Bestselling Tampa author Tim Dorsey will discuss his novel Clownfish Blues, in which Floridian Serge A. Storms confronts an underworld operation attempting to rig the state lottery. Free. 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Seminole Heights Branch Library, 4711 N Central Ave., Tampa. (813) 273-3652. hcplc.evanced.info.
Author Edie Darling (The Time Is Now; Awaken Your Dormant Gifts) will sign her new book. Free. Noon Saturday. Barnes and Noble, 213 N Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. (727) 422-1628.
Two-time Edgar Award-winning author Lori Roy will discuss her first book, Bent Road, and sign her latest book, Gone Too Long. Free. 3:30 p.m. Aug. 14. Tarpon Springs Community Center, 400 S Walton Ave. (727) 937-2974.
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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