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The Bard's Birthday Bash, Terence Knapp hosts a celebration of Shakespeare's 443th birthday with scenes, monologues and songs from his plays, 7:30 p.m. today and tomorrow, The ARTS at Marks Garage; free. 521-2903.
Book Sale, paperbacks and hardcovers for all ages, 1:30-3:30 p.m. tomorrow, Waimanalo Public & School Library; free admission, sponsored by the Friends of Waimanalo Library. 259-2610.
Youth Speaks Hawai'i, free slam poetry workshops, hosted by Kealoha, TravisT, Melvin, Darron, and Lyz, 4-5:30 p.m. Wednesdays, The ARTS at Marks Garage. 387-9664.
Book Sale, volumes of poetry and general literature from the personal collection of Marjorie Putnam Sinclair Edel, as well as from her first husband, Gregg Sinclair, former president of the university, and Leon Edel, biographer of Henry James, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday and 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. April 30, UH-Manoa, Kuykendall Hall 410; free admission, proceeds benefit Marjorie Putnam Sinclair Edel Poetry Reading Series. 956-7619.
Hawai'i Center for the Book Award Ceremony with Jenna Bleu Forti, Gerrit DeWeese and Sarah Panoke, Hawai'i winners of the Library of Congress Letters About Literature Contest reading their essays. 11:30 a.m., Hawai'i State Library lobby; free. 586-3500.
Power Writing, Janet Liftee offers tips with a review of grammar, punctuation and spelling, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Windward Community College, Hale Kuhina 112; $50. 235-7433.
Windward Christian Writers Group, give and receive constructive criticism about works in progress in a variety of genres including fiction, nonfiction and children's literature, as well as sharing information on writing and publishing Christian books, 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Faith Baptist Church, Kailua; free. 372-0274.
Self-Publishing Workshop, presentation by Rich Budnick on pros and cons of self-publishing, how to print, market and distribute your book, 11 a.m. Saturday, 'Aina Haina Public Library; free. 377-2456.
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