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MARTHA SONNTAG BRADLEY, author of "Sandy City - The First 100 Years," will discuss her book at the Sandy Library, 10100 S. Petunia Way, at 7 p.m. Monday, July 12. The lecture is free. For information call 943-4636.

- MARILYN ARNOLD, retired dean of graduate studies at Brigham Young University, will discuss "Willa Cather: The Exploration of a Writer's Mind" at A Woman's Place Bookstore in the Cottonwood Mall at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 14. Legal restrictions prohibit the publication of Cather's letters, and Arnold has traveled wide to study them. For information call 583-6431.- THE MAUD MAY BABCOCK READING ARTS SOCIETY will present an evening of "Readings in the Garden" at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 15, at the Red Butte Garden amphitheater. There will be 17 oral interpreters of essays, poems and stories. All were winners in the 1992 League of Utah Writers contest. For information call 467-


- HELEN HUGHES VICK, author of the youth fiction novel "Walker of Time," will sign copies of her book on Saturday, July 17, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Deseret Book at the University Mall in Orem. For information call 224-0055.

- LOUIS BEGLEY, a lawyer-turned-novelist, has been elected president of the American Center of PEN, the worldwide organization of writers. Begley, 59, whose "Wartime Lies" won a National Book Award and the Hemingway Foundation Award in 1991, succeeds Edmund Keeley, professor of English and creative Writing at Princeton University. Other past presidents include Norman Mailer, Larry McMurtry, Susan Sontag, Bernard Malamud and Jerzy Kosinksi.

- ROBERT JAMES WALLER may never have intended to become a novelist, but now that he has he doesn't intend to be a one-book author.

He's already working on several others.

Until the plot of "The Bridges of Madison County" popped into his mind, Waller says, "I'd never thought about writing fiction. It wasn't part of my life's plan.

"I'd never heard of Warner Books, never looked at the New York Times best-seller list. I read professional stuff and nonfiction books."

His second novel, "Slow Waltz at Cedar Bend," set in Iowa and India, is finished. It will be published Nov. 4 and already has been optioned by 20th Century Fox.

- Associated Press

- SCOTT TUROW, Joyce Carol Oates, Calvin Trillin and other writers have agreed to use their words to fight hunger.

They are taking part in "Writers Harvest: The National Reading." The fund-raising event is organized by the nonprofit group Share Our Strength.

Share Our Strength hopes to organize 200 readings in the United States and Canada on Oct. 5. Tickets will be $10 for adults, $5 for students.

Last year, 480 writers in 85 cities took part in the first Writers Harvest, which raised $44,000.

Novelist Frederick Busch came up with the idea and is the project's chairman.

- Associated Press