Poet Moheb Soliman

Reviews: Poetry by Michael Kleber-Diggs, Matt Mauch, torrin a. greathouse and Moheb Soliman

POETRY: Four astonishing new books by Minnesota poets.

Bookmark: Rain or shine, pandemic or not, Independent Bookstore Day shines on

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Independent Bookstore Day is next Saturday.

Review: 'Standoff,' by Jacqueline Keeler

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The Bundy family at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Ore., in 2016.
NONFICTION: Jacqueline Keeler's thoughtful book compares the 2016 events at Standing Rock with a white standoff that same year in Oregon.

Scott King, founder of Red Dragonfly Press, dies at 56

April 14
He was an engineer early in his career, as well as a naturalist who documented his encounters with camera and pen, and the author of several books on insects.

Eastern Carver County schools working to diversify library books

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East Carver County schools striving for better diversity in library offerings.

Review: 'Farthest South,' by Ethan Rutherford

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FICTION: Everyday vulnerability and eerie occurrences merge in a new collection of short stories.

Review: 'Waterfall,' by Mary Casanova

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FICTION: A young woman breaks free from societal norms and expectations.
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Cynthia Ozick

Review: 'Antiquities,' by Cynthia Ozick

FICTION: An old man tells the story of a remarkable childhood friend in Ozick's new novella.
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Quarantine Read: Reader suggests Camus' "The Plague"

"The Plague," by Albert CamusIt may sound strange, but I found comfort in rereading Albert Camus' "The Plague." The citizens of Oran confront death, isolation,…
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April 13
“The Four Winds” by Kristin Hannah

New York Times bestsellers

FICTION1. The Four Winds, by Kristin Hannah. (St. Martin's) As dust storms roll during the Great Depression, Elsa must choose between saving the family and…
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April 11
This March 1968 file photo shows New York Mets pitcher Tom Seaver.

Review: 'Tom Seaver: A Terrific Life,' by Bill Madden

Tom Seaver: A Terrific LifeBy Bill Madden. (Simon and Schuster, 291 pages, $28.)More than half a century has passed since the Miracle Mets won the…
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April 9
Richard Thompson

Review: 'Beeswing,' by Richard Thompson

Musician Richard Thompson mentions a lot of names in his new memoir, but you never get the feeling that he's name dropping. It's just that…
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April 9
Ross King

Review: 'The Bookseller of Florence,' by Ross King

NONFICTION: Ross King's delightful, immersive history of books and bookselling in the heart of the Renaissance.
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April 9
The Nature of Fragile Things/The Gates of Athens/The Bona Fide Legend of Cool Papa Bell

Audiobooks: Three great books to listen to this month

"The Nature of Fragile Things," by Susan Meissner. (Penguin Audio, unabridged. 10 2/3 hours)Susan Meissner's latest novel is an absorbing, cleverly plotted historical tale of…
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April 9
Priyanka Champaneri

Review: 'The City of Good Death,' by Priyanka Champaneri

FICTION: The winner of the Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing explores a cousin's death.
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April 9
Jim Heynen

Review: 'The Youngest Boy,' by Jim Heynen

FICTION: Jim Heynen's collection of short-short stories offers flashes of the beauty and solitude of a rural childhood.
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April 9
Elizabeth McCracken

Review: 'The Souvenir Museum,' by Elizabeth McCracken

FICTION: These stories by the author of "The Giant's House" examine truths about love, loss and family.
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April 9
Alfred Hitchcock directed Kim NovakMCA Universal Home Video

Review: 'The Twelve Lives of Alfred Hitchcock,' by Edward White

NONFICTION: Book documents Alfred Hitchcock's lechery and complex artistry.
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April 8
Kawai Strong Washburn

Minneapolis writers win PEN America literary awards

Jonathan Slaght won for "Owls of the Eastern Ice," Kawai Strong Washburn for "Sharks in the Time of Saviors."
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April 8
Historical photo of author Sinclair  Lewis writing in the study of his Duluth home in 1944.   Original photo shot by Minneapolis Star-Journal photogra

A new exhibit argues for the timeliness of famed Minnesota author Sinclair Lewis

New exhibit focuses on life and timeliness of Sinclair Lewis.
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April 6
“Alone” by Richard E. Byrd

Quarantine Read: Reader recommends 'Alone' by Richard E. Byrd

"Alone," by Richard E. ByrdAs I was noticing this winter the effects of physical isolation, I remembered a book I had read about 15 years…
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April 6
Rickie Lee Jones

'It's a great adventure story,' says singer Rickie Lee Jones of her new memoir

A colorful cast of characters populates the hipster pop star's new memoir.
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April 6
“Win,” by Harlan Coben, 384 pages.

New York Times bestsellers

FICTION1. Win, by Harlan Coben. (Grand Central) Windsor Horne Lockwood III might rectify cold cases connected to his family that have eluded the FBI for…
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April 5
“Sabrina the Teenage Witch: Something Wicked” neatly balances adolescent hijinks with sorcerous dangers.

3 great female-centric graphic novels

We've just wrapped up Women's History Month, but the importance of women in comics is pretty much a year-round thing. Case in point: three female-centric…
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April 4
“The Jigsaw Man” by Nadine Matheson

Reviews: 'The Jigsaw Man,' by Nadine Matheson, 'The Burning Girls' by C.J. Tudor and 'Heaven's a Lie' by Wallace Stroby

The Jigsaw ManBy Nadine Matheson. (Hanover Square Press, 496 pages, $27.99.)I like to think I'm a good person — peace-loving, compassionate, prone to acts of…
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April 2
Credit: Courtesy of Ernest Hemingway Photograph Collection. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston / PBS. EH5647P. undated. Ernest He

Essential Hemingway reading

The essential HemingwayErnest Hemingway's terse prose style might seem clichéd today, but his short, declarative sentences and beneath-the-surface meaning were groundbreaking in his time. Here…
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April 2
Mary Bly

Bookmark: Mary Bly's new novel – her first under her own name – is laced with Minnesota poetry

A poignant scene at the heart of Mary Bly's new novel, "Lizzie & Dante" (the Dial Press, available June 1), takes place on a…