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Colorado College's Visiting Writer Series, featuring Kevin McIlvoy on Thurs., Nov. 10; An Evening of Music and Poetry on Thurs., Nov. 17; Josip Novakovich on Thurs., Dec. 8; Demetria Martinez on Thurs., Feb. 2; Jay Parini on Thurs., Feb. 23; Philip Levine on Thurs., March 9; David Foster Wallace on Thurs., April 6; Chris Bachelder on Mon., April 17; Jim Moore on Thurs., April 27; Peter Matthiessen on Thurs., May 4. All at 7 p.m. Call 389-6853 for more.

Pikes Peak Branch NLAPW Flash Fiction Contest: write a complete short story in no more than 100 words. Open to all ages and genres. Deadline March 1. Call Jaye at 488-3580 for more.

John Fielder Signing, Colorado Springs Senior Center, 1514 N. Hancock Ave. Free. John fielder presents his new book, Colorado 1870-2000 II, conducts a slide show presentation and speaks about his photography. Thurs., Oct. 27, 7-9 p.m. Call 634-7395 for more.

Black Cat Books Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening, 720 Manitou Ave., Manitou Springs, 685-1589. Featuring pumpkin carving, food, cider and a live performance by the Mark Jackson Blues Band. Sat., Oct. 28, 11 a.m. Call 685-1589 for more.

Lee Kline Signing of Colorado Wildlife Portfolio at Borders, 2120 Southgate Rd., on Sat., Oct. 29, 1-3 p.m. He signs at Borders at 1710 Briargate Blvd., on Sat., Oct. 29, 4-6 p.m. Call 800/821-3874 for more.

Live Naked Poetry, OpticalReverb at Phantom Canyon, 2 E. Pikes Peak Ave. $2. A poetry open mike for those who want to read, or just come listen. Sun., Oct. 30, 7-10 p.m. Call 477-1028 for more.

Pikes Peak Writers Contest, with a variety of categories to compete in. A contest for unpublished writers, with cash awards. Entries due by Nov. 1. Visit ppwc.net/contest.html for more.

R.A. Salvatore Signing, Media Play, 7720 N. Academy Blvd. Free. New York Times best selling author Salvatore signs and discusses Promise of the Witch-King. Thurs., Nov. 3, 7-8 p.m. Call 860-6800 for more.

Exploring Lives & Cultures Reading Group, East Library's conference room 1, 5550 E. Union Blvd. Free. Members of the American Association of University Women lead discussion on The Trickster and the Troll by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve. Fri., Nov. 4, 10-11 a.m. Call 535-2646 for more.

Meet the Authors Signings, Old Colorado City History Center, 1 S. 24th St. Free. Featuring authors Nancy Atherton, Kathy Brandt, Leland Feitz, Charles Rush, Angel Strong Smits and Sharon Swint at a reception and signing. Sun., Nov. 6, 2-4 p.m. Call 636-1225 for more.

John Fielder Signing, All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 730 N. Tejon St. Free, a portion of sales will be donated to the Pikes Peak chapter of the Sierra Club. Fielder, photographer and conservationist, speaks and signs his books. Tues., Nov. 8, 7 p.m. Call 481-0085 for more.

Emerson, Thoreau and Environmental Ethics, CC's Palmer Hall, Gates Common Room, 1025 N. Cascade Ave. Free. Explore the roots of America's environmental consciousness. Wed., Nov. 9, 7:30-9 p.m. Call 471-0910 ext. 105 for more.

Thin Air Poetry Slam, Cedars Lounge, 3125 Sinton Road. Free. Open to the public, all ages welcome. Every Tuesday, doors open at 7 p.m., slam begins at 7:30 sharp. Call 573-6820 or visit thinairpoetryslam.com for more.

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