Some fresh book releases, as well as an upcoming signing event deserve attention:
*A new collection of native literatures of the Great Lakes region is out from Ladyslipper Press, by editor Victoria Brehm.
Brehm, a retired professor of American literature, collected native stories, songs, poetry, speeches, fiction, autobiography and art from the Great Lakes nations into "Star Songs and Water Spirits: A Great Lakes Native Reader" (paperback, 536 pages, $28). Her previous works include " 'A Fully Accredited Ocean': Essays on the Great Lakes" and "Sweetwater, Storms, and Spirits: Stories of the Great Lakes."
*Orchard Park native Darryl J. Gonzalez has written a history of congressional pages -- those young people who serve as staff assistants in the nation's government -- from the late 1700s to the present. "The Children Who Ran For Congress: A History of Congressional Pages" (311 pages, $45) is out from Praeger press.
Gonzalez, an Alfred University graduate who lives in Maryland with his wife and four children, has worked in education for 20 years.
*Buffalo visual artist William Y. Cooper is the author of a new "history mystery" directed at an audience of teenage boys, called "77 Jackson Street Rear" (125 pages, $20) and published by the author through Xlibris.
The book tells the story of two boys in Montgomery, Ala., who are kidnapped in an escapade at the beginning of the 1955 bus boycott and civil rights activity. Cooper, who works out of the Buffalo Art Studio in the Tri-Main building, wrote a children's play that was produced in 2007 in the city.
*Clarence resident Alycia Ripley will sign copies of a new work of fiction called "The Final Alice" from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Barnes & Noble at 4401 Transit Road, Clarence. Ripley promises costumes and a video trailer for the book, which is published by Trafford, a self-publishing house.