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Bestselling author Jill Santopolo to present 'More Than Words' at Oxford Exchange

USFSP historian Raymond Arsenault has two events for his biography "Arthur Ashe: A Life."


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Author and former Tampa Bay Times staff writer Ben Montgomery (The Man Who Walked Backward) will discuss and sign his nonfiction book at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Safety Harbor Public Library, 101 Second St. N.

The University of Tampa presents a poetry reading by the director of its creative writing program, Erica Dawson (When Rap Spoke Straight to God), at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Crescent Club, ninth floor, Vaughn Center, UT campus, 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa.

Poet and translator Lydia Razran Stone (The Frogs Who Begged for a Tsar) will present her translation of Ivan Krylov's Fables at 4 p.m. Friday at the St. Petersburg Main Library, 3745 Ninth Ave. N.; free. Stone will discuss translating Russian poetry into English at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Russian-American Club, 2920 Beach Blvd. S, Gulfport; $10.

Jill Santopolo (More Than Words), author of the bestselling The Light We Lost, will discuss and sign her new novel at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Oxford Exchange, 420 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. Tickets $26.75 (two admissions, one copy of book) at

YA authors Brigid Kemmerer (A Curse So Dark and Lonely) and Shaun David Hutchinson (The Apocalypse of Elena Mendoza) will discuss and sign their novels at 3 p.m. Saturday at Inkwood Books, 1809 N Tampa St., Tampa.

Roy Peter Clark (Writing Tools) and Kristen Hare (100 Things to Do in Tampa Bay Before You Die) will present a workshop, "Discover the Power of Your Writing Process," at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Oxford Exchange, 420 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. Tickets $5 at

Friends of the Mirror Lake Library and Keep St. Pete Lit present University of South Florida St. Petersburg historian Raymond Arsenault (Arthur Ashe: A Life) discussing and signing his biography of the tennis star at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the library, 280 Fifth St. N, St. Petersburg. Arsenault will also present the book at noon Tuesday at the Cathedral Church of St. Peter, 140 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. Free; lunch available ($5).

Scott Reintgen (Nyxia Unleashed) will discuss and sign the second book in his science fiction trilogy at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Inkwood Books.

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