TED KERASOTE, author of "Merle's Door: Lessons from a Freethinking Dog," will read from and sign copies of his book, Monday, 7 p.m., The King's English Bookshop, 1511 S. 1500 East.

MICHAEL GILLS and JENNIFER SINOR, poets, will read from their work Wednesday, 7 p.m., Salt Lake City Main Library, 211 S. 400 East.

IMAM MUSTAFA QAZWINI, a representative of the Islamic Education Center of Orange County, Calif., and host of a nationally broadcast program on Salaam TV, will present a lecture on "Islam and Contemporary Issues," an interfaith event Saturday, 2 p.m., Gore Auditorium, Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business, Westminster College, 1840 S. 1300 East. For more information, call 671-6709.

A MORMON SCHOLARS CONFERENCE will be held at Southern Virginia University, One University Hill Drive, Buena Vista, Va., May 16 and 17, jointly sponsored by the Mormon Scholars Foundation and Mormon Scholars in the Humanities. The theme is "Interpretation: Latter-day Saint Perspectives." The conference will include papers by scholars from Southern Virginia University, Brigham Young University, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the College of William and Mary. For more information, call 540-261-8416.

WRITERS AT WORK, an annual event, will be held June 23-27 at Westminster College, 1840 S. 1300 East. Cost is $350 for the entire conference, which includes workshops in fiction, nonfiction and a writing lab. Housing is available for $175.

The Visiting Writer is WALTER KIRN, nationally known novelist, critic and editor. For more information, visit www.writersatwork.org or e-mail lisa@writersatwork.org.


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