Priscilla Hoon (The Crocodile God) will sign her book at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Small Adventures Book Shop, 3107 Beach Blvd. S, Gulfport.
Forum Truth presents journalist Gwen Ifill (The Breakthrough) discussing her new book about Barack Obama's presidential campaign and the new generation of African-American leaders at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts. Tickets are $30 and include a copy of the book; call Sarasota News & Books, (941) 365-6332.
Writers at the University, sponsored by the department of English and writing at the University of Tampa, presents UT Press poet Jenny Browne reading from her collections At Once and Second Reason at 8 p.m. Monday at the Scarfone/Hartley Gallery, 310 N Boulevard, Tampa. A reception and book signing will follow.
The Seminole Library presents author Mary Jane Cronin (November Mourning) discussing her book and the use of journaling to deal with grief at 7 p.m. Thursday at the library, 9200 113th St., Seminole.
The Crystal River Coastal Regional Library presents St. Petersburg Times Real Florida columnist Jeff Klinkenberg (Pilgrim in the Land of Alligators) talking about his book and a multimedia show about the history of gators and humans at 2 p.m. Friday at the library, 8619 W Crystal St.
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