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Literature

  • Fossil hunters in fiction
    Tracy Chevalier's latest historical novel is the story of a 19th-century fossil hunter whose discovery of ancient marine reptiles shakes the scientific community. "Remarkable Creatures" explores how one woman's findings led to new ways of thinking about the creation of the world.Midmorning, March 31, 2010
  • New memoir explores science of the brain
    Author Siri Hustvedt investigates the causes of her migraine headaches and episodes of uncontrollable shaking that began shortly after the death of her father.Midmorning, March 25, 2010
  • A war story through a Korean-American lens
    Chang-rae Lee's latest novel, "The Surrendered," deals with the trauma of the Korean War on a series of complex characters, including a war orphan and a missionary. Lee himself struggled at times to write his novel, putting it aside to work on other books.Midmorning, March 23, 2010
  • England's greatest literary forgery
    When a teenager claims to be the world's greatest bard, scholars of 18th century London were quick to embrace him, though it turned out to be a hoax. Midmorning discusses the ongoing quest for authorship and authenticity in Shakespeare's work.Midmorning, March 23, 2010
  • Howard Hong, renowned Kierkegaard scholar, dies at 97
    Howard Hong, a legendary St. Olaf College professor, and one of the nation's leading experts on the philosopher Kierkegaard, died Tuesday. He was 97.March 16, 2010
  • Erin Hart's "False Mermaid" and unsolved murder in St. Paul
    In Erin Hart's new mystery novel "False Mermaid," the lead character comes back to Minnesota to try to get some questions answered about a murder in St. Paul that has gone unsolved for five years.March 10, 2010
  • For Kate DiCamillo, stories are everywhere
    One of Minnesota's best-known children's authors, Kate DiCamillo, is one of six nominees for the Most Engaging Author in the American Booksellers Association's 2010 Indies Choice Book Awards. She spoke with MPR's Cathy Wurzer about her writing last fall at the Fitzgerald Theater.Midday, March 4, 2010
  • Life in Peter Bognanni's 'House of Tomorrow'
    St Paul writer Peter Bognanni combines geodesic domes and punk rock in his new novel. "The House of Tomorrow" is an off-kilter coming of age story set in small town Iowa. Bognanni, who teaches at Macalester College, says the book came about from a chance encounter.March 3, 2010
  • Keeping the Feast
    In a new memoir, foreign correspondent Paula Butturini reflects on how she tried to keep her marriage together through her husband's long recovery from a sniper's bullet and his depression.Midmorning, March 2, 2010
  • A new take on the gangster novel
    When author Thomas Mullen decided to write a Depression-era gangster novel, he wanted to find a new angle. He found it for his new book, "The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers."February 25, 2010
  • The enduring power of 'My Antonia'
    Willa Cather's "My Antonia" captured the beauty of the prairie and the hardscrabble existence of European immigrants on the Nebraska plains. The author of a new stage adaptation of the novel, and a Cather scholar, talk about why the story still resonates.Midmorning, February 16, 2010
  • Writer sees another side of China - from his car
    When writer Peter Hessler decided he wanted to see China, he went out and got himself a Chinese drivers license, rented a car, and hit the road.February 12, 2010
  • The Good Soldiers
    The Iraq war transformed a group of idealistic Army Rangers, and journalist David Finkel has chronicled their story in a book that won critical acclaim last year.Midmorning, February 11, 2010
  • Mystery surrounds roots of the Macbeth curse
    The Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis opens a brand new production of Macbeth this weekend - and that makes some people a little nervous. In some circles Shakespeare's bloody tragedy is believed to be cursed.February 5, 2010
  • Author explores troubled lives
    Writer Wells Tower searches for what drives people to do bad things. His new collection of stories features a range of troubled male characters and their complicated relationships.Midmorning, February 4, 2010

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