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About Curt Brown
Curt Brown's new book, "Minnesota 1918" details the trident of woe that pierced the state 100 years ago -- when forest fires, World War I and the flu pandemic ravaged the state. He writes a popular Minnesota history column every Sunday for the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Those stories have been packaged into an e-book called: "Frozen in History: Amazing Tales from Minnesota's Past."
He spent more than 30 years as a reporter at Minnesota newspapers in Minneapolis, St. Paul and Fergus Falls. After studying history and American studies at Macalester College, he joined the Associated Press in 1982.
Brown was named Minnesota Journalist of the Year in 2013 for his serial narrative on the U.S.-Dakota War, "In the Footsteps of Little Crow." An e-book version climbed to No. 14 on the New York Times list of bestselling non-fiction e-books.
His quirky tale on the nation's last barber pole-making family, "The William Marvy Company of St. Paul: Keeping Barbershops Classic" was published in 2015 (The History Press, Charleston, S.C.).
His first book, "So Terrible a Storm: A Tale of Fury on Lake Superior,"(Voyageur Press, 2008) chronicled a wicked gale that smacked Duluth in 1905. Brown lives near Durango, Colo., with his wife, Adele.
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In Minnesota, 1918, journalist and author Curt Brown explores this monumental year through individual and community stories from all over the state, from residents of small towns up north obliterated by the fire, to government officials in metropolitan centers faced with the spread of a deadly and highly contagious disease, to soldiers returning home to all this from the "war to end all wars."