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Talk English!, various PPLD locations. No registration required. Classes Mon., Tues., Wed. and Thurs. through Nov. and Dec. Call 531-6333 or visit www.ppld.org for more.

Colorado College's Visiting Writers Series, all at 7 p.m. Featuring Jane Wampler and Aaron Anstett, Thurs., Dec. 2; Demetria Martinez, Thurs., Dec. 9. Call 389-6853 for more..

Book Sleuth Signings, 2501 W. Colorado Ave., Suite 105. Featuring Christine Goff author of Death Takes a Gander Sat., Dec. 11, noon to 2 p.m.; Margaret Coel author of Wife of Moon Sat., Dec. 4, noon to 2 p.m. Call 632-2727 for more.

Open Mic Night at PPCC, Downtown Studio Campus, student commons, 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave. Featuring poetry, spoken word and freestyle. Fri., Dec. 3, 7-9 p.m. Call 527-6000 or 540-2506 for more.

Books Are Fun fair, Memorial Hospital, 1400 E. Boulder St. A wide variety of books for children through adults will be available with proceeds applied to programs supporting the hospital. Dec. 1-2, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Dec. 3, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 385-5000 for more.

Meet Your Local Authors, Poor Richard's Bookstore, 320 N. Tejon St, 578-0012. Feature presentations, discussion groups, children's reading time and book signings with Jimmie Butler, Sharon Silva, EJ Thornton, Jude Willhoff and Marguerite Langstaff. Sat., Dec. 4, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Jan MacKell Signing, Adobe Walls Antique Mall, 2808 W. Colorado Ave. MacKell's book is Brothels, Bordellos and Bad Girls. Sun., Dec. 5, 2-4 p.m. Call 635-3394 for more.

Richard and Michele Steckel Signing, Dazbog Coffee, 7142 N. Academy Blvd. Co-founders of the Milestone Project (a non-profit created to diminish cultural violence and hatred) sign their book on Sat., Dec. 11, 2:30-5:30 p.m. Call 272-0505 for more.

Unknown Writers' Contest, must be 18 or older and a Colorado resident. Entries are $20 ea. Fiction, poetry and non-fiction categories. Sponsored by the Denver Women's Club Press. Prizes range from $25 to $100. Entries due by Feb. 1, 2005. Call 303/839-1519 or visit www.denverwomanspressclub.org for more.

PenWomen's Annual Flash Fiction Contest. $8/entry. A short story of 100 words or less containing the word "heart" or "love". Entries due Feb. 14, 2005. E-mail warnerwrit@aol.com for full contest information.

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