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Schuylkill County historian and author John Stu Richards will speak about his latest book, ‘Company C of the 50th P.V.I.,’ at 2 p.m. tomorrow in the Eckley Miners Village visitors auditorium. The public lecture is free, and attendees may meet some Company C re-enactors, shown here.

THIS WEEK: NOV. 3 to 9, 2006

Company C of the 50th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, a lecture by historian and author John Stu Richards on the history of this Schuylkill County regiment from the camp to the battlefield. Followed by a book signing. Eckley Miners Village, nine miles east of Hazleton off Route 940. Saturday at 2 p.m. 636-2070.

Author Talk with Margie Palatini, children’s book author and illustrator (“Mary Had a Little Ham,” “Bad Boys”). Shopland Hall, Scranton Cultural Center, 420 N. Washington Ave., Scranton. Sunday at 2 p.m. Free with library card. Presented as part of the Lackawanna County Library Lecture Series. 344-1111.

The Four Great Loves of Gerard Manley Hopkins, Jesuit Priest, a talk on the 19th-century poet by Joseph J. Feeney, English professor at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia and author of the forthcoming book “The Playfulness of Gerard Manley Hopkins.” The third annual J.J. Quinn Memorial Lecture, Royal Theater, McDade Center for Literary and Performing Arts, University of Scranton. Wednesday at 7 p.m. Free. 941-7400.

Campion Society Open Reading for students and members of the community to share works including poems, short stories, drama and creative non-fiction. Bring original works or works by favorite authors. Sheehy-Farmer Campus Center, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. Thursday at 7:30 p.m. 208-5900.

Writers Group. All types of writing styles and formats welcome. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. Thursday, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Free. Registration: 996-1500.

FUTURE

Regional Book Fair Authors Reception. A chance to meet and chat with local authors from Northeastern Pennsylvania. Presented by the Lackawanna Historical Society at the Catlin House, 232 Monroe Ave., Scranton. Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. 344-3841.

Open-Mike Poetry Reading. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Arena Hub Plaza, Wilkes-Barre Township. Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. 829-4210.

Book Signing with Scranton Mayor David J. Wenzel, author of “A History of the 29 Mayors of the City of Scranton, Pennsylvania.” The Mall at Steamtown, off Lackawanna Avenue, Scranton. Nov. 11, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 876-2416.

Regional Book Fair. Meet more than 15 local authors and peruse their books at this annual event. The Mall at Steamtown, Lackawanna Avenue, Scranton. Nov. 11, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 344-3841.

Pennsylvania’s Northeast Treasures: A Visitor’s Guide to Scranton, the Lackawanna Valley and Beyond, an exhibit of photographs along with a wine-and-cheese reception to introduce this new book by Dan Perry. Evans Hall, Hibbard Campus Center, Keystone College, La Plume. Nov. 14, 4 to 6 p.m. Hosted by the Lackawanna Heritage Valley Authority. Reservations: 945-8472.

Let’s Talk About It: Jewish Literature – Identity and Imagination, “The Centaur in the Garden” by Moacyr Scliar. Part four in a five-part series exploring Jewish literature and culture through scholar-led discussions of books reflecting the themes of estrangement and homecoming. Schweiker Meeting Room, Andruss Library, Bloomsburg University. Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. Registration: 389-5134.

Big Dog Reading Series with Junot Diaz, author of “Drown” and contributor to the New Yorker and “Best American Short Stories.” Carver Hall, Gross Auditorium, Bloomsburg University. Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. 389-4881.

The Face of Decline: The Pennsylvania Anthracite Region in the Twentieth Century, a presentation by professor Walter Licht of the University of Pennsylvania. Westmoreland Club, 59 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. Nov. 17 at noon. $25 includes luncheon. Sponsored by the Luzerne County Historical Society. Reservations: 823-6244.

Book Signing with Scranton Mayor David J. Wenzel, author of “A History of the 29 Mayors of the City of Scranton, Pennsylvania.” Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 421 Arena Hub Plaza, Wilkes-Barre Township. Nov. 18, 2 to 4 p.m. 829-4210.

Open Mike Poetry Reading, presented by the Dharma Bums Poetry Group. With poetry, prose, music and more by area writers and performers. Donahue’s Tavern, 215 S. Main St., Wilkes-Barre. Nov. 24 at 9 p.m. 823-0786.

Book Signing with Susan Saint Sing, author of “Francis and the San Damiano Cross,” a prayer resource that uses the cross that spoke to St. Francis of Assisi as inspiration for personal reflection. Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Arena Hub Plaza, Wilkes-Barre Township. Nov. 28 at 6 p.m. 829-4210.

Let’s Talk About It: Jewish Literature – Identity and Imagination, “Kaaterskill Falls” by Allegra Goodman, last in a five-part series exploring Jewish literature and culture through scholar-led discussions of books reflecting the themes of estrangement and homecoming. Schweiker Meeting Room, Andruss Library, Bloomsburg University. Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. Registration: 389-5134.

RECENT RELEASES

Whom Can We Trust Now? The Meaning of Treason in the United States from the Revolution through the Civil War, a recent release by Dr. Brian F. Carso Jr., assistant professor of history and director of the pre-law program at College Misericordia in Dallas. The book outlines how the ancient crime of treason posed legal, political and intellectual problems for the United States from its conception through the Civil War. 674-6372.

Cotton Song, a second novel by Tom Bailey, associate professor of English and creative writing at Selinsgrove University, recently published by Random House’s Crown Publishing Group. Set in Mississippi during World War II, the book tells the story of one woman’s fight to save an African-American child, orphaned by the mob-rule lynching of her mother. 372-4119.

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