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Seahawk star signs deal with Eugene publisher

Seattle Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander has signed a book deal with Eugene's Harvest House Publishers to chronicle his success as a professional football athlete and share his Christian faith.

"Touchdown Alexander: My Story of Faith, Football and Pursuing the Dream" is scheduled to be released Aug. 15 and will retail for $22.99.

`I've always wanted to be a positive impact on others, and I felt that sharing my story could help accomplish that objective,' Alexander said in a release from the Christian publishing company.

Poets to read

at Eugene library

Poets Mary Szybist and John Witte will read from their work at the Eugene Library, 100 W. 10th Ave., at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Szybist's work is about religious and sexual longing.

"This is serious work, so it is occasionally funny and sometimes strange and often beautiful," says Robert Hass, a former U.S. poet laureate.

Szybist's first book, "Granted," was a finalist for the 2003 National Book Critics Circle Award.

She is the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writing Award and winner of the Great Lakes Colleges Association's New Writers Award in Poetry for 2004. She teaches at Lewis and Clark College in Portland.

Witte has been published in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, American Poetry Review, Kenyon Review and in several anthologies, including "The Norton Introduction to Literature."

He is the author of "Loving the Days." Author Ursula Le Guin writes that Witte's poems are "fierce, controlled, inventive," adding that ``there are poems here - `As If' is one - which I will never forget.''

Witte teaches literature at the University of Oregon, where he also edits the literary journal Northwest Review.

Author of book about school shootings to speak

Joseph Lieberman, author of "The Shooting Game: The Making of School Shooters," will speak at Barnes & Noble, 1163 Valley River Drive, at 2 p.m. Saturday.

"The Shooting Game" examines the history of school violence with a special focus on the shooting at Thurston High in Springfield in 1998.

Appearing with Lieberman will be lawyer and educator Nancy Willard, the executive director of the Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use.

Out of Town

TUESDAY

Alasdair Roberts - The author discusses his book ``Blacked Out,'' about the struggle for transparency in government, 7:30 p.m., Powell's City of Books, 1005 W. Burnside, Portland. (503) 228-4651.

WEDNESDAY

Elizabeth Kolbert - The author talks about ``Field Notes From a Catastrophe,'' about global warming, 7:30 p.m., Powell's City of Books, 1005 W. Burnside, Portland. (503) 228-4651.

THURSDAY

Danielle Trussoni - The author reads from ``Falling Through the Earth,'' a memoir about her wild, haunted father, 7:30 p.m., Powell's City of Books, 1005 W. Burnside, Portland. (503) 228-4651.
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