By Colette Bancroft
Times Book Editor
The University of Tampa Low-Residency MFA program concludes its Lectores series with a reading and signing by fiction writer Jason Ockert (Wasp Box) and poet Jerrod Schwarz (The Crop). Free. 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Vaughn Center, ninth floor, UT campus, 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. ut.edu/mfacw/lectores/.
Two-time Edgar Award-winning author Lori Roy (Gone Too Long) will launch her new novel with a conversation with bestselling author Lisa Unger (Under My Skin), followed by a book signing. Tickets $5, applicable to book purchase. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. 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/.
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