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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.

"Poetic Incandescence in the Prose of Great Fiction, CC's Worner Center, room 213, 902 N. Cascade Ave. Free. Offered by Poetry West, Yousuf Zaigham speaks on the prosaic vs. the lyrical. The public is invited to participate. Sat., Feb. 4, 10 a.m. Call Mary at 573-9479 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.

Aaron Anstett and Jake Adam York Reading, UCCS Univeristy Center's room 124, 1420 Austin Bluffs Pkwy. Free. Anstett and York read from their work on Thurs., Feb. 16, 7:30 p.m. Call 262-4035 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.

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