Food and travel writer Anthony Bourdain (Medium Raw) and acclaimed chef Eric Ripert (Le Bernardin Cookbook: Four-Star Simplicity) will appear in "Good vs. Evil: An Evening With Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert" at 7 tonight at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 North Macinnes Place, Tampa. Tickets are $18.50-$124.50; strazcenter.org. Signed books will be available from Inkwood Books.
The June Baumgardner Gelbart Lecture in Jewish Studies presents Stanley Corngold, professor emeritus of German and comparative literature at Princeton University, speaking on "Franz Kafka and the Poetry of Risk Insurance" at 7 p.m. Wednesday in ISA 1051, University of South Florida, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa.
St. Petersburg police detective and Afghan war veteran Bryan Wood (Unspoken Abandonment: Sometimes the Hardest Part of Going to War Is Coming Home) will sign his memoir at 7 p.m. Wednesday and 2 p.m. Saturday at Starbucks, 199 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg.
Children's author Lisa McCourt (Juicy Joy: 7 Simple Steps to Your Glorious, Gutsy Self) will discuss and sign her first book for adults at 7 p.m. Friday at Barnes & Noble Carrollwood, 11802 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa.
Times environmental reporter Craig Pittman (The Scent of Scandal: Greed, Betrayal, and the World's Most Beautiful Orchid) will discuss and sign his nonfiction book at 3 p.m. Saturday at Haslam's Book Store, 2025 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.
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