Lester Literary Update Spring 2020, Part II

The rest of the stories:


Ben Percy’s Wolverine #1 will launch in March. Trailer here. Also, his comic Year Zero about the zombie apocolypse will launch in April. Trailer here. How to order? “Any nerds who are interested should pre-order with their comic book shop, since the series is launching with a new company and might not get stocked otherwise,” Percy says.


Long Lost by Jack El-Hai

Marlon and Jake Read Dead People by Marlon James & Jake Morrissey

Print Run, by Laura Zats and Erik Hane


Denise Lajimodiere’s Stringing Rosaries was published in June.

Christopher Ingraham’s If You Lived Here You’d Be Home By Now: Why We Traded the Commuting Life for a Little House on the Prairie, was published in September.

The Peanuts Papers: Writers and Cartoonists on Charlie Brown, Snoopy & the Gang, and the Meaning of Life, was published in October.

Jack El-Hai's The Lost Brothers was published in October.

Holly Day's Tattoo FAQ: The Story Behind the Ink was published in October.

William E. Burleson's Home: An Anthology was published in October.

Carolyn Holbrook’s Earth Angels was published in October. Her essay collection, Tell me your names and I will testify, will be published in May.

Erika Lee’s America for Americans: A History of Xenophobia in the United States was published in November.

Alex Messenger's The Twenty-Ninth Day: Surviving a Grizzly Attack in the Canadian Tundra was published in November.

Mara Hvistendahl’s The Scientist and the Spy: A True Story of China, the FBI, and Industrial Espionage was published in February. (Longform interview here.)

Pa Der Vang's Staring Down the Tiger: Stories of Hmong American Women was published in February.

Jessie Diggins’ (with Todd Smith) Brave Enough will be published in March.

Raechel Anne Jolie's Rust Belt Femme will be published in March.

Final Draft: The Collected Work of David Carr, will be published in April.

John Coy and Wing Young Huie's Dads will be published in April.

Ilhan Omar’s This Is What America Looks Like will be published in May.

Jonathan Slaght's Owls of the Eastern Ice: A Quest to Find and Save the World's Largest Owl will be published in June.

Sue Leaf's Minnesota's Geologist: The Life of Newton Horace Winchell will be published in June.

Reid Forgrave’s Love, Zac: Small-Town Football and the Life and Death of an American Boy, will be published in September.

Neal Karlen's Formerly Known As: The 4Real Life of Prince, on and off the Record will be published in October.

William Souder's Mad at the World: A Life of John Steinbeck, will be published in October.


Rachel Pieh Jones wrote about losing her agent (twice) at janefriedman.com in September.

Stephanie Pearson's story, Norway's Bold Plan to Tackle Overtourism, was published at Outside in September. Her story on Alexandera Houchin (Ultra Cycling's Underdog) was published at Bicycling Magazine in February.

John Coy wrote about an accident that helped him see fall in a new light at the Star Tribune in October.

Molly Priddy's story, I Went to the Minnesota Renaissance Festival and All I Got was This Shirt and Self-Confidence, was published at Autostraddle in October.

Cinnamon Janzer wrote about autonomous farms for Salon in November.

Barrett Swanson’s story, Men at Work Is there a masculine cure for toxic masculinity? was published in Harper’s in January. (PDF here) His story Lost in Summerland At the world’s largest gathering of psychics and mediums, two brothers confront a painful secret, was published by the Atavist in December.

Frank Bures wrote about Somali poetry in Minneapolis for Belt Magazine in January. His story about a survival summer camp for kids in Winona was published at Outside in October. He also interviewed Peter Hessler for Longreads.

Sheila O’Connor's story, When ‘Incorrigible’ Teen Girls Were Jailed, was published the New York Times in November.

Emily Sohn's story, Hold the Salt, about road salt, Ran in the Minnesota Conservation Volunteer Magazine in January.

Ashlea Halpern’s story, The Thoughtful Traveler’s Guide to Indigenous Tourism, was published in Afar in February.

John Rosengren's story about Mark Pavelich, An Olympic Hockey Hero, a Violent Crime and the Specter of Brain Trauma was published in the Washington Post Magazine in February.

Maggie Koerth's story, What Happens To Your Mail-Order Mattress After You Return It, was published at FiveThirtyEight in February.

Nickolas Butler wrote about hunting for the Leader Telegram.

Bill Souder wrote about Rachel Carson for Time Magazine in March.


Actor Colman Domingo reads Ed Bok Lee’s “Summer Open Window” at the NYT.

Douglas Kearney’s Starts Spinning was published by Rain Taxi.

Matthew Duffus's Swapping Purples for Yellows was published in August.

Su Hwang's Bodega was published in October.

Kimberly Blaeser's Copper Yearning was published in November.

Danez Smith’s Homie was published by Graywolf in January.

Duluth poet, Louis Jenkins, has died.

Poet and writer James Lenfestey had won the Kay Sexton Award.

Sonia Greenfield's poetry book, Letdown, will be published in April.


Thanks to Kelly Barnhill, Kris Bigalk, Laurie Hertzel, Molly Beth Griffin, Shannon Gibney, Kim Todd and others for help in news gathering!!!

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