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REBECCA WOOD, author of "The New Whole Foods Encyclopedia," will discuss and sign copies of her book Wednesday, Aug. 30, 7-8 p.m. at Borders Books, Crossroads Plaza.

STEPHEN AMBROSE, noted historian and author of "Nothing Like it in the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad, 1865-1869," will read from his book and answer questions Thursday, Sept. 7, 7 p.m., University of Utah Art & Architecture Auditorium. Tickets are $5, or free with the purchase of any Ambrose book from Sam Weller's Books.

STEPHANIE DAVIS, author of "Nine Steps to Your New Home," will sign copies of her book Saturday, Sept. 9, 12-2 p.m., Deseret Book, Valley Fair Mall.

ROSS PETERSON, USU history professor and author, will speak on "George Washington: The Preparation of a Founding Father," Wednesday, Sept. 13, 7 p.m., Brigham City Library, 26 E. Forest St., in connection with a national traveling exhibit, "The Great Experiment: George Washington and the American Republic," sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Huntington Library and the American Library Association.

KATHRYN MACKAY, Weber State historian, will read and discuss "Citizen Washington," by William Martin, Thursday, Sept. 14, 7 p.m., also at the Brigham City Library.

ELLEN MELOY, author of two books on the Colorado Plateau, "The Last Cheater's Waltz" and "Raven's Exile: A Season of the Green River," and ANN WEILER WALKA,naturalist, poet and author of "Waterlines: Journeys on a Desert River," will lead "Artful Life: Southwest Writing and Drawing Workshop for Women Only" at Recapture Lodge, in Bluff, Oct. 3-8. The participants' goal is to create a journal recording this remarkable place and experience, including field assignments exploring life and landscape. For more information, call 1-800-525-4456.

FUND-RAISING BOOK FAIR for Amnesty International, Thursday, Aug. 31, 6-10 p.m., Barnes & Noble, 612 E. 400 South.

THE LEAGUE OF UTAH WRITERS will hold its annual writing conference, Friday, Sept. 15 and Saturday, Sept. 16, Salt Lake Airport Hilton Hotel. Open to anyone with interest in writing. A literary agent and eight nationally published authors will discuss fiction, non-fiction, poetry and how to market one's writing. For more information, call 801-840-9366 or e-mail Crofts@numucom.com.