Famous Minnesota Authors

Garrison Keillor (Press Photo)

It’s been awhile since we’ve headed north to Minnesota, so that’s where we’re visiting today. I found a great site that lists famous authors, both those born in the North Star State and also honorary Minnesotans–those who aren’t natives but who “lived, studied or spent a significant part of their lives in Minnesota” (MN Authors/Writers).

Here are three of my favorites and the one that surprised me most.

Garrison Keillor of Prairie Home Companion Fame

The radio show just isn’t the same without him (in my humble opinion) so I get my Keillor fix by listening to the Writer’s Almanac daily podcast. The episodes are brief, only about five minutes, but are packed with trivia and conclude with a poem.

Tim O’Brien, Pulitzer Prize finalist

Ages ago I read an excerpt from O’Brien’s book, The Things They Carried, in an anthology. Since themes from this excerpt linger with me after all this time, I’ve promised myself to read the entire book someday. Perhaps it’s time to renew that promise.

Laura Ingalls Wilder, beloved children’s author (honorary)

The writer of the Little House classics was born in Wisconsin, but her family moved to Walnut Grove, Minnesota when she was about six years old (1873). The family then moved to South Dakota in 1879.

Here at Midwest Almanac, we’re big fans of Mrs. Wilder and have written about her before:

Surprise Author: Marjory Douglas, “Mother of the Everglades”

Like most long-time Florida residents, I’m familiar with the acclaimed author of The Everglades: River of Grass. The bestseller,still a conservation classic, released in 1947. The Everglades National Park opened that same year.

There you have it. My three favorites and a surprise. Now it’s your turn. Who is your favorite Minnesota author?

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