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  • The guilt of a teenage accident: Darin Strauss discusses 'Half A Life'
    When he was in high school, novelist Darin Strauss was involved in car accident that took the life of a classmate. Yet when he left his hometown he rarely spoke of it. His new memoir explores his guilt and attempts to hide the deepest part of his life.Midmorning, June 22, 2011
  • The battle over teen fiction
    A recent Wall Street Journal article that criticized young adult fiction for being rife with violence and depravity has raised hackles among readers, novelists, and the publishing industry. Midmorning speaks with an author and a librarian about the controversy.Midmorning, June 20, 2011
  • A father's journey to understand his extraordinary son
    When he was 8 months old, Ian Brown's son, Walker, was diagnosed with cardiofaciocutaneous syndrome, an extremely rare disorder that left him severely disabled. Ian Brown joins us to discuss his quest to help his son and talk about his new book, "The Boy in the Moon."Midmorning, June 13, 2011
  • A meditation on men, women and marriage
    Novelist Siri Hustvedt's new novel is about the breakup of a marriage. Just don't ask her if it's autobiographical. She joins Midmorning to talk about "The Summer Without Men," and why readers want to believe that novelists draw from their own lives.Midmorning, June 9, 2011
  • Is teen fiction too dark?
    Young adult literature is a booming genre in the publishing industry, but one reviewer says we should be concerned about how dark and lurid the offerings for adolescent readers have become.Midmorning, June 9, 2011
  • Love, loss and grief
    Writer Francisco Goldman blends memoir and narrative in a new book about the death of his young wife, and his efforts to keep her memory alive.Midmorning, June 7, 2011
  • Summer reading recommendations
    America's favorite librarian and book-lover joins Midmorning to discuss great summer reads.Midmorning, June 2, 2011
  • Lavish praise for Lake Superior novel that took 8 years to write
    Writing about Lake Superior can be a huge task - just ask Danielle Sosin, a Duluth-based author of "The Long-Shining Waters," a novel which intertwines the stories of three women living next to the big lake at different times in history.June 1, 2011
  • Film director, author John Sayles and his 'Moment in the Sun'
    In his new novel, film director John Sayles examines an extraordinary moment in American history: The turn of the 20th century. He joins Midmorning to discuss the intersection between his writing and his work behind the camera.Midmorning, June 1, 2011
  • Local writer explains creative process behind new work, 'Sparrow Road'
    This is a big week for St. Paul writer Sheila O'Connor. Not only is she promoting her new novel "Sparrow Road," today, it is also the day she's set to begin writing her next novel.May 30, 2011
  • A tale of suffering and survival
    While researching her best selling book "Seabiscuit," Laura Hillenbrand stumbled across an article on Louis Zamperini, an Olympic athlete who endured incredible hardships during World War II. She reached out to him and forged a connection that she chronicles in her latest book.Midmorning, May 30, 2011
  • A new spin on the vampire legend
    Vampires are popular these days. But author Justin Cronin, whose previous books have been literary novels, tries to go beyond myth and make his vampires as scientifically plausible as possible. He joins Midmorning to talk about the first book in his vampire trilogy.Midmorning, May 19, 2011
  • Revisiting Jane Eyre
    After more than 160 years, Charlotte Bronte's classic novel Jane Eyre remains incredibly popular and influential. We discuss the enduring appeal and relevance of Jane Eyre.Midmorning, May 11, 2011
  • Musician authors on Midmorning
    Excerpts from Kerri Miller's conversations with three well-known musicians who have also written books.Midmorning, May 11, 2011
  • Who is your favorite literary character?
    Every book lover has a favorite literary character, but what if you had to be stranded on a desert island with that character? Who would it be, and why?May 9, 2011

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