The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee's Jewish Book Festival presents cookbook author and teacher Giuliano Hazan (Hazan Family Favorites) discussing and signing his book at 7 p.m. today at Lakewood Ranch Townhall, 8175 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Lakewood Ranch. Tickets $10; go to jfedsrq.org/events.
Former Tampa Bay Times book editor Margo Hammond will lead "An Intermediate Workshop: Gaining Memoir Momentum" at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Salvador Dali Museum, 1 Dali Blvd., St. Petersburg. Cost $65. Includes refreshments and parking; call (727) 623-4730.
East Lake Community Library's Author Showcase presents novelist Enid Shomer (The Twelve Rooms of the Nile) discussing and signing her book, recently named one of 2012's best historical novels by NPR, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the library, 4125 East Lake Road, Palm Harbor.
Tampa author Chris Kuzneski (The Death Relic) will discuss and sign his latest thriller at 7 p.m. Thursday at Bookstore1Sarasota, 1359 Main St., Sarasota.
Authentic Florida presents photographer Clyde Butcher, Tampa Bay Times Real Florida columnist Jeff Klinkenberg (Pilgrim in the Land of Alligators) and Gulf Coast Journal host Jack Perkins in "Authentic Florida Meets Real Florida," 10 a.m. Friday at the Girl Scouts Gulf Coast Conference Center, 4740 Cattlemen Road, Sarasota. Tickets $30; box lunch with the speakers follows for an additional $40. Ticket sales support Oscar Scherer State Park's Florida scrub jay restoration program. For tickets, call (941) 483-5956 or visit friendsofoscarscherer.com.
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