Friends of the Tampa-Hillsborough County Library's Four Seasons Author Series presents Tampa Bay Times book editor Colette Bancroft speaking on "Confessions of a Book Critic" at noon Friday at the University Club, 201 N Franklin St., No. 3800, Tampa. Tickets are $30. Business attire requested and reservations required. Call (813) 273-3616.
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.
To place an item in Book Talk, send author's name, book title, appearance time, date, venue name and address, admission cost (if any) and a contact phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org (with "Book Talk" in subject line) or Colette Bancroft, Tampa Bay Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731. Deadline is 14 days before publication.