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  • Novelist Paul Auster writes about home
    Paul Auster's new novel about abandoned homes and broken families speaks to Americans' experience with the recession. He revisits themes of existential crisis and the search for identity.Midmorning, January 26, 2011
  • Lessons from a war-zone coffee shop
    Deborah Rodriguez dealt with patrons of all kinds when she ran a hair salon in Afghanistan. She wrote a memoir of that time called "Kabul Beauty School." Now she's turned to fiction with her first novel "A Cup For Friendship," which is also set in that country.January 25, 2011
  • Author captures regional differences in whiteness
    Satirical writer Christian Lander thought he was on to a good, but probably short-lived, thing with his blog and a book called "Stuff White People Like." After spotting more examples on his book tour, he now has a regional guide to the white people of North America, called "Whiter Shades of Pale." He says most people get the joke.January 19, 2011
  • Newsmaker: Censoring Huck Finn?
    A Mark Twain scholar is planning to release a new edition of the classic "Huckleberry Finn," with the "N" word being replaced by the word "slave." He says it's not an attempt to render the book colorblind, but many commentators are up in arms.Midmorning, January 6, 2011
  • Today's Question: Should an editor change a classic novel to keep from offending modern readers?
    A Mark Twain scholar plans to release a new edition of "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" without the N word. Today's Question: Should an editor change a classic novel to keep from offending modern readers?January 5, 2011
  • The queen of the Nile: a new perspective
    She was called Queen of Kings, and in her lifetime Cleopatra was romantically linked with both Julius Caesar and Mark Antony. Biographer Stacy Schiff considers her a shrewd political strategist and powerful ruler.Midmorning, January 5, 2011
  • An intimate look at a founding family
    John Adams has had his share of publicity in the past few years. Historian Joseph Ellis's new book takes a look at the enduring relationship between Adams and his wife, Abigail, as revealed through their letters to one another.Midmorning, January 3, 2011
  • The year in books
    Jonathan Franzen's "Freedom" stole much of the spotlight, but the fact that it wasn't even nominated for the National Book Award shows what a strong year 2010 was for fiction. Midmorning looks at the best books, both fiction and nonfiction, of 2010.Midmorning, December 29, 2010
  • Faith, family, and temptation
    Author John Reimringer's new novel tells the story of a young priest and his struggle with the vow of celibacy. But beyond being a story about the sacred versus the profane, the author says it's also a love letter to the city of St. Paul.Midmorning, December 27, 2010
  • A grittier 'True Grit'
    St. Louis Park natives Joel and Ethan Coen said they wanted to remake the classic western "True Grit" in part to rectify an injustice to the novel on which it's based. Their film, which opens tomorrow, appears to do just that.December 21, 2010
  • Author writes about a different kind of traveling
    Tony Hiss writes about travel, but not in terms of exotic spots to visit. He writes about the actual movement from place to place.December 13, 2010
  • St. Paul writer's debut prison novel draws national acclaim
    St. Paul writer Keith Hollihan's debut novel, "The Four Stages of Cruelty," hits bookstores this week, and Publisher's Weekly has already named it one of the best books of 2010.December 8, 2010
  • Emmer to concede in governor's race
    GOP gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer is expected to concede the election this morning in a 10:30am press conference from his home in Delano. Midmorning has live coverage.Midmorning, December 8, 2010
  • Nancy Pearl picks her favorite memoirs
    Retired librarian and avid reader Nancy Pearl shares some of her favorite memoirs. Pearl is the author of "Book Lust" and "Book Crush," which are lists of recommended reading for adults and teens. Pearl said her favorite memoirs have engaging characters, enlightening and/or entertaining stories and good writing.December 5, 2010
  • Talking Volumes with Nora Ephron
    A broadcast of Kerri Miller's discussion with author and screenwriter Nora Ephron about her new collection of essays, "I Remember Nothing."Midmorning, November 19, 2010

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