Gene Baur (Farm Sanctuary: Changing Hearts and Minds About Animals and Food) will discuss and sign his book at 3 p.m. today at Grass Root Organic Restaurant, 2702 N Florida Ave., Tampa. Tickets, which include a light buffet, are $20. Baur will also discuss and sign his book at 6:30 p.m. today at Whole Foods Market, 1548 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa.
St. Petersburg Times Real Florida columnist Jeff Klinkenberg will lead a discussion of Marjory Stoneman Douglas' classic environmental book The Everglades: River of Grass at noon Tuesday at Cathedral Church of St. Peter, 140 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Free; lunch available. Call (727) 822-4173 or visit www.spcathedral.net.
Former FDIC chairman William Isaac (Senseless Panic: How Washington Failed America) will discuss and sign his book at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Bookstore1Sarasota, 1359 Main St., Sarasota.
Environmentalist and journalist Bill McKibben (Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet) will speak on "Resisting Climate Reality," the keynote address of Eckerd College's 2011-2012 Presidential Events Series, with a book signing afterward, at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Fox Hall on the campus, 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg.
Artist Candace Knapp (Voices in the Forest) will discuss and sign her book as part of an exhibition of her sculptures at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Florida Craftsmen Galleries, 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.
Tampa Preparatory School and Inkwood Books present bestselling author Markus Zusak (The Book Thief) discussing and signing his YA books at 7 p.m. Thursday at the school, 727 W Cass St., Tampa.
Tampa Bay Veg Fest presents five authors discussing and signing their books at the event, which is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Cotanchobee Fort Broooke Park, 601 Old Water St,. Tampa. The schedule: Roberta Schiff (The Vegetarian Shabbat Cookbook), 10 a.m.; Ellen Jaffe Jones (Eat Vegan on $4 a Day), 11 a.m.; Roberta Kalechofsky (Vegetarian Judaism: A Guide for Everyone), noon; Carol Leifer (When You Lie About Your Age, the Terrorists Win), 2 p.m.; and Tracye McQuirter (By Any Greens Necessary), 3 p.m.
Hugo Award winner Tim Zahn (Choices of One) will sign his books at 2 p.m. Saturday at Books at Park Place, 3619 49th St. N, St. Petersburg.
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