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.


Minnesota children's author/illustrators team up on prize-winning books for early readers

Mike Wohnoutka and David LaRochelle are this year's Geisel Award winners.


These 10 exquisite picture books for children focus on family, friends and nature

It's the simple but crucial things that matter in these wise and beautiful picture books for young children.


The Puppy Chronicles: A cold snap changed the length of Angus' walks – and intensified their beauty

A stretch of days with highs below zero meant Angus' daily walks were truncated. He embraced the torpor.


Club Book to bring in a cool dozen writers for spring

The spring lineup for the free, now-virtual writers series includes 12 renowned authors.


Special spring Talking Volumes series to focus on race

Four writers of color will discuss their work in the context of race in America.


Bookmark: 9 books for Valentine's Day about love gone wrong

I like chocolate, and I like roses, but as with most of you (I'm guessing) my hapless Valentine's Days make better stories than my romantic…


Bookmark: Getting through the pandemic, one book at a time

On one of those weird, melty days in January, I took a walk around the lake with an old friend. We talked about the pandemic,…


Minnesota Book Award finalists include Yang, Erdrich and a host of newbies

Names both familiar and new populate the list of 36 finalists for this year's Minnesota Book Awards, announced Saturday. Minneapolis writer Louise Erdrich, winner…


The Puppy Chronicles: Long winter walks with Angus are filled with peace and hooting owls

Long walks in the cold with Angus are filled with peace — and hooting.


Minneapolis writer drew on Hawaiian boyhood for debut novel beloved by Barack Obama

"Sharks in the Time of Saviors" ended up on former President Barack Obama's list of best books of 2020 and is up for multiple awards.