Friends of the Jack Kerouac House will present Kerouac in Paradise: A Literary Bike Tour of St. Petersburg starting at 11 a.m. Sunday (May 18) (check-in at 10:30) at the Flamingo Bar & Grill, 1230 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N. The approximately two-hour ride will be followed by an after-party at the Flamingo. Registration is $10; to register, visit the "Kerouac in Paradise" Facebook page.
Rabbi Jill Jacobs (Where Justice Dwells: A Hands-On Guide to Doing Social Justice in Your Jewish Community) will speak on "From Slavery to Liberation: A Jewish Perspective" at 7 p.m. Wednesday (May 21) at Temple Beth-El, 400 Pasadena Ave. S, St. Petersburg.
Tirena Say (Seeing Colors) will discuss and sign her memoir about dealing with depression at 3 p.m. Thursday (May 22) at the Barnes & Noble at USF St. Petersburg, 500 Third St. S.
C.B. Anderson (River Talk) will discuss and sign her short story collection at 6 p.m. Thursday (May 22) at Bookstore1Sarasota, 1359 Main St.
Wanda E. Brunstetter (Woman of Courage) will sign her book of Amish historical fiction at 6 p.m. Friday (May 23) at Lifeway Christian Store, 5421-A Fruitville Road, Sarasota.
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