Friday, April 20, 2018
News Roundup

North Tampa events

Weird talk: Jeff and Ann VanderMeer, who recently published the critically acclaimed anthology, The Weird: A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories and Best American Fantasy, will give a public reading at 6 p.m. Tuesday in MSC 2709 on the University of South Florida campus. A reception and book signing will follow. On Wednesday at 1 p.m., they will be joined in MSC 2709 by anthropology and women's and gender studies professors to discuss various forms of sci-fi media and how they address issues of gender and otherness. World Fantasy Award winner Jeff VanderMeer's fiction has been published in more than 20 countries, and he recently signed a three-book agreement with Farrar, Straus & Giroux (New York). Junot Diaz described his last collection, The Third Bear, as "cunningly crafted stories full of wonder and intelligence, proving again why VanderMeer is so essential." Ann VanderMeer is only the second female editor of the venerable horror magazine, Weird Tales. She is the founder of Buzzcity Press and she and Jeff are currently compiling an anthology on feminist speculative fiction. Both have won numerous prestigious awards for their original fiction and anthologies. For more information and parking details, contact Liz Kicak at [email protected] or (813) 974-3657.

Women's club: The Lutz-Land O'Lakes Women's Club holds its general meeting at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Land O'Lakes Community Center on Land O'Lakes Boulevard. The club is open to women 18 years and older, and new members are welcome. For membership information, go to gfwclutzland olakeswomensclub.org or call Cathy at (813) 961-7038.

Hospice volunteers: If you want to make a difference in someone's life, and if you have two to four hours to share each week, then consider volunteering with LifePath Hospice. Potential volunteers can attend a 90-minute orientation session at 6:30 p.m. April 1 at the LifePath Hospice Resource Center, 3010 W Azeele St. Specialty and professional volunteers, such as hair stylists, massage therapists and nail technicians, are in great demand. LifePath Hospice provides free training, and volunteers do not need any previous type of experience. Potential volunteers must preregister. To register, or for more information, contact Vickie McDonald at (813) 984-2299 or [email protected]

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Tampa Bay students voice opinions on gun laws during school walkouts today

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Updated: 24 minutes ago
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