Laurie Hertzel is Senior Editor for Books at the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Her journalism has appeared in newspapers, magazines and journals across the United States, and in Finland and Australia. She has reported from the Soviet Union and Cuba and was writer-in-residence at the James Thurber House in Columbus, Ohio, and a Knight-Ridder/Duke fellow at Duke University. Hertzel's fiction has been published in South Carolina Review, North Dakota Quarterly and elsewhere, and her short story, "Snapshots," won the Thomas Wolfe Fiction prize. She is the author of three books, including News to Me: Adventures of an Accidental Journalist, published by the University of Minnesota Press and winner of a Minnesota Book Award. She has an MFA in creative nonfiction from Queens University in Charlotte, N.C.