Marlon James Talks About Trying to Break into Prince's House on Late Night with Seth Meyers

Categories: Books, Film and TV

Screenshot via NBC
Last night, local author Marlon James charmed a national audience on Late Night with Seth Meyers while promoting his latest book, A Brief History of Seven Killings.

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AWP Book List: Read Now, Thank Us Later

Categories: Books
If you use a library card more than a Netflix account, listen up. The annual AWP Conference and Bookfair is coming to Minneapolis April 8 to 11. That's a ways away, but now is the time to prepare.

Not familiar with the Association of Writers and Writing Programs' annual event? Think of it as the supreme literary gathering of the year. Publishers, editors, teachers, booksellers, readers, writers, and everyone else interested in contemporary literature will convene at the Minneapolis Convention Center for panels, networking, and readings.

For lit lovers not interested in the conference's price tag, most authors will be reading at other venues as well. When you bring thousands of writers and book lovers to one city, you can expect them to escape to a dimly lit bar sooner rather than later, after all. So clear out your reading list, as these are the books you need to finish before April.

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Cary Elwes on Surviving the Fire Swamp and Other Princess Bride Shenanigans

Miranda Penn Turin
Fencing, fighting, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, miracles... The Princess Bride has it all. Actor Cary Elwes, better known to diehard Princess Bride fans as farmboy Westley-cum-Dread Pirate Roberts, has harnessed the magic of the movie in his new book, As You Wish.

Even though The Princess Bride has won over legions of fans since its initial release in 1987, Elwes wasn't quite sure what the reception to his behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film would be like. Turns out he had nothing to be worried about. Since its release in October, As You Wish has spent three months on the New York Times Bestsellers List.

This weekend, Elwes will continue his book tour, which will bring hundreds of Princess Bride fans to the Mall of America where there will be both a signing and a screening of the movie.

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2014 Year in Review: Top Literary Moments

Categories: Books
[Editor's note: The year is coming to an end fast. To celebrate 2014, we'll be revisiting the memorable things that happened with a different topic each week. Stayed tuned for more.]

It's been another year of literary goodness in the Twin Cities. In a town known for its nonprofit publishers, indie bookstores, edgy publications, and welcoming community, coming up with a list of the best literary events isn't hard work (except for the fact that there are so many to choose from).

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7 Local Books for Everyone on Your Gift List

Categories: Books
Look smart, give a book this holiday season. We all have readers in our lives. The following is a list of seven local books (meaning, local publishers or local authors) published in 2014 for every type of book-lover on your list.

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

Categories: Books
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 CafĂ©, seeks to fulfill all your antiquated entertainment needs. 

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Women's Prison Book Project hosts a sale this weekend

Categories: Books
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

Categories: Books, Comedy
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
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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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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