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  • Talking Volumes with Barbara Kingsolver
    Barbara Kingsolver's new novel, "The Lacuna," is the story of a man who spends his youth among legendary Mexican figures Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, then grows reclusive in older age. Kingsolver talked with Kerri Miller on Nov. 11 as part of the Talking Volumes regional book club series.Midmorning, November 16, 2009
  • A fictional exploration of the terrorist mind
    A new thriller from author and journalist Masha Hamilton takes readers inside the mind of a terrorist contemplating an attack in New York, as his mother and girlfriend try to figure out how to stop him.Midmorning, November 13, 2009
  • Mary Karr on alcoholism, sobriety, and finding religion
    Mary Karr has described the writing her first memoir, "The Liar's Club" as a scalding experience. Her third and latest memoir talks about her burning need for sobriety and belief in God.Midmorning, November 11, 2009
  • Video: Iconic author John Irving on Midmorning
    John Irving, author of "the World According to Garp" and many other novels, talks about why terrible things happen to his characters.November 9, 2009
  • John Irving on 'Last Night in Twisted River'
    The novels of John Irving have introduced readers to memorable figures like T.S. Garp and Owen Meany, characters whose lives are filled with lunacy and sorrow. His new book focuses on a novelist with a career very similar to his own.Midmorning, November 9, 2009
  • Novel explores the legacy of Indian boarding schools
    Bemidji-based writer Kent Nerburn writes fictional narratives based on the real stories of people he has met on reservations in Minnesota and the Dakotas. Nerburn's latest book, "The Wolf at Twilight," explores the sad legacy of the Indian Boarding schools.November 6, 2009
  • Concordia's annual salute to top writers
    Kerri Miller talked with authors Maxine Hong Kingston and Annette Gordon-Reed, the featured speakers at the National Book Awards at Concordia College in Moorhead. Kingston is the author of "The Woman Warrior." And Gordon-Reed is the author of "The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family." The event was recorded Friday, Oct. 30.Midmorning, November 4, 2009
  • 'The Man Who Loved Books Too Much'
    A journalist tracks the mind and motivation of a notorious book thief who regularly eludes capture, one of many thieves making rare books the art form most sought after by criminals.Midmorning, November 3, 2009
  • The word guru
    University of Minnesota etymology expert Anatoly Liberman joins Midmorning to talk about odd spellings, and the words we love just a little too much.Midmorning, October 30, 2009
  • A novel entirely of questions
    Padgett Powell's new book "The Interrogative Mood" begins with some questions. It ends with them too. In fact every single sentence is a question.October 28, 2009
  • Literary journeys to exotic lands
    Great writers of fiction and nonfiction have the ability to transport readers to different worlds and different times. Two book lovers join Midmorning to share their favorite books about exotic lands.Midmorning, October 28, 2009
  • Kerri Miller Book Club sampler
    Segments from Kerri Miller Book Club events with Louise Erdrich and Diane Ackerman. Louise Erdrich talks about her novel, "Love Medicine" 25 years after the book was published. And Diane Ackerman talks about about the natural history of dawn, the subject of her book, "Dawn Light."Midmorning, October 28, 2009
  • Amy Stewart on "Wicked Plants"
    You probably have plants in your garden, weeds that annoy you. Author Amy Stewart investigates the plants that kill, if you get too close.Midmorning, October 27, 2009
  • 'Post Secret' man collects strangers' intimate tales
    For the last five years people from all over the world have sent Frank Warren their intimate secrets, which he then shares on the Post Secret Web site and in books.October 26, 2009
  • Author Sherman Alexie reflects on moving off reservation
    Novelist and poet Sherman Alexie has a new collection of short stories that look at the lives of men dealing with change off the Indian reservation.Midmorning, October 20, 2009

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