Friends of the Library Book Sale - Friends Book Barn, 2230 N. Country Club Road. Proceeds benefit the Pima County Public Library. 8 a.m.-noon Aug. 19. Free. 795-3763.

Unlocking The Creative Process - Hotel Tucson City Center - InnSuites Hotel, 475 N. Granada Ave. The Society of Southwestern Authors Present: A Lecture and Brunch. Author C. Michael Bennis will discuss the world of the creative process. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 19. $25 in advance; $30 at the door. 546-9382.

Ocotillo Poetry - Cafe Passe, 415 N. Fourth Ave. Competitions, open mic, featured poets and special events. 7 p.m. Sundays, through Aug. 26. Free. 1-480-390-1063.


National Writers Union Reading and Open Mic - Fronimo's Greek Cafe, 3242 E. Speedway. Open mic with spoken word only, but is open to all forms of spoken word (fiction, essays, poetry, articles, polemics, etc.). 6:15-8 p.m. Aug. 20. Free. 624-4690.


4th Wednesday Mystery Group - Mostly Books, 6208 E. Speedway. "Murder Past Due" by Miranda James. 7-8 p.m. Aug. 22. Free. 571-0110.

Read to a Dog - Murphy-Wilmot Library, 530 N. Wilmot Road. Read to one of the dogs and have fun while improving your reading skills. 2:30-3:30 p.m. Wednesdays, through Aug. 29. Free. 594-5420.

Sonoran Sleuths Mystery Book Club - Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive, Oro Valley. "The Last Kashmiri Rose" by Barbara Cleverly. 11 a.m.-noon. Aug. 22. Free. 229-5300.

Writers' Workshop - Oro Valley Public Library. Discuss your project and discover creative writing techniques. Presented by Alexis Powers. 9-11 a.m. Aug. 22. Free. 229-5300.


"AZ 100: Reflections on Essential Books of the Grand Canyon State" - Special Collections, UA Main Library, 1510 E. University Blvd. Bruce Dinges, director of publications at the Arizona Historical Society, discusses the selection process for the state's Centennial bibliography. Part of the Reading Arizona Lecture Series. In conjunction with the exhibition "Arizona 100: Essential Books for the Centennial." Followed by a reception. 7-8:30 p.m. Aug. 23. Free. 621-6423.

"I Love Books" Group - El Dorado Health Campus, 1400 N. Wilmot Road. General discussion about books presented by Virginia Wise. 2-4 p.m. Aug. 23. Free. 324-4345.


Word Weavers - Kaitlin's Creative Cottage, 740 N. Main Ave. Women's writing circle. Use writing prompts to write and share in a relaxed, no-pressure atmosphere. Registration required. 1-3 p.m. Aug. 24. $5. 622-6161.


Saguaro Romance Writers August Meeting - El Parador Restaurant, 2744 E. Broadway. A panel of chapter members will report on their trip to the July National RWA conference. 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Aug. 25. $25. 551-7390.

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