The University of Tampa's MFA Program presents Lectores: Public Readings by Acclaimed Writers. All events begin at 7:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public. For information, go to www.ut.edu/mfacw/lectores.
• Today: Reading by Jeff Parker (The Taste of Penny) and the Creative Loafing fiction contest winner at Creative Loafing offices, 1911 N 13th St., Suite W200, Tampa.
• Monday: Reading by poets Erica Dawson (Big-Eyed Afraid), Donald Morrill (Impetuous Sleeper) and Peter Meinke (Lines From Neuchatel) at Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values, UT Campus, 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa.
• Tuesday: George Saunders (In Persuasion Nation), reading and in conversation with Creative Loafing editor David Warner, Vaughn Center, 9th Floor, UT Campus.
• Wednesday: Reading by Josip Novakovich (April Fool's Day) and Terese Svoboda (Bohemian Girl), Sykes Chapel and Center for Faith and Values, UT Campus.
• Thursday: "Truth/truth," a discussion with Poynter Institute senior scholar Roy Peter Clark (Help! For Writers: 210 Solutions to the Problems Every Writer Faces), Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Thomas French (Zoo Story: Life in the Garden of Captives) and St. Petersburg poet laureate Peter Meinke, moderated by John Capouya (Gorgeous George), a joint event of the UT MFA and the Poynter Institute, at Vaughn Center, Reeves Theater, UT Campus.
Inkwood Books presents psychiatrist Gary Small (The Alzheimer's Prevention Program: Keeping Your Brain Healthy for the Rest of Your Life) discussing and signing his book at 11 a.m. Thursday at Horizon Bay Hyde Park, 800 W Azeele St., Tampa.
The Florida Holocaust Museum presents a talk by historian Raymond Arsenault (Freedom Riders: 1961 and the Struggle for Racial Justice) at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at FreeFall Theatre, 6099 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Admission is $9, free for museum members.
Safety Harbor Public Library presents Terry Jenkins (A Commonsense Approach to Dealing With People) at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the library, 101 Second St. N.
Registration is open for the Florida Writers' Conference, a seminar for writers and journalists Feb. 16-18 at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Speakers include Anthony Swofford (Jarhead), Bob Shacochis (Easy in the Islands) and Jackie Lyden (Daughter of the Queen of Sheba). Early bird registration before Jan. 20 is $150. For information and registration, go to www.ce.ucf.edu/Conference-Services/Florida-Writers/.
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