DESERET BOOK will sponsor some pre-Christmas specials this week. From 4-5:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 19, composer Michael McLean will be at the Cottonwood Mall store. From 6-8 p.m. he will be at Fashion Place. From 7-9 p.m. recording artist Marie Pearson will be at the Fort Union store. Eleanor Knowles, author of the new Howard W. Hunter biography, will be at the ZCMI Center store from noon to 1:30 on Thursday, Dec. 22.

- THE UTAH STATE ARCHIVES is taking entries for its writing competition. To observe the centennial of the Utah State Constitution, Utah students who have studied Utah history can submit a paper on the theme "Utah's Constitution and Your Rights." Winners in the elementary, middle school, high school and college level will receive $100 savings bonds. Deadline is Feb. 22, 1995. Entry forms have been sent to schools and can be picked up there, or by calling Wanda Mae Robinson at 538-3012.