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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. Also: Aspiring poets, novelists and non-fiction writers may register for writing project workshops on Sat.-Sun., Sept. 7-8. Call 531-6333 Ext. 1204 to register; on Mon., Sept. 9, 11:30-2 p.m.: Official Launch Day featuring gospel choir, '30s band, food, drink, mayoral proclamation and more in Acacia Park; on Thurs., Sept. 12, 7 p.m.: "The Law in Literature" -- a discussion about the legal elements of Mockingbird at the East Library. 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.

Colorado College's Visiting Writers Series at CC's McHugh Commons 2nd floor, 1090 N. Cascade Ave., kicks off with B.H. Fairchild, award-winning American poet, reading from his works, including The Art of the Lathe and Early Occult Memory Systems of the Lower Midwest on Thurs., Sept. 5, 8 p.m. Followed by: Dana Giola, reading from his works, including Can Poetry Matter? and Interrogations at Noon, on Thurs., Sept. 19th, 8 p.m. Call 389-6607 for more. Free.

Poetry West Workshop led by Jim Ciletti on writing prompts. In Colorado College's Worner Center, NW corner of Cascade and Cache La Poudre. Free, 573-9479. Sat., Sept. 7.

First Sunday Book Group at First United Methodist Church, meeting in the church parlor, 420 N. Nevada Ave., on the first Sunday of each month at 12:30 p.m. Newcomers welcome. Free, 531-6315. On Sept. 8: To Kill a Mockingbird.

Scribble Scribble Slam, a 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., Sept. 11.

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 Sept. 12: King Lear, Shakespeare. On Oct. 10: On Tragedy, Aristotle. On Nov. 14: The Republic, Plato.

Interior design expert signing copies of her book, Lynette Jennings Straight Talk on Decorating, at Barnes and Noble Bookstore, 1565 Briargate Blvd. Sat., Sept. 14, 1-4 p.m.

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.

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