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Award-winning Minneapolis writer recounts harrowing Lyft ride in viral tweets

Award-winning Minneapolis writer recounts harrowing Lyft ride in viral tweets

Was Kelly Barnhill's Houston Lyft driver trying to run up the bill? Or something else?


Tommy Orange, Ann Patchett coming to Pen Pals

Ann Patchett and Sparky.

The 2019-2020 lecture series will also include Susan Orlean, Esi Edugyan and Reza Aslan.


Writer Anna Quindlen lights up the library

Anna Quindlen at "Talk of the Stacks." Photo by Robert Goudy.

Speaking about her new memoir, "Nanaville," at Talk of the Stacks, the Pulitzer Prize-winner addressed the broader world of books and writing.


Minneapolis writer Pete Hautman wins Edgar for best juvenile novel

Minneapolis writer Pete Hautman wins an Edgar Award for his middle-grade novel, "Otherwood." Photo by Aslan Chalom.

"Otherwood" took the prize at the Mystery Writers of America ceremony.


Author Marlon James of Macalester College named one of Time's 100 most influential people

Marlon James. Photo by Mark Seliger.

James, who teaches at Macalester College in St. Paul, was named one of the 100 most influential people of 2019 by Time magazine.


Minneapolis publisher Milkweed Editions a finalist for Pulitzer -- twice

Elizabeth Rush

"Rising" by Elizabeth Rush and "feeld" by Jos Charles were finalists in nonfiction and poetry.


Mpls publisher Milkweed Editions a finalist for Pulitzer--twice!

"Rising" by Elizabeth Rush and "feeld" by Jos Charles were finalists in nonfiction and poetry.


Mpls publisher Graywolf Press to publish new Claudia Rankine book

Claudia Rankine reads from "Citizen" at the Loft Literary Center.

The essay collection "Just Us: An American Conversation" will be published in 2020.


Minneapolis publishers Graywolf Press, Milkweed win top awards at NBCC

Ada Limon at the NBCC finalists reading the night before the awards ceremony.

Ada Limon's "The Carrying" and Anna Burns' "Milkman" among winners of six book awards.


Coffee House Press poet wins prestigious literary award

Dawn Lundy Martin
poet, winner of Kingsley Tufts Award
publisher: Coffee House Press

Dawn Lundy Martin wins the Kingsley Tufts Award for "Good Stock Strange Blood."


Mpls native Michele Norris will moderate Michelle Obama talk at the X

MIchele Norris.

Obama will be in St. Paul next Wednesday as part of her book tour for her memoir "Becoming."


Louise Erdrich named one of Dartmouth College's 25 most influential graduates

Louise Erdrich

The Minneapolis writer clocks in at No. 13--and she's one of just two women on the list.


Writer, teacher David Mura honored with Kay Sexton Award

David Mura.

The annual award goes to a person or institution who has devoted years to the world of writers, writing and books.


Mpls. writers Louise Erdrich and Marlon James discuss his new book, his next book and being black in America

Marlon James
Photo by Mark Seliger

The two sat down to discuss "Black Leopard, Red Wolf," which has only been out for a week but is already a best-seller and optioned for film


Michael B. Jordan, Warner Bros. buy movie rights to Marlon James' new book

Marlon James
Photo by Mark Seliger

Out only four days, the rights were snapped up by Michael B. Jordan of "Black Panther" fame and Warner Brothers.


Linda LeGarde Grover, Leif Enger, Lorna Landvik, Don Winslow heading up winter Club Book lineup

Linda LeGarde Grover
Photo by Brett Groehler

The free book club brings writers to suburban libraries.


Minneapolis poet Robert Bly's life and work to be celebrated at event

Robert Bly in St. Paul, 2014.

Thirty poets and writers will read from Bly's new book at Literary Witnesses on Feb. 11 in Minneapolis.


Minneapolis church plans a celebration for beloved poet Mary Oliver

Mary Oliver.

A public event Sunday morning will celebrate the work of poet Mary Oliver, who has entranced audiences in Minneapolis as well as around the world.


Joyce Sidman wins Sibert Medal, Lerner Books honored by annual American Library Association awards.

Joyce Sidman.

Jacqueline West of Red Wing honored for "The Collectors"


Curtis Sittenfeld and Tessa Hadley light up Magers & Quinn

Tessa Hadley and Curtis Sittenfeld at Magers & Quinn bookstore in Minneapolis, Jan. 24, 2019.

In a lively conversation, the two writers discussed short stories, writing courses and how to seize control of your narrative.