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. oxfordexchange.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org (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.