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Novelist Ron Carlson will read a new story about his hometown.
LUCY LIPPARD, author of 20 books, including "The Lure of the Local: Sense of Place in a Multicentered Society" and "On the Beaten Track: Tourism, Art and Place," will deliver a public lecture titled "Weather Report: Art and Climate Change," Monday, 7 p.m., Performance Hall, approximately 1090 E. 675 North, Logan. Q and A to follow. For additional information, call 435-797-7373.

LAURELL K. HAMILTON, romance and fantasy author of "A Lick of Frost," will read from and sign copies of her book, Monday, 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1104 E. 2100 South.

REZA ASLAN, author of "No god but God: The Origins, Evolution and Future of Islam," will participate in a panel discussion with some BYU faculty members, Wednesday, noon, 238 Herald R. Clark Building, BYU Campus, Provo; and present a lecture titled "Revolution, Reformation and Regime Change: Contemporary Iran," Friday, 3 p.m., Joseph Smith Building Auditorium, BYU Campus, Provo. Public is invited to both events.

FRED SWANSON, author of "Dave Rust — A Pioneer Outfitter in Utah's Canyonlands," will read from and sign copies of his book, Friday, 7 p.m., Ken Sanders Rare Books, 268 S. 200 East.

EDWARD P. JONES, novelist and short-story writer, his latest being "All Aunt Hagar's Children," a collection of stories, will read from and sign copies of his book, Thursday, 7 p.m., Salt Lake City Main Library Auditorium; there will be an informal discussion with Jones, Friday, noon, Main Library, Level Four. (Bring a lunch.)

NANCY VAN WINCKEL, poet and fiction writer, professor in the Master of Fine Arts writing program at Vermont College, will lead a free community writing workshop, Tuesdays, 4:30-7:20 p.m., Jan. 8 through April 22, 2008, Westminster College. To be considered for the workshop, please submit three poems or three pieces of short fiction under 500 words by Thursday. Address to Natasha Saje, English Department, Westminster College, 1840 S. 1300 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84105. Participants notified by Dec. 1.

JASON WRIGHT, author of "Christmas Jars" and, most recently, "The Wednesday Letters," as well as managing editor of politicalderby.com, a conservative political Web site, will sign copies of his books, Friday, 5-8 p.m., Mount Benedict Monastery, 6000 S. 1075 East, South Ogden. Wright will give a lecture at 6 p.m.

ALAN WEISMAN, journalist and author of "The World Without Us," will discuss his book, Friday, 6 p.m., Stewart Library Special Collections, Weber State University campus, Ogden. Reception and book signing to follow.

RON CARLSON, Utah born-and-bred novelist and professor at the University of California at Davis, will read a new story about his hometown and discuss "The Governor's Ball," a favorite of his fans, Saturday, 6 p.m., Gore School of Business Auditorium, Westminster College, 1840 S. 1300 East. The occasion is the Entrada Institute's fall fund-raiser. Cost is $35. For ticket information, call 485-9464 or 580-3752 or e-mail kankainen@umnh.utah.edu or visit entradainstitute.org.

JEANETTE WALLS, journalist and contributor to MSNBC, writes for several national magazines. Her first book, "Dish: The Inside Story on the World of Gossip," is an insider's look at gossip in the 20th century. She has also written a memoir, "The Glass Castle." Walls will deliver the prestigious Dewey Lecture, Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Nancy Tessman Auditorium, Salt Lake City Main Library, 210 E. 400 South. Free tickets available at all library locations. Private Reception tickets to meet the speaker, receive a signed copy of her latest book and enjoy priority seating is $40 per ticket, available at the Library Store, Main Library. For more information, call 524-8200 or visit slcpl.org.

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