Literary notes

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Seeing eye double: Phoenix author and Brigham Young University grad Stephenie Meyer's new sci-fi novel, The Host, is flying off Salt Lake City bookshelves. But if the beautifully designed cover strikes you as familiar, you're right. A similar goldenrod-colored image of the right side of a woman's face and one intriguing eye graced the cover of Walter Mosley's Blonde Faith, the acclaimed writer's 10th Easy Rawlins mystery, which was released last year. Both books were published by Little, Brown, although different designers (Mario J. Pulice for Mosley's, Julianna Lee for Meyer's) are credited for the covers.

Meet Macomber: Debbie Macomber, New York Times best selling author of Twenty Wishes, will offer a reading and sign books Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Borders, 32 E. Winchester, Murray, and Wednesday at 5 p.m. at The Wool Cabin, 2020 E. 300 South #11, Salt Lake City. There will be a meet-and-greet with Macomber Wednesday from 7:30-8:30 p.m. at The Wool Cabin. Call 801-466-1811 to reserve a spot.

Lucky break: The King's English Bookshop, 1511 S. 1500 East, Salt Lake City, will hold a book signing by Ellis Avery, author of The Teahouse Fire, Tuesday at 7 p.m. Australian mountaineer Lincoln Hall will discuss his book, Dead Lucky, Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the bookshop. Hall collapsed from altitude sickness at the summit of Mount Everest, where the other members of his expedition had left him for dead. Two Sherpas spent hours trying to revive him and were advised to descend the mountain to save themselves.

Read it off: The City Library announces its Summer Reading Program, which begins Saturday and runs through Aug. 16 at all locations. Kids 15 and younger with a library card can sign up to "read down" their fines: For every 20 minutes you read, $1 will be removed off your overdue fines. Older kids can read to younger kids for credit. Sign up at any service desk and a staff member will time your reading. The program also offers a variety of other prizes for summer reading.