The University of Tampa's low-residency creative writing MFA program presents its June 2013 Lectores Reading Series. All events begin at 7 p.m. and are free and open to the public.
Monday: novelist Josip Novakovich (Shopping for a Better Country) and poet Barbara Ras (The Last Skin), Falk Theater, 428 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa
Tuesday: poet and fiction writer Steve Kistulentz (Little Black Daydream) and poet and nonfiction writer Donald Morrill (Impetuous Sleeper), Falk Theater
Wednesday: National Book Award-winning novelist Denis Johnson (Train Dreams), Falk Theater
Thursday: novelists Jessica Anthony (Chopsticks), Stefan Kiesbye (Your House Is on Fire, Your Children All Gone) and Jeff Parker (Ovenman), Vaughn Center, ninth floor, UT campus, 401 W Kennedy Blvd.
East Lake Community Library's Author Showcase series presents Deanna Bennett (Anna: Going to America), who will discuss and sign her book at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the library, 4125 East Lake Road, Palm Harbor.
Edgar-winning author Lori Roy (Until She Comes Home) will discuss and sign her thriller at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Bookstore1Sarasota, 1359 Main St., Sarasota.
Terry Fortner (Caladesi Island Cookbook: Recipes From a Florida Lifetime, 1895-1992) will discuss and sign her book at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second St. N.
Beatriz Williams (A Hundred Summers) will discuss and sign her novel at 7 p.m. Thursday at Inkwood Books, 216 S Armenia Ave., Tampa.
Jack Woodville London (French Letters: Engaged in War), grandnephew of novelist Jack London, will discuss and sign his books at noon Saturday at Old Tampa Book Company, 507 N Tampa St., Tampa
Bestselling thriller writer Steve Berry (The King's Deception) will sign his novel at 1 p.m. Saturday at Barnes & Noble Carrollwood, 11802 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa.
Bestselling historical novelist Diana Gabaldon (The Scottish Prisoner) will sign her book at 2 p.m. Saturday at Haslam's Book Store, 2025 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.
Author and vendor applications for the 21st annual Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading, which will take place Oct. 26 at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, are available at festivalofreading.com/.
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