By Colette Bancroft
Times Book Editor
St. Petersburg author Bill DeYoung (I Need to Know: The Lost Music Interviews) will be in conversation with Paul Wilborn at a launch party for his book of excerpts from his interviews with musicians such as Tom Petty, Beatles producer Sir George Martin, Neil Young, Merle Haggard, Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, Bo Diddley and Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson. Free. 7 p.m. Thursday. Studio@620, 620 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. (727) 895-6620.
Author and photographer Renato Rampolla (Dignity No Matter What) will present a slide show and discussion of his book about homeless people. $12 donation requested. 8 a.m. Friday. Oxford Exchange, 420 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. (813) 253-0222.
Tampa author Paul Wilborn (Cigar City: Tales From a 1980s Creative Ghetto) will discuss and sign his short story collection at the Books and Bites luncheon, a benefit for the Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library, catered by the Columbia Restaurant. Tickets $25. Noon-1:30 p.m. Friday. Robert W. Saunders Sr. Public Library, 1505 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa. (813) 273-3616. foltampa.org/booksandbites.
Stephen Sears (Sunniland) will discuss and sign his historical novel about Florida during World War II. Free. 2 p.m. Sunday. Haslam's Book Store, 2025 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 822-8616.
Applications are available for vendors and volunteers for the 27th annual Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading, which will be Nov. 9 at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. tampabay.com/expos/festival-of-reading/.
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