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A rainy night with Louise Erdrich

Hundreds turn out for the launch of her new novel, "Future Home of the Living God."


Book about Janesville, Wis., wins Financial Times best book of the year

"Janesville: An American Story," Amy Goldstein's nonfiction account of the ripple effect of a factory closing, won the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award.


Twin Cities writer Lesley Nneka Arimah wins Kirkus Prize for Fiction

Lesley Nneka Arimah has won the 2017 Kirkus Prize for Fiction for her debut collection, “What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky.”

The prize carries a $50,000 award. The nonfiction winner was Jack E. Davis' "The Gulf: The Making of an American Sea."


David Mura, Gayla Marty, John Reimringer among Minn. State Arts Board grants winners

10 poets and 24 writers of prose among the 74 recipients of the artist initiative grants


Yiyun Li cancels Nov. 2 appearance at UMN English

U adds Nigerian novelist Chris Abani to schedule; he'll be there Nov. 29


Carnegie Medal finalists include Sherman Alexie memoir and Booker-winning "Bardo"

Sherman Alexie.

National Book Award shortlisted "Killers of the Flower Moon" also on list.


Minneapolis writer Lesley Arimah is a finalist for prestigious Kirkus Prize

Also on the lists: books by Graywolf Press and Coffee House Press.


Graywolf Press has 5th title on National Book Award longlists with today's reveal of fiction list

Others on the longlist include Lisa Ko, Jennifer Egan, and Jesmyn Ward.


Graywolf Press in the running for National Book Award nonfiction prize

The longlist includes Kevin Young's "Bunk," which Graywolf will publish in November.


Edina native Emily Fridlund's debut novel a finalist for the Man Booker Prize

Emily Fridlund

"History of Wolves" is set in northern Minnesota and goes head to head with George Saunders, Ali Smith, and others.


Minneapolis poet Danez Smith on National Book Award longlist

Danez Smith. Photo by David Hong.

Three books published by Graywolf, including Smith's, are on the list


This fall's Club Book lineup emphasizes local writers and mysteries

But stellar lineup also includes Pulitzer-winning historian, a romance writer, and others.


Duluth hiking trail to be dedicated to poet Connie Wanek

Connie Wanek

The author of the poetry collection "Hartley Field" will have a wildflower trail named after her in Hartley Field park.


Minn. writer Marlon James blasts writer claiming American Indian heritage

John Smelcer was named a PEN finalist on Thursday. On Friday, one of the judges said on Twitter she's seeking to overturn his nomination.


Two Minnesota writers finalists for PEN Literary Awards

Minneapolis poet Sun Yung Shin and St. Paul memoirist Kao Kalia Yang are both finalists.


Sherman Alexie reconfirms Talking Volumes appearance

The memoirist and poet canceled much of his fall tour due to his "complicated grief," but he says he'll be at the Fitz on Sept. 14.


Individual tickets for Pen Pals series go on sale next week

The stunning lineup: Jesmyn Ward, Jennifer Egan, Colson Whitehead, Alan Alda and Dan Rather.


More accolades for Twin Cities writer Lesley Nneka Arimah

Her short story, "Glory," wins an O. Henry prize, and her story collection is longlisted for a Brooklyn Library Literary Prize.


Author Sherman Alexie cancels much of book tour; Twin Cities' fate unclear

Grief and depression have taken their toll, he says on Facebook. It's unclear yet if his planned Twin Cities appearance is affected.


Edwidge Danticat, Yiyun Li and Lydia Davis headline this fall's U of M writers series

The annual series will bring in three poets, two short-story writers, and three nonfiction writers over several weeks in the fall.