The 2013 Writers in Paradise conference at Eckerd College continues its reading series all week. Readings are free and open to the public and take place at 8 p.m., preceded by wine and cheese receptions in the lobby at 7:30 and followed by book signings, in Miller Auditorium at Eckerd College, 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg; writersinparadise.eckerd.edu.
Today: Tracy Crow (Eyes Right), Les Standiford (Desperate Sons) and Sterling Watson (Fighting in the Shade)
Monday: Beth Ann Fennelly (Unmentionables) and Peter Meinke (The Shape of Poetry)
Tuesday: Dennis Lehane (Live by Night)
Wednesday: Daniel Woodrell (The Outlaw Album), with Q&A moderated by Michael Koryta (The Prophet)
Thursday: Stewart O'Nan (The Odds) and David Yoo (The Detention Club)
Friday: Tom Franklin (Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter) and Ann Hood (The Red Thread)
Saturday: Andre Dubus III (Townie) and Laura Lippman (And When She Was Good)
Elisabeth Stevens (Ride a Bright and Shining Pony) will read and sign her novel at 2 p.m. today at Bookstore1Sarasota, 1359 Main St., Sarasota.
Cathedral Church of St. Peter's lunchtime book talks will present David Bryant, professor of religious studies at Eckerd College, discussing John Updike's novel Rabbit at Rest at noon Tuesday at the cathedral, 140 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Lunch available for $5.
Mary Orme Ellis (Non-Local Flow: Good Chi, the Sea and Me, a Daughter's Journey as Shared by Her Mother) will discuss her book at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Dunedin Public Library, 223 Douglas Ave.
The University of South Florida Humanities Institute presents a reading by novelist James Carlos Blake (Country of the Bad Wolfes), recipient of the USF Distinguished Graduate in the Humanities award, at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the View Room, Interdisciplinary Sciences Building, USF campus, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa.
Tampa Bay Times environmental reporter Craig Pittman (The Scent of Scandal: Greed, Betrayal and the World's Most Beautiful Orchid) will discuss and sign his book at 7 p.m. Thursday at Gulfport Public Library, 5501 28th Ave. S.
Joan Wickersham (The News from Spain: Seven Variations on a Love Story) will discuss and sign her short story collection at 7 p.m. Thursday at Bookstore1Sarasota, 1359 Main St., Sarasota.
Tampa Bay Times TV/media critic Eric Deggans (Race-Baiter: How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide a Nation) will discuss and sign his book at 2 p.m. Saturday at the St. Petersburg Main Library, 3745 Ninth Ave. N.
Mary Jane Clark (Footprints in the Sand) will discuss and sign her mystery novel set in Sarasota at a benefit luncheon for Rocky Bluff Library at 11:30 a.m. Friday at River Wilderness Golf & Country Club, 2250 Wilderness Blvd., Parrish. Tickets $35; email info@FriendsofRockyBluff.org. Clark will also discuss and sign her book at 2 p.m. Saturday at Inkwood Books, 216 S Armenia Ave., Tampa.
Registration is open for Sleuthfest on Saturday, a one-day writing conference presented by the Florida chapter of Mystery Writers of America, on Feb. 16 at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota. Cost is $145; information and registration at mwaflorida.org/sleuthfest.htm.
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