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  • Terry Tempest Williams on the search for beauty
    In her new book, Terry Tempest Williams writes of the old mosaics in Ravenna, Italy.Midmorning, July 26, 2010
  • New novel could make David Mitchell a household name in the US
    While he's hugely popular around the world, British novelist David Mitchell is still somewhat of a cult figure in the U.S. His new novel, "The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet," may well change that.July 19, 2010
  • Half-pint gets her own Laurapalooza
    Laura Ingalls Wilder fans converge at a conference this week just an hour and a half from Walnut Grove, the setting of her famous "Little House" series. We'll hear from two biographers who reveal how much of her life she incorporated into her classic pioneer stories.Midmorning, July 15, 2010
  • Spy writers who wrought fiction from fact
    Both Gayle Lynds and Barry Eisler had careers that afforded them an inside peek into the world of spycraft. Midmorning discusses how their experience with espionage informed their fiction.Midmorning, July 8, 2010
  • Chimamanda Adichie's stories of Africa and America
    Acclaimed writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie writes about the cultural collision faced by Nigerians living in America and Africa. A product of both worlds herself, Adichie skewers the stereotypes cherished on both sides of the Atlantic.Midmorning, June 14, 2010
  • Best-selling author Sebastian Junger on his new book, 'War'
    Journalist and best-selling author Sebastian Junger speaks at the UBS Forum about his new book titled 'War'. The book follows a platoon of soldiers in Eastern Afghanistan and explores the psychological and social effects of combat in one of the most dangerous regions of the country.June 10, 2010
  • Sebastian Junger explores the reality of combat
    Journalist Sebastian Junger is fascinated by people living and working in extreme situations. His new book chronicles his experience embedding with the men of a U.S. Army platoon in one of the most dangerous regions of Afghanistan.Midmorning, June 9, 2010
  • Is book publishing dying?
    In a recent op-ed for the New York Times, Garrison Keillor argues that with the rise of blogs and self-publishing, book publishing as we know it, and its role in the creation of authors, is about to "slide into the sea." Two industry observers say that while publishing is in trouble, the end isn't near.Midmorning, June 8, 2010
  • Alexander McCall Smith thinks about St. Paul from Edinburgh
    A new Alexander McCall Smith novel isn't news in a way. The prolific Scottish author is currently writing no fewer than five series of books. However for fans, a new No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency book is a big event. And for Minnesota fans there's an added extra in the latest book in the series -- a sub-plot about St Paul.June 4, 2010
  • "Winter's Bone" examines rural poverty
    Film director Debra Granik knew she'd have a challenge portraying the complexities of life in isolated communities in the Ozarks. Her film "Winter's Bone" is getting praise from both critics and the people whose story she tells.June 2, 2010
  • Talking Volumes season finale: Monica Ali
    Author Monica Ali is considered one of the best young novelists in Britain. Her latest novel, "In the Kitchen," is about the efforts of a chef to succeed in a once grand restaurant, despite huge pressures at home and a murder. Kerri Miller talked with Monica Ali on the stage of the Fitzgerald Theater May 19.Midmorning, May 24, 2010
  • These storytellers are rockstars
    Every third Sunday of the month, a group of "Gen Y" yarn spinners regale audiences with edgy tales of woe, wisdom and awkward situations. They call themselves the Rockstar Storytellers.May 21, 2010
  • Rin Tin Tin, chickens and Susan Orlean
    Animals interest writer Susan Orlean. Chickens and mules show up in her writing for the New Yorker lately. That fascination extends to Orlean's latest writing on the life of Rin Tin Tin.Midmorning, May 20, 2010
  • Azar Nafisi on Iran and human rights
    Author and activist Azar Nafisi says the repression in Iran goes beyond the holding of the three American hikers. She talks about how the Iranian regime tries and occasionally fails to stifle creative expression.Midmorning, May 20, 2010
  • Lee Child on the craft of crime fiction
    Author Lee Child has written many books where his character, retired military policeman Jack Reacher finds himself in countless dangerous situations. In the most recent installment of Reacher's adventures, he's stuck in a South Dakota blizzard with a killer closing in.Midmorning, May 18, 2010

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