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When author Jane St. Anthony was a girl, a man in her neighborhood killed himself.

His wife and daughter moved away, but what St. Anthony remembers most is that no one talked about it; even her questions were met with silence.

We continue our observance of Mental Health Week with a candid conversation with Jane St. Anthony.

Twelve-year-old Margaret's mother disapproves of everything she does (and doesn't) do, before she even does (or doesn't) do it.  Keeping her toddler twin sisters from making peanut-butter-and-Kleenex sandwiches and other mischief is eating into her library time over the summer, and to top it off, Sherman Jenson from next door has announced he loves her.

"The Summer Sherman Loved Me" by Jane St. Anthony is published by the University of Minnesota Press. 

  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.

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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.

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.

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

Author Abe Sauer explains how reading the same book over and over and over to three kids can result in writing a new book out of desperation!