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.


281 Pieces

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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
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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
Caption: "I am afraid of my own voice" These were "drift words" that were allowed to "drift away from"!, Credit: Duluth Poetry Chapter/Facebook
Last weekend's DriftWords event found poets ranging up and down the shore at Wisconsin Point: writing poems with sticks in the sand, with markers o...

  • Added: Oct 17, 2019
  • Length: 14:53
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Sarah Stonich doesn't let go of things easily. Or perhaps they just don't let go of her. Even though she lives in the Twin Cities, northern Minne...

  • Added: Jan 17, 2019
  • Length: 18:14
Caption: Joy Harjo, Credit: Joy Harjo/Facebook
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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The former curator of the Duluth Art Institute, Annie Dugan, and photographer John Heino sit in for a wide-ranging conversation with journalist/pho...

  • Added: Jan 18, 2019
  • Length: 22:17
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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