Recent content from Laurie Hertzel
Last month we all lost an hour of sleep. If you’re like me, ever since daylight saving time started you’ve been heading to bed at…
FICTION: A self-described "tech hermit" finds his tightly controlled life starting to unravel.
Wordplay will host eight online events every week through May 9.
From virtual book launches to e-mailed writing prompts to Skyped book clubs to videos of authors reading aloud, readers and writers are finding creative, fun…
Working from home in this time of pandemic is scary and strange, but Angus and Rosie get us outside and keep us grounded.
Beginning Saturday morning, under Gov. Tim Walz’s stay-at-home mandate, Minnesota bookstores will no longer be open to customers. But they will remain open to online…
Small independent bookstores are fighting to stay alive in this age of pandemic and social distancing. You can help them survive. Many bookshops in the…
Last month I wrote about memorizing poetry, and ever since then poems have been popping into my head. The alarming thing is, often I…
Moon Palace, Wild Rumpus, Milkweed, SubText among the stores temporarily moving to online-only.
We bought Angus a muzzle to help keep vet visits peaceful. But teaching him to wear it was no easy task.
Epidemic forces the Loft to rethink the spring event, which would have brought 100 authors to town.
NONFICTION: A reporter moves her family to West Africa and uncovers stories about Boko Haram, kidnapped girls and reluctant suicide bombers.
Set in Turtle Mountain in the 1950s, "The Night Watchman" is in bookstores Tuesday.
The numbers have been crunched, the data analyzed, and the results are in. The bookiest (most bookish?) city in the United States is … not…
NONFICTION: On the brink of despair, a young Cleveland woman takes a job as a steelworker, which changes her life.
I don’t have a lot of regrets, but I have a few. I regret not learning a second language to the point where I can…
For the past few weeks, I have been reading a book about the nesting habits of tree swallows. I read it at night, in bed,…
The Minneapolis event is scaling back to a single day for its second year, but a no-less ambitious lineup.
If you are angry about Jeanine Cummins’ novel “American Dirt,” that is perfectly fine. If you are one of the people threatening Cummins and…
Veteran writers Marlon James, Kao Kalia Yang, Bao Phi and David Treuer are among those in the running for the annual awards.
The Christmas I was 9, I asked for a year’s supply of stamps. I had gotten into letter-writing in a big way, inflicting long, tediously…
In his second year with us, our rescue dog stole his first bagel, killed his first squirrel and wormed his way deeper into our hearts.
Cold, snowy weather lends itself to bus or train commutes. Instead of white-knuckling your way along an icy freeway, you are in a warm place…
The lovely tradition of books, candles, hot cider, cookies (we haven’t had enough cookies yet, have we?) and new books continues this season with the…
You don’t need me to remind you that this is the darkest, coldest time of year. Just scrape the frost off your window, look outside,…
Often associated with Duluth, Jenkins had worked as a librarian, truck driver and commercial fisherman while publishing.
Presumably, sometime in the near future — at Christmas, or on a birthday or some other occasion — you will be given a book. Will…
Books and vacations bind in our memories.
Ideas for refreshing your space with found objects, live plants and a bit of glam.
Do we judge a book by the actions of its author? This perennial question came up most recently when the Nobel committee awarded the 2019…
NONFICTION: Michael Korda's memoir of the vibrant life and cancer death of his wife is a touching and melancholy read.
As we head into the coldest, darkest time of year, books will send you all over the world, deep into all kinds of stories. As winter begins, books will keep you warm.
Two Minnesota writers were finalists for awards.
Bookmark: When it rains steadily during your hiking vacation, it's good to have a book or two on hand
It was raining in Ireland, and it was starting to get me down. Before you say, “It always rains in Ireland!” let me tell you:…
What should we think when the art is beautiful but the artist is reprehensible? Can we judge books — or paintings, or movies, or music…
Tim O'Brien's memoir, "Dad's Maybe Book," is filled with advice and stories for his young sons to savor when he's gone.
One dog bite years ago taught me to be super-careful with skittish dogs.
Every fall, rain or shine, you can count on the annual Twin Cities Book Festival to entertain, illuminate and enthrall. Sponsored by Rain Taxi, the…
Picture books continue to grow more diverse, more sophisticated and carry subtler, important messages.
MIDDLE-GRADE FICTION: Kate DiCamillo's third novel about the Three Rancheros is a big-hearted coming-of-age tale.
All it took was repeated visits, lots of treats and a T-shirt.
FICTION: When a strong-minded hired girl falls in love with a married farmer from a small Minnesota town, she has some hard decisions to make.
Writers series brings high-powered authors to local libraries.
It took me a long time to accept that Angus is a "reactive dog." But once I did, I began to learn how to care for him better.
It’s hard to believe that it’s now September. Given that I still have to pause and think before writing “2019” instead of “2018,” this is…
NONFICTION: In "Apple, Tree," 25 writers explore the many ways their parents shaped them.
Some of you follow rules about the number of pages you'll give a book before quitting. And some of you just give up. And some of you never give up.
Angus is back in school, this time learning to peacefully coexist with strange dogs.
Do you think books should be respected and treated carefully, or something to love and make your own?
The literary series includes four nonfiction books and a collection by former poet laureate Tracy K. Smith.
Over the past year, Angus and I have slowly gotten to a good place on the daily walks. But oh, it took a long time.
We asked you to tell us about your favorite spots to read. Here's what you said.
After Angus is calm and attentive with the new dog sitter, I'm starting to think some of the problems lie with me.
NONFICTION: In their own words, survivors of World War II — children when the war began — recall their harrowing experiences.
An uncomfortable truth: There are far more excellent regional books than I have space to review, more than I can ever read. Local writers…
You are passionate about sharing — but also about getting back — beloved books.
Sure, Angus misbehaves. But it's time to recognize his virtues, too.
FICTION: Anthony Horowitz's latest murder mystery mashes up fact and fiction.
Life slows down in summer. Pull up a lawn chair, pour yourself a cool drink and settle in with one of these 45 mysteries, novels, story collections and books for young adults.
A fresh crop of 10 picture books by Minnesota writers or illustrators is populated with creatures from the natural world.
Twenty years of busy dogs and maturing trees have rendered our backyard grassless. Angus doesn't care — bare ground is easy to dig. And so he digs.
FICTION: "Biloxi" ponders the question whether it's possible to change in late middle age.
Well, in the end, it was all pretty great, wasn’t it? Starting with the weather, which had been iffy right up to the opening of…
When we replaced a torn screen with an actual dog door, Rosie was fine — but Angus was flummoxed.
We all have our favorite spots, for all kinds of reasons, and they may change with the seasons or over time.
Stephen King is just one of 100-plus writers at the inaugural book fest. Here's our guide to navigating the array of alternatives, geared to your interests.
The Pen Pals writers series will bring in five notable writers beginning this fall for its 23rd season, including a Man Booker finalist, a PEN/Faulkner…
NONFICTION: A young man returns to his family's farm in Ireland to face his past and his future.
It's painful to give up beloved books, even briefly. And yet it's more painful not to share them.
Northfield high school student wins national poetry competition.
The Puppy Chronicles: Angus' training has been two steps forward, one step back. Sometimes two steps back.
Just like this chilly spring, Angus' training can feel like we're lagging behind.
The Puppy Chronicles: Angus has started hiding some of his treats and Rosie is determined to find them
Angus has a habit of hiding, rather than eating, his nightly chewies. Rosie has made it her mission to find them.
I had to laugh when this book crossed my desk a few weeks ago: “The ABC of It: Why Children’s Books Matter,” by Leonard S.…
NONFICTION: An entertaining memoir of 13 months spent in an unfinished plywood cabin in the woods of northern Minnesota.
As we head toward Independent Bookstore Day next Saturday, let's assess.