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ALEX SHOUMATOFF, author of "Legends of the American Desert" - a collection of essays that Kirkus Reviews has called "a definitive accomplishment" - will be in Utah this week. On Monday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. he will read from his book at the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art on the Utah State University campus. Admission is free (Call 752-9089). On Tuesday, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. he will be at the Waking Owl bookstore in Salt Lake City.

- CAROL LINCK, noted astrologer, will discuss Homeopathic Astrology as part of an ongoing series of lectures at Golden Braid Books, 151 S. 500 East. She will speak at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 13. Call 322-1162 for details.- CLAUDENE GORDON will speak to the Salt Lake Chapter of the League of Utah Writers on Tuesday, Oct. 14, 6:45 p.m. at the Salt Lake City Library. She will discuss the use of storytelling in short fiction. Call 947-0987.

- MARTHA NIBLEY PECK will sign copies of her book "Breaking Point" at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 14, at the Barnes & Noble store in Orem. On Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. she will be at the Barnes & Noble at 7119 S. 1300 East.

- NAN WEBER will read and sign copies of her book "Mattie: A Woman's Journey West" on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 7 p.m. at A Woman's Place Bookstore in Foothill Village. Call 583-6431.

- ROBERT DANA, noted Iowa poet, will read from his work on Thursday, Oct. 16, 7:30 p.m. as part of the City Art Reading Series at the Mount Tabor Lutheran Church, 175 S. 700 East. Dana has published 12 collections of verse and is the winner of a Pushcart Prize. Call 277-1510 for information.

- KATHLEEN FRASER, winner of both the Dylan Thomas and Frank O'Hara poetry prizes and the author of 12 collections of verse, will read on Thursday, Oct. 16, 7:30 p.m. at the Art Barn on Finch Lane, just below the University of Utah. For information call 596-5000.

- THE KING'S ENGLISH bookstore will play host to poet Bei Dao, historian Jonathon Spence and literary critic Rey Chow on Thursday, Oct. 16, at 6:30 p.m. They will answer questions and sign books. On Saturday, Oct. 18, at 11:30 a.m., graphic artist Traci O'Very Covey will be in the shop. Call 484-9100 for information.

- DAN CARLSRUH, author of the children's book "The Cannibals of Sunset Drive," will be the featured speaker at Boo!-books and Kids, a special edition of the Bibliotrek programs. Carlsruh will be at the Central Branch Library, 155 N. Wasatch Drive in Layton on Thursday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. For information call 547-0729.

- MAUDE ADAMS, the legendary frontier actress, will be the subject for the Thursday, Oct. 16, discussion of Notable Utah Women at The White Chapel, 150 E. 300 North. The noon lecture will be given by Rachelle Pace Castor.

- THE OQUIRRH WRITERS will meet at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 16, at the West Valley Center, 3600 S. 2700 West. Call 964-0861 for information about the organization and the evening's topic.

- MARILYN DARLEY WILLIAMS, winner of the 1997 Pearle M. Olsen Publication Award from the Utah State Poetry Society, will read from her book, "Red Rooster Cafe and Other Tales," at the Cooperview Community Center, 8446 South Harrison in Midvale, on Saturday, Oct. 18, at 7 p.m. For details call 277-5738.

- THE FOLKLORE SOCIETY OF UTAH will present its annual conference on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Nunemaker Place on the Westminster College campus in Salt Lake City. Fee for attending is $10. Cost includes a box lunch. William A. Wilson of BYU will keynote the event. For information call Anne Hatch at 533-5760.

- DEAN HUGHES, author of "Since You Went Away," will sign copies of his book on Friday, Oct. 17, at the ZCMI Center Deseret Book from noon to 2 p.m., then again at the Fort Union Deseret Book from 6-8 p.m. Call 474-2513 for information.