Two poetry anthologies have been published by the local Squares and Rebels Press: "When We Become Weavers: Queer Female Poets on the Midwestern Experience," and its companion book, "Among the Leaves: Queer Male Poets on the Midwestern Experience."
Editors are Kate Lynn Hubbard of St. Paul and Raymond Luczak of Minneapolis. Many Minnesota poets are represented, including Sheila Packa, Morgan Grayce Willow, James Cihlar, John Medeiros and William Reichard.
When last we left Jennifer Johnson -- the creation of Minneapolis writer Heather McElhatton -- she was blissfully married after spending an entire book lamenting her single state. And now comes the sequel, and you can guess what it is: "Jennifer Johnson Is Sick of Being Married" has been published by William Morrow. Poor girl is never happy.
Amanda Hocking's latest, "Lullaby," the second installment in the "Watersong" series, will be published in November by St. Martin's Griffin. Hocking lives in Austin, Minn., and is the author of the best-selling Trylle series.
"Finding Home," a novel by Lois Greiman, will be published in December by Kensington Books. It's the first in a planned trilogy about Hope Springs, a quirky town in South Dakota. Greiman lives in Dayton.
"Beacons of the Earth and Sky," poems and pastel paintings by artist Diana Randolph, has been published by Savage Press. Randolph has a degree from Northland College in Ashland, Wis., and now lives in Drummond, Wis.
"Black and Bold: A History of African-American Students at Gustavus Adolphus College," by Bruce A. Gray, with Dennis J. Johnson, has been published by the college.
Jim Gilbert's new book, "Minnesota's Outdoors Wonders: Exploring the Wonders of Minnesota Month by Month," has been published by Nodin Press. Gilbert is a naturalist in the Twin Cities, and the book is a seasonal look at Minnesota's animals and plants. The many color photos are by Lutsen, Minn., photographer David Brislance. Gilbert will sign books at 2 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Bookcase of Wayzata; at 2 p.m. Nov. 18 at Barnes and Noble HarMar Mall, Roseville.
Phyllis Alsdurf's picture book, "It's Milking Time," has been published by Random House. Alsdurf teaches at Bethel University in St. Paul. This is her first children's book.