Senior Editor | Books

Freelance writer and former Star Tribune books editor Laurie Hertzel is at lauriehertzel@gmail.com.

She worked at the Star Tribune for more than two decades as an editor and writer before retiring. 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 served as the autobiography chairman of the National Book Critics Circle board of directors.


Three new memoirs consider noodles, burnout, birds and life

NONFICTION: A trio of women inspire by taking important steps forward.


Claire Keegan, author of 'So Late in the Day,' is a writer you should be reading

FICTION: Three "tight, potent" stories explore the bonds between men and women.


Prof's memoir shows how he juggled academia and working at Surly's

NONFICTION: A St. Thomas professor found he needed some extra dough while on sabbatical.


Is there romance after grief? Yes, in Macalester grad's 'The Year of Second Chances'

FICTION: In a letter from the grave, her late husband urges a young widow to cannonball into the dating pool.


Review: 'Still Life at Eighty,' by Abigail Thomas

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Public reading honors Norton Stillman's 90th birthday

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Review: 'The Hopkins Manuscript,' by R.C. Sherriff

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Review: 'The Best of Everything,' by Rona Jaffe

Books in brief


Go on the road with Talking Volumes

William Kent Krueger and Drew Brockington will do events in Duluth and Rochester


PEN America awards long list includes many Minnesota writers, publishers

Finalists to be announced in February.