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5 reasons you should buy Questlove's new book, 'Hip-Hop Is History'

NONFICTION: Whether you know a lot about music or a little, it's packed with enough info for a college course, but it's also chatty and really fun.

Falling for a murderer? What could go wrong? A St. Paul novelist says plenty in "Love Letters to a Serial Killer"

June 18
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FICTION: "You have to promise not to kill me," writes Tasha Coryell in debut novel "Love Letters to a Serial Killer."

St. Paul's trail-blazing Black-owned Black Garnet Books is for sale

June 19
Dionne Sims
Owner Dionne Sims posted on Instagram that she's pursuing her next "dream."

5 books to read in celebration of Twin Cities Pride

June 17
From an ABCs to wrestling, these new books show that there are LGBTQ-themed books for all ages. .

A bunch of London seniors learn 'How to Age Disgracefully' when they join a rambunctious club

June 17
FICTION: Clare Pooley's characters form a group you might wish you could join.

Loft Literary Center cancels Wordplay, its annual book festival

June 18
Instead, it will hold quarterly events in honor of its 50th anniversary.

U of Minnesota alum Tiya Miles explores the spirituality of Harriet Tubman in 'Night Flyer'

June 12
NONFICTION: The "All That She Carried" writer's new book is about the inspiration that fueled a heroic life.
Books
7:30am
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You'll be a fan of the hero of 'Blessings,' a young gay Nigerian who's up against a lot

FICTION: The story of his coming of age makes for a memorable debut by a Nigerian writer.
Books
June 13
photo of author Scott Preston at a coastline

Like Kevin Barry and Paul Murray? Add another to your list of great novelists from the British Isles.

FICTION: Gorgeous "The Borrowed Hills" chronicles the schemes and sorrows of an English sheep farming community.
Books
June 13
A photo provided by the Library of Congress shows an artist’s depiction of the revolutionary hero Patrick Henry at Virginia’s convention on ratify

For Father's Day, how about a Founding Father who makes a lot of dad jokes?

NONFICTION: A writer takes to using quills and lighting his home with candles as part of "The Year of Living Constitutionally."
Books
June 11
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His 'One Day' inspired an Anne Hathaway film and Netflix show. David Nicholls' new book is 'You Are Here.'

FICTION: An uplifting comic novel from the author of "One Day" follows two lost individuals coming together on a cross-England hike.
Books
June 11
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Travel across 7 centuries with novelist Tracy Chevalier and a remarkable 'Glassmaker'

FICTION: The "Girl With a Pearl Earring" writer returns with the story of a glassmaker from Murano who lives for more than 500 years.
Books
June 10
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Want to LOL? Read 'Sandwich,' a new novel about a three-generation family vacation.

FICTION: Catherine Newman's novel is funny, sweet and poignant.
Books
June 10
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'Making a Murderer' inspired Mankato's Megan Cooley Peterson's new novel

LOCAL AUTHOR: Her second young adult book, "Dead Girls Talking," also was influenced by growing up in a cult.
Books
June 10
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A Penobscot novelist wonders what it means to be Native in 'soulful' family drama 'Fire Exit'

FICTION: Morgan Talty's exquisite novel delivers on the promise of his prize-winning debut.
Books
June 5
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Three men live in, and plunder, the wilderness in novel 'Old King'

FICTION: It returns writer Maxim Loskutoff to his favorite setting, western America.
Books
June 5
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Big names like Joan Didion and Carrie Fisher pop up in glittering memoir 'The Friday Afternoon Club'

NONFICTION: Actor/producer Griffin Dunne ("After Hours") tells tales of murder, sibling rivalry and redemption.
Books
June 5
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'We Refuse' is a searing history of resistance that focuses on Black joy

NONFICTION: Drawing on historical and personal resources, Kellie Carter Jackson points toward healing.
Books
June 4
The Mississippi River's natural wonder runs parallel its human story of development and manipulation in "Great River."

Violence? Injustice? Math? It's all here in a history of 'The Great River,' the Mississippi

NONFICTION: A look at the origins of the river tracks how we've tried to tame it over the centuries.
Variety
June 3
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Read the book before you watch the Nicole Kidman TV series 'Margo's Got Money Troubles'

FICTION: (Actually, she has bigger problems than money ...)
Books
June 3
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Bestselling author Nicola Yoon says her new novel is a Black 'Stepford Wives'

FICTION: "The Sun Is Also a Star" author's new novel is about an eerie all-Black community whose residents stop caring about racism and injustice.
Books
June 3
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Duluth writer Leif Enger heads to Red Wing for Talking Volumes with 'I Cheerfully Refuse'

The "Peace Like a River" novelist will join award-winning MPR journalist Kerri Miller.
Variety
May 31
Bruce Richardson, left, and Ray Wilson refused to let poverty and racism keep them from pursuing their dreams.

Everyone thought Minnesota authors would fail — except the two of them

Ray Wilson and Bruce Richardson refused to abandon their dreams.
Books
May 30
24 books you'll want to take to the cabin, the beach or your favorite chair this summer

24 books you'll want to take to the cabin, the beach or your favorite chair this summer

From Nigeria to Sweden to seedy L.A., this summer's literary fiction and mysteries/thrillers provide exciting escapes.
Outdoors
May 30
A Seagull Lake sign marks an entrance to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

Grand Marais author takes on danger and death in the BWCAW

Joe Friedrichs, a former radio news director in Grand Marais, has a new book about perils in the Boundary Waters.
TV & Media
May 23
Laura Jarrett and Poppy Harlow promoted their new children's book on the "Today" show earlier this month.

Minnesota's Poppy Harlow follows her CNN exit with a plea for love

The former morning show host's new children's book celebrates how love comes in different colors and forms.
Books
May 23
photo of author Taiyon Coleman in front of a fence

She faced racism in class, while home-buying and in childbirth. These potent essays spill the tea

NONFICTION EXCERPT: Minnesota professor's "Traveling Without Moving" reflects on inequity, childhood and literature.

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