The winter lineup for one of the loveliest reading series of the season has been announced. Beginning this week, nine authors -- mystery writers, poets, nonfiction writers, and a bookseller -- will take part in the Fireside Reading Series at the Hamline Midway Public Library in St. Paul. The series is sponsored by the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library and Micawber's Bookstore.

Here's the lineup:

Wednesday: Minneapolis writer Peter Geye will read from his second novel, "The Lighthouse Road," which is set on the North Shore.

Jan. 16: Poets James Cihlar, Joanne Esser and Sun Yung Shin will read from their books, "Metaphysical Bailout," "I Have Always Wanted Lightning" and "Rough, and Savage."

Jan. 23: Chris Niskanen, former St. Paul Pioneer Press outdoors writer, will read from "The Minnesota Book of Skills."

Jan. 30: Mystery writers Ellen Hart and Mary Logue will read from "Rest for the Wicked" and "Killer Librarian."

Feb. 6: Bookseller Hans Weyandt of Micawber's will talk about "Read This! Handpicked Favorites From America's Indie Bookstores."

Feb. 13: Minnesota Book Award winner Wendy Webb will read from her new mystery, "The Fate of Mercy Alban."

All events begin at 7 p.m. in the fireplace room of the library, 1558 W. Minnehaha Av., St. Paul.

Also ...

David Treuer's book, "Rez Life: An Indian's Journey Through Reservation Life," is now out in paperback from Grove Press. Treuer is the author of three novels and a collection of essays. He lives in Los Angeles and on the Leech Lake Reservation in Minnesota.

Erin Hart's new Cormac Maguire and Nora Gavin mystery, "The Book of Killowen," will be published in March by Scribner.

• The Loft Literary Center will devote an evening to the art of writing short -- very, very short. The "Short-Short Salon" will feature 12 authors, each of whom will read aloud, each piece shorter than the one before it. Audience members will be invited to create a piece of flash fiction of their own. The event begins at 7 p.m., Jan. 16, at the Loft, 1011 Washington Av. S., Mpls.