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Lisa Unger to launch ‘Stranger Inside’ at Oxford Exchange in Tampa

Plus, Tampa’s Sulphur Springs Museum will host Raymond Arsenault for a discussion about ‘Arthur Ashe: A Life.’
Pinellas County resident and bestselling author Lisa Unger. [Jay Nolan]
Published Sep. 11

Dr. Ravindra Nathan (Second Chance: A Sister’s Act of Love) will read from, discuss and sign his memoir about organ transplantation. Free. 2 p.m. Friday. Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson. (727) 861-3040.

Author Trudy Kelly (Dunedin — Its History and Its Charm and The Fenway Hotel — The Grand Lady of Dunedin) will sign her books. Free. 5:30-8:00 p.m. Friday. Back in the Day Bookstore, 355 Main St., Dunedin. (727) 221-0025.

Raymond Arsenault (Arthur Ashe: A Life), professor of history at USF St. Petersburg, will discuss and sign his biography of the athlete and civil rights activist. Free. 2 p.m. Sunday. Sulphur Springs Museum and Heritage Center, 1101 E River Cove St., Tampa. (813) 935-9402.

Psychiatrists Dr. Carlin Barnes and Dr. Marketa Wills (Understanding Mental Illness) will discuss and sign their book. Admission $5, applicable to book purchase. 2 p.m. Sunday. Oxford Exchange, 420 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. (813) 253-0222.

Bestselling author Lisa Unger (The Stranger Inside) will be in conversation with Tampa Bay Times book editor Colette Bancroft at the launch of her new thriller, followed by a signing. Admission $5, applicable to book purchase. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Oxford Exchange.

The East Lake Community Library Author Showcase presents Kip Koelsch (Wendall’s Lullaby) discussing and signing his book. Free. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. East Lake Community Library, 4125 East Lake Road S, Palm Harbor. (727) 773-2665.

Igor Volsky (Guns Down America: An American’s Guide to Fewer Guns and Safer Communities), vice president of Center for American Progress, will discuss and sign his book. Admission $5, applicable to book purchase. 6:30 p.m. Sept. 18. Oxford Exchange.

Applications are available for vendors and volunteers for the 27th annual Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading, which will be Nov. 9 at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg.

Events are free unless otherwise noted. To place an item in Book Talk, send author’s name, book title, appearance time, date, venue name and address, admission cost (if any) and a contact phone number to (with “Book Talk” in subject line) or Colette Bancroft, Tampa Bay Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731. Deadline is 14 days before publication.


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