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-TWO LITERARY EVENTS are on tap for June 2.

From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Kate Woodworth will be at the King's English bookstore to sign copies of her new novel, "Racing into the Dark." Call 484-9100 for information.At 7 p.m. at the Woman's Place Bookstore, Patricia McConnel will be reading from her recently published collection of short stories, "Sing Soft, Sing Loud." Call 583-6431 for information.

-RAYMOND CARVER was a poor student with poor prospects when he graduated from Yakima High School in Yakima, Wash., in 1956.

Now his stories are taught in English classes, and this week the late author became one of only two graduates of the school to be honored with a permanent display.

The other is former U.S. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas, another maverick who rose to prominence from low beginnings.

The homemade, wood-framed memorial to Carver, who died of cancer at age 50 last year, contains a photograph, some of his poetry, some of his fishing lures, a fountain pen, a white rose and a handwritten note. - Associated Press

-COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY has awarded the 1989 Bancroft Prizes in American history to Eric Foner and Edmund S. Morgan.

Foner was cited for "Reconstruction: America's Unfinished Revolution 1863-77" and Morgan for "Inventing the People: The Rise of Popular Sovereignty in England and America."

Each author received a prize of $4,000. - Associated Press

-MARGOT ZEMACH, the illustrator or author of more than 40 children's books, has died of Lou Gehrig's disease in Berkeley, Calif. She was 57.

Her books included "Duffy and the Devil," "The Judge," "A Penny a Look" and "It Could Always Be Worse."

She won the Caldecott Medal in 1974. - Associated Press