* Kaysville native Christy Karras, author of "More Than Petticoats: Remarkable Utah Women" (Globe Pequot Press, 2010), speaks at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Eccles Community Art Center, 2580 Jefferson Ave., Ogden. She plans to share favorite stories about Utah women and answer questions. The event is free.
* Author and playwright Carol Lynn Pearson is in her home state of Utah this week, promoting a new book of poems, "Sweet Still Waters of Home: Inspiration for Mothers From the 23rd Psalm" (Cedar Fort). Her schedule includes an appearance at 10 a.m. Tuesday on "Good Things Utah" on KTVX Channel 4, and a 7 p.m. reading that same day at the Bountiful/Davis Art Center, 745 S. Main St.
Now living in northern California, Pearson is probably best known for "Goodbye, I Love You," about her life and marriage with a gay man who died of AIDS. For more information and her complete schedule -- she will also be doing a reading and signing at 2 p.m. Saturday at The King's English Bookshop, 1511 S. 1500 East, Salt Lake City -- visit sweetstillwatersofhome.com.
* Emily Wing Smith, of Salt Lake City, reads from her young-adult novel "Back When You Were Easier to Love" (Dutton Juvenile, 2011) at 7 p.m. Thursday at The King's English Bookshop, 1511 S. 1500 East, Salt Lake City. The event is free.
* Five authors of books about dogs participate in a panel discussion at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Blind Dog Restaurant, 1251 Kearns Blvd, Park City. Participating are Patti Sherlock ("A Dog for All Seasons," Thomas Dunne Books, 2010), of Idaho Falls; and Park City authors Bobbie Pyron ("A Dog's Way Home," Katherine Tegen Books, 2011), Corinne Humphrey ("Shoot for the Moon," Chronicle Books, 2011), Juli-Anne Warll (who published the photography book "Park City: Dog Town USA"), and Jeanine Heil (who published "Stetson: Street Dog of Park City").
Book signings, a drawing and a silent auction follow the panel. Tickets are $35, available online at www.foautah.org. Proceeds from the event benefit the animals at Friends of Animals Utah.
* Deadline for submissions to the Utah Division of Arts & Museums 53rd annual Utah Original Writing Contest is June 30.
The seven contest categories are novel, biography/autobiography/nonfiction, book-length collection of fictional short stories, young-adult fiction or nonfiction for readers age 13-18 (including compilations of stories); poetry collections for adults, fictional short stories for adults and nonfictional personal essays for adults.