Sunday news and reviews

Well, it’s been a quiet night in the Lake Wobegon, my home town… actually about the only news was from Lake Wobegon, with Garrison Keillor taking back seat on his own show. That and several book reviews make up your arts news for the day.

Books

IREAD

Two remarkable but very different novels by Minnesota authors could lure your teens away from their iPods.

– LAURIE HERTZEL, Star Tribune

GROUND TO A HALT

The dismantling of a Detroit plant – and the repercussions of its demise.

– STEPHEN J. LYONS, Star Tribune

A journey into the heart of Russian history

A view into Russian history through the landscape of Molotov’s books.

– KRISTIN THIEL, Star Tribune

Blowing up the solar system

Cal Tech astronomer Mike Brown is the man reponsible for demoting Pluto.

– CHUCK LEDDY, Star Tribune

Kindred souls, a ragtag team and a story of triumph

Residents in a small Montana town learn life lessons from its long-losing high school basketball team and coach.

– JIM CARMIN, Star Tribune

Stage

Keillor takes ‘Prairie’ pause

Minnesota’s radio institution pulled himself out of the lineup to “appreciate” the show he started in ’74.

– Jon Bream, Star Tribune

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