This month's Third Tuesday reading, hosted by St. Paul poet laureate Carol Connolly, features an array of local writers. Mary Moore Easter, Margaret Hasse, William Jack, Patricia Kirkpatrick, Tim Nolan and Greg Watson will all read and then autograph books after the program, which is to be held in the historic and impressive University Club in St. Paul.

Easter is a poet, dancer, singer and retired Carleton College professor. She has received a Loft Creative Nonfiction award and an Anderson Center residency, and her poetry has appeared in Turtle Quarterly.

Hasse, a poet, is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and is a Minnesota Book Awards finalist.

Jack is the author of "To the Devil," a satirical novel about the Cold War, and a new memoir, "The Little Russians: An Ailing Father's Letters to his Children."

Kirkpatrick, who teaches at Hamline University, is a widely published poet and the poetry editor of Water-Stone review.

Nolan is a Minnesota Book Awards finalist. His poetry has appeared in the Gettysburg Review, the Nation and Ploughshares and has been read on Garrison Keillor's "Writer's Almanac."

Watson's poetry also has been read on Keillor's show. He's been published in the Seattle Review, Poetry East and Tulane Review.

The event begins at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Third Tuesdays are sponsored by Public Arts St. Paul and are free and open to the public. The University Club is at 420 Summit Av., St. Paul.

Also ...

•"Whole Lotta Led Zeppelin: The Illustrated History of the Heaviest Band of All Time," by Star Tribune music critic Jon Bream, is newly out in paperback by Voyageur Press of Minneapolis. The book contains more than 500 photographs of the band from its first show in 1968 to its 2007 reunion, and was published in hardback to enthusiastic reviews.

•"Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night," by Joyce Sidman of Wayzata, illustrated by Rick Allen of Duluth, has been named one of the top books of the year by Horn Book magazine.

•"J Is for Jingle Bells: A Christmas Alphabet," by Laura Purdie Salas, has been published by Capstone Press. Salas, who lives in Minneapolis, is the author of many books for children.

• The Minneapolis-based nonprofit literary journal Rain Taxi Review of Books is holding an online auction as a fundraiser. Available are first editions, broadsides, chapbooks, collectibles and more, including works by Neil Gaiman, Lewis Hyde, Gordon Lish, Alexander McCall Smith and Per Petterson. Go to The auction ends Monday.