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LESTER NIELSEN, author of "The Padded Girdle," will sign copies of his book, Tuesday, 7 p.m., Barnes & Noble, Jordan Landing, 7157 S. Plaza Center Drive, West Jordan.

SHARON ALDERMAN, weaver and author of "Mastering Weave Structures: Transforming Ideas into Great Cloth," will discuss and sign copies of her book, Wednesday, 6-8 p.m., 2800 E. Oquirrh Drive (1200 South) (272-1344).

NANCY HILLS will read from the work of Pam Houston, and JANAKAY LUNSTAD will read from the work of Stephanie Rosenfeld about "River Adventures" during a dramatic taped session, Friday, 7 p.m., Ken Sanders Rare Books, 268 S. 200 East. The public is invited. The recorded program will air at 8 p.m., July 6, on Utah Public Radio.

DIANA SPENCER, professor of English and dean of humanities, Snow College, will discuss "Heartburn and Heartache: Digestion and Disease among Shakespearean Characters," Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Robber's Roost Bookstore, Main Street, Torrey. Spencer will talk about how diet and weather affected the behavior of Shakespearean characters.

SUSAN VREELAND, writer of historical fiction and author of "The Forest Lover"; BERNARD COOPER, art critic, Los Angeles Times, and author of "The Bill from My Father," a memoir; KENT NELSON, novelist and short-story writer, author of "Land That Moves, Land That Stands Still"; and KEVIN McILVOY, novelist and short-story writer and author of "The Fifth Station," will be among the writers teaching sessions at the annual Writers at Work conference to be held Tuesday-Saturday on the campus of Westminster College (www.writersatwork.org or call 532-7274).

JULIE JENSEN, playwright; LOUIS BORGENICHT, pediatrician and writer; STEVE DUNCAN, screenwriter; and HELENA VIRAMONTES, writer, will participate in a panel discussion, "Too Hot to Handle: Politics in Writing," Saturday, 1:30-3 p.m., Malouf 201, Westminster College, part of the Writers at Work conference.

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