Lawyer William Hyland (In Defense of Thomas Jefferson: The Sally Hemings Sex Scandal) will be the speaker at the East Lake Community Library Authors Showcase at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the library, 4125 East Lake Road, Palm Harbor.
Master gardener Barbara Barker (Container Gardening for Health: The 12 Most Important Fruits and Vegetables for Your Organic Garden) will talk about and sign her book at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second St. N.
Children's author and illustrator Tomie De Paola (Strega Nona's Harvest) will sign his books at a 75th birthday tea at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Inkwood Books, 216 S Armenia Ave., Tampa.
St. Petersburg poet laureate Peter Meinke (Lines From Neuchatel) will read from and sign the new 35th anniversary edition of his collection of poems at 7 p.m. Thursday at Inkwood Books.
Former University of Tampa instructor Christine Hale (Basil's Dream) will read and sign her debut novel, set in Bermuda, at 6 p.m. Friday at Inkwood Books.
Thriller writer James Swain (The Night Monster) will read and sign his third novel about child abduction specialist Jack Carpenter at 2 p.m. Saturday at Inkwood Books.
Young readers author Antonino Fabiano (Egmont Passage: Tales of the Dreamcatcher) will sign his novel at 2 p.m. Saturday at Haslam's Book Store, 2025 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.
Applications are being accepted from book market vendors for the 2009 St. Petersburg Times Festival of Reading Oct. 24 on the campus of the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. For applications, go to festivalofreading.com or call Marisol Quiles at (727) 892-2947.
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