MN Reads

Series produced by KUMD

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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.


270 Pieces

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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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Several well-known poets, including Duluth's poet laureate, will join some lesser-known poets and musicians Sunday afternoon for Poets on the Water...

Bought by WOUB


  • 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.

Bought by WOUB


  • Added: Sep 09, 2019
  • Length: 09:09
  • Purchases: 1
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Thomas Peacock's latest book for children tackles a lot of adult themes: connection to culture, to tradition, family relationships and coping with ...

  • Added: Jul 29, 2019
  • Length: 08:49
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Award-winning novelist and poet Linda LeGarde Grover shares her thoughts on the selection of Joy Harjo as the first Native American Poet Laureate.

  • Added: Jul 04, 2019
  • Length: 11:26
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It's billed as "a world where people can present as they wish, and where dress-up is real."

  • Added: Jul 29, 2019
  • Length: 14:07
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When Thomas Peacock's publisher came to him asking for a new book, they said there were plenty of books about Lake Superior, trees, rocks ... "Wha...

  • Added: Jun 21, 2019
  • Length: 08:39
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Honey and maple syrup might be better for you than sugar. They might be better for the environment. But even better, and sweet as anything, is how ...

  • Added: May 23, 2019
  • Length: 12:45
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In this surprisingly personal conversation with The "award-winning, million-copy bestselling author Leif Enger," the lifelong-Minnesotan-turned-Dul...

  • Added: Jun 21, 2019
  • Length: 23:29
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It couldn't have been more of a jolt. Lifelong Minnesotan Anika Fajardo left Madison, WI in January to spend her break with the father she'd never...

  • Added: May 10, 2019
  • Length: 15:26
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Writer and translator Barbara Sjoholm talks about the art of translation and her joy at helping bring some of the stories of the indigenous Sami pe...

  • Added: Jun 24, 2019
  • Length: 15:36
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MN Reads has a conversation with Phyllis Root, the author of The Lost Forest, illustrated by Betsy Bowen and published in 2019 by University of Min...

  • Added: Apr 25, 2019
  • Length: 15:11

  • Added: Jun 21, 2019
  • Length: 15:58
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Missing and murdered Native women - and what happens to their children when they disappear - are at the center of Linda LeGarde Grover's latest nov...

Bought by Bois Forte Tribal Community Radio


  • Added: Jun 21, 2019
  • Length: 15:17
  • Purchases: 1
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Lorna Landvik shares her thoughts on book signing events, being a shameless "Minnesota booster," and her love of the Minnesota habits that we cling...

  • Added: May 10, 2019
  • Length: 14:10
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If you read about Nancy Luxon's Archives of Infamy: Foucault on State Power in the Lives of Ordinary Citizens, you might be tempted to take a pass.

  • Added: Jun 21, 2019
  • Length: 12:28
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Author Yvonne Pearson's charming book for kids is the perfect read for little folks who might be uncertain about camping for the first time.

  • Added: Jun 21, 2019
  • Length: 06:19
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The saga of three friends growing up in Minnesota in the '60s continues ... and author Jane St. Anthony describes her process: someth...

  • Added: Jun 24, 2019
  • Length: 13:31
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Jacqueline Briggs Martin and illustrator Larry Day have created a must-read for the Grandma's Marathon season: how do you fit in when you're just ...

  • Added: Jun 21, 2019
  • Length: 09:47
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Martha Greene Phillip's dad was a little older than the average dad. In fact, he was a Civil War baby, born in 1864.

  • Added: Jan 25, 2019
  • Length: 09:44