Nick Healy's short stories have appeared in the North American Review, Speakeasy, Water-Stone Review, Minnesota Monthly and Blueroad. One of his stories won the Tamarack Award, another the Robert Olen Butler award. His first collection of short stories, "It Takes You Over," is New Rivers Press' 125th Many Voices Project prize winner in prose. Healy grew up in St. Paul, where his stories are grounded, and now lives in Mankato. He'll launch his new collection at 7 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Loft Literary Center, 1011 Washington Av. S., Mpls., where he will read along with Sharon Suzuki-Martinez, Nick Knittel and Tim Nolan.
• Longtime Twin Cities book professional Sid Farrar has published his first children's book with Albert Whitman & Co. The picture book is illustrated by Ilse Plume, a Caldecott Honor winner. "The Year Comes Round" is a collection of haiku about the seasons. Farrar is a former manager of Savran's Books and was executive director of Milkweed Editions. He'll launch the book at 4 p.m. Nov. 11 at Magers & Quinn in Uptown Minneapolis.
• Mary Logue's new picture book, "Sleep Like a Tiger," has been published by Houghton Mifflin. The illustrations are by Pamela Zagarenski, Caldecott Honor winner for "Red Sings From Treetops" by Wayzata's Joyce Sidman.
• The writers known as the Minnesota Crime Wave are back, with an anthology of short fiction, "Fifteen Tales of Murder, Mayhem, and Malice From the Land of Minnesota Nice," published by Nodin Press. The introduction is by Pete Hautman, and the book includes stories by Ellen Hart, William Kent Krueger, Jess Lourey and others.
• Elizabeth Cook-Lynn's 1991 novella, "From the River's Edge," has been reprinted by Living Justice Press of St. Paul. Cook-Lynn is a Dakota elder and scholar. The book is about life on the Crow Creek Reservation in the 1960s.