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Literature

  • Minneapolis mystery bookseller set to receive national award
    The tiny, Uptown Minneapolis bookstore crammed with 20,000 mystery titles has developed a strong and loyal following by hosting regular events that give local writers a platform to promote their work among avid mystery readers.April 6, 2011
  • Memoir explores how land can connect a family
    When she was a teenage writer, Sarah Stonich shrugged off her father's belief in the necessity to own some land. Many years later, as a single mother, she came around to his way of thinking, and bought property near Ely.March 21, 2011
  • New battle over e-book lending
    Librarians around the country are organizing a boycott of Harper Collins after the publisher set a licensing limit on checkouts of its e-books at libraries.Midmorning, March 17, 2011
  • Ojibwe columnist Jim Northrup looks back on career 'Follies'
    For almost 22 years, Ojibwe writer Jim Northrup has entertained and chastened readers of his syndicated Fond Du Lacs Follies newspaper column. Now, a new collection of the Follies is about to hit the bookstores.March 14, 2011
  • Young author debuts with a splash
    At 24, Tea Obreht has gained notoriety as one of the best American fiction writers under 40. Born in Yugoslavia, raised in Cyprus and Egypt, Tea's first novel "The Tiger's Wife" follows a woman searching for answers through her grandfather's stories.Midmorning, March 14, 2011
  • The search for Nepal's missing children
    When Conor Grennan went to Nepal in 2006, he thought he was just going to volunteer in an orphanage for a couple of months. Instead, as he recounts in his book "Little Princes" he found a new calling, searching for victims of child trafficking in a war-ravaged country.March 11, 2011
  • Paper Darts defies literary magazine logic
    With the magazine and publishing world in a tailspin, you'd think this would be the worst time to start a literary magazine. But three recent University of Minnesota graduates disagree. The trio behind a new publication called "Paper Darts" has big plans -- and the support of the Twin Cities literary community.March 5, 2011
  • Revisiting Huck Finn
    Could Mark Twain ever have predicted that words he used more than 120 years ago would create such a fire storm in 2011? Midmorning profiles educators with different approaches to teaching the classic.Midmorning, February 18, 2011
  • The private life of George Washington
    Much has been written about George Washington, but less is known about how George Washington's upbringing and private life shaped his view on politics and leadership. Historian Ron Chernow's new biography aims to change that.Midmorning, February 17, 2011
  • Marooned with Midmorning
    It's the timeless question for lovers of music and literature. If you were stranded on a desert island, what one book and album would you want to have along with you? And why?Midmorning, February 17, 2011
  • A tale of spirit 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. Originally broadcast on Nov. 29, 2010.Midmorning, February 15, 2011
  • The queen of the Nile: a new perspective
    She was called Queen of Kings, and in her lifetime Cleopatra was romantically linked with both Julius Caesar and Mark Antony. Biographer Stacy Schiff considered her a shrewd political strategist and powerful ruler. Originally broadcast on January 5, 2011.Midmorning, February 9, 2011
  • John and Abigail Adams in letters
    John Adams has had his share of publicity in the past few years. Historian Joseph Ellis's new book takes a look at the enduring relationship between Adams and his wife, Abigail, as revealed through their letters to one another. Originally broadcast on January 3, 2011.Midmorning, February 9, 2011
  • Teen fiction author Pete Hautman
    Pete Hautman has won a National Book Award for his young adult novels, and while he loves the genre, he says there are reasons not to write young adult fiction. He explains why, and talks about his newest novel, with Kerri Miller.Midmorning, February 3, 2011
  • Novel on English village life amuses while spearing prejudice
    After struggling for a while to write a gritty up-to-the-moment novel, Helen Simonson decided to stop beating herself up and write something for herself. Now the resulting book "Major Pettigrew's Last Stand" is a New York Times bestseller.February 2, 2011

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