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Mystery author to appear at The Raven Bookstore

Author John Connolly, praised as "Ireland's finest export since U2 and Guinness," will speak and sign copies of his latest novel, "The White Road," Wednesday at The Raven Bookstore.

Connolly will appear from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the store, 6 E. Seventh St.

A former newspaper reporter, Connolly exploded on the mystery scene in 1999 with his first novel, "Every Dead Thing." It won the Shamus Award for best first novel from the Private Eye Writers of America, making Connolly the first non-American to win the award.

"The White Road," set in South Carolina, confronts race crime and the legacy of race history.

Connolly was born in Dublin, Ireland, in 1968 and is a regular contributor to the Irish Times.

Book-collecting contest seeks student entrants

The Kansas University Libraries are accepting entries for the 47th annual Snyder Book Collecting Contest. All KU students are eligible to enter.

First place, second place and two honorable mention awards will be made in both undergraduate and graduate divisions. About $2,800 worth of prizes will be awarded.

This year's judges will include five former contest prize winners. Entry deadline is 5 p.m. March 31.

An awards program and reception will be at 3 p.m. April 22 at Oread Books.

Winning collections will be exhibited on Level 2 of the Kansas Union between Oread Books and the KU Bookstore.

Rules and details are available at http://spencer.lib.ku.edu/snyder/2003/.

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