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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.
Southwest Journal: The high-flying Dudley Riggs
In a new memoir, the Brave New Workshop founder writes about his life before improv.
"Anyone who is even vaguely interested in Japanese literature should definitely read this book."
The Modern Novel reviews The Book of the Dead.
Reviewing the Evidence: Sherlock Holmes and the Eisendorf Enigma
In the universe of Larry Millett's seven Sherlock Holmes spinoff novels, the eminent Victorian detective knows how to find trouble–generally, in the wilds of Minnesota.
Leonardo Reviews: The Participatory Condition in the Digital Age
The ensemble of the contributions in the book offer a solid critical base on the diverse topics developed; and it can hopefully become a point of departure to further deepen and expand these issues elsewhere soon.
Leonardo Reviews: Debates in the Digital Humanities 2016
Providing a historical context for DH, Gold and Klein's extremely useful introduction draws perceptively on the canonical art historical essay "Sculpture in an Expanded Field" by Rosalind Krauss (1979) so as to extend upon the "Big Tent" DH metaphor that governed the 2012 volume.
Leonardo Reviews: The Interface
"A richly focused design history."
Star Tribune: Roots take on a deeper meaning for Nora Murphy
White Birch, Red Hawthorn: Time with American Indians makes an Irish-American rethink her claims to land.
MSP Magazine: Q&A with Dudley Riggs
With his memoir 'Flying Funny: My Life Without a Net' hitting bookstores this month, we caught up with the Twin Cities comedy pioneer to chat about growing up in a circus family, why the term “improv” is for the birds, and how the time for satire is now.
MinnPost: A Q&A with Tom Rademacher: on writing a candid book about teaching in Minnesota
In general, it’s the book I wish I had when I started teaching. Unlike a lot of books about teaching, it’s not a prescription for how to do it right. It’s more about: Here are the struggles I’ve had and things I’ve figured out along the way, the important questions I’ve learned to ask myself, and then a ton of stories — about where I messed up, things that went well, things that were ridiculous, things that were funny and things that were kind of crushing and really challenging.
"A story of helping the earth to heal itself."
Iowa City author Jacqueline Briggs Martin and her friend Iowa City illustrator Claudia McGehee are both nature enthusiasts. It seems most fitting, then, that the creative duo teamed up to put together a lovely and inspiring new children’s picture book called “Creekfinding: A True Story.”
John Whitman: Don’t overlook the flowers of vegetables, herbs and berries
The importance of flowers of many vegetables, herbs, and berries is often overlooked. They are an essential part of a vegetable garden’s beauty. Many of them are edible and can be used to add color and flavor to a wide variety of dishes, used as cut flowers, or added to a potpourri for an exquisite scent. Flowers offer the added bonus of drawing in a wide variety of beneficial insects critical to proper pollination of numerous plants in the landscape as well as the control of insect pests.
City Pages: One Minneapolis teacher's brutally honest (slightly unprofessional) tale of surviving public schools
It’s the book I wish someone had handed me when I was starting. Or maybe that time in my third year when I almost quit. Or the time that kid threatened to shoot me. The stories below are excerpts, picked to highlight just how hard it can be, and just how incredibly worth it teaching is.
Kare 11: Crystal teacher pens book on life in the classroom
Tom Rademacher is the son of a teacher, the grandson of a teacher and the 2014 Minnesota Teacher of the Year. So for grins, he's now adding author to the resume.