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-BERNICE C. MOONEY and Monsignor Jerome C. Stoffel, the author and editor, respectively, of a new book on the two-century Catholic presence in Utah, will present a lecture and discussion on Sunday, Oct. 15, as part of the "Sunday Afternoon at the Marriott" books-and-authors series.

Their book, "Salt of the Earth: The History of the Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City, 1776-1987," traces the Catholic heritage from the explorations of Franciscan fathers Dominquez and Escalante through the establishment of the Vicariate of Utah and the Diocese of Salt Lake to the present day.The program, from 3-5 p.m. in the Marriott Library on the University of Utah campus, is presented by the Friends of the University of Utah Libraries and the Marriott Employees Staff Association. The series is funded in part by the Utah Endowment for the Humanities. For more information, call 581-8558.

-MARGARET ROSTKOWSKI and Lowell Jaeger will read from their works at Waking Owl Books, 208 S. 1300 East, at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18.

Jaeger is a Montana poet whose first book of poems, "War on War," published by the Utah State University Press, is a collection of responses by a conscientious objector to the Vietnam War.

The latest novel from Rostkowski, an Ogden writer, is "The Best of Friends," in which three Wasatch Front high-school students learn about friendship and independence; the Vietnam War serves as a backdrop.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 582-7323.

-A REMINDER that Mexican poet Octavio Paz will present the 11th annual Tanner Lecture on Human Values at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, in the U. Fine Arts Auditorium. Paz will consider the subject "Poetry and Modernity."

A panel discussion on "Perspectives on Modern and Postmodern Poetry" is planned to coincide with the Tanner Lecture, beginning at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, in the U. Alumni House. A bilingual reading of Paz poetry is scheduled at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, featuring Paz reading in Spanish and poet Mark Strand reading in English.

The Tanner Lectures are endowed by Obert C. Tanner, professor emeritus of philosophy at the U., and by Grace Adams Tanner.