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. The North 1033 spotlights books by Minnesota authors every week.


431 Pieces

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Bob King is a photographer by day in his job at the Duluth News Tribune, so perhaps it came as a bit of a surprise when he was head-hunted to write...

  • Added: Dec 02, 2016
  • Length: 07:58
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Wisconsin's poet laureate joins us this morning to read, among other things, the titular poem of Apprenticed to Justice

  • Added: Dec 02, 2016
  • Length: 11:38
Caption: Ellie Schoenfeld
Duluth's newly-minted poet laureate, Ellie Schoenfeld, reads from her work and talks poetry, pretension, community ... and the value of followin...

  • Added: Dec 16, 2016
  • Length: 09:14
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The family affair that is author Lori Evert, National Geographic photographer Per Breiehagen and photogenic daughter Anja is back with a new advent...

  • Added: Apr 04, 2017
  • Length: 08:15
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Our guest on this episode of MN Reads is Duluth author Margi Preus, whose new picture book, Storm's Coming! (2016, Minnesota Historical Society Pre...

  • Added: Jan 05, 2017
  • Length: 09:31
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Former St. Paul Pioneer Press outdoors reporter Chris Niskanen provides a playful, insightful, surprising guide to all things Minnesotan, the p...

  • Added: Apr 04, 2017
  • Length: 10:11
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Author Mary Casanova has spent 35 years looking at Rainy Lake and its iconic lift bridge to Canada out of her living room windows. So it's not sur...

  • Added: Apr 04, 2017
  • Length: 07:57
Caption: Since Andy's book doesn't technically have a jacket, he gave it one. And a hat.
Essayist and artist Andy Sturdevant joins us in the studio to weigh in on hotdish like a Rothko, Ralph's Corner Bar and the poignance of the Minne...

  • Added: Apr 04, 2017
  • Length: 10:39
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Maybe "prophet" is too strong a word to describe Larry Stillday. Maybe "prescient" is a better one. When Larry Stillday died in May of 2014, he l...

  • Added: Apr 04, 2017
  • Length: 10:36
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Writing a counting book for kids - how hard could it be? Phyllis Root, though, had other ideas. By the time she was done, she'd completed a down-...

  • Added: Apr 04, 2017
  • Length: 06:51
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Our guest on this episode of MN Reads is Mindy Mejia, the author the novel Everything You Want Me to Be [Emily Bestler Books, 2017], a thriller/mys...

  • Added: Mar 16, 2017
  • Length: 04:58
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The wave of grassroots feminist organizing that built beginning in the late '70s had its origin in some unlikely places.

  • Added: Apr 04, 2017
  • Length: 12:47
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Bea Ojakangas has written a lot of cookbooks over the years ... and delivered a lot of talks about it. In fact, one of those talks, called "Cookin...

  • Added: Apr 04, 2017
  • Length: 09:02
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When canoe enthusiasts Mark Neuzil and Norman Sims set out to write the first book on the history of canoes in the entire North American continent,...

  • Added: Apr 04, 2017
  • Length: 10:51
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Orders given, orders recieved, courts-martial ... An almost 200 year old order book, compiled by Colonel Josiah Snelling's adjutant between 1826 a...

  • Added: Oct 16, 2017
  • Length: 09:05
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The fun and funny Lorna Landvik joins us to talk about why she never reads her books again once she writes them, the characters who yammer in her h...

  • Added: Oct 16, 2017
  • Length: 09:09
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A friend's collection of mystery stories by Minnesota authors sparked this collection of short stories for young readers. Editors Jay Peterson and...

  • Added: Oct 16, 2017
  • Length: 09:53
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Despite a gardening career that spans decades, author John Whitman says he thought he knew more than he did when he sat down to produce Fresh From ...

  • Added: Oct 16, 2017
  • Length: 09:16
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Author Sarah Stonich published Shelter in 2011, when she was a single mother looking for connections to home and family for herself and her son. ...

  • Added: Oct 16, 2017
  • Length: 09:43
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Author Nora Murphy had a lot of questions about the land her family settled when they came to America, fleeing the potato famine in Ireland.

  • Added: Oct 16, 2017
  • Length: 10:58