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.


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…


The Puppy Chronicles: A few hours of peace

Medication is not the answer to every difficulty with an anxious dog, but the right drug can help a lot.


St. Paul poet Michael Kleber-Diggs wins national poetry prize

Kleber-Diggs won the Max Ritvo Poetry Prize, which awards him $10,000 and publication.


REVIEW: 'Field Notes From an Unintentional Birder,' by Julia Zarankin

NONFICTION: A novice birder finds beauty in nature along with a new way to live.


BOOKMARK: Twin Cities Book festival turns 20, turns virtual

Nineteen years ago, Rain Taxi held the first Twin Cities Book Festival at Open Book in Minneapolis. It was just weeks after the Sept. 11…


Review: 'The Searcher,' by Tana French

FICTION: An American cop runs into a wall of secrets in this new mystery from Tana French.


The Puppy Chronicles: Better living through chemistry

After three years of training and tears, Angus' anxiety is starting to ease, thanks to something I vowed I would never do.


Everything keeps changing, but books remain a constant

Laurie Hertzel Star Tribune Books are still books, in this age of COVID, which is a reassuring thing, and bookstores have not disappeared and…


Minneapolis writer's debut book on longlist for National Book Award

“Owls of the Eastern Ice,” a nonfiction narrative account of a scientist’s search to find and conserve a rare owl in far eastern Russia,…