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.


Bookmark: When you're stuck at home, books can transport you

A couple of weeks ago, I spent a weekend in a small town in Sligo. Obviously I didn’t physically travel there — COVID-19 is keeping…


Review: 'Becoming Duchess Goldblatt,' by Anonymous

NONFICTION: A book by the creator of a beloved fictitious Twitter character is flawed but offers a hopeful message.


When will my library open again?

Hennepin County and Ramsey County public libraries remain closed for the time being. But some services are available.


Sci-fi, mystery lovers remember the 'Uncles' (Hugo and Edgar) lost to fires in rioting

In the middle of the night, as the roaring fire consumed his business, all Don Blyly could do was go home. He couldn’t bear to…


Next book in the statewide book club? A collection of essays on race

"A Good Time for the Truth" will be read and discussed across Minnesota.


Is art of letter writing actually lost? Readers write about their love for letters

It’s been four months since I wrote here about the lost art of letter-writing. I didn’t mean to wait so long to revisit…


Bookmark: Little Free Libraries carrying more than books these days

There are many Little Free Libraries on my regular walking route. I’ve never stopped to count them, but it’s at least a couple dozen, and…


In her new mystery, Minneapolis writer Mary Logue writes about the Irish immigrant experience

Mary Logue's new mystery looks to the influence of her immigrant grandmothers.


In a new novel, Minneapolis writer imagines Hillary Clinton's life if she hadn't married Bill

Her new novel--her second about a prominent political woman--names names and reimagines a life.


Review: 'The Motion of the Body Through Space,' by Lionel Shriver

FICTION: A husband takes up triathlon training just as his athlete wife's knees fail her in this satire by controversial writer Lionel Shriver.