MN Reads

Join us Thursday mornings at 8:20 for Minnesota Reads on Northland Morning,  featuring Minnesota authors talking about their work.

Funding provided in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund

Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund

You might think the science-deniers are something new, but not that long ago in Minnesota, the folks that believed in the authenticity of the Kensington Runestone refused any and all efforts to debunk it.  

Musician, singer, songwriter, band member...

Perennial KUMD favorite Teague Alexy adds "author"  to his  resume with the release of  "The New Folklore: Lyrical Tales for Dreamers & Thinkers," a collection of rhyming folktales made up of rescued bits and pieces from the cutting-room floor of his 2006 album, "The New Folklore."

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.

When "they" said, "Write what you know," Margi Preus wasn't listening.

The Duluth author's newest book, "The Bamboo Sword" takes place temporally, culturally and geographically about as far from 2015 northern Minnesota as possible.

Duluth Mayor Don Ness talks the micro and macro view ... unearned advantages ... and his transition from Donny the Kid Councilor to Don Ness, mayor, in this glorious picture book for adults: the journey of a man and his city and how they both grew up a little on the way.

Holy Cow Press

We visit with Jim Perlman of Holy Cow Press, one of the editors of a new poetry collection titled, Amethyst and Agate: Poems of Lake Superior, published by Holy Cow Press.  The book contains over 70 poems submitted by authors from around the region and from around the world, such as Heid E. Erdrich, Kimberly Blaeser, James Armstrong, and Sara Thomsen, et al. who live near and/or have been inspired by Lake Superior.

We visit with editor, journalist and author Catherine Madison, whose latest book The War Came Home with Him: A Daughter's Memoir has just been published by the University of Minnesota Press.  She recounts her father's lifetime of struggle after three years as a POW during the Korean War, and how their relationship and her efforts to piece together his past following his death were also tribulations for her.

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. 

Duluthian Marie Zhuikov writes "eco-mystic romance novels for new adults,"  set right here at home.

Unfamiliar with the genre?  Find out what it's all about and why Marie is a little nervous to have her parents read her books!

What makes a town?  A railroad line?  A post office?

How did Minnesota's lost towns become lost ... and could our wired society - and the ability to work almost anywhere - bring them back again?

Fulcrum Publishing

We talk with Kristin Eggerling, author of Breath of Wilderness: The Life of Sigurd Olson (2014, Fulcrum Publishing), about the great wilderness educator and advocate, and champion of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area in northern Minnesota.

We talk with David Kess, author of More Than Just Ore: The Era That Really Made Ely, published in 2014 by the Ely-Winton Historical Society.  Not a dry collection of historical mining data, this book is a collection of photographs and anecdotes that give a deeper connection to the lives lived in Ely since it was founded in the 1880s. 

For the longest time, Ann Glumac wrote poetry as a way of capturing a moment or an experience.

Then she allowed herself to entertain a new idea: what if other people might like what she wrote?

On the heels of that thought: what if they don't?

My father will wake in the dark...

I buy him presents,

warm and heavy things

of wool and wood.

To warm him.

To weigh him down

so he cannot float away from me

into the big night sky.

~ "Solstice" by Ann Glumac

It was just like everyday silver or everyday dishes; it wasn't something special you hauled out for company.

That's what Peggy Trojan saw growing up and writes about, in this moving chapbook of poetry about her parents and their "everyday love."

Peggy Trojan's chapbook of poetry, "Everyday Love," was nominated for the Northeastern Minnesota Book Award (NEMBA) in Poetry and is self-published.  All this summer, we'll be bringing you books about the Northland, from the Northland by NEMBA award-winners and nominees.

Agnes Rajala kept her writing to herself.

In fact, she didn't get around to showing it to her family until she presented them with the manuscript of "Waters Like the Sky: Book 1 – The Chronicles of an Unlikely Voyageur." 

But as her daughter explains, by the end of her life in 2013, she was not only excited about the publishing of this book with her daughter, Nikki, she had another in the series ready to go.