PAYMENT DOSHI: Features her new mid-grade novel, “Rea and the Blood of Nectar,” about Rea and her brother Rohan, who disappear on their 12th birthday. Their mother and grandmother act as if Rohan is gone forever, but Rea and her friend meet a fortune teller whose powers set them on an exciting, secret quest. They travel to Astranthia, a land of magic and fantasy where Rea learns that Rohan has been captured. This is the first book in The Chronicles of Astranthia series by this Minneapolis author, born and raised in Mumbai, India. 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26, via Zoom, featured in the Friends of St. Paul’s Public Library series Fireside Readings. To register: thefriends.org.
SOUTH KOREAN POETS: Acclaimed poets Kim Ki-taek and Yi Won, along with English-language translators of their new releases, present a program organized by Rain Taxi Review and Metro State University’s Global Poetry Initiative. Kim Ki-taek celebrates the publication of “Smiling in an Old Photograph”, a collection published by the OHM edition of RainTaxi, and Yi Won celebrates “The World’s Lightest Motorcycle”, a bilingual book by Zephyr Press. The other participants are Ed Bok Lee, Yang Eun-mi, EJ Koh and Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello. Poet Lee Herrick will host and Bomi Yoon will perform for the Korean attendees. Kim Ki-taek, born in Anyang, South Korea, has 10 previous major works, including “Where Has the Dog Gone Leaving Its Bark Behind” and translations. He teaches at Kyung Hee Cyber University in Seoul. Yi Won is a South Korean avant-garde poet and essayist, born in Gyeonggi-do. She studied creative writing at Seoul Institute of Arts and earned a master’s degree at Dongguk University. Her poetry debuted in 1992 and she has received two Contemporary Poets Awards. Her books include “I Am My Loving Zebra”. She is a professor of creative writing at the Seoul Institute of the Arts. 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 26, via crowdcast. Registration at: raintaxi.org.
JACK ZIPPER: Minnesota Master of Fairytales presents “Bambi: The Story of a Life in the Forest” and Tistou: The Boy with the Green Thumbs of Peace, new editions of classic tales. Zipes is Emeritus Professor of German and Comparative Literature at the University of Minnesota. Its mission is to “dig up dead and neglected fantasy writers” and create the conditions for a better world. Virtual event. 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 27, presented by Magers & Quinn. Registration required. Go to: magersandquinn.com/events.
WHAT ELSE HAPPENS
The death on January 11 of Clyde Bellecourt renewed interest in the co-founder of the American Indian Movement and his impact on racial justice for Native Americans. You can read about his amazing and controversial life in his autobiography, “The thunder before the storm,published in 2016 by Minnesota Historical Society Press.
by Kathleen West much-loved novelAre we there already?” is available now in paperback. It’s about two mothers dealing with the startling transformations their children go through in middle school and how social media is influencing today’s young teens. … by Kent Krueger 19th thriller by Cork O’Connor, Fox Creek”, is listed as one of the most anticipated detective novels by online publication Novel Suspects. …Former Minnesotan Nora Purmort McInerny’s collection of essays,Bad vibes only,” will be released in July. She is the author of “It’s OK to Laugh (Crying is Cool Too)”, about the death of her husband, who battled brain cancer for three years.