The King's English Bookshop, 1511 S. 1500 East, will host signings with Amy Kalafa, author of "Lunch Wars: How to Start a School Food Revolution and Win the Battle for Our Children's Health," and Alexander Gordon Smith, author of "Death Sentence: Escape from Furnace 3," Sept. 21, 7 p.m. The bookshop will also host Gwen O'Leary, author of "When Life Hands You Alzehimer's, Make Aprons!" Sept. 24, 2 p.m. (801-484-9100 or www.kingsenglish.com)
Salt Lake City Library, 210 E. 400 South, will host a lecture with Philip L. Fradkin, author of "Everett Ruess: His Short Life," Sept. 21, 7 p.m. (801-524-8200 or www.slcpl.org)
Dolly's Bookstore, 510 Main, Park City, will host a signing with Stacy Dymalski, author of "Confessions of a Band Geek Mom: One exhausted parent's take on carpools, room mothers, high school band, and hernias," Sept. 22, 7 p.m. (435-649-8062 or dollysbookstore.com)
Salt Lake Community College Writing Center, 210 E. 400 South, will host the second half of a two-part workshop, "Express Yourself: Writing College and Scholarship Essays," Sept. 24, 1-3 p.m. The cost is $20, and registration is required (801-957-2192 or www.slcc.edu/cwc)
Mestizo Coffeehouse,631 W. North Temple, will host "Poets for Change: A Global Event," Sept. 24, 7-10 p.m. (www.bigbridge.org/100thousandandpoetsforchange)
Utah Educational Savings Plan is holding a bookmark design contest for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Eight winners will be selected to receive a $1,000 college savings certificate. Entries must be submitted by Sept. 30. Visit usep.org/bookmarks for an entry form or additional information.