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.


How long should you read a bad book before giving up?

Some of you follow rules about the number of pages you'll give a book before quitting. And some of you just give up. And some of you never give up.


The Puppy Chronicles: Learning to play nice with others in socialization class

Angus is back in school, this time learning to peacefully coexist with strange dogs.


Bookmark: Should we write in our beloved books?

Do you think books should be respected and treated carefully, or something to love and make your own?


Talking Volumes 2019 brings 6 celebrated writers, including Minnesota's own Tim O'Brien

The literary series includes four nonfiction books and a collection by former poet laureate Tracy K. Smith.


The Puppy Chronicles: Leash walking 2.0

Over the past year, Angus and I have slowly gotten to a good place on the daily walks. But oh, it took a long time.


Readers share their favorite spots for reading

We asked you to tell us about your favorite spots to read. Here's what you said.


The Puppy Chronicles: Angus in summer

After Angus is calm and attentive with the new dog sitter, I'm starting to think some of the problems lie with me.


Review: 'Last Witnesses: An Oral History of the Children of World War II," by Svetlana Alexievich

NONFICTION: In their own words, survivors of World War II — children when the war began — recall their harrowing experiences.


Bookmark: Four new (or newish) Minnesota books to read and love

  An uncomfortable truth: There are far more excellent regional books than I have space to review, more than I can ever read. Local writers…


We asked for your stories about sharing books: Here's what you said

You are passionate about sharing — but also about getting back — beloved books.