Glass is also a prize-winning short fiction writer and a frequent anthology collaborator. Curt Brown is a newspaper byline known to many through a popular and long-running Sunday history series in the Star Tribune. Brown has spent more than three decades in journalism, culminating in a prestigious recognition as Minnesota Journalist of the Year in He received that laurel for his serialized narrative on the U.
Eli Saslow is a Pulitzer Prize- winning journalist, and a leading voice in the discourse around resurgent white nationalism and how to combat it. Among other high journalism honors, Saslow earned a Pulitzer Prize in for a hard-hitting Washington Post series on the rise in food stamps usage.
Award-winning journalist and feminist icon Peggy Orenstein is a leading voice in the national conversations around gender norms and expectations. Orenstein has also penned a bestselling and candid memoir about her personal struggles with infertility and motherhood. Somali expat and debut author Abdi Nor Iftin is the pen behind one of the most anticipated — and most timely — nonfiction releases of He narrowly escaped to a refugee camp in Kenya, where against long odds he received an invitation from the U. Embassy to interview for a visa in He is now living in Portland, Maine, where he works as an English interpreter for other Somali immigrants and recently collected his stories into a book.
Call Me American debuted in June. Chart-topping mystery phenom Karin Slaughter is the author behind nearly twenty thrillers to date. Collectively, her books have sold a staggering 35 million copies across more than countries. She is best known for the nine-book Grant County series, set in rural Georgia, which launched her writing career in It centers around small town pediatrician and part-time coroner Dr. Sara Linton and her husband, the local chief of police. Slaughter also writes the so-called Atlanta series, which follows special agents at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
Unsurprisingly, her two worlds have collided a number of times, beginning with the bestselling novel Undone Karin Slaughter has also written several well received standalones.
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Three of these — Cop Town , The Good Daughter , and Pieces of Her — are currently in development for film or television adaptations. Pieces of Her debuts in August. Samantha Irby is a comedienne and memoirist, and a decidedly unique voice in contemporary African American literature. Her fresh, honest brand of humor first came to the attention of readers through her immensely popular blog Bitches Gotta Eat. Cable network FX recently optioned Meaty for a half-hour comedy series.
She finally finds a sense of belonging babysitting for the eccentric Gardner family, but the role comes with expectations and secrets she is ill equipped to handle.
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Like her other masterworks, The Art of a Wasted Day is difficult to pigeonhole as simple memoir. It is part travelogue, and part spirited defense of leisure time in the face of our ever-more busy and stressful modern lifestyle. It debuted in April. Ariel Lawhon is a rising star in the realm of historical fiction. Her first forays into the popular genre include The Wife, the Maid, and the Mistress , which explores one of the most mysterious missing persons cases of the twentieth century as told from the perspectives of the three women who knew the victim best.
Laura Lippman is author of the chart-topping Tess Monaghan series. Plucky, resourceful Baltimore private eye Tess Monaghan is a consistent New York Times bestseller, and the dozen installments so far have garnered Lippman an international following. Her latest departure from Tess Monaghan, Sunburn , is a psychological thriller about a pair of lovers with dark secrets and darker intentions. Minnesota boasts more than its share of homegrown mystery novelists, and William Kent Krueger ranks near the top of that list for many.
Subsequent installments have won too many honors to name, including five Minnesota Book Awards. Minnesota native Peter Geye is the author behind three bestselling novels set around the fictional — yet authentic — North Shore town of Gunflint. His sophomore novel, The Lighthouse Road, centers around mother and son Norwegian immigrants as they contend with a hardscrabble lifestyle and impossible choices.
His latest, Wintering , may be the most compelling yet. Elderly, demented Gunflint patriarch Harry Eide vanishes mysteriously in the night — leaving behind a grown son scarred by vivid memories of the last time his father went on the lam. The Life We Bury has since been published in sixteen languages and optioned for a feature film adaptation. It centers around homicide detective Max Rupert — a protagonist already known to Eskens fans — as the veteran cop struggles to balance his professional integrity with a desire for personal vengeance after the shocking revelation that the hit-and-run accident that killed his wife was no accident after all.
In addition to the Pulitzer, the title also garnered Dr. Otto is a co-founder of Science Debate, a grassroots movement dedicated to ensuring that candidates for public office address hot-button science and technology issues. In addition to his advocacy work, Shawn Otto has penned a well-received novel, Sins of Our Fathers , and wrote the screenplay for the Oscar-nominated film House of Sand and Fog. Minnesota boasts its fair share of thriller novelists, but few are as prolific as David Housewright.
His latest, What the Dead Leave Behind , follows the Saint Paul private investigator as he takes on the case of an unsolved murder in New Brighton that — like so many of the Twin Cities area crimes Mac investigates — is more than it first seems. Dave Page is one of the foremost scholars writing today on the life and legacy of Saint Paul native F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Among other credits, Page edited The Thoughtbook of F. Page also co-edited The St. Paul Stories of F. Scott Fitzgerald His latest research endeavor, F.
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Only a handful of romance writers can boast a career as long or prolific as Susan Elizabeth Phillips. Over the past three decades, she has published nearly thirty books. Moreover, that corpus including five novels singled out as Favorite Book of the Year by the Romance Writers of America RWA — a distinction achieved by no other author to date. In it, dogged, novice detective Piper Dove is assigned to tail a star quarterback, and quickly finds the case to be anything but routine.
Tracy is the pseudonym of mother-daughter writing duo Patricia P. Tracy as a murder mystery mainstay. Ghanaian-American novelist Yaa Gyasi is the author behind Homegoing , one of the breakout hits of This sweeping, transcontinental family saga follows the descendants of two sisters torn apart by the African slave trade. The legacy of slavery follows six subsequent generations — through the American Civil War, to twentieth-century Harlem, and up to the modern day.
It has earned a wide range of accolades and honors. A bold tale of slavery… how much we know, and how much we willfully forget. It hit shelves in April. Julie Rivett is a scholar and granddaughter of Dashiell Hammett, author of the detective classic The Maltese Falcon. Rivett is also a trustee of the Hammett estate, and delivers lectures around the world on Hammett and autobiographical Falcon protagonist Sam Spade. After the Nazis occupy Poland in , young Jewish bride Emma Bau is forced to flee her home and husband and assume a new identity.
In hopes of gaining intel for the Polish resistance movement, she becomes the secretary and love interest of a high-ranking German official — a brave decision with unexpected consequences. It follows Noa, a young woman who becomes pregnant by a German soldier, is ostracized from her community, and joins up with a traveling circus.
It has been translated into an astounding 34 languages to date. Richard Zacks is an accomplished journalist and historian, best known by many for his gripping, well-researched books on topics relating to the Golden Age of Piracy. His newest, Chasing the Last Laugh , tells the tale of a round-the-world comedy tour that took American humorist Mark Twain as far from home as Australia and South Africa. View the slides that accompany this Club Book event. Chris Pavone burst onto the mystery thriller scene in with The Expats , a chart-topping spy novel centered around an unassuming American housewife who stumbles upon evidence of a major conspiracy — while safeguarding a secret of her own.
His debut earned Pavone both Edgar and Anthony awards. The international bestseller is currently in print in over twenty languages, and being adapted for a major motion picture produced by Kevin Spacey. His newest, The Travelers , centers around a disillusioned travel writer who finds himself caught in a web of international intrigue that takes him to Argentina, Iceland, and many points in between. Her moving memoir, The Latehomecomer , chronicles the story of her own family — and hundreds like them — who made the harrowing trek from their native Laos, to refugee camps in Thailand, and ultimately to the United States in the wake of the Vietnam War.
Yang turns the spotlight on the trials and travails of her father, Bee Yang, in her follow up The Song Poet. Her spell-binding work is inspired by her rich West African heritage. Clarke Award. A screenplay for Zahrah the Windseeker is currently in the works, and both Who Fears Death and Akata Witch have also been optioned for films.
In addition to her novel-length work, Okorafor also pens short fiction, including the recent Hugo and Nebula award-winning science fiction novella Binti Minneapolis native R.
His post-mayoral career is proving to be an eventful one. Between commitments, he has found time to pen a well-received memoir that is equal parts political coming-of-age story and behind-the-scenes look at the running of a major American city. Her impressive written corpus spans ten books for adults and another ten geared toward children.
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