Good books for summer reading


Reading a good book is a way to enter another world, if only for a few chapters.

We read to escape our daily routines and stress. We read to explore the experiences of others and to better understand our own.

Many of us have found more time to read during the pandemic. Sales of printed books in 2021 increased by almost 9%.

At 9 a.m. on Thursday, MPR News host Angela Davis talks to booksellers about what we read for pleasure as we enter the middle of summer.

And we also want to hear from you. What are you reading right now that you really enjoy? Have you read a book in the past that stands out because it took you to another world, helped you escape, or put you in someone else’s shoes? What questions do you have for our guests about books and publishing? Call us at 651-227-6000 or 800-242-2828 at 9 a.m. or tweet @AngelaDavisMPR.


  • Pamela Klinger Horn is the event coordinator for Valley Booksellers in Stillwater and the founder of Literature Lovers Night Out, a series that brings local and national authors to independent bookstores in Minnesota.

  • Anthony Ceballos is a bookseller and event coordinator at Birchbark Books and Indigenous Arts in Minneapolis. He is also a writer and performance poet.

  • Mary Taris is the founder of Strive to publish and the new Strive bookstore in Minneapolis, which focuses on black Minnesota authors.


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