTION: Graham Swift returns to his roots with this collection of 25 short stories – some brilliant, a few too clever by half.
Books
May 19

Minneapolis Central Library closing book on its store

Libraries are all things to all people — they lend books, CDs, DVDs and e-books. They have meeting rooms, a piano room, places to hold…
Books
May 19

New York Times bestsellers

FICTION1. GATHERING PREY, by John Sandford. (Putnam) In the 25th installment of the Prey series, Lucas Davenport is on the trail of killers who…
Books
May 19

St. Louis Park poet informally continues work

Diane Pecoraro began leading poetry events in 2010 thanks to a grant. She’s stayed on as an enthusiastic volunteer since then.
Books
May 17

Reviews: 'The Residence,' by Kate Andersen Brower, and 'You Will Never Find Me,' by Robert Wilson

THE RESIDENCEBy Kate Andersen Brower. (Harper, 309 pages, $27.99.)Behind the scenes doesn’t necessarily mean scandalous, and Kate Andersen Brower’s nonfiction account of the lives and…
Books
May 17

Review: 'Leaving Orbit,' by Margaret Lazarus Dean, explores end of space race

NONFICTION: “Leaving Orbit” examines what it means that after 50 years, the United States will no longer be sending people into space.
Books
May 15

Review: 'The Wright Brothers,' by David McCullough, doesn't really take off

NONFICTION: This very pleasant biography of these two very pleasant brothers is well-written and well-researched but avoids controversy.
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    Lisa Fischer and Grand Baton: : The backup singer extraordinaire is artful, organic and breath-taking in this intimate setting. Maybe her boss for the summer, Mr. Jagger, will show up to sing background vocals.
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    Como-Harriet Streetcar Line: Board a trolley at the Linden Hills Station for a historic 15-minute ride.
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