Former Times book editor Margo Hammond will lead a Persistence of Memory Writing Workshop at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Salvador Dalí Museum, 1 Dalí Blvd., St. Petersburg. Fee is $65; to register, go to www.thedali.org. The workshop will be offered the third Tuesday of each month through the fall.
The East Lake Community Library's Author Showcase will present E. Rose Sabin (The Gift of the Trinde Tree) discussing her fantasy novels at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the library, 4125 East Lake Road, Palm Harbor.
Tim Dorsey (Pineapple Grenade) will discuss and sign his latest comic Florida crime novel at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Tarpon Springs Library, 138 E Lemon St.
Tracy Kidder (Strength in What Remains, Mountains Beyond Mountains), winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, will launch Eckerd College's 2012-13 Presidential Events Series in conversation with Times book editor Colette Bancroft at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Fox Hall on the Eckerd campus, 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. To read an interview with Kidder, see today's Perspective section.
Gaby Rodriguez (The Pregnancy Project) will discuss and sign her memoir about teen pregnancy at the second annual Parent Conference of Alpha House of Tampa at 9 a.m. Friday at Hillsborough Community College Ybor Campus, 2112 N 15th St., Tampa. The event is free but reservations are required; call (813) 875-2024.
Safety Harbor Public Library's Book Talk Bonanza will present local writers E. Rose Sabin (The Gift of the Trinde Tree), Miriam Hill, Ray Weaver (Tightrope to Justice) and Bill Boden discussing and signing their work at 1 p.m. Saturday at the library, 101 Second St. N.
Applications are being accepted for book market vendors and volunteers for the 2012 Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading, which will take place Oct. 20 at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. For applications, go to 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 or Colette Bancroft, Tampa Bay Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731. Deadline is 14 days before publication.