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Laurie Hertzel is senior editor for books at the Star Tribune, where she has worked since 1996.

Books
April 27
Reminder: Minnesota Book Awards will be live-streamed Tuesday

Reminder: Minnesota Book Awards will be live-streamed Tuesday

The show begins at 7 p.m. on the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library website.
Books
April 1

Minnesota Book Awards moving to YouTube this year

The virtual event is free but viewers are asked to register for the chance to win a set of books.
Books
March 17
Minnesota Book Awards ceremony is canceled

Minnesota Book Awards ceremony is canceled

The coronoavirus will keep participants home but the Friends of the Library are working on a plan for a festive announcement of winners.
Books
March 13

Club Book cancels remainder of spring season

The free reading series is canceling events through early May
Books
March 12

Danticat, Keefe win NBCC awards

The National Book Critics Circle announces its winners in six categories.
Books
February 27
Kay Sexton Award goes to James Lenfestey

Kay Sexton Award goes to James Lenfestey

The poet and editor will be honored at the annual Minnesota Book Awards ceremony in April.
Books
February 19
William D. Green

William Green wins 2nd history award

Green wins his second Hognander award for his book about civil rights after the Civil War.
Books
February 6
Gish Jen, Laila Lalami to appear at Club Book

Gish Jen, Laila Lalami to appear at Club Book

The spring lineup of the free authors series also includes Benjamin Percy and others.
Books
February 4
Kate DiCamillo.

Novel by Minneapolis writer Kate DiCamillo to be a musical in London

"The Magician's Elephant" will be staged by the Royal Shakespeare Company for Christmas.
Blogs
January 30
'Johnny's Pheasant' by Ojibwe writer Cheryl Minnema wins prestigious picture book award

'Johnny's Pheasant' by Ojibwe writer Cheryl Minnema wins prestigious picture book award

Picture book by Kao Kalia Yang also honored.
Books
January 27
Junauda Petrus. Photo by Carlos Gonzalez, Star Tribune

Twin Cities writers honored with American Library Association Youth Media Awards

Brenda J. Child, Junauda Petrus and Dawn Quigley are honored for their debut novels for young people.
Books
January 24
Marlon James. Photo by Mark Seliger.

Marlon James trash-talks dead writers in new podcast

The Minnesota writer and his editor discuss their favorite--and least-favorite--dead authors.
Books
January 13
Christopher Bonanos, Margo Jefferson and Anthony Marra--all previous winners of NBCC awards--read off the list of this year's finalists.

NBCC Finalists announced, including Ronan Farrow and Colson Whitehead

The finalists for the National Book Critics Circle awards were announced in New York.
Books
December 13, 2019

It takes a village

The group of artists behind the John Coy book, "My Mighty Journey" will win the 2020 Minnesota Book Artist award.
Books
September 20, 2019

Winners announced in Minnesota Author Project awards

Steve South and Sarah Hanley take top honors, will receive $1,000 each.
Books
September 19, 2019
Past fiction winner Marlon James announces the 2016 fiction winner, Charles Baxter, at the Minnesota Book Awards.

Minn. Book Awards moves toward more inclusion

By changing venues and paying the judges, they hope to involve more emerging writers.
Books
September 19, 2019
David Treuer. Photo by Nisreen Breek

Minnesota writer David Treuer on National Book Award long list

"The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee" one of ten finalists.
Books
September 17, 2019
Valeria Luiselli

Coffee House Press is a finalist for Kirkus Prizes in so many ways

Coffee House writers and former writers are on the list of the prestigious prize.
Books
August 29, 2019
Thrity Umrigar

Club Book announces fall schedule, with Nora McInerny, Thrity Umrigar and more

It's free! It's the ultimate book club.
Books
August 28, 2019
Tommy Orange is a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize for his novel, "There There."

Finalists announced for Dayton Literary Peace Prize

A dozen writers--six each in fiction and nonfiction--have been nominated for the international award.
Books
August 6, 2019
Heid E. Erdrich.

2 Minnesota poets win national awards

Books by Heid E. Erdrich and Michael Torres will be published by Penguin Books and Beacon Press.
Books
July 9, 2019
Lesley Nneka Arimah

Lesley Nneka Arimah wins the Caine Prize for African Writing

A Star Tribune "artist of the year" and a former Minnesotan, Arimah has been a finalist for the prize twice before.
Books
May 10, 2019
Award-winning Minneapolis writer recounts harrowing Lyft ride in viral tweets

Award-winning Minneapolis writer recounts harrowing Lyft ride in viral tweets

Was Kelly Barnhill's Houston Lyft driver trying to run up the bill? Or something else?
Books
May 2, 2019
Ann Patchett and Sparky.

Tommy Orange, Ann Patchett coming to Pen Pals

The 2019-2020 lecture series will also include Susan Orlean, Esi Edugyan and Reza Aslan.
Books
April 30, 2019
Anna Quindlen at "Talk of the Stacks." Photo by Robert Goudy.

Writer Anna Quindlen lights up the library

Speaking about her new memoir, "Nanaville," at Talk of the Stacks, the Pulitzer Prize-winner addressed the broader world of books and writing.

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