Louise Erdrich read from her novel “The Night Watchman” after it was published in 2020.

Minnesota novelist Louise Erdrich wins Pulitzer for personal story of 'persistence and survival'

"The Night Watchman" is based on Erdrich's grandfather and his efforts to preserve the Turtle Mountain band.

Review: 'The Passenger,' by Chaney Kwak

June 11
Chaney Kwak
NONFICTION: A travel writer takes stock of his life while trapped on a foundering cruise ship.

Don't Miss: Poet Jericho Brown in Minneapolis

June 11
Jericho Brown

Review: 'Strange Flowers,' by Donal Ryan

June 11
FICTION: This poignant novel traces one unhappy family through three generations.

Bookmark: A marked-up book reveals a shared love of reading

June 11

Review: 'Phase Six,' by Jim Shepard

June 11
FICTION: The novel "Phase Six" anticipates a world that learned nothing from the current crisis.

Review: 'Ivory Shoals,' by John Brandon

June 11
FICTION: Brimming with peril and natural splendor, "Ivory Shoals" takes readers on an old-fashioned adventure.
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June 15
Phil Handy had a pre-Revolutionary War bible in need of repair. After searching and searching for book conservators, he came across Bailey Kinsky and

She brought a Minnesota man's 250-year-old family Bible back to life

How a book conservator breathed new life into an ancient family heirloom.
Books
June 15
“Legacy” by Nora Roberts (St. Martin’s Press)

New York Times bestsellers

FICTION1. Legacy, by Nora Roberts. (St. Martin's) Threats put in rhymes and sent from shifting locations escalate as the daughter of a successful fitness celebrity's…
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June 14
Above, Stacey Abrams at home in Atlanta.

Stacey Abrams says she writes 'because I need to'

"While Justice Sleeps" is the first novel published under her name.
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June 14
The covers to “Heroes Reborn” #5-7 connect to form this triptych featuring the five main members of the Squadron Supreme.  From left, they are Nig

Don't miss these 3 summer comic book 'events'

It's summertime, and the comics are busy. Here are three current summer "events" worth noting:'Heroes Reborn'This event began on May 5 with "Heroes Reborn" No.…
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June 13
“Exit” by Belinda Bauer

Review: 'Exit,' by Belinda Bauer

ExitBy Belinda Bauer. (Atlantic Monthly Press, 336 pages, $26.)Belinda Bauer's mystery is surprising, mordantly funny and it has a happy ending. For what more could…
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June 11
E.J. Levy

Review: 'The Cape Doctor,' by E.J. Levy

FICTION: Based on the true story of a 19th-century doctor, this novel examines transformation, gender and identity.
Books
June 8

New York Times bestsellers

FICTION1. Sooley, by John Grisham. (Doubleday) Samuel Sooleymon receives a basketball scholarship to North Carolina Central and determines to bring his family over from a…
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June 7
St. Paul poet Michael Kleber-Diggs’ work explores his race, gender and the issues of the day – what he calls “socially responsible poetics.”

Prizewinning St. Paul poet reflects on fatherhood, police violence and being Black in America

Poetry is having a moment. And a St. Paul poet's prizewinning collection speaks to the times.
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June 6
“Rock Me on the Water” by Ronald Brownstein

Review: 'Rock Me on the Water,' by Ronald Brownstein

Rock Me on the WaterBy Ronald Brownstein. (Harper, 439 pages, $29.99.)You might imagine that a book focused primarily on the pop-culture scene in 1974 Los…
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June 4
Dara McAnulty, 17, lives in County Down, Northern Ireland.  ELAINE HILL

Review: 'Diary of a Young Naturalist,' by Dara McAnulty

NONFICTION: This brilliant, heartfelt memoir tells the story of a remarkable teenage naturalist.
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June 4
Andrea Jenkins signed books after a reading at Quatrefoil Library.

Bookmark: Quatrefoil Library reopens and is now free for all

Thirty-five years ago, the Quatrefoil Library opened in a storefront along W. Broadway in north Minneapolis. Dedicated to works by and about gay, lesbian and…
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June 4
Lawrence Wright

Review: 'The Plague Year,' by Lawrence Wright

NONFICTION: A master of literary journalism explores the COVID-19 pandemic in revelatory detail.
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June 4
Rivka Galchen

Review: 'Everyone Knows Your Mother Is a Witch,' by Rivka Galchen

FICTION: Superstition and reason collide in 17th-century Germany.
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June 4
Beatriz Williams

Review: 'Our Woman in Moscow,' by Beatriz Williams

FICTION: A thrilling novel of spying, duplicity and bad decisions during the heart of the Cold War.
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June 4
Shawna Kay Rodenberg

Review: 'Kin,' by Shawna Kay Rodenberg

NONFICTION: A harrowing memoir of life in a religious community near Grand Marais.
Variety
June 4

Quarantine read: 'The Summer Book'

I cannot take credit for the recommendation of "The Summer Book," by Tove Jansson, as a wonderful quarantine read. I learned about it in the…
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June 1
‘While Justice Sleeps’ by Stacey Abrams. Doubleday, 384p., $28.95.

New York Times bestsellers

FICTION1. While Justice Sleeps, by Stacey Abrams. (Doubleday) When Justice Wynn slips into a coma, his law clerk, Avery Keene, must unravel the clues of…
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June 1

REVIEW: 'The Plot,' by Jean Hanff Korelitz

FICTION: Paranoia lurks in this suspenseful mystery that asks "who wrote it?"
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May 30

REVIEW: 'The Road Trip,' by Beth O'Leary

The Road TripBy Beth O'Leary. (Berkley, 468 pages, $17.)Beth O'Leary's "The Road Trip" follows the classic rom-com trope of throwing together two people who have…
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May 28
The success of “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” and “Black Panther” helped to debunk the myth that stories with Black lead characters aren�

Comic book stories by a new generation of Black artists are thriving

Manuel and Geiszel Godoy are military veterans, and they believe deeply in social justice. But above all, they are entrepreneurs who saw an underdeveloped sector…