Events: Carl Hiaasen speaks at the Straz on Sunday

Published March 1, 2017

Book Talk

Tampa Bay Times staff writer Ben Montgomery (The Leper Spy) will discuss and sign his nonfiction book about a Filipina woman's life during and after World War II at 3 p.m. March 5 at the Jan Kaminis Platt Regional Library, 3910 S Manhattan Ave., Tampa.

Novelist and Pulitzer Prize-winning Miami Herald columnist Carl Hiaasen (Razor Girl) will speak at 7:30 p.m. March 5 at Ferguson Hall, David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts, 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. Tickets $35 to $55 at

The Happy Hour With the Historian series presents Tampa Bay Times staff writer Craig Pittman (Oh, Florida! How America's Weirdest State Influences the Rest of the Country) at 7 p.m. March 9 at St. Petersburg Museum of History, 335 Second Ave. NE. Admission is $5; reservations at

Inkwood Books presents bestselling author Amor Towles (A Gentleman in Moscow) discussing and signing his book at 7 p.m. March 10 at the Robert W. Saunders Sr. Public Library, 1505 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa. Admission to the ticketed event is the purchase of a copy of Towles' book from Inkwood, 206 S Armenia Ave., Tampa;

Sports trainer Ken Carson (From Hockey to Baseball: I Kept Them in Stitches) will discuss and sign his memoir at 10 a.m. March 11 at Dunedin Pubic Library, 223 Douglas Ave.

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