Senior Editor | Books

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.


A literary giant moves on

Fiona McCrae brought Minnesota's Graywolf Press from a small regional publisher to a worldwide literary powerhouse.


Review: 'Delphine Jones Takes a Chance,' by Beth Morrey

Books in brief


Don't miss: 'Metropolis,' by B.A. Shapiro

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Bookmark: Judging the job of the critic

Actress Viola Davis recently said that critics serve no purpose. Is that true?


Pen Pals 2022-23 season includes Annette Gordon-Reed, John Irving and others

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Annette Gordon-Reed and novelist John Irving are two of five notable writers coming to the Twin Cities for the 2022-23 lineup of…


Review: 'The Palace Papers,' by Tina Brown

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Picture books with a message

New picture books for children raise consciousness, teach about social justice and celebrate nature.


Bookmark: The importance of staggering books

It's important to have more than one book going at a time — just like it's important to have more than one dog.


Review: 'One Night on the Island,' by Josie Silver

Books in brief


Bookmark: Humor, the necessary ingredient

Full, rich and, yes, funny characters can give light and air to a big serious novel.