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N. M. Kelby on Lori & Julia (FM 107)

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

A Travel Guide for Reckless Hearts book coverTomorrow, Friday Sept. 18th at 4:30 p.m. on FM 107 in the Twin Cities, N. M. Kelby, author of A Travel Guide for Reckless Hearts will be a guest on the popular radio show,  Lori & Julia. N. M. is a former broadcast journalist in the area who has since written several widely acclaimed novels and now an intimate and heartwarming collection of short stories. To quote Pulitzer Prize winning author Robert Olen Butler:

“N. M. Kelby has long been one of my favorite writers, and her new story collection, A Travel Guide for Reckless Hearts, is the sweet, pure, hilarious, sneakily profound essence of her. We ache and we laugh: this is the experience of living in the 21st century.”

The Utne Reader Great Writing blog recently began a lively discussion on the future of the short story collection in print and online. To quote N. M. Kelby, “short stories are the new black because they are the perfect read for the digital age!”

Cheri Register Article in Book Club Club

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

Packinghouse Daughter coverMinnPost has just started a new section on their site devoted to Book Clubs called, very appropriately, the Book Club Club.

This week, they published a moving article by Sally Williams on MHS author, Cheri Register, author of Packinghouse Daughter, who just recently went ot speak in person to a book club not in a book store or a library, but in a women’s prison.

“Rock Star” Book Designer Chip Kidd Speaks at MCAD Tomorrow

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

Chip KiddThe Minnesota Book Publishers Roundtable is pleased to bring designer Chip Kidd to town for their season opening event. Kidd will be speaking at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design on Wednesday September 16th at 7:00 p.m.

Kristin Tillotson interviewed Kidd in today’s Star Tribune, and tune in to MPR’s Mid-Morning tomorrow (Wed.) to listen to an interview with the renowned designer.

Minnesota Ghost Stories on Coast-to-Coast

Sunday, September 13th, 2009

The Nearly DepartedLearn about Minnesota’s “otherworldly” history on the nationally popular radio show, Coast-to-Coast, tonight with special guest, Michael Norman, author or The Nearly Departed: Minnesota Ghost Stories and Legends as he talks with host, Ian Punnett. Michael has written numerous books about accounts of ghosts and hauntings in America and the Midwest. The show airs in the Twin Cities on KSTP-AM 1500 from Midnight to 4 AM. It also airs on other stations throughout Minnesota. (We won’t tell if you leave the lights on tonight while listening!)

To hear more great stories, and meet Michael in person, check out his extensive list of events and appearances.

David Small at Magers and Quinn

Friday, September 11th, 2009

Stitches book coverDavid Small, Caldecott award-winning illustrator, is the author of the new graphic novel/memoir Stitches. He will be in Minneapolis at Magers and Quinn this Tuesday, 9/15, at 7:30, and it looks to be an incredibly interesting event.

Per the publisher, W.W. Norton, “Small, a prize-winning children’s author, re-creates a life story that might have been imagined by Kafka. Readers will be riveted by his journey from speechless victim, subjected to X-rays by his radiologist father and scolded by his withholding and tormented mother, to his decision to flee his home at sixteen with nothing more than dreams of becoming an artist.”

Muse in the Mississippi

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

Photo credit: Preston White

Composer Eve Beglarian is spending the next three months kyaking down the Mississippi River collecting sounds and images along the river. The New York Times recently profiled Beglarian and her newest musical endeavor and noted that she is currently reading the MHS Press title, Ojibwe Singers: Hymns, Grief, and a Native Culture in Motion by Michael D. McNally.

Writing: Paper Optional

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009

N. M. KelbyN. M. Kelby was recently posed a few questions about the writing life from SIBA (Southern Independent Booksellers Association). Our favorite responses:

Q: Why do you write?
A: Asking a writer why they write is like asking a dog why they breathe . . . they don’t understand the question, but they’re still hoping you’ll toss them a bone.

Q: When do you write?
A: I write when I am sleeping, lying, eating, flirting, praying and pulling weeds. Living life is writing. It’s paper optional.

N. M. is the author of A Travel Guide for Reckless Hearts out this month from Borealis Books. She is also the author of The Constant Art of Being a Writer: The Life, Art & Business of Fiction. She is working on  the movie Whale Season with Dwight Yoakam!

Dillinger Who?

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

Cole Younger book coverPeg Meier, retired Star Tribune reporter and MHS author (Bring Warm Clothes and Too Hot Went to Lake), wrote an interesting article about a long-lost letter in the Minnesota Historical Society archives that revealed what really happened to Clell Miller’s body after the botched Northfield bank robbery led by Cole Younger. Cole Younger wrote about the raid in his lengthily titled autobiography The Story of Cole Younger: Being an Autobiography of the Missouri Guerilla Captain and Outlaw, His Capture and Prison Life, and the Only Authentic Account of the Northfield Raid Ever Published.

Iric Nathanson in MinnPost

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

Minneapolis in the 20th Century book coverIric Nathanson, contributor to MinnPost and upcoming MHS author just published a piece this week about efforts to revise the Minneapolis city charter. Nathanson’s upcoming book, Minneapolis in the Twentieth Century: The Growth of an American City, a political history of the city, examines in depth at the origins and issues of the Minneapolis city charter in the first chapter.

Minneapolis in the Twentieth Century will be availble this November.

Layne Kennedy in the Boundary Waters

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

Ely River by Layne KennedyPhotographer Layne Kennedy is in the Boundary Waters working on an upcoming MHS Press book scheduled to be published in the fall of 2010.

Layne is part of the author team, along with writer Greg Breining, who brought us A Hard-Water World: Ice Fishing and Why We Do It. Greg and Layne are teaming up again for a the book on the Boundary Waters.

Layne is currently writing a blog about his work, giving a behind the scenes look at his process in creating the new book. He also has a great entry about our friend Will Powers. Check it out.