Books
March 24
Helen Oyeyemi, Chelsea Clinton and Kao Kalia Yang are among nearly 50 local, national and international writers who will appear at the 2021 Wordplay f

Helen Oyeyemi, Chelsea Clinton, Kao Kalia Yang among writers at Wordplay festival

This year's Wordplay festival will run from May 2 to May 8. Like last year, it will be all virtual, but unlike last year, the…
Magazine
March 24
Running helped Minnesota author Kelly Barnhill weather the seasons

Running helped Minnesota author Kelly Barnhill weather the seasons

Last spring, as the pandemic swelled and the schools closed, my dog and I began heading outside for longer and longer runs. Our house, quite…
Books
March 23
“Life After Death” by Sister Souljah (Simon & Schuster)

New York Times bestsellers

FICTION1. Life After Death, by Sister Souljah. (Atria/Emily Bestler) In a sequel to "The Coldest Winter Ever," Winter Santiaga emerges after time served and seeks…
Variety
March 22
Playwright Tom Stoppard in 1972. Hermione Lee’s biography of the Stoppard covers his rigorous research and writing habits, his famous friends and hi

Review: 'Tom Stoppard: A Life,' by Hermione Lee

NONFICTION: Biography explores the successes and glamorous social life of storied playwright Tom Stoppard.
Variety
March 21
“Let’s Get Back to the Party” by Zak Salih

Review: 'Let's Get Back to the Party,' by Zak Salih

Let's Get Back to the PartyBy Zak Salih. (Algonquin, 288 pages, $25.95.)I did not like the cover of this novel. Possibly my opinion is too…
Local
March 20
DNR may close chapter on author Frederick Manfred's deteriorating home

DNR may close chapter on author Frederick Manfred's deteriorating home

Frederick Manfred's family, admirers want it preserved.
Variety
March 19
Peter Swanson

Review: 'Every Vow You Break,' by Peter Swanson

FICTION: In this psychological thriller, a young woman's world is turned upside down when a stalker shows up on her honeymoon.
Variety
March 19
Jeannine Ouellette Photo by  London King

Review: 'The Part That Burns,' by Jeannine Ouellette

NONFICTION: Minneapolis writer Jeannine Ouellette tells a story of childhood trauma with strength and calm.
Variety
March 19
Kazim Ali

Review: 'Northern Light,' by Kazim Ali

NONFICTION: In search of belonging, a writer probes the past and present among the Pimicikamak in the Canadian North.
Variety
March 19
Jacqueline Winspear

Review: 'The Consequences of Fear,' by Jacqueline Winspear

FICTION: The British sleuth Maisie Dobbs is back, solving problems as bombs rain down on London.
Variety
March 19
“Five Days Gone” by Laura Cummings

Quarantine read: 'Five Days Gone'

"Five Days Gone: The Mystery of My Mother's Disappearance as a Child," by Laura CummingIn this short but compelling book, Laura Cumming slowly uncovers her…
Variety
March 19
Andrea Lee

Review: 'Red Island House,' by Andrea Lee

FICTION: Andrea Lee combines luscious physical descriptions with sharp-witted social perception in this thrilling novel.
Variety
March 18
Chang-rae Lee

Chang-rae Lee made big changes — then created a character who does, too

Chang-rae Lee talks about how he found the story he needed to tell.
Variety
March 18

Excerpt from Chang-rae Lee's novel 'My Year Abroad'

I was home again for the summer after attending a second year at my small expensive college, which small expensive college in particular doesn't matter,…
Books
March 17
“Slider” by Pete Hautman  photo by Kaia Nao

The next statewide book club pick is Minneapolis writer Pete Hautman's 'Slider'

E-book available as free download for Minnesotans and author will appear in online chat in April.
Books
March 16
“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…
Variety
March 15
Stephen King is the author of more than 60 novels including classics like “The Shining” and “It.”

Review: 'Later,' by Stephen King

FICTION: A teen who sees dead people narrates the latest by Stephen King.
Variety
March 14

Review: 'Little Disasters,' by Sarah Vaughan

Little DisastersBy Sarah Vaughan. (Emily Bestner Books/Atria, 420 pages, $17.)What would you do if one of your dear, trusted friends was suspected of harming her…
Variety
March 12
N. Scott Momaday

Attuned to the Earth's moods, revered Native writer N. Scott Momaday sounds an alarm

"The Earth is getting angry with us," says the Pulitzer winner, part of a special Talking Volumes series on race in America.
Variety
March 12
David Laskin

Review: 'What Sammy Knew,' by David Laskin

FICTION: An engaging coming-of-age novel about a young man caught up in the turmoil of New York City in 1970.