James Swain (The Night Stalker) will discuss and sign his new mystery novel at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Barnes & Noble Carrollwood, 11802 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa; and at 7 p.m. Friday at Borders Clearwater, 2863 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd.
Stuart Woods (Hot Mahogany) will read and sign his new legal thriller at noon Saturday at Inkwood Books, 216 S Armenia Ave., Tampa; and at 4 p.m. Saturday at Haslam's Book Store, 2025 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.
The Studio@620 presents its monthly Live@the Studio open mike night at 8 p.m. Monday. The interactive poetry venue invites poets, authors and musicians to participate. Donation is $5; the studio is at 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg.
The Florida Veterans for Common Sense and the Florida Consumer Action Network present author and University of Michigan professor Juan Cole (Napoleon's Egypt: Invading the Middle East) speaking on "National Security: Iraq, Iran and the Middle East." Cole speaks at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Potter Building, 2896 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota.
Applications are being accepted from book market vendors for the 2008 St. Petersburg Times Festival of Reading, which will be Oct. 25 at 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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