Arno Geiger and his father, August, in 2009.

Review: 'The Old King in His Exile' by Arno Geiger, translated from the German by Stefan Tobler

NONFICTION: A poignant memoir about a writer caring for a father in the grip of Alzheimer's.

Review: 'Walking on Cowrie Shells,' by Nana Nkweti

June 18
Nana Nkweti
FICTION: In her wide-ranging debut collection of short stories, Nana Nkweti seems like a writer who can do anything.

Review: 'The Parted Earth,' by Anjali Enjeti

June 18
Anjali Enjeti
FICTION: This luminous multigenerational story follows people whose lives are ripped in two by the Partition of India.

Review: 'We Two Alone,' by Jack Wang

June 18
FICTION: A powerful tribute to the horrors of war and the challenges of immigrant life.

Review: 'Catch the Rabbit,' by Lana Bastašić

June 18
FICTION: A rich, rewarding debut novel of female friendship set against the backdrop of the Bosnian war and its aftermath.

Quarantine Read: 'The Art of the Wasted Day'

June 18

Stacey Abrams says she writes 'because I need to'

June 14
"While Justice Sleeps" is the first novel published under her name.
Books
June 18
Dave Eggers

Novel's release will skirt Amazon

Dave Eggers' book will be available only in indie bookstores.
Variety
June 18
Italo Calvino in 1968.

Bookmark: New editions give Calvino a fresh appeal

In recent years, Mariner Books has been promoting the legacy of the great Italian writer Italo Calvino (1923-1985) by publishing a series of paperback editions…
Books
June 17
E.J. Levy

Review: 'The Cape Doctor,' by E.J. Levy

FICTION: Based on the true story of a 19th-century doctor, this novel examines transformation, gender and identity.
Variety
June 15
Phil Handy had a pre-Revolutionary War bible in need of repair. After searching and searching for book conservators, he came across Bailey Kinsky and

She brought a Minnesota man's 250-year-old family Bible back to life

How a book conservator breathed new life into an ancient family heirloom.
Books
June 15
“Legacy” by Nora Roberts (St. Martin’s Press)

New York Times bestsellers

FICTION1. Legacy, by Nora Roberts. (St. Martin's) Threats put in rhymes and sent from shifting locations escalate as the daughter of a successful fitness celebrity's…
Books
June 14
The covers to “Heroes Reborn” #5-7 connect to form this triptych featuring the five main members of the Squadron Supreme.  From left, they are Nig

Don't miss these 3 summer comic book 'events'

It's summertime, and the comics are busy. Here are three current summer "events" worth noting:'Heroes Reborn'This event began on May 5 with "Heroes Reborn" No.…
Variety
June 13
“Exit” by Belinda Bauer

Review: 'Exit,' by Belinda Bauer

ExitBy Belinda Bauer. (Atlantic Monthly Press, 336 pages, $26.)Belinda Bauer's mystery is surprising, mordantly funny and it has a happy ending. For what more could…
Books
June 11
Louise Erdrich read from her novel “The Night Watchman” after it was published in 2020.   Photo by Richard Tsong-Taatarii, Star Tribune

Minnesota novelist Louise Erdrich wins Pulitzer for personal story of 'persistence and survival'

"The Night Watchman" is based on Erdrich's grandfather and his efforts to preserve the Turtle Mountain band.
Books
June 11
Making notes in books connects readers with each other.

Bookmark: A marked-up book reveals a shared love of reading

I'm a complete slob when it comes to books — at least, to books that I own.I use anything at hand to mark my page…
Variety
June 11
John Brandon

Review: 'Ivory Shoals,' by John Brandon

FICTION: Brimming with peril and natural splendor, "Ivory Shoals" takes readers on an old-fashioned adventure.
Variety
June 11
Jim Shepard

Review: 'Phase Six,' by Jim Shepard

FICTION: The novel "Phase Six" anticipates a world that learned nothing from the current crisis.
Variety
June 11
Donal Ryan

Review: 'Strange Flowers,' by Donal Ryan

FICTION: This poignant novel traces one unhappy family through three generations.
Variety
June 11
Michael Baca Chaney Kwak

Review: 'The Passenger,' by Chaney Kwak

NONFICTION: A travel writer takes stock of his life while trapped on a foundering cruise ship.
Variety
June 11
Jericho Brown

Don't Miss: Poet Jericho Brown in Minneapolis

This could be your first in-person reading since COVID, and what an event it will be — Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Jericho Brown.Brown's latest collection, "The…
Books
June 8

New York Times bestsellers

FICTION1. Sooley, by John Grisham. (Doubleday) Samuel Sooleymon receives a basketball scholarship to North Carolina Central and determines to bring his family over from a…
Variety
June 7
St. Paul poet Michael Kleber-Diggs’ work explores his race, gender and the issues of the day – what he calls “socially responsible poetics.”

Prizewinning St. Paul poet reflects on fatherhood, police violence and being Black in America

Poetry is having a moment. And a St. Paul poet's prizewinning collection speaks to the times.
Variety
June 6
“Rock Me on the Water” by Ronald Brownstein

Review: 'Rock Me on the Water,' by Ronald Brownstein

Rock Me on the WaterBy Ronald Brownstein. (Harper, 439 pages, $29.99.)You might imagine that a book focused primarily on the pop-culture scene in 1974 Los…
Variety
June 4
Dara McAnulty, 17, lives in County Down, Northern Ireland.  ELAINE HILL

Review: 'Diary of a Young Naturalist,' by Dara McAnulty

NONFICTION: This brilliant, heartfelt memoir tells the story of a remarkable teenage naturalist.
Variety
June 4
Andrea Jenkins signed books after a reading at Quatrefoil Library.

Bookmark: Quatrefoil Library reopens and is now free for all

Thirty-five years ago, the Quatrefoil Library opened in a storefront along W. Broadway in north Minneapolis. Dedicated to works by and about gay, lesbian and…
Variety
June 4
Lawrence Wright

Review: 'The Plague Year,' by Lawrence Wright

NONFICTION: A master of literary journalism explores the COVID-19 pandemic in revelatory detail.