Senior Editor | Books

Laurie Hertzel has worked at the Star Tribune for more than two decades as an editor and writer. Previously, she was a writer and editor at Minnesota Monthly magazine and at the Duluth News-Tribune.

Hertzel grew up in Duluth, earned an MFA from Queens University in Charlotte, N.C., has written two books, and currently serves as the autobiography chairman of the National Book Critics Circle board of directors.


Bookmark: Where do the Twin Cities fall on the list of best cities for book lovers?

The numbers have been crunched, the data analyzed, and the results are in. The bookiest (most bookish?) city in the United States is … not…


Review: 'Rust: A Memoir of Steel and Grit,' by Eliese Colette Goldbach

NONFICTION: On the brink of despair, a young Cleveland woman takes a job as a steelworker, which changes her life.


Bookmark: Taking a walk? Recite a poem to keep you company

I don’t have a lot of regrets, but I have a few. I regret not learning a second language to the point where I can…


Bookmark: Reading habits are as different as day and night

For the past few weeks, I have been reading a book about the nesting habits of tree swallows. I read it at night, in bed,…


Wordplay fest to bring Lily King, Emma Straub, Gene Luen Yang, 100 more to Minneapolis

The Minneapolis event is scaling back to a single day for its second year, but a no-less ambitious lineup.


Books editor: It's OK to be angry about a book. It is not OK to threaten its author

If you are angry about Jeanine Cummins’ novel “American Dirt,” that is perfectly fine. If you are one of the people threatening Cummins and…


Marlon James, Kao Kalia Yang among finalists for Minnesota Book Award

Veteran writers Marlon James, Kao Kalia Yang, Bao Phi and David Treuer are among those in the running for the annual awards.


Bookmark: Lamentation on the lost art of letter writing

The Christmas I was 9, I asked for a year’s supply of stamps. I had gotten into letter-writing in a big way, inflicting long, tediously…


The Puppy Chronicles: Two years with Angus

In his second year with us, our rescue dog stole his first bagel, killed his first squirrel and wormed his way deeper into our hearts.


Bookmark: New in paperback

Cold, snowy weather lends itself to bus or train commutes. Instead of white-knuckling your way along an icy freeway, you are in a warm place…