Jeff Shaara (A Blaze of Glory: A Novel of the Battle of Shiloh) will launch his latest historical novel with a talk and book signing at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Selby Auditorium, University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, 8350 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door; go to www.bookstore1sarasota.com.
James Swain (Dark Magic) will discuss and sign his paranormal thriller at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Inkwood Books, 216 S Armenia Ave., Tampa.
The 20th annual Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading will take place Oct. 20 on the campus of the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. For author application and information, go to festivalofreading.com/.
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