The Artists and Writers Group will hold auditions for writers and readers for its Deep Carnivale literature festival (which takes place Sept. 11 at Hillsborough Community College Ybor campus) at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Tre Amici at the Bunker, 1907 N 19th St., Tampa. Participants will have two minutes to read their own work or work by any author. To reserve a spot, contact David Audet, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Friends of the Library of Tampa-Hillsborough County present a Four Seasons Author Series Luncheon featuring Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Thomas French. The former St. Petersburg Times reporter and Poynter Institute fellow will talk about his new book, Zoo Story: Life in the Garden of Captives, a nonfiction look at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo. The luncheon is at noon Friday at the University Club, 38th Floor, One Tampa City Center. Tickets are $30; for reservations, call (813) 273-3616 by Monday.
St. Pete Reads presents a party with readings by authors Tim Dorsey (Gator-a-Go-Go), Adam Gallari (We Are Never as Beautiful as We Are Now) and Shellie Zacharia (Now Playing), as well as a sneak preview of the cover art for the upcoming Zombie Nation: St. Pete, from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the Pier, 800 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg.
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