* THU, JAN 30: UT English professor Peter LaSalle will read from and sign his book, Hockey Sur Glace, at Book People at 7pm... Alice Borchardt appears at Borders Books in support of her latest book, Beguiled, 7:30pm. Beguiled is the sequel to Devoted; both historical novels are set in 10th-century France.
* FRI, JAN 31: Today is the deadline to enter the Austin Writers' League's (AWL) Teddy Book Awards competition, honoring outstanding children's writing. Entries may be fiction, nonfiction, or picture books. Winners receive $1,000 and a trophy. Call 499-8914... Today is also the deadline for the AWL's Young Texas Writers Scholarship Program. Competition is open to Texas high school students, and scholarships are $50-150. Call 499-8914.
* SAT, FEB 1: Toad Hall celebrates Black History Month, 1-2pm, with stories by and about African Americans and refreshments from the African-American Cookbook.
* ONGOING: Drawing and Crossing Boundaries: The Roots of Texas Music is the name of a free symposium at Southwestern University in Georgetown Jan. 30-Feb. 1. The conference will examine four musical traditions -- Tejano, Anglo, Euro-Ethnic, and African-American -- through lectures and performances. Featured participants include University of New Orleans professor of folklore (and former Austinite) Nick Spitzer, UT professor Manuel Peña (author of The Texas Mexican Conjunto), Tulane University professor and author of Country Music USA Bill Malone, SUNY professor Charles Keil (author of Music Grooves), and UH professor/poet/critic Lorenzo Thomas. Performers include Johnny Gimble, Rufus Thibodeaux, Jose Moreno, Carol Fran & Clarence Hollimon, and Marcia Ball. Call 512/863-1902 for registration information... A contest for unpublished writers, sponsored by the Freelance Writers Network, is accepting submissions of fiction and non-fiction short stories and poetry through Feb. 15. Entries are limited to 1,500 words or less, and there is a $9 entry fee. Send an unreturnable manuscript (no originals) to "Smith & Hughes Publishing, "Best of Collection," PO Box 57842, Oklahoma City, OK 73112, or write to Darrell Thomas at that address for more info... Half Price Books' "Just Read" program has been expanded to include a "Just Draw" program, wherein every time a child draws a book character on a Half Price bookmark, Half Price will donate a book to a national literacy project and the bookmark will be displayed in Half Price stores through March 1.