MN Reads

Minnesota author (and former Duluthian) Steve Werle talks about the desk that moved him to investigate the life of former Minnesota Governor  Harold Stassen.

And what he found was a man much more complex - and admirable - than the caricature "tilting at voting booths in an unending quest to capture the presidency or newspaper headlines."

Published by Minnesota Historical Society Press.

Authors Chel Anderson and Adelheid Fischer have crafted a book that's part exquisite photographs, part textbook and all dedicated to the appreciation and preservation of Minnesota's "Superior Coast."

Published by the University of Minnesota Press.

Award-winning historian Odd Lovoll talks about the history of Norwegian immigration to Canada, including the active recruitment efforts by Canada and Minnesota, among others, to get more Norwegians to settle there.

  Norwegian author Vidar Sundstøl joins us to talk about the final installment in his Minnesota Trilogy,  the prevalence of good crime fiction  by Scandinavian authors and moving  from Kentucky to the Northland several years ago ... and feeling at home.

Lisa Johnson

Laura Erickson joins us to talk about her new book, "Into the Nest: Intimate Views of the Courting, Parenting, and Family Lives of Familiar Birds."  She teamed up with Marie Read of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology to produce a photo book of familiar birds: from the first "meet cute" of the parents right through the "empty nest."

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Perhaps it was fate that brought a man diagnosed with ALS  together with a journalist facing her own life-rending challenges.  From their collaboration and ultimately, their deep friendship, came a roadmap to living in the face of the life you have - not, perhaps, the one you wanted.

Author Paul Hillmer says his book  evolved from a class assignment to have his Hmong students conduct interviews with their parents.

How an oral - not written - history, a people without a "home country" and fleeing rather than emigrating a place redefines who you are, on MN Reads.

University of Minnesota Press

Author Mary Lethert Wingerd gives us a tantalizing glimpse of what Minnesota might have been had the bi-cultural society of Europeans and Indians fostered by the fur trade been allowed to survive.

MN Historical Society Press

Michelle Hensley is the author of  "All The Lights On: Reimagining Theater with Ten Thousand Things."  It's a book about a theater company that wanted to remove barriers between itself and the audience ... and meet the audience where they are - literally.

Author Margi Preus takes us to the lake for a whodunit.

Sara DeLuca reluctantly accepted a packet of family letters from a relative decades ago, and she talks about the book that they became decades later.

Author Cheryl Blackford was inspired by the sight of urban coyotes in her Twin Cities neighborhood to write this gorgeously illustrated children's book. Published by MN Historical Society Press.

Tom H. Swain's long career spanned the spheres of politics, education, and business.  But for decades, even long past retirement, he has also served on numerous nonprofit and civic boards. We talk with him about his memoir, and his life of hard work and dedicated service.  The book will be published in April by the University of Minnesota Press.

Pamela Fletcher talks about - and reads from - her contributions to the anthology "Blues Vision: African American Writing from Minnesota." Published by MN Historical Society Press.

Author Karen Babine looks at the difference between location and place ... and finding the best version of yourself in this collection of essays.

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