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  • The hard-won success of "The Help"
    Kathryn Stockett's novel "The Help" was the surprise literary success of 2009. After 60 agents rejected her manuscript, the first-time author's book has now been on the New York Times best-sellers list for 56 weeks.May 4, 2010
  • All aboard Jim Lehrer's new novel, "Super"
    They called it the train of the stars. The Super Chief was a streamlined flagship of the Santa Fe railroad. It ran from Chicago to Los Angeles, and pampered its often famous passengers in luxury and discretion.May 3, 2010
  • Anchee Min's personal view on 'The Good Earth' author
    Writer Anchee Min's latest novel, "Pearl of China," details the life of Nobel Prize-winner Pearl S. Buck. In the early 1930s Buck wrote "The Good Earth," and other books about life in China. Min says while much has been written about Buck's life, it's never been from a Chinese perspective.April 29, 2010
  • New reasons for boys to read
    A recent study from the Center on Education Policy shows that boys' reading performance lags behind their female peers. It's not the boys' fault, some authors say, but the fault of books that rarely reflect boys' lives.Midmorning, April 23, 2010
  • Minn. Book Awards honor local writers, advocates
    Carolyn Holbrook, a longtime advocate of arts in education, received special recognition Saturday night at the Minnesota Book Awards, for her contributions to Minnesota's literary community.April 18, 2010
  • Anna Quindlen explores life's sudden changes
    Anna Quindlen's new novel "Every Last One" grew out of her feeling that many of the people around her believed they could protect themselves from life's random acts.April 16, 2010
  • A mother's quest to save her son
    Randi Davenport struggled to find treatment and a new diagnosis for her autistic son after he developed psychotic behavior during his teens. The mental health system she encountered was willing to accommodate his developmental disability or his psychiatric diagnosis, but not both.Midmorning, April 15, 2010
  • Richard Powers' science-inspired literature
    Novelist Richard Powers was among the early few to have his genetic makeup mapped. His latest work of fiction asks if there were a gene for happiness, should we rid ourselves of discontent?Midmorning, April 14, 2010
  • Minnesota native talks about winning the Pulitzer Prize
    T.J. Stiles, a native of Minnesota and a Carleton College graduate, won a Pulitzer Prize in the biography category for his book "The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt." He spoke with MPR's Cathy Wurzer.April 13, 2010
  • Newsmaker: One hundred years after Twain's death
    A century later critics still consider Mark Twain as one of the greatest American humorist of his age. His classic novel "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" was lauded for its stunning narrative and social criticism, yet is still banned from a number of libraries for its crude use of vernacular.Midmorning, April 13, 2010
  • Why Neil Gaiman loves libraries
    Award-winning author Neil Gaiman says libraries are more vital than ever. To press his point he's serving as honorary chair for National Library Week.April 12, 2010
  • Pushed to positivity in book reviews
    Book reviewers at major newspapers receive hundreds of books to read and analyze a year, and give positive reviews to more and more of them according to some reviewers. The praise inflation doesn't do the critics any good, but it can be hard to avoid. One critic looks back at his modest, and mischievous, proposal to positively write about only those books that he would recommend to friends or family.Midmorning, April 7, 2010
  • Colum McCann the art of living in different worlds
    Broadcast of Kerri Miller's conversation with author Colum McCann. His critically acclaimed book, "Let the Great World Spin," a vivid series of New Yorkers' perspectives, set against a French high wire artist's astonishing walk between the twin towers of the World Trade Center.Midmorning, April 5, 2010
  • The lure of Scandinavian crime writing
    One word which gets many thriller readers' pulses racing nowadays is "Scandinavia." The area of the world best known for fjords and Vikings is awash in blood, if you are to believe the popular novels being written by Norwegian, Swedish, and Danish crime writers. Now the phenomenon is spreading to U.S. soil.April 4, 2010
  • The enduring appeal of Sherlock Holmes
    Journalist David Grann contemplates the strange death of the world's foremost expert on Sherlock Holmes and a dozen other real-life mysteries in his new book. Grann says the appeal of Holmes is that he restores order to a bewildering universeMidmorning, April 1, 2010

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