Looking to add to your reading list? You’re in luck. Many Twin Cities authors are releasing new books for your literary enjoyment. Check out our roundup of new (and upcoming) releases, and head to your nearest bookstore or library for these great reads.
Nuruddin Farah, Crossbones
Available September 1
The author of 11 novels, a nonfiction book about the Somali diaspora, and numerous plays and winner of the Neustadt International Prize for Literature, Nuruddin Farah was pushed into exile by the dictator Siyad Barre long before the collapse of Somalia’s government. Currently serving as Winton Chair in the Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota, Farah completes the trilogy that began with Links and Knots. “Crossbones” (Riverhead) is a compelling and timely portrait of his African country, a country caught up in the chaos of zealotry and political conflict.
Peter Smith, A Cavalcade of Lesser Horrors
Available September 9
As commentator for Minnesota Public Radio, Peter Smith has endeared himself to thousands of listeners who tune in for his radio essays. In his new book, a collection of hilarious and moving pieces about his childhood, Vietnam, his career in media, Smith guides readers to a journey of sometimes horrific, sometimes inspiring moments. Smith will read from “A Cavalcade of Lesser Horrors” (University of Minnesota Press) at Magers and Quinn Booksellers (3038 Hennepin Ave. South, Minneapolis) on September 22, 7:30 p.m.
William Kent Krueger, Northwest Angle
Available August 30
Bestselling author William Kent Krueger is back with the eleventh installment in the Cork O’ Connor series, and fans will not be disappointed. This time, O’Connor and his family are caught up in the mystery of the murder of a woman while vacationing near the Northwest Angle in northern Minnesota. What follows is a thrilling look at faith and religion of the Native American culture, and a suspenseful conclusion that fans have grown to love in Krueger’s books. The author will be making an appearance for “Northwest Angle” (Atria Books) at Once Upon a Crime (604 West 26th St., Minneapolis) on August 30.
Julie Kramer, Killing Kate
Journalist Julie Kramer (she formerly worked at WCCO-TV’s investigative team a producer) returns with her new page-turning crime-thriller, “Killing Kate” (Atria Books). In this new book, TV reporter Riley Spartz discovers a serial killer drawing angel-shaped chalk outlines around the bodies of his victims, and unearths an eerie legend dating back nearly a century.
Larry Millett, Once There Were Castles: Lost Mansions and Estates of the Twin Cities
Available September 11
Historian Larry Millett (author of Lost Twin Cities, Twin Cities Then and Now and six mystery novels featuring Sherlock Holmes, all but one of them set in Minnesota) brings to life the vanished architecture of downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul, offering a visual look at lost mansions and estates of the Twin Cities, where entire neighborhoods of luxurious homes have disappeared. Millet explores the stories of these grand houss, and the people who built and lived in them. Check back here next week for a full review of “Once There Were Castles” (University of Minnesota).