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Exploring Lives and Cultures Reading Group, East Library's conference room 1, 5550 N. Union Blvd. Free. Featuring The Know World by Edward P. Jones, in celebration of Black History Month. Fri., Feb. 3, 10-11:30 a.m. Call 535-2646 for more.

Ted Haggard Signing, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1565 Briargate Blvd. Free. Haggard signs The Jerusalem Diet on Sat., Feb. 4, 2 p.m. Call 266-9945 for more.

Adult Great Books Reading & Discussion Group, Penrose Public Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave. Free. Featuring The Secret Sharer by Joseph Conrad. Thurs., Feb. 9, 6:45-8:45 p.m. Call 531-6333 ext. 1206 for more.

PPCC Open Mike Nights, The Downtown Studio Campus' student commons, 100 W. Pikes Peak Ave. Free. Featuring poetry, spoken word and freestyle. Fri., Feb. 3, March 3, April 7, 7-9 p.m. Call 540-2505 or 540-2506 for more.

Colorado College's Visiting Writer Series, featuring Demetria Martinez on Thurs., Feb. 2; Jay Parini on Thurs., Feb. 23; Philip Levine on Thurs., March 9; David Foster Wallace on Thurs., April 6; Chris Bachelder on Mon., April 17; Jim Moore on Thurs., April 27; Peter Matthiessen on Thurs., May 4. All at 7 p.m. Call 389-6853 for more.

Pikes Peak Branch NLAPW Flash Fiction Contest: write a complete short story in no more than 100 words. Open to all ages and genres. Deadline is March 1. Call Jaye at 488-3580 for more.

Pikes Peak Library District is seeking papers for an upcoming symposium highlighting the life of Zebulon Montgomery Pike. The symposium, "Spare No Pains: Zebulon Pike and his 1806-1807 Expedition," will be held June 3. The deadline to submit papers is Feb. 1. Send proposals to Chris Nicholl, Symposium Co-chair, Pikes Peak Library District, P.O. Box 1579, Colorado Springs, CO 80901. For more info, e-mail cnicholl@ppld.org.

Colorado Sonnet Competition, for sonnets with a Colorado theme. No entry fee, deadline of Jan. 30. Call Jim at 282-0811 for more.

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