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  • Hanukkah Lights 2011
    NPR's annual holiday program celebrating the Jewish festival of lights. Hosts Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz read from a collection of specially commissioned stories centering on Hanukkah.Midday, December 20, 2011
  • Minn. poet Bly celebrates friend's Nobel
    Acclaimed Minnesota poet Robert Bly is helping celebrate the Nobel Prize for Literature claimed recently by his longtime friend, Sweden's Tomas Transtromer.December 13, 2011
  • Bachmann's book off to slow sales start
    Michele Bachmann's new book has been slow to move off of store shelves, according to figures from the first two weeks of sales.December 7, 2011
  • Q&A: Eric Utne, magazine founder
    Utne Reader, the Minneapolis-based compendium of progressive writing and alternative media, is relocating to Topeka, Kan., the magazine's publisher announced Monday.December 6, 2011
  • '11/22/63' : Stephen King on his new time travel book
    Stephen King's latest novel, "11/22/63", centers on a man who travels back in time to try to prevent JFK's assassination. King discusses the book and his writing career at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston.Midday, December 1, 2011
  • 'Fahrenheit 451' finally out as an e-book
    Ray Bradbury, science fiction/fantasy author and longtime enemy of the e-book, has finally allowed his dystopian classic "Fahrenheit 451" to be published in digital format.November 29, 2011
  • Talking Volumes: Colson Whitehead
    Author Colson Whitehead joined Kerri Miller to discuss zombies, Twitter, his childhood journal and his new book, Zone One. Recorded at the Fitzgerald Theater on November 2nd.Midmorning, November 7, 2011
  • The tragedy of Arthur
    In his new novel, Arthur Phillips spins a tale within a tale about a novelist named Arthur Phillips, and his discovery of a long-lost play by Shakespeare. Is Phillips writing about himself, and is the play the real thing? Find out on Midmorning. Originally broadcast April 26, 2011.Midmorning, October 28, 2011
  • A multi-layered novel which deliberately leaves much to a readers imagination
    "The Stranger's Child" caused one newspaper critic to say Alan Hollinghurst had a "perhaps unassailable claim to be the best English novelist working today."October 27, 2011
  • Author Charles Frazier goes contemporary in newest book
    Charles Frazier, author of the best-selling novel "Cold Mountain," is moving forward in time, in his newest book. His novel, "Nightwoods," is a thriller, set around 1960 in a remote community in the forested mountains of North Carolina.October 24, 2011
  • Russell Banks writes the life of a sex offender
    In 50 years of writing fiction, Russell Banks has told the stories of many less-than-perfect people. For his latest novel "Lost Memory of Skin" he takes on perhaps his most troubling character: a young sex offender.October 18, 2011
  • Daniel Woodrell's harrowing tales of Ozark life
    Fans of author Daniel Woodrell have snapped up his books for years. Yet it was only when his novel "Winter's Bone" became an Oscar nominated movie that many people became aware of his work. This weekend he'll read at the Twin Cities Book Festival.October 13, 2011
  • Literary novelists take on the monster
    Horror, science fiction and fantasy books have long been popular, but now an increasing number of novelists known for literary fiction are getting in on the act. Is it a recognition of the sales potential, or a desire by writers to explore different genres?Midmorning, October 12, 2011
  • The Midmorning creature feature
    Excerpts from conversations with authors Justin Cronin, Daniel Wilson, and Glen Duncan about their literary takes on vampires, robots, and werewolves.Midmorning, October 12, 2011
  • Talking Volumes: Stacy Schiff
    A broadcast of Kerri Miller's conversation with author Stacey Schiff about her biography of Cleopatra.Midmorning, October 11, 2011

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