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April 16
Poet Moheb Soliman. Photo by Bruce Silcox

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

POETRY: Four astonishing new books by Minnesota poets.
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April 16
Independent Bookstore Day is next Saturday.

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

Independent Bookstore Day — traditionally the last Saturday of April — also marks the beginning of the season for Babycake's Book Stack, the Twin…
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April 16
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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April 16
The Bundy family at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge near Burns, Ore., in 2016.  Associated Press

Review: 'Standoff,' by Jacqueline Keeler

NONFICTION: Jacqueline Keeler's thoughtful book compares the 2016 events at Standing Rock with a white standoff that same year in Oregon.
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April 16
Mary Casanova

Review: 'Waterfall,' by Mary Casanova

FICTION: A young woman breaks free from societal norms and expectations.
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April 16
Ethan Rutherford

Review: 'Farthest South,' by Ethan Rutherford

FICTION: Everyday vulnerability and eerie occurrences merge in a new collection of short stories.
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April 16

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,…
Local
April 14
Jenna Cruz and her daughter Esme, 6, of Chaska looked through the book “Esme the Emerald Fairy,” whose main character is a youngster of color.

Eastern Carver County schools working to diversify library books

East Carver County schools striving for better diversity in library offerings.
Local
April 14
Scott King

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

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.
Books
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.
Books
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."
Books
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.