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  • From across an ocean, poet pines for Minn. honor
    The island dweller who penned a poem decades ago that could find its way into Minnesota law hasn't been shy about promoting "Minnesota Blue."February 17, 2013
  • Expand your mind through a more diverse reading list
    Americans of all political stripes should expand their reading to include viewpoints they may not agree with, argues Ross Douthat in the New York Times.The Daily Circuit, January 30, 2013
  • Book pick: 'The Marseille Caper' by Peter Mayle
    Kerri's book pick this week is The Marseille Caper, the second mystery novel by bestselling author Peter Mayle featuring ex-pat American sleuth Sam Levitt.January 28, 2013
  • Finalists are announced for Minn. Book Awards
    The 25th annual Minnesota Book Awards take place on April 13, 2013. A list of who's in the running.January 26, 2013
  • Pulitzer winner Richard Ford on his latest, 'Canada'
    Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Ford discusses his latest novel, "Canada," narrated by a retired teacher whose parents robbed a bank to get out of a financial bind.The Daily Circuit, January 22, 2013
  • Korean-American novelist uses Macalester as backdrop for 'The Collective'
    The Korean-American novelist Don Lee's latest book "The Collective" uses Macalester College in St. Paul as a launching point for a tale about the Asian-American experience. Lee said of his four books so far, "The Collective" is his most personal.December 31, 2012
  • 'Far from the Tree' explores space between disability, identity
    A conversation with author Andrew Solomon about his new book, "Far from the Tree." Solomon amassed hours and hours of interviews with more than 300 families dealing with profound differences in their children, from deafness and dwarfism to prodigies and criminality. He connects their stories of rearing "different" children with his own upbringing as a gay, dyslexic son of a wealthy couple who was constantly bullied and developed serious depression. He realizes how his differences connect him to others who fall outside the mainstream.November 23, 2012
  • 2 brief Bradbury works out this fall
    Two pieces released this fall were written late in life by the science fiction/fantasy master Ray Bradbury, who died in June at age 91.November 10, 2012
  • Book offers inside look at pets at the White House
    Countless anecdotes and more than 200 pictures are featured the new book "Pets at the White House," which gives readers a glimpse of what life is like at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. for pets, and what those pets have meant to their famous owners.November 3, 2012
  • MPR photos of the week
    The 2012 campaign trail, the Vikings lose to the Redskins and the Lynx tie the Fever in the WNBA finals, biologists track wolves, farmers harvest the beet fields, and a Minneapolis woman draws strength from her Barbie collection. All that and more in our photos of the week.October 19, 2012
  • Neil Young says 1st book came 'off the top of my head'
    Neil Young's fans have come to expect wild swings if they've followed his music career since the 1960s. There's the near-violent guitar solos and throbbing rock of his collaborations with Crazy Horse. Lilting acoustic melodies like "Harvest Moon." Electronic experiments. Moments of genius and ill-advised detours.October 7, 2012
  • New book explores the lives of Ojibwe elders
    Duluth's Holy Cow! Press is celebrating its 35th anniversary with the release of its most monumental work to date. The new book, "Spirit of the Ojibwe," is a comprehensive look at the history of a Wisconsin band of Ojibwe Indians.August 3, 2012
  • Memoir chronicles vegan extreme-runner's journey and evolution
    Scott Jurek is one of the world's top ultramarathoners, winning races of 50, 100 and 120 miles in record times. And he does it all on a vegan diet. His new memoir "Eat and Run" details his progression from a meat-and-potatoes boy who hated to run to a world-class athlete, throwing in running tips and his favorite recipes.June 19, 2012
  • Natasha Trethewey named 19th US poet laureate
    A Pulitzer Prize winner is the nation's first poet laureate to hail from the South since the initial one — Robert Penn Warren — was named by the Library of Congress in 1986.June 7, 2012
  • A powerful poetic alphabet of loss and longing
    Katrina Vandenberg's new collection, "The Alphabet Not Unlike the World," touches on loss and sadness, but the pieces make her feel better about the world.June 4, 2012

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