CHRISTINA BUCHMANN, author of "Out of the Garden: Women Writers on the Bible," will speak and sign copies of her book at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 29, at A Woman's Place Bookstore in Foothill Village. Phone 583-6431 for more details.

- SHERRY LEWIS, Utah writer and author of "No Place for Secrets," will be at Media Play in the Fort Union Family Center at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 29, and at Media Play on Redwood Road from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, July 1. Phone 524-5749 for details.- CATHERINE KOHMAN will discuss and sign her novel, "The Beckoning Ghost," from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, July 1, at Barnes & Noble in Sugarhouse.

- SANDY JOHNSON will sign copies of her mystery set in Utah, "Sweet Jane Doe," 1-3 p.m. Saturday, July 1, at the Fort Union Media Play.

- GRANT AVERY MORGAN of Provo has been awarded first place in the annual L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest for his short story "Oh, Jungleland." His story appears in a new anthology of science fiction published by Bridge Publications.

- HISPANIC CANTOS, a poetry competition for writers of Hispanic heritage, is taking entries for its 1995 contest. Human Pursuits, sponsor of the competition, invites Hispanic writers to send three to five poems in Spanish or English to Hispanic Cantos, c/o Human Pursuits, 350 S. 400 East, Suite 110, Salt Lake City, UT 84111. Total lines of the poems should not exceed 500.

Include a separate sheet of paper with your name, address, phone number and small ethno-biography. Do not put author's name on the poems themselves.

Nine poets will be selected to read at various public readings.

- BEST-SELLER chartwatchers will note that Robert James Waller's novel "The Bridges of Madison County" - in its 150th week on the New York Times list - has returned to No. 1, thanks undoubtedly to the release of the movie of the same name.

The 1992 book, published in an intimate 5-by-71/2-inch format and listed at $16.95 in hardcover, has not been released in paperback. Asked when it will be, Waller's editor at Warner Books, Maureen Egen, replied coquettishly to the New York Times, "Maybe never."