Monthly Archives: October 2010

Nicole Krauss Builds a “Great House”– Her Thoughts on Writing and Reading

I went to St. Paul last night to listen to Nicole Krauss at a session of Minnesota Public Radio’s “Talking Volumes” series.  Krauss has been nominated for the National Book Award for her third novel, Great House. (Read The New … Continue reading

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A Soothing Visit to Birchbark Books: Louise Erdrich Shared Her Book Suggestions–and I Took Them

Yesterday was a blustery day in Minnesota that would surprise even Winnie the Pooh.  I blew into the one of the best places in Minneapolis to be on a stormy day, Birchbark Books .  It’s a cozy independent shop with … Continue reading

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Beach Reading in Florida

I just spent a few days in the charming St. Augustine, Florida, area.  Packed with history, fun restaurants, and beautiful beaches—St. Augustine Beach and Crescent Beach—the area offers fun for just about everyone.  I sipped a beer and  my 80-plus-year-old … Continue reading

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Beverly Hills Literary Escape

I’ve been reading with great jealousy about the first annual “Beverly Hills Literary Escape” which takes place October 22-24.  Since I’m just returning from a trip then, I can’t make it to Beverly Hills, but the lineup sounds fantastic and … Continue reading

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Breathless in Boulder, Colorado

Boulder rocks, as they say, especially if you’re outdoorsy, a foodie, or a ghost aficionado. Within easy reach of downtown Boulder there’s a great variety of outdoor activity, though at 5430 feet, a brisk walk taxes the lungs of flatlanders like … Continue reading

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“Little Bee” and the National Reading Group Month Book List

October is National Reading Group Month, which in my opinion should really be a year-round celebration. The National Women’s Book Association sponsors events and activities during the month. Part of the mission for NRGM is to increase public awareness of … Continue reading

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Franzen and Fitzgerald in St. Paul

I just finished Jonathan Franzen’s book, “Freedom,” much of which is based in Minnesota, particularly, St. Paul. Anyone visiting St. Paul can walk through many of the areas that set the stage for the opening chapters of the book. That … Continue reading

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