WAKING OWL BOOKS, 280 S. 1300 East, will host two readings this week. On Tuesday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m., Susan Palmer will read from her book "The Tabernacle Bar." On Thursday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m., Gerda Saunders and Kathryn Bond Stockton, prose writers, will be reading. Call 442-4823 for details.
- DESERET BOOK will sponsor several events this week. Among them: Dean Hughes, author of "Children of the Promise," signing books on Friday, Feb. 27, from noon to 2 p.m. at the store in the ZCMI Mall and Anita Hallman, author of "Self Preservation," offering a class on keeping scrapbooks on Friday, Feb. 27, at the ZCMI store at 8:30 p.m. Call 328-8191 to ask about registering.- TODD COMPTON, author of a book on the plural wives of Joseph Smith, will speak at an Intermountain Book Association banquet at the Jewish Community Center on Wednesday, Feb, 25, then will sign books at The Book Table in Logan at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 26 and Weller Books, 254 S. Main in Salt Lake City, on Saturday, Feb. 28 at 5 p.m.
- THE CITY ART READING SERIES continues this week with Chris Gleason and Bill Coles reading at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 26, at the Mount Tabor Lutheran Church, 175 S. 700 East. There will be an open reading afterward. Phone 277-1510.
- MARGARET WERTHEIM, noted science and technology writer, will speak on science in a social setting at the Weber State University Convocation on Thursday, Feb. 26, at 10:30 a.m. in the Shepherd Union. Call 626-6469 for details.
- BARNES & NOBLE BOOKSTORES will feature several events this week. Highlights include Susan Palmer signing "The Tabernacle Bar" on Thursday, Feb. 26, 7:30 p.m., at the downtown store, illustrator Rob Brown reading his children's book "Over the Sea to Skye" on Saturday, Feb. 28, 1 p.m. at the downtown store. Brown will create illustrations for kids to take home with them.
- THE NINTH ANNUAL COWBOY POETRY DO has been slated for the Bear River High School Auditorium, near Tremonton, on Saturday, Feb. 28. Sessions are scheduled for 4 and 7 p.m. There is no charge. There will also be a Dutch oven dinner from 5-7 p.m. in the school cafeteria at $8.50 a person. Call 257-5542 for info on the reading, 257-7399 for dinner reservations.
- ELDER JEFFREY R. HOLLAND and BRETT RAYMOND have been chosen for 1997 Deseret Book Excellence in Writing Awards. The company presents the awards to its writers and composers. Elder Holland is the author of "Christ and the New Covenant," Raymond is the composer of "First Light: Scenes from the Restoration, Vol. 1: 1820-1830." Ron Millet of Deseret Book read the citiations at the ceremony, saying Elder Holland's book is "destined to become a classic" and Raymond's work "has come from the deepest feelings of Brett's heart."