Lucy's Books welcomes acclaimed poet and writing teacher Judith Barrington, reading from her latest volume of poetry, "Horses and the Human Soul" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16. According to Maxine Kumin, "Here are the horses of (Barrington's) English childhood and the outbreak of World War II filtered through family reminiscence, her coming of age, a disastrous marriage and her self-acceptance as a lesbian ... Her voice is lyrical, her intelligence palpable throughout this book."

Barrington was born in Brighton, England and has made her home in Portland for the last 30 years. She has taught at many writing workshops, including Haystack, and is a founder of the Soapstone Writing Retreat for Women in Oregon's Coast Range.

Lucy's Books is located at 348 12th St. For information, call (503) 325-4210.

SEASIDE - In her ongoing Cedar Cove series, Debbie Macomber delights readers with her trademark humor, romance and quirky, lovable characters. Macomber visits A Whale of a Tale, 302 Avenue A, from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18 to sign copies of her new book, "44 Cranberry Point."

Macomber said she earned her faithful readership by writing heartwarming, wholesome stories of love and commitment. Her literary focus has broadened to the emerging field of women's fiction, which includes stories of all kinds that bear universal appeal for women.

A wine reception for Macomber will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Cannon Beach Ocean Lodge, 2864 S. Pacific St. in Cannon Beach. For information, call Trudy Doolittle at (503) 717-1500.

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