East Lake Community Library's Author Showcase presents Lynn Combes (Garden Full of Butterflies) discussing and signing her novel at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the library, 4125 East Lake Road, Palm Harbor.
Tampa Bay Times Real Florida writer Jeff Klinkenberg will be the featured reader at Wordier Than Thou, an open mic storytelling series, at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Open mic readers get 10 minutes each for short stories or nonfiction prose; $5 suggested donation.
Times book editor Colette Bancroft will talk about "Hammock Reading" for summer with the book group at the Tampa Bay History Center, 801 Old Water St., Tampa, at 10:30 a.m. Thursday (July 17).
Author and vendor applications for the 2014 Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading, which will be Oct. 25 at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, are available at festivalofreading.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (with "Book Talk" in subject line) or Colette Bancroft, Tampa Bay Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731. Deadline is 14 days before publication.