JANA RICHMAN, local author of "The Last Cowgirl," will read from her novel and sign copies, Thursday, 7 p.m., Sam Weller's Bookstore, 254 S. Main.

SAM BEESON, English teacher at American Fork High and author of "The UnValentine," will display original art, discuss his book and sign copies, Thursday, 6-9:30 p.m., Davis County School District Offices, 45 E. State, Farmington.

ERIC ELIASON, author of "The J. Golden Kimball Stories" and "Mormons and Mormonism," will read from his work, Friday, noon, Harold B. Lee Library, BYU, Provo.

THE CHARLES REDD CENTER FOR WESTERN STUDIES, BYU, is sponsoring several research awards: for independent research and creative work, graduate students, women's history, public programming, education, Western American history, visiting scholar and publication. Deadline for applications is March 15, 2008. Visit byu.edu/reddcent or call 801-422-4048 for applications.

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