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*COSine Science Fiction Convention, Clarion Hotel, 314 W. Bijou St. $35. Guests of honor are Sharon Lee and Steve Miller of the Liaden Universe series. Programming includes author talks, games and a regency dance. Jan. 20-22. Call 522-0484 for more.

Deni Signing, Celebrations Conscious Living Store, 2209 W. Colorado Ave. Free. Deni signs Michael's Message to Humanity: A Message of Hope and Love for this Time of Awakening on Sat., Jan. 21, 2-4 p.m. Call 634-1855 for more.

Beth Barrett Signing, Barnes and Noble Booksellers, 1565 Briargate Blvd. Free. Barrett signs High Drama: Colorado's Historic Theatres on Sat., Jan. 21, 2-4 p.m. Call 266-9960 for more.

COSine Regency Ball, Clarion Hotel, 134 W. Bijou Street. $5. Come dressed in your best Regency garb, or clothing from any other period, and dance the night away. Sat., Jan. 21, 7-10 p.m. Call 522-0484 for more.

Blue Streak Poetry Open Mike, Poor Richard's, 322 N. Tejon Street. Free. Come and read or just to listen. Tues., Jan. 24, 7-9 p.m. Call 477-1028 for more.

Publishing Your Own Children's Book, Business of Art Center, 515 Manitou Ave. $20. Learn to design a book project that works: inventing the concept, working with an illustrator and deciding the right format. Wed., Jan. 25, 7-8:30 p.m. Call Kenneth at 685-1861 ext. 31 for more.

Colorado College's Visiting Writer Series, featuring 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 is March 1. Call Jaye at 488-3580 for more.

Pikes Peak Library District is seeking papers for an upcoming symposium highlighting the life of Zebulon Montgomery Pike. The symposium, "Spare No Pains: Zebulon Pike and his 1806-1807 Expedition," will be held June 3. The deadline to submit papers is Feb. 1. Send proposals to Chris Nicholl, Symposium Co-chair, Pikes Peak Library District, P.O. Box 1579, Colorado Springs, CO 80901. For more info, e-mail cnicholl@ppld.org.

Colorado Sonnet Competition, for sonnets with a Colorado theme. No entry fee, deadline of Jan. 30. Call Jim at 282-0811 for more.

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