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  • Oddsmakers favor Dylan for Nobel Prize
    The winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize for Literature will be announced Thursday morning. And there is growing belief, at least among gamblers, that Hibbing's own Bob Dylan has a good shot to win the award this year.October 5, 2011
  • A conversation with Michele Norris
    A broadcast of Kerri Miller's conversation with NPR's Michele Norris about race, the power of language, and her book "The Grace of Silence." The city of Minneapolis chose Norris's memoir for it's first community read. Recorded at the Guthrie Theater on Oct. 4.Midmorning, October 5, 2011
  • Nobel-winning poet muses on the tension between speech and silence
    When Irish poet Seamus Heaney won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1995 his biography stated how his work revolves around the "inner tension between speech and silence."October 3, 2011
  • Craig Thompson's complex intertwinings in 'Habibi'
    Graphic artist Craig Thompson believes that comic-books have yet to reach their full audience. His latest graphic novel 'Habibi' is an epic tale of love between two orphans in an un-named desert, and it draws on a huge array of religious and artistic traditions.September 27, 2011
  • Book recounts a family's struggle with Alzheimer's
    "A Song at Twilight: Of Alzheimer's and Love" is the heart-wrenching account of poet Nancy Paddock's parents' nearly decade-long descent into dementia. She spoke about the book with MPR's Cathy Wurzer.September 21, 2011
  • Books for the fall
    As the weather turns cold, readers are looking for a good book to curl up with. Midmorning looks at the fall's big literary releases.Midmorning, September 20, 2011
  • An exile reflects on his native country.
    Novelist Nuruddin Farah left Somalia in the early 1990s, but the landscape of his homeland, and all the suffering it has experienced, is vividly evoked in his writing. His new book details the forces that have wreaked havoc in the country.Midmorning, September 20, 2011
  • Talking Volumes with Jennifer Egan
    The Pulitzer Prize-winning author talks with Kerri Miller about "A Visit from the Goon Squad," the importance of empathy for a writer, and the mystery behind the creative process.Midmorning, September 19, 2011
  • Author Thomas Friedman discusses latest effort
    Thomas Friedman speaks with MPR about his latest book,"That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back."September 9, 2011
  • The literature of 9/11
    In the ten years since the September 11 attacks, pages have been devoted to describing the events and the effects of that day. Midmorning looks at how literature has been shaped by 9/11, and also how it has shaped our understanding of the event.Midmorning, September 9, 2011
  • 'Death of the Mantis' is an African thriller with Minnesota roots
    "Death of the Mantis," the third book in the internationally successful Detective Kubu mystery series, arrives in bookstores this week.September 6, 2011
  • Books for the college bound
    The summer before college is one of the last times, at least for a few years, that students have the time to read for fun. What books should be they be reading to prepare for the intellectual (and emotional) adventure of college?Midmorning, September 2, 2011
  • Bachmann memoir coming in November
    Michele Bachmann has a book deal. The Republican presidential candidate's memoir, currently untitled, has already been completed and will arrive in November.August 29, 2011
  • Amazon ups the ante against publishers
    Amazon announces the signing of a popular self-help author in a high-profile move to position the online retailer as a publisher. The move is making traditional publishers nervous.Midmorning, August 18, 2011
  • The Current Presents: Words and Music
    Ever wonder what kind of tunes some of your favorite writers listen to? Jacquie Fuller wondered the same thing and hunted down a few of her favorite writers. Some cited music as a huge influence, and some turned to it for reasons outside of their writing. Find out with Charles Baxter, Jennifer Egan, Steve Arnold and others like to listen to.August 11, 2011

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