The Writers in Paradise conference at Eckerd College presents a series of readings by the authors on its faculty. All readings begin at 8 p.m. in Miller Auditorium, 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. There will be a wine and cheese reception at 7:30 in the auditorium lobby before each reading, and readings will be followed by author signings in the lobby, with books available for sale. For information, call (727) 864-7994 or go to writersinparadise.eckerd.edu. Today, novelists Stewart O'Nan (Songs for the Missing) and Sterling Watson (Sweet Dream Baby); Monday, poet Beth Ann Fennelly (Unmentionables) and memoirist Ann Hood (Comfort: A Journey Through Grief); Tuesday, novelist Tom Franklin (Smonk) and poet Peter Meinke (Lines From Neuchatel); Thursday, poet Denise Duhamel (Ka-Ching!) and novelist Sheri Reynolds (The Sweet In-Between); Friday, novelists Michael Koryta (The Silent Hour) and Laura Lippman (Life Sentences); Saturday, novelist Dennis Lehane (The Given Day).
Sharon Robinson (Stealing Home: An Intimate Family Portrait by the Daughter of Jackie Robinson) will talk about her father and sign her books at 2 p.m. today at the John F. Germany Public Library, 900 N Ashley Drive, Tampa. The event is part of the exhibition "Pride and Passion: The African-American Baseball Experience."
Fabiola Santiago (Reclaiming Paris) will be the featured speaker at the Four Seasons Author Series luncheon at noon Friday at the University Club, 1 Tampa City Center, Tampa. The Pulitzer Prize-winning Miami Herald writer will talk about her debut novel. The event benefits the Friends of the Library of Tampa/Hillsborough County. Tickets are $25; reservations required, call (813) 273-3616.