Times writer Craig Pittman to launch ‘Cat Tale’ at Haslam’s

Plus, Witers in Paradise presents its annual evening reading series, with Dani Shapiro, Ann Hood, Michael Koryta and more.
Craig Pittman's new book "Cat Tale" focuses on the Florida panther.
Craig Pittman's new book "Cat Tale" focuses on the Florida panther. [ JOHN PENDYGRAFT | Tampa Bay Times (2013) ]
Published Jan. 15, 2020

The University of Tampa’s low-residency MFA program Lectores reading series presents fiction writers Alan Michael Parker (Christmas in July) and Aramis Calderon (Dismount). Free. 7 p.m. Thursday. Vaughn Center on the University of Tampa campus, ninth floor, 401 W Kennedy Blvd.

Local author John Fairweather (Kwethluk: Two Years on the Bad River) will read from his memoir about Alaska at a launch party. Free. 6 p.m. Friday. Gino’s Restaurant and Bar, 10006 N Armenia Ave., Tampa. (813) 240-2848.

Eckerd College’s Writers in Paradise presents a series of readings by conference faculty and guests. All readings are followed by book signings, with books available for sale. Readings are free and open to the public; they take place in Miller Auditorium on the Eckerd College campus, 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 386-2264.

  • 8 p.m. Saturday: Keynote speaker Dani Shapiro (Inheritance), Q&A with Les Standiford
  • 7 p.m. Sunday: Ann Hood (Kitchen Yarns) and Sterling Watson (The Committee)
  • 7 p.m. Monday: Ashley M. Jones (dark//thing), Michael Koryta (If She Wakes) and Stewart O’Nan (Henry, Himself)
  • 7 p.m. Tuesday: Andre Dubus III (Gone So Long) and Stephanie Elizondo Griest (All the Agents and Saints: Dispatches from the U.S. Borderlands)

Local author and activist Edie Daly (Old Lesbian Memory Quilt: Stories told by Edie Daly on her 80th Birthday) will discuss and sign her book. Free. 1 p.m. Sunday. Tombolo Books, 2153 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 755-9456.

Tampa Bay Times environmental reporter Craig Pittman (Cat Tale: The Wild, Weird Battle to Save the Florida Panther) will discuss and sign his book. Free. 2 p.m. Sunday. Haslam’s Book Store, 2025 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 822-8616.

Local historian John Cinchett (Historic Tampa Churches) will sign his book. Free. 3 p.m. Sunday. Sulphur Springs Museum, 1101 E River Cove St., Tampa. (813) 935-9402.

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