Last summer, the Star Tribune ran a serial novel in the Variety section by Minneapolis writer Mary Logue. “Giving Up the Ghost” appeared in print daily and was also available as an e-book, and it was so well-received that we hope to try this again. Between now and Feb. 1, we are soliciting original, unpublished manuscripts for consideration — but just the first chapter, for now. Because I am certain that you don’t want to kill me (death by drowning in paper is not a good way to go), we have a few rules:
• Please just send the first chapter. If we’re hooked, we’ll contact you for the rest.
• Please send only original and unpublished work — unpublished on the Web, or in print, or on a blog, or anywhere.
• We cannot acknowledge or return submissions, so don’t send us your only copy.
• We do pay a modest advance as well as royalties if your book is chosen; in return, we receive all rights to your book.
We are most interested in mysteries with a local setting, but we will consider other novels as well. We’re a family newspaper, so keep the audience in mind. Please send your first chapter to BOOKS@startribune.com and write “SUMMER SERIAL” in the message field. Or send a printout of the first chapter to Laurie Hertzel, Star Tribune, 425 Portland Av. S., Mpls, MN 55488.
• Twin Cities writer (born in St. Paul, lived in Minneapolis, now lives in New York) Katie Heaney’s memoir, “Never Have I Ever: My Life (So Far) Without a Date,” has been published by Grand Central. The book is a humorous look at her life without a boyfriend — or even a second date. Heaney blogs for Buzzfeed, Hairpin and other websites. She will read at 4 p.m. Jan. 24 at the University of Minnesota Bookstore in Coffman Union, and at 2 p.m. Jan. 26 at Magers & Quinn in Uptown.
• The Good Thunder Reading Series continues this month with poets Sarah McKinstry-Brown and Christopher Howell on campus Jan. 30. They will lead a discussion at 3 p.m. that day, and read from their work at 7:30 p.m. that evening on the campus of Minnesota State University, Mankato. McKinstry-Brown is the winner of the Nebraska Book Award for Poetry and the Academy of American Poets prize, and Howell is a former Navy journalist in the Vietnam War and author of nine collections of poetry.