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Great Books Discussion Group meeting on the second Thursday of the month from 6:45 to 9 p.m. at the Penrose Public Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave., 531-6333 Ext. 1206. On Sept. 12: King Lear, Shakespeare. On Oct. 10: On Tragedy, Aristotle. On Nov. 14: The Republic, Plato.

Interior design expert signing copies of her book, Lynette Jennings Straight Talk on Decorating, at Barnes and Noble Bookstore, 1565 Briargate Blvd. Sat., Sept. 14, 1-4 p.n.

Bare Knuckle Poetry Readings at Jack Quinn's, 21 S. Tejon St. Free. On the third Tuesday of each month, from 8 p.m. to midnight. Next reading: Sept. 17.

Gary Hart discussing Restoration of the Republic: The Jeffersonian Ideal in 21st Century America at Barnes and Noble, 1565 Briargate, 266-9960. Thurs., Sept. 19, 7-8 p.m.

Two local authors signing their first books at Author, Author! New and Used Books, 5957 N. Academy. Carol Umberger will be signing her award-winning first novel, Circle of Honor. Dawn Smit will be signing Through Spiral Eyes. 277-READ. Sat., Sept. 21, noon.

Open Mike Poetry with Jerome Davis at the Acoustic Coffee Lounge, 5152 Centennial Blvd., 268-9951. Free. Wed., Sept. 25, 7 p.m.

Pikes Peak Writers' September Workshop on Goal, Motivation and Conflict, and The Writer's Journey, facilitated by Debra Dixon, best-selling author and CEO at Belle Books, at the Wyndham Hotel, 5580 Tech Center Drive. Sat., Sept. 28, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost $25 for PPW members and $45 for non-members. Call 531-5723.

All Pikes Peak Reads To Kill A Mockingbird, a community-wide reading project during September. For next book-discussion date at your local branch, or for the next Read Aloud/ Read Along session, or for the next movie screening of Mockingbird (the 1962 version starring Gregory Peck), call 531-6333. On Sun., Sept. 29, 1:30-3:30: "Mockingbird in the Rockies: 1930s Life in the Pikes Peak Region" led by a panel of Springs natives in the Penrose Library's Carnegie Reading Room.

Colorado College's Visiting Writers Series at CC's McHugh Commons 2nd floor, 1090 N. Cascade Ave., continues with Dana Gioa, reading from his works, including Can Poetry Matter? and Interrogations at Noon, on Thurs., Sept. 19th, 8 p.m.; and Kofi Anyidoho, the distinguished Ghanaian poet and performer on Thurs., Oct. 3, 8 p.m. All free. Call 389-6607 for more.

UCCS Progression Session Poetry Slam, sponsored by the UCCS Campus Literary Arts Society at the Utopia Caf, 117 E. Bijou St., 633-1080. $1 admission goes towards the cash prize. Open reading at 8 p.m., Slam at 9 p.m. Next: Wed., Oct. 9.

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