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DESERET BOOK has slated several book signings for LDS conference weekend. On Friday, April 3, at the flagship store in the ZCMI mall, Heisman-winning quarterback Ty Detmer will sign copies of "Ty: The Ty Detmer story" from 4 to 7 p.m.

On Saturday, April 4, several other authors will appear. From 4 to 5:30 p.m., shoppers can meet Louise Plummer, Sharon Downing, Douglas and Robert Clark and Michael Ballam; then from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Heidi Swinton, Pat Bagley and Barbara Smith will on hand.For times and locations of author appearances at other stores call 534-1515.

- THE MILE HIGH POETRY SOCIETY in Denver is sponsoring a spring poetry competition. There will be $500 in cash prizes. Send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Mile High Poetry Society, Box 21116, Denver, CO 80221

- THE UTAH ARTS FESTIVAL has announced the winners of its 1992 short-short story competition. First place went to Nicole Stansbury, who teaches at Salt Lake Community College, for "Some Women's Hair"; second was Darrell Spencer of Brigham Young University for "My Home State of Nevada"; and Logan's Gene Washington, a Utah State University professor, took third for "Peto Ugan."

The stories will appear in the 1992 Arts Festival program.

- WILFRED CARTEY, a literary critic and poet who wrote more than 14 books and taught at City College of New York and at Columbia University, has died at age 60 in New York. Cartey, who became blind as an adult but continued writing, was distinguished professor in black studies at City College, a post he had held since 1973. - Reuter News Service

- THE NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE has presented its annual awards. The winners are Jane Smiley in fiction for her novel "A Thousand Acres," Susan Faludi in non-fiction for "Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women," Philip Roth in biography for "Patrimony," Lawrence L. Langer in criticism for "Holocaust Testimonies: The Ruins of Memory," and Albert Goldbarth in poetry for "Heaven and Earth: A Cosmology."