Laurie Hertzel | Star Tribune
Senior Editor | Books

Laurie Hertzel oversees book reviews and book news for the Star Tribune. She is the author of a memoir, "News to Me: Adventures of an Accidental Journalist" (University of Minnesota Press 2010) and sits on the board of the National Book Critics Circle.


Bookmark: The Newbery and Caldecott – as well as the other ALA awards – are bringing recognition to diverse books

It should be no surprise that “A Different Pond,” written by Minneapolis poet Bao Phi and illustrated by Thi Bui, was named one of…


Minneapolis writer Kelly Barnhill writes fairy tales for grown-ups

After writer Kelly Barnhill won the highest honor in children's literature, she came out with a new collection of stories — for adults.


REVIEWS: Five books to get your gardening juices flowing

Is it spring yet? Sadly, not outside the window. But it is spring in the pages of these five new books.


Housebreaking a new puppy at 11 below zero in Minnesota

If you're foolish enough to adopt a puppy in the coldest month of the coldest winter in years, how are you supposed to housebreak him?


Bookmark: What treasures have you found in a Little Free Library?

Have you found a neighborhood that is particularly rich in its selection of books?


Review: 'A Kind of Mirraculas Paradise,' by Sandra Allen

NONFICTION: A writer uses excerpts from her uncle's unpublished memoir to offer a revealing look at mental illness.


Review: 'I Am, I Am, I Am,' by Maggie O'Farrell

NONFICTION: Costa Prize-winning novelist Maggie O'Farrell recounts ways she nearly died, from near drowning to near plane crash to near murder.


Minnesota Book Award finalists include Bao Phi, Louise Erdrich, Lesley Nneka Arimah, Steve Sack

The winners will be announced April 21 at the 30th annual Minnesota Book Awards gala in St. Paul.


Readers offer advice for digging out from a reading slump

These slumps hit us all from time to time. Here's how some folks get back to the books.


Minneapolis' Graywolf Press leads the pack of finalists for NBCC awards

Minneapolis' Graywolf Press has four books on the finalist lists for the National Book Critics Circle awards — more than any other publisher — and…