* San Diego author Joanna Brooks discusses and signs copies of her book "The Book of Mormon Girl" (Free Press, $14) 7 p.m. Thursday at Weller Book Works, 607 Trolley Square, Salt Lake City. This is a free event.
Brooks' memoir tells her story growing up in a devout LDS home where she felt like "a root beer among the Cokes." The book recounts her admiration and love of the faith, but also details her struggles with some of the tenets of the religion and her subsequent excommunication from the church.
Brooks is a national voice on Mormon life and politics, an award-winning scholar of religion and American culture, and the author or editor of five books. She has been a guest on NPR's "All Things Considered" and "Talk of the Nation," "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart and other national programs. She has also been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, the CNN Belief Blog, and the Huffington Post. She is senior correspondent for the online magazine ReligionDispatches.org and offers answers to seekers of all stripes at her own site AskMormonGirl.com.
* Tibet native Anyen Rinpoche, master teacher of Tibetan Buddhist practices, discusses and signs copies of his book "Journey to Certainty" (Wisdom Publications, $17.95) 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Golden Braid Books, 151 S. 500 East, Salt Lake City. This is a free event.
* Utah author and Newbery Prize winner Shannon Hale has several book signing events this week to celeberate the release of her new book "Princess Academy: Palace of Stone" (Bloomsbury USA, $13.99). The free events include:
-- 7 p.m. Tuesday, The King's English Bookshop, 1511 S. 1500 East, Salt Lake City.
-- 5:30 p.m. Friday, Deseret Book, 45 W. South Temple, Salt Lake City
-- 10:30 a.m.-noon Saturday, Deseret Book, 135 N. 545 West, Bountiful
-- 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Deseret Book, 1110 Fort Union Blvd., Midvale
-- 5:30-7 p.m. Saturday, Deseret Book, 1076 S. 750 East, Orem.
* Weber County Library hosts its Annual Book and Surplus Property Sale 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at its North branch, 475 E. 2600 North, North Ogden. The sale includes a vast array of books. Paperbacks are 25 cents and hardbacks are 75 cents. A bag of books is $1 after 4 p.m. Visit www.weberpl.org for more information.