Johnny Lee Gaddy, one of the contributors to Antoinette Harrell's book Dark Days of Horror at Dozier: Rapes, Murders, Beatings and Slavery Unfold at Dozier Reform School for Boys, will discuss the book at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville.
The second annual Sandhill Writers Retreat's faculty members are Florida Book Award winner Lola Haskins, Tampa Bay Times Real Florida columnist Jeff Klinkenberg, Florida Lifetime Achievement for Writing Award winner Enid Shomer and University of South Florida creative writing professor Ira Sukrungruang. The retreat will take place from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Saint Leo University, 33701 State Road 52, St. Leo. Registration is $100 for the public, $80 for teachers, students and senior citizens and $40 for veterans and active-duty military. To register, go to saintleo.edu and enter "Sandhill" in the search area.
Jamie Elizabeth Tingen (Butterfly Messages) will sign her novel at 2 p.m. Saturday at Barnes & Noble, Shops of Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Drive, Wesley Chapel.
Friends of the Jack Kerouac House will present Kerouac in Paradise: A Literary Bike Tour of St. Petersburg starting at 11 a.m. (check-in at 10:30) May 18 at the Flamingo Bar & Grill, 1230 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St., St. Petersburg. The approximately two-hour ride will be followed by an after-party at the Flamingo. Registration is $10; to register, visit the "Kerouac in Paradise" Facebook page.
Author and vendor applications for the 2014 Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading, which will take place Oct. 25 at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, are available at festivalofreading.com.
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