MN Reads

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Author interviews connecting you with the latest books by Minnesota authors.

Find out who's writing in Minnesota on Minnesota Reads. KUMD spotlights books by Minnesota authors every week.


288 Pieces

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When you lose your language, you lose more than just words. You lose the words you use to hold weddings and funerals and welcome children. You use ...

  • Added: Jan 24, 2020
  • Length: 15:47
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The protagonist in Konnie Ellis's book Picnic in Venice "finds her way in the world through art."

  • Added: Jan 15, 2020
  • Length: 13:33
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Our guest this morning is Mark Munger, and he's written the final chapter in his Finnish American trilogy, Kotimaa: Homeland.

  • Added: Jan 15, 2020
  • Length: 10:42
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"An embarassment of riches." That's what retired MNHS Press editor Marilyn Ziebarth and exhibit curator Brian Horrigan had to wade through when th...

  • Added: Jan 15, 2020
  • Length: 11:56
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Curiosity, collaboration, the language we all speak - artist and author Tara Sweeney talks about it all.

  • Added: Jan 15, 2020
  • Length: 15:11
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What so many of the people I interviewed longed for - what I long for - is the ability to return to the place where our ancestors lived and be welc...

  • Added: Dec 09, 2019
  • Length: 17:57
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"Not-Indian" author and journalist Jon Lurie talks about the evolution of his relationship with activist and American Indian Movement (AIM) co-foun...

  • Added: Dec 09, 2019
  • Length: 15:14
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Cheryl Minnema's children's books start with a fond memory, one of many plucked from her childhood, growing up in a traditional household and part ...

  • Added: Nov 21, 2019
  • Length: 12:43
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Jack El-Hai's non-fiction book, The Lost Brothers, tells the harrowing story of three little boys, ages 8, 6 and 4, who went to the park a few bloc...

  • Added: Nov 14, 2019
  • Length: 14:32
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A forgotten grocery-store box simply labeled "Fitz" was the genesis for Michael Schumacher's The Trial of the Edmund Fitzgerald: Eyewitness Account...

  • Added: Nov 14, 2019
  • Length: 12:31
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You might expect the partnership of Chan Poling (The Suburbs, The New Standards) and Lucy Michell (Lucy Michelle and the Velvet Lapelles) to produ...

  • Added: Oct 31, 2019
  • Length: 10:35
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Author John Coy thinks it's pretty cool that there's only one waterfall on the Mississippi, and that it actually moved 15 miles upstream several th...

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  • Added: Oct 31, 2019
  • Length: 08:30
  • Purchases: 1
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There's only one way people arrive here on this planet, observed an contributor to the book of What God is Honored Here? Writings on Miscarriage an...

  • Added: Oct 31, 2019
  • Length: 15:43
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It's true: in space, no one can hear you scream.

  • Added: Oct 31, 2019
  • Length: 20:40
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Eugenie Anderson and Coya Knutson had a lot in common. They were born three years apart (1909 and 1912), they both entered Minnesota politics in ...

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  • Added: Nov 14, 2019
  • Length: 10:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Authors aren't performers like actors or musicians, but they seem to get roped into public appearances to read their work pretty regularly.

  • Added: Sep 19, 2019
  • Length: 11:31
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New and established Minnesota-based writers of the LGBTQIA+ community have had their voices heard via the Queer Voices reading series since 1993. ...

  • Added: Nov 14, 2019
  • Length: 12:37
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It only took two visits to Hawk Ridge to inspire poet Phil Fitzpatrick's love letter to raptors, the Ridge, and the staff and volunteers who make i...

  • Added: Oct 17, 2019
  • Length: 11:09
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Several well-known poets, including Duluth's poet laureate, will join some lesser-known poets and musicians Sunday afternoon for Poets on the Water...

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  • Added: Sep 09, 2019
  • Length: 07:27
  • Purchases: 1
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DNA tests are answering a lot of questions for some people ... and creating new questions for others.

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  • Added: Sep 09, 2019
  • Length: 09:09
  • Purchases: 1