Wordier Than Thou presents its third annual Tampa Bay Publishing Conference, with author talks, panels, workshops and more, featuring Erica Dawson, Tamara Lush, Steph Post, Gianna Russo and other writers. Four-day registration $99. 7-9 p.m. Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Creative Pinellas campus, 12211 Walsingham Road, Largo. Schedule, information and registration: wordierthanthou.com.
Charles Gardner (Dannemora: Two Escaped Killers, Three Weeks of Terror, and the Largest Manhunt Ever in New York State) will discuss and sign his nonfiction book. Admission $5, applicable to book purchase. 2 p.m. March 1. Oxford Exchange, 420 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. (813) 253-0222. oxfordexchange.com.
Jane Plitt (Martha Matilda Harper and American Dream: How One Woman Changed the Face of Modern Business) will discuss and sign her book. Free. 2 p.m. March 1. Bookstore1Sarasota, 12 S Palm Ave., Sarasota. (941) 365-7900. sarasotabooks.com.
Ariel Burger (Witness: Lessons From Elie Wiesel’s Classroom) will discuss his book. Free. 7 p.m. March 3. Triton Room, Eckerd College, 4200 54th Ave. S, St. Petersburg. eckerd.edu.
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