The 2012 Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading will raise its banner in Tampa on Monday evening, when I will have an on-stage conversation with bestselling authors Dennis Lehane and Michael Koryta at Four Green Fields Pub.
Lehane's latest book is the gangster saga Live by Night, set in Boston, Tampa and Havana during Prohibition. It's Lehane's first book set primarily in Florida, so you can expect to hear how he decided to write about Ybor City after setting his nine previous novels — including Mystic River, Shutter Island and Gone, Baby, Gone — in and around his hometown of Boston.
Koryta's most recent thriller is The Prophet, the story of two brothers struggling to come to terms with the murder of their sister decades before. Set in Ohio, it has its own Florida link: Koryta based one of its characters, a high school football coach, in part on former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Tony Dungy.
The event, which is co-sponsored by Inkwood Books, begins at 7 p.m. Monday at Four Green Fields Pub, 205 W Platt St., Tampa. Admission is free, with first-come seating; tickets for the book signing line are available only with the purchase of Live by Night or The Prophet from Inkwood Books. Copies will be available at the event or can be bought in advance at Inkwood, 216 S Armenia Ave., Tampa; inkwoodbooks.com or (813) 253-2638.