Mary Ann Grossmann, Pioneer Press

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Recent articles by Mary:

Daily distraction: Rediscover ‘The Little Engine That Could’ on its anniversary – Twin Cities

Are your kids tired of even their favorite books as we continue to isolate? Then treat the family to the 90th anniversary edition of “The Little Engine That Could,” an enduring story wr… → Read More

Literary calendar for the week of May 24

(All events are virtual) WILLIAM KENT KRUEGER: Discusses his novel “This Tender Land,” now out in paperback, with Kate Malmon, Writer Types podcast reviewer. 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 26. Pre… → Read More

St. Paul author stunned by success of genre-jumping “CatNet” – Twin Cities

Naomi Kritzer was 4 when she discovered science fiction through the first “Star Wars” film. “I was grabbed by John Williams’ music, the lightsabers, the magic of The Force. … → Read More

Daily distraction: Find a poem for a graduate

Do you want to congratulate your favorite 2020 graduate with something more than a signed card? The Academy of American Poets, the nation’s leading champion of poets and poetry, offers a spec… → Read More

The Freeman Files: Bourne book one of 3 recent projects for Woodbury author

Award-winning writer Brian Freeman isn’t too sorry he and his wife, Marcia, are isolating in their Woodbury home. Freeman, who writes psychological thrillers, needed the time to finish the la… → Read More

Thriller factory: Brian and Marcia Freeman say partnership makes it work

Brian and Marcia Freeman met at Carleton College in Northfield when they were next-door neighbors in a coed dorm. Now they’ve been married for 36 years and are partners in life and in Brian&#… → Read More

Readers and Writers: Getaways that don’t require a mask – Twin Cities

Is your To Be Read pile shrinking as you remain isolated? Today we offer escapist fiction that will make you forget you are living with a mask. We’ve got two books of horror by bestselling au… → Read More

NPR host offering humor — and help — from dark places

“This is my memoir and my Illness’s biography. It’s stories of how I’ve been tortured by this thing but also found the absurd humor in it,” John Moe writes in his new … → Read More

St. Paul novelist wins two big awards in three days

Naomi Kritzer of St. Paul is having a great week, winning two prestigious awards in three days for her young adult novel “Catfishing on CatNet.” Mystery Writers of America announced Thu… → Read More

Previous winners dominate Minnesota Book Awards

Minnesota Book Awards went on as scheduled Tuesday, April 28, but the coronavirus changed its format. Instead of taking place at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul, the annual ce… → Read More

‘A Woman’s War, Too’ pays homage to Minnesota women during WWII

A smiling woman seated at an airplane’s control panel is pictured on the cover of “A Woman’s War, Too,” a new book by Virginia M. Wright-Peterson that tells personal stories… → Read More

Minnesota Book Awards go virtual on Tuesday, April 28

With all of us staying home, it’s easy to lose track of big events. Friends of the St. Paul Public Library remind us that the Minnesota Book Awards are happening 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 28. Thi… → Read More

Readers and Writers: Some spring books delayed, but here’s what’s ahead – Twin Cities

May was supposed to be a big month for introduction of new books by Minnesota writers, but coronavirus changed all that. The books are still coming, and authors are doing virtual readings, but some… → Read More

Daily Distraction: Order a free poem Saturday from Minnesota poet Bill Meissner

Do you want a free, personalized poem, typed on demand? Minnesota poet Bill Meissner, author of five books of poetry, the latest of which is “The Mapmaker’s Dream,” will spontaneo… → Read More

Filling a need for kids with autism? She wrote the book on it

Cameron Brundidge loved to read when she was in kindergarten, checking books out of the school library every week. One day the autistic little girl told her mom, Sheletta, “I want to be white… → Read More

Daily distraction: Author ‘seeding’ little free libraries with books and tea – Twin Cities

Minnesotan Gerry Schmitt, who writes several mystery series as Laura Childs, is spreading the influence of tea in this trying time by “seeding” Little Free Libraries with copies of her … → Read More

‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’ series now downloadable for free – Twin Cities

Attention fans of the popular Chicken Soup for the Soul series: “Chicken Soup for the Soul 20th Anniversary Edition” is being offered free in a downloadable version on all e-book platfo… → Read More

In ‘American Harvest,’ Marie Matsuki Mockett follows wheat harvest through seven states – Twin Cities

If you’re almost out of reading material because you are sheltering in place, please read Marie Mutsuki Mockett’s wonderful new book “American Harvest: God, Country, and Farming … → Read More

Jessie Diggins launches memoir with online event and ‘Gold Medal’ book workout – Twin Cities

We’re sequestered in our homes and big literary events have been canceled, but smart publishers and event organizers are finding ways to have fun with virtual book parties. Jessie Diggins, Mi… → Read More

Daily distraction: Spend Tudor time with Henry VIII’s wife No. 5 – Twin Cities

Just in time for these long days of staying home, Alison Weir tells us the tragic story of Henry VIII’s fifth wife in “Katheryn Howard: The Scandalous Queen” (Ballantine Books, $2… → Read More