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DIARY OF A WIMPY KID BOOK RELEASE: A release of the latest book in the series, 6 p.m. Monday at Barnes & Noble, 3400 Forest Drive. (803) 787-5600
SOUTH CAROLINA CENTER FOR THE BOOK: Tom Moore Craig, editor of "Upcountry South Carolina Goes to War: Letters of the Anderson, Brockman, and Moore Families, 1853-1865" and Suzanne Stone Johnson and Robert Allison Johnson, coeditors of "Bitter Freedom: William Stone's Record of Service in the Freedman's Bureau," will discuss life in the Upstate during the Civil War and Reconstruction eras at noon Thursday, on the fifth floor at 1600 Hampton St. (803) 777-5243
FRIENDS OF THE RICHLAND COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY BOOK SALE: Join the Friends of the Richland County Public Library for their fall book sale 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday with a preview sale for members only, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday. Memberships starting at $25 will be available at the door Friday. Operations Center, 130 Lancewood Road. (803) 929-3475; www.myrcpl.com/friends
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FALL LITERATURE AND ARTS FESTIVAL: More than 25 authors and poets will gather for this festival featuring panel discussions, book signings, exhibitors and more, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dent Middle School, 6950 N. Trenholm Road. Free admission. Tickets to see Hill Harper, author and "CSI: NY" star: $5. (803) 738-3210; www.richland2.org/bookfair
THE WHEREABOUTS OF SHERLOCK HOLMES: Join Richland County Public Library literary residents Jim and Ceille Baird Welch and members of The Hansom Wheels - an Official Scion Society of The Baker Street Irregulars - for this original play by Welch and the premiere of The Musgrave Ritual, a radio adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's short story, at 3 p.m. Oct. 18 in the library's Bostick Auditorium, 1431 Assembly St. (803) 799-9084; www.myrcpl.com
EDUCATOR APPRECIATION WEEK: Educators and homeschoolers can get discounts off purchases and a chance to win a $500 gift card during Educator Appreciation Week through Oct. 18 at Barnes & Noble, 3400 Forest Drive. (803) 787-5600
CAUGHT IN THE CREATIVE ACT: Led by Carolina distinguished professor Janette Turner Hospital, this series features readings and lectures by well-known writers. Sessions take place 5:45-7 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays Oct. 19-Nov. 18 at USC's Gambrell Hall. The event is free, but registration is required. To register, send name and address to Janette Turner Hospital by mail, e-mail or fax: "Caught in the Creative Act," Department of English, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208. Fax: (803) 777-9064; e-mail: email@example.com. For more information, go online at www.cas.sc.edu/cica/.
CALLING ALL POETS: The South Carolina Academy of Authors is calling for submissions for the Carrie McCray Nickens Fellowship in Poetry. There are no restrictions to form or content, but applicants must be South Carolina residents. The deadline for entries is Nov. 13. For additional details on formatting or how to submit manuscripts, call (803) 734-8666 or visit www.statelibrary.sc.gov.