Tim Dorsey (Nuclear Jellyfish) will talk about and sign his surreal Florida novel at 1 p.m. today at Barnes & Noble Clearwater, 23654 U.S. 19 N; and at 3 p.m. today at Borders St. Petersburg, 6999 Tyrone Square.
Vanessa Leigh Hoffman (Rear View Mirror) will sign her book at 11:30 a.m. Monday at the University of South Florida Bookstore, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa; and at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Vaughn Center on the University of Tampa campus, 401 W Kennedy Blvd, Tampa.
Kevin Reichard (The Complete Guide to Spring Training) will sign his updated baseball book at 1 p.m. Monday at Sarasota News & Books, 1341 Main St.
Steve Vander Ark (The Lexicon) will sign his reference book about the Harry Potter novels (see review, above) at 7 p.m. Monday at Books-A-Million Brandon, 839 Brandon Town Center.
Rebecca Dart (Women Activists in the Fight for Georgia School Desegregation) will sign her book on civil rights history at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Sarasota News & Books.
Michael Weekes (Everything Is a Process) will sign his business book at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Sarasota News & Books.
The University of Tampa's Writers at the University Series presents Kao Kalia Yang reading from her memoir, The Latehomecomer, about her experiences as one of the thousands of Hmong refugees who came to the United States after being displaced by the U.S. "secret war" in Laos. She will read at 8 p.m. Thursday in Reeves Theater in the Vaughn Center on the UT campus, 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa.
Nola Garrett will read her poetry at a launch party for her first book, The Dynamite Maker's Mistress, at 7 p.m. Friday at Indigo Coffee Trading Co., 514 N Franklin St., Tampa. Also reading at the event will be Peter Meinke, Don Morrill and Gianna Russo.
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