Great Books Discussion, discussing a wide variety of books in the second floor conference room. Second Thursday of every month, 6:45-9 p.m. Free. Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave., 531-6333 ext. 1206, greatbooks.org.
luvsaverb (Its Not Just Poetry) Open Mic and Discussion, all are welcome to listen or share. Weekly discussions on different topics. Second and fourth Saturdays of every month, 9-11 p.m. Free. Village Inn Restaurant, 5790 S. Carefree Circle, 233-1698, luvsaverb.com.
S igning and discussion with author Shawna Renee of God ... Why? Sat., Aug. 30, 1 p.m. Free. Barnes & Noble Briargate, 1565 Briargate Blvd, 266-9960.
Black Cat Books events: Booksigning with Eric the Pirate, author of If You Want to Be a Pirate, Sat., Aug. 30, 1-4 p.m. Spirituality Discussion Group, Thursdays, 7-8:30 p.m. Knitting group, Sundays, 4-6 p.m. Occult science classes, Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m. 720 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1589, manitoubooks.com.
Poor Richards Bookstore events: O ffering a book signing and presentation by Jeremy Greenberg, author of Relative Discomfort. Sat., Aug. 30, 6-7:30 p.m. Free. Offering a book signing and lecture by Carol Sue Tombari, author of Power of the People. Thurs., Sept. 18, 5:30-7 p.m. Free. 320 N. Tejon St., 632-7721, poorrichardswebsite.com.
First Tuesday Poetry Night, an open mic night for poetry readings and performances of all styles. The event will be hosted by award-winning poet Jim Ciletti. Come at 6:30 for practice and critique. Tues., Sept. 2, 7:30 p.m. Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave. Call Jim at 634-2367, ppld.org.
Poetry West Workshop, a workshop on odes and addresses led by Jessy Randall. Participants will read from Shelley, Neruda, Koch and others before writing their own. Randall will also speak on digital poetry. Sat., Sept. 6, 10 a.m. to noon. Free. CC's Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 630-1767, coloradocollege.edu.
International Literacy Day Celebration, a dessert reception to raise awareness about local ESL programs and volunteer opportunities. The event will also celebrate the publication of the program's journal and honor individuals in the program. Mon., Sept. 8, 7 p.m. Free. Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave., 531-6333 ext. 2223, ppld.org.
Colorado College Visiting Writers Series events:
Trebor Healey, a novelist whose books include Through It Came Bright Colors. Wed., Sept. 10, 7 p.m. Free. CC's Gates Common Room, 1025 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6853.
Ruth Foreman, a poet whose works include Renaissance. Thurs., Sept. 18, 7 p.m. Free. CC's Gates Common Room, 1025 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6853.
Kent Nelson, Colorado author of Land that Moves, Land that Stands Still and All Around Me Peaceful. Thurs., Oct. 9, 7 p.m. Free. CC's McHugh Student Commons, 1090 N. Cascade Ave., 389-6853.
B.H. Fairchild, a presentation by the poet, whose works include The Art of the Lathe. Thurs., Oct. 16, 7 p.m. CC's McHugh Student Commons, 1090 N. Cascade Ave. All free.
Thin Air Poetry Slam, a night of competitive performance poetry. Attendees can compete, judge or only listen. Fri., Sept. 12, 6:30-8:30 a.m. Free. Gill Foundation, 315 E. Costilla St., 232-5461.
Signing and discussion by Doug Monroy, a Colorado College history professor and author of The Borders Within: Encounters with Mexico and America . Sat., Sept. 13, 2 p.m. Free. Old Colorado City Historic Center, 1 S. 24th St., 636-1225, history.oldcolo.com.
Brisingr Midnight Release Party, an evening of dragon lore as readers await the release of Christopher Paolini's Brisingr. Fri., Sept. 19, 10 p.m. to midnight. Borders Chapel Hills Mall, 1710 Briargate Blvd., #209, 266-1600, and Borders Southgate, 2120 Southgate Road, 632-6611.
All Pikes Peak Reads Kick-Off Party, The Grapes of Wrath is the chosen book for the Pikes Peak Library District, and this family party celebrating the novel includes live music, dancing, period costumes and cars and refreshments. Sun., Sept. 21, 1-4 p.m. Free. America the Beautiful Park, 126 Cimino Drive, 531-6333 ext. 1212, ppld.org.
Author Fest of the Rockies, celebrating and encouraging established and emerging authors, editors, illustrators and others with workshops and presentations by 30 Colorado writers including Avi, Margaret Coel, Kathryn Eastburn and Kate Keeley. Oct. 3-4. The Cliff House Restaurant, 306 Cañon Ave., Manitou Springs, authorfestoftherockies.org.
Goal, Motivation and Conflict: the Building Blocks of Good Fiction, a day-long workshop with bestselling author Debra Dixon. Lunch included. Sat., Oct. 18, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Candlewood Suites, 6450 N. Academy Blvd., 531-5723, pprw.org.
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