MN Reads

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

Minnesota Reads is supported in part by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

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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.

Lori Evert is an author, her husband Per Breiehagen is a professional photographer and their daughter, Anja, stars in another magical photographic fairy tale.

Actor, playwright, director and UMD theater professor Tom Isbell, it turns out, is an author, too. He talks about his "dark side" and incorporating a lesson into his book that humanity just can't seem to master. Published by Harper Collins.

In her book, author and historian Brenda Child tells her own family's stories from the Red Lake Reservation and stories of a people trying to sustain their lifeways and their families during the World War I era and the Great Depression.

Author Lori Evert and her husband, nationally-recognized photographer Per Breiehagen, were captivated by their daughter, Anja, in some of the traditional Norwegian garb given her by her grandma.  The result is a magical fantasy called "The Christmas Wish."  Published by Random House.

 

Author Deb Larson talks about the experiences in her own family that shaped her story "One Frozen Lake," about a grandfather introducing his grandchild to the wonders of ice fishing.

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