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E-mail event details along with a contact phone number to books@thestate.com, or fax them to (803) 771-8430, Attention: Book Events.

AN AFTERNOON OF LAUGHS: Lane Filler, a newspaper columnist and author of "Ask Mr. Smartypants," will speak at 3 p.m. today in the Richland County Public Library's Bostick Auditorium, 1431 Assembly St. (803) 799-9084; www.myrcpl.com

ROAR TO READ: Join the Richland County Public Library's new reading program and begin reading now and through Thursday. Read four books and complete a reading log for the chance to win free admission to "Walking with Dinosaurs" showing at Colonial Life Arena Oct. 7-11. Twenty winners from each of the library's branches will be selected. (803) 929-3440; www.myrcpl.com

CAUGHT IN THE CREATIVE ACT: Led by Carolina Distinguished Professor Janette Turner Hospital, this lecture series features readings and lectures given 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: jthospital@sc.edu. For more information visit 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.

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