The East Lake Community Library Author's Showcase presents bestselling writer Tim Dorsey, talking about his new Florida novel, Nuclear Jellyfish, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the library, 4123 East Lake Road, Palm Harbor.
Saint Leo University presents acclaimed author Dennis Lehane (Mystic River) talking about his new historical novel, The Given Day, at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Student Community Center on the main campus, 33701 State Road 52, St. Leo.
Dennis Lehane will also appear at the Historic Asolo Theatre at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 5401 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota. Tickets are $35 and include a reception and a copy of The Given Day; proceeds benefit the Friends of the Ringling Museum Library. Call Sarasota News & Books, (941) 365-6332.
Inkwood Books, the Ophelia Project and the Academy of Holy Names present Jean Kilbourne, author of So Sexy, So Soon: The New Sexualized Childhood and What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Kids, at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Academy's Brady Center, 3319 Bayshore Blvd., Tampa. Register at www.opbi.org/opheliatampa/ or call (813) 514-9555, ext. 111.
Gulf Beaches Public Library presents hospice counselor Mary Jane Cronin talking about "Writing to Heal" at 4 p.m. Friday at the library, 200 Municipal Drive, Madeira Beach.
SPCA Tampa Bay presents a behavior demonstration and book signing by Sarah Wilson, author of the new book Dogology: What Your Relationship With Your Dog Reveals About You, from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the SPCA, 9099 130th Ave. N, Largo.
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