Kathleen Jesme's chapbook, "Meridian," has been published by Tupelo Press. The book won the press' Snowbound Chapbook Award, an honor that sounds as though it could have been created specifically for Minnesotans, but of course was not.
Jesme lives in Minnesota and holds degrees from the University of Minnesota and Warren Wilson College. She is the author of three previous collections of poetry, one of which won the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Prize.
She will launch "Meridian" with a reading and book-signing at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Loft Literary Center, 1011 Washington Av. S., Mpls.
• "Canoeing the Boundary Waters Wilderness: A Sawbill Log," by Stephen Wilbers, has been published by the History Press. This is the second book about the Boundary Waters by Wilbers, who is a winner of a Minnesota Book Award. He'll read at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 2 at Magers & Quinn in Minneapolis' Uptown, and at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 at Birchbark Books and Native Arts in Minneapolis.
• "Can't Never Did Nothin': A Minnesota Pioneer Memoir," by Glenn W. Ekbom, with Clyde W. Ekbom, has been published by Savage Press of Superior, Wis. The book is an oral history of Glenn's life, written and edited by his son, Clyde.
• Mystery writer Jess Lourey's latest book, "December Dread," will be published in October by Midnight Ink. The book, which is set in Minnesota, will be launched at 7 p.m. Oct. 18 at Once Upon a Crime in Minneapolis -- and even though it's before Halloween, there's a chance that Santa might stop by. Lourey is the author of the "murder-by-month" series and lives and teaches in St. Cloud.