Book Talk

Hayim Herring and Terri Martinson-Elton were strangers until they decided to write a book together.


Get Your Horror On

The Twenty Days of Turin by Giorgio De Maria, 2017

This mesmerizing work of literary horror creates a growing sense of cosmic menace during a series of bizarre deaths.  (First English translation of 1977 Italian classic.)
Nightmares : A New Decade of Modern Horror
edited by Ellen Datlow, 2016

As 24 of the best horror stories from 2005-15, these tales represent the breadth of horror from psychologically chilling to all-out terrifying. A great representation of what readers can expect from horror today.


Kate Anne Kang’s Memoir Considers the Biological Memory of Food

It’s not a comfortable topic, this notion of adoption as loss. And in Minnesota, where more Korean kids have been adopted than in any other state, it may be particularly uncomfortable. Kate Anne Kang—the pen name of long-time St. Louis Park resident Kate Gjerde, who has written a memoir about her adoption experience called Given Away—was adopted from South Korea when she was six years old. Her biological mother put her on the plane. Gjerde never knew she had an older brother, one who survived, and even thrived.


These Independent Bookstores Are Going Strong

Once Upon a Crime

Uptown’s Once Upon a Crime indie mystery bookshop might have closed last year if Devin Abraham and her parents hadn’t taken it over.

“It’s not the most profitable thing in the world,” Devin says of owning a bookshop. But her father, Dennis, wanted to open a small business and had frequented the mystery seller to pick up Craig Johnson novels. Hearing of its imminent closure, he and his wife asked lifelong reader Devin whether she would run it if they purchased it.


The Keys to Happiness

Tom Glaser has literally written the book on the secret to happiness, which, ironically, was born during the unhappiest period of his adult life. Leaving his dream job and in pursuit of a new source of fulfillment, Glaser decided to turn outward. The result is Full Heart Living: Conversations with the Happiest People I Know.


Reading Love

The Princess Bride

S. Morgenstern’s classic tale abridged by William Goldman

A tale of true love between Westley and Buttercup. High adventure, pirates, princesses, giants, miracles, fencing and a frightening assortment of wild beasts abound.

Emma by Jane Austen

The story of a rich, clever and beautiful young woman who can’t resist orchestrating other people’s love lives. As her romantic plans go ridiculously wrong, it’s Emma herself who risks missing her perfect match.


True Crime Tales

Stolen from the Garden: The Kidnapping of Virginia Piper
By William Swanson

In July 1972, two masked men waving guns abducted 49-year-old Virginia Piper from her lakeside home in Orono, Minnesota. After her husband paid a $1 million ransom, Ginny was found chained to a tree. The couple lived through a media firestorm. Drawing on government documents, interviews with family, investigators, suspects and lawyers, Swanson presents a comprehensive account of the kidnapping.


St. Louis Park Author Gary Bush Launches Seafaring Trilogy with Sail Into Treachery

Gary Bush remembers the day he decided he was going to dedicate himself to writing full time. “I’d had it with the corporate world. I always wanted to write and I decided it was time.” In a 15-year writing career begun, therefore, somewhat later in life, Bush has gone on to publish short stories, co-edit (in 2009) a story collection called Once upon a Crime: An Anthology of Murder, Mayhem and Suspense, and that same year release a historically based middle-grade novel, Lost in Space: The Flight of Apollo 13.



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