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Literary EventsGary Hart discussing Restoration of the Republic: The Jeffersonian Ideal in 21st Century America at Barnes and Noble, 1565 Briargate, 266-9960. Thurs., Sept. 19, 7-8 p.m.

Colorado College's Visiting Writers Series at CC's McHugh Commons 2nd floor, 1090 N. Cascade Ave., continues with Dana Gioa, reading from his works, including Can Poetry Matter? and Interrogations at Noon, on Thurs., Sept. 19, 8 p.m.; and Kofi Anyidoho, the distinguished Ghanaian poet and performer on Thurs., Oct. 3, 8 p.m. All free. Call 389-6607 for more.

Two local authors signing their first books at Author, Author! New and Used Books, 5957 N. Academy. Carol Umberger will be signing her award-winning first novel, Circle of Honor. Dawn Smit will be signing Through Spiral Eyes. 277-READ. Sat., Sept. 21, noon.

Open Mike Poetry with Jerome Davis at the Acoustic Coffee Lounge, 5152 Centennial Blvd., 268-9951. Free. Wed., Sept. 25, 7 p.m.

Tim Hauf, author, and travel and environmental photographer, and Conger Beasley, award wining local author will sign their new book Solu-Khumbu: The Trek to Everest, at Chinook Bookshop, 210 N. Tejon St., 635-1195. Fri., Sept. 27, 5:30 p.m.

Pikes Peak Writers' September Workshop on Goal, Motivation and Conflict, and The Writer's Journey, facilitated by Debra Dixon, best-selling author and CEO at Belle Books, at the Wyndham Hotel, 5580 Tech Center Drive. Sat., Sept. 28, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost $25 for PPW members and $45 for non-members. Call 531-5723.

Ruth Obee, former teacher, editor and author, will sign her new book A Sense of Place: Discovering the Stratton Open Space, at Chinook Bookshop, 210 N. Tejon St., 635-1195. Sun., Sept. 29, 1 p.m.

All Pikes Peak Reads To Kill A Mockingbird, a community-wide reading project during September. For next book-discussion date at your local branch, or for the next Read Aloud/ Read Along session, or for the next movie screening of Mockingbird (the 1962 version starring Gregory Peck), call 531-6333. On Sun., Sept. 29, 1:30-3:30: "Mockingbird in the Rockies: 1930s Life in the Pikes Peak Region" led by a panel of Springs natives in the Penrose Library's Carnegie Reading Room.

Nobel Prize Authors Discussion Group meeting at 7 p.m. on the first Tues. of each month in Penrose Library's Susan B. Annex, Cascade and Dale. On Oct.1: author discussed will be Toni Morrison. Call 473-8563 for more.

Kevin Anderson, renowned for his work in the science fiction genre, will sign his recent work, Dune: The Butlerian Jihad, at Chinook Bookshop, 210 N. Tejon St., Tues., Oct. 1, 5:30 p.m.

Bruce Feiler will sign his new book Abraham: A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths at Temple Shalom, 1523 E. Monument St. Wed., Oct. 2, at 7 p.m.

Beginning Writers' Workshop at Author, Author! New and Used Books, 5975 N. Academy Blvd. Thursday nights, Oct. 3 through Nov. 7. Call 277-READ for pricing information.

First Sunday Book Group at First United Methodist Church will be discussing Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. Discussion led by Dr. Janice Hayes of UCCS who did her dissertation on Twelfth Night. Sun., Oct. 6, 12:30 in Church Parlor. 531-6315.

UCCS Progression Session Poetry Slam, sponsored by the UCCS Campus Literary Arts Society at the Utopia Caf, 117 E. Bijou St., 633-1080. $1 admission goes towards the cash prize. Open reading at 8 p.m., Slam at 9 p.m. Wed., Oct. 9.

Great Books Discussion Group meeting on the second Thursday of the month from 6:45 to 9 p.m. at the Penrose Public Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave., 531-6333 Ext. 1206. On Oct. 10: On Tragedy, Aristotle. On Nov. 14: The Republic, Plato.

Poetry West Workshop led by poet and critic Alicia Ostriker, whose collection, The Little Space, was a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize. In Colorado College's Worner Center, NW corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre. Free, 573-9479. Oct. 12.

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