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Strib books editor Hertzel gets big crowd for her memoir unveiling

Laurie Hertzel reading from her new memoir Tuesday night at the Loft.
MinnPost photo by Joe Kimball
Laurie Hertzel reading from her new memoir Tuesday night at the Loft.

Star Tribune Books Editor Laurie Hertzel drew a full house at the Loft Tuesday night for a reading of her new memoir, “News to Me: Adventures of an Accidental Journalist.”

Three excerpts from the book, published by the University of Minnesota Press, ran last month on MinnPost: Part One, Part Two and Part Three.

Many in the crowd, including me, were former Star Tribune colleagues who’ve left the paper in the past few years; ex-Stribber Peg Meier — herself an acclaimed author — introduced Hertzel.

Particularly interesting to me are the sections in the book on the Congdon murders in Duluth — one of the biggest stories to hit the city during Hertzel’s tenure in the newsroom there. I spent months in 1977 covering the story for the Minneapolis Tribune and came to know many of her colleagues at the Duluth paper.

The book, in hardcover, has a cover price of $22.95.

Laurie Hertzel signing a book for former Star Tribune copy editor Dick Parker.
MinnPost photo by Joe Kimball
Laurie Hertzel signing a book for former Star Tribune copy editor Dick Parker.

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