Book Club at Author, Author! New & Used Books, 5975 N Academy Blvd #206, For January, the book selection is Naked in Death, by J.D. Robb. Discussion will include an advance preview of a chapter from the upcoming, The Official Nora Roberts Companion. Feb.'s book will be The Black Echo by Michael Connelly. Tues., Jan. 21, 6:308 p.m. For more, call 277-READ.
Deb Accord will sign from Colorado Winter: Activities, Trails, & Tips at the Chinook Bookshop, 210 N. Tejon St. Free. Tues., Jan. 21, 5:30 p.m. 635-1195.
Annie Proulx, author of the Pulitzer Prizewinning The Shipping News, will sign her latest novel, That Old Ace in the Hole, at the Chinook Bookshop, 210 N. Tejon St. Free. Wed., Jan. 22, 5:30 p.m. 635-1195.
Publish-It-Yourself Seminar at Graphics West, 1120 N. Circle Drive, Ste. 10 Free coaching from book professionals for novice self-publishers. Free. Thurs., Jan. 23, 4-5 p.m. For more call 633-4446.
Bob Schaller, local author, will hold a writing workshop about shaping a story, and preparing a manuscript at Barnes & Noble Bookstore, 1565 Briargate Blvd. Thurs., Jan. 23, 7 p.m.
The Art of Conversation with the Independent's Kathryn Eastburn at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 730 N. Tejon St. Ms. Eastburn will discuss the ins and outs of journalism and some of her Domestic Bliss columns. Sun., Jan. 26, 6:30 p.m. 633-7717.
Colorado's Performance Poetry Festival will begin in Salida. Festival includes wandering troubadours, workshops, open poetry mics, performances and more. Thurs., Jan. 30 to Sun., Feb. 2. For tickets, info, and a brochure, go to www.allonecaravan.com or call 719/221-1588.
Poetry Open Mikes: On Sundays at Organic Earth Caf, 1124 Manitou Ave., 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. 685-0986. Every second Wednesday of the month at Utopia Caf, 117 E. Bijou St., 633-1080. Every third Tuesday of the month at Jack Quinn's, 21 S. Tejon St., 385-0766. All start at 8 p.m.
Freelance Writer Boot Camp, Cheyenne Executive Plaza, 108 E. Cheyenne Road. Local freelance writers and authors Steve Rabey, Wendy Burt and Steven Saint will lead seminars on query writing, researching freelance markets and article basics. Students will also receive on-the-spot critiques. Continental breakfast is included. $45. Sat., Feb. 22, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more, call 638-6876 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.