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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.
Coffee Break: Tom Rademacher on His New Book, the Moment He Wanted to Teach and Getting Hit by a Deer
“Mr. Rademacher will do anything in his power to help his students succeed.” One of Tom Rademacher’s students wrote that about him in a nomination for Minnesota’s Teacher of the Year, which he won in 2014. His new book, “It Won’t Be Easy,” comes out April 25. He wrote it “because I often feel like I’m on an island as a teacher,” he explains in the introduction. Like his profession, he’s both uplifting and demanding.
Star Tribune: Dudley Riggs has a heck of a story to tell.
Dudley Riggs had to run away from the circus to join his home with the rest of us. In his new memoir, “Flying Funny,” Riggs carries us from his somewhat Oliver Twist-ish past to his current status as a fabled founder of American improvisational comedy/satire with the Dudley Riggs Brave New Workshop.
Star Tribune: Lorna Landvik, decades ahead of the hygge curve
Twenty-two years after "Patty Jane's House of Curl," Lorna Landvik revisits her plucky crew of talented misfits and smitten lovers in a heartwarming stand-alone sequel.
Inside Higher Ed: Hybrid publishing platform Manifold launches in beta form
Manifold, a hybrid publishing platform created by the U of Minnesota Press and CUNY’s Graduate Center, launches in beta form with features supporting experimental scholarly work.
caa.reviews: Singular Images, Failed Copies
An impressive and well-researched study, which engages the philosophical and scientific milieu informing Talbot’s early photography. It is highly recommended to Talbot scholars.