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.


374 Pieces

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Historian Brenda Child has been on a mission since she read Custer Died for Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto (1969) by Vine Deloria Jr. and Dee Brown...

  • Added: Apr 30, 2021
  • Length: 15:54
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Nellie Frances was another woman like a lot of women in Minnesota. Quiet and self-effacing, but active in her community and her church, it's not ...

  • Added: Apr 30, 2021
  • Length: 17:39
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Then-22 year old Natalie Warren and her friend Ann Raiho took a 2,000-mile journey by paddle from Minneapolis to Hudson Bay in 2011. But ten years...

  • Added: Feb 10, 2021
  • Length: 14:30
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When Laura Sulentich Frederickson was a little girl, she felt sorry for her dad's birthday being so close to the winter solstice. After all, kids ...

  • Added: Feb 10, 2021
  • Length: 07:51
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Craft beer exploded on the scene a few years back and Duluth proudly claimed it's place front and center.

  • Added: Feb 10, 2021
  • Length: 13:28
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Even if we weren't facing a winter indoors, staring at (or climbing) the same four walls, we'd probably appreciate Patrice Johnson's new Land...

  • Added: Feb 09, 2021
  • Length: 16:08
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Gary Boelhower is Duluth's poet laureate, a long-time teacher of ethics ... and a grampa. So it's no surprise that he's been spending a lot of t...

  • Added: Feb 10, 2021
  • Length: 16:27
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Chances are the two or three wolves who wandered over the ice from Minnesota or Canada to Isle Royale 60-some years ago were just looking for som...

  • Added: Feb 10, 2021
  • Length: 15:18
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While Indigenous children in Minnesota learn plenty of English language, most don't have a lot of chances to learn the languages of the ...

  • Added: Feb 09, 2021
  • Length: 11:24
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Mindy Greiling thought she knew quite a bit about mental illness. After all, she'd minored in psychology both as an undergrad and in grad s...

  • Added: Feb 09, 2021
  • Length: 15:00
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A common trope in fiction pits siblings against one another in some form; maybe they're vying for the attention of a parent, maybe they're both...

  • Added: Feb 09, 2021
  • Length: 16:32
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Bea Ojakangas' mother always said you could never go wrong ordering soup.

  • Added: Feb 09, 2021
  • Length: 15:54
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Author Peter Geye talks about his most recent novel, Northernmost, the challenges of writing about Scandinavians ("I'm drawn to character...

  • Added: Feb 09, 2021
  • Length: 15:24
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Margi Preus was disappointed when her books, Village of Scoundrels and The Littlest Voyageur, came out last spring at the same time the p...

  • Added: Feb 09, 2021
  • Length: 18:04
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On this episode of MN Reads, KUMD's Chris Harwood talks with musician, songwriter, and producer BrownMark about his memoir, My Life in the Purple K...

  • Added: Sep 29, 2020
  • Length: 16:17
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Freelance illustrator and University of Minnesota instructor John Owens didn't grow up heading to the Boundary Waters every summer, but onc...

  • Added: Sep 29, 2020
  • Length: 08:06
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The repercussions on society from the pandemic are usually pretty grim. But Duluth's poet laureate, Gary Boelhower, says poetry reading be...

  • Added: Sep 29, 2020
  • Length: 11:41
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A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota was published back in 2016, but it's enjoyed a renaissance of sorts this summer. The collection ...

  • Added: Sep 29, 2020
  • Length: 14:28
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Thank heavens for Chico Bon Bon. The irrepressible monkey with a tool belt embarks upon his sixth picture book adventure with calm, confidence, an...

  • Added: Sep 04, 2020
  • Length: 13:08
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Former Minnesotan Linda Norlander calls Tacoma, Washington home these days, but she's still deeply tied to her roots in Pelican Ra...

  • Added: Sep 04, 2020
  • Length: 13:28