Former U.S. ambassador to South Africa James A. Joseph (Saved for a Purpose: A Journey From Private Virtues to Public Values) will discuss and sign his memoir at 2 p.m. today at Bookstore1Sarasota, 1359 Main St., Sarasota. Seating is limited; call (941) 365-7900 for reservations.
Local author Tanya Coovadia (Pelee Island Stories) will read from and sign her new short story collection at 4 p.m. today at Craftsman House Gallery, 2955 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Also reading will be three of Coovadia's friends and mentors, NPR television critic Eric Deggans, University of South Florida St. Petersburg literature professor Tom Hallock and Eckerd College history instructor Lee Irby. For reservations, call (727) 323-2787.
Local author Swiyyah Woodard (Don't Call Me Crazy! Again) will discuss and sign her memoir at 3 p.m. Saturday at Johnson Branch Library, 1059 18th Ave. S, St. Petersburg.
Florida poet laureate Peter Meinke and his wife, Jeanne Meinke, will present a story time reading of their new children's book, The Elf Poem, as part of Small Business Saturday at 4 p.m. Saturday at Inkwood Books, 216 S Armenia Ave., Tampa.
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