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    From the Canvas to the Page

    Food, water, shelter: These are things we need to remain alive. But then there are the things that really make life worth living: Love in all its forms, beauty and inspiration. Art falls in this latter category, it does not keep our heart beating, but can ...

    Minnesota rich in writers to read about

    By LAUREL M. HALL How much of a writer’s life and personality is contained in their work? A work that is classified as fiction can hold many truths about a person’s life, while a memoir can be true in spirit but not in fact. Minnesota is rich with writers ...

    Inspiring reads for the new year

    By LAUREL M. HALL It’s always good to try something new. In fact, it was three years ago this month that I began to write this column, and though I wasn’t sure at the time how I would fit it into my schedule or come up with interesting things to write abo ...

    Get cozy this winter with a book

    By LAUREL M. HALL The holidays are a busy time for everyone, filled with shopping, eating, volunteering and social events of all sorts. It’s enough to make anyone want to settle down for a long winter’s nap. ...

    A day in the life of a book

    Virginia Woolf’s most famous character, Mrs. Dalloway (in the book of the same name) said that “she always had the feeling that it was very, very dangerous to live even one day.” Dangerous or not, a lot can happen in a mere 24 hours, as it did for Clariss ...

    Books to keep you on the edge of your seat

    We have lost two great thriller writers this year: Minnesota native Vince Flynn, who died in June from prostate cancer; and the great Tom Clancy, who passed away at the beginning of October. ...

    Explore the wilderness inside a book

    September is National Wilderness Month, celebrating the vast areas of forest, desert, mountain and wetland that stretch across our country. Early fall is a great time to get out and see the changing leaves, the last of the prairie flowers and the migratin ...

    Audiobooks for the road

    Summer is road trip season and I have a few great recommendations for audiobooks to make the miles fly by. I introduced my significant other to the joy of David Sedaris in audio earlier this summer with “Me Talk Pretty One Day.” In print, the book is funn ...

    New books for your beach bag

    Although there is no particular season when publishers release what they think are the best books (unlike Hollywood does for films), early summer tends to bring us a great crop of intriguing new titles from talented authors. The following books have been ...

    Many good books about fatherhood

    Summer is a great time for Father’s Day to occur, in my opinion, as so many of the great memories I have of warm weather activities were with my dad: building a playhouse, fishing on the lake and attempting to play horse with our basketball (we were equal ...

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