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Festival of Jewish Books & Conversations begins in Tampa

The Gulf Coast chapter of the Authors Guild will also present a free workshop at South Pasadena City Hall.

The annual Festival of Jewish Books & Conversations features Bob Mankoff (Have I Got a Cartoon for You!), Jamie Bernstein (Famous Father Girl: A Memoir of Growing Up Bernstein) and more. Ticket prices and venues vary. Friday-Nov. 3. Information and tickets:

The Gulf Coast chapter of the Authors Guild presents a writing and publishing workshop with speakers Ira Sukrungruang, Kenyon College writing professor; Mike Blinder, publisher of Editor & Publisher; and digital marketing experts Robyn Sayles and Diane Kutz. Free; reservations required at or toll-free 1-800-727-6214, ext. 101. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Hibiscus Room, South Pasadena City Hall, 7047 Sunset Drive, South Pasadena.

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.