Mary Dresser (Darkness and Valor) will talk about her latest historical novel at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday as part of the Author Showcase at East Lake Community Library, 4125 East Lake Road, Palm Harbor.
Linda Taylor (Great Women Exploring Nature: How Wild Florida Influenced Their Lives) will talk about and sign her book about 10 female authors at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second St. N.
Travel writer Thomas Swick (A Way to See the World: From Texas to Transylvania With a Maverick Traveler) will be the featured speaker for the Four Seasons Author Series luncheon at noon Friday at the University Club, 38th Floor, 1 Tampa City Center, Tampa. Tickets are $25, and proceeds benefit the Friends of the Library of Tampa-Hillsborough County. Call (813) 273-3616 by Monday for reservations.
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