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Lectores at UT presents Valeria Luiselli, Jeff VanderMeer and more

Tim Dorsey will also sign ‘Naked Came the Florida Man’ around the Tampa Bay area.
Valeria Luiselli is the author of "Lost Children Archives." [Courtesy of Diego Berruecos]
Valeria Luiselli is the author of "Lost Children Archives." [Courtesy of Diego Berruecos]
Published Jan. 8

Bestselling author Tim Dorsey (Naked Came the Florida Man) will discuss and sign his new novel at these free events:

  • Thursday: 3:30 p.m., Gulf Beaches Library, 200 Municipal Drive, Madeira Beach; 6:30 p.m., St. Pete Beach Library, Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive
  • Friday: 7 p.m., Skipper’s Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa
  • Saturday: 1:30 p.m., Bruton Memorial Library, 302 W McLendon St., Plant City; 5 p.m., Myakka River State Park, 13208 State Road 72, Sarasota
  • Sunday: 1:30 p.m., Countryside Library, 2642 Sabal Springs Drive, Clearwater; 3:30 p.m., Haslam’s Book Store, 2025 Central Ave., St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg Museum of History’s Happy Hour with the Historian presents music historian Bob Kealing (Elvis Ignited: The Rise of an Icon in Florida) discussing his book. Free for museum members, $10 nonmembers; cash bar. 6:30 p.m. Thursday. St. Petersburg Museum of History, 335 Second Ave. NE. (727) 894-1052.

The Oxford Exchange presents YA fantasy authors Isabel Ibañez (Woven in Moonlight) and Adrienne Young (The Girl the Sea Gave Back) in conversation, with signing to follow. Admission $5, applicable to book purchase. 6:30 p.m. Thursday.Oxford Exchange, 420 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. (813) 253-0222.

The University of Tampa’s low-residency MFA program presents its Lectores reading series this month. All events begin at 7:30 p.m. and are free to attend:

  • Thursday: Novelist and memoirist Valeria Luiselli (Lost Children Archives), Crescent Club, Vaughn Center, 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa
  • Friday: Novelist Jeff VanderMeer (Dead Astronauts), ninth floor, Vaughn Center
  • Saturday: Nonfiction writer Fernanda Santos (The Fire Line: The Story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots), ninth floor, Vaughn Center
  • Sunday: Fiction writer May-lee Chai (Useful Phrases for Immigrants), ninth floor, Vaughn Center
  • Tuesday: Poet Marcus Jackson (Pardon My Heart), Scarfone/Hartley Gallery, 310 N Boulevard, Tampa
  • Jan. 15: Fiction writers Shane Hinton (Pinkies) and Alan Michael Parker (Christmas in July), ninth floor, Vaughn Center

The Oxford Exchange presents Cassandra King Conroy (Tell Me a Story) discussing and signing her memoir about her late husband, writer Pat Conroy. Admission $5, applicable to book purchase. 2 p.m. Sunday. Oxford Exchange, 420 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. (813) 253-0222.

Tampa Bay Times book editor Colette Bancroft will discuss Colson Whitehead’s novel The Nickel Boys. Free; lunch available, $5. Noon Tuesday . St. Peter’s Cathedral, 140 Fourth St. N (enter on Second Avenue N), St. Petersburg. (727) 822-4173,

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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