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Questioning Minds lecture by U. professor

The Forum for Questioning Minds announces a lecture by Nalini M. Nadkarni. Her presentation is on "preachers, poets and prisoners as partners in scientific research and communication on plants and animals of the forest canopy." Nadkarni is a professor at the University of Utah and has been involved in research on the forest canopy in Costa Rica and Washington state. She will focus on the ecological roles of canopy-dwelling plants and animals.

When • Dec. 11, 2-3 p.m.

Where • Main Library, 210 E. 400 South, Salt Lake City

Info • Free.

'Tiger Saga' author reads at King's English

The King's English Bookshop will host a book signing and reading with Colleen Houck, author of The New York Times bestselling Tiger Saga: Tiger's Curse.

When • Dec. 14, 6 p.m.

Info • Free.

Mormon poet honored with Governor's Mansion award

Local author Emma Lou Thayne was awarded the Utah Governor's Mansion Artist Award for her literary accomplishments. This marks the first time the honor has been given for literature. The new category was added to the performing and visual arts awards. Thayne has published 14 books of poetry, essays, fiction and recently wrote her spiritual autobiography, The Place of Knowing. It centers on anecdotes that describe her near-death experience and provide insight into the spirit. She is regarded as one of the most influential authors of Mormon poetry, and has received the David O. McKay Humanities Award, the Association for Mormon Letters award for poetry and an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Utah.

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