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Reading, book signing planned

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Inkwood Books will have a reading and book signing by short fiction writers Philip Deaver, John Holman and Sandra Thompson at 7 p.m. Oct. 15 at the bookstore, 216 S Armenia Ave.

Deaver and Thompson are winners of the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction and are featured in a recent 10th anniversary anthology of selected award winners' stories.

Deaver won the award in 1986 for Silent Retreats and recently has completed a novel as well as a short story collection.

Thompson won in 1982 for her collection of stories called Close-Ups and in 1985 for her novel Wild Bananas. She lives in Tampa and is the Column One feature editor for The Times.

Holman was awarded the Whiting Writer's Award for American Writers of Promise after his collection Squabble and Other Stories was published.

He is a professor of English at the University of South Florida and is working on a collection of fiction.

Inkwood Books is in a restored 1920s home at the corner of Armenia Avenue and Platt Street.

Bookstore hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday.

For information, call Leslie Reiner or Carla Jimenez at 253-2638.

Luncheon fashion

show scheduled

The Florida Orchestra Guild/Tampa will have its annual luncheon fashion show, Prelude VIII, beginning at 11 a.m. Oct. 16 at the Tampa Convention Center.

The theme of the event is "La Mascarade," featuring art, music, dance and fashion.

Guild members Nancy Gardner, Gabrielle Duke, Sally Anne Andrew and members of their committee have planned the event.

The fashion show, which features fashions for the fall and holidays from Jacobson's, is coordinated and directed by Linda Zipkin.

Mardi Gras masks designed by Mike Stark of New Orleans will be worn in a presentation by the Universal Movement Company, and also by dancer and musician Grant.

Members of the Florida Orchestra will play French music.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Florida Orchestra.

Tickets are $35 per person.

For reservations or information, call Gardner at 985-4562 or Duke at 254-6622.