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Iraq War veteran Brooke King will read from her memoir 'War Flower' at Saint Leo University

By Colette Bancroft

Times Book Editor

Iraq War veteran and Saint Leo University creative writing teacher Brooke King (War Flower: My Life After Iraq) will discuss and sign her memoir. Free. 5:30 p.m. Thursday. TECO Hall, Saint Leo University, 33701 State Road 52, St. Leo. (352) 588-8200.

Bestselling travel writer Matthew Kepnes (Ten Years a Nomad: A Traveler's Journey Home) will discuss and sign his memoir. $5, applicable to book purchase. 6:30 p.m. July 24. Oxford Exchange, 420 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. (813) 253-0222.

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.

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 (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.