For many of the authors appearing at the Times Festival of Reading, books are a means to chronicle injustice — and perhaps help to make a change.In fiction and nonfiction, poetry and books for young readers, writers employ their literary art to examine such issues as racism, misogyny and environmental degradation. Telling a story can shine a light in darkness, opening the eyes, minds and hearts of readers. Words can move us to actions, small and large. The 26th annual festival is 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday on the campus of the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, 140 Seventh Ave. S. Admission is free; books for sale on site. Find a full schedule at festivalofreading.com.• Civil rights historian Raymond Arsenault chronicles the life of a sports icon and activist. • In his eighth Quinn Colson novel, Ace Atkins amps up the action in a little Mississippi town. • Sorboni Banerjee, Andre Frattino, Lauren Gibaldi and Fred Koehler will keep young readers turning the pages.• Families face crises in debut novels by C. Morgan Babst and Melanie Hobson. • Short story collections by two Florida writers reveal different perspectives on the everyday. • Christian Blauvelt brings life lessons from Star Wars.• Karen Brown’s novel is a chilling literary ghost story. • Robert Olen Butler’s historical spy thriller takes readers to Paris during World War I. • Writing coach Roy Peter Clark returns to the festival. • Tom Clavin co-authors a lively, revealing account of our first president’s military career. • Jack E. Davis’ book has won accolades that include the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for history. • The festival is proud to present poets Erica Dawson, Tyler Gillespie, Peter Meinke and Enid Shomer.• Bill DeYoung recounts the life of a music legend with Florida roots. • Kristen Hare presents a book about being a tourist close to home. • Jean Heller and Cheryl Hollon bring back their series sleuths.• Jeffery Hess and Danny Lopez find rich sources for crime fiction in Florida. • Ladee Hubbard writes about a most unusual road trip in her debut novel. • Tayari Jones wrote a novel about a life-changing event and found her own life changed. • Gilbert King recounts a tragic true story of injustice in Florida. • Steve Kistulentz’s debut novel is a story of family, politics and a plane crash. • More Real Florida from Jeff Klinkenberg — this time it’s personal. • Michael Koryta’s latest thriller is a dark, satisfying puzzle. • Florida plays a lead role in Eleanor Kriseman’s first novel. • Hugh LaFollette takes a complex look at an oversimplified issue. • Bet on Gale Massey’s psychological thriller for a winning read. • Joyce Maynard tells the story of her own heartbreaking romance. • Step back and let Ben Montgomery tell you the story of a record-breaking stunt. • G. Neri’s latest is a graphic biography of a woman and the horse she risked everything for. • David Pedreiera’s murder mystery is out of this world.• Deborah Plant helped bring a previously unpublished book by Zora Neale Hurston to print. • Steph Post lights up rural Florida in a noir thriller. • Lori Roy finds dark material for a crime novel in Florida history. • B.A. Shapiro draws fictional portraits of Matisse, Stein and more. • Adolescence is a battleground in David Small’s graphic novel.• Gary Shteyngart turns a satirical eye on America with novel about hedge fund manager on a Greyhound road trip. • Get swept up in James Swain’s fast-paced tale of a teen stalked by serial killers. • A young widow questions her safety and sanity in Lisa Unger’s latest. • Rick Wilber writes tales of World War II, with a twist.