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.


Bookmark: Should a books editor start a book club or resist the temptation?

It's been ages since I belonged to a book club. The last one I was in endured about five years and dissolved before I started…


Review: 'Rachel to the Rescue,' by Elinor Lipman

Rachel to the RescueBy Elinor Lipman. (Mariner Press, 296 pages, $15.99) Elinor Lipman's latest novel, "Rachel to the Rescue," might not stand the test of…


Bookmark: It didn't take long for culled shelves to fill up

It's been only a few months since I took on the monumental task of organizing my books, and once again, they are a mess.Last September,…


Review: 'Don't Call it a Cult,' by Sarah Berman

Don't Call it a CultBy Sarah Berman. (Steerforth Press, 321 pages, $17.)The bizarre and dangerous cult known as NXIVM (pronounced "nexium") hit the news in…


Minnesota novelist Louise Erdrich wins Pulitzer for personal story of 'persistence and survival'

"The Night Watchman" is based on Erdrich's grandfather and his efforts to preserve the Turtle Mountain band.


The Puppy Chronicles: When a new dog came to visit, we wondered how Angus would respond

When an old friend came to visit with his new dog, we worried how Angus would respond.


Review: 'The Passenger,' by Chaney Kwak

NONFICTION: A travel writer takes stock of his life while trapped on a foundering cruise ship.


Don't Miss: Poet Jericho Brown in Minneapolis

This could be your first in-person reading since COVID, and what an event it will be — Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Jericho Brown.Brown's latest collection, "The…


Review: 'Diary of a Young Naturalist,' by Dara McAnulty

NONFICTION: This brilliant, heartfelt memoir tells the story of a remarkable teenage naturalist.


Bookmark: Quatrefoil Library reopens and is now free for all

Thirty-five years ago, the Quatrefoil Library opened in a storefront along W. Broadway in north Minneapolis. Dedicated to works by and about gay, lesbian and…