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  • Novelist illuminates a special time in Rome
    David Bezmozgis sets his new novel "The Free World" in the late 1970s, when many Soviet Jews fleeing communist Russia ended up in Rome. There they waited to learn where they would end up: the USA, Canada, Australia, or Israel.May 4, 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."May 2, 2011
  • In Arthur Phillips' new novel, the play is the thing
    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.Midmorning, April 26, 2011
  • Novel explores notions of desire
    Best selling author Meg Wolitzer says for her new novel "The Uncoupling," she wanted to examine some old notions in a new way. The book tells the story of a 21st century community where all the women fall under a spell. "Often in a novel, a character is explored through sex. But here it's explored through the taking away of sex." Wolitzer says the story allowed her to explore modern ideas about intimacy.April 25, 2011
  • The importance of a good sentence
    In his new book, Stanley Fish celebrates the craft of writing a great sentence, and the pleasure of reading one. He joins Midmorning to discuss the art of the sentence.Midmorning, April 21, 2011
  • Amazon's Kindle will be compatible with libraries this year
    Most U.S. libraries already provide e-books, which work with nearly all e-readers except the Kindle. They're also accessible on many smartphones and tablets like the iPad.April 20, 2011
  • New head of Mortenson's charity promises transparency
    Author's Central Asia Institute is under fire after a "60 Minutes" piece accused him of lying about events in his best-selling book "Three Cups of Tea."April 20, 2011
  • Montana launches investigation into Mortenson's charity
    The development comes on the heels of investigations by "60 Minutes" and author Jon Krakauer into inaccuracies in the book "Three Cups of Tea" and how money donated to the Bozeman, Mont.-based Central Asia Institute was spent.April 19, 2011
  • Author delves into the eccentric teenage mind
    In his first three novels Twin Cities author George Rabasa tackled human-trafficking, police brutality and opera singing. Now he's moved on to teenage eccentricity.April 19, 2011
  • The cultural context of the Middle East uprisings
    In her bestselling memoir "Reading Lolita in Tehran," Azar Nafisi described her experience living and working as a secular women in Iran. She joins Midmorning to provide some perspective on the cultural forces at work in the Middle East uprisings.Midmorning, April 19, 2011
  • Mansion credited with being 'Gatsby' inspiration to be razed
    Long Island lore is that F. Scott Fitzgerald used "Land's End" in the classic portrayal of lavish lifestyles featured in his Jazz Age classic "The Great Gatsby."April 18, 2011
  • Writing Minnesota
    What does it mean to be a Minnesota writer? It means obsessing over the sound of the Mississippi River. It means writing about small towns. It means you're a refugee who refused to speak as a child. These are some of the many ways writers define their relationship to Minnesota. Host Annie Baxter invites you to hear these writers' reflections and their creative works on "Writing Minnesota."April 18, 2011
  • 'Three Cups of Tea' author accused of fabrication
    Despite claims made in a Sunday "60 Minutes" report, Greg Mortensen stands by his book and the work of his Central Asia Institute.April 15, 2011
  • Irish Poet Leanne O'Sullivan wins award from St. Thomas
    Irish Poet Leanne O'Sullivan is this year's winner of the O'Shaughnessy Award for Poetry, given by the University of St. Thomas Center for Irish Studies.April 14, 2011
  • Writer recounts lessons learned in solitude
    Philip Connors once had what some people would consider a dream job: He was an editor at the Wall Street Journal. However, in the space of a few weeks, he set it all aside to become a fire watcher. His new book, "Fire Season," recounts what he's learned about history, ecology and solitudesitting on top of a tower in New Mexico looking for smoke.April 6, 2011

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