Tim Dorsey (Nuclear Jellyfish) will discuss his comic novel at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Selby Library, 1331 First St., Sarasota; and at 7 p.m. Saturday at Myakka River State Park, 13208 State Road 72, Sarasota.
Barbara Birenbaum (Amber's Dachshund Antics) will sign her children's books at 1 p.m. Saturday at Barnes & Noble Clearwater, 23654 U.S. 19 N.
Lisa Daily (How to Date Like a Grown-Up) will sign her book at a launch party at 7 p.m. Saturday at Sarasota News & Books, 1341 Main St.
James Reese (The Dracula Dossier) will appear at a luncheon and Q&A at 3 p.m. today at the Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Reese will be interviewed by Times book editor Colette Bancroft. For reservations, call (727) 895-6620.
Jill Conner Browne (American Thighs: The Sweet Potato Queens' Guide to Preserving Your Assets) will appear at a benefit for the Friends of Selby Library at 6 p.m. today at the library, 1331 First St., Sarasota. Tickets are $50 and include a signed book and catered reception. Call (941) 365-6332.
Forum Truth presents Michael Kinsley (Creative Capitalism: A Conversation With Bill Gates, Warren Buffett and Others) at 7 p.m. Thursday at Temple Beth Sholom, 1050 S Tuttle Ave., Sarasota. Tickets are $30 and include a book. Call (941) 365-6332.
Writers in Paradise presents free talks by its faculty. All talks are at 8 p.m., with reception and book sale at 7:30, in Miller Auditorium, Eckerd College, 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. Speakers: today, Les Standiford (The Man Who Invented Christmas) and Peter Meinke (The Shape of Poetry); Monday, Sterling Watson (Sweet Dream Baby) and Ann Hood (Comfort: A Journey Through Grief); Tuesday, Tom Perrotta (The Abstinence Teacher) and Scott Ward (Wayward Passages); Thursday, Nahid Rachlin (Persian Girls), Jill Bialosky (The Life Room) and Helen Pruitt Wallace (Shimming the Glass House); Friday, Michael Koryta (Envy the Night) and Laura Lippman (Hardly Knew Her: Stories); Saturday, Dennis Lehane (The Given Day).
Michael Dowd (Thank God for Evolution) speaks at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tampa, 11400 Morris Bridge Road, Tampa.
As part of the Pen Is Mightier literary series, St. Petersburg Times copy editor Ian Vasquez (In the Heat) will conduct a writing workshop at 3 p.m. and discuss his novel at 7 Saturday at the Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg.
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