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Mpls writer Lesley Nneka Arimah a MacDowell fellow--again

Mpls writer Lesley Nneka Arimah a MacDowell fellow--again

MacDowell fellows can spend up to eight weeks working undisturbed at a retreat in New Hampshire.


Minneapolis poet Danez Smith wins Four Quartets Prize

Minneapolis poet Danez Smith wins Four Quartets Prize

The award, from the Poetry Society of America and the T.S. Eliot Foundation, comes with a $20,000 prize.


Five Minnesota writers receive McKnight grants

Five Minnesota writers receive McKnight grants

Three poets, one spoken-word artist and one children's author will each receive $25,000.


Writer Anita Shreve dies; author of "The Pilot's Wife"

Writer Anita Shreve dies; author of "The Pilot's Wife"

She was a Talking Volume guest in 2010.


Claudia Rankine's new play to be published in 2019 by Minneapolis' Graywolf Press

Claudia Rankine's new play to be published in 2019 by Minneapolis' Graywolf Press

The play, "The White Card," premiered in Boston last month.


Book about Janesville, Wis., wins major prize

Book about Janesville, Wis., wins major prize

Amy Goldstein's nonfiction account won the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize.


Whiting Awards go to Weike Wang, Patty Yumi Cottrell, eight others

Whiting Awards go to Weike Wang, Patty Yumi Cottrell, eight others

The $50,000 awards go to writers of great promise.


Minnesota authors Marlon James, Emily Fridlund win American Academy awards

Minnesota authors Marlon James, Emily Fridlund win American Academy awards

The Minnesota writers were among 15 authors to be honored.


Poet published by Graywolf, Laura Ingalls Wilder biographer lead all-women list of book critics honorees

Poet published by Graywolf, Laura Ingalls Wilder biographer lead all-women list of book critics honorees

The six writing winners are all women in this year's lineup.


A sneak peek at the cover of Kate DiCamillo's new novel

A sneak peek at the cover of Kate DiCamillo's new novel

Her new book, "Louisiana's Way Home," a companion to her National Book Award-finalist novel "Raymie Nightingale," will be published in October.


Women's Prize for Fiction longlist announced

Jesmyn Ward at the National Book Awards ceremony in November 2017.

The nominees for the former Orange Prize include Jesmyn Ward and Jennifer Egan.


Mpls writer Shannon Gibney's new book pubs in September

Mpls writer Shannon Gibney's new book pubs in September

The Minnesota Book Award-winner's new YA novel moves from Minneapolis to Liberia and beyond.


Chico Bon Bon goes Hollywood

Chris Monroe paints Chico Bon Bon on the window of the Red Balloon bookstore in St. Paul.

The monkey with a tool belt, created by Duluth artist Chris Monroe, started out as a children's book but is moving to a Netflix series.


Tracy K. Smith will headline this season's Talk of the Stacks

U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith stands in a rotunda of the Santa Fe Indian School in Santa Fe, N.M., Friday, Jan. 12, 2018. Smith has embarked on th

The free literary events at Mpls. Central Library will also feature the Star Tribune art critic, Alicia Eler.


Graywolf Press has 5 books on PEN Literary Awards shortlists

Graywolf Press has 5 books on PEN Literary Awards shortlists

The Minneapolis publisher is on a roll, with two books in the running for the PEN/Jean Stein best book of the year award.


Decorate your Little Free Library for winter and win a prize

Decorate your Little Free Library for winter and win a prize

"Ice Your Library" invites you to gussy up your library with ice and snow in hopes of a $200 gift card.


Mpls. publisher Graywolf Press leads the pack of national book finalists

Author Carmen Maria Machado

Carmen Maria Machado's "Her Body and Other Parties" wins the National Book Critics Circle award for best debut book of the year. The lifetime achievement award will go to John McPhee. Other winners will be announced in March.


Writer Peter Mayle dies

Writer Peter Mayle dies

The author of "A Year in Provence" was 78


Poet Kevin Young and Marlon James to be in conversation at the Loft

Marlon James.

The next in the Loft Literary Center's "big ideas" series will take place March 19.


You, too, can be an artist out in the woods

Pine Needles

The Artist at Pine Needles residency program is looking for artists-in-residence who create art about nature.