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Book Talk: Mary Kay Andrews to launch new novel, 'Sunset Beach,' at St. Petersburg bar Mastry's

Published May 1

By Colette Bancroft

Times Book Editor

T Kira Madden (Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls) will discuss her memoir about growing up as a queer, biracial teen in Boca Raton at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Oxford Exchange, 420 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. Admission $5, applicable to book purchase.

The fifth annual Oxford Exchange Book Fair presents more than three dozen local authors at book signings, workshops and more. 9 a.m. Sunday at Oxford Exchange, 420 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa.

Tombolo Books presents a launch party for bestselling author and former local resident Mary Kay Andrews (Sunset Beach), who will discuss and sign her new novel set in the Tampa Bay area at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Mastry's Bar and Grill, 233 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. The event is free but is a benefit for the Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas County.

Registration is open for the seventh annual Sandhill Writers Retreat, featuring a day of 16 writing classes, readings and book signings, with faculty members including NPR commentator and novelist Ravi Howard, memoirist and novelist Elizabeth Lanser Rose, novelist and poet Steve Kistulentz, memoirist Brooke King and poet Gianna Russo. Registration is $35-$95 for all activities; information and registration at saintleo.edu/sandhill-writers-retreat-registration-information. The retreat takes place from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. May 18 at Saint Leo University, 33701 State Road 52, St. Leo.

Applications are available for authors, 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/.

Events are free unless otherwise noted. To place an item in Book Talk, send author's name, book title, appearance time, date, venue name and address, admission cost (if any) and a contact phone number to cbancroft@tampabay.com (with "Book Talk" in subject line) or Colette Bancroft, Tampa Bay Times, P.O. Box 1121, St. Petersburg, FL 33731. Deadline is 14 days before publication.

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