President Obama was on a mission Saturday. After just 20 minutes, the first family left a privately-owned Washington D.C. bookstore with a stash of nearly two dozen books. Among them, three were penned by Minnesota authors: Kate DiCamillo’s “Floyd and Ulysses,” Cheryl Strayed’s “Wild” and “Heart of a Samurai” by Margi Preus. Preus, who lives in Duluth, was at a remote cabin in northern Minnesota over the weekend. She found about the famous purchase in a text message from her son. “I completely missed it!” Preus said via Skype. “It just said ‘Obama bought your book,’ and I was like ‘What?!’”
Every Emmy award winning actor can claim star-studded success on screen, but few can also consider themselves successful authors. These books show how some stars can make us cry, laugh, smile, and snicker on the screen as well as in a book.
Many famous and successful literary icons are associated with Minnesota and lovers of literature can get a little closer to these gifted authors by visiting landmarks throughout the state.
Looking to add to your reading list? You’re in luck. Many Twin Cities authors are releasing new books for your literary enjoyment.