Raking up local events for readers and writers alike

By this time next week, we’ll be one full day into the official start of fall. In honor of the season, here’s a cornucopia of literary events and opportunities for book lovers and writers alike.

A reading

John Edward, the internationally renowned psychic will visit Books & Co. at The Greene on Friday, Sept. 21, at 7 pm to introduce his first novel, “Fallen Masters.” No line numbers or autograph line; Edward will have signed all copies in advance. He will discuss his novel, set in the near future when signs and portents point to a cataclysm that threatens our world. Edward will have a question-and-answer session and conduct a few random spot readings.

“Manifold Greatness” exhibit

Just a few days remain to view the exhibit at University of Dayton about what many call the best-selling book of all time… the King James Bible. The exhibit, “Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible,” wraps up on Wednesday, Sept. 19. This traveling exhibit for libraries was organized by the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, D.C., and the American Library Association Public Programs Office and made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The exhibit tells the story of one of the most widely read and printed books in the English language, the King James Bible, which marked its 400th anniversary in 2011. The free and open-to-the-public exhibit is at the University of Dayton Roesch Library, University of Dayton, 300 College Park, Dayton. Parking is free; just enter the university through the Stewart Street archway and pick up a visitor’s pass at the visitor’s booth. For more information, go online to www.udayton.edu/libraries/manifoldgreatness or call (937) 229-4270.

Zine seeks submissions

Do You have poetry, prose or even artwork to share? Consider submitting it to Mock Turtle Zine. This print literary and art journal is unusual around Dayton in that is not associated with a college or university. This beautifully produced zine is open for submissions for its sixth biannual through midnight, Oct. 1. Mock Turtle Zine accepts submissions electronically only; find all the information you need about the zine and how to submit at http://mockturtlezine.weebly.com.

Library poetry contest

Poets can now submit to the 15th annual Dayton Metro Library Poetry contest at all library locations through Sept. 29. The contest is open to teens, adults and seniors in Montgomery and adjoining counties; The Friends of the Library will provide cash prizes to all age categories. For details and an entry form, go online to www.daytonmetrolibrary.org, visit the branch nearest you or call community relations at (937) 496-8901.

Library fall writing series

Dayton Metro Library’s fall writing series, a variety of workshops, covers writing topics including poetry, self-publishing, memoir, fiction writing and more. Each workshop is free, open to the public, and led by experienced writers who will share their experiences and advice. Coming up first: “Fall in Love With Poetry,” at the Main branch (downtown), Saturday, Sept. 22, from 2 to 4 p.m., led by widely published poet and former Sinclair Community College English instructor Gary Mitchner. For more information, call the library’s community relations department at (937) 496-8901.