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Since 2013, local press Cosmographia Books has published more than a dozen diverse books that include a memoir about past lives, "queer Lovecraftian" tales, and stories of people served by Dimitri House. The press has a literary journal, "Canvas," which publishes teenage writers and artists from diverse nationalities and cultural identities. This week, Cosmographia Books will present a three-day CosmoCon, featuring readings, a talk, and a workshop by Cosmographia authors and editors. On Wednesday, May, 15, Elizabeth Bodien will give a talk, "Possible Lives, Past Lives" from 7 to 8 p.m. (admission is $10, $5 for Writers & Books members). On Thursday, May 16, a free series of readings by eight authors takes place from 6 to 8:30 p.m. And on Saturday, May 18, Cosmographia publisher Nina Alvarez will teach a workshop "Editing Out Ego & Fear" ($10).

All events take place at Writers & Books, 740 University Avenue. For more info visit or