Tracy Mumford, MPR News

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MPR News

Minneapolis, MN, United States

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Past articles by Tracy:

Our favorite books of 2019

MPR’s fleet of readers has compiled a list of gems from 2019, including everything from deep historic dives to sci-fi. → Read More

This novel delivers a 'mix of horror and elegance'

Bookseller Annie Metcalf recommends a novel "for readers who want to be challenged and scared — but are also interested in new voices in translation." → Read More

Brash, funny and tender: A new poetry collection for your reading list

Bookseller Danny Caine recommends a poetry collection that offers "a funny and occasionally devastating portrait of life as a first generation Mexican-American." → Read More

'The Wedding Portrait' explains activism for a young audience

Innosanto Nagara first built a following with "A is for Activist." His newest children's book opens with the story of a couple who decides to get married in the middle of a protest. → Read More

When you suddenly become 'internet famous'

What happens when you become famous for the sake of being famous? This novel explores the modern obsession with fame. → Read More

Twist alert: Here's the 'perfect mystery for summer'

Bookseller Aubrey Restifo recommends a young adult page-turner about a teenage girl who goes missing — and her best friend who won't stop looking. → Read More

This novel is 'a thinker's summer read'

Bookseller Melissa DeMotte says Anthony Horowitz styles his mysteries like Agatha Christie -- but he takes it up a notch. → Read More

Murakami mesmerizes with his fiction, but his nonfiction is not to be missed

In the late 90s, Haruki Murakami published a nonfiction account of the Tokyo subway sarin gas attack. Bookseller Lucas Mcguffie calls it a mix of "literature and journalism." → Read More

An 'elegant, accessible, transcendent, earthy' poetry collection

National Poetry Month ended in April, but bookstore owner Nathan Montoya has a poetry recommendation that's fresh year-round. → Read More

Indie Bookstore Day: Where to go, what to read

We've compiled reading recommendations from 29 Minnesota bookstores. Bookstores around the state will be celebrating Saturday with sales, signings and other bookish treats. → Read More

Poetry Friday: The natural world

To celebrate National Poetry Month, The Thread is showcasing three poems from local independent publishing houses every Friday. → Read More

A fourth season of 'Fargo'? Hold on to your hats

Murder, mayhem, Minnesota: "Fargo" series creator Noah Hawley, who adapted the Coen Brothers' original film for television, says he now has an idea for a new season. → Read More

'Loaded': A look at the complex history of the Second Amendment

The national conversation around gun control is dominating the news. Bookseller Alyson Jones Turner recommends a title that dives into America's unique historical relationship with firearms. → Read More

'Black Panther' fans, here's your next read

If you've been gripped by the excitement of T'Challa, Wakanda, and more, bookseller Jeffrey Blair knows what to put on your reading pile. → Read More

What Minnesota's reading: The most popular library books

Minnesota library patrons have a strong affinity for thrillers, but are also catching up on some of the most buzzed-about books of the last few years. → Read More

The best books to give and get: Nonfiction picks of 2017

Sharks, war and beloved Schwinn bikes make appearances in our favorite nonfiction reads of the year. → Read More

The best books to give and get: Fiction picks of 2017

Murder mysteries, family secrets and the end of the world -- the best fiction of 2017 features dark tales and moments of beauty. → Read More

'Saturday Night Live' calls out Sen. Al Franken

The long-running comedy show's Weekend Update segment addressed accusations against Sen. Al Franken for his behavior on a 2006 USO tour. → Read More

It's just not funny: Late-night hosts take on Franken accusations

With fellow comedian Sen. Al Franken in the headlines for sexual harassment, late-night talk show hosts faced the question Thursday night of what to do when the accused is one of your own. → Read More

The man who was mayor of Minneapolis for just one day

Dick Erdall held the seat after the city's elected mayor resigned early. Erdall was the last Republican to be mayor of Minneapolis. → Read More