Gordon Weaver, whose stories according to Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Jonathan Yardley - are full of "exceptional craftsmanship and perception," will be reading from his work in Utah next week.

Weaver has established ties here, spending summers at the Writers at Work Conference in Park City and returning from time to time to meet with friends. Now he's here to help.At 4 p.m. Nov. 18 he will be at the Waking Owl Bookstore.

Then at 7 p.m., Weaver will be at the Phillips Gallery (444 E. Second South) to read from his new novel, "The Eight Corners of the World," as a benefit for Writers at Work. There will be a $5 donation for the 7 p.m. presentation. There will be a question and answer session afterwards. Hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Weaver's novels include "Count a Lonely Cadence" and "Circling Byzantium." His last collection of stories, "A World Quite Round," was very well received.

During his stay here Weaver will be a busy man. He'll be reading in Logan at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 in the Eccles Conference Center on the Utah State University campus, then he'll give another reading 10 a.m. Nov. 17 at Weber State College in Ogden and again that evening at 8 p.m. at the College of Eastern Utah in Price. The Utah Arts Council is co-sponsoring those events.

Currently Weaver is a professor of English at Oklahoma State University.

-A reception for Levi S. Peterson, whose biography, "Juanita Brooks: Mormon Woman Historian," won the $10,000 Evans Award this year, will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 18 in the University Park Hotel.

Peterson, a professor at Weber State College, is also a fiction writer.

For information about the event call 581-3367.

-Winners in the first annual Dashiell Hammett worst writing contest, held in San Francisco, received their paltry prizes last week in brown paper bags.

"This might have been a mistake, I don't know," said William Vlach, 42, a family psychologist who shared first place awards with Kevin Killian, a secretary.

Killian's entry began:

"Nick was the thinnest man Nora'd ever seen. Handcuffs slipped from his wrists up over his head to encircle his waist. He'd gotten out of a lot of tight spots that way." - United Press International