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Davidson College

704-894-2254. www.davidson.edu.

Sept. 9: Brian Turner ("Here, Bullet"), 7:30 p.m., Duke Family Performance Hall.

Sept. 23: Pulitzer Prize-winner Junot Díaz ("The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao"), 7:30 p.m., Duke Family Performance Hall. Free, but tickets required.

Oct. 7: Poet D.A. Powell ("Cocktails"), 5 p.m., Carolina Inn.

Nov. 8: Food writers and editors celebrate "Cornbread Nation: The Best of Southern Food Writing," 7 p.m., Chambers Building. Free for members of the Levine Museum and Davidson Friends of the Arts, $10 for others. Includes reception.

Feb. 10: Davidson College English professors Shireen Campbell ("Frogheart") and Alan Michael Parker ("Whale Man"), 7:30 p.m., C. Shaw Smith 900 Room, Alvarez College Union.

March 17: Davidson College's Alan Michael Parker, an English professor, and Herb Jackson, an art professor, present an art and literature event titled "10 Days," 7:30 p.m., C. Shaw Smith 900 Room, Alvarez College Union.

May 2: U.S. Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin ("Migration: New and Selected Poems"), 8 p.m., Duke Family Performance Hall. Free, but tickets required.

Gardner-Webb University

www.soappculture.com.

Oct. 2: Ron Rash ("Serena"), 7 p.m., Blanton Auditorium.

Johnson C. Smith University

Free. www.jcsu.edu.

Nov. 3: Joan Morgan ("When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost"), 6:30 p.m., Biddle Hall.

Lenoir-Rhyne University

Hickory. Free. www.lr.edu/visiting writers .

Sept. 16: Three poets - N.C. Poet Laureate Cathy Smith Bowers, Joan McBreen of Sligo, Ireland, and Lenoir-Rhyne visiting poet Rhett Iseman Trull - read and discuss their work, 7 p.m., P.E. Monroe Auditorium. A reception with Irish music and book signings follows.

Sept. 30: A.J. Jacobs ("The Year of Living Biblically"), 7 p.m., P.E. Monroe Auditorium.

Oct. 7: Luis Alberto Urrea ("The Devil's Highway"), 7 p.m., Belk Centrum.

Oct. 28: John Granger ("Harry Potter's Bookshelf: The Great Books behind the Hogwarts Adventures"), 7 p.m., Belk Centrum.

Nov. 2: U.S. Poet Laureate W.S. Merwin ("Migration: New and Selected Poems"), 7 p.m., Belk Centrum.

Feb. 3: Playwright-in-residence Amina McIntyre ("Most Eligible Bachelor"), 7 p.m., Belk Centrum.

Feb. 24: Kevin Young ("Jelly Roll: A Blues"), 7 p.m., Belk Centrum. He will be joined on stage by jazz and experimental musicians.

March 31: David Baldacci ("The Whole Truth"), 7 p.m., P.E. Monroe Auditorium. Baldacci will sign books 4:30-5:30 p.m. at the Patrick Beaver Public Library.

April 9: Deborah Wiles ("Each Little Bird That Sings"), noon, P.E. Monroe Auditorium.

Levine Museum of the New South

200 E. Seventh St., www.museum ofthenewsouth.org.

Nov. 17: UNCC geography and earth sciences professors Heather Smith and Bill Graves ("Charlotte, NC: The Global Evolution of a New South City"), 6 p.m.

Nov. 21: Some of the nation's best storytellers, including North Carolina's Gail Haley ("Jack and the Bean Tree"), 2-4 p.m. Free with museum admission.

Queens University of Charlotte

Free unless noted. www.queens.edu.

Sept. 17: Harvey Cox ("The Future of Faith"), 7 p.m., Sykes Auditorium.

O ct. 5: Francois Furstenberg ("In the Name of the Father: Washington's Legacy, Slavery and the Making of a Nation"), 7 p.m., Sykes Auditorium.

Oct. 7: Rick Rothacker ("Banktown: The Rise and Struggles of Charlotte's Big Banks"), 7 p.m., Sykes Auditorium. $10. Free for students and Queens Friends of the Library.

Oct. 26: CNN Host Fareed Zakaria ("The Post-American World"), 7 p.m., Belk Theater of Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. $40, carolinatix.org; 704-372-1000.

Nov. 17: Coffee and discussion of books for the holiday season, 10 a.m., McInnes Parlors, Burwell Hall, $5 for guests, free for members of the Friends of the Library at Queens.

Nov. 18: N.C. Poet Laureate Cathy Smith Bowers ("The Candle I Hold Up to See You"), 8 p.m., Sykes Auditorium.

Tribute to Novello

www.cmlibrary.org.

A replacement literary festival for Novello, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library's annual literary festival that was canceled this year by budget cuts. It's free, but donations for the library accepted.

Oct. 1

Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. Seventh St.

History writers Mary Norton Kratt ("Charlotte, North Carolina: A Brief History"), Tom Hanchett ("Sorting Out the New South City"), John Grooms ("Deliver Us From Weasels") and Mike Lassiter ("Vanishing Americana") 7-8:30 p.m.

Oct. 2

Main Library, 310 N. Tryon St.

Fantasy writers A.J. Hartley ("What Time Devours") and Faith Hunter ("Blood Cross"), noon-12:45 p.m.

Romance writers Harold Lowry, writing as Leigh Greenwood ("When Love Comes") and AlTonya Washington ("Book of Scandal"), 1-1:45 p.m.

Novello Festival Press Panel showcasing "Topograph: New Writing from the Carolinas," 2-2:45 p.m.

Mystery writers Mark de Castrique ("The Fitzgerald Ruse") and Cathy Pickens ("Can't Never Tell"), 3-3:45 p.m.

Poets, 4-4:45 p.m.

Short story writers Aimee Parkinson ("Woman with Dark Horses"), Craig Renfroe ("You Should Get That Looked At") and Robert Boisvert ("Long Dead Lover"), 5-6:15 p.m.

Novelists Judy Goldman ("Early Leaving"), Aaron Gwyn ("The World Beneath") and Pat MacEnulty ("Picara"), 6:30-8 p.m.

Oct. 9

ImaginOn, 300 E. Seventh St.

Activities include speakers, crafts, storytelling.

Children's and young adult writers Kelly Starling Lyons ("One Million Men and Me"), Tameka Brown ("Around Our Way on Neighbors' Day"), Gloria Houston ("The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree"), Caroline B. Cooney ("Face on the Milk Carton"), Gail Haley ("A Story, A Story"), Carrie Ryan ("The Forest of Hands and Teeth"), Mark de Castrique ("Death on a Southern Breeze"), Melissa Thompson (Keena Ford series), Karon Luddy ("Spelldown"), Judy Stead ("12 Days of Christmas in North Carolina"), Eleanora Tate ("Celeste's Harlem Renaissance"), Carole Boston Weatherford ("Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom"), Sherry Neidigh (illustrator of "Count Down to Fall") and Stephanie Tolan ("Surviving the Applewhites"), 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

UNC Charlotte

Free. www.uncc.edu.

Sept. 7: UNCC History Professor Christine Haynes ("Lost Illusions: The Politics of Publishing in Nineteenth-Century France"), 6 p.m., Atkins Library.

Nov. 6: The University of Central Lancashire's Stuart Hampton-Reeves discusses "Henry VI," with selected scenes performed, 11 a.m., Wing Haven Gardens, 248 Ridgewood Ave.

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