Herman Koren (Histories of the Jewish People of Pinellas County) will discuss and sign his book at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Chapel by the Sea, 54 Bay Esplanade, Clearwater.
Jane Heller (Confessions of a She-Fan) will discuss and sign her book about baseball at 1 p.m. Friday at Barnes & Noble Carrollwood, 11802 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa.
P.D. LaFleur (Mill Town) will discuss and sign his thriller at 6 p.m. Friday at Small Adventures Bookshop, 3107 Beach Blvd. S, Gulfport.
Mary Catherine Coolidge (Sideways in Sarasota: Collected Columns From M.C. Coolidge, aka Reality Chick) will sign her book at 6 p.m. Friday at Village Bookshop, 1006 11th Ave. W, Bradenton.
Gary Mormino (Land of Sunshine, State of Dreams: A Social History of Modern Florida) will discuss and sign his book at 7 p.m. Friday at Sarasota News & Books, 1341 Main St.
P.M. Hoon (The Crocodile God) will sign her Florida adventure book at 7 p.m. Friday at Small Adventures Book Shop, Gulfport.
Ruth Fishell (Peace in Our Hearts, Peace in the World) will sign her book at 11 a.m. Saturday at Village Bookshop, Bradenton.
John Cinchett (Vintage Tampa Signs and Scenes) will sign his book of historical photos at 2 p.m. Saturday at Inkwood Books, 216 S Armenia Ave., Tampa.
Forum Truth presents Washington Post reporter Thomas Ricks discussing his new book, The Gamble: General David Petraeus and the American Military Adventure in Iraq, 2006-2008. Ricks will speak at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, 801 N Tamiami Trail. Tickets are $30 and include a book. Go to www.forumtruth.org or call Sarasota News & Books, (941) 365-6332.
The Studio@620's Pen Is Mightier Series presents Helen Pruitt Wallace (Shimming the Glass House), 2007 recipient of the Richard Snyder Memorial Award, and Peter Meinke (The Contracted World), award-winning author of numerous works of poetry and short fiction. The poets will present a workshop at 3 p.m. Saturday followed by a reading and Q&A at 7 p.m. at the studio, 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Both events are free; for information go to www.studio620.org.
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