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  • Novel explores the psychological impact of torture
    Author Thomas Kennedy moved to Copenhagen in the 1970s and has published more than 20 books in Europe, yet until recently had gone unpublished in America. His new book tells the story of a former political prisoner's attempt to recover from years of torture.Midmorning, November 19, 2010
  • Once bitten, twice shy
    Midmorning examines the history and the science of things that bite -- bedbugs, leeches, rabid dogs, even vampires -- with Dr. Jon Hallberg and members of the Hippocrates Cafe.Midmorning, October 28, 2010
  • Ian Frazier explores the lure of Siberia
    For almost 20 years, writer Ian Frazier has been obsessed by a place which many people use as a metaphor for unpleasantness - Siberia. He's just published his account of his five visits to the area called "Travels in Siberia."October 26, 2010
  • Up and coming novelist Dinaw Mengestu gets rave reviews for new book
    Novelist Dinaw Mengestu's star is rising. He was recently named by the New Yorker as one of the top 20 writers under the age of 40 worth watching. He talked with MPR's Euan Kerr about his new book, "How to Read the Air."October 21, 2010
  • Bill Bryson: The home, up close
    Bill Bryson is known for his humorous books on travel, but for his latest he stays closer to home, specifically his own. "At Home" is an intimate look at Bryson's victorian era home in England, and the history behind some of the everyday items we take for granted.Midmorning, October 20, 2010
  • Novel describes the love stories behind a dogfight
    Minneapolis-based writer Matt Burgess says when he wanted to call his first novel "Dogfight," his editor suggested softening it a little. Now it's called "Dogfight, a love story." The novel, which is the story of a bumbling drug dealer in New York, was snapped up by publishers within days.October 15, 2010
  • The president's reading list
    When President Obama had a book thrown at him at a recent rally in Philadelphia, many pundits had suggestions for what the book should have been. Midmorning asks a book critic and an historian what they think should be on the President Obama's reading list.Midmorning, October 14, 2010
  • Vampires and zombies and werewolves, oh my!
    The vampire and zombie craze in books, films and TV seems unstoppable. What is it about supernatural characters that captivates everyone from teenage girls to their middle-aged parents?Midmorning, October 14, 2010
  • Title from small Mpls. publisher nominated for Book Award
    Staff at Minneapolis-based Coffee House Press are celebrating, after one of its titles was nominated Wednesday for a National Book Award for Fiction.October 13, 2010
  • Poet D.A. Powell reflects on success and failure
    Days before D.A. Powell won a prestigious $100,000 award for his poetry, he received a stock rejection letter from the New Yorker magazine for a poem he'd submitted. "I kind of like that," Powell told the San Francisco Chronicle in March 2010. "It says that no matter what happens telling you you are on the right path, you are never quite there. You really don't want life to get too easy." He joins Midmorning to talk about his latest collection of poems.Midmorning, October 11, 2010
  • Books, by the millions, for Africa
    While many of us take books for granted, in some parts of the world they are still a rarity. A St. Paul-based organization is trying to change this by sending millions of books, most of them school textbooks, to Africa.October 6, 2010
  • Fifty years later, 'To Kill a Mockingbird' still resonates
    The Pulitzer Prize winning classic novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" turns 50 this year. Kerri Miller interviews a documentarian who gained rare interviews with Harper Lee's sister and friends to help reveal the story behind the book.Midmorning, October 5, 2010
  • Michele Norris discusses her new memoir
    Michele Norris, co-host of NPR's All Things Considered, is back in her home town of Minneapolis to talk about her new memoir, "The Grace of Silence." It's a very personal look at how we do -- and do not -- talk about race in America.October 1, 2010
  • The reader's guide to travel
    Nancy Pearl doesn't like to travel, but she loves to read about far-off lands. Her new book recommends literature for prospective travelers.Midmorning, September 24, 2010
  • NPR's Scott Simon on adoption: 'It's been a wonderful, emotional experience'
    Most of us know Scott Simon as the host of NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday. But in his new book "Baby, we were meant for each other" he explores another hugely important part of his life - as an adoptive father.September 23, 2010

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