Friday, December 15, 2017
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Events: Former U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins to appear in Sarasota

Book Talk

Poynter Institute senior scholar Roy Peter Clark (The Art of X-Ray Reading: How the Secrets of 25 Great Works of Literature Will Improve Your Writing) will discuss and sign his book at 2 p.m. Feb. 14 at Haslam's Book Store, 2025 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

The February Local Author Meet 'n' Greet at Robert W. Saunders Public Library will feature 15 authors, including Fred Hearns (Getting It Done: Rebuilding Black America Brick by Brick), Shan Mahogany (Emphasis on Love) and Ersula Odom (African Americans of Tampa), at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 15 at the library, 1505 Nebraska Ave., Tampa.

Hester Young (The Gates of Evangeline) will discuss and sign her debut Southern Gothic thriller at 7 p.m. Feb. 16 at Inkwood Books, 216 S Armenia Ave., Tampa.

The Poetry in Paradise Festival presents former U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins and former New York state poet laureate Marie Howe at two events, a Poetry Power Luncheon with panel discussion on teaching poetry at noon Feb. 20 at Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N Palm Ave., Sarasota; and at a reading at 7 p.m. Feb. 20 at Mildred Sainer Pavilion, New College of Florida, 5313 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. Tickets are $35 for the luncheon, $25 for the reading, at poetrylife.org or (941) 366-9000.

The Local Author Signing at Barnes & Noble St. Petersburg will feature Ray Lampe (Flavorize: Great Marinades, Injections, Brines, Rubs, and Glazes), Marty Montes (Spirited Schoolroom), Bob Ieva (The Other Brooklyn), Barnacle Bill Bedlam (Skeleton Krewe) and Charles Lee Robinson Jr. (Love Circles) from 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 20 at the store, 2501 N Tyrone Blvd. N, St. Petersburg.

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