A WOMAN'S PLACE BOOKSTORE in Foothill Village will feature several events this week. Today at 2 p.m., the store will celebrate Mother's Day with readings by Gerda Saunders, a University of Utah fiction writer, and Barry Scholl, editor of Salt Lake City Magazine. At 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, Rebecca Wells will read. Mindy Marin will read on Thursday, May 15, at 7 p.m. Call 583-6431 for details.

- DAVE WOLVERTON, celebrated science fiction writer, will discuss the art of writing at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, at the Salt Lake County Complex, Room 4010. The session is sponsored by the Fiction Writers Group and is free. Call 943-7167.- CITY ART continues its weekly reading series, with Sandy Anderson and Neil Hollands doing the honors. The reading is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 15, at Mount Tabor Lutheran Church, 175 S. 700 East. For information call 277-1510.

- ROBERT A. GOLDBERG, a history professor at the University of Utah, will discuss the life and times of Esther Rosenblatt Landa, a leader in Salt Lake's Jewish Community, as part of the Brown Bag Series on prominent Utah women. His presentation is at noon Thursday, May 15, at the White Memorial Chapel on Capitol Hill. Call 533-3545.

- THE UTAH PEN WOMEN are celebrating their centennial. On Thursday, May 15, at 2:30 p.m., Gov. Mike Leavitt will sign a proclamation naming May as National League of American Pen Women Month. On Friday, May 16, from 2-4 p.m., a reception will be held at the Governor's Mansion to honor the organization's national president, Elaine Waidelich. The Pen Women will hold a spring conference on May 16 at the Riverboat Restaurant, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call 295-2894 for information.

- KATHARINE COLES will read from her poetry at 7 p.m. Friday, May 16, at In the Company of Friends bookstore in Logan. Call 752-9089.

- MANUCHER and ROXANNE FARMANFARMAIAN, authors of "Blood and Oil" - the memoirs of a Persian prince - will read and sign copies of their book at 7 p.m. Friday, May 16, at Waking Owl Books, 208 S. 1300 East, and at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 17, at The King's English Book Shop, 1511 S. 1500 East. Call Waking Owl at 582-7323 or King's English at 484-9100.

- BARNES & NOBLE BOOKSTORES have a big week planned. The Orem store, 330 E. 1300 South, will have a Family Extravaganza from 5-9 p.m. Saturday, May 17. Participants will include Larry Gelwix (5 p.m.), Karla Erickson (6 p.m.), Dr. Bernard Poduska (7 p.m.) and H. Wallace Goodard (8 p.m.).

The Sandy store will feature Wade Brackenbury and a slide show of his trek through Tibet. He will be in the store Friday, May 16, at 7:30 p.m. Karla Erickson will be in the Sandy store on Saturday, May 17, at 1 p.m. for her "Raising a Writer" seminar. Call 233-0203.

- SAUL BELLOW, at the age of 81, is embarking on his third literary magazine as editor.

Published just this month, the magazine is called News From the Republic of Letters, and the co-editor is Bellow's old friend and collaborator, Keith Botsford. The first issue has an excerpt from an unpublished Bellow novel called "View From Intensive Care" and excerpts from the works of other authors, including Emilio Lascano Tegui, an Argentine making his first appearance in English, the Israeli writer John Auerbach and the late Italian writer Arturo Loria.

- New York Times News Service