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Gulfport ReadOut presents readings by lesbian authors

Plus, Craig Pittman signs at Tampa’s Oxford Exchange and, with Steph Post, at St. Petersburg’s Tombolo Books.

Gulfport ReadOut 2020: A Festival of Lesbian Literature presents the following events at the Gulfport Public Library, 5501 28th Ave. S. Events are free; register at

  • 3-5 p.m. Friday: Readings by local award-winning romance author Erin Zak, along with romance authors Becky Harmon, Riley Scott, Maggie Robbins, Lynn Carr, Ellen Levy and Tina Michelle, who will read excerpts from their work.
  • 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday: Readings by 15 visiting authors, including award winners Stefani Deoul, Fay Jacobs and RJ Samuels.
  • 10:30 a.m. Saturday: Keynote address by Sheree Greer (A Return to Arms, Let the Lover Be)
  • 9 a.m.-noon Sunday: Writer’s workshop with Sheree Greer

Tampa Bay Times environmental reporter Craig Pittman (Cat Tale: The Wild, Weird Fight to Save the Florida Panther) will discuss and sign his nonfiction book. Admission $5, applicable to book purchase. 2 p.m. Sunday. Oxford Exchange, 420 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. (813) 253-0222.

Craig Pittman (Cat Tale: The Wild, Weird Fight to Save the Florida Panther) and novelist Steph Post (Holding Smoke) will discuss and sign their books. Free. 6:30 p.m. Monday. Tombolo Books, 2153 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 755-9456.

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