Literary calendar: Payal Doshi introduces new middle grade novel

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Jan. 22—PAYAL DOSHI — Introduces her new middle grade novel, "Rea and the Blood of the Nectar," about Rea and her brother Rohan, who disappears on their 12th birthday. Their mother and grandmother act as though Rohan is gone forever but Rea and her friend meet with a fortune teller whose powers set them on a thrilling and secret quest. They travel to Astranthia, a land of magic and whimsy where Rea learns Rohan has been captured. This is the first book in The Chronicles of Astranthia series by this Minneapolis author, who was born and raised in Mumbai, India. 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26, via Zoom, presented in Friends of the St. Paul Public Library's Fireside Readings series. To register: thefriends.org.

SOUTH KOREAN POETS: Acclaimed poets Kim Ki-taek and Yi Won, joined by English language translators of their new releases, present a program hosted by Rain Taxi Review and the Global Poetry initiative at Metro State University. Kim Ki-taek celebrates publication of "Smiling in an Old Photograph," a chapbook published by RainTaxi's OHM edition, and Yi Won celebrates "The World's Lightest Motorcycle," a bilingual book from Zephyr Press. Other participants are Ed Bok Lee, Yang Eun-mi, E.J. Koh, and Marci Calabretta Cancio-Bello. Poet Lee Herrick will moderate and Bomi Yoon will interpret for the Korean participants. Kim Ki-taek, born in Anyang, South Korea, has 10 major previous 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 the Seoul Institute of the Arts and earned a master's at Dongguk University. Her poetry debuted in 1992, and she received two contemporary poets awards. Her books include "I Am My Affectionate Zebra." She is a professor of creative writing at Seoul Institute of the Arts. 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26, via crowdcast. Registration at: raintaxi.org.

JACK ZIPES: 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 professor emeritus of German and comparative literature at the University of Minnesota who says his mission is to "unbury the dead and neglected authors of fantasy" and to create 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 IS GOING ON

The Jan. 11 death of Clyde Bellecourt has 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.

Kathleen West's widely-praised novel "Are We There Yet?" is available now in paperback. It's about two moms dealing with the startling transformations their kids go through in middle school and how social media influences today's early teens. ... Kent Krueger's 19th Cork O'Connor thriller, Fox Creek," is listed as among the most anticipated crime fiction by online Novel Suspects publication. ... Former Minnesotan Nora Purmort McInerny's essay collection, "Bad Vibes Only," will be published in July. She is the author of "It's OK to Laugh (Crying is Cool Too)," about the death of her husband, who fought brain cancer for three years.

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