The Jewish Book Festival and its book sponsor, Inkwood Books, present seven events. For information, call (813) 769-4725.
Laurel Snyder (Nosh, Schlep, Schluff), 1:30 p.m. today, Hillel Academy, 2020 W Fletcher Ave., Tampa; tickets $5 per family.
Thanassis Cambanis (A Privilege to Die: Inside Hezbollah's Legions and Their Endless War Against Israel), 7 p.m. today, Tampa Jewish Center, 13009 Community Campus Drive, Tampa.
Elaine Fantle Shimberg (Growing Up Jewish in Small Town America), 7:30 p.m. Monday, Inkwood Books, 216 S Armenia Ave., Tampa.
Pam Jenoff (The Things We Cherished), 7 p.m. Tuesday, Congregation Beth Shalom, 1325 S Belcher Road, Clearwater; tickets $3.
Jay Michaelson (God vs. Gay? The Religious Case for Equality), 8 p.m. Thursday, Congregation Kol Ami, 3919 Moran Rd., Tampa; $3.
Ted Gup (A Secret Gift: How One Man's Kindness and a Trove of Letters Revealed the Hidden History of the Great Depression), 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Beth Shalom Synagogue, 706 Bryan Rd., Brandon; tickets $5.
Alicia Oltuski (Precious Objects: A Story of Diamonds, Family, and a Way of Life), 11 a.m. Nov. 13, Congregation Rodelph Sholom, 2713 Bayshore Blvd., Tampa; tickets $18, call (813) 769-4725 for reservations.
Poet John Hoppenthaler (Anticipate the Coming Reservoir) will read at 4 p.m. today at Bookstore1Sarasota, 1359 Main St., Sarasota.
St. Petersburg Times book editor Colette Bancroft will lead a discussion of Rebecca Skloot's The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks at noon Tuesday at the Cathedral Church of St. Peter, 140 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg.
Author and filmmaker Diane Glancy (Stories of the Driven World) will read and discuss her writing at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Cannon Memorial Library, Saint Leo University, 33701 SR 52, St. Leo.
The University of Tampa's Writers at the University series presents Erika Meitner (Makeshift Instructions for Vigilant Girls) reading and discussing her poetry at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Scarfone/Hartley Gallery, 310 N Boulevard, Tampa.
Poet Philip Terman (The Torah Garden) reads and discusses his book at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Irish Pub and Grille on Main, 1359 Main St., Sarasota. Tickets are $25 and include a book and hors d'oeuvres; call (941) 365-7900.
Christi Bassford (Christi the Coupon Coach: Couponing Made Easy) will discuss and sign her book at 6:30 Thursday at Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second St.
Former Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio (Straightforward: Ways to Live and Lead) will discuss and sign her book at 7 p.m. Thursday at Inkwood Books. (See interview in today's Perspective.)
Antonino Fabiano (Egmont Passage: Monkey Business) will sign his historical novel at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Fort DeSoto Gift Shop, Fort DeSoto Park, 3500 Pinellas Bayway S., Tierra Verde.
Poynter Institute senior scholar Roy Peter Clark (Help! For Writers: 210 Solutions to the Problems Every Writer Faces) will discuss and sign his book at 2 p.m. Saturday at Inkwood Books.
Tim Dorsey (When Elves Attack: A Joyous Christmas From the Criminal Nutbars of the Sunshine State) will sign books at 1 p.m. Saturday at Book Bank, 13002 Seminole Blvd., Largo; and at 3 p.m. Saturday at Haslam's Book Store, 2025 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.
As part of its daylong Celebration of the Arts, Eckerd College will present a reading by faculty members Sterling Watson (Fighting in the Shade), Helen Wallace (Shimming the Glass House), Scott Ward (Rebel), Tracy Crow (Eyes Right: Confessions From a Woman Marine) and Daniel Vilmure (Lawrence of Suburbia) at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in the Roberts Music Center on the campus, 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. For complete event information, go to www.eckerd.edu/events.
The Clearwater Community Woman's Club's 19th annual Evening With the Author, featuring bestselling thriller writer Lisa Unger (Darkness, My Old Friend), takes place at 7 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Clearwater Main Library, 100 N Osceola Ave. Tickets are $25; for reservations, call (727) 797-7088 or go to www.clearwatercwc.org.