Knockout's latest issue is a real knockout.
I have been remiss in not mentioning sooner the latest issue of Knockout Literary Magazine, an attractive and intelligent journal published annually in the Twin Cities by Brett Ortler and Jeremy Halinen. "Help us Knockout boredom," the back cover says, and certainly this issue does that. It includes poetry from all over -- Billy Collins and Larry Bradley, and Minnesota poets Todd Boss, Tim Nolan, Athena Kildegaard and Mark Vinz.
Five percent of the proceeds from this issue will go to Motionpoems, the Todd Boss/Angella Kassube initiative that brings poems to video life, on screen and in your e-mail box (www.motionpoems.com).
Knockout sells for $10 and is available locally at most bookstores or online at www.knockoutlit.org.
• Margi Preus' young-adult book, "Shadow on the Mountain," will be published in September by Amulet Books. Preus, who lives in Duluth, was a Newbery finalist for "Heart of a Samurai." Her new novel is set in Norway during the time of the Nazi invasion.
• "Waga's Big Scare," written and illustrated by Samuel Hiti, will be published in October by Carolrhoda Books of Minneapolis. Hiti lives in Minnesota.
• "Two Rings: A Legacy of Hope," by Dorothy E. McIntyre and Marian Bemis Johnson, a novel about girls' basketball, has been published by McJohn Publishing.
• "Angle of Declination," a novel by Doug and Sally Mayfield, has been published by Two Harbors Press. The Mayfields live in Deerwood, Minn.
• "Rest for the Wicked," the latest Jane Lawless mystery by Ellen Hart, will be published in October by Minotaur Books.
• "Minnesota Railroads: A Photographic History, 1940-2012," by Steve Glischinski, will be published in October by the University of Minnesota Press. Glischinski, who lives in Shoreview, has been photographing trains and railroads since he was a teenager.
• "Songs of My Families: A Thirty-Seven Year Odyssey From Korea to America and Back," by Kelly Fern, with Brad Fern, has been published by Lantern Books. Kelly Fern was born in South Korea and now lives in Minneapolis.
• The latest mystery from P.J. Tracy, "Off the Grid," has just been published by Putnam. P.J. Tracy is the pseudonym for the mother-daughter writing team of Patricia Lambrecht and Traci Lambrecht. They live near Minneapolis. The authors will read and sign books at 7 p.m. Aug. 2 at Once Upon a Crime Bookstore, 604 W. 26th St., Mpls.