Mary Ann Grossmann, Pioneer Press

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Recent articles by Mary:

Readers and writers: Dragons, Agathas, a Middle Ages poor boy and a visit to Lake Wobegon

Dragons and Agatha Christie. A poor boy in 14th century Venice and the latest news from Lake Wobegon. Who could ask for anything more from Minnesota writers on a spring Sunday? → Read More

Literary calendar for week of May 15: ‘Democracy Under Fire’ and ‘What? I’m a DOG?’ And more

It’s a busy week for books and authors in the Twin Cities. Events include this one: On Saturday, May 21, author Lawrence Jacobs will be at New Chapter Booksellers in St. Paul to signs copies … → Read More

To celebrate the return of our feathered friends, a reading from ‘A Warbler’s Journey’

“A Warbler’s Journey,” illustrated with lush paintings by award-winning artist Nancy Lane, tells the story of a tiny but mighty yellow warbler as she makes her perilous migration … → Read More

‘The Barrens’ is local dad and daughter’s novel of love and drama in the Canadian Arctic

I saw the red of Holly’s vest. I saw her shoulders and wisps of hair flowing from the back of her head. The current didn’t pull her into the eddy, and I ran back to shore and followed a… → Read More

Hudson: It’s time for Chapter 3 for Chapter2Books owners – Twin Cities

After more than a decade of successful bookselling, the couple is selling their 900-square-foot store on Locust street so they can begin Chapter 3. → Read More

Literary calendar for week of May 1: Lit lovers night out and ‘One Summer Up North’ – Twin Cities

LITERATURE LOVERS’ NIGHT OUT: Hosts a virtual presentation by authors Denny S. Bryce (“In the Face of the Sun”), Grant Ginder (“Let’s Not Do That Again”), John S… → Read More

Readers and writers: ‘Forever Boy: A Mother’s Memoir of Autism and Finding Joy’

Kate Swenson is something of a hero in the world of parents with children who have autism. → Read More

Minnesota Book Awards honor authors and artists in return to live ceremony

The Minnesota Book Awards returned live tonight (Tuesday) after three years of airing virtually. Presented by Friends of the St. Paul Public Library and sponsored by Education Minnesota, the progra… → Read More

Readers and writers: Characters so real they walk off page in Scotland-set novel

Author will discuss ‘Young Mungo” on April 29 at Next Chapter Booksellers in St. Paul. → Read More

St. Paul: Book giveaway Saturday at United Family Medicine

The event is presented by Sheletta Brundidge, who will be offering several hundred free copies of her new book, “Brandon Spots His Sign,” based on the experiences of one of her three au… → Read More

Literary pick of the week: Another honor for author Kao Kalia Yang

The award, whose past recipients include Robert Bly and William Duffy, Pulitzer Prize winner Louise Erdrich and sculptor Judy Onofrio, celebrates those who have made significant contributions to th… → Read More

Literary calendar: Bell Museum book launch and more

Also, for all you subversives who make it a point to read banned books, the American Library Association offers help. → Read More

Literary pick of the week: Sandford launches new series with familiar name

If John Sandford’s “The Investigator” isn’t the most-anticipated spring book, it’s darn close. It will be published April 12 by Putnam. After writing 31 Prey novels fe… → Read More

Literary calendar for week of April 10

HANIF ABDURRAQIB: Award-winning poet, essayist, cultural critic and MacArthur Fellow based in Columbus, Ohio, in conversation with award-winning Minnesotan Sagirah Shahid, Black American Muslim po… → Read More

Spring/summer books preview: Highlights in fiction and nonfiction

Spring books are rolling in, so many good ones by and about Minnesotans that it’s hard to decide which to highlight. In fiction, mystery/crime writers have been busy, with several new books i… → Read More

Obituary: Dorothy Molstad pioneered self-publishing in the Twin Cities

Dorothy Molstad, a pillar of the Twin Cities literary community known for her warmth, kindness and varied talents, died Friday. The announcement was made in a Facebook posting by her daughters Jenn… → Read More

Loft/McKnight Artist Fellowships awarded

The award for children’s literature/picture books goes to Dr. Artika Tyner, author, speaker and advocate for justice. Her books include “Grandpa Johnson’s Day in Rondo.” → Read More

Vince Flynn Day to be held Wednesday with event at Minnesota State Capitol

Flynn, who died June 20, 2013, of prostate cancer, left a legacy of 14 books that have sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. → Read More

Readers and writers: Children’s picture books celebrate parks, frogs, poems and more – Twin Cities

Finally, there are signs of spring. So we’re beginning this roundup of children’s picture books with two by St. Paulite Sarah Nelson that celebrate parks and frogs. What better topics t… → Read More

Literary pick of the week: History professor discusses racial exclusion in Minnesota

Minnesotans pride themselves on being a progressive stronghold of the Midwest, but this state also has some of the greatest racial disparities in the nation. How did this happen? With help and cons… → Read More