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.

Graywolf Press has 5th title on National Book Award longlists with today's reveal of fiction list

September 15
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.

Graywolf Press in the running for National Book Award nonfiction prize

September 14
Graywolf Press in the running for National Book Award nonfiction prize
The longlist includes Kevin Young's "Bunk," which Graywolf will publish in November.

Edina native Emily Fridlund's debut novel a finalist for the Man Booker Prize

September 13
"History of Wolves" is set in northern Minnesota and goes head to head with George Saunders, Ali Smith, and others.

Minneapolis poet Danez Smith on National Book Award longlist

September 13
Three books published by Graywolf, including Smith's, are on the list

Duluth hiking trail to be dedicated to poet Connie Wanek

August 25
The author of the poetry collection "Hartley Field" will have a wildflower trail named after her in Hartley Field park.

Minn. writer Marlon James blasts writer claiming American Indian heritage

August 11
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.
Books
August 10

Two Minnesota writers finalists for PEN Literary Awards

Minneapolis poet Sun Yung Shin and St. Paul memoirist Kao Kalia Yang are both finalists.
Books
August 9

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.
Books
July 26

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.
Books
July 19

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.
Books
July 15

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.
Books
July 13

Edwidge Danticat, Yiyun Li and Lydia Davis headline this fall's U of M writers series

The annual series will bring in three poets, two short-story writers, and three nonfiction writers over several weeks in the fall.
Books
June 26

Liu Xiaobo, Nobel Peace Prize winner and dissident, released from Chinese prison

Liu Xiaobo's "June Fourth Elegies" was published by Graywolf Press
Books
June 19

Author Marlon James critiques Minnesota racism with viral Facebook post

The St. Paul author writes about what it is like to be black in Minnesota.
Books
June 14

Tracy K. Smith is the new U.S. poet laureate

Three of Smith's books have been published by Minneapolis' Graywolf Press, including the Pulitzer-winner "Life on Mars."
Books
June 12

Kate DiCamillo: Take a boomerang, leave a boomerang?

Minneapolis author seeds Little Free Libraries with "Kindness Boomerangs" from Indonesian schoolchildren.
Books
May 30

Donte Collins named 1st St. Paul Youth Poet Laureate

The city of St. Paul has been wild about poetry for many years
Books
April 20

St. Paul memoirist Kao Kalia Yang a finalist for prestigious Chautauqua Award

Yang is a finalist for her latest memoir, "The Song Poet."
Books
April 18

Midwest Book Award finalists are announced

Nearly 80 finalists in 30 categories. Winners will be announced in May.
Books
April 10

"Redemption's Run," by Jane Fredericksen, is this year's summer serial

The novel is set in Bayfield, Wis., and is the story of a girl who is trying to find her father. It is aimed at both young adults and adults.
Books
April 7

Marlon James in conversation: "All the people I believe in believe in books."

The hour-long discussion between Marlon James and Lisa Lucas at the Guthrie Theater was the second of the Loft Literary Center's new "Big Ideas" initiative.
Variety
March 30

Six poets are finalists for the Lindquist & Vennum prize

The winner will be announced April 19 and will receive $10,000 and a publishing contract with Milkweed Editions.
Variety
March 29

Fundraiser planned for St. Paul poet Brett Jenkins

Jenkins is undergoing treatment in Illinois for bipolar disorder.
Variety
March 15

Heid E. Erdrich, Brian Farrey among winners of McKnight Artist Fellowships

Five Minnesota writers each win $25,000.
Variety
March 14

New season of Talk of the Stacks features writer Lisa Ko, two Star Tribune writers

Five writers will deliver free talks at the downtown Minneapolis public library.
Variety
March 7

Minneapolis writer Louise Erdrich finalist for prestigious $15,000 PEN/Faulkner award

Of the five finalists, four are debut novels.
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