St. Petersburg Times Real Florida columnist Jeff Klinkenberg (Pilgrim in the Land of Alligators) talks about and signs his book at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Sun City Audubon, 1902 Clubhouse Drive, Sun City Center.
Lynda Lippman-Lockhart (Oodles of Poodles of Dark Corner) will read and sign her children's book at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Gulfport Library, 5501 28th Ave. S.
Robert Macomber (Honored Dead) will sign his new novel of naval history at 3:30 Saturday at Haslam's Book Store, 2025 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.
The University of South Florida Humanities Institute presents poet Kimberly Johnson (A Metaphorical God) reading her work at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room 459, Russell Cooper Hall, USF campus, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa.
WUSF Public Broadcasting and the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce present a luncheon with journalist Cokie Roberts (We Are Our Mothers' Daughters) at 11:15 a.m. Thursday at the Tampa Convention Center, 333 S Franklin St. Tickets are $50 and are available at www.tampachamber.com or (813) 276-9440.
The USF Tampa Library presents acclaimed science fiction writer Mike Resnick, author of the 30 Birthright novels and many other works, as part of its fifth annual Science Fiction Symposium. Resnick will speak at 4 p.m. Thursday in the Grace Allen Room at the library, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa.
The University of Tampa's Writers at the University series concludes its season with a reading by Tampa Press Poetry Prize winner Ben Grossberg (Sweet Core Orchard) at 8 p.m. Thursday in the Reeves Theater, Vaughn Center, on the UT campus, 401 W Kennedy Blvd.
Kate Sweeney, 2008 YellowJacket Press Chapbook Contest winner, will debut her book, Better Accidents, at the "in Just spring" poetry reading, which also features Philip Deaver, Phyllis McEwen, Rhonda J. Nelson, Jeff Karon, Susan Lilley and Nona Garrett. The event is at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Indigo Coffee, 514 Franklin St., Tampa; suggested donation is $5.
The Poynter Institute presents a workshop, "Harness the Power of Your Writing," by Roy Peter Clark (Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Every Writers) from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Guest speakers are Keith Woods, Poynter's dean of faculty, and Thomas French, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and Poynter writing fellow. The workshop is $99. For reservations, call (727) 821-9494 or go to www.poynter.org/writing withroy.
The Pinellas Reading Council presents a read-in of the Fancy Nancy books by Jane O'Connor from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at three locations: Barnes & Noble St. Petersburg, 2501 Tyrone Blvd.; Barnes & Noble USF, 500 Third St. S, St. Petersburg; and Barnes & Noble Clearwater, 23654 US 19 N.
John Cinchett (Vintage Tampa Signs and Scenes) will talk about and sign his book of historic photos at an exhibit of 1950s Tampa memorabilia at noon Saturday at Karen's Place Antiques, 4707 N Florida Ave., Tampa.
Bestselling author David Sedaris will perform at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, 1010 N W.C. MacInnes Place, Tampa. A book signing will follow, presented by Inkwood Books. Tickets are $38.50-$62.50. Call (813) 229-7827 or go to www.tbpac.org/.
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