Variety
December 30, 2021
Singer-songwriter Olivia Rodrigo, 18, became an instant pop phenom when she dropped “Driver’s License” in January 2021.

Looking for something fun to do in Minnesota in 2022? Check out these 13 picks

Our critics offer their picks for Minnesota's 13 hottest arts and entertainment events in the new year.
Books
December 27, 2021

Review: 'A Net For Small Fishes,' by Lucy Jago

Tuesday Read: Lucy Jago's story fittingly takes place in the corrupt, licentious court of England's James I.
Books
December 24, 2021
Lydia Davis

Review: 'Essays Two,' by Lydia Davis

Lydia Davis' second essay collection is an engaging and erudite exploration of the pleasure and pains of language and translation.
Books
December 24, 2021
David Wengrow and David Graeber

Review: 'The Dawn of Everything,' by David Graeber and David Wengrow

"The Dawn of Everything" is a vibrant if uneven survey of inequity through the ages.
Books
December 24, 2021
Evan Connell at the University of Kansas, 1946-47.

Review: 'Literary Alchemist: The Writing Life of Evan S. Connell,' by Steve Paul

Steve Paul's biography of Evan S. Connell parses a brilliant and hard-to-pin-down iconoclast.
Books
December 24, 2021
Thomas Keneally

Review: 'The Dickens Boy,' by Thomas Keneally

At 16, Charles Dickens' son immigrated to Australia. What became of him there will transfix readers in this novel by the author of "Schindler's List."
Books
December 24, 2021

Review: 'Travels With George,' By Nathaniel Philbrick

Books in brief
Books
December 24, 2021
The Man Who Died Twice: A Thursday Murder Club Mystery/A Place of Exodus: Home, Memory, and Texas

Audiobooks

While away the hours with a mystery, a history and a memoir
Books
December 24, 2021

Don't miss: 'The Flowers of Evil,' by Charles Baudelaire, translated by Aaron Poochigian

If translation sounds like a dusty occupation, you don't know the fearless work of Aaron Poochigian. This onetime Minnesotan spilled blood at the Guthrie Theater…
Books
December 24, 2021
W.F. Hermans in 1977.

Review: 'A Guardian Angel Recalls,' by Willem Frederik Hermans, translated by David Colmer

A dark and provocative wartime novel about a guilty man and his guardian angel.
Variety
December 24, 2021
Melissa Castrillón requires a copyright notice as follows wherever the image is shown: Illustration © Melissa Castrillón 2021.

A Minnesota family's trip home to Colombia is magical for unexpected reasons

Christmas in Colombia wasn't much like Christmas in Minnesota for this family — but it brought an abundance of surprises, and love.
Books
December 23, 2021
Joan Didion, interviewed in 2005 in her New York apartment by Star Tribune reporter Kritin Tillotson.

2005 interview: Joan Didion on her 'Year of Magical Thinking'

The late Star Tribune writer Kristin Tillotson journeyed to New York in 2005 to interview the author, who died Thursday, about her book on grief.
TV & Media
December 21, 2021
Brian Baumgartner played the earnest doof Kevin Malone on “The Office.”

Former Minnesotan gets 'meta' about his beloved 'The Office' character Kevin

Former Minnesotan Brian Baumgartner looks back at the NBC sitcom's legacy.
Books
December 20, 2021

Review: 'Sex Cult Nun,' by Faith Jones

Jones, who escaped the Children of God cult, found a different kind of faith, in books and, later, the law — and herself.
Books
December 18, 2021
A 14th century book of hours from France displayed at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn.

Bookmark: In praise of physical books

All kinds of books are good, but physical books can have a magical beauty.
Books
December 17, 2021

Review: 'A Season for Second Chances,' by Jenny Bayliss

Books in brief
Books
December 17, 2021
Alan Cumming

Review: 'Baggage,' by Alan Cumming

Don't Miss
Books
December 17, 2021
Siri Hustvedt

Review: 'Mothers, Fathers, and Others,' by Siri Hustvedt

Sparkling essays on a wide range of topics from a self-described "intellectual vagabond."
Books
December 17, 2021
Nadifa Mohamed

Review: 'The Fortune Men,' by Nadifa Mohamed

The wrong man: Inside the world of a Somali sailor hanged for murder.
Books
December 17, 2021
Lisa Harding

Review: 'Bright Burning Things,' by Lisa Harding

A probing character study with insightful perspectives on addiction and single parenthood.