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By expanding to two days, the Tampa literary festival is able to accommodate a beefed-up schedule.

Tampa's annual literary festival, Deep Carnivale: A Celebration of Words, marks its third year by expanding from one day to two, Saturday and Sept. 13 at Hillsborough Community College's Ybor campus.

Community response has been "overwhelmingly positive," said event director David Audet. "We had to move to two days to handle all our options for programming."

The keynote speaker on Saturday is New York Times reporter and author John Leland, whose books include Hip: The History and Why Kerouac Matters: The Lessons of "On the Road" (They're Not What You Think).

Also on Saturday, the free festival will feature a tribute to the late Susan Hussey, a Tampa author, poet and playwright who was the co-founder with her husband, Aubrey Hampton, of Gorilla Theatre. Hussey died in February.

Throughout the day on Saturday, a full roster of Tampa Bay area novelists, poets, playwrights, nonfiction writers, songwriters, musicians and artists will perform.

Featured performers this year are the Irritable Tribe of Poets, an improvisation-oriented group of poets and musicians.

Other writers appearing include Lisa Birnbaum, Karen Brown, John Capouya, Silvia Curbelo, Ronny Elliott, Venus Jones, Donald Morrill, Elizabeth Straight, James Tokley Sr. and many more.

Audet said last year's event was "such a great day ... and such a diverse group of people - parents with children, teenagers, young adults and tribal elders, all colors and creeds.

"Adults were saying how they hadn't been read to in years, the teen lounge was packed with energetic young poets feeling their oats, spoken word was wild."

This year, he said, most performances will take place in HCC Ybor's Performing Arts Building, which boasts "excellent venues and air-conditioning."

Audet also predicts this year's "exquisite corpse" - an art concept created by the surrealists, in which many artists add images or words to a composition in sequence - "is going to be a knockout."

Sunday's events will include a celebration of Three Birds Bookstore and the Ybor City arts scene of the 1980s and '90s, and spoken word and musical performances honoring the Beat Generation.

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If you go

Deep Carnivale: A Celebration of Words takes place 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 to 9 p.m. Sept. 13. Saturday events are free and take place in and around the Performing Arts Building of the Ybor City campus of Hillsborough Community College, at the corner of 14th Street and Palm Avenue, Tampa. Sunday's events include a salute to Three Birds Bookstore from 1 to 5 p.m. at Don Vicente de Ybor Inn, 1915 14th St.; admission $1. A Beat Generation tribute in spoken word and music is from 2 to 9 p.m. at New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave.; admission $5.

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