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MN Reads

Series produced by KUMD

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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.


203 Pieces

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Our guest on this episode of MN Reads is Andrea Swensson, the author of the book "Got to Be Something Here: The Rise of the Minneapolis Sound," pub...

  • Added: Dec 29, 2017
  • Length: 12:51
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"That's the point of any kind of travel, really. That it's transformational. You become part of the world in a way that you weren't before." ...

  • Added: Dec 07, 2017
  • Length: 10:38
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On this Thanksgiving Day, Sioux (Oglala Lakota) chef Sean Sherman is being treated by his family. Today, he doesn't have to cook. Instead, he ca...

  • Added: Nov 23, 2017
  • Length: 07:44
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Dr. Carter Meland joins us today to discuss his book, "Stories for a Lost Child" and about discovering heritage and finding the community.

  • Added: Nov 17, 2017
  • Length: 15:11
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After their retirement from UMD, Tom and Betsy Peacock weren't the type of folks to kick back and do nothing. They saw a need: for more children's ...

  • Added: Nov 17, 2017
  • Length: 06:07
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The "street fighter" from Crosby-Ironton who famously accused three top executives in his courtroom of "corporate irresponsibility at its mean...

  • Added: Nov 17, 2017
  • Length: 06:41
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The art of being in the "once upon a time" and in the "now" simultaneously, why you need the best of your humanity to defeat a troll, and why no No...

  • Added: Nov 17, 2017
  • Length: 09:01
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Linda Legarde Grover introduces her new book, "Onigamiising Seasons of an Ojibwe Year" and talks about the significance.

  • Added: Nov 17, 2017
  • Length: 08:01
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Listen to Beth Dooley talk about food, and it's easy to understand how quickly you forget that it's food she's talking about.

  • Added: Nov 17, 2017
  • Length: 12:24
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Art, architecture and culture flow into this story of the creation of a terrazzo floor; a creation, ultimately, to be stepped into, not just steppe...

  • Added: Nov 17, 2017
  • Length: 10:32
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Margi Preus talks about the "reverse strip tease" of mystery writing and why she never gets more confident as a writer.

  • Added: Nov 16, 2017
  • Length: 12:26
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Our guest on this episode of MN Reads is Courtney Yasmineh, the author of A Girl Called Sidney: The Coldest Place, published in 2017 by Gibson Hous...

  • Added: Sep 14, 2017
  • Length: 09:49
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Our guest on this episode of MN Reads is Quinton Skinner, the author of Odd One Out, published in 2017 by Prospect Park Books. This novel, his thi...

  • Added: Sep 13, 2017
  • Length: 08:32
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Marcia Anderson's fascinating, gorgeously illustrated book of the art of the Ojibwe bandolier bag had its genesis in a box she opened in 1981.

  • Added: Nov 16, 2017
  • Length: 11:23
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Eric Dregni's Let's Go Fishing is the perfect antidote for the I-can't-believe-it's-over-summertime blues.

  • Added: Nov 16, 2017
  • Length: 09:12
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Our guest on this episode of MN Reads is Peter Geye, the author of Wintering, published in 2016 by Vintage Books. This novel, his third, revolves ...

  • Added: Aug 22, 2017
  • Length: 07:18
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Given the choice between a cash prize for their annual contest and a chance to get published, the Lake Superior Writers voted back in 2016 to get p...

  • Added: Nov 16, 2017
  • Length: 07:20
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Lois Rafferty has spoken, written and taught about issues of grief and loss for years. But it wasn't until she wrote Carnie's Child that she learne...

  • Added: Nov 16, 2017
  • Length: 11:18
Caption: Tales from the Warming by Lorin R. Robinson, Credit: Open Books
Our guest on this episode of MN Reads is Lorin R. Robinson, the author of Tales From The Warming published in 2017 by Open Books. Combining scient...

  • Added: Jul 20, 2017
  • Length: 12:32
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Many Minnesotans have fond memories of traveling for a weekend at the lake. Along with that trip to the lake came unique stories that have been pas...

  • Added: Nov 16, 2017
  • Length: 08:24