Author Matthew Desmond will talk about his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. Free. 7:30 p.m. Thursday. University Area Community Development Center, 14013 N 22nd St., Tampa. (813) 974-2913.
St. Petersburg entrepreneur Michael Novilla (It’s 5 a.m. Go Home: Weddings, Parties, and Events So Good Your Guests Won’t Leave) will sign his book. Free. 2 p.m. Saturday. Haslam’s Book Store, 2025 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 822-8616.
The Seminole Historical Society Speaker Series presents Bill DeYoung (Skyway: The True Story of Tampa Bay’s Signature Bridge and the Man Who Brought It Down) discussing his book about the 1980 disaster. $5, members free. 7 p.m. Sept. 25. Seminole Historical Museum, 7464 Ridge Road, Seminole. (727) 399-0587.
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. tampabay.com/expos/festival-of-reading.
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