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APPEARANCES

Terri Vazquez (Come Out and Play!), 11 a.m. today, Circle Books, 478 John Ringling Blvd., Sarasota.

Michael Darling (Hoplite Renegades), 1 p.m. today, Circle Books, Sarasota.

Jeff Yeager (The Ultimate Cheapskate's Roadmap to True Riches), 6 p.m. Tuesday, Inkwood Books, 216 S Armenia Ave., Tampa.

Dann Wallis (Burnin' Daylight), 7 p.m. Friday, Barnes & Noble Clearwater, 23654 U.S. 19 N.

Barbara Sorey (Florida Girl: Short Stories of Family, Community and History: 1804-1969), 1 p.m. Saturday, Barnes & Noble Clearwater.

James O. Born (Burn Zone), 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Haslam's Book Store, 2025 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

Events

Former CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilson (Fair Game: My Life as a Spy, My Betrayal by the White House) speaks at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Sun Dome Corral at the University of South Florida, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa. Tickets are free for USF students; $3 for faculty, staff and alumni; $8 for the public. For information, go to www.ctr.usf.edu/uls/.

Susan Cerulean (Tracking Desire: A Journey after Swallow-tailed Kites), director of the Red Hills Writers Project, hosts a workshop, "Writing in Place," from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve, 1101 Country Club Way, St. Petersburg. Cost is $20. To register, contact Thomas Hallock at thallock@stpt.usf.edu. Cerulean will also lead a workshop, "Assembling a Community of Writers,'' at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Davis 130, University of South Florida St. Petersburg, 140 Seventh Ave. S, St. Petersburg.

A Main Event With Gaetan Brulotte (The Encyclopedia of Erotic Literature), presented by the University of South Florida's Humanities Institute, is at 11:30 a.m. Thursday in the Grace Allen Room, USF Library, 4202 E Fowler Ave., Tampa.

Burton Hersh (Bobby and J. Edgar) speaks at the February meeting of the Florida Writers Association at 6 p.m. Thursday at the St. Petersburg Main Library, 3745 Ninth Ave. N.

John Jakes (The Gods of Newport)is one of more than a dozen authors scheduled for "Books with Bites: An Evening by the Bay," presented by Friends of the Mote Library from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday in the Keating Marine Education Center, 1599 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota. Tickets cost $12 in advance, $15 at the door. Call (941) 388-4441, ext. 333.

To place an item in Book Talk, send author's name and book title, appearance time and date, and venue name and address to pcastillo@sptimes.com or mail to Piper Castillo, St. Petersburg Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731. The deadline is 14 days before publication.

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