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Isabel Allende to talk about ‘A Long Petal of the Sea’ at Tampa Theatre

Writers in Paradise at Eckerd College also offers readings by Laura Lippman, Dennis Lehane, Billy Collins and more.
Isabel Allende's new novel is "A Long Petal of the Sea." [Courtesy of Lori Barra]
Isabel Allende's new novel is "A Long Petal of the Sea." [Courtesy of Lori Barra]
Published Jan. 22

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.

  • 7 p.m. Thursday: Laura Lippman (Lady in the Lake) and John Dufresne (I Don’t Like Where This Is Going)
  • 7 p.m. Friday: Les Standiford (Palm Beach, Mar-a-Lago, and the Rise of America’s Xanadu), Gregory Pardlo (Digest) and Dennis Lehane (Since We Fell)
  • 8 p.m. Saturday: An Evening of Poets Laureate, with St. Petersburg poet laureate Helen Pruitt Wallace (Shimming the Glass House), Florida poet laureate Peter Meinke (Lucky Bones) and former U.S. poet laureate Billy Collins (The Rain in Portugal)

Economist Paul Rubin (The Capitalism Paradox: How Cooperation Enables Free Market Competition) will discuss and sign his book. Free. 2 p.m. Thursday. Bookstore1, 12 S Palm Ave., Sarasota. (941) 365-7900.

Writing coach Roy Peter Clark (Murder Your Darlings: And Other Gentle Writing Advice From Aristotle to Zinsser) will discuss and sign his new book at these events. Free. 2 p.m. Saturday. Haslam’s Book Store, 2025 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 822-8616. Admission $5, applicable to book purchase. 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Oxford Exchange, 420 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. (813) 253-0222.

Oxford Exchange presents bestselling author Isabel Allende (A Long Petal of the Sea), in conversation about her new historical novel with Tampa Bay Times book editor Colette Bancroft. Tickets $42, includes a presigned copy of the book in English or Spanish. 7:30 p.m. Monday. Tampa Theatre, 711 N Franklin St. (813) 274-8286.

Floyd Clown Sr. (Crazy Horse: The Lakota Warriors Life and Legacy) will discuss his book. Free. 4:30 p.m. Monday. Clearwater Main Library, 100 N Osceola Ave. (727) 562-4970.

Jon Palmer Claridge (Drink More Wine! A Simple Guide to Peak Experiences NOW) will discuss and sign his book. Free. 6:30 p.m. Jan. 29. Tombolo Books, 2153 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 755-9456.

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.


  1. Louise Erdrich's new novel is "The Night Watchman." [Hilary Abe]
  2. Erica Dawson is one of the featured authors at the Tampa Bay Publishing Conference, which will kick off in Largo on Feb. 27. [Courtesy of Kevin Kelii]
  3. Emilia Sargent of Tampa Repertory Theatre. [Tampa Repertory Theatre]
  4. In 1935, Zora Neale Hurston visited Eatonville, where she grew up. The Florida town is the setting of some of the stories in "Hitting a Straight Lick With a Crooked Stick." [Library of Congress]
  5. Four-time Latin Grammy winner Alex Cuba will play the Jaeb Theater at Tampa's Straz Center on June 5. [Straz Center for Performing Arts]
  6. Titus Welliver, left, plays Los Angeles detective Harry Bosch in the Amazon series "Bosch," based on the series of books by Michael Connelly, right. [GENARO MOLINA  |  Los Angeles Times]
  7. Members of the Legislative Investigation Committee, also known as the Johns Committee, in 1963. [Times (1963)]
  8. Randy Wayne White, author of the new novel "Salt River." [Courtesy of Brian Tietz]
  9. Julie Orringer is the author of 'The Flight Portfolio.' [Brigitte Lacombe]
  10. Peter Meinke, 87, has lived for 50 years in a home in the Driftwood neighborhood of St. Petersburg. "Sometimes on planes, I tell people I'm a gardener. It's easier than saying I'm a poet and having to explain it." [SCOTT KEELER  |  Times]
  11. "Birds of Prey" stars Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. [Claudette Barius/DC Comics]
  12. Randy Wayne White's new novel is "Salt River." [Courtesy of Brian Tietz]