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Events: Jewish Book Festival continues

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The Tampa Jewish Community Center's 2010 Jewish Book Festival continues through Monday. Reservations recommended. Tickets: (813) 769-4725 or "Miss Manners" columnist Judith Martin (Miss Manners' Guide to a Surprisingly Dignified Wedding) will discuss her book at a brunch at 11 a.m. today at Congregation Rodeph Sholom, 2713 Bayshore Blvd., Tampa. Tickets are $20. Peter Lovenheim (In the Neighborhood: The Search for Community on an American Street, One Sleepover at a Time) will discuss his memoir at 7 p.m. Monday at the Westin Hotel, 7627 Courtney Campbell Parkway, Tampa. Tickets are $3.

The University of South Florida English department's MFA program will host Writers' Harvest, a benefit reading for America's Second Harvest of Tampa Bay, featuring Rita Ciresi, Ira Sukrungruang, Jeffrey Thompson and Katherine Riegel, at 7 p.m. Monday at Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe, 5119 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa. Admission is $3 or three cans of food.

Jane Leavy (The Last Boy: Mickey Mantle and the End of America's Childhood) will discuss and sign her biography of the Yankees icon at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Inkwood Books, 216 S Armenia Ave., Tampa.

The Tampa Bay History Center presents former Lt. Gov. Buddy MacKay (How Florida Happened: The Political Education of Buddy MacKay), introduced by Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the center, 801 Old Water St., Tampa.

Gynecologist Lissa Rankin (What's Up Down There? Questions You'd Only Ask Your Gynecologist If She Was Your Best Friend) will discuss and sign her book at 1 p.m. Thursday at Inkwood.

Former St. Petersburg resident Mark Rotella (Amore: The Story of Italian American Song) will discuss and sign his book about Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and other Italian-American stars at 7 p.m. Thursday at Inkwood Books.

Eckerd College's "The Plight and Promise of Africa" initiative presents the Rev. Mpho Tutu (Made for Goodness: And Why This Makes All the Difference) discussing the book she co-wrote with her father, Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Fox Hall on the Eckerd campus, 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg.

Forum Truth presents Washington Post correspondent David Hoffman (The Dead Hand: The Untold Story of the Cold War Arms Race and Its Dangerous Legacy) discussing his 2010 Pulitzer Prize-winning book about the end of the Cold War arms race at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Sarasota Hyatt Regency, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts. Tickets are $30; go to or call (941) 349-8350.

Lisa Tracy (Objects of Our Affection: Uncovering My Family's Past, One Chair, Pistol and Pickle Fork at a Time) will sign her book at 2 p.m. Friday at Haslam's Book Store, 2025 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

The Clearwater Library Foundation's 18th annual Evening With the Author presents former St. Petersburg Times reporter and Pulitzer Prize winner Thomas French discussing his nonfiction book Zoo Story: Life in the Garden of Captives at 7 p.m. Friday at Clearwater Main Library, 100 Osceola Ave. Tickets are $25; call (727) 797-7088 or go to

No Reservations star and author Anthony Bourdain (Medium Raw: A Bloody Valentine to the World of Food and the People Who Cook) will appear at 8 p.m. Friday at Progress Energy Center for the Art's Mahaffey Theater, 400 First St. S, St. Petersburg. Tickets are $47.45 to $69.40; go to or call (727) 892-5767.

Friends of the Tarpon Springs Library present Local Authors Day, featuring talks and signings by Joe Torregiante, Cynthia Smith, Heather Moore, Sherry Showalter, Fred Inkles, Mike Correia, Georgia Post and Spiros Sideris, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the library, 138 E Lemon St.

Times food editor Janet K. Keeler (Cookielicious: 150 Fabulous Recipes to Bake & Share) will sign her cookbook from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Florida Orange Grove Winery, 1500 Pasadena Ave S., South Pasadena.

To place an item in Book Talk, send author's name, book title, appearance time, date, venue name and address, admission cost (if any) and a contact phone number to [email protected] or Colette Bancroft, St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731. Deadline is 14 days before publication.

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