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Authors of ‘American Nero’ to speak at Studio@620 next week

Hillsborough County’s Big Read of Tim O’Brien’s ‘The Things They Carried’ will also kick off on Saturday.

Sean McFate (The New Rules of War: Victory in the Age of Durable Disorder) will discuss and sign his book. $19.26, includes a copy of book. 3 p.m. Friday. Bookstore1Sarasota, 12 S Palm Ave. (941) 365-7900.

Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative will kick off its National Endowment for the Arts Big Read of Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried, an acclaimed collection of short stories about the Vietnam War, at the Hometown Heroes Community Fair. Free. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Veterans Memorial Park, 3602 U.S. 301 N, Tampa. For information on book discussions and other Big Read community reading events:

Georgette Moger-Petraske (Regarding Cocktails) will discuss and sign her book and offer samples of her recipes. Free. 2 p.m. Saturday. Oxford Exchange, 420 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. (813) 253-0222.

Granville Wyche Burgess (The Last At-Bat of Shoeless Joe) and historian Ray Arsenault will discuss Burgess’ new baseball novel, followed by a book signing. Free. 6:30 p.m. Monday. Tombolo Books, 2153 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 755-9456,

Erica Dawson, director of the MFA in creative writing program at the University of Tampa, discusses Chanelle Benz’s The Gone Dead. Free; lunch available ($5). Noon Tuesday. Cathedral Church of St. Peter, 140 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg (enter on Second Avenue N). (727) 822-4173.

Bestselling thriller author Lisa Unger (The Stranger Inside) will discuss and sign her book. Free. 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. Bookstore1Sarasota, 12 S Palm Ave. (941) 365-7900.

Former chief White House ethics lawyer Richard Painter and local author Peter Golenbock (American Nero: The History of the Destruction of the Rule of Law, and Why Trump Is the Worst Offender) will discuss and sign their book. $10. 7 p.m. March 11. The Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 895-6620.

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