Judith Rock (The Eloquence of Blood) will discuss and sign her historical thriller set in 17th century Paris at a launch party at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Bookstore1Sarasota, 1359 Main St., Sarasota.
Barry Frangipane and Ben Robbins (The Venice Experiment: A Year of Trial and Error Living Abroad) will discuss and sign their book at 2 p.m. Saturday at Sophie's French Cafe and Bakery, 1633 W Snow Ave., Tampa.
Applications are being accepted from book market vendors for the 2011 St. Petersburg Times Festival of Reading, which will take place Oct. 22 at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. For the application, go to festivalofreading.com .
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