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.


247 Pieces

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MN Reads has a conversation with Mary Lahr Schier, the author of The Northern Gardener: From Apples to Zinnias: 150 Years of Garden Wisdom, publish...

  • Added: Feb 07, 2019
  • Length: 09:32
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Anishinabe author Heid Erdrich talks about how a social media post spurred her to create a collection of contemporary Native poetry by exciting new...

  • Added: Feb 21, 2019
  • Length: 15:36
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A collaborative project with author Brenda Child, artist Jonathan Thunder and language immersion teacher Gordon Jourdain produced a delightful tale...

  • Added: Feb 21, 2019
  • Length: 10:01
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Author Cary Griffith talks about his chronicle of 2007's Ham Lake fire and the process - and challenges - of documenting the most destructive wildf...

  • Added: Feb 21, 2019
  • Length: 12:18
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The historical record is written and maintained, in many cases, by people who wanted their story told - and told in a certain way. So when Susan B...

  • Added: Feb 21, 2019
  • Length: 11:51
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If you can't actually have breakfast with James Beard Cookbook Hall of Famer Beatrice Ojakangas, this is the next best thing. ...

  • Added: Feb 21, 2019
  • Length: 10:13
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Martha Greene Phillip's dad was a little older than the average dad. In fact, he was a Civil War baby, born in 1864.

  • Added: Jan 25, 2019
  • Length: 09:44
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We read history with a deepening sensitivity to who was reporting what - and why. And we have a starkly different perspective than did the people w...

  • Added: Jan 18, 2019
  • Length: 08:31
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Northland poet Barton Sutter joins us this morning to read from his newest work, and talk about poetry: "language," he says, "that would like to be...

  • Added: Jan 18, 2019
  • Length: 11:28
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A leader in Minnesota's environmental history and graduate of Duluth Central High school and UMD, Grant J. Merritt joins us to talk about his book ...

  • Added: Jan 28, 2019
  • Length: 15:04
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The former curator of the Duluth Art Institute, Annie Dugan, and photographer John Heino sit in for a wide-ranging conversation with journalist/pho...

  • Added: Jan 18, 2019
  • Length: 22:17
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The backstory of Double Exposure: Images of Black Minnesota in the 1940s is almost as compelling as the book itself. It's how a family discovered...

  • Added: Jan 17, 2019
  • Length: 14:54
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We don't hear a lot about tuberculosis today. But at the turn of the 20th century, tuberculosis (also known as TB or consumption) was the leading ...

  • Added: Jan 17, 2019
  • Length: 14:28
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MN Reads has a conversation with Dave Page, the author of "F. Scott Fitzgerald in Minnesota: The Writer and His Friends at Home," published by Fitz...

  • Added: Jan 02, 2019
  • Length: 10:23
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The family team of author Lori Evert, photographer Per Breiehagen and their daughter Anya have released their sixth "Wish book" with The Polar Bear...

  • Added: Jan 17, 2019
  • Length: 14:00
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The warm and whimsical Patrice Johnson recounts her Minnesota childhood as a Catholic kid in a household where children weren't allowed in the kitc...

  • Added: Jan 17, 2019
  • Length: 13:25
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Allen Beaulieu was happy when Prince asked him to shoot some cover photos for an upcoming album. (Frankly, he wasn't a fan of the previous cover p...

  • Added: Jan 17, 2019
  • Length: 14:20
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Thomas Peacock says it was an idea he had years and years ago -- but he says the first manuscript was "horrible."

  • Added: Jan 17, 2019
  • Length: 08:36
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Katharine Johnson's story of Karhu the little bear deals with universal themes: earning money to buy something you want, finding a mentor to teach ...

  • Added: Jan 17, 2019
  • Length: 06:21
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Sarah Stonich doesn't let go of things easily. Or perhaps they just don't let go of her. Even though she lives in the Twin Cities, northern Minne...

  • Added: Jan 17, 2019
  • Length: 18:14