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Jill Santopolo to speak and sign books at Tampa’s Oxford Exchange

Plus, Julie Orringer will discuss ‘The Flight Portfolio’ at USF St. Petersburg.
Jill Santopolo will talk about her novel "More Than Words" at Oxford Exchange in Tampa on Feb. 6. [Charles Grantham]
Jill Santopolo will talk about her novel "More Than Words" at Oxford Exchange in Tampa on Feb. 6. [Charles Grantham]
Published Feb. 5

Jill Santopolo (More Than Words) will discuss and sign her novel. $5, applicable to book purchase. 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Oxford Exchange, 420 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. (813) 253-0222.

Rick Smith will discuss the work of his father, Patrick Smith, author of the Florida historical novel A Land Remembered. Free. 10:30 a.m. Feb. 8. Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs. (727) 453-6812.

John Cinchett (Vintage Tampa Signs and Scenes) will discuss and sign his book. Free. 2-5 p.m. Saturday. Foodys Diner, 7512 W Hillsborough Ave., Tampa. (813) 884-3495.

PETA president Ingrid Newkirk (Animalkind) will discuss and sign her new book. Tickets $15-$150. 2 p.m. Sunday. The Vault, 655 N Franklin St., Tampa. (518) 466-6815.

Award-winning novelist Julie Orringer (The Flight Portfolio) will discuss and sign her historical novel. Free. 6:30 p.m. Monday. Student Center Ballroom, University of South Florida St. Petersburg, 140 Seventh Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 820-0100.

Tampa Bay Times environmental reporter Craig Pittman (Cat Tale: The Wild, Weird Battle to Save the Florida Panther) will discuss his new nonfiction book. Free; lunch available $5. Noon Tuesday. St. Peter’s Episcopal Cathedral, 140 Fourth St. N (enter on Second Avenue N), St. Petersburg. (727) 822-4173.

The Eckerd College Presidential Events Series presents University of Massachusetts-Amherst professor and author Jamila Lyiscott (Black Appetite. White Food: Issues of Race, Voice and Justice Within and Beyond the Classroom) discussing her book. Free. 7 p.m. Tuesday. Fox Hall, Eckerd College, 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (800) 456-9009.

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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.
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