Inside the Daily Planet, 11/09/08



Readers, Writers and Books

Book note: New gay mystery is Sweet Poison for the Ellen Hart cult
by Jay Gabler, TC Daily Planet
A few months ago, the Daily Planet received a galley of a forthcoming mystery novel: Sweet Poison, by local author Ellen Hart. I was about to pass it to another reviewer when I noticed the publicist’s accompanying letter, which quoted Entertainment Weekly calling Hart “a top novelist in the cultishly popular gay mystery genre.” There’s a whole genre of gay mysteries? It’s cultishly popular? One of its top novelists lives in Minneapolis? What’s a “gay mystery,” anyway?

150 best Minnesota books #32: Maps of “vigorous and lusty” Minnesota
by Patrick Coleman, Minnesota Historical Society
In 1873 salesmen covered Minnesota like locusts, hawking a landmark publication: the first illustrated atlas of any state. These salesmen were not only looking for subscriptions to the forthcoming book but also appealing to their client’s vanity. They pushed subscribers to immortalize themselves by paying extra to have everything included in the book, from their portraits and biographies (at 2 1/2 cents per word) to images of their cows to prosperous farms and businesses.

Jenny to the rescue
by Theresa Bernard, Minnesota Women’s Press
Jenny Pavlovic’s a woman with a lot in her food bowl. She’s a full-time biomedical engineer and pet owner with a penchant for spending countless hours following her passions-namely, rescuing dogs who are out of luck or almost out of chances.


CABBAGES AND KINGS | Obama style • by Hannah Schoenecker • 11/7/08 • Late Tuesday night, the United States made history as it elected the first African-American president. Already Barack Obama has made history. And right by his side are his wife Michelle and two lovely daughters, Malia and Sasha.

SAINT PAUL ALMANAC | My experience as an immigrant to Saint Paul • Nhia Xiong • My family decided to come to the United States of America because we thought that if we came here we would have a better life than before. A lot of people think that it is easy for refugees to come to America, but it wasn’t easy for us.

SAINT PAUL ALMANAC | Frogtown: My neighborhood • Melina Pha • I grew up in Saint Paul in the Frogtown neighborhood. I live with both my parents, one sister, and two brothers. Minnesota is cold, but I still love it.