"The Invisible Element of Place: The Architecture of David Salmela" will be published in May by the University of Minnesota Press. Salmela, of Duluth, is an award-winning and internationally known architect. The book was written by Thomas Fisher, professor and dean of the College of Design at the University of Minnesota, with photographs by Peter Bastianelli-Kerze.
•"Looking for the 'Harp' Quartet: An Investigation Into Musical Beauty," by Markand Thakar, has been published by the University of Rochester Press. Thakar is the music director of the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra.
•"Evolution: The Story of Life on Earth," a graphic book by Jay Hosler, has been published by Hill and Wang, a division of Farrar, Straus & Giroux. It was illustrated by Kevin Cannon and Zander Cannon -- no relation, but both live in Minneapolis and have collaborated on many graphic novels and comic books.
•A new Larry Millett mystery is always fun. "The Magic Bullet," the sixth in his series featuring Sherlock Holmes and Shadwell Rafferty, will be published in April by the University of Minnesota Press. Millett, former architecture critic for the St. Paul Pioneer Press, is the author of 15 books.
•"The Long-Shining Waters," by Duluth writer Danielle Sosin, is the winner of Milkweed Editions National Fiction Prize. The book will be published in May. Sosin, originally from Minneapolis, is also the author of a collection of short stories, "Garden Primitives," published in 2000 by Coffee House Press.
•"Regarding Ducks and Universes," by Neve Maslakovic of Minneapolis, is one of AmazonEncore's lead titles for spring. Maslakovic's book was called "bright and amusing" by Publishers Weekly. She'll read and sign books at 7 p.m. March 17 at Open Book, 1011 Washington Av. S. Mpls.
•"Perfect Square" is a perfectly wonderful picture book by Minneapolis artist and graphic designer Michael Hall. It will be published in April by Greenwillow.
•Loretta Ellsworth's young adult novel, "In a Heartbeat," will be released in paperback in February by Walker. Her next book, "Unforgettable," will be published this fall. It's set on Minnesota's Iron Range. Ellsworth earned an MFA from Hamline University and now lives in Lakeville.