Freya Manfred, Ethna McKiernan, Connie Wanek, James Cihlar and Mark Vinz are among the writers whose work has been collected in "The Heart of All That Is: Reflections on Home," which will be published in November by Holy Cow! Press of Duluth.
In 20 essays and nearly 80 poems, writers recall growing up, leaving home and taking a backward look. It was edited by Holy Cow! publisher Jim Perlman, Duluth poet laureate Deborah Cooper, memoirist Mara Hart and poet Pamela Mittlefehldt.
The book will be launched at 7 p.m. Nov. 9 at SubText in St. Paul.
• Poet Robert Bly will launch "Stealing Sugar From the Castle" at 7 p.m. Wed. at Willey Hall at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. Bly won a National Book Award in 1968 and this year was awarded the Robert Frost Medal. His new book contains poems spanning 50 years. The event is free, but reservations are requested at www. continuum.umn.edu.
• "Bravery," by Charles Baxter, has been included in "The Best American Short Stories 2013," edited by Elizabeth Strout. Baxter's story first appeared in Tin House.
• "A Death in San Pietro: The Untold Story of Ernie Pyle, John Huston, and the Fight for Purple Heart Valley," by St. Paul author Tim Brady, will be published in November by DaCapo.
• The picture book "Moo!" by White Bear Lake writer David LaRochelle and Minneapolis illustrator Mike Wohnowtka has been published by Walker. The launch party will be at 2 p.m. Sat. at Red Balloon in St. Paul, and the pair will sign books at 11 a.m. Nov. 9 at Wild Rumpus in Minneapolis.
• "Tin Flag: New and Selected Prose Poems," by Duluth poet Louis Jenkins, has been published by Will o' the Wisp Books. In addition to new and selected poems, the book contains the poems from the recent Guthrie Theater production of "Nice Fish." Jenkins will read at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 27 at St. Mark's Cathedral, Minneapolis, and at 7 p.m. Oct. 30 at Common Good Books, St. Paul.
• Writer Geoff Dyer will be at the Walker Art Center at 7:30 p.m. Friday, reading from "Zona," while scenes from the film "Stalker," on which the book is based, are shown. Tickets are $20 and available at 612-375-7600 or www.walkerart.org.