book signing: There will be a reading and book signing with Michael Philips, author of "Undercover Philosopher: A Guide to Detecting Shams, Lies, and Delusions," at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 East Main St., Ashland. Phillips outlines the reasons we don't know what we think we do, and the devastating consequences this can have. Call 488-0029.

book signing: There will be a reading and book signing with Michael Philips, author of "Undercover Philosopher: A Guide to Detecting Shams, Lies, and Delusions," at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 East Main St., Ashland. Phillips outlines the reasons we don't know what we think we do, and the devastating consequences this can have. Call 488-0029.

banned books week: Banned Book Week is Sept. 27-Oct. 4 this year and Ashland resident Jeannie Azzopardi will give a lecture regarding the history of banned books at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, at Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 1400 Biddle Road, Medford. Call 858-0203.

genealogy week: Rogue Valley Genealogy Society will sponsor Genealogy Week from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 29 -Oct. 4, at the Jackson County Genealogy Library, 95 Houston Road, Phoenix. The library will be open for free research each day and librarians will be available to assist those needing help. Free classes will be offered. See RVGSociety.org or call 512-2340.

writing WORKSHOP: Alissa Lukara will give a six-session writing workshop "Writing Grace—Writing as a Path to Transform Your Life." Monday afternoon sessions begin Monday, Sept. 29. Lakura is the author of "Riding Grace." Cost is $23 per session. Call 482-7877 or e-mail alissa@ridinggrace.com.

rumi birthday party: "An Evening of Remembrance" will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, at Self & Soul Center, 9820 Wagner Creek Road, Medford.

book reading: Dori Appel will read from her book of poems, "Another Rude Awakening," at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at Bloomsbury Books, 290 East Main St., Ashland. In Appel's quirky poems, the everyday world is reflected back to us, slightly off kilter, in a way that awakens the reader to a new perspective.

peace book: There will be a celebration of the debut of the Peace House Poetry Book from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at the Ashland Community Center, 59 Winburn Way, Ashland. Many of the books poets will be reading their poems. Refreshments will be served and the Rogue Valley Peace Choir Ensemble will perform.

films: Not Straight Not Sure, the bisexual, gay and transgender youth program of Lotus Rising Project, will host a free community education film series:

6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3: History, Politics and Culture, includes movies, scholar and panel 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11: Youth and Families, Q&A with staff and youth 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18: Transgender topics followed by a Q&A with Lydia Sausa. From 7 to 9 p.m.: Transgender movie, scholar and panel

6u 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24: Religion, includes movies and panel See lotusrisingproject.org/FilmSeriesInfo.php or call 1-800-466-7005, ext. 5.

writers meeting: Willamette Writers will present "Eight Plagues of Writers and Their Cures," a presentation by Valerie Brooks, from 9:40 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Medford Public Library, 205 S. Central Ave., Medford. Cost is $5 for the public, free with Willamette Writers membership card.

oregon encyclopedia project: All Oregonians are invited to participate in The Oregon Encyclopedia Project by suggesting entries, writing submissions and attending public meetings. Representatives from the Oregon Encyclopedia Project will hold a public meeting from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at the Medford Branch Library, Large Conference Room, 205 S. Central Ave., Medford. See oregonencyclopedia.org or call 774-6443.

Christian fantasy writers: Eight Christian publishers under the name Motiv8 Fantasy Fiction Tour will present eight fantasy authors from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5, at Evangel Parable Christian Bookstore in the Rogue Valley Mall, Medford. See fantasyfictiontour.com or call 772-2849.

book signing: Oregon author Bonnie Leon will be signing copies of her new book "Longings of the Heart," second book in the Sydney Cove series, from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4, at Evangel Parable Christian Bookstore in the Rogue Valley Mall, Medford. Leon is the author of "The Journey of Eleven Moon" and the "Queensland Chronicles." Call 772-2849.

memoir class: Ashland author Debra Gordon-Zaslow will present a memoir writing class, "Writing your Life," on six Wednesday evenings Oct. 22 through Dec. 3, at the Havurah Synagogue, 185 N. Mountain Ave., Ashland. The course emphasizes personal writing about experiences with in-class writing and sharing. The cost is $20 per session and pre-registration is required. E-mail dvorat@aol.com or call 482-0088.