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EMMA LOU THAYNE, one of the best and brightest of regional voices, will read from her new book, "Things Happen: Poems of Survival" at 7:30 p.m. July 2 at Frost Books in Foothill Village.

For information call 582-8428.- BANTAM BOOKS won the high-priced bidding war to publish the memoirs of Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf.

Schwarzkopf, commander of U.S. forces in the Persian Gulf war, could receive more than $5 million for the as-yet untitled autobiography, according to a published report.

He will begin working with a writer, who has not yet been chosen, after his Aug. 31 retirement from the Army, Bantam said.

Schwarzkopf's agent, Marvin Josephson, said five publishers had made offers, but neither he nor Bantam would divulge terms of the deal, which includes both domestic and world rights. (AP)

- A COLLECTION of 29 letters written by author Lewis Carroll to a little girl named Agnes Hull sold for 126,500 pounds ($206,000), four times the pre-sale estimate, Christie's said.

"The price was remarkable but Carroll is very popular and as his works were translated into so many languages there are keen collectors around the world," said Susan Adams, the auctioneers' spokeswoman.

Carroll is famous for his stories "Alice in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking-Glass," written for another little girl, Alice Liddell.

The letters are full of jokes, riddles, poems and invitations to meet and go to the theater. They were first published in 1979. (AP)

- NOVELIST KURT VONNEGUT and photographer-author Jill Krementz are divorcing after 11 years of marriage.

Vonnegut said he and Krementz, 51, will share custody of their daughter, Lily. Vonnegut, 68, is the author of "Slaughterhouse Five."

It was Vonnegut's second marriage. (AP)