Dennis Lehane (The Given Day), presented by Inkwood Books at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Tampa Tribune Auditorium, 202 S Parker St., Tampa.
Dexter Filkins (The Forever War), 6 p.m. Wednesday at Inkwood Books, 216 S Armenia Ave., Tampa.
James Reese (The Dracula Dossier), 5:30 p.m. Friday at Craftsman House Gallery, 2955 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.
Margo Hammond and Ellen Heltzel (Between the Covers: The Book Babes' Guide to a Woman's Reading Pleasures), 7 p.m. Friday at Inkwood Books.
The East Lake Community Library Author's Showcase will present Linda Taylor speaking about her book Great Women Exploring Nature: How Wild Florida Influenced Their Lives at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the library, 4123 East Lake Road, Palm Harbor.
The University of Tampa Writers at the University Series presents Rita Ciresi, award-winning author (Remind Me Again Why I Married You) and director of the University of South Florida's creative writing program, at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Plant Hall Music Room, 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Florida State University creative writing professor Robert Olen Butler (Intercourse) will be the featured speaker at the Four Seasons Authors Series luncheon at noon Friday at the University Club, 1 City Center, Tampa. Tickets are $25; for information and reservations, call (813) 273-3616.
A Novel Idea, an open house at the Tarpon Springs Cultural Center, will feature local authors Michele Ivy Davis, Mary T. Dresser, Howard Jones, Ann O'Farell and Georgia Post. The event takes place from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the center, 101 Pinellas Ave.
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