It's cold.  There's snow.  And more snow and more cold.  It's a WONDERFUL time to read in northern Minnesota and if you enjoy twists, turns and thrillers, Bryan Gruley's newest is out.  It's called Purgatory Bay. 

Bryan Gruley is a journalist who shared with his colleagues at the Washington Post a Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of 9/11.

 Writer Michael Connelly says Purgatory Bay is  “impossible to put down”.

We were honored to speak with bestselling and award winning Tim O'Brien this morning. 

Tim O’Brien’s novels include The Things They Carried, If I Die in a Combat Zone, In the Lake of the Woods, among others.


 He won the National Book Award and in 2013 he was awarded the Pritzker Military Library Literature Award for Lifetime Achievement in Military Writing.

Today we welcomed MN author James Luger in our studios for the 1st Friday Cavalcade of the Arts.  James has a new novel called "Lost in Dalat - The Courage of a Family Torn by War".  He'll be signing books todayt (November 1st) at the Village Bookstore in Grand Rapids from 4-6pm.

This morning we welcomed newly retired judge Mark Munger into our studios to talk about his new novel Kotimaa:  Homeland coming out on October 1st.  Looking at the cover of the book you might be like me and assume it's historical fiction.  It is.  But it's also tied to right now.  Immigration weaves it all together - from Finnish immigrants moving to the Iron Range for work to an American doctor in contemporary times working with Syrian refugees in Finland.

I had the chance to talk with author Brad Meltzer before the launch of his two newest books in the I Am series - this time I Am Marie Curie and I Am Walt Disney. 

He is telling the stories of ordinary people who have changed the world.  Leaders who had lives like ours - with ups and downs, failures and successes and perseverence.  Leaders who were humble.