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.

Looking for books as stocking stuffers? Here are 9 ideas

Classic or quirky or oversized, these books make great gifts.

The Puppy Chronicles: As Angus turns a year old, he remains a work in progress

As Angus turns a year old, he's come a long way. But boy, oh boy, he has a long way to go.

Teens tell us about why they love to read – or don't

Adults told us how they'd get kids to read. Now we hear from the kids themselves, and they have a lot to say.

Review: 'The Day That Went Missing,' by Richard Beard

NONFICTION: In middle age, novelist Richard Beard began to plumb the facts of his little brother's drowning death.

Novelist Alexander McCall Smith comes to Minnesota: 'I love writing people's conversations'

The prolific author of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series doesn't need "a high body count."

Your ideas on how to get teenagers to read

We asked you how to get teens to read. You sent memories, ideas and wise suggestions.

The Puppy Chronicles: This dog needs a hobby

He doesn't swim, doesn't fetch, doesn't play well with strangers. How to burn off all this puppy energy?

The Puppy Chronicles: Angus had a bad habit of barking at our guests. And then he jumped on one.

Angus had developed a bad habit of barking when guests arrived. And then he jumped on one. We needed help.

'Lovely, forbidding' Lake Superior inspires Minnesota novelist Leif Enger

Leif Enger's lifelong loves gave wings to his third novel, but it almost never saw the light of day.

Twin Cities author Kate DiCamillo: 'I'm looking forward to taking my heart on the road'

Kate DiCamillo's two new books carry familiar themes of friendship and loneliness.