Jeff Klinkenberg (Pilgrim in the Land of Alligators) will discuss and sign his book at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way, St. Petersburg.
Mark R. Lane (Sandspurs: Notes From a Coastal Columnist) will read from and sign his book at 7 p.m. Thursday at Inkwood Books, 216 S Armenia Ave., Tampa.
As part of the Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative's Big Read program during September, book discussions of Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God will be held at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Austin Davis Library, 17808 Wayne Road, Odessa; at 2 p.m. Monday at New Tampa Regional, 10001 Cross Creek Blvd.; at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Lutz Branch, 101 Lutz-Lake Fern Road; at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Brandon Regional, 619 Vonderburg Drive; and at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Seminole Heights Branch, 4711 Central Ave. For a complete schedule and information on the National Endowment for the Arts' Big Read, go to www.neabigread.org
Applications are being accepted from book market vendors for the 2008 St. Petersburg Times Festival of Reading, which will take place Oct. 25, on the campus of the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. For applications, go to www.festivalofreading.com or call Marisol Quiles at (727) 892-2947.
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