Eckerd College's Writers in Paradise conference presents its 2012 Evening Reading Series. All readings begin at 8 p.m. and will be followed by author signings, with books available for sale. The readings take place in Miller Auditorium at Eckerd College, 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. There will be a wine and cheese reception at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium lobby before each reading. For information, go to writersinparadise.eckerd.edu/.
• Today: Debra Dean (The Madonnas of Leningrad), Sterling Watson (Fighting in the Shade), David Yoo (The Detention Club)
• Monday: Michael Koryta (The Ridge), Stewart O'Nan (Emily, Alone), Daniel Vilmure (Toby's Lie)
• Tuesday: Peter Meinke (Lines From Neuchatel), Elizabeth Berg (Once Upon a Time, There Was You)
• Thursday: Elissa Schappell (Blueprints for Building Better Girls), Les Standiford (Bringing Adam Home)
• Friday: Laura Lippman (The Most Dangerous Thing), Ann Hood (The Red Thread)
• Saturday: Dennis Lehane (Moonlight Mile)
Cathedral Church of St. Peter's Lunchtime Book Talks presents Eckerd College religious studies professor David Bryant discussing "Revelation and Parker's Back by Flannery O'Connor" at noon Tuesday at 140 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg.
East Lake Community Library's Author Showcase Series presents Christi Bassford (Christi the Coupon Coach: Couponing Made Simple) at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the library, 4125 East Lake Road, Palm Harbor.
The University of South Florida St. Petersburg will launch its certificate in creative writing program with the Broke A$$ Literary Salon, featuring readings by Julie Buckner Armstrong, Dewey Davis-Thompson, Thomas Hallock, Heather Jones, Jeffrey Skatzka, Ian Vasquez, Gina Vivinetto and others, at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Community Room of Harbor Hall, 1000 Third Street S, St. Petersburg.
Margo Hammond, former book editor of the St. Petersburg Times (now Tampa Bay Times), will conduct a Persistence of Memory Memoir-Writing Workshop 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Dali Museum Education Classroom, 1 Dali Blvd., St. Petersburg. Members $55, nonmembers $65. Register at thedali.org/events.
Susyn Reeve and Joan Breiner (The Inspired Life: Unleashing Your Mind's Capacity for Joy) will discuss and sign their book at 6 p.m. Thursday at Bookstore1Sarasota, 1359 Main St., Sarasota.
Brad Taylor (All Necessary Force) will discuss and sign his thriller at 7 p.m. Thursday at Inkwood Books, 216 S Armenia Ave., Tampa.
Chris Kuzneski (The Secret Crown) will discuss and sign his thriller at 1 p.m. Friday at Circle Books, 478 John Ringling Blvd., Sarasota; and at 3 p.m. Saturday at Haslam's Book Store, 2125 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.
Inkwood Books presents Hardball host Chris Matthews (Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero) for a book talk and signing at noon Saturday at the Tampa Tribune Auditorium, 202 S Parker St., Tampa. Books can be purchased at the event, but reserving copies is strongly advised. Call (813) 253-2638 or go to www.inkwoodbooks.com.
E. Rose Sabin (Shadow of a Demon) will read from and sign her science fiction novel at 2 p.m. Saturday at Books at Park Place, 3619 49th St. N, St. Petersburg.