Dead Media: Books, records, and posters the old-school way

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Paul Dickinson performing at Riot Act at Dead Media 
Do you ever feel nostalgic for the days when people read books that were printed on paper, or when you could hold an album cover in your hand instead of just viewing it on a screen? Do you like the tactile sensation of turning a page, or the thrill of dropping the needle on a spinning record? If so, you may be in luck. Dead Media, a new book/record/poster store located across the street from the Birchwood Café, seeks to fulfill all your antiquated entertainment needs. 


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Women's Prison Book Project hosts a sale this weekend

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Photo courtesy Women's Prison Book Project 
For 20 years, the Minneapolis-based Women's Prison Book Project (WPBP) has been providing reading material for women and trans inmates all over the country. Once a part of the former Arise! Bookstore, and now housed at Boneshaker Books, the group will hold its annual fundraiser book sale this weekend. Held across the street from Powderhorn Park during the art fair, the sale will include books from the project's library, all priced between $2 and $3, plus handmade jewelry and art by Megan Longo and Nicole Amaris of Wreckcycled.

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John Moe discusses his new book, Wits' 50th, and Star Wars

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Leslie Plesser, ShutterSmack Photography
No one really knows how John Moe's brain works. But it's pretty fun to watch.

The Wits host has gained a passionate national following thanks to his unique sense of humor, seemingly endless supply of pop-culture trivia, and his quick, um, wit.

This week, Moe's first book, Dear Luke, We Need to Talk. Darth., hit shelves, packed with essays and pop-culture correspondences that include an oral history of the Pac-Man ghosts, a court-ordered letter from Dora the Explorer's mother, and of course Darth Vader's unsent letters to Luke Skywalker (hence the title of the book). In addition to his big literary release, this Friday Moe will host the season finale of Wits at the Fitzgerald Theater, which will also be the show's 50th installment.

We managed to steal a few minutes from his busy schedule this week to talk about his new book, his favorite and least favorite Wits guests, and boat explosions.

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Five free reading series, and why you should check them out

Categories: Books, Spoken Word
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You may have heard about some of the local happenings for April's National Poetry Month. While that celebration is over, the written-word fun continues in the Twin Cities throughout the year with events that feature creative nonfiction, memoir, fiction, poetry, and more. Listed below are several stellar local reading series that are worth your time. All of these gatherings are free, hosted by accomplished writers, and are welcoming to anyone interested in literature.

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Top 7 bookstores in the Twin Cities



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Graywolf Press poet Vijay Seshadri wins Pulitzer Prize

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Folks over at Graywolf Press were probably popping champagne last night, as it was announced that its author, Vijay Seshadri, had won a Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. He is the first Asian American to win in the category.

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Here are the winners of the 26th annual Minnesota Book Awards



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Here are the winners of the 26th annual Minnesota Book Awards

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Last weekend, talents from the local literary community gathered to celebrate and honor the best of Minnesota writing in 2013. The gala was hosted by John Moe of Wits fame. The eight categories included nominees in children's literature, genre fiction, poetry, and Minnesota. So if you're looking for some good summertime reading, or just want to get into a few books by Minnesota authors, the list of winners may be your ticket to finding a good read. Check out the entire list of winners after the jump.

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Your guide to the Minnesota Book Awards finalists



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Your guide to the Minnesota Book Award finalists

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It's almost here: The Minnesota Book Awards gala happens this Saturday. Every year, a large pool of nominees is announced, and, from that list, four finalists from each of the eight categories are chosen. The categories are: Children's Literature, General Nonfiction, Genre Fiction, Memoir and Creative Nonfiction, Minnesota, Novel and Short Story, Poetry, and Young People's Literature. Eventually, the list of 32 finalists is further whittled down to one winner from each genre at the final party.

If you find yourself overwhelmed by the talent in the full finalist lineup, fret not. We've done the heavy lifting for you, and have pulled out a few titles from the finalist list that you should definitely be paying attention to.

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Hopper's Office at Night inspires serialized novella

Categories: Art, Books
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Edward Hopper, Office at Night
Earlier this month, the Walker Art Center opened "Hopper Drawing: A painter's process," a collection of sketches, drawings, notes, and finished paintings by iconic American painter Edward Hopper. This April, the exhibition will be inspiring a different type of work in progress. Authors Laird Hunt and Kate Bernheimer are taking up an unusual residency, collaboratively penning a novella based on the famous Hopper work Office at Night.

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The Walker's Edward Hopper exhibition explores how a painting comes to be



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David Mura: " I'm interested in the connections that can occur between people of different backgrounds"

Categories: Books, Spoken Word
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David Mura will be celebrating the publication of his new book of poetry, The Last Incantations, on Friday with a reading at the Loft. The evening will double as a memorial for his late Aunt Ruth, who was a huge inspiration to Mura. Since her birthday was on March 28, Mura wanted to celebrate her life, especially as his other Aunt Ruby honered Ruth's wishes not to have a funeral last fall.

"I want to dedicate this reading to my Aunt Ruth, to commemorate her passing and her life and her gifts to me," Mura says. The reading will include performances by several of Mura's friends and collaborators, including Alexs Pate, Ed Bok Lee, Bao Phi, and Julianna Pegues. Before the event, we chatted with Mura over email about the new book, as well as his thoughts on poetry and writing.


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Labor Day is the most popular book in Minnesota

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So. Itemizing popular media by state? Apparently it's a thing now. Last week, it was announced that Metric is the most popular band in Minnesota (but then later it was discovered that Daft Punk was actually the top group). This week, Parade has figured out which books are the most popular by state, using e-book app Scribd.

The results are really odd.

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