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WRITERS’ COMINGS AND GOINGS LAVISH STATE WITH LITERATURE

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Let's call this "Blurbs from the Book Beat" or "Literati Litter" - a collection of anecdotes from the local writing scene:

* GETTING WITH THE PROGRAM: Karen Brennan, a fiction writer who gets four-star, thumbs-up reviews from local writers David Kranes and Franklin Fisher as both a teacher and a prose stylist, has joined the faculty of the University of Utah creative writing program. She replaces Larry Levis, who was last seen heading East.

* MOAB: David Lee, Utah's working-man bard, is in Moab this weekend making some tapes of his poetry readings. Lee filled and thrilled the Kimball Arts Center at the Writers at Work Conference in Park City with his brand of West Texas dialogue and dialect. Now you can soon get all that saucy language and twang on Memorex.

* MOAB II: Moab resident Robert Fulghum, author of "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten" and the new "Maybe (Maybe Not)," has just enough of the old Unitarian minister in him that he's staged a 22-city reading tour designed to help his favorite causes. Salt Lake City's on the list for Nov. 18. Fulghum will be raising money for the Lowell Bennion Community Service Center. Moab's not on the list, however. Perhaps a prophet's not a prophet etc., etc.

* TIMING: Nancy Pollard, a first-rate researcher, has just released a book about destructive patterns in relationships. Unfortunately the title is "What's Love Got to Do With It?" - the same as the new movie about singer Tina Turner. (You can't copyright titles.)

Other writers have suffered similar strokes of bad luck. Utah's Ivy Ruckman began marketing her young adult novel "No Way Out" the very day theaters began showing the Kevin Costner-Gene Hackman thriller of the same name. And the title of Ruckman's novel about visitors from outer space, "Encounter," looked derivative of Spielberg's "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," though she'd written her book years before.

* ONCE MORE WITH FEELING: Wallace Stegner's gone, but he left behind this quote in "Where the Bluebird Sings to the Lemonade Springs:"

That is essentially the whole story: I grew up western and the very first time I moved out of the West I realized what it meant to me. The rest is documentary detail.