Major literary events in Central Kentucky this spring:
Stephan Pastis signs Pearls Falls Fast: A Pearls Before Swine Treasury. The New York Times best-selling writer and cartoonist signs his latest collection of the comic strip. (7 p.m. April 1. Joseph-Beth Booksellers, The Mall at Lexington Green, 161 Lexington Green Cir. Free. (859) 273-2911. Josephbeth.com.)
Justin Lloyd signs The Importance of Being Ernest: The Life of Actor Jim Varney. Lloyd wrote a biography of his uncle Jim Varney, a Lexington native and actor who rose to fame playing the character Ernest in TV commercials and movies. (2 p.m. April 13. The Morris Book Shop, 882 E. High St. Free. (859) 276-0494. Morrisbooksh.op.com.)
University of Kentucky men's basketball coach John Calipari discusses and signs Players First: Coaching from the Inside Out. Calipari relates for the first time anywhere his experiences of his first four years coaching the Kentucky Wildcats. (6 p.m. April 17. Joseph-Beth Booksellers. Line tickets are free with the advance order or purchase of the book at Joseph-Beth Booksellers.)
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Kentucky Writers' Day. The annual event this year will include readings by Kentucky poet laureate Frank X Walker and past poets laureate Maureen Morehead, Gurney Norman, Jane Gentry Vance, Sena Jeter Naslund, Joe Survant and Richard Taylor. A public reception will follow the readings. (10 a.m. April 24. Kentucky State Capitol, Frankfort. Free. Artscouncil.ky.gov.)
Books-in-Progress Conference. Best-selling non-fiction author Ann Hagedorn (Wild Ride: The Rise and Fall of Calumet Farm) will headline the conference designed to help would-be writers learn about the publishing business. (June 6, 7. Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning, 251 W. Second St. Registration required: $125-$150 until April 11; registration closes June 6. (859) 254-4175. Carnegiecenterlex.org.)
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