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 serves as the autobiography chairman of the National Book Critics Circle board of directors.


Looking for a good book this winter? Here are more than 50

Our holiday books section highlights something for everyone on your list, and yourself.


5 showy big books just perfect for holiday giving

Next Sunday brings our annual holiday selection of books — more than 50 titles for adults and children. Today, though, I have other recommendations —…


Carol Connolly, St. Paul's first poet laureate, dies at 85

With her red bob haircut, trademark round eyeglasses and black turtleneck sweater, Carol Connolly was a welcome and unmistakable fixture at literary events around the…


Bookmark: As we zoom toward the holidays, think about books

As we head into the season of gift-giving, I’m here to urge you to buy books as gifts, buy local books as gifts, buy local…


Renowned Minnesota teacher Charles Baxter retires from U but not from writing

Charles Baxter finds material for his mysterious novels on walks through Minneapolis and conversations with people he meets.


Minneapolis' Coffee House Press 'parts ways' with its longtime leader

After starting as an intern 26 years ago, Chris Fischbach rose to become publisher in 2011.


Bookmark: Releasing books is a joyous thing to do

It all started with a crack in the wall. Years ago, during a remodel, my husband and I moved a doorway. Now, 20 years, later,…


Review: 'Miss Benson's Beetle,' by Rachel Joyce

FICTION: In this swashbuckling adventure, a middle-aged schoolteacher upends her dreary life in 1950 England for a dangerous quest to find a rare beetle.


The next Minnesota book club pick: Louise Erdrich's 'Plague of Doves'

E-books and audiobooks are available for free downloads from the public library.


Bookmark: Readers love tips on what to read – mostly

It was a joy reading your responses to my column a few weeks ago about the perils and pleasures of recommending books. Some…