Author Fest of the Rockies, a weekend meet-up for Colorado authors, publishers, illustrators and others in the book business with seminars, contests, networking sessions and more. Oct. 2-3. The Cliff House at Pikes Peak, 306 Cañon Avenue, Manitou Springs, 888/212-7000, 685-3000, authorfestoftherockies.org.
BYOB Poetry, a free open-mic poetry reading for all ages. To drink any alcohol you bring, however, you have to be of age. Last Friday of every month, 8 p.m. The Modbo, 17C E. Bijou St., 633-4240.
Family Legacy Writing Workshop, a writing class with award-winning author Linda Weaver Clarke on penning family histories, research tips and writing techniques. Clarke will present at the Cheyenne Mountain Branch Library (1785 S. Eighth St., #100) on Thurs., Aug. 27, 2-4 p.m., and at the Old Colorado City Branch Library (2418 W. Pikes Peak Ave.), Fri., Aug. 28, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free. lindaweaverclarke.com.
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.
Open Mic and Poetry Slam Competition, hosted by Free Expression, a poetry group of UCCS students. First Wednesday of every month, 7 p.m. Free. Borders Chapel Hills Mall, 1710 Briargate Blvd., #209, 266-1600.
Poetry West Workshops: "Titling Poems," Colorado writer and Poetry West director Ben Humphrey will speak on the relationship between poems and their titles, types of titles and effective tips for naming poems. Sat., Sept. 5, 10 a.m. to noon. "Killer Openings," Dave Mason, a CC faculty member, will lead this class on a survey of great opening lines in poetry and speak on good ways to start a poem. Participants are asked to bring a poem to share. Sat., Oct. 3, 10 a.m. to noon. "Which Word?," a workshop with Colorado poet and storyteller Peggy Godfrey, who will help participants with clarity and word choices. Bring an eight-line poem to share. Sat., Nov. 7, 10 a.m. to noon. CC's Worner Campus Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave., 375-1200, poetrywest.org.
Poor Richard's Book Signing Events: Robyn O'Brien will sign copies of her book, The Unhealthy Truth: How Our Food is Making Us Sick — And What We Can Do About It. O'Brien founded AllergyKids, a food allergy organization with medical advisers not funded by the corporations they research. Thurs., Sept. 3, 5 p.m. Poor Richard's Bookstore, 320 N. Tejon St., 578-0012, poorrichards.biz.
Tattered Cover Book Signings: Filmmaker, author and researcher Ken Burns will sign copies of his newest release, The National Parks: America's Best Idea. Tues., Sept. 8, 8 p.m. Tattered Cover, Historic LoDo, 1628 16th St., Denver, 303/436-1070, tatteredcover.com.