Thinking Souls: A Literary Series
Jul 18, 2013
Brian Freeman: Balancing Act
Brian Freeman writes psychological suspense novels featuring detectives Jonathan Stride and Serena Dial. It's a perfect time to re-run Ann Klefstad's 2007 profile - Freeman just received the 2013 Thriller Award for SPILLED BLOOD.
Jan 20, 2009
VISUAL ART: An Eden of One's Own
Article by Mason Riddle
Art critic Mason Riddle weighs in on a newly published, beautifully rendered book of collages and personal nature journals by Minnesota artist and author David Coggins, EDEN (Cobalt Press, 2008).
Dec 30, 2008
LITERATURE: Magdalena Poised (Portrait of a Young Poet)
Profile by Alison Morse
TIC founder and writer Alison Morse offers a portrait of an up-and-coming young Palabrista, Magdalena Kaluza. They talk about social justice, her recent splash in the local lit scene, and about the power of poetry to build bridges.
Dec 1, 2008
LITERATURE: Just Your Everyday Superheroes
Profile by Britt Aamodt
Britt Aamodt offers a profile of Twin Cities author-made-good David Schwartz (SUPERPOWERS): they talk about bending pop culture comics conventions, superheroes after 9/11, and why it's not always a good idea to save the day.
Nov 18, 2008
LITERATURE: Familiar Pleasures
Review by Connie Wanek
Poet Connie Wanek reflects on pleasures to be found in the lyrical new collection by Margaret Hasse (a multiple What Light winner!), "Milk and Tides" (Nodin Press, 2008)
Sep 22, 2008
LITERATURE: Mining for Hidden Histories
Article by Shannon Gibney
Shannon Gibney looks at David Mura's new novel "Famous Suicides of the Japanese Empire," which mines oft untold personal histories of Japanese-Americans in WWII for subsequent generations struggling to carve out an authentic cultural identity.
Apr 29, 2008
Wise Fool: Inside Don Lee's New Farce "Wrack and Ruin"
Review by Shannon Gibney
Writer Shannon Gibney gets the story behind acclaimed author Don Lee's new novel "Wrack and Ruin," and she gives her take on the surprisingly substantial reflections on urban sprawl, race, and identity to be found in his farcical tale.
Apr 15, 2008
A Literary Feast: "Riding Shotgun: Women Write About Their Mothers"
Review by Shannon Gibney
Writer Shannon Gibney weighs in on a new anthology of stories and essays, all penned by Minnesota women, which offers an unflinchingly honest, diverse accounting of the nuances of love, rivalry, and feminist legacy exchanged between mothers and daughters.
Nov 12, 2007
Spruce, Lovers, Thieves, and Wit: Louis Jenkins
Matt Johnson interviews Louis Jenkins, master of the prose poem, about his new publishing venture, Will o'the Wisp Press, and its first venture, "North of the Cities."
Nov 12, 2007
Illness, Metaphor, Wit
Hannah Dentinger reviews Susan Deborah King’s “One-Breasted Woman” published by Holy Cow Press ($15.95). It’s a deeper excursion than most into the context of this illness.
Oct 22, 2007
Signaling for Rescue
Marianne Herrmann's first book is assured and rewarding; it's published by New Rivers Press and available at bookstores now.
Jul 9, 2007
The Vista Fleet (an enterprise of the Goldfine family, arts patrons in Duluth) has partnered with the Lake Superior Writers group and others for waterborne writing and artmaking. Read on for Ellen Sandbeck’s account of the first of these adventures.
Jun 11, 2007
Metamorphosis: “North of the Cities”
Connie Wanek read the new book of prose poems by Louis Jenkins and thought that they were original and distinctive, as usual, but funnier than his previous work. That must be a good thing.
Jun 11, 2007
Glory Days: Vermillion Editions
Ann Klefstad, editor
Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the University of Minnesota Press have published a great history and catalogue of Steven Anderson's Vermillion Editions, a fine-print studio that was a landmark entity in the heyday of Minnesota art.
Jun 4, 2007
Ephemeral Impressions: Minnesota on Paper
Connie Wanek reviews "Minnesota on Paper: Collecting Our Printed History" (University of Minnesota Press). It's a detailed account of commercially printed imagery in Minnesota, and provides a great view of what graphic design has been in the state.
May 21, 2007
Home and Away: The Nostalgic Heart
Mason Riddle spoke with David Coggins about his recent fine-press book "The Nostalgic Heart," a travel memoir that has won the 2007 Independent Publisher Book Award in the Travel/Essay category.
May 7, 2007
Double Vision, Three Times
Lovers of poetry and prose, and of Asian and Asian American arts, were treated to a night of luminary talent on May 1 at the Loft.
Apr 30, 2007
Haunted by the Past: Diane Wilson’s “Spirit Car”
Ann Klefstad, Diane Wilson
Ann Klefstad asked Minnesota Book Award nominee Diane Wilson a few questions about her remarkable memoir and family history, “Spirit Car.” Read on for her fascinating reflections on the experience of writing the book.
Apr 16, 2007
The Floor of the Sky: Both Earthy and Light
Jean Sramek read Pamela Carter Joern’s book ("The Floor of the Sky," from Bison Books, University of Nebraska Press) and admired its subtle clarity.