Author Laurie Hertzel to sign books at Northern Lights Books & Gifts on Friday

Author and former Duluth News-Tribune reporter Laurie Hertzel will be signing copies of her new book News to Me: Adventures of an Accidental Journalist at Northern Lights Books & Gifts on Friday, Nov. 26, from 1-2 pm.

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News to Me is the adventurous story of Laurie Hertzel’s journey into the bustling world of journalism in the mid-1970s. It is the chronicle of a small-city newspaper on the cusp of transformation, an affectionate portrait of Duluth and its people, and the account of a talented, persistent journalist who witnessed it all and was changing right along with it.

Laurie Hertzel grew up in Duluth, Minnesota, and spent nearly twenty years at the Duluth News Tribune as a newsroom clerk, librarian, copy editor, beat reporter, feature writer, news editor, and columnist. Her journalistic work has won numerous national awards, and her short fiction was honored with the Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize. Currently books editor for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Hertzel is coauthor of They Took My Father: Finnish Americans in Stalin’s Russia, also available from the University of Minnesota Press.

“After reading Hertzel’s account of her lifelong affair with words, I found myself jonesing for newsprint. She may deem her career “accidental,” but how can anyone who coined the term “Magapaper” for a childhood publication have been destined for anything else? Delightful.”-Bethanne Patrick, The Book Studio

“It’s a 224-page love letter to her hometown.” –Duluth Superior Magazine

“Whatever her focus, Hertzel is a powerful storyteller, with an eye for the radiant details that conjure and entire way of life. As she journeys from journalist to award-winning fiction writer, she shows us that these accidental particulars, if we care for them properly, are the stuff of real romance.” –Charlotte Observer

“I thought journalists’ lives-aside from the stories we write about others-were ho-hum affairs. That was before I read Laurie Hertzel’s honest, engaging and witty memoir about working at her hometown newspaper in Duluth.” –Lake Superior Magazine

For more information on New to Me, visit the book’s webpage:

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Hillsider Newspaper editor

about 10 years ago

Here is a story that appeared in the September Hillsider about Laurie Hertzel's News to Me.

Former Duluth reporter's book makes for compelling reading

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