Dr. Ben Carson (A More Perfect Union: What We the People Can Do to Reclaim Our Constitutional Liberties), retired neurosurgeon and candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, will sign his new book at noon Wednesday at Bookstore1Sarasota, 1359 Main St., Sarasota. Purchase of the book in person or by phone from Bookstore1Sarasota is required for admission to the signing line. Call (941) 365-7900.
Inkwood Books presents Jeff Alworth (The Beer Bible) discussing and signing his book at 7 p.m. Thursday at Hidden Springs Ale Works, 1631 N Franklin St., Tampa.
The Academy of Senior Professionals' fourth annual Literary Symposium presents bestselling mystery novelist Lisa Unger (Crazy Love You) discussing and signing her books at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Lewis House, Eckerd College, 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg.
Tampa Bay Veg Fest presents three authors discussing and signing their books on Saturday at Cotanchobee Fort Brooke Park, 601 Old Water St., Tampa:
• 10:30 a.m.: Dustin Rudolph (The Empty Medicine Cabinet: The Pharmacist's Guide to the Hidden Danger of Drugs and the Healing Powers of Food)
• 11:30 a.m.: Jo-Anne McArthur (We Animals)
• 3 p.m.: Victoria Moran (The Good Karma Diet)
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