Calendar Highlights: Feb. 9, 2009

Book cover of Matthew Pearl's 'The Dante Club'Fact and fiction: Novelist Matthew Pearl (The Dante Club, The Poe Shadow) discusses the process of turning real life into fiction for a popular audience at 4 p.m. Feb. 9 in McCord Auditorium, 306 Dallas Hall. Books will be available for purchase courtesy of the SMU Bookstore. Presented by the University Honors Program and the Gartner Honors Lecture Series. For more information, contact David Doyle.

Love is in the air: The Hughes-Trigg Student Center presents its annual Valentine’s Vendor Fair 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 12 in the Commons and Crossing. Shop for a loved one (or for yourself) among gifts ranging from jewelry, cosmetics and fashion to flowers, candy, candles and more. For more information, contact Mariana Sullivan, 214-768-4498.

Well versed: History Professor Joan Shelley Rubin of the University of Rochester, author of Songs of Ourselves: The Uses of Poetry in America and The Making of Middlebrow Culture, speaks on “Poetry in Practice: American Readers and the Uses of Verse, 1880-1950” Feb. 12 in DeGolyer Library. A reception begins at 6 p.m. in the Texana Room, with the lecture at 6:30 p.m. in the Stanley Marcus Reading Room. Presented by the Gilbert Lecture Series of the Department of English, Dedman College.

Honoring Ebby: Dallas real estate pioneer Ebby Halliday will be honored on the publication of her new biography, Ebby Halliday: The First Lady of Real Estate, with a reception 2-4 p.m. Feb. 15 in DeGolyer Library. Books will be available for purchase. RSVP to Betty Friedrich, 214-768-3231.

Bettye LaVetteIn McFarlin Auditorium:

Feb. 13: TITAS presents soul singer Bettye LaVette, who performed at the 2008 Kennedy Center Honors and at the Lincoln Memorial Concert during President Obama’s inaugural celebration, at 8 p.m. Order tickets online or contact the TITAS box office at 214-528-5576.