Laurie Hertzel | Star Tribune
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 serve as the autobiography chairman of the National Book Critics Circle board of directors.


Minnesota novelist who thought he'd die in Vietnam wrestles with mortality once more

Tim O'Brien's memoir, "Dad's Maybe Book," is filled with advice and stories for his young sons to savor when he's gone.


The Puppy Chronicles: In the blink of an eye

One dog bite years ago taught me to be super-careful with skittish dogs.


Bookmark: Every fall, rain or shine, Rain Taxi hosts a big free book festival

Every fall, rain or shine, you can count on the annual Twin Cities Book Festival to entertain, illuminate and enthrall. Sponsored by Rain Taxi, the…


These 4 picture books from Minnesota writers aren't just for kids

Picture books continue to grow more diverse, more sophisticated and carry subtler, important messages.


Review: 'Beverly, Right Here,' by Kate DiCamillo

MIDDLE-GRADE FICTION: Kate DiCamillo's third novel about the Three Rancheros is a big-hearted coming-of-age tale.


The Puppy Chronicles: Angus loves Ellen

All it took was repeated visits, lots of treats and a T-shirt.


Review: 'Ruby & Roland,' by Faith Sullivan

FICTION: When a strong-minded hired girl falls in love with a married farmer from a small Minnesota town, she has some hard decisions to make.


Club Book announces fall season, with Thrity Umrigar, Nora McInerny and six others

Writers series brings high-powered authors to local libraries.


The Puppy Chronicles: It took a long time to accept that Angus is a 'reactive dog'

It took me a long time to accept that Angus is a "reactive dog." But once I did, I began to learn how to care for him better.


Bookmark: 8 books to help you hang onto summer

It’s hard to believe that it’s now September. Given that I still have to pause and think before writing “2019” instead of “2018,” this is…