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Poetry and Literature Calendar: Week of Jan. 10-16

Tuesday, 7 p.m.: Reading and book signing by Matt Hefti, author of the debut novel “A Hard and Heavy Thing” (Tyrus Books, 2016). Hefti was deployed twice to Iraq and twice to Afghanistan while attending school part time and earning a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in creative writing. The novel takes the form of a would-be suicide letter from a soldier to a seriously wounded fellow soldier and best friend, whose life he saved but whose injuries he feels responsible for. Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main St.

Thursday, 7 p.m.: Reading, musical performance and book signing by Nashville-based singer/songwriter and author Korby Lenker. His first book, “Medium Hero and Other Stories” (Turner Publishing, 2015) features 27 stories culled from his 15 years as a touring solo artist, and has won endorsements from such readers as National Book Award winner Tim O’Brien and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. Lenker’s most recent studio album is “Hidden Lakes.” Talking Leaves Books, 3158 Main St.