LINDA NOWLIN AND LIN OSTLER will read from their poetry at 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31, at 240 S. Main in Salt Lake City.

Vuja De, an acoustic guitar folk trio, will provide music.- NORTHROP FRYE, the influential literary critic who tracked myths and symbols to their biblical sources, has died, his agent and publisher reported in Toronto. Frye was 78.

A teacher and ordained minister with the United Church of Canada, the shy critic hated small talk but ministered to generations of university students. His "Anatomy of Criticism," published in 1957, became a standard work.

Frye wrote more than 20 books. His life's work, "Literature and the Bible," was a two-volume study. Frye was working on the second when he died. - Associated Press

- THE HOME in Troy, N.Y., where Herman Melville scratched out his first writings bears a resemblance to the author in his last years: neglected, impoverished, desperately seeking an audience.

In 1844, seven years before "Moby Dick" was published and 80 years before "Billy Budd" appeared, Melville the scrivener came home from the sea. He began writing naval romances at his family's home in Lansingburgh, now part of Troy, 10 miles up the Hudson River from Albany.

This year marks the centennial of Melville's death. The society hopes to fix up the outside of the building in time for centennial events scheduled to begin this spring.

"Considering its age and the fact we've only had the building since the early 1970s, it's in what we consider a pretty good state," said society member Edward Keyes of Troy. "But it's obvious from the outside that it needs a lot of renovation work." - Associated Press

- FIFTY YEARS after his death, Swizterland has started to make amends to James Joyce.

But Joyceans in Switzerland, just as Joyceans elsewhere in the world, have not escaped the factional divisions of the bitter "letters" controversy.

A case of unpublished Joyce letters and papers, which was deposited with the National Library in Dublin on the understanding it would not be opened until 50 years after Joyce's death, became available Jan. 13.

The correspondence is open only to the library's curators now but is expected to be publicly available later this year.

The case may contain more of the love letters between Joyce and his wife, Nora. Some of this correspondence, which has already been published, is highly erotic, even obscene.

Joyceans are divided over whether the letters, if intimate, should be published. - Reuter News Service