Minnesota Nonfiction

Minnesota Nonfiction writers from Minnesota.


Bob Showers

Bob Showers is a longtime resident of Bloomington, originally from Waterloo, Iowa. A former executive with the Minnesota North Stars, Showers started his second career as an author following 12 years as a stay-home dad with two daughters.


Mary Lahr Schier

Mary Lahr Schier is a Minnesota gardener, writer, and editor, whose award-winning book on northern gardening combines Minnesota history and gardening how to. As the long-time editor of Northern Gardener magazine, she stays on top of trends in plants and gardening. Presentation topics for 2022-23 include 10 Garden Trends for the 2020s, Incredible Shrinking Plants,…


Brett Ortler

Brett Ortler is a writer and an editor from just north of the Twin Cities. He is the author of 10 books, including everything from a poetry collection, Lessons of the Dead, to nonfiction books pertaining to fireflies, mosquitoes, and ship watching on the Great Lakes. His essays, poetry, and articles appear widely, including in…


James Norton

James Norton is the author of a number of Upper Midwestern food books including Lake Superior Flavors, Minnesota Lunch, and The Master Cheesemakers of Wisconsin. He serves as editor and publisher of The Heavy Table and has been published in outlets including The Washington Post, Whitefish Review, and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. He has produced or…


Jeff Moravec

Jeff Moravec has spent more than 30 years and nearly 500 nights in a tent exploring the outdoors in Minnesota from the North Shore of Lake Superior and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, to the tallgrass prairie and blufflands in the state’s southern region. An accomplished writer and wildlife photographer, Moravec writes for the Star…


Susan Latta

Susan Latta holds an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Hamline University. She is the author of Bold Women of Medicine: 21 Stories of Astounding Discoveries, Daring Surgeries, and Healing Breakthroughs. She has written on history, biography, and geography topics for AppleSeeds and Faces magazines and contributed freelance projects to Heinemann Leveled…


Mary Krugerud

Mary Krugerud’s B.A. in Writing from Metropolitan State University led to a career in grant development at Normandale Community College. Her independent projects focused on historical tuberculosis. Krugerud’s book, Interrupted Lives: Tuberculosis in Minnesota and Glen Lake Sanatorium, detailed how patients experienced treatment at a sanatorium. In 2015, she received a Minnesota Historical Society Legacy…


Steve Hoffbeck

Steve Hoffbeck, a long-time professor of history at Minnesota State University Moorhead, was born in Minnesota and grew up as a dairy-farmer’s son on the family farm located five miles north of Morgan. His first book, The Haymakers: A Chronicle of Five Farm Families told of the blessings, toil, and woes of farming (a Minnesota…


Krista Finstad Hanson

Krista Finstad Hanson is a writer and historian. She is the author of two travel guides to museums in historic houses: Minnesota Open House and Wisconsin’s Historic Houses and Living History Museums. She has written a children’s science textbook, The Great Barrier Reef: A Natural Wonder and has also written freelance, nonfiction articles and essays…


Michael Brodkorb

Michael Brodkorb has spent his professional career working in politics, communications, and public relations. He is currently a columnist for MinnPost and previously worked as a special correspondent for the Star Tribune. He is a lifelong resident of Minnesota.