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Wisconsin Public Radio: Despite Ups And Downs, 'We Have To Care,' Teacher Says
New Book Tells The 'Real' Side Of Teaching
Heavy Table: Savory Sweet
Is there anything sexier than preserves? The correct answer, of course, is “no.” Preserves capture the bounty of the north’s brief but glorious growing season in a format that stores indefinitely, plays well with other foods, and creates flavors brasher than just about anything else on the plate.
MN Reads: Shelter
Author Sarah Stonich published Shelter in 2011, when she was a single mother looking for connections to home and family for herself and her son.
EdWeek: What I Want From My Next Teaching Job
I just lost my job. This happens in education all the time. I was new to my district, and my district needed money, and a whole bunch of us had to go. A lot of us (me included) hoped to stay, hoped we would escape the teacher shell-game—transfers and retirements and re-hires—that happens this time of year.
Access Minnesota: The Showman Dudley Riggs
Dudley Riggs transformed the Twin Cities theatre scene in 1958 when his Brave New Workshop introduced audiences to “instant theatre.” Today, the BNW is the longest running improv comedy theater in America and has helped launch the careers of some of Minnesota’s funniest entertainers including Louie Anderson, Liz Winstead and Al Franken. Riggs discusses how he conceived of this new type of theatre and his memoir, “Flying Funning: My Life without a Net.”
TTLG Editor's Choice: Creekfinding
Many years ago a spring “burbled out of the ground and tumbled itself across a prairie valley” and it became a creek. The water was home to fish, insects, frogs, birds, and many other creatures. Then the creek was lost because a farmer used a bulldozer to fill it in with earth so that he could plant big fields of corn. Instead of running through a creek bed, the water from the spring flowed through a ditch and it no longer offered animals and plants a habitat where they can thrive.
St. Cloud Times: 'Savory Sweet' is just that
In the opening passages of “Savory Sweet,” Minnesota author Beth Dooley describes her co-author, photographer and friend Mette Nielsen’s propensity for gardening and farmers markets. “We cook from different perspectives,” writes Dooley. “Yet share a desire to preserve summer’s bounty.”
WDIO-TV: Local Author Shares Story of Spring Log Drive in Latest Novel
Although the month of May is kicking off with snow, spring is here and years ago in our region, that meant the spring log drive. A local, award-winning author tackles that tradition in his latest novel - Dead Man's Rapids. William Durbin stopped by GMN Monday to share some of the history behind the story he shares of Ben, a young boy who signs up for the log drive of 1899.
Pioneer Press: For Minnesota author of ‘Old Turtle,’ nature is still filled with countless stories
Doug Wood walks softly to the edge of the road leading to his log cabin on the banks of the Mississippi. He’s looking at what appears to be a big, white ball of fluff that turns out to be a baby horned owl fallen out of the nest.
Star Tribune: A life shaped in the wild
"Old Turtle" author Doug Wood traces the elemental influences of the outdoors in "Deep Woods, Wild Water."
Milwaukee writers on other writers
Schumacher on Ginsberg.
Star Tribune | Pickles and jams: Nordic approach offers easy, modern recipes for busy cooks
A new cookbook offers a perspective from a master gardener's backyard.
Star Tribune: For women, 'The Handmaid's Tale' is a terrifying warning about 'traditional values'
A new TV series adapts Margaret Atwood's 1985 novel, with its warning about the dangers of "traditional values." Daylanne English interviewed.
MPR: Brave New Workshop's Dudley Riggs remembers when improv was considered 'shameful'
Most people run away from home to join the circus. Not Dudley Riggs. For him, the circus was home.
Great Lakes Echo: Wilderness guide turns storytelling skills to memoir
If you’ve ever hiked in a deep forest, paddled a wide lake or walked beside a rushing stream, you already know the places Douglas Wood describes in his memoir, “Deep Woods, Wild Waters.”
Nordic Voices in Translation: Out of the Blue
In addition to being an enjoyable read, this anthology of recent short Icelandic fiction in English translation gives an overview of contemporary prose writing from a part of the world where writing, and the profession of writer, are traditionally held in high esteem.
Hyperallergic: A Painter Speaks, so that His Paintings Can Remain Silent
When René Magritte wrote “This is not a pipe,” he wasn’t negating the pipe so much as he was negating the language with which we attempt to grasp it.
Pioneer Press: Crystal’s ‘Mr. Rad’ writes about the good, bad, ugly of teaching for first-time educators
“This book is really aimed at newer teachers, that’s who I had in mind when I wrote it,” author Tom Rademacher said, “but what’s been really cool is how many really experienced teachers have reached out to me.
City Pages: Best Cookbook
THE BIRCHWOOD CAFE COOKBOOK is selected as the year's best cookbook.
City Pages: Best Book (Nonfiction)
THE KIND OF SKID ROW selected among the year's best from City Pages.