Cynthia P. Cerny, will discuss and sign her best-selling Losers, Creeps, Jerks, and Weirdos: A Dating Story, Chinook Bookshop, 210 N. Tejon St., Free, Sun., April 27, 1-3 p.m.
National Poetry Month: Pikes Peak Library District will host a citywide poetry performance in the Carnegie Room of the Penrose Library, 20 N. Cascade. Guitarist Henry Quintana will lead off the evening, followed by poets: Jane Wampler, Malcolm McCollum, Joseph Uphoff, Kollin James, Janice Hays, Jesse Randall, Maryann Karras, Chelly Gardner-Smith, Jim Ciletti and others. Tues., April 29, 7 p.m.
Poetry Open Mikes: On Sundays at Organic Earth Caf, 1124 Manitou Ave., 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. 685-0986. Every second Wednesday and fourth Tues of the month at Utopia Caf, 117 E. Bijou St., $2. 633-1080. Every third Tuesday of the month at Jack Quinn's, 21 S. Tejon St., 385-0766. All start at 8 p.m.
Publishing Your Own Children's Book, Graphics West, 1120 N. Circle Drive, Suite 10. Seminar provides tips on concept development, writing for children, art preparation, marketing and working with a pre-press house and printer. Free. Thurs., April 24, 4-5 p.m. For more, call 633-4446.
Flash Fiction Contest sponsored by the National League of American PenWomen. All genres welcome, complete short-short stories of 100 words or less. Cash prizes $15-$60. All entries returned with writing suggestions and help by PenWomen writers. Deadline: Wed., May 7. Entry fee $6 per story. Email for full details and forms:
Book Fair, The Colorado Springs School, 21 Broadmoor Ave. New books for all grade levels and for adults will be available. Thursday night, April 24, is Family Night from 3:30 to 7:00 p.m. Book fair hours are Mon.-Thurs. 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, and Friday 8 a.m. to noon.