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Novelist Kristen Arnett will read from 'Mostly Dead Things' at UT's Lectores series

By Colette Bancroft

Times Book Editor

Local author Paul Wilborn (Cigar City: Tales From a 1980s Creative Ghetto) will discuss and sign his short story collection. Admission $5, applicable to book purchase. 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Oxford Exchange, 420 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. (813) 253-0222.

The University of Tampa Low-Residency MFA program presents its Lectores readings series. Free. All events begin at 7:30 p.m. Vaughn Center, ninth floor, UT campus, 401 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa.

• Thursday: Novelist and essayist Alexander Chee (How to Write an Autobiographical Novel)

• Friday: Poet Jehanne Dubrow (American Samizdat)

• Saturday: Nonfiction writers John Capouya (Florida Soul) and Ben Montgomery (The Man Who Walked Backward)

• Sunday: Poet Keetje Kuipers (All Its Charms)

• Tuesday: Essayist and fiction writer Matthew Vollmer (Permanent Exhibit)

• June 19: Novelist Kristen Arnett (Mostly Dead Things)

Local authors Vincent Spina, Hayley Beck, Destiny and Rob McCabe will discuss and sign their books. 4 p.m. Friday. LocalShops1, 2908 Beach Blvd. S, Gulfport.

Keiser University Clearwater will host the Fabulous Florida Fiction, Nonfiction and Poetry Book Fair, featuring 12 local authors, including Barbara Dandro (Banking on Deceit), Ron Prouty (Miguel's Bay) and more. 9 a.m. Saturday. Keiser University campus, 16120 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater.

East Lake Community Library's Author Showcase presents BonSue Brandvik (Redemption: Spirits of the Belleview Biltmore) discussing and signing her book. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. 4125 East Lake Road, Palm Harbor. (727) 773-2655.

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;

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