Vincenza Scarpaci (The Journey of the Italians in America) will discuss and sign her book about Italian immigrants at 2 p.m. today at Inkwood Books, 216 S Armenia Ave., Tampa.
Janet Conner (Writing Down Your Soul: How to Activate and Listen to the Extraordinary Voice Within) will discuss and sign her book about personal writing at 7 p.m. Thursday at Inkwood Books.
Lori Wyman (The Organic Actor: Insider's Secrets to Auditioning for Film and Television) will discuss and sign her book about her career as a casting director at 6 p.m. Friday at Inkwood Books.
Barnes & Noble South Tampa, 213 N Dale Mabry Highway, presents a dozen authors discussing and signing their books from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday: Richard Lowry (Marines in the Garden of Eden), Gary Sheerin (Virus Games), Mayra Leon (Root Issues), Arnold Fultz (Fixing the Ungodly Mess), Ashley Roland (Restoring Water), Adra Steia (Spirit Mother), Vic Topmiller Jr. (Seeds of My Field), Diane Gregg (It Came Upon a Midnight Clear), Terri Garey (Dead Girls Are Easy), Julie Leto (Something Wicked), John V. Cinchett (Vintage Tampa Signs and Scenes) and Linda Davis Grable (Thank You for My Dignity).
John Hemingway, a grandson of Ernest Hemingway, will talk about his book Strange Tribe: A Family Memoir at 2 p.m. Monday at the Clearwater Main Library, 100 N Osceola Ave.
Educator and author Chris Mercogliano will give a talk about his book In Defense of Childhood: Protecting Kids' Inner Wildness at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Spring Valley School, 2109 Nebraska Ave., Palm Harbor.
Wayne Ayers will discuss his book Tampa Bay's Beaches: Then and Now at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Gulf Beaches Library, 200 Municipal Drive, Madeira Beach.
Quilt, the University of Tampa's student literary magazine, presents award-winning poet Henri Cole (Blackbird and Wolf) at its annual Coffee House Poetry Reading at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Grand Salon in Plant Hall on the UT campus, 401 W Kennedy Blvd.
Children's author Lynda Lippman-Lockhart, author of Oodles of Poodles of Dark Corner, and her poodle, Bogie, will appear at Florida Poodle Rescue's Back to the '50s fundraiser at 7 p.m. Saturday at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 11 Central Ave. Tickets are $50; information at www.floridapoodlerescue.org.
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