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. oxfordexchange.com.
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. eventbrite.com.
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. arcadiapublishing.com.
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. spcathedral.org.
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. eckerd.edu.
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