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.


430 Pieces

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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
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The backstory of Double Exposure: Images of Black Minnesota in the 1940s is almost as compelling as the book itself. It's how a family discovered...

  • Added: Jan 17, 2019
  • Length: 14:54
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Northland poet Barton Sutter joins us this morning to read from his newest work, and talk about poetry: "language," he says, "that would like to be...

  • Added: Jan 18, 2019
  • Length: 11:28
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We don't hear a lot about tuberculosis today. But at the turn of the 20th century, tuberculosis (also known as TB or consumption) was the leading ...

  • Added: Jan 17, 2019
  • Length: 14:28
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MN Reads has a conversation with Dave Page, the author of "F. Scott Fitzgerald in Minnesota: The Writer and His Friends at Home," published by Fitz...

  • Added: Jan 02, 2019
  • Length: 10:23
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The family team of author Lori Evert, photographer Per Breiehagen and their daughter Anya have released their sixth "Wish book" with The Polar Bear...

  • Added: Jan 17, 2019
  • Length: 14:00
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The warm and whimsical Patrice Johnson recounts her Minnesota childhood as a Catholic kid in a household where children weren't allowed in the kitc...

  • Added: Jan 17, 2019
  • Length: 13:25
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We read history with a deepening sensitivity to who was reporting what - and why. And we have a starkly different perspective than did the people w...

  • Added: Jan 18, 2019
  • Length: 08:31
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Katharine Johnson's story of Karhu the little bear deals with universal themes: earning money to buy something you want, finding a mentor to teach ...

  • Added: Jan 17, 2019
  • Length: 06:21
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Allen Beaulieu was happy when Prince asked him to shoot some cover photos for an upcoming album. (Frankly, he wasn't a fan of the previous cover p...

  • Added: Jan 17, 2019
  • Length: 14:20
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Thomas Peacock says it was an idea he had years and years ago -- but he says the first manuscript was "horrible."

  • Added: Jan 17, 2019
  • Length: 08:36
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How Minnesotan Matt Goldman left home for Hollywood "because he didn't know any better," became a success writing for Seinfeld (in spite of himself...

  • Added: Jun 21, 2019
  • Length: 10:27
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Duluth's newly-minted Poet Laureate (not even 24 hours yet) for 2018-2020 shares his thoughts on making poetry "more a part of the everyday fabric...

  • Added: Jun 21, 2019
  • Length: 09:09
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Marcia Anderson's fascinating, gorgeously illustrated book of the art of the Ojibwe bandolier bag had its genesis in a box she opened in 1981.

  • Added: Nov 16, 2017
  • Length: 11:23
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MN Reads has a conversation with Mary Lahr Schier, the author of The Northern Gardener: From Apples to Zinnias: 150 Years of Garden Wisdom, publish...

  • Added: Feb 07, 2019
  • Length: 09:32
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They look like grasses but aren't. They have "reduced morphology," which means they're hard to identify. But not only are sedges and rushes an in...

  • Added: Jan 17, 2019
  • Length: 13:51
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Anishinabe author Heid Erdrich talks about how a social media post spurred her to create a collection of contemporary Native poetry by exciting new...

  • Added: Feb 21, 2019
  • Length: 15:36
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Sarah Bamford Seidelmann fell in love with a (dead, stuffed, expensive) walrus in a second-hand store. And even though they didn't end up leaving t...

  • Added: Jan 17, 2019
  • Length: 11:51
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A leader in Minnesota's environmental history and graduate of Duluth Central High school and UMD, Grant J. Merritt joins us to talk about his book ...

  • Added: Jan 28, 2019
  • Length: 15:04