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New book is ‘love letter to Prince and Purple Rain’ ahead of 40th anniversary
Prince’s story is told by Minneapolis-based music journalist Andrea Swensson, host of the Official Prince Podcast and a Minnesota Book Award winner. She calls her new book, “Prince and Purple Rain: 40 Years,” a “love letter” to his legacy.
Lydia Millet writes a devotion to the species disappearing from our planet
Lydia Millet’s “We Loved It All” is a lush lament to the natural world slipping through our fingers and a call to save what we still can.
 Minnesota lawmakers OK school policy changes on cell phones, book bans, literacy
The bill approved Wednesday also requires students be offered mental health instruction. It heads to Gov. Tim Walz’s desk for signing. Some Republicans criticized the measure as unnecessarily burdensome on schools.
Two new novels investigate what makes magic, what is real and imagined
Both of these novels, “Pages of Mourning” and “The Cemetery of Untold Stories,” from an emerging writer and a long-celebrated one, respectively, walk an open road of remembering love, grief and fate.
‘Brotherless Night,’ an ambitious novel by a University of Minnesota professor, wins $150K prize
The Carol Shields Prize for Fiction is a relatively new literary award given to women and nonbinary authors. This year’s winner is University of Minnesota professor V.V. Ganeshananthan for her book “Brotherless Night.”
‘The best season yet’: Timberwolves fan and author on finding hope in the recent losses
The last two Timberwolves games brought back an all too familiar feeling for Minnesota sports fans. Author and fan Hanif Abdurraqib talked with MPR News host Cathy Wurzer about why he thinks the Timberwolves may still have a shot.
A 19th-century bookbinder struggles with race and identity in ‘The Library Thief’
In her debut novel taking place in the Victorian era, Kuchenga Shenjé explores the expectations that arise when society demands that every group be neatly categorized.
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