50+  essential books for your winter reading and holiday shopping lists

50+ essential books for your winter reading and holiday shopping lists

Page-turners that will make you laugh, cry, reflect and escape when the weather outside is frightening.
Minnesota’s Sweetland Orchard produces a winter reserve cider that’s aged in oak barrels.
Taste

10 ciders to brighten your holiday season

December 8
Bridging the gap between beer and wine, there's a cider for all palates and occasions.
Arleta Little named executive director of the Loft Literary Center
Books

Arleta Little named executive director of the Loft Literary Center

December 8
Former head of the McKnight Artist Fellowships will replace Britt Udesen, who left in May.
The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra reported a balanced budget despite a year without ticket sales.
Variety

Despite a tough year, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra balances its budget

December 8
Donors were "the hero in that story," stepping up at a time when the orchestra couldn't sell concert tickets.
Kyla Stone plays the title role of Anya, who seeks to discover the mystery of her past, in “Anastasia.”
Stage & Arts

Kyla Stone soars as Russian princess in Broadway tour of 'Anastasia'

December 8
Review: The lavish show weaves Romanov myth and music in a swirl of musical theater.
house finch
Home & Garden

House finches are well adapted for urban living

December 7
They'll nest happily in wreaths, hanging pots or anything else handy.
Essay: How 'Survivor' helped a family grieve and survive
Magazine

Essay: How 'Survivor' helped a family grieve and survive

December 8
We didn't expect "Survivor" night to become Survivor Night. We didn't expect it to become a thing.
Don’t Miss

Our 15 top cookbooks of the year cover everything from easy dinners to baking challenges

December 8
The picks are suitable for gift-giving, but you might want to keep them for yourself.
Magazine

Minnesota's native pine trees produce beautiful cones for seeds and crafts

December 7
Plus, we probably wouldn't be speaking English here today if it weren't for those pines.