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RECEPTION & BOOK SIGNING: Dr. Ann Kulze will speak and sign copies of her book “Eat Right for Life,” Thursday from 3-5:30 p.m. at the Marriott Hotel, 1200 Hampton St. The book focuses on eating healthy food on a budget as well as choosing the right drinks and proteins. Advance registration, $10; $15 at the door. uway.org
BOOKS & BEYOND: The Lexington County Public Library, 5440 Augusta Road, hosts a program for children in first through fifth grade that features storytelling, picture books and crafts at 4 p.m. Thursday. (803) 785-2600
BOOK SIGNING: Uptown Gifts, 1204 Main St., hosts author Laura Aboyan Friday from noon-2 p.m. Aboyan will sign copies of her book “Columbia Food.” (803) 661-7651
SOUTH CAROLINA BOOK FESTIVAL: The festival will be May 17-19 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center and will feature publishers, booksellers and literary and community organizations. www.scbookfestivalorg