Book Talk: SunLit Festival ends with children’s events, Florida Antiquarian Book Fair

There are more opportunities to rub elbows with authors, too.
Published April 24

By Colette Bancroft

Times Book Editor

The fifth annual SunLit Festival continues with these events. Unless otherwise noted, all events take place in St. Petersburg and are free. keepstpetelit.org/sunlit-festival/.

Thursday: Literary Carousel at MFA brings photography from the museum archives alive with the art of the Ekphrastic, a literary interpretation of a piece of visual art, with writers Roy Peter Clark, Lee Irby, Lisa Kirchner and others, at 6:30 p.m. at Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive NE. The event is included with museum admission: $10 after 5 p.m. for nonmembers, free for members.

Friday-Sunday: The 38th annual Florida Antiquarian Book Fair features dealers specializing in books of every age and subject matter, antique maps, ephemera and other paper collectibles. 5-9 p.m. April 26, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 27, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. April 28 at St. Petersburg's Historic Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N. Tickets $10 April 26-27, $6 April 28; free for children 12 and under and students with valid ID.

Friday: Poets & Lizards: A SunLit Celebration of New Southern Writing presents Cynthia Arrieu-King, C.H. Hooks, Soham Patel and Caleb Michael Sarvis with new books of poetry and fiction at 6 p.m. at Lector Social Club: A Lit & Natty Wine Shoppe, 305 E Polk St., Tampa.

One in Ten is a one-act play about adult illiteracy, performed as a fundraiser for the Literacy Council of St. Petersburg, at 7 p.m. at Sunshine Center Auditorium, 330 Fifth St. N. Tickets $20 adults, $10 under 16.

• Saturday: KidsLit!: Poetry in the Gardens features poetry stations, storytime and a stage where even our littlest poets will have a chance to perform their work, noon-2 p.m. at Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum, 2490 Ninth Ave S.

Writers, Authors, and Winners features two local writers, Kristen Hare and Gale Massey, and researcher Cal Branche, who will discuss their latest work and answer questions about the journey to publishing. Winners will be announced for the SunLit short story contest. Discussion and awards 2-4 p.m. at St. Petersburg Main Library, 3745 Ninth Ave. N. Not Just Music: A Sonic Journey compares narrative-based music by Nina Simone and work by contemporary artist Lauryn Hill, at 3:30 p.m. at Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum, 2490 Ninth Ave S. Rob Sanders Stonewall Book Performance and Reading celebrates the fiftieth anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising with a readers theater of Stonewall: A Building. An Uprising. A Revolution, the first picture book to tell of its role in the gay civil rights movement. Open to all ages. Q&A with the author and a book signing will follow the performance, 6 p.m. at the [email protected], 620 First Ave S. Barnes & Noble Clearwater will host a Book Fair with authors Bob Ieva, Valerie Crowe, Lena Awad, Arielle Giordano, Martha Cothron, Ashley Rhodes-Courter, Doug Kelly and more, noon-5:30 p.m. Saturday at the store, 23654 U.S. Highway 19 N, Clearwater.

Florida Trend journalist Art Levy (Made In Florida: Artists, Celebrities, Activists, Educators, and Other Icons in the Sunshine State) will sign his new book at 2 p.m. Sunday at Haslam's Book Store, 2025 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

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 [email protected] (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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