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NONFICTION: It's the FBI vs. the Chinese in Iowa farm fields. What are they seeking? High-quality seeds.
FICTION: Kidnapped schoolgirl endures epic hardships in Africa.
NONFICTION: Patti Smith's road memoir starts slowly, but sharpens and builds as she goes.
NONFICTION: After decades of silence, novelist Harper Lee set out to write a nonfiction book about a serial killer.
NONFICTION: Oscar winner recalls childhood of hardship and abuse and seeks healing.
NONFICTION: A final essay collection charts the undying curiosity of a remarkable mind.
NONFICTION: A newspaper editor surveys the recent era of remarkable change and disruption.
NONFICTION: Filial revolt runs through these entertaining stories by Colm Tóibín.
FICTION: Tales by Twin Cities writer take a revealing look at the human experience.
FICTION: Changes radiate from wartime Oxford to span 70 years and dozens of characters.
FICTION: This debut novel by a Minneapolis writer zeroes in on a guilt-torn adolescent and his mother after a family suicide.
NONFICTION: At 72, "Tales of the City" writer Armistead Maupin takes up his own life.
The novelist spoke at St. Catherine University on power and the pen.
FICTION: A bloody family saga is re-imagined for the 21st century.
Surdyk's issued a social-media blast Sunday morning saying the store would be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
NONFICTION: This remarkable biography sheds light on one of the 20th century's greatest architects.
Researcher finds it's the little things — like benches and safe crosswalks — that make life better for aging Minnesotans.
NONFICTION: This new biography of troubled poet Elizabeth Bishop is nuanced, vivid and, at times, lacking.
The remodeled Parker and the year-old Arrive have differing takes on the desert town's mystique.
Young people and education are at the heart of a winning addition to Temple Israel in Minneapolis.
FICTION: In Dave Eggers' new novel, a mom and two children flee their Ohio home.
While he's long been interested in the tangible, physical world around us, Tom Fisher has a new book of essays about "the design of what we cannot see."
A man identified by relatives as Philando Castile, 32, a St. Paul schools employee, died Wednesday night at HCMC. The shooting followed a traffic stop in Falcon Heights. On the video, Castile is slumped next to a woman, his T-shirt soaked with blood.
NONFICTION: Augusten Burroughs' memoir about a hapless love life lacks his usual humor.
NONFICTION: Patti Smith's new memoir is less linear and more interior than her "Just Kids" as it hopscotches across the decades.
Writers coming to the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul this fall reflect a variety of topics and genres.
FICTION: Miranda July's debut novel about a middle-aged woman and her much younger lover is quirky in the extreme.
Rick Nelson and Claude Peck dispense unasked-for advice about clothing, etiquette, culture, relationships, grooming and more. Today, skyways.
Rick Nelson and Claude Peck dispense unasked-for advice about clothing, etiquette, culture, relationships, grooming and more. RN: Do you love the Riverview…
FICTION: When an Irish woman's husband dies, she embarks on a quiet voyage of self-discovery.
REVIEW: "The Boxtrolls" is an immensely satisfying, all-ages fable packed with plot twists, adventure, humor, nobility, wrongdoing, bravado, creepiness and silliness.
The Twin Cities Film Fest (TCFF) includes "Wild," starring Reese Witherspoon, and "The Imitation Game," a big winner in Toronto.
Fair highlights include Aretha Franklin at the grandstand in a feather-covered wedding gown. But the Tilt-a-Whirl and a steady diet of deep-fried delights? That does not mix well.
The 2014-15 season unveiled Wednesday by Christine Tschida, director of Northrop, includes ballet and modern dance by nine troupes from around the world.
Osmo Vänskä 's return as music director included talks about his personal relationship with concertmaster Erin Keefe. Vänskä called the relationship a private matter, and said that he would refrain from taking part in decisions about Keefe's status with the orchestra.
Rick Nelson and Claude Peck dispense unasked-for advice about clothing, etiquette, culture, relationships, grooming and more. CP: When you pleaded with me…
The country's fastest train gets you from D.C. to New York in under three hours. And you can opt for the Quiet Car.
REVIEW: Jungle Theater's "Driving Miss Daisy" puts two masterful performers — James Craven and Wendy Lehr — in the driver's seat.
Rick Nelson and Claude Peck dispense unasked-for advice about clothing, etiquette, culture, relationships, grooming and more. RN: Hey Mister Glass-Half-Empty, I’m guessing…
REVIEW: In the parable "Good Woman of Setzuan," a prostitute discovers the pitfalls of having a kind heart in a flawed world.
Michael Henson, president and CEO of the Minnesota Orchestra, received $202,500 in bonus pay in 2011, boosting his total compensation that year to $619,313, according…
Big names in fiction, nonfiction and fantasy will visit the Twin Cities for the live-event book club.
NONFICTION: A war novel brought overnight but fleeting fame to pioneering gay writer John Horne Burns.
REVIEW: Live music adds zing to "Lover," a series of dances set to classic tunes of Rodgers and Hart.
Groups suing Minneapolis over demolition of Peavey Plaza claimed a moral victory Thursday when the downtown Minneapolis site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Talks in the lengthy labor dispute are terminated, and shows are scrapped through late March.
Review: The system conspires against two men who rescue a mentally disabled teen.
John Waters likes a traditional Christmas, complete with a decorated electric chair.
Board counters with assurance that Michael Henson has its "full confidence."
REVIEW: A new film relives the passion and activism of ACTUP and its founders.
Four well-known writers will appear at the Fitzgerald Theater this fall as part of the book-club series -- Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Diaz (pictured), high-profile legal-affairs journalist Jeffrey Toobin, and bestselling authors Abraham Verghese and Erin Morgenstern.
Lena Dunham wrote, directed and stars in her deadpan-hilarious first feature.
The late author Christopher Isherwood and artist Don Bachardy open their hearts in this love story.
In his 12th novel, "Fight Club" writer Chuck Palahniuk sends a chubby adolescent girl on an underworld adventure.
Where to sleep during your next visit to the Windy City? Try one of these three brand-new beauties.
REVIEW: The century-defining science in "Copenhagen" is grounded in a story of friends in gravest conflict.
In typical Minnesota fashion, the jubilation was low-key at the offices of the Minnesota Opera and Graywolf Press, honored for producing Pulitzer Prize-winning work last year.
Shows will move to the Orpheum, O'Shaughnessy and Ted Mann Concert Hall.
Eco-friendly Portland has something missing in way too many U.S. cities: personality.
Bram's book connects the dots of influential gay writers in the last half of the 20th century, from Tennessee Williams to Tony Kushner.
Despite the huge success of "The Corrections" in 2001, Jonathan Franzen struggled mightily to write his big new novel about a St. Paul family's highs and heartbreaks.
REVIEW: A blackmailed politician is fortunate to have a best friend like Lord Goring in the Oscar Wilde comedy.
New documentary traces the influence of radical thinker Paul Goodman, author of "Growing Up Absurd."
Frank Sonntag said he will leave the Cowles Center next month.
REVIEW: The Texas-born composer/singer presented his unique brand of downbeat, quirky pop and classical music.
Rock-star writer Chuck Palahniuk goes to hell in his latest novel, "Damned" -- and finds a new voice in a 13-year-old girl.
Movie about 2009 ballot initiative is full of relevance for Minnesotans facing a similar campaign.
Switching between 1958 and 2008, the play's characters seek --but don't always find -- love and understanding.
Rick Nelson and Claude Peck dispense unasked-for advice about clothing, etiquette, culture, relationships, grooming and more.
Tickets go on sale Tuesday for the fall Talking Volumes lineup that starts Sept. 14.
Four well-known writers will appear in St. Paul this fall as the Talking Volumes series returns.
Donald Ray Pollock burst out of nowhere with his '08 story collection "Knockemstiff." Now comes a dark, compelling debut novel.
In his first novel in 10 years, he sweeps up history, violence and family heartbreak. Dark stuff, but he's also open to the possibility of redemption.
Stephen King, Barbara Kingsolver and James Ellroy are among guests who will discuss major new novels for the regional book club's 10th season.
In her latest novel, author Monica Ali thoughtfully examines a chef's identity crisis and how it mirrors dramatic changes in British society and culture.