* During a presentation this week at Weber State University, Eric Swedin, a WSU associate professor of history, will analyze what could have happened if the Cuban Missile Crisis had led to war.
Swedin is the author of seven books, including "When Angels Wept: A What-if History of the Cuban Missile Crisis." The free event will be held at 7 p.m. Monday at the WSU Lindquist Alumni Center, 3848 Harrison Blvd., Ogden.
* Utah author Dan Wells reads from and signs his new teen novel "Partials," 6-8 p.m. Friday at Hastings, 340 E. 525 North, Harrisville. This is a free event.
* Utah author K.C. Grant reads from and signs her new suspense novel "Venom," 9-11 a.m. Saturday at Riverdale Seagull Book, 4031 Riverdale Road. Visit www.kcgrant.com for more information.
* Weber County Library begins a film and book discussion series, Healing Through the Ages: How Society Views Illness, on Thursday. The first session will be held at the Pleasant Valley Library, 5568 Adams Ave., Washington Terrace. The series begins at 6 p.m. with a screening of the documentary "Father Damien: Simple Courage, An Historical Portrait in the Age of AIDS." A discussion of the book "Molokai" by Rachel Kalama will be held at 7 p.m. at the library. The series is free and open to the public.
Author events this week at The King's English Bookshop include:
* Olympic figure skating gold medalist Kristi Yamaguchi reads from and signs her new picture book "It's a Big World, Little Pig!" at 6 p.m. Friday.
* Utah author Barbara Wheeler reads from and signs "When a Spouse Dies" at 2 p.m. Saturday.
These are free events at the bookshop, 1511 S. 1500 East, Salt Lake City.