Novelist A. Manette Ansay (Good Things I Wish You) will read from and sign her historical romance, based on the lives of Clara and Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms, at 7 p.m. Thursday at Inkwood Books, 216 S Armenia Ave., Tampa.
Nonfiction writer Scott Deitche (The Everything Mafia Book and Balls: The Life of Eddie Trascher, Gentleman Gangster) will sign his books at 2 p.m. Saturday at Cigar City Brewing, 3924 W Spruce St., Suite A, Tampa.
Applications are being accepted from volunteers and book market vendors for the 2010 St. Petersburg Times Festival of Reading, Oct. 23 at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. For applications, go to festivalofreading.com.
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