The Poynter Institute presents a Community Conversation with Juan Williams (Muzzled: The Assault on Honest Debate), the Fox News analyst and former NPR commentator, at 7 p.m. Monday, with a reception afterward at the institute, 801 Third St. S, St. Petersburg. Tickets cost $50 (proceeds benefit Poynter scholarships). Call (727) 821-9494.
The University of South Florida's University Lecture Series presents rapper Common (One Day It'll All Make Sense) speaking about his memoir at 8 p.m. Monday in the Marshall Center Ballroom, University of South Florida, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa.
The Frontier Forum lecture series of the USF Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Faculty presents Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee (Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer) discussing his Pulitzer Prize-winning book at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Interdisciplinary Sciences Auditorium Room 1051, USF, Tampa.
WMNF-FM 88.5 presents former health insurance executive Wendell Potter (Deadly Spin: An Insurance Company Insider Speaks Out on How Corporate PR Is Killing Health Care and Deceiving Americans) discussing his book at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Octagon Arts Center, 2470 Nursery Road, Clearwater. Tickets cost $10 in advance, $15 at the door; www.wmnf.org/events.
USF St. Petersburg professor Julie Buckner Armstrong (Mary Turner and the Memory of Lynching) will discuss and sign her book of cultural history at a release party, also featuring a performance by Blue Scarf Collective, at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg.
Norma Watkins (The Last Resort: Taking the Mississippi Cure) will discuss and sign her memoir of growing up in the South during the civil rights era at 7 p.m. Thursday at Inkwood Books, 216 S Armenia Ave., Tampa.
Raymond Weaver (Miami Justice, contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspirations for the Young at Heart) will discuss and sign his books at 2 p.m. Saturday at Safety Harbor Library, 101 Second St. N.
Applications are being accepted from book market vendors for the 2011 St. Petersburg Times Festival of Reading, which will take place Oct. 22 at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. For the application, go to festivalofreading.com.
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