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Cynthia Dickison

Designer-Features | Newsroom
Phone: 612-673-4639

Cynthia Dickison is a features designer. She is a St. Paul native and graduate of the University of Minnesota. She has worked at the Star Tribune since 1978, starting on the copy desk. Dickison has worked in every department — news, sports, features, even a short stint on the business cover.

Dickison lives in south Minneapolis with her husband, former Star Tribune theater critic Graydon Royce. They have four children and seven grandchildren. Dickison has a small side business designing and sewing children's clothes, which she sells at local craft shows. Her other hobbies include reading, singing, movies, biking and hiking.
Recent content from Cynthia Dickison
Kathleen West.

Review: 'Home or Away,' by Kathleen West

FICTION: A return to the State of Hockey doesn't go as swimmingly as this mom had hoped in West's new novel.
Jodi Picoult

Review: 'Wish You Were Here,' by Jodi Picoult

Alone and out of touch on the Galapagos during the COVID-19 lockdown, a young woman reconsiders her life.
“The Devil May Dance” by Jake Tapper

Review: 'The Devil May Dance,' by Jake Tapper

The Devil May DanceBy Jake Tapper. (Little, Brown, 337 pages, $28.)The first two words of this book are "Frank" and "Sinatra" — a loud hint…
Jessie Mei Li as Alina, the heroine of Netflix’s new fantasy series “Shadow and Bone.”

10 best things our critics are watching this week

From the dark fantasy "Shadow and Bone" to the return of Aziz Ansari, here's what we're tuning into.
Melody Hurd and Deborah Ayorinde in “Them,” the new horror anthology series streaming on Amazon Prime.

10 best things our critics are watching this week

From Amazon's new horror anthology to a "Bad Trip" on Netflix, here's what we're tuning into.
Andrew Zimmern helps Helen Arends of Willmar, Minn., prepare a meal during the filming of “Family Dinner.”

10 best things our critics are watching this week

From Marvel's new series to dinner with Andrew Zimmern, here's what we're tuning into right now.
Kathleen West

Review: 'Are We There Yet?' by Kathleen West

FICTION: The Minneapolis author offers more tales of parent-child relationships gone wrong.

Tonight is Oscar night: Our predictions of who should win, and who will win

"Joker" led the pack with 11 nominations. Here are our picks for Best Picture, Best Actor and Actress, and Best Supporting Actor and Actress.
Empty School Hallway with Student Lockers

Review: 'Minor Dramas & Other Catastrophes,' by Kathleen West

FICTION: A Minnesota-set high school farce highlights textbook bad behavior.
This image released by Sony Pictures shows, Saoirse Ronan and Timothée Chalamet in a scene from “Little Women.” On Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, Ronan wa

Oscar predictions: What will win, what should win for Best Picture?

With the nominations now on the table, we look at what the favorites will be.
Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones in “The Aeronauts.”

Thrilling visuals keep a plot-deflated 'Aeronauts' aloft

"The Aeronauts" can't rise above its marquee faces.
“The Confession Club,” by Elizabeth Berg

Review: 'The Confession Club,' by Elizabeth Berg

FICTION: "The Confession Club" takes us on another visit to the town that introduced us to "Arthur Truluv."
Jordan Buckellew.

This Minnesotan fights to keep offensive 'R' word from making comeback

She uses kindness and humor to encourage people to rethink how they treat people with disabilities.
In “Bao,” a Chinese woman suffering from empty-nest syndrome gets another chance at motherhood — with a dumpling.

Academy Award shorts focus on parents, children and life's fragility

Oscar-nominated animated and live-action shorts lean heavily on familial bonds and the shadow of death.
A scene from "Roma".

Which movie should win best picture? We have some favorites

We weigh in on which movie should win and which ones don't stand a chance.
Mark Hogancamp (Steve Carell) arranges the figures that populate his fictional town in “Welcome to Marwen.”

In 'Marwen,' Steve Carell plays a man who uses toys for healing

Steve Carell plays a real-life man who uses toys for healing.
Since 1961, thousands of children have soaked up German language and culture at Waldsee village, now located on Turtle River Lake near Bemidji.

Concordia Language Villages confronts an ugly truth head-on as a step toward healing

Concordia Language Villages confronts an ugly truth head-on as a step toward healing
Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in "A Star Is Born."

How does new 'A Star Is Born' compare with past versions?

Each generation gets its own version of "A Star Is Born," that timeless tale of a young up-and-comer inextricably bound to a self-destructive has-been.
Daniel Kaluuya and Allison Williams in the film, “Get Out.” (Justin Lubin)

Oscars 2018: Handicapping the 9 nominees for best picture

Which movie will come out on top on Oscar night?
This image released by Lionsgate shows Ryan Gosling, right, and Emma Stone in a scene from, "La La Land."

The race for best picture: Can 'Moonlight' edge out 'La La'?

The Star Tribune's Cynthia Dickison assesses the nine nominees for the top Academy Award.
Julia Pott and Winona Mae provide the voices of Emily Clone and Emily Prime in “World of Tomorrow.”

Oscars guide: We rank this year's animated and live action short films

Examining the Oscars' often overlooked short-film category.
Leonardo DiCaprio in "The Revenant."

Best picture: Which of the eight contenders should win?

"The Revenant" is gaining steam after its big Golden Globes win, but there are other top contenders in the best film race. Here's a look at what will play into each movie's favor, and what's working against them. Plus, our critic's original star rating.
Review: 'The Dream Lover,' by Elizabeth Berg: So many lovers, so little time

Review: 'The Dream Lover,' by Elizabeth Berg: So many lovers, so little time

FICTION: An imagined recounting of the life — and the many romances — of George Sand.
Minho (Ki Hong Lee) and Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) study a model of the maze for clues to escape in “The Maze Runner.”

'Maze Runner' puts boys through their paces

REVIEW: Is there room at the multiplex for yet another entry in the young adult/dystopia/survival genre? Those who hunger for more could do worse than "The Maze Runner."
Jeannette Walls , author of “The Silver Star.”

REVIEW: "The Silver Star,' by Jeannette Walls

FICTION: Bestselling writer Jeannette Walls returns with another tale of abandoned children.
Vince Vaughn, left, and Owen Wilson on the Google campus in “The Internship.”

Review: Vaughn, Wilson back together in 'The Internship'

Vince Vaughn retains his glib-yet-desperate patter and Owen Wilson his earnest sweetness in the corporate send-up about life at Google.
Jodi Picoult’s latest novel, “Sing You Home”

Picoult sings a new song

Picoult, known for her social-issue themes, pits fundamentalists against a lesbian couple in this novel about the rights of gay parents.
Rescue by Anita Shreve

A man on a rescue mission

Can a car wreck of a marriage and a family, born of tragedy, be resuscitated by another tragedy?
Jodi Picoult author of "Change of Heart"

Picoult explores what-ifs of life

Mega-author Jodi Picoult's house rules: Write about what you don't know.

Thorny tale of love and loyalty

BOOK REVIEW A family sues for malpractice over a child's disease, with agonizing fallout.
Testimony by Anita Shreve

Teen trials turn to town tragedy in 'Testimony'

Sex, lies, videotape and prep school make for a potent brew in "Testimony," Anita Shreve's compelling tale of teenage scandal and its brutal aftermath in a New England hamlet. This focus on the kids marks a bit of a departure for Shreve, a seasoned chronicler of adult love, loss and betrayal. But then again, the event upon which the story turns leaves no one in its ever-widening path -- young or old -- untouched.

Grappling with fish, and life

BOOK REVIEW: An outdoorsman/writer unsparingly chronicles his Alaskan summers with the salmon.