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: Rain or shine, pandemic or not, Independent Bookstore Day shines on

Independent Bookstore Day — traditionally the last Saturday of April — also marks the beginning of the season for Babycake's Book Stack, the Twin…


Review: 'Beeswing,' by Richard Thompson

Musician Richard Thompson mentions a lot of names in his new memoir, but you never get the feeling that he's name dropping. It's just that…


Minneapolis writers win PEN America literary awards

Jonathan Slaght won for "Owls of the Eastern Ice," Kawai Strong Washburn for "Sharks in the Time of Saviors."


A new exhibit argues for the timeliness of famed Minnesota author Sinclair Lewis

New exhibit focuses on life and timeliness of Sinclair Lewis.


Essential Hemingway reading

The essential HemingwayErnest Hemingway's terse prose style might seem clichéd today, but his short, declarative sentences and beneath-the-surface meaning were groundbreaking in his time. Here…


Bookmark: Mary Bly's new novel – her first under her own name – is laced with Minnesota poetry

A poignant scene at the heart of Mary Bly's new novel, "Lizzie & Dante" (the Dial Press, available June 1), takes place on a…


Review: 'The Wild Silence,' by Raynor Winn

NONFICTION: Both sequel and prequel to "The Salt Path," Raynor Winn's new memoir is about the power of nature.


Alexs Pate is this year's Kay Sexton Award recipient

The writer, educator and mentor has devoted his life to teaching, writing and correcting racial imbalances in literature and classrooms.


Bookmark: Eating crackers in bed with a good book

I don't mean to get too personal here, but here I go: What's the strangest thing you've ever found in a book? Maybe in a…


Race and identity fuel Naima Coster's extraordinary stories of everyday lives

"Writing is the thing that gives my life the greatest joy," says Talking Volumes guest.