With Halloween out of the way, many Utahns are deciding 'tis the season to be literary. Several events and programs are on tap next week.
- Sunday, Nov. 11: The second annual Evening of Cowboy Poetry and Music at the Egyptian Theater in Park City. Waddie Mitchell will be the host. Teresa Jordan, John Dofflemyer, Buck Ramsey and Elaine Thatcher will join him on the program. Shows at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. For information call Hal Cannon at 531-7704.- Tuesday, Nov. 13: The Salt Lake Chapter of the League of Utah Writers will meet at the Main Library at 6:45 p.m. to hear Joyce Marder, a local author and editor who will discuss the use - or non-use - of profanity in fiction and non-fiction. For information call 278-4933.
- Thursday, Nov. 15: Pamela Houston and Dave Bean, two Park City residents, will read from their works at the Morning Ray Cafe & Bakery on Main Street in Park City. Houston is a doctoral candidate and river guide. Her book of stories will be published by Norton next year. Bean has won several awards for his writing. He is an environmentalist who pursues "balance sports." For information call 649-2464.
- Friday, Nov. 16: Elouise Bell, whose book of essays "Only When I Laugh" is hot off the presses, will be signing copies of the book at A Woman's Place Bookstore, 1400 S. Foothill Drive. For information call the store at 583-6431.
Also on Nov. 16, social critic and author Todd Gitlin will be the keynote speaker at the Media, Information & Culture conference at the University of Utah. The conference is free. Call 581-7791 for information.
- IN GREEN COVE SPRINGS, Fla., the 1941 children's literary classic "My Friend Flicka" was pulled from fifth- and sixth-grade optional reading lists after parents complained it contained vulgar language.
The book contains the word "bitch," in reference to a female dog, and the word "damn."
Another children's book, "Abel's Island," was removed from the list because of references to drinking wine.
Alexander Caswell, spokesman for Houghton Mifflin, said he has never heard of any other complaints about the two books. He said the company's reading texts are in use in several hundred school systems.