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Merrill Feitell Reading, CC Gates Common Room, 1025 N. Cascade Ave. Free. Feitell, author of Here Beneath Low-Flying Planes, will read from her works. Thurs., July 6, 7:30 p.m. Call 389-6098 or visit artsfestival.coloradcollege.edu for more.

Exploring Lives & Cultures Book Discussion Group, East Library, Conference Room II, 5550 N Union Blvd. Free. Attend a discussion on Turner Bachrach's Sugar's Life in the Hood: The Story of a Former Welfare Mother. Fri., July 7, 10-11:30 a.m. Call 597-7161 for more.

First Friday American Icon 2 Novelists Readings, Cottonwood Artists' School, classroom A, 25 Cimino Drive. Presenting an evening of celebrity-judged aspiring novelist readings; participate or attend by RSVP. Fri., July 7, 6-10 p.m. Visit ppwc.net for more.

Robert James Luedke Signing, Heroes and Dragons, 750 Citadel Mall. Luedke will sign his recently released graphic novel, Eye Witness: Acts of the Spirit. Sat., July 8, 1-2:30 p.m. Call 550-9570 for more.

Blue Steak Poetry Open Mic, Rico's Caf and Wine Bar, 322 N. Tejon St. Free. Participate or just listen. Mon., July 10, 7-9 p.m. Call 200-4268 for more.

Adult Great Books Reading & Discussion Group, Penrose Public Library, 20 N. Cascade Ave. Discussing Alice Munro's Boys and Girls. Thurs., July 13, 6:45-8:45 p.m. Call 531-6333, ext. 1206 for more.

Thin Air Poetry Slam and Open Mic, Smokebrush Gallery, 218 W. Colorado Ave., suite 102. Free. July slam, Sat., July 15, 7:30-10 p.m. Call 444-1012 for more.

"The 'W' Plot ... or the Other White Meat for Plotters, Cottonwood Artists' School, 25 Cimino Drive. $10 for non-members. Featuring a writing workshop with Karen Docter to learn the W plotting technique. Sat., July 15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit pprw.org to reserve a spot.

Eric Schlosser Book Signing Bash and Fundraiser, The Ranch Steakhouse & Market, 575 W. Garden of the Gods Road. $60. The Fast Food Nation author will sign books during an evening of dining and socializing to raise funds for injured packing plant workers. Thurs., July 20, 6 p.m. Call Randy at 593-1955 to make a reservation.

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