Daybreak Bookstore brightens St. Paul's Grand Avenue

A bookstore is one of the only pieces of evidence we have that people are still thinking.

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For Twin Cities readers, book fair trumps the state fair!

For some among us the iconic Minnesota State Fair should eschew the politicians, dump the Skyride, douse the corndogs and replace it all with a tasteful gathering of bibliophiles, Minnesota writers, readings, book talks, exchanges of bon mots among the literati. That’s why we have the Twin Cities Book Festival, the ultimate antidote to the State Fair.

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Two Dinkytown mainstays blend beans and books to bring in extra money

(Photo by Cora Nelson) First-year student Allie Gooley pages through a book Aug. 30, 2014, at Espresso Royale in Dinkytown. "Book and Brew" is the new collaboration between the Book House and Espresso Royale, which now offers books for sale in the coffee shop.

Thousands of books from the Book House in Dinkytown now line the walls of Espresso Royale as the result of a new partnership between the two businesses.

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From crocodiles to refugee camps, Habibo Haji's incredible journey

(Images courtesy of Habibo Haji)

The Twin Cities is well known for its strong Somali community, but soon it may be known for their authors as well.

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A snapshot of tribal libraries: 40-89 percent do not have broadband access!

The first 6 months of the year I spent time every month on the Fond du Lac reservation – specifically at the tribal center in Cloquet. There’s a library in the tribal center – with computers and good broadband. And once I month I was in the building providing some kind of Internet/computer training. Turns out FdL is top of the class when compared to other tribal libraries.

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Library card art? Check it out at St. Paul Public Library!

Some folks want to see their name in lights. For others, it’s the yen to see their name in print. And then there are the few, the chosen, whose creative apex is to see their art carried with pride in the handbag, wallet or pocket of every resident of St Paul.

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'My Brother Adam': Children's book written to help 'tear down the walls of prejudice' against mental illness

(Photos courtesy of the authors) Authors Linda and Nneka Onyilofor

Mental health has always been, at the least, a touchy subject among African Americans. As powerfully as it can impact lives, it doesn’t help to ignore or, still worse, pass judgment on people who suffer mental problems. Accordingly, Linda and Nneka Onyilofor with illustrator Aaron Gilmore have created a remarkable children’s book, My Brother Adam: A journey with schizophrenia (Radiant Heart Press) that can help adults as well as kids gain a constructive outlook on the subject.

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Book review: Keystones of the Stone Arch Bridge

Two Minnesota icons that I hold most dear are the Minneapolis neighborhood where the Mississippi River pours over St. Anthony Falls and runs along St. Anthony Main, and the candy that rolls out of Pearson’s in St. Paul. When The Minnesota History Center folks sent me a copy of Carolyn Ruff’s “Keystones of the Stone Arch Bridge” I spent many delicious hours delving into both. Summer is beginning to wane and the kids have another month before school starts: August is the perfect month to grab a Nut Roll and explore Minneapolis history.

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Pushing is what it's about

Indie Gypsy Press (indiegypsy.com) is pushing Black & Single Blues like a bulldozer. I'm the new kid on the block and already included in the promo material. As in t-shirts brandishing the book's cover, designed by head honcho Shelley Halima, are available for purchase. Works for me.

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Light at the end of the tunnel

One of my favorite, go-to quips when folk ask what's new is, "Well, it looks like for once the light at the end of the tunnel ain't a train comin'."

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