Thursday, February 22, 2018
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Events: SunLit Festival continues with Florida Antiquarian Book Fair, more

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The SunLit Festival in St. Petersburg continues with these events.

APRIL 17: Jump at the Sun (2008) is an award-winning biography of Florida-raised author Zora Neale Hurston by St. Petersburg filmmaker Kristy Andersen. Hurston's great-niece Lois Gaston will also speak. 7 p.m., Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum, 2240 Ninth Ave. S.

APRIL 18: Fiction Live is Wordier Than Thou's fourth annual event teaming Tampa Bay area writers and actors. 7 p.m., [email protected], 620 First Ave. S. $10 advance, $12 at the door.

APRIL 19: City of Poets features readings by Florida poet laureate Peter Meinke, St. Petersburg poet laureate Helen Pruitt Wallace, Eckerd College faculty member Gloria Muñoz and Keep St. Pete Lit's 2017 LitSpace writer in residence, Alison Stone, followed by a Q&A and book signing. 7 p.m., Chihuly Collection, 720 Central Ave.

APRIL 20: Literary Carousel at the MFA is an "Ekphrastic," in which writers interpret a work of visual art. Featured writers are Leonora LaPeter, Stephanie Hayes, Ben Montgomery, David Warner, Paul Wilborn, Sandra Gadsden, Julie Garisto and Steph Post. 6:30 p.m., Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE. $5, free for members.

APRIL 21: Adult Spelling Bee Fundraiser for the Literacy Council of St. Petersburg pits teams of spellers against one another. 6:30 p.m., Sunshine Center, 330 Fifth St. N. Team entry for two to four people, $100 at universe.com/adultspellingbee. Admission $10, $7 for children 12 and under.

APRIL 21-April 23: The 36th annual Florida Antiquarian Book Fair gathers more than 100 specialty booksellers from across the United States offering vintage books, maps, prints, postcards, ephemera, autographs and other paper collectibles. 5-9 p.m. April 21, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 22, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. April 23, the Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N. Tickets $10 for all weekend or $6 for one day Saturday or April 23; children 12 and under and students with ID free.

APRIL 22: Mission Compostable: An Earth Day Letterpress Workshop & Brunch combines a discussion of literature and environmental awareness with a print workshop. 10:30 a.m., Calusa Commons, 2161 First Ave. S.

Writers, Winners and the Publishing World is a reading and Q&A by local authors Jackie Minniti (Jacqueline), Lori Roy (Let Me Die in His Footsteps) and Steph Post (Lightwood). Winners of the SunLit short story contest will be announced. 2 p.m., St. Petersburg Public Library, 3746 Ninth Ave. N.

Children's Poetry Night Hike features local poets and fun activities for kids. 7:30 p.m., Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way S. $5 adults, $3 kids ages 3 and up. RSVP required: (727) 893-7326.

Former FBI agent Joe Navarro (Three Minutes to Doomsday: An Agent, a Traitor, and the Worst Espionage Breach in U.S. History) will sign his nonfiction book at 7 p.m. April 18 at Barnes & Noble South Tampa, 213 N Dale Mabry Highway.

Bookstore1Sarasota and Florida Studio Theatre present PoetryLife Weekend, featuring poets Edward Hirsh (Gabriel: A Poem) and Aimee Nezhukumatathil (Lucky Fish). Events take place April 21-22 in downtown Sarasota; for information and tickets, go to poetrylife.org.

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