-FOUR UTAH WRITERS will offer their impressions of the desert at 7 p.m. May 4 at Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum in Blanding.

Paul Pitts, a celebrated children's author and a teacher on the Navajo Indian Reservation, will read from his latest novel, "Racing the Sun." K.C. Benedict, who specializes in local history and Native American themes, will also be reading, along with teacher/poet Merry Adams and children's writer Sandra Skouson.For information call the Utah Arts Council at 533-5895.

-GARY B. PETERSON and Lowell "Ben" Bennion are award winners. Their recent book, "Sanpete Scenes: A Guide to Utah's Heart," received the John Brinkerhoff Jackson Prize. The $1,000 award is presented by the Association of American Geographers. It is named for J.B. Jackson, founder and editor of Landscape Magazine from 1951 to 1968.

-PATRICIA MCCONNEL will read from her new book of short stories, "Sing Soft, Sing Loud," at 7 p.m. May 5 at the Waking Owl Bookstore, 208 S. 13th East.

McConnel lives in Moab and writes with an unflinching eye about women in prison. For information call 582-7323. The reading is free and open to the public.

-THE CHILDREN'S LITERATURE ASSOCIATION of Utah is having its annual meeting next week.

Beginning at 9:30 p.m. May 6, in the Salt Lake Public Library, the association will meet to make its 1989 Utah Book Award presentations. "Trapped in Death Cave" by Bill Wallace is the winner, and he will be on hand for the presentation.

Admission is free for members, but $5 for others.

For information call Sharyl Smith at 268-8583.