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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.
Steph Post, author of "Holding Smoke." [ALICE HERDEN  |  Special to the Times (2018)]
Steph Post, author of "Holding Smoke." [ALICE HERDEN | Special to the Times (2018)]
Published Jan. 29

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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  1. Titus Welliver, left, plays Los Angeles detective Harry Bosch in the Amazon series "Bosch," based on the series of books by Michael Connelly, right.
  2. Members of the Legislative Investigation Committee, also known as the Johns Committee, in 1963.
  3. Randy Wayne White, author of the new novel "Salt River."
  4. Julie Orringer is the author of 'The Flight Portfolio.'
  5. 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."
  6. "Birds of Prey" stars Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn.
  7. Randy Wayne White's new novel is "Salt River."
  8. Jill Santopolo will talk about her novel "More Than Words" at Oxford Exchange in Tampa on Feb. 6.
  9. Mary Higgins Clark in a photo provided by her publisher, Simon & Schuster, in 2009. She died Friday at age 92.
  10. Steph Post's new novel, "Holding Smoke," completes her trilogy about Florida ex-con Judah Cannon.
  11. Steph Post, author of "Holding Smoke."