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'Road to Peace' (means abolishing war)

The Forum of Questioning Minds presents a lecture from Andy Schoenberg, professor of bioengineering and rehab medicine at the University of Utah. In 2002 he received the Gandhi Peace Award for his work in promoting peace and human rights. His presentation, "Road to Peace — Abolish War?", will look at the causes of war and the steps individuals and nations can take to establish a more just and peaceful world.

When • Sunday, March 25, at 2 p.m.

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

Info • Free

Utah authors win Western Writers of America Spur Awards

Rod Miller, of Sandy, has won the Spur Award for Best Western Poem from the Western Writers of America for "Tabula Rasa" from his collection Things a Cowboy Sees and Other Poems. He will also receive a Spur Award for Best Western Short Story for "The Death of Delgado" from the anthology The Traditional West. Salt Lake City historian Will Bagley's book The Mormon Rebellion: America's First Civil War, 1857-1858, written with co-author David L. Bigler, earned the Spur Award for Best Nonfiction Historical. Bagley previously won a Spur Award for his landmark book The Blood of the Prophets.A book from University of Utah Press,The Bitterroot and Mr. Brandborg, won the Spur Award for Best Western Nonfiction Contemporary. The book was written by Frederick H. Swanson, Salt Lake City, and edited for the press by Peter DeLafosse. Spur Awards have been given annually since 1953 for writing about the American West.

Drawing up a story

The Orem Public Library will host a graphic-novel panel as part of the Library's Orem Writes event series. Panelists include Nate Hale, acclaimed illustrator of Rapunzel's Revenge; Jake Parker, illustrator of Missile Mouse and Michael Chabon's Awesome Man; Jess Smiley, writer and illustrator of Upside Down: A Vampire Tale; and Brandon Dayton, writer/illustrator of Green Monk, one of YALSA's top 10 Great Teen Graphic Novels of 2011. They will discuss the art and writing behind some of today's hottest graphic novels.

When • Wednesday, March 28, at 7 p.m.

Where • Orem Library, 58 N. State St.

Info • Free

Fantasy and horror fiction writers

Best-selling authors Sherrilyn Kenyon, Robert McCammon, Joe R. Lansdale, P.N. Elrod and Rick Hautala will read from and sign copies of their books, an event that's part of the World Horror Convention, taking place at the Radisson Hotel from March 29-April 1.

When • Thursday, March 29, at 7 p.m.

Where • Columbus Library, 2530 S. 500 East, South Salt Lake

Info • Free. Call 801-943-4636.

'Muse' this: Ghost stories for adults

Author Gregory L. Norris will read from his just-published collection of ghost stories, The Fierce and Unforgiving Muse. The book weighs in at 175,000 words, Norris reports, is currently the No. 1 selling short-story collection on Amazon's Kindle list, and was blurbed by actor Kate Mulgrew (Captain Janeway on "Star Trek: Voyager"). It's also part of the World Horror Convention, which draws industry's publishers, editors, writers, agents, actors and fans. On Saturday, March 31, the convention will host the 25th annual Bram Stoker Awards Ceremony.

When • Reading on Friday, March 30, 10:30 p.m.; free

Where • Radisson Hotel, 215 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City

More • The convention runs through April 1, and registration is $150 for the weekend, with one-day memberships also available. An autograph signing is free on Friday night, while an Art Show and Vendor's Room will also be open to the public. Visit for conference schedule.

Young-adult adventure, plus camping with kids

The King's English Bookshop will hold several readings and book signings.

When • Wednesday, March 28, 7 p.m.: Husband-and-wife writing/illustrating team J&P Voelkel will read from and sign the first two books in their The Jaguar Stones series — Middleworld and The End of the World Club.

When • Thursday, March 29, 7 p.m.: Michael Grant will sign his new adventure novel for young adults, BZRK.

When • Saturday, March 31, 4 p.m.: Travel and skiing writer Helen Olsson will give a family workshop featuring her book The Down and Dirty Guide to Camping with Kids: How to Plan Memorable Family Adventures and Connect Kids to Nature.

Where • The King's English Bookshop, 1511 S. 1500 East, Salt Lake City

Info • Free.

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