NAVAL WRITERS: The U.S. Naval Institute is accepting entries for the Arleigh Burke Essay Contest. Submit an essay of 3,500 words or fewer relating to the mission of the institute, which is: "The advancement of professional, literary, and scientific knoWledge in the naval and maritime services, and the advancement of the knowledge of sea power." Essays must argue, persuade or analyze; send submissions to Arleigh Burke Essay Contest, U.S. Naval Institute, 219 Wood Road, Annapolis, MD 21402-5034 before Dec. 1. Visit www.navalinstitute.org for more information.
BASIC FICTION: Mystery author E.C. Ayres is hosting an eight week series of workshops, "The Basics of Writing Fiction," beginning at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Small Adventures Bookshop, 3107 Beach Blvd. S, Gulfport. The fee is $15 for each 90-minute session; call (727) 347-8732 to register.
SPEND AN EVENING: The GFWC Clearwater Community Woman's Club is hosting "An Evening with the Authors" from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Clearwater Public Library East Branch, 2251 Drew St. Featured authors include Roger Bansemer, Barbara Birenbaum and John Iannone among others. Admission is $10 and benefits the Greater Clearwater Library Foundation, Inc.; call (727) 791-6966 for more information.
AUTHOR APPEARANCES: M. Diane Vogt (Justice Denied and Silicone Solution), 1 p.m. today, Waldenbooks at International Plaza, Tampa.
Freda Ward (Serving Gravy With a Slotted Spoon), noon Monday, Oldsmar Library, 101 State St. W, Oldsmar; 11 a.m. Tuesday, Gulf Beaches Library, 200 Municipal Drive, Madeira Beach and 1 p.m. Wednesday, Seminole Library, 9199 113th St. N, Seminole.
Children's author Frank Remkiewicz, 9:30 and 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, John F. Germany Public Library, 900 N Ashley Drive, Tampa; 10 a.m. Thursday, Ruskin Branch Library, One Dickman Drive SE, Ruskin and 3:30 p.m. Thursday, New Tampa Regional Library, 10001 Cross Creek Blvd., Tampa.
Rhys Bowen (Murphy's Law), 1 p.m. Tuesday, Circle Books, 478 John Ringling Blvd., Sarasota.
Bill Murphy (One Tank Trips), 1 p.m. Wednesday, Haslam's Book Store, 2025 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.
Paule Marshall (The Fisher King), 7 p.m. Wednesday, Selby Public Library, 1331 First St., Sarasota.
Virgil Suarez and Ryan Van Cleave (American Diaspora: Poetry of Displacement), 7 p.m. Thursday, Inkwood Books, 216 S Armenia Ave., Tampa.
Joyce Spizer (The Cross Country Killer), 7 p.m. Thursday, Barnes & Noble, 11802 N Dale Mabry Highway, Carrollwood and 7 p.m. Friday, Circle Books, Sarasota.
Douglas Coupland (All Families Are Psychotic), 7 p.m. Friday, Inkwood Books, Tampa.
Dr. Robert Schuller (My Journey), 7 p.m. Friday, Borders, 12500 N Dale Mabry Highway, Carrollwood.
William Kerr (Death's Bright Angel) 11 a.m. Saturday, Waldenbooks in University Mall, Tampa and 2 p.m. Saturday, Waldenbooks in Citrus Park Mall, Tampa.
Ronald Story (The Encyclopedia of UFOs and The Encyclopedia of Extraterrestrial Encounters), 1 p.m. Saturday, Clearwater Public Library East Branch, 2251 Drew St., Clearwater.
Diane Chechik (Journey to Justice and There's Nothing Like a Breast), 1 p.m. Saturday, Barnes & Noble, Brandon TownCenter, Brandon.
Erika Nargo (The Practice of My Calling: Retired Nurses Tell Their Stories), 1 p.m. Saturday, Barnes & Noble, Brandon TownCenter, Brandon.
BOOK PAGES ONLINE:
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