Donna Parrey (The MuttCracker) will sign her children's holiday book at 12:30 p.m. today at Barnes & Noble Brandon, 122 Brandon Town Center Drive. The Brandon Ballet will perform excerpts from The Nutcracker from 1 to 3 p.m.
The Florida Bibliophile Society presents Patti Wilson Byars (Separate Fountains) discussing her historical novel at 1:30 p.m. today at Seminole Community Library, 9200 113th St. N, Seminole.
Neville Frankel (Bloodlines) will discuss "The South African Jewish Experience: A Personal Perspective" and his historical novel at a luncheon at noon Monday at Beth Israel, 1115 Del Webb Blvd. E, Sun City Center. Tickets $10; call (813) 634-2590.
Tim Dorsey (Shark Skin Suite) will discuss and sign his latest comic crime novel at 3 p.m. Wednesday at FA Building Auditorium, Tarpon Springs campus, St. Petersburg College, 600 Klosterman Road; and at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Gibbs Campus Library, St. Petersburg College, 6605 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg.
Emily Trafford Berges (These Briars Are in My Heart) will discuss and sign her novel at 6 p.m. Thursday at Indian Shores Library, 19305 Gulf Blvd., Indian Shores. A vegetarian Thanksgiving dinner will be served after the talk; tickets $5, call (727) 542-9742.
Former ESPN president George Bodenheimer (Every Town Is a Sports Town: Business Leadership at ESPN, From the Mailroom to the Boardroom) will discuss and sign his memoir at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Carrollwood Day School Theatre, 1515 W Bearss Ave., Tampa.
Jillian Cantor (The Hours Count) will discuss and sign her historical novel at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Inkwood Books, 216 S Armenia Ave., Tampa.
Tampa Bay Times staff writer Ben Montgomery (Grandma Gatewood's Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail) will discuss and sign his nonfiction book at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second St. N.
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